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Board of Commissioners

Commissioner James Batiste

James Batiste, Board Chair

James Batiste has lived in Abilene since 1997. Mr. Batiste served our country in the U.S. Air Force for four years before moving on to become a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 31 years, before retiring in 2011. Mr. Batiste currently works as a Texas Licensed realtor for Coldwell Banker here in Abilene.

Mr. Batiste has been married to his wife Janet for 30 years. They have two daughters, Janelle Sands and Janaye Widemane, along with three grandchildren. Mr. Batiste is an active member at the Minda Street Church of Christ where he serves with his minister.

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Roberta Thompson

Roberta Thompson, Board Commissioner 


Roberta Thompson first moved to Abilene, Texas in 1955 with her family from San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Thompson began a career with the Housing Authority of the City of Abilene in 1982 and retired from her career as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority in 2007. Her experience with the housing authority allows her to bring knowledge of the industry to the Abilene Housing Authority Board of Commissioners position. Ms. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Behavioral Science from Hardin Simmons University.

Ms. Thompson is an active member of New Light Missionary Church where she serves as the Vacation Bible School Director.

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Tim Evans

Tim Evans, Secretary 

Tim Evans, a native of North Carolina, has called Abilene home for the last 27 years. He came to Abilene by way of the United States Air Force, where he served for a total of 11 years. Mr. Evans is currently the Director of Programs at Disability in Action, here in Abilene, TX. He worked as the Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator at the Abilene Housing Authority for over 2 years. Mr. Evans serves on numerous boards and committees in the Abilene community. Mr. Evans holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Park University.

Mr. Evans has been married to his wife Roz for 25 years. They have five children, 3 girls and 2 boys, and four grandchildren. Mr. Evans is an active member of the Minda Street Church of Christ where he serves as an elder.  

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David Ekombe

David Ekombe, Resident Commissioner

David Saleh Ekombe has lived in Abilene, Texas since 2013. Mr. Ekombe was born and grew up in Congo DRC in Africa.

Mr. Ekombe earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Rural Development in BUKAVU in RDC and speaks eight different languages. In his professional career, Mr. Ekombe served as Chief of Personnel for the National Train Company as Corridor of North Development (CDN) in Mozambique.

Mr. Ekombe is married to Jolie Emerance Ekombe and together they have four children. In his free time Mr. Ekombe is an active member of the Heavenly Rest Church in the Swahili community serving as the Secretary.

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Jud Beall

Jud Beall, Vice-Chair

Jud Beall has lived his entire life in Abilene with a brief visit over to East Texas for three years. Mr. Beall is currently employed by Faneuil as Director, Workforce Management. In his most current role he is charged with maximizing contact center efficiency utilizing innovative technology.

Jud has two children, Grayson (age 10) and Maryn (age 5). In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his children, watching his son play baseball, and quilting.

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