Board of Commissioners


Freddy Lopez

Business Phone: (281) 431-2451
Mailing Address: 4525 FM 521, Fresno, TX 77545

Freddy Lopez Sr is a longtime Fort Bend County resident, business owner President and Pastor. I was raised in Rosenberg, Texas, working at a young age. I was determined and driven for success. Relocated to Fresno, Texas where I started Quality Paint Body Wrecker Service Inc. 40 years our collision center has served the Fort Bend County and surrounding areas. Working side by side with local law enforcement agencies with a work ethic to serve and provide the best service to the citizens.

I am currently senior pastor at New Quality Life Ministries in Fresno, Texas. I have a heart for the people, to share and invest a Quality Life in the Lord. I married my high school sweetheart Sandy Lopez a long time Fort Bend County resident, she is Vice President of Quality Paint Body Wrecker Serv. Inc. and Co-servant with me at New Quality Life Ministries.

We have three adult married children. Freddy Lopez Jr., Priscilla Lopez Miranda, Brent Lopez, Two Daughter in laws Amanda and Victoria Lopez and one son in law Manuel Miranda. Seven graceful grandchildren who all reside in Fort Bend County. It is my pleasure to serve the County and pray to make a difference for the betterment of our county and each citizen.

Barbara Hamilton
Vice President

Business Phone: (281) 431-2451
Mailing Address: 4525 FM 521, Fresno, TX 77545

I served with the Fresno Volunteer Fire Department for 8 years where I obtained my EMT certification and served several years as the departments EMS Caption. I retired after 32 years from Occidental Chemical in Deer Park where I served as a member of Oxys Emergency Response Team as well as Channel Industries Mutual Aid CIMA. I have been married for 28 years to Paul Hamilton. We have three grown children and four grandchildren. I have served as an Emergency Service District Commissioner since it was formed in November, 2015.

Gregory Linkous
Asst. Treasurer/ Asst. Secretary

Business Phone: (281) 431-2451
Mailing Address: 4525 FM 521, Fresno, TX 77545

Gregory relocated to the Fresno area from Columbus, OH, 22 years ago at the request of his employer at that time, Tyco SimplexGrinnell, now the largest fire protection company in the world. At SimplexGrinnell, Gregory worked in the company’s highly specialized technical team of Systems Engineers in the Professional Services department. In this role, Gregory was one of the first 100,000 professionals within the U.S. earning the distinct designation of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer by passing the 6 required certification exams on networking and server technologies required by Microsoft. Some of Gregory’s responsibilities were implementing, configuring, training, and providing customer support of custom integrated building automation systems to SimplexGrinnell’s Fire and Life Safety customers. Gregory specialized on implementing some of SimplexGrinnell’s key customers, more notably, the IRS, USPS and Shell Gas & Oil to name a few.

After 7 years with SimplexGrinnell, Gregory made the decision to follow a new opportunity with a software company based out of Scottsdale, AZ named Informative Graphics. After just a short time there, Gregory along with 9 other employees from Informative Graphics split off and created a subsidiary company named Avolve Software. This new endeavor was to create a software solution, ProjectDox, allowing city, county and state governments to perform permit plan reviews electronically. Since 2008, Avolve Software has delivered the industry’s leading Electronic Plan Review software. Having started with a single mission in mind — automate the manual, paper-intensive, and frequently inefficient building plan review process. Today, over 150 of North America’s city, county, and state governments use ProjectDox to transform their plan review processes. No longer a subsidiary of Informative Graphics, Avolve is the largest, independent and privately owned software vendor dedicated exclusively to eplan review. Gregory has held many positions over the past 15 years with Avolve but is currently serving as the Director of Avolve’s Support, Installation and Infrastructure teams.

Outside of Gregory’s professional career, he has been a homeowner in the Fresno area for the last 21 years and has served on the HOA Board of Directors for his community for the past 5 years as Vice President. During his volunteer service on the HOA Board, he has spent countless hours volunteering his time performing beautification and improvement projects helping to better the community. As part of Gregory’s desire to engage and learn about all aspects of local services that support his community, he attended the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy and after completion became an active Alumni Member honoring and serving our community and local law enforcement through volunteer service.

Gregory feels that his time as a youth, being a member of the Boy Scouts of America and being nominated to attend programs like the Governor’s Summer Symposium geared towards advancing youth knowledge in local government, instilled a strong sense of civic duty which he still feels a strong sense to fulfill in his adult life. Gregory is honored to be appointed to ESD 7 as Commissioner and is dedicated to the fiscal stewardship of taxpayer dollars in supporting the brave men and women of the Fresno Fire Department.

Janet McClain

Business Phone: (281) 431-2451
Mailing Address: 4525 FM 521, Fresno, TX 77545

I moved to Fresno in 1968 with Donald McClain and my 4 and 5 year old daughters. We relocated from Houston to be down the street from his mother and grandmother who had been living in Fresno since 1957. In January of 1969, I joined the Womens Auxiliary Fire Department. In 1974 the women were permitted to join the official Fresno Volunteer Fire Department. I was one of three women who attended Texas A&M Fire Academy where we were informed that we were the first three women to ever attend the fire academy at Texas A&M. An even greater was that we became the first three women to teach at the Fire Academy. Essa Means taught Pump Operations, Joyce Bradley Crawford taught river rescue and I taught repelling from 6 story buildings. In 1974, I became a volunteer Health and Safety instructor for American Red Cross which enabled me to train the volunteer firefighters and general community in first aid and CPR. In 1976 Memorial Herman Hospital offered the first EMT Course in Houston. The three of us attended the courses and became the first women certified as EMTs. In 1986, I accepted a full time job with American Red Cross which forced me to resign from the Fresno Volunteer Fire Department. In 2015, after 41 years with American Red Cross, I finally resigned. I am honored to be appointed as a Commissioner for the Fort Bend County Emergency Service District 7. My history with the Fire Department provided me an understanding of the needs and impact that this position can make.

Ruston Hughes

Business Phone: (281) 431-2451
Mailing Address: 4525 FM 521, Fresno, TX 77545

After graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1990, Ruston began his career at Lockheed Martin providing engineering support to NASA for both the Space Station and Space Shuttle Programs in the field of aerothermodynamics. After 6 years in the space program, he transitioned into the world of consulting by taking a position with Accenture then Anderson Consulting. Initially focused on large financial system implementations for the energy industry, Ruston transitioned into e-commerce when web-based marketplaces began to proliferate in the early 2000s. Desiring to reduce the amount of travel required for consulting and spend more time with his young children, Ruston made another career change in 2005, leading the newly formed IT Project Management Office for Baylor College of Medicine. The transition from the energy industry to healthcare was a challenge, but with the experience from previous career changes and the support of peers, Ruston was able to quickly acclimate. During his 10 years at Baylor College of Medicine, Ruston led large clinical systems implementations, served as the Executive Director for IT Clinical Operations and served as a member of the operational planning committee for the Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. Transitioning back to consulting in 2015, Ruston is currently a Senior Manager with Accenture Health, responsible for growing and developing the Houston consulting market by providing innovative solutions that help clients deliver more effective, efficient and affordable healthcare. During his 12 years in healthcare IT, Ruston has developed a broad understanding of the complexities involved in successfully integrating people, process and technology to deliver a better experience for both patients and providers. Outside of work, Ruston has been active in community and faith-based organizations. He has been an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church for over 20 years, serving multiple terms on the Board of Trustees. Ruston also served as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1282 for 4 years and a member of the Fresno Volunteer Fire Department for 5 years in the late 90s, early 2000s. On a personal note, Ruston has been married to his wife Ellen for 28 years, and together they have raised their two children in the Fresno/Arcola area where they have lived for 26 years.

Conflicts Disclosure Statements:

No conflicts to report for the current Board of Comissioners.