Board of Trustees
Dan Mims, Chairman
Dan Mims joined the Board of Trustees at San Jacinto College in 2002, replacing 31-year board member Dr. John Nichols. He was elected as Board Chairman in June 2013. Additionally, he serves on the Board’s Building and Finance Committees, and he previously served as Chairman of the Building Committee. Prior to it being sold in 2010, Mr. Mims was president of Mims Meat Company. He is currently president of Mims Investment, Inc, which operates a leasing business and a third party warehouse business in Houston.
Mr. Mims has served on committees for UniPro Foodservice, a food service purchasing cooperative, as Board Secretary of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association, and as president of the North Shore Rotary Club for 2000-2001. Mr. Mims has also served since 2005 as a volunteer member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and is currently a Vice Chairman of the Judging Contest Committee.
Larry Wilson, Vice Chairman
Mr. Larry Wilson was first elected to the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees in May 2007. He has worked in the Pasadena and East Harris County area since 1965. Mr. Wilson has been an attorney for 42 years, currently serves as a Deer Park Municipal Judge, and has served on the Pasadena City Council and as an East Harris County Justice of the Peace. In the 1970s, Mr. Wilson was an adjunct professor at San Jacinto College, teaching business law and economics.
Mr. Wilson’s wife Carol is a corporate manager for PEO Texas. Their daughter, Cari, practices law with her father, and the couple's son Ty is an attorney in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Active in the community, Mr. Wilson has served as a member of Rotary since 1973 and has served in numerous other service organizations. He is a member of the San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the San Jacinto College Finance Committee.
Mr. Wilson and his wife, Carol, have been married for 48 years and are members of the First Methodist Church of Pasadena.
John Moon Jr., Secretary
John Moon Jr. was elected to the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Position 5 on May 9, 2009. Moon is no stranger to the College he attended San Jac upon graduation from Sam Rayburn High School. Moon went on to receive a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Science from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
Moon, President & CEO of Texas Coastal Bank, is a life-long resident of the area, and has been working in banking or investments since he was 15. He has been an adjunct professor at San Jacinto College and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Moon and his wife, Lori, have two sons, John and Donovan.
Mr. Moon serves on the San Jacinto College Finance Committee.
Keith Sinor, Assistant Secretary
Keith Sinor is a Pasadena native and Deer Park resident, and attended Sam Rayburh High School. He is a former San Jacinto College student who went on to attend Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, as well as an MBA. He is also a certified public accountant. After a two-year stint in public accounting with Arthur Andersen, Mr. Sinor joined Sinor Engine Company, Inc., where he is currently a co-owner and chief financial officer.
Mr. Sinor is actively involved in the community, previously serving on boards of the Deer Park Rotary club and Deer Park Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sinor is married to Rae Sinor, and he has twin boys, John and Michael. In June 2011, he filled the remaining four years of Position 7, previously held by Mr. Wayne Slovacek, who retired from the board in December 2010 after 38 years of service.
Mr. Sinor serves on the San Jacinto College Building Committee.
Marie Flickinger, Member
Mrs. Marie Flickinger was the first woman elected to the board and has been a member since 1995. She currently serves as chairman of the Education and Technology Committee, and is a past Board Chairman.
Mrs. Flickinger has been a major force in the development of the South Belt community in southeast Harris County. She is longtime owner and publisher of the South Belt-Ellington Leader newspaper, as well as South Belt Graphics and Printing. She was the chief organizer and founding president of the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Flickinger has served on two Mayoral Transition Committees for the City of Houston and is the Environmental Protection Agency community representative for the Brio Superfund Site, located in the South Belt area. She has also served on the Superintendent Advisory Board and the Superintendent Search Committee for the Pasadena ISD, and is a recipient of the Rotary “Paul Harris” Award.
The fine arts building on South Campus is named in her honor. Mrs. Flickinger serves on both the finance and building committee.
Brad Hance, Member
A life-long resident of Deer Park and Pasadena, Brad Hance is a graduate of Deer Park High School. He attended San Jacinto College and went on to the University of Houston, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He then went to work for Maintenance Engineering Corporation in 1971, and in 2003, bought the chemical division and named it MECO Inc., Maintenance Engineering Water Treatment. Mr. Hance currently serves as the company’s president and CEO.
He and his wife, Evelyn, have four children and nine grandchildren. He has served on the Board of Directors for the San Jacinto College Foundation since 2007, and was that organization’s board chairman in 2010 and 2011. He is also treasurer of Second Century Corporation of Pasadena, a non-profit organization for community development.
Mr. Hance assumed the trustee role for Position 1 in June 2011. He serves on the San Jacinto College Building Committee and the San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Ruede Wheeler, Member
Dr. Ruede Wheeler has served on the board since 1986. He came to us following nine years of service on the La Porte ISD Board of Trustees.
Dr. Wheeler has practiced dentistry in La Porte for more than 40 years and is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association and the Houston District Dental Society. He is a member and past president of the La Porte Rotary Club and serves on the advisory committee for La Porte’s city golf course.
The technical building on North Campus is named in his honor.
Dr. Wheeler chairs the San Jacinto College Finance Committee.
Nicole Darland Haas, Assistant to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees
Ben Meador joined the board after the passing of Dr. Parker Williams in August 2004. The Pasadena native and businessman founded Meador Staffing Services in 1968 and currently serves as president and CEO.
Meador was a founding member of the San Jacinto College Foundation and was vice chairman of the Board of Directors in 2002. He was a member of the Chancellor Search Committee in 1995-96 and chaired the same committee in 2003. He also participated in a Resume Fraud Seminar, which was nationally publicized and sponsored by the College. As a trustee, he served as chairman of the board's Policy Committee, a member of both the Continuing Education Advisory and Business Education Advisory committees and made numerous presentations to San Jac business classes.
Meador has been a Pasadena Rotarian since 1974 and is a member of the Precinct 8 Harris County advisory board, appointed by Constable Bill Bailey. He retired from the board in May 2011.
Pasadena businessman J.D. Bruce was a board member for nearly 30 years and held numerous leadership positions, including chairman and vice-chairman. He joined the board in 1981 bringing 15 years of experience on the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees, where he served in all capacities including chairman.
He owned and operated J.D. Bruce Insurance in Pasadena until he retired. His work in the insurance industry earned him much recognition, including membership in the Millionaire Club since 1978. Bruce has also been an active member of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce since 1965, chairing committees on government affairs and state government.
The J.D. Bruce Student Center on South Campus is named in his honor.
C. Wayne Slovacek
The late C. Wayne Slovacek joined the board in 1972 and was a former chairman.
In 1988 he retired from Union Equity after 44 years, where he last served as vice president of port operations. Mr. Slovacek worked tirelessly on behalf of San Jacinto College. He served as president of the Texas Association of Community College Trustees and Administrators, and was a founding member of the San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors and served as chairman of its annual golf tournament, the foundation’s major fundraising activity. He also chaired the Building Committee.
Slovacek served as president of several area organizations including the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce, which instituted the Wayne Slovacek Humanitarian Award in his honor. He was a past president of the Deer Park Rotary Club and held leadership positions with the Port Safety and Advisory Council of Houston, the Southeast Harris County Economic Development Council and the Rehabilitation Foundation of Southeast Harris County.
The student center on North Campus is named in his honor. He retired from the board in Dec. 2010.
W.L. “Levi” Smallwood
The late W.L. “Levi” Smallwood served on the board from 1977 to 2007, but his commitment went back even further. He was a member of the original steering committee for San Jacinto College, helping to gain support for its formation in 1960. After serving the board for 30 years, Smallwood retired and was named emeritus.
A former board chairman, Smallwood also chaired the Building Committee. He was a founding member of the San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors. He also served on the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees for 13 years.
Smallwood was the 1995 Trustee of the Year for the Western Region of the Association of Community College Trustees and served as Texas state chairman for the organization. His civic activities included the Pasadena Rotary Club, the American Heart Association, the Boy Scouts of America and the Pasadena Rodeo Association.
Smallwood spent 44 years in the engineering department at ARCO. He also served 27 years with the volunteer Pasadena Fire Department, including as chief.
The health and physical education building on the South Campus is named in his honor.