Thunder Board of Directors


Coach Chris Cullen, Club Director  [email protected]

Chris has been with Thunder since its founding in 2009 and is the leader of all day to day operations of the club. His daughter is a Thunder graduate playing NCAA water polo and his son will be heading off to college to play ball in another year.  Chris is also the Chair of the TISCA water polo board as well as the Head Women’s ODP coach for the Southwest Zone.

Kristy Winkler, President  [email protected]

A member of Thunder since 2013, Kristy is a mother of four children, one Thunder graduate now playing NCAA water polo, and one Age Group athlete. She has been the Thunder Treasurer for 5 years and is a Board member for USA Water Polo’s Southwest Zone. She also volunteers her time and bookkeeping for Riding Unlimited a therapeutic riding center in Ponder TX. With a background in accounting and business management she brings organization with fiscal responsibility to the Club.

Jerry McBride, Vice President  [email protected]

Jerry recently retired after serving 30 years in the Air Force. During his service he was appointed as an Air Force Fitness Program Manager and Group Exercise Leader. Sports and fitness have always played a role in his life, off-duty he worked as a personal trainer and volunteered as an assistant coach for flag football. He has two sons that both play on Thunder national teams.

Stacey Flanagan, Treasurer [email protected]

Stacey is the mother of three boys, two who are already in college and the youngest who has joined Thunder as a high school athlete.  She has a background in accounting having worked for one of the big four firms both in the U.S. and overseas.  She held the treasurer position for her son’s soccer team for several years and has been a board member for various philanthropic organizations.

Julie Heuer, Secretary  [email protected]

Julie has two boys that are Age Group athletes with Thunder, her oldest, Landon, has been playing for three years and the youngest, Logan, is a novice athlete.  She has been a dedicated volunteer with Thunder, working closely with the hospitality committee.  Outside of Thunder, Julie volunteers at her kids school and is a substitute teacher on occasion.  

Jason Ickert, Communications Director  [email protected]

Jason started as a parent volunteer for Thunder Water Polo in 2015 when his daughter joined the club as a Thunder Age Group athlete. In addition to his work with Thunder Water Polo he is also an active volunteer with Christian Community Action (CCA) food bank.  He and his wife split their time between the pool and the gym where their other daughter is a gymnast.  In his professional career, he is the Division Director of Application Services, for Medical City Healthcare responsible for the clinical and non-clinical application support for the Medical City network of hospitals.