Texas Plains Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Meet Our Executive Director and Board

Barbara A. Brannon

Barbara Brannon of Lubbock enjoys traveling the world—and especially the 52 counties of the Texas Plains and Panhandle. She has served as executive director of the Texas Plains Trail Region since December 2012, the fourth executive director in the region's history. A writer, photographer, and editor, she is a veteran of publishing and marketing in higher education. He earned the B.A. in art and English, summa cum laude, from Georgia College and the M.A. and Ph.D. in American literature, with a specialty in the history of books and publishing, from the University of South Carolina. After five years as head of the ground-breaking Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she came to Texas as marketing manager of Texas Tech University Press. The author of numerous travel and history articles in magazines and newspapers, she also writes about the travel experience at Barbara's TrailBlazer Blog. Download a full c.v. or sample Barbara's portfolio at

Officers and Board of Directors, 2019–20

The Texas Plains Trail Region is led by a volunteer board representative of our 52 counties. Feel free to contact our officers and directors at; inquiries will be forwarded.

If you're interested in volunteering to serve, our nominating committee begins reviewing applications each spring for terms beginning September 1. Visit our Partners and Resources page for an application and more information.

Vicki Hamblen, Happy/Canyon (WTAMU), President-Elect
Ramon Johnston, Lubbock (West Texas TravelHost), Past President
Dolores Mosser, Lubbock (Lubbock County Historical Commission), Vice President
Danyel Parkhurst, Boys Ranch (Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch), Treasurer
Tai Kreidler, Lubbock (Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University), Secretary
Holle Humphries, Lubbock, Quanah Parker Trail facilitator

Kathy Allen, Stratford, (Sherman County Development Committee)
Suzanne Bellsnyder, Spearman (City of Spearman)
Jim Brokenbek, Amarillo
Wendie Murfee Cook, Canadian (The Citadelle Art Foundation)
Pat Cruse, Post (Garza County Historical Museum)
Linda Germany, White Deer (Carson County Historical Commission)
Paula Sue Hatfield, Snyder (Scurry County Historical Commission)
Julie Hodges, Lubbock (National Ranching Heritage Center)
Ada Lester, Mobeetie (Wheeler County Historical Museum)
Virginia Scott, Lipscomb (Wolf Creek Heritage Museum)

Mildred Sentell, Post