Barbara Douglas grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. She spent her entire childhood plotting an escape, which she was able to do after two years of college there. She moved to Austin and subsequently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1981 from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a firm believer in continuing education and has done so since with various association management porgrams offered by TSAE and ASAE, the Texas and American Societies of Association Executives.
She came to work for LAT in January 1986, the 100th anniversary of LAT. In addition to overall management of the association, she is editor of the LAT TODAY newsletter, plans meetings and seminars for Texas and Louisiana members, as well as the annual convention. Barbara also lobbies for LAT members' legislative and regulatory interests in Austin, Baton Rouge and Washington, DC. She has been a registered lobbyist in Texas since 1996.
Prior to joining the LAT staff, Barbara worked for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for five and a half years as their convention and seminar coordinator and TVM Journal editor. An animal lover, she still contributes to the livelihood of local veterinarians for the care of her current brood - a donkey, longhorn steer,and dog.
She has been active with the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association since 1987, serving on various committees over the years, as well as the group of national building material association executives, serving as BMAE chair for two years from 2004-2006.
A big fan of trees and their byproducts, Barbara has supported the Texas Forestry Association since 1996, serving on their Marketing Committee in addition to being on the Steering Committee for Project Learning Tree.
Her husband, David, works at the State Capitol in Austin for the State Preservation Board; they have been married for 28 years. They live on a farm outside of Elgin, where they intentionally grow hay and unwittingly raise fireants and grasshoppers. They designed and built their home, barns and other buildings, trying to buy all their building materials from LAT members. They've driven far beyond Elgin just to get some of the best products from Bison, McCoy's, Woodson and Circle Hardware and Lumber to name a few.
They enjoy working on small and large projects in and around their home, and trying to keep plants alive. They also enjoy traveling whenever they can get away. Spending time with their family and grandchildren and friends is high on their list of favorite things to do. Barbara is most proud of her twin daughters, now grown and married, each with two children. Barbara has volunteered with art and community projects in Elgin, Austin and the Taos Pueblo day school in New Mexico over the years and currently serves on the board of directors for Advocacy Outreach, a nonprofit charitable organization in Elgin.
Craig Lukshin joined LAT in 2002 after 10 years in the hospitality management field and serves as LAT's Finance and Services Manager. Craig maintains LAT's finances, runs the Lumbermen's Service Corporation, serves a major role in planning for and executing the annual Convention, among many other duties.
Craig has lived in Austin for over 30 years and graduated from the University of Texas. He's an avid baseball fan, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and has been to 30 different Major League baseball stadiums...and counting.