The City of New Braunfels Housing Authority is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of New Braunfels. The Board typically meets quarterly in the last month of the quarter.
JEFFERY ("JEFF") JEWELL., Chairman was appointed to the Board in March of 2018, Mr. Jewell is a Field Director with the National Development Council (NDC). Jeff works with local communities to design and implement housing and economic development finance programs. He has a full working knowledge of financial underwriting for commercial real estate, residential development and business credit and provides technical assistance in in utilizing a broad range of financial resources to structure creative financial packages that bridge the gap between development costs and private sector investment. Prior to NDC, Mr. Jewell served as Director of Economic Development for Schertz, Texas and most recently as Economic Development Manager for New Braunfels, Texas. In that role he was part of a team that attracted and retained more than 5,000 new jobs and $600 million in capital investment. Jeff graduated from Texas A&M-Kingsville and received his Master of Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M University. He has been married to his wife, Alice, for more than a decade and they have two young children.
SHARON NAVARRE SAMPLES, Vice Chairman and Resident Commissioner was appointed to the Board in March of 2018. MS. Samples was born in San Marcos and is a twin. She enjoys watching movies, embroidery and playing bingo, attends a great church and has made many wonderful friends her in New Braunfels. Ms. Samples was married for ten years and has raised two stepdaughters.
JERRY MAJOR, Commissioner was appointed to the Board in March of 2018. Mr. Major has served on many professional, civic and community boards during career, including 35 years in Texas public schools starting at New Braunfels Middle School. Mr. Major was teacher, coach, high school principal, central administrator and also served 18 years as superintendent with last six being superintendent of the Waco ISD retiring in 2006. Mr. Major retired as CEO of the McKenna Foundation in which he served from 2011-2017. Mr. Major received his Bachelors and a Masters degree from Texas State and PhD from UT Austin 1987. Mr. Major is married with two grown daughters and four grandsons.
DAVID PFUEFFER, Commissioner was appointed to the Board in March of 2018. Mr. Pfeuffer was born and raised in New Braunfels. He and his family still have deep roots in the community. After graduating from New Braunfels High School in 1983, he attended Texas A&M University and received a BBA in Finance in 1987. He went on to attend Baylor University School of Law where he was an editor of the law review. After receiving his law degree in 1991, he worked in the tort litigation section of a major international law firm before leaving to start his practice in New Braunfels with Ken Brazle. In May 2019, after 26 years of practicing with Ken(and a totally amicable parting), he became a Shareholder with the New Braunfels office of Langley & Banack, Inc., which does business in the New Braunfels area as Langley, Banack and Pfeuffer. Mr. Pfeuffer’s legal practice focuses on real estate and business transactional matters litigation involving a broad variety of commercial matters and family law. Additionally, he handles probate matters and litigation relating to trusts and estates in the tri-county area.
Mr. Pfeuffer has been involved in various charitable and civic organizations in the New Braunfels area for many years. He has served on the l boards of the downtown Rotary Club of New Braunfels, New Braunfels Area Community Foundation, Sopheinburg Museum, New Braunfels chamber of Commerce, Eden Home(now known as Eden Hill), Central Texas Junior Golf Association, New Braunfels Housing Authority, and the City of New Braunfels Golf Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Wurstfest Association that puts on the Annual Wurstfest in Landa Park. Mr. Pfeuffer has been a member of the first United Methodist church since childhood and has served on various boards within the church.
CHRISTOPHER WILLIS, Commissioner was appointed to the Board in March of 2018. After graduating from high school in Kansas, Mr. Willis joined the army and served overseas as an Airborne Infantry man. After his service ended, he moved to Texas where he I met his wife, Megan (Stratemann) Willis, in College Station and have been together for over 16 years. They moved to New Braunfels and now have two girls (Piper 5 years old and Keira 1 year old). Mr. Willis earned degrees in Social Science-Psychology and Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement. Over the last decade, Mr. Willis has worked within the criminal justice system in law enforcement, juvenile services, and crisis negotiation. This year Mr. Willis started working with disabled veterans who have mental and physical disabilities. Mr. Willis volunteered for the New Braunfels Housing Authority in order to continue to serve my community.