Meet Your TSABAA Board

officers 2018We’ve asked them a couple of questions so that you can get to know them better.

President Rebecca Trevino

What do you think is the most important thing about being a public servant?

In my opinion, I think the most important thing about being a public servant is the duty to perform our roles with the utmost professional integrity. The public expects state government staff to be knowledgeable and to execute their obligations in a timely and accurate manner. To effectively do that, we must be informed, accountable, responsive, accurate and operate with a sense of urgency.

If you could something other than what you do, what would it be?

I would be practicing tax law.  I very much wanted to go to law school but the thought of debt frightened me to the point of pushing the goal aside. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I think I would make a different decision.

First Vice-President Yolanda Hall

What do you think is the most important thing about being a public servant?

Integrity and selflessness. State work requires integrity to perform for the citizens of Texas. It also requires selflessness and the willingness to work for a larger goal.

If you could something other than what you do, what would it be?

I would be an event planner. An officer position in TSABAA often requires many of the same skill sets needed for event planning.

First Vice-President Steven O’Sheilds

What do you think is the most important thing about being a public servant?

Feeling like my work makes a difference, not only to our licensees, but all Texans who use their services.

If you could something other than what you do, what would it be?

I’d own my own business and am interested in a wide variety of industries, so it would likely incorporate several services.

Treasurer Lisa Nance

What do you think is the most important thing about being a public servant?

It takes a special person to dedicate their life to state government. The state staff that I have been blessed to work with are intelligent, compassionate and really love what they do. I believe that it is because they know the work they do is important every day. When unexpected needs arise, state staff come together to accept the challenge head on. A recent example is the recovery effort resulting from Hurricane Harvey. Employees from all levels of government came together to provide relief for those unfortunate victims. Those employees truly exemplify what it means to be a public servant.

If you could something other than what you do, what would it be?

If I was doing something else you might find me in my kitchen. I love to cook and bake, especially for friends and family.

Secretary Elizabeth Sifuentez Koch

What do you think is the most important thing about being a public servant?

We often hear that we spend tax payer dollar as a public servant. That it includes my dollar too. It’s my responsibility to gain the trust of our customers. We need to be diligent in our work and lead my team to the expectations that I would have for someone else in state government. Whether it be health, education, or transportation. I value my contribution and strive to be the most effective in managing the budget for the TCEQ, the environmental agency for the state of Texas. I’m fortunate to be part of the planning and logistics that it takes to be a successful state agency. I take pride in our purpose, which is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste. These attributes are essential when serving the people.

If you could something other than what you do, what would it be?

This is a tough question. I love being outside and creating new spaces, so I think I would like to own a plant store. I recently visited the Frond Plant Shop in central Austin. I thought this is exactly the kind of plant store I would want to have.

Parliamentarian Brandy Corrales

What do you think is the most important thing about being a public servant?

The most important thing about being a public servant is the opportunity to serve a greater good. The Texas Medical Board’s mission is to protect the public. It is great knowing that every day we are making steps to ensure that the public is safe. Every task completed has meaning and rolls up to a bigger purpose.

If you could something other than what you do, what would it be?

If I could do anything other than what I do, I would be a Pharmacist or doing something in Sports Medicine.

Past-President Phillip Ashley

What do you think is the most important thing about being a public servant?

The fact that as public servants we serve our fellow citizens of Texas has always resonated with me. Our efforts produce results which can help shape people’s lives. It’s a big responsibility, and for me it instills a real sense of meaning in my work.

If you could something other than what you do, what would it be?

I would seriously love to be a farmer.

 

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About the Author

Carla James

Carla is the Deputy Executive Director for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Carla James can be contacted at: carla.james@tdlr.texas.gov.