Your Travis County Emergency Services District #8 Commissioners are:
Gail Zahara – President
Kristy Quigley – Secretary
Rusty Jedlicka – Treasurer
Deebra Ophdal – Asst. Treasurer
Ms. Zahara has lived in the Pedernales area since January 1978, first in the Hazy Hills area for 20 years and now in Briarcliff for 15 years, so she has seen the growth in the area served by ESD 8. A nurse by trade she has worked both in the private and public sectors, currently serving as the Health Center Director for Highland Lakes Camp & Conference Center.
Ms. Zahara has been involved with community programs such as the Travis County Citizens Academy, Boy Scouts of America, Lake Travis Band Parents Association, and association of Camp Nurses. She also serves as a visitor for the American Camp Association assuring participating camps are providing safe quality programs and facilities for children and youth.
Ms. Zahara is married and has a son and two stepsons. Her son Scott is a firefighter in Galveston and one stepson Chris is a Battalion Chief with the Westlake Fire Department.
Ms. Quigley has worked in public education for 28 years, serving as a special educator and department chair in three different districts: Cypress Fairbanks in Houston, Eanes ISD in Westlake/Austin, and now Lake Travis ISD. She is currently the special education department chair at Lake Travis High School, supervising about 30 teachers, paraprofessionals, and related service providers, and serving the needs of about 200 students with disabilities. She has been honored to be awarded Teacher of the Year twice: in 1999, she was District Teacher of the Year for Eanes ISD, and in 2006, she received Secondary Teacher of the Year for LTISD. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities/English as a Second Language, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ms. Quigley is married and has 2 daughters. The family currently resides in a small neighborhood off of Paleface Ranch Road, close to Station 803.
Rusty Jedlicka is a native Texan who has lived in the Pedernales area since 1993 with his wife Margaret. He is a retired CPA whose business experience includes operational consulting and financial management services in the manufacturing sector. He graduated from Texas State University in 1979 and returned to the central Texas area after working in the Dallas area for 15 years. He and his wife are active in non-profit activities in the community.