Our Staff

The staff at Kirkwood & Darby is committed to meeting the needs of our clientele. We stay abreast of developments in the property tax industry with continuing education and training. We take pride in our ability to work with our clients and bring a level of professionalism unmatched in the industry.

Debbie R. Welch, Property Tax Consultant

Ms. Welch has been with the firm since 1988 and specializes in the administration and management of property taxes on royalty interests and non-producing mineral interests. She also has the responsibility of directing our tax payment service. She currently is responsible for overseeing approximately 25,000 mineral interests and is responsible for tax payments exceeding $2.3 million. She is a member of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals and is a registered Texas Property Tax Consultant.

D. Bruce (Skip) Kongable II, Senior Property Tax Consultant

Mr. Kongable joined the firm in September 1991 after seven (7) years at a competing firm. Prior to that he was employed by the Parker County Central Appraisal District. Mr. Kongable holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics with an emphasis on Real Estate Economics from Texas A & M University. He specializes in the administration of property taxes for oil and gas properties, industrial properties and personal property. He has served on the Personal Property Committee of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals including one term as chairman. He serves on the Property Tax Committee of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. He is also a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation and is a registered Texas Senior Property Tax Consultant.

Win Brown, Senior Property Tax Consultant

Mr. Brown recently re-joined the firm after working in the property tax department of a large Houston oil & gas company for eight years. He had previously been with Kirkwood and Darby for 12 years and competing firms for another 11 years. He has concentrated on representing oil and gas and related companies and became an expert on CO2 secondary recovery projects while representing two of the largest valued CO2 projects in the state. He also had the opportunity to be in the forefront of the oil shale revolution, representing properties in oil shale plays such as the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas. Along with the oil shale he also worked sand mines and plants, as well as rail facilities. He earned a Bachelorís degree from Texas Tech University and a Masterís degree from Oral Roberts University. He is registered with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation as a Senior Property Tax Consultant.

Richard A. Yeager, P.E., Consulting Engineer

Mr. Yeager graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has been employed by Amoco Production Company, W.R. Grace & Company, Southland Royalty Company and Marshall R. Young Oil Company before forming his own consultant petroleum engineering firm in 1986. He has provided consultant engineering support for the Railroad Commission of Texas and has appeared before numerous Appraisal Review Boards on behalf of operators.