Service on God’s Land

Board Members


Kimberly Ratcliff is the manager of Caney Creek Ranch, a diversified ranching operation located in East Central Texas, started by her parents Wesley and Marie Ratcliff.  Kimberly joined the ranch in 2007 after leaving her job with Bloomberg a New York City financial firm where she was a Branding Specialist.  To hone her skills as a rancher she completed Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program.  Kimberly has successfully combined her financial and ranch training to increase productivity not only at her family operation, but also with other producers in the area, including 100 acres of her own.  


Board Member

Dwight Boykins is from Houston, Texas, and attended Stephen F. Austin High School. He received a bachelor's degree in marketing from Texas Southern University. A small business owner, Boykins has also served on the city's Hurricane Ike Relief Fund Board and Oversight Committee of ReBuild Houston. He has been involved in the following organizations:

Member, Houston Black American Democrats

Member, Harris County Tejano Democrats

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Life Member, NAACP

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce

Southbelt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce

Board Member

Ernest Collins (Ernie) grew up on a farm in Travis County, approximately seven miles southeast of Austin, Texas.  The farm, located on Dee Gabriel Collins Road, has been owned and operated by members of the Collins family since the late 1800’s and has been recognized by the state of Texas for owning and operating the farm over 100 consecutive years.  He is one of 11 children born to the late Talferd and Ella Collins.  Hard work and education were top priorities for the family and all the children were supported and encouraged to take full advantage of educational opportunities.  As a result, all 11 children graduated from high school and all attended college.

Ernie attended Prairie View A & M University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and has additional studies toward an MBA at Texas Southern University. Upon graduation he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.  While at Prairie View, Ernie met the lady of his dreams, Floretta Brown.  Prior to reporting for officer’s basic training in artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Ernie and Flo were married in her hometown of Bay City, Texas.

He served two years in the Army as a training officer at Fort Ord, California, and was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1969.  Also in 1969, he joined Humble Oil and Refinery Company, now ExxonMobil in Denver, Colorado.  Ernie worked in various marketing staff and management positions and in 2003, he retired after 34 years of service.

Ernie is actively involved in the community as he serves as a Lifetime Director of the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, Director of the Soil and Water Conservation board for Walker County, Board member for 100 Ranchers organization and Lifetime member of the Land Owners Association of Texas and Trustee for Prairie View A & M Foundation. He also serves as a CARET (Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching) Representative for Prairie View, and recently awarded the 1890 Universities Career Exemplar award by APLU(Association of Public Land-Grant Universities). He served as a member of the Prairie View A & M University Capital Campaign Cabinet, member of the board of directors for the H.S. Estelle 4-H and Youth Camp, advisor to the Farm Service Agency County. Committee for Harris and Montgomery County.  Ernie and Flo are strong supporters of youth and education and have established scholarship funds at Prairie View A & M University and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ernie and Flo are the proud parents of three children, Leslie Collins-Thompson (Rod), Todd Jamal (Janelle), and Daryl Donovan (deceased).  They are also proud grandparents of six:  Taylor Floretta, Ross Lorenzo and Brooke Carlette Thompson, Sydney Rose, Ella Gabrielle and Alston Ernest Collins.

In retirement, Ernie’s top priorities are spending time at the ranch with family and working with his grandchildren.

Frederick (Fred) Newhouse is native of Hallsville, Texas and currently resides in Houston.  After high school he attended Prairie View A&M University in Texas and the University of Washington in Seattle, receiving degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of International Business.  Between undergraduate and graduate school, he served two years in the United States Army.  Fred recently retired as Director of Public Affairs for Valero Energy’s Houston and Texas City refineries.  Prior to this assignment he served in a variety of engineering, human resources, and public affairs positions within Valero and Exxon Mobil’s operations in Texas, California, and Louisiana. Fred currently runs a cattle ranch in Walker County, Texas.

Frederick Stiner (Fred) is a native of Houston, TX.  After graduation from Kashmere Gardens Jr/Sr High School, Frederick attended Prairie View A&M University. He graduated in 1970 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  Frederick accepted employment with Humble Oil and Refinery in Houston, Texas, now Exxon/Mobil from 1970 - 1973. He worked briefly at Texas Instruments from 1973-1974. Frederick joined IBM in 1974. He was assigned to work at NASA where he worked for many years as a Software Architect for both the Space Shuttle and the Space Station. He and the IBM team supported the launch of many Space Shuttle Vehicles.  Frederick transferred to Austin, Texas in 1994 to work in Computer Operating Systems and  Financial Services Marketing. He worked there until he retired in 2008 after 34 years of service.

Frederick and wife Daisy, currently runs an active cow-calf production operation in Liberty, Texas.


Picture Pending

Picture Pending

Board Member

Albert H. Myres has had hands-on experience engaging in government affairs, regulatory affairs, public affairs, and international relations. He has directed these functions with Fortune 250 corporations throughout his professional career. During this time period, he has advised CEO's, elected officials, Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and non-profits on public policy and resolution management.

Following the sale of RRI energy, Albert formed A Myres and Associates LLC. A consulting firm specializing in government and regulatory affairs, public policy, resolution management, and coalition engagement strategies relating to the on the Oil and Gas industry.

In 2012, Albert teamed up with an investment group from South Africa and Germany to establish the US operations of Octcet, Inc.  Octcet’s core function is to develop and market a unique range of technologically advanced diesel and gasoline additives designed to address the need to reduce toxic emissions and improve fuel efficiency. As an equity owner and Executive Vice President, Albert is leading the effort to establish Octcet’s presence in the US and abroad.

Albert and wife Angela, currently runs an active cow-calf production operation in Liberty, Texas.

Home Board Members Education Calendar For Sale Blog - News Contact