Executive Board Members
CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Garden Ridge, Texas
From Tom’s difficult and impoverished childhood engendered him with a spirit of humble thanksgiving. Tom is the owner of the regional Colonial Life Insurance office in Garden Ridge (a suburb of San Antonio, Texas). Through the years, he has sought a way to share his passion for the outdoors and to give back to the community – especially to children in demonstrable, life-changing ways. Tom’s concept for Trinity Oaks is an unique Christian ministry, whose vision is as big as the Texan sky! Tom is a co-founder of Trinity Oaks with his wife Nona.
San Antonio, Texas
Jed Knowlton was raised on his families ranches and grew up hunting and fishing. To say that he loves the outdoors is a major understatement! After attending Texas A&M University where he earned a BS in Agriculture, he moved back home to the San Antonio area to work in his families construction business, V.K. Knowlton Construction & Utilities, Inc. Jed feels fortunate to own several different South Texas family properties in the last few decades and they equally enjoy giving back to those who deserve it, especially through sharing hunting and fishing experiences. In 2012, Jed was introduced to Trinity Oaks through hosting a Trinity Oaks hunt on his ranch and became a firm believer in the vision and impact of the mission. Jed says that taking his wife and two children shooting, hunting, and fishing provide the most enjoyment in his life.
Jeff Birmingham grew up in Port Lavaca, Texas where his dad served over 25 years as a Game Warden. Immediately after graduating from Texas A&M University Jeff began his career in the printing industry; his most recent service to the industry includes serving as President of the Printing Industry of the Gulf Coast from 2013 – 2015. Jeff and his wife Sheila have 2 children, Hunter 25, and Taylor 23 which both enjoy hunting and shotgunning sports. During his 31 years in Houston Jeff has been active in numerous community events from accepting a leadership role in a church plant, to serving on the advisory board for Child Advocates, as well as serving on the boards for Operation Game Thief and The Houston Safari Club. Jeff has been an avid hunter and competitive shooter since childhood and enjoys serving the membership of Trinity Oaks.
Jeff was introduced to the outdoors and started hunting and fishing at the age of nine. He currently serves as President of Waterfowl Preservation Alliance (WPA) and is the former President of the Duck Trap Hunting Club. He is lifetime member of the NRA and is a supporter of Ducks Unlimited and CCA. Jeff chairs Trinity Oaks’ annual “Shoot for our Military Heroes” Sporting Clays Fundraiser. He also believes that it is important to provide an avenue for our military heroes and youth to experience the outdoors. Jeff is a native Houstonian and has been in the in the telecom industry for 22 years. He is married to his high school sweetheart Dixie and has a 22 year son, Cody who is also an outdoors enthusiast.
Corpus Christi, Texas
Jeff Sizemore, a native of Corpus Christi, graduated Texas A & M University in 1983 and joined his family industrial construction business. He acted as the President of Sizemore Environmental Group until sale in 1992, President of Sizemore Telecom Services 1997-2002, and is currently business development manager for JSJ Services an industrial construction company and in charge of US sales and distribution of Fausti Firearms.
Jeff is a wealth of nonprofit and fundraising experience as a past Board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, and Ducks Unlimited. He is very busy volunteering his time and leadership not only to Trinity Oaks, but also as a Board member of Safari Club International (SCI), SCI’s Finance Committee member, President of the local Texas Brush Country SCI Chapter, Chairman of the Fundraising committee for the Women’s Shelter of South Texas for a new facility, and as a volunteer coordinator for his church youth group of about 400 students.
Sugar Land, Texas
Kyle was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas and is the Executive Vice President of Welker Inc. For as far back as he can remember hunting and the outdoors was an integral part of his life. Growing up in a large family with a plethora of wildlife all around his house from pet deers to snakes early on he discovered his passion for wildlife conservation. In 2009 he married his wife Victoria and introduced her to his favorite passion, well second to her. He is honored to be a part of Trinity Oaks and help others experience all that nature has to offer!
After graduating high school Matt joined the US Army and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC where he served and Sergeant in a Airborne Infantry Company (D co. 1/505) from 1984 – 1988. He spent his years in the Army deployed mostly in Central America. After the Army, Matt went to college and graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX with a BS in Kinesiology. At Lamar he was on full athletic scholarship for both track and tennis.
He currently is employed at Choice Energy Services as a Senior Energy Consultant in the power and natural gas fields. In this position he consults corporate clients on all of their energy services (taxes, billing audits, retrofits, hedging strategies and contract negotiations).
Matt is the Captain of the Wounded Veteran the Greatest Generation Teams on the Armed Forces Appreciation Committee for the Houston Live Stock Show. He is also on the State Board of Advisors for the United States Veterans Initiative. In addition, he is member of the NRA, SCI and the Houston Safari Club where he serves as a Director and the Committee Chairman for their Hunting with Heroes initiative.
Matt and his wife Susie of 15 years are busy raising their three children. Matt is an avid hunter and tennis player competing nationally.
Garden Ridge, Texas
Nona believes in the adage that, “we are here to make a positive difference in the lives of others,” and that it is important to help others with a hand up rather than a hand out. She graduated from Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, Texas with an A.A.S. Degree …and married Tom a week later! Nona’s career has been focused in employee benefits and insurance sales, and she has an impressive track record of industry awards and honors. Nona loves spending time with her husband, Tom Snyder, and their two children. She also enjoys traveling, amusement parks, reading, is an excellent cake decorator!
San Antonio, Texas
At 9 years old, Ryan was first introduced to the outdoors by his Grandfather who had worked in the firearms industry. Ryan has been a hunting and fishing fanatic ever since! “I am not a wealthy man, but I always wanted to find a way to help others experience the benefits that come from hunting and fishing. Trinity Oaks has provided me with that opportunity to positively impact people by creating memories in the outdoors.” To Ryan, mentoring a new generation of hunters and anglers with these skills, patience, and proper respect is a way for him to continue the legacy of his grandfather. Ryan is the President of Aquatic Renovations & Services, Inc. and when he is not enjoying the outdoors with his family, he is usually fishing in a tournament!
Rick Lambert, father of country music heroine Miranda Lambert, of Lindale, Texas has become more and more a fixture at Trinity Oaks’ events. Rick spend 34 years in Law Enforcement as well as running a nationally known Private Investigation and Security Company in the Dallas area for 22 years. He currently owns several businesses in retailing, concert merchandising, music publishing, as well as Red 55 Winery. He is a board Member of Country for our Country, a charitable organization, dedicated to serving Military servicemen and women by helping with higher education costs to accommodate assimilation into civilian life, through cooperation with the Country Music community.
San Antonio, Texas
Shawn is a former youth pastor and enjoys participating in the enhancement of lives through Trinity Oaks. He earned a BBA in Management from the University of Texas Pan American and is currently in the insurance industry. He also sits on the board of New Vision Community Church in San Antonio. When not at work, Shawn enjoys flying and spending quality time with his wife and two boys.
As a South Texas native Garrett Ruple has grown up with an appreciation and passion for wildlife, ranching, and the rich local culture. After Graduating from Texas A&M University, where he met his wife Lana, Garrett moved to Houston where he worked for a fortune 500 company in corporate project management. Garrett moved back to South Texas in 2010 and currently owns and manages Ruple Properties, a farm and ranch brokerage company along with several companies engaged in an oil and gas production, real estate development, and mineral and royalty investment. Garrett was introduced to Trinity Oaks while at a hunting convention which eventually evolved into several youth hunts being held at the Ruple’s family ranch. In 2015 the Ruple’s hosted a Trinity Oaks dream hunt that forever changed their lives and they have been hooked ever since. Garrett and his wife Lana host the annual Joe Ruple Memorial dove hunt to honor Garrett’s late father with all proceeds going to benefit Trinity Oaks. Garrett spends as much time as possible at his ranches in South Texas hunting, and fishing and with his wife and two daughters.
BRITTANY HOSMER, MPS
Brittany Hosmer, MPS, has worked and volunteered with Trinity Oaks since 2012 and as of January 1, 2016 has taken on the role as our Executive Director. She completed her undergraduate studies in South Africa and received her Master’s in Philanthropic Leadership from the University of Denver. In addition to her education, she has operated her own consulting firm, Rock Environmental, since 2008 and has assisted outdoor and conservation nonprofits from around the world. Brittany brings this professional expertise in strategic program development and fundraising into her leadership position with Trinity Oaks.
Meat Processing & Distribution
Chuck is crucial to the success of Trinity Oaks’ meat processing and distribution programs. Chuck manages all the game animal butchering, packaging, storage, and deliveries to area charities. In his first month alone, he processed 13,623 lb. of meat, which equates to over 40,000 meals for our neighbors in need!
Director of Guadalupe River Camp
Kenneth Holder originally served on the volunteer Advisory Council for Trinity Oaks before taking on the full time position of Director of the Trinity Oaks’ Guadalupe River Camp in Seguin, Texas. Kenneth and his family live onsite and maintain the property, fundraise and oversee improvements, and host youth, veteran, and faith-based outdoor retreats. He has been involved with nonprofit organizations for many years and successfully started programs in support of military families which have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. Kenneth has served on several boards such as; San Antonio YMCA, Child and Family Services, Warriors on Wheels Cycling Club, Wish for Our Heroes. He is an Ordained Minister and Associate Pastor of Bet Shalom Messianic Assembly in Marion, Texas.
Widely regarded as the foremost authority on North American big game hunting, Zumbo has a large readership audience. In addition to his more than 2,000 published magazine article, Zumbo has authored 23 books, and co-authored one with Robert Elman. Jim Zumbo has two degrees in forestry and wildlife management, and worked as a forester and wildlife biologist for 18 years.
Larry aka “Mr. Whitetail” is one of North America’s most recognized outdoor personalities. Larry, a graduate of Texas A&M University (’70), has long appeared on award winning and widely watched television shows devoted to quality big game hunting on Versus, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, and Pursuit. A professional wildlife biologist, Larry has established quality management programs across North America and has served as a wildlife consultant in Africa, South America, Europe and New Zealand.
Matt is the 9-time World Welterweight Champion of the UFC. With a record of 45-9, Matt has traveled the world and has become a household name amongst mixed martial arts fans. Outside of maintaining his fighting career, Matt volunteers his time to help young people, honor veterans, and participates on church mission trips. Matt currently lives in Hillsboro, IL with his wife, son, and two daughters.
Blake Barnett is one of North America’s most recognized outdoor personalities alongside his television partner, Larry Weishuhn. Blake’s work in outdoor television has made him a recipient of numerous Telly awards as well as Emmy nominations. Blake’s work includes outdoor television producing, co-host of DSC’s Trailing The Hunters Moon along with a dedication to wildlife conservationism and an avid support of hunter rights and advocacy.
Travis Turner, a.k.a T-Bone, started his own archery business, restored a vintage Mercedes, held the Outdoor 3-D Archery World Champion title and appeared on numerous television shows and videos, including Realtree’s “Monster Bucks” video series. And thought T-Bone didn’t get to keep the Mercedes, he did manage to hold on to his passion for archery.
A 20+ years entertainment veteran, Ton Jones has seen and done almost everything from behind the scenes to in front of the camera. He got his start as a stunt man in 1995 and has since gone on to act in such productions as CSI: New York, Rock Star, The Huntress, and MTV Flipped and many others. Ton Starred as the co-host of the hit reality show “Auction Hunters” on Spike TV. And now travels the country attending national conventions and doing product test and development under the brand Research & Destruction a division of Ton Jones, Inc.
Advisory Counsel Members
BLAINE L. SCOTT
Master Sergeant Scott was born December 04, 1972 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. He graduated from Grand Valley High School in Kellerton, Iowa. Upon graduation he joined the Marine Corps in October 1992.
After graduation from Recruit Training, Private Scott attended Marine Combat Training and Infantry Training Battalion at the School of Infantry. He then reported to Security Forces School in Chesapeake Bay Virginia.
I in July of 1993, Private First Class Scott reported to his first duty station at Naval Air Station North Island. PFC Scott served as a Basic Security Guard, responsible for guarding certain areas on the base. During tour there at Naval Air Station he was promoted to Lance Corporal.
On July 1995, Lance Corporal Scott reported to 2nd Battalion 5th Marines (2/5). Shortly thereafter LCpl Scott deployed to Okinawa Japan as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). During his deployment he was promoted to Corporal while serving as a Fire Team Leader. He made two more deployments with 2/5 to Okinawa attached to the 31st MEU serving as a squad leader on both deployments. He was promoted to Sergeant on the 3rd deployment.
In September 2000, Sergeant Scott reported to the Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC) in Bridgeport, California for duty as an instructor He taught tactics, techniques, and procedures operating in the different mountainous environments, survival techniques and how to and be a effective unit in certain situations. During this time he trained over 5,000 Marines, soldiers, Sailors, and other National Forces. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant while stationed at MWTC.
Staff Sergeant Scott then reported to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (3rd LAR) in April 2004. He was assigned as a Platoon Sergeant in Delta Company. In September 2004, SSgt Scott was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in the Al Anbar Province. He returned from Iraq in April of 2005. In February of 2006, SSgt Scott deployed to Iraq with again 3rd LAR in support of OIF.
On August 20, 2006, SSgt Scott was severely injured in an IED blast in the town of Rawah, Iraq. He was sent to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. SSgt Scott would spend the next year and a half recovering from his wounds sustained in the blast. While a patient at BAMMC, he was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant.
After his recovery in April 2008 GySgt Scott reported to Division Schools, 1st Marine Division aboard Camp Pendleton California. He initially assigned as the SNCOIC of the Urban Leaders Course and was subsequently reassigned as the S-3 Operation Chief in support of all Division schools. While serving at Division Schools he provided support necessary to Infantry Battalions and their Weapons Companies on all infantry tactics, techniques, and procedures.
In September 2010 GySgt Scott was attached to I Marine Expeditionary Forces (I MEF) and deployed to Afghanistan where he was attached to the camp Commandant’s Office supporting over 15,000 personnel and, all Operations that occurred on Camp Leatherneck. He returned back to the states in April 2011 and went back to Division school.
GySgt Scott detached from Division Schools in August 2011, and reported to Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, San Antonio Military Medical Center Detachment (SAMMC) and, currently serves as the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (SNCOIC). He supervises the care and transition of the all wounded, ill and, injured Marines assigned to the hospital. He was promoted to Master Sergeant in July 2012.
Master Sergeant retired after 22 years in the Marine Corps on January 31,2015.
He now works for Colonial Life and and spend a lot of his free time giving back volunteering for Trinity Oaks Taking Veteran and introducing them to the outdoors by taking them hunting and fishing. He also spend his time with his family either at the softball or football field or taking his kids hunting and fishing as well.
Master Sergeant Scott is married to the former Lillia Munoz of Rancho Santa Margarita California. They have 3 children, Adriana, Isabella, and Blaine and reside in New Braunfels Texas. His personnel awards include the Purple Heart, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal 2nd Award, Combat Action Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal 6th Award.
For almost two decades, Burton has been a respected advocate and trusted counselor for his national and Texas clientele. Burton’s National law practice focuses on commercial and employment law for business, banks as well as CEO’s. He is a former in-house General Counsel to three financial services companies. Burton has long been passionate about helping others, serving on 5 different charitable and non-profit boards, focusing on mentoring as well as the welfare and education of children.
David is a major asset to Trinity Oaks. He is one of our lead coordinators and volunteer instructors of the Trinity Oaks’ program called “H2O,” an outdoor education course for school age children. After starting his dental career in the US Army, David returned from an overseas tour to his home town of San Antonio and is a general dentist in the San Antonio medical center. David and his wife, Kelly, have three children, with whom they share their passion for the outdoors and travel. David also enjoys coaching for his children’s athletic teams.
Dyana was born and raised in Colorado, but arrived in Texas almost three decades ago. Growing up in Colorado, her father would often take her hunting in the mountains. The time in the Rockies, with family and friends, fostered her deep love of the outdoors. Dyana brings to Trinity Oaks a tremendous background of event planning, volunteering, and working on various nonprofit boards. Dyana pours her heart and soul into the “Under the Oaks” Gala every year and makes the evening one of the most successful fundraisers for us! Dyana has three amazing children, and is a recent graduate of Colorado Christian University.
GARRETT L. GEORGE
Garrett, Central Texas Sales Rep at Hanes Geo Components and former United Way Loaned Executive, witnessed first-hand the difference an Action Track Chair made in the life of his physically disabled friend, Tyson Dever. These custom-made electric wheelchairs are designed with articulating tracks which provide all-terrain mobility—allowing individuals who are terminally ill and/or seriously disabled the opportunity to better experience the outdoors no matter what the environment. Garrett met Tyson in 2008 and in 2010, Tyson received his Action Track Chair. After seeing this life-changing impact, Garrett was inspired to utilize his contacts in the construction industry to hold a fundraiser in October of 2013. This event provided an Action Track Chair for a 15 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy. Soon after, Garrett joined the Trinity Oaks Advisory Board where he now serves as the “Dream Trips” Coordinator. The Dream Trips program focuses on giving both disabled individuals and their immediate family the chance to create happy memories at no cost to them through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Garrett has made it his mission to do what he can for the less fortunate and those in need and knows without a doubt “this is what we’re called to do”.
Kyle is first and foremost a family man and it shows in his passion to mentor children and teach others about the traditions of hunting and fishing. Kyle and his wife met at Tarleton State University, where he earned a BS in Engineering Technology. They now have a daughter and son who are both active sportsmen. Kyle owns a luxury custom home building company based out of San Antonio.
Mike grew up trapping with older brother Tom Snyder and their father since the age of 10. Living in South Texas, Mike sought out reasons to be outdoors; often wandered the drainage ditches and canals fishing or shooting with his pellet gun. When asked about why Mike volunteers for Trinity Oaks’ veteran Hero Celebrations, he replied, “We can do what we do, because of what they have done.” He recognizes his opportunity to hunt and fish is because of the freedoms provided by the men and women of our military. “I want to show my appreciation and that’s why we just go over the top to make sure their experience with Trinity Oaks is unforgettable. It’s how I say thank you to them.” Mike currently lives in Harlingen with his wife Mary Beth and he manages the region’s Colonial Life insurance offices.
Wade is a native Texan who currently resides in Austin and works as a District Manager for Colonial Life. Wade served in the Air Force at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. He enjoys being involved with Trinity Oaks because of his love of the outdoors and the investment he can make in the lives of kids. Veteran programs are also very important to Wade as his older brother was killed in the line of duty while serving in Vietnam. He enjoys drawing, outdoor activities, and anything water related. Wade is active in other nonprofits as a volunteer and as a member of his local church.
Gary Renick joined the Army on September 26, 1965 and was trained in basic training, advanced infantry training and airborne school. In April, 1966, almost the entire paratrooper class was sent to Vietnam as replacements for the 173rd Airborne Brigade who were due to rotate back to the States. Following a year in the infantry in Vietnam, Gary was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group in Bad Tolz, Germany where he serve until November, 1967 and then volunteered to return to Vietnam. He was assigned with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY and went with the Division to Vietnam in Dec, 1967. They were stationed between Hue and the A Shau Valley during the ’68’ Tet Offensive until he left the military. Gary was wounded twice during this period and received a Purple Heart.
Following Gary’s military service, he joined the U.S. Border Patrol and was stationed in Carrizo Springs and El Paso Texas for 3 years before being selected as a Criminal Investigator with the legacy I&NS in Chicago. He spent 8 years in Chicago working alien smuggling, counterfeit documents and narcotics. Gary was then selected as a Supervisory Special Agent with the Anti-Smuggling Unit in San Antonio, Texas. in Sep, 1982. In Feb, 1984 he was promoted to the Director of Investigations for the San Antonio District where he served until my retirement in Sep, 1995. In April, 1996 he began work as a Special Investigator with the Hartford Insurance Company until Feb, 2002. Gary then served as an Immigration Consultant for one year with Tyson Foods. In 2003, Gary formed a Private Investigations Company with a retired Secret Service Agent and worked in this job until April, 2005. He then contracted with the U.S. State Department as the coordinator between the Coalition Forces and the Ministry of Interior in Iraq. I oversaw the training and equipping of 185,000 Iraqi Border Guards, Travel & Nationality Units, Fire and Civil Defense and the Fingerprinting units for applicants for the Government of Iraq until April, 2006. Upon returning to the U.S. his current partner, Hipolito Acosta and I formed P&G Global Associates, LLC assisting employers in compliance with Immigration (DHS) laws.
Following his “semi” -retirement, Gary began working organizing hunting and fishing events for veteran’s groups which included the Center for the Intrepid & Warrior Transition Battalion at SAMMC, Paralyzed Veteran’s Association, Patriot Warrior Foundation, Serve Outdoors, Hell or High Waters Outdoors and Trinity Oaks. He is currently the Veteran Outreach Coordinator for Trinity Oaks and Serve Outdoors. In 2015, Gary was the recipient of the Lt. Paul Silber Award from Trinity Oaks, honoring his Purple Heart and celebrating his continued service to God, Country, and Community.