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Board of Commissioners


Celestine Daugherty, Resident Commissioner

Celestine Daugherty, originally from Campbell, Alabama, has been a resident of Texas since 1977. Ms. Daugherty attended Texas State Technical College graduating in 1984. She went on to fulfill a successful nursing career until her retirement in 2011 from private duty nursing.

Ms. Daugherty is a mother of six children and finds volunteering to be rewarding and fulfilling in her free time.

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Vanessa Faz, Vice-Chair 


Vanessa Faz, a seasoned professional in the banking industry, has dedicated 18 years to First Financial Bank since joining in 2005. With a wealth of experience spanning 26 years in mortgages, she has become a cornerstone of the institution's success. Vanessa's notable contributions include the establishment of the Affordable Home Loan program, a pioneering initiative that empowers low to moderate-income families in reaching their dream of homeownership.


Fluent in Spanish, Vanessa plays a crucial role in assisting Spanish-speaking borrowers navigate through the intricacies of mortgage loan processes. As an underwriter for First Financial Mortgage, she specializes in FHA, VA, and USDA mortgage loans, showcasing her expertise in diverse financial products.


Beyond her professional achievements, Vanessa actively contributes to the community. She served on the Professional Women in Building board, where she shared her insights and experiences with fellow industry professionals. Additionally, Vanessa held a position on the executive boards of both Habitat for Humanity and the Abilene Housing Authority, demonstrating her commitment to making a positive impact on housing initiatives and community development.

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Tarus Jones, Commissioner

Tarus Jones, originally from Houston, Texas, has been a resident of Abilene since 1999. Mr.Jones attended McMurry University, graduating with his Bachelor of Business Administration. He previously served as a member on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters here in Abilene. He has had a career in insurance since 2012.

Tarus is a loving husband and father to three boys. He enjoys basketball and mentors local youth through the sport, by coaching.  

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Beto Carrasco, Board Chair

Beto Carrasco is originally from Kress, Texas and has been a resident of Abilene for the last three years after spending 30 years living in the DFW area. Mr. Carrasco works as a Sales Manager for Vexus Fiber and enjoys his job and what his company is able to provide within the Abilene community.

Beto has two children and two grandchildren. In his free time, Beto enjoys singing, reading and playing tennis.

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Jud Beall

Jud Beall, Secretary

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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