Board of Commissioners

Current Board Members are as follows:

Bob Schmanski President

Bob Schmanski is currently the Underwriting Manager for a Commercial Property Insurance group which places insurance on manufacturing, real estate, healthcare, public entity, communications, habitational and general industrial properties. After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1983 with a Bachelors in Fire Protection and Safety Bob moved to Texas and has spend most of his professional career in the Insurance Industry as a Risk Engineer and Underwriter. Bob holds a Certified Fire Protection Specialist designation from the National Fire Protection Association. Bob has been involved as a volunteer in the fire service in multiple capacities since 1980 and has been a volunteer with Ponderosa Fire Department since 1986. In addition to his volunteering in the fire department, Bob is the Chartering Organization Representative for the Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Association for Boy Scout Troop 62. Having earned the rank of Eagle in 1979, helping start a new Boy Scout Troop which is Chartered by a Fire Department allows Bob to stay active in Boy Scouting. Bob and his wife, Dana, have two children, Jared and Madison.

Gayle Fuller Vice-President

Gayle Fuller is in her third term as Commissioner for Harris County ESD No. 7. She retired from Harris County with over 20 years of service to the citizens of Harris County. Gayle has worked in public service for over four decades, following her graduation from Sam Houston State University. Her employment history includes service in the federal government, the great State of Texas, and the aforementioned Harris County. This is in keeping with the motto of her alma mater: "The measure of a life is its service." It is an honor for Gayle to support our brave firefighters of the Spring Fire Department, and it is her firm intention to make fiscally sound decisions for the taxpayers of ESD No. 7.

Keith Willingham Secretary

Keith Willingham has been a resident of Spring since 1975. While attending Spring High, he volunteered in the Spring Fire Department before departing for Texas A&M University. After graduating, Keith worked as a project manager for a wastewater manufacturing and is currently an owner of an insurance agency in Spring since 1993 which writes personal commercial, life, and health insurance. Keith has also served as President and Financial Officer for the Old Town Spring Improvement District. Keith and his wife, Jackie, have one child, Kaitlyn. Keith takes pride in serving his community and pledges his commitment to continue the success of Harris County ESD No. 7 and the financial responsibility to the taxpayers of the district.

Todd Anderson Treasurer

Todd Anderson is currently a Consulting Director for a large Property and Casualty Insurance Company specializing in Fire Protection for large Manufacturing, Healthcare and related industries. Prior to attending Oklahoma State University and graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor Degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology, Todd was a volunteer fire fighter providing support for the Skokie, IL and surrounding communities Fire Departments. Todd has been in Texas since 1986 having lived in Dallas and San Antonio before settling in Spring in 1995 with his wife, Kelly and daughter, Caitlyn. Todd looks forward to serving the Spring Fire Department and it’s taxpayers with faithful and loyal service committed to ensuring the safety of our fire fighters and the residents of ESD No.7.

Melanie Gander Assistant Treasurer

Melanie Gander has been a resident of the Spring community since 2006, currently residing in the Auburn Lakes Subdivision. Shortly after graduating High School in California she moved to Texas with her parents. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She then received her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis. She has been a registered nurse with Memorial Hermann Health System for almost 20 years. She served in multiple different roles over those years and currently is the Director of Operations for the systems Trauma Service Line. Prior to her current role she served as the Director of Emergency and Critical Care Services at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands. During her time at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands she was voted as one of the Top 20 nurses in district 9 of the Texas Nurses Association. She received this honor for her work in lobbying for better care and resources for the mentally ill and victims of sexual assault. Melanie remains dedicated to ensuring that her community has the needed resources to provide the best possible care to the residents of Spring.

Melanie is married to Jason Gander; he is a Houston Firefighter/Paramedic. They have two children. When not on the sidelines at their sons’ soccer games they can be found on the golf course at Augusta Pines with both of their children.

Conflict of Interests Disclosure

None at this time.

Consultants & Vendors

Attorney (General Counsel)
John Peeler
Coveler & Peeler, P.C.

Jill A. Henze, CPA
Breedlove & Co., P.C.

Stephanie Nagel
McLennan & Associates

ESD Administrator
Tracie Belinoski