Our team, under the leadership of Susan Kibbe, Executive Director, serves to support and promote the decisions of the Board of Directors, keep members informed on the most current news and upcoming events, and facilitate meetings to inform and educate the public about the value of membership in the organization.

Susan J. Kibbe

Executive Director

Susan J. Kibbe has been executive director of STPRA since its inception in 2006. She is a life-long South Texan and has 35 years of experience in ranching. Ms. Kibbe studied Business at Texas A&M University at Kingsville. She has owned and operated a wildlife breeding business and other agri-businesses. In addition to serving as STPRA’s executive director, Ms. Kibbe currently oversees the operations of her 1400 acre ranch in Jim Wells County.

Robert Howard

Organizational Consultant

Robert Howard serves as an organizational and public policy consultant to STPRA’s board and staff. He has over 30 years’ experience in organizational management, economic development, and public policy legislation and administration. He represents STPRA on the Ag Council and assists in advocating for STPRA’s positions at the state and federal levels. Robert, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., lives in Austin and travels to South Texas frequently.

Sarah Jones

Membership Director

Sarah Jones is a South Texas native who lives outside of Hebbronville with her husband Whit and their 3 children. Sarah had a passion for wildlife and land conservation instilled in her at a young age, and she continues to pass down these values and passion to her children. Sarah attended the University of Texas where she received her degree in Marketing, and then continued to receive her Masters in Education from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Sarah and her family have been a member of STPRA since 2009, and she proudly serves as Membership Director for the organization.

Nicole Coates

Assistant Director

Nicole Coates, a south Texas native, grew up on a ranch and has always had a passion for the land. It’s her refuge and her “heaven on earth”. She understands the importance of protecting such a place and enjoys helping others do the same. She is committed to the work that STPRA does and continues to do. Nicole received her Bachelors of Science degree at Texas A&M-Kingsville and currently resides in Nueces County.

Elizabeth "Toddy" Burns

Information Coordinator

Elizabeth “Toddy” Burns, originally from Cincinnati, moved to Texas in 1986 to complete a degree in Journalism from UT Austin. After graduating, she stayed in Texas and ultimately married Brooks County rancher Stephen Burns in 1996. She has been in Deep South Texas ever since.

Laura Gonzalez Londoño

Information Coordinator

Laura Gonzalez Londoño, a native of Medellìn Colombia, moved to South Texas in 2013. She loves American and Texas culture and became a US Citizen in 2019.