Board of Directors

The volunteer Board of Directors provides leadership and sets policy for United Way of the Coastal Bend. Board members act as stewards for the monies raised in our community, understand United Way's legal responsibilities, review existing policies and formulate new policies, review and approve the annual budget and audit, and review and approve grant awards.


Robert "Bob" L. Barger, Chair 
Plant Manager

Gabe Guerra, Secretary

Catrina Wilson
President and CEO
United Way of the Coastal Bend


Judith Talavera, Treasurer 
President and COO
AEP Texas

Wesley Gore, Chair-Elect
VP GM Central West Region



Board Members


John LaRue
Executive Director
Port of Corpus Christi 


J.D. Egbert
Branscomb | PC

John W. Owen
President & CEO
Goodwill Industries of South Texas, Inc.

Louis Whetstone
Unit Director
H-E-B Plus Saratoga