Commissioners

Tommy Ripley - President

A graduate of the University of Houston and longtime area resident, Tommy is a successful business owner in the FM 1960 area. His dedication to this community runs deep with his 20+ year involvement with the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. His has served as Chairman, Director and was recognized in 2008 as Volunteer of the Year. More recently, Tommy became President of the Chamber Foundation which is working to fund the Grow Northwest campaign. Tommy and his wife, Colene, are actively involved with their four children volunteering and supporting the Klein Oak High School Booster Club. Ripley says, “I’m committed to helping make sure our tax dollars are allocated properly and our community maintains the high level of care we’re accustomed to.” Tommy was elected to ESD 11 in May of 2016.

Karen Plummer - Vice President

Being a native to the community, Karen Plummer has lived and worked in the area her entire life. She is a Title Insurance professional, beginning her career in 1976. Currently, Karen leads a team at North American Title, one of the nation’s oldest title insurance companies. Her strong ties to the community and expertise in the field have aided her in heading up many complex commercial and land acquisition transactions. Being an active member of the community she is involved with the Chamber of Commerce, Klein Education Foundation, and other volunteer organizations, including The Exchange Club. Karen earned the distinction of Exchangite of the Year. Karen served on the Cypress Creek EMS Board until she was elected as an ESD 11 Commissioner in 2012. She was re-elected in 2016. Karen and her husband, Lance, live in Klein and have two adult children, Christopher and Katherine.
Karen embodies the idea of consistent, trustworthy service in her personal and business life. She has spent untold hours dedicated to our community and public safety, especially Emergency Medical Services. Karen can remember when there was no dependable public or private ambulance service in northern Harris County. In those days, before the creation of Cypress Creek EMS, she remembers neighbors and her own parents putting people in need of emergency care in the back of a station wagon or truck and rushing them to a hospital.

Fred Grundmeyer - Secretary

Fred Grundmeyer was born, raised and educated in Germany. He moved to the U.S. at the age of 23 looking for better opportunities. His first jobs were in New York and Philadelphia.  In 1957, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged two years later. That same year, he moved to Houston to participate in a business venture that ultimately expanded into a conglomeration of businesses in Houston and Corpus Christi.  He invested heavily in the new and upcoming FM 1960 Community. His belief in the potential of the area was so strong that he and his wife, Doris, moved to the 1960 area in 1968. He expanded his real estate holdings, built shopping centers, an office building, and restaurants. But, Grundmeyer says what’s more important to him is public service.  He is actively involved in our community civic organizations including the Heart Association and the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, of which he was a founding member. Grundmeyer also co-founded the Timberline Soccer Association. He worked to make soccer fields available to young soccer players in the northwest area, and coached teams, as well.  Mr. Grundmeyer was also the co-founder and co-owner of the Houston Hurricanes soccer team and was one of the originators of the FM 1960 Saint Patrick’s Parade.  Mr. Grundmeyer was appointed as a Commissioner of ESD 11 in 2004 by Harris County Commissioners Court. When the position was changed by the legislature from appointed to elected, he won a four-year term in the 2014 election.

Robert Pinard - Treasurer

As a successful Spring Area business owner and real estate investor, Robert and his wife, Yvette, lead a nationally recognized and growing home healthcare business. Robert has both a strong legal and clinical background and understands the importance of having a first rate EMS system. When Robert was a graduate nursing student he was actually a first responder immediately following the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York City. On September 11, 2001, he volunteered to help and hopped aboard an ambulance to Ground Zero. For the next few days, he assisted a triage unit, flushing eyes, giving oxygen, and helping lift victims from the rubble where the towers once stood. Robert was elected to ESD 11 in May of 2016.

Lynn LeBouef - Assistant Treasurer

Lynn LeBouef is currently the Legislative and Regulatory Liaison for Community Health Systems, Division 2, after serving as President/CEO of Tomball Regional Medical Center September since 2005. He had served as a department director for eighteen years before moving into Administration. In 1996, LeBouef was named Executive Vice-President/Assistant Administrator and then Chief Operating Officer in 2001. Lynn is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Lone Star College Foundation and serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Board for that institution. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, and has served as President of the Northwest Division of the American Heart Association and is still on the Board of Directors. Lynn also serves on the Board of Directors of TOMAGWA Medical Ministries as well as the Amegy Bank Advisory Board. Lynn and his wife Kathy, have 5 married children and 7 grandchildren. Lynn was elected to a four-year term as an ESD Commissioner in May of 2014. He served as ESD 11 President in 2015.