Board of Directors

2017 Board of Directors

Darrell CowlesDarrell Cowles, Chief Executive Officer

I was raised in N. Richland Hills until the family moved to Weatherford Texas; I attended Weatherford College and then UT at Arlington.  I live in Watauga with my wonderful wife of 36 years.  Santa brought my first train and it resides now on a special shelf in my office; a Lionel Texas Special.  I admit trains faded a bit in importance since the first Christmas to cars, girls, and then family.  But they had a revival after I attended a local train show in 1990 and later joined a local modular group.  I joined the TWMRC a month after it was formed in 1996 and have proudly served on the Board of Directors for 13 years with 6 terms as President/CEO.  It is where I meet with my friends to build marvelous train layouts and make fond memories.

Zink_ClarenceClarence Zink, Chief Operating Officer

I am the current Chief Operating Officer, I have been a member of the Texas Western since the year 2000. I previously served on the Board as Secretary/Treasurer from 2004 – 2006.

My favorite prototype:  Mining railroads, 1880’s – 1970’s
My favorite model railroad activities are Operations and track laying.

Jay WatersJay Waters, Chief Administrative Officer

Howdy!!  I am 50 years old and have been married to the love of my life, Darla, for 25 years.  We are both Aggies and our son, Jeremy, is a senior at Texas A&M in the Corps of Cadets.  He is also in the Army Reserves.  I developed my love of trains from my Grandpa’s 8’x12’ Lionel table.  My favorite railroad is the Santa Fe – a holdover from the Lionel set.  I have been collecting HO scale since my teens and recently began construction of my own personal layout.  I realized very quickly that I needed to learn from the experts how to do it the right way.  Fortunately, I discovered the TWMRC.  There’s no better place to sit at the feet of the Masters to “learn the ropes” of model railroading.  This Club is full of knowledge and camaraderie.

dick-muckerDick Mucker, Chief Financial Officer




Mike Mackey,  Chief Development Officer 

As a longtime modeler, I joined the Texas Western in 2016, then quickly found out what I’d been

missing. Since then, I’ve grown to know how important this organization is to cultivating the hobby and helping modelers grow to their highest potential. The relationships that I’ve made, and the opportunities that I have been afforded through my membership have truly enriched my life, and for that I’m sincerely grateful.

Based on that, I have embedded myself into this organization as thoroughly and quickly as I could. Being elected as Chief Development Officer was and remains an honor. I look forward to fulfilling the duties of this office with a total and sustained commitment.

I very much enjoy modeling competitions and have been fortunate enough to merit on multiple occasions. Those merit awards have allowed me complete my MMR certification (#573) in The NMRA. I am working actively to receive all 11 of the certificates.

Serving as a leader in other organizations, I have consistently assisted achieving set goals. My resume’ includes: being an Eagle Scout, President of the Palestine Jaycees, President of the DFW Marine Aquarium Society, Master Model Railroader, Region Membership Co-Chair, 2016 Convention Chair, NMRA Division 1 Director and serving on the board of directors of three different model railroad clubs. I hope that my experience from past leadership roles will help be a better leader for the Texas Western.