Meet The Board

The Lake Pointe MUD is composed of a 5 member board that includes individuals from diverse backgrounds that possess a wide range of professional experience. Learn more about our board members below.

Rick Arney
Vice-President Learn More
Rick Arney

Arney works in international accounting and finance. He is married to Velma Arney, and they have three sons. Two of their sons are currently attending college at the University of Texas, and one is a junior at Lake Travis High School.

L. Joe Boyer
Director Learn More
L. Joe Boyer

I am a long time The Pointe Community resident, currently serving on the HOA Board. My wife Heather teaches 3rd grade at Lake Pointe Elementary, and my son Kyle, 15, and daughter Jamison, both attend LTISD.

I am a passionate leader of engineering, construction and project management professionals working to solve the complex issues facing our built and natural environments. My experience spans a full spectrum of infrastructure challenges ranging from tsunami recovery work in Indonesia to complex highways here in the states for federal, public and private clients. With nearly 30 years of helping clients solve infrastructure challenges in new build, recovery, or resiliency scenarios, I’ve found that an often over looked key to success lies in the ability to collaborate with clients, employees, and the communities in which we work and live. Heart-led leadership seems paramount to solving the issues we face.

Joined London-based Atkins in 2013, where I led the firm’s $500M North America engineering, architecture, and construction management business, and guided its reorganizational transformation. Prior to joining Atkins, I was president of Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure’s Federal division with revenues exceeding $1B. While leading that business, I worked on some of the largest and most important infrastructure and asset management projects in the US, including managing emergency response and recovery projects following hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Sandy, providing oversight and direction for the Naval Refueling Program where the team provided engineering and design services as well as lifecycle management for hundreds of specialized DOD fueling facilities around the globe, and the design and construction of Louisiana’s Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier.

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY – Masters of Business Administration

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN – Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL, HARVARD – Executive Program Leading Professional Service Firms

SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL, OXFORD UNIVERSITY – Leadership Development Program

Jim Burgeson
Director Learn More
Jim Burgeson

Originally from Seattle, Washington, I came to Austin in 1992 from Strategic Air Command HQ at Offutt AFB, Omaha, NE where I retired from the US Air Force.  For 7 years I worked for the Texas Comptroller’s Office and then spent the next 16 years as a Real Estate Broker.  I have lived in Lake Pointe with my wife, Sherry, for 21 years and have served on the Lake Pointe HOA Board for 8-10 years. My degrees include a BS in Industrial Technology and an MS in Human Resources Management.

Fred Goff
Treasurer Learn More
Fred Goff

Mr. Goff is an experienced executive with over 35 years in the domestic and
international petroleum industry. His experience covers the management of
engineering, operations, maintenance and project management of petroleum, as
well as utility support, functions of a major international oil company (Saudi
Aramco). In addition, he has held administrative positions responsible for
preparing business plans, budgets, and reporting accountability to the highest
levels of the company.
He has recent experience in the operations and CFO role of 3 start-up
companies.
He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and a M.S. in
Industrial Administration (MBA) from Purdue University and served has as a
registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas for over 35 years.
Mr. Goff has extensive volunteer and elected community service experience.
While in his positions in Aramco he served for 12 years as a member the School
Board of their American run school system. Later he served as an elected
Trustee of the Lake Travis School Board for 12 years as well as an elected
member of the Lake Pointe HOA and Lake Pointe MUD 3 boards. He currently
serves as the financial director on the newly reorganized Lake Pointe MUD board
that recently replaced the Lake Pointe MUD 3 and 5 boards through an election
process in Lake Pointe.

Steven Knuff
President Learn More
Steven Knuff

Steven is a marketing and communications professional with over 20 years of experience in integrated marketing, messaging creation and using digital and traditional media channels. He has worked for high-tech and non-profit companies in the US and Europe.

He has lived in Lake Pointe since 2009 with his wife Halie and their three children.

Jim Norris
Director Learn More
Jim Norris

Jim has been a resident of Lake Pointe since 2014. He earned an MBA from the University of Houston and a BS in Finance from Louisiana Tech University. He is a Senior Power & Gas Trader at LCRA with 20+ years of experience in the industry. Previous experience includes multi-billion dollar companies, private equity companies, and a start-up. He specializes in optimizing power generation portfolios by developing trading strategies, evaluating and executing trades, and negotiating long-term agreements. He also assists with budget forecasting, insurance negotiations, measuring commodity, credit, and liquidity risk, and ensuring the company stays compliant with regulating entities.
Jim started volunteering when he was asked to chair the Friends of the Preserve committee in 2016 and became a board member in 2017. Jim enjoys being with his family on the lake, hiking in the beautiful Lake Pointe Preserve, or relaxing on the Lake Pointe dock. As a Lake Pointe MUD board member, Jim is a proponent the dock project, seeing the lake access as the neighborhood’s greatest and unique amenity and the ability for it to be even better.

Marci O’Connell
Secretary Learn More
Marci O’Connell

Marci O’Connell is a native Austinite, and has resided in Lake Pointe since 2008. She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, and has practiced engineering for over 20 years. Marci and her husband, Jack, have two daughters that attend LTISD schools. Their family loves Lake Pointe and all of the many amenities it has to offer. Marci is currently the MUD 5 representative on the HOA Vision Counsel, a volunteer with the Lake Travis chapter of National Charity League, and a Lake Travis Cheerleading Booster Club Board member. As a MUD5 board member, Marci is a proponent of the Resaca Blvd. wall project.

Robert Salgo
Director Learn More
Robert Salgo

I’ve lived in Lake Pointe since 1997 with my wife and two children. I served as president of West Travis County Municipal Utility District #3 since 2000, and I advocated strongly for the recent consolidation of the two districts within Lake Pointe.

Professionally, I’ve been involved for the past 25 years in construction project management, engineering, and contract management for commercial, civil, and industrial projects. My primary focus has been project management/engineering with a special emphasis on the coordination of commissioning of life-safety systems for commercial and industrial facilities. I’m especially proud of my professional involvement with the construction of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Frost Bank Tower.

I’m accomplished in all areas of construction project management and engineering, including owner, consultant and subcontractor relations, preconstruction analysis, estimating and value engineering, submittal review and project document control, critical path network scheduling, and quality and cost control. I have a masters in civil
engineering and undergraduate degrees in mathematics and civil engineering.

Currently, I’m a plant manager for Dario Panelized Systems, a division of the Escobedo Group.

Darrell Thornley
Assistant Secretary Learn More
Darrell Thornley

Darrell Thornley has BS and BA degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Studies, respectively, and has practiced in the power and energy business arenas in private industry and governmental sectors for over 30 years. Experience ranges from working as a tradesman (pipefitter/welder) to engineering and construction management, operations and maintenance management to business development, project development, finance and joint venture formation. In 2015, he received a patent (US patent # 92,026,260) for an engineering process to develop smart microgrid power distribution systems. Darrell has held seats on the boards of industry associations, is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Association of Energy Engineers, and Society of American Military Engineers. He has been a speaker and panelist at industry-related conferences and seminars throughout his career.

Darrell have actively served in the community as a Lake Pointe HOA Block Captain, Lake Pointe Cub Scout Pack 72 Den Leader and Committee Chair, Lakeway Boy Scout Troop 441 Committee Chair and Assistant Scout Master (current), and coached for a number of seasons on Lake Travis Youth Association baseball and basketball teams. The Thornley’s boys, Alex, Jack and Rick, have attended LTISD schools since kindergarten, and his wife Kim is a math teacher at Lake Travis Middle School. The Thornely’s are active members of Austin Ridge Bible Church.

Mike Burshnick
Director Learn More
Mike Burshnick