December 2016 Mid-Winter Conference

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About the Speakers

Dr. David Biemer High Risk Positions | Succession Planning

David Biemer has been a member of the public sector workforce for more than 30 years. He has held a wide variety of positions, primarily in the areas of organizational effectiveness, human resources and professional development.

For over six years, Biemer was responsible for preparing the next generation of leaders at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. He developed Building the Bench, one of the first comprehensive programs of leadership succession planning in Texas government.

He continued this focus on leadership development at the Texas Department of Health Services, where he designed and delivered programs of management and leadership development.

Following that assignment, Biemer served as the Coordinator of the Leadership Institute at the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

In July 2013, Dr. Biemer was named Chief Learning Officer at Texas Health and Human Services Commission. In this capacity, he advises senior staff on activities and processes that lead to a strong culture of learning across the enterprise.

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Rusty Charlton Download Presentation

Rusty Charlton serves as the Enterprise Resource Planning Project Manager for the Fiscal Management division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. In this role, he is responsible for the deployment of the Centralized Accounting and Payroll/Personnel System (CAPPS) to state agencies.

Prior to joining the Comptroller’s office in February 2013, Charlton managed the development and deployment of CAPPS HR/Payroll to the five Health and Human Services agencies.

Prior to joining state government, Charlton served more than 25 years in the private sector. His focus was mergers and acquisitions in the financial industries.

Charlton attended Texas A&M University, majoring in Management. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 31 years and reside in Round Rock.

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Lauren Godfrey

Lauren Godfrey is a Managing Senior Auditor at the State Auditor’s Office. In her 10 years with SAO, Godfrey has managed various types of audits and diverse teams. She received a BA in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Government Auditing Professional.

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Jo Dale Guzman Download Presentation

Jo Dale Guzman is the Professional Development Manager at the State Auditor’s Office. In her current role, she oversees training events for both the State Auditor’s Office staff and open enrollment training attended by state and local auditors. In addition to training, Guzman is also on the hiring and onboarding team for incoming auditors.

Prior to her current role, Guzman was a program manager for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, where she coordinated bailiff and warrant officer training and a statewide court clerk certification program. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Texas State University-San Marcos for five years.

Mrs. Guzman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from St. Edward’s University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas State University-San Marcos. She has authored articles for various state and national publications; her areas of instruction include Franklin Covey’s Leadership, The 5 Choices and Project Management. She is an avid reader and has a passion for dress code.

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Lisa Haralson Download Presentation

Lisa Haralson is the Team Lead Systems Analyst over the Uniform Statewide Payroll/Personnel System, the Standardized Payroll/Personnel Reporting System and the Human Resource Information System in the Statewide Systems Operations & Payroll Policy section of the Fiscal Management division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. She has worked at the Comptroller’s office since Jan. 2010.

Haralson enjoys creating and delivering training classes for Payroll/HR to other state agency employees. Prior to her current position, she served as the Lead Payroll Officer at the Office of the Attorney General.

With over eight years’ experience in the private sector, Haralson wore many hats, such as general ledger analyst, accounts payable representative, accounts receivable processer, business manager, payroll/human resource officer and bookkeeper.

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Piper Montemayor Download Presentation

Piper Montemayor currently leads the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Public Finance Division, where she serves as the Comptroller’s designee on the Bond Review Board and as primary contact for state disclosure, liquidity and rating firms.

Montemayor previously served as Director of Debt and Portfolio Management at the Texas Water Development Board; as Senior State Debt Analyst for the Texas Bond Review Board; and as Finance Manager for the GOV, Texas Economic Development Bank.

Montemayor has extensive finance, program management and economic development experience in both the public and private sectors.

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Robert Pagenkopf Download Presentation

Robert Pagenkopf is a Managing Senior Auditor at the State Auditor’s Office. His experience at the State Auditor’s Office includes managing the audit of the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Pagenkopf has been a key contributor to the Audit Process Owners Workgroup, an internal group that interprets standards and defines audit procedures. Pagenkopf received a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

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Ursula Parks

Ursula Parks is the Director of the Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB). She has been with LBB since 1993.

During her tenure at LBB, Parks has worked in various capacities including a budget analyst, a budget team manager, an assistant director and the agency’s deputy director.

Parks has been directly involved in the development of budget and policy recommendations for numerous state agencies and institutions within all state government functions; for much of her tenure she was involved specifically in the area of public education finance. She is an expert not only in bigpicture state fiscal policy, but also in the details of developing state appropriations.

Parks is a life-long Austinite, and holds a bachelor’s degree from American University.

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Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey is Executive Editor and co-founder of the Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and coowner of Texas Weekly for 15 years.

Before joining Texas Weekly, Ross was Associate Deputy Comptroller for Policy for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, also working as the agency’s Director of Communications.

Prior to that 28-month stint in government, Ross reported for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald. He also has been a freelancer for regional and national magazines and newspapers and for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

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Kristyn Scroggins

Kristyn Scoggins is a Managing Senior Auditor with the State Auditor’s Office. She has served as the project manager on audits such as the Audit of the Major Events Trust Fund and the Audit of Medicaid Managed Care Contract Processes.

Prior to working at the State Auditor’s Office, Scoggins worked as a research grant administrator and grants and contracts accountant for MD Anderson Cancer Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in business and management from St. Edward’s University and is a Certified Government Auditing Professional.

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Andre Smith

Andre D. Smith serves as the Veteran Advocate for the Health and Human Services Commission, a workforce comprised of five state agencies and roughly 54,000 employees.

Smith’s primary responsibility is to develop and enhance strategies to improve veteran recruitment within HHS’ workforce, also focusing on recognition and retention of current veteran employees.

Smith enlisted in the United States Army in July of 1990 and has served in various leadership roles, numerous duty locations and combat zones throughout his career. After serving with honor and distinction, he retired from active duty on Aug. 31, 2011.

Upon retirement, Smith began his state career as an Eligibility Specialist with the Health and Human Services Commission and later as a Human Resources Generalist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Smith holds a Bachelor in Business Administration, an Associate in General Studies and is pursuing a Master of Arts focusing on Executive Leadership from Liberty University.

Smith is a native Texan, born in Houston, but calls Hemphill (East Texas) his home. He resides in Pflugerville with his family.

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Martin Traylor Download Presentation

Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program (TAP), Transition Services Manager (TSM).

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Brian Vair Download Presentation

Brian Vair, originally from Ohio, served over five years in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer. After enlistment, Vair graduated from Kent State University.

After graduation, Vair’s passion became assisting veterans transition to civilian life. In June 2013, he began work as a Veterans Employer Liaison with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) in Temple, then relocated to Austin. In this role, Vair assisted private employers in veteran recruitment. Vair was nominated for TVC’s "Rising Star" award, appointed to the Central Texas Region’s new Veterans Employment Services Manual Development Team, and selected as a member of TVC’s Personnel Performance Review focus group.

In May 2015, Vair was selected as a Lead Veterans Employer Liaison, where he supervised 11 staff members throughout Central Texas. During that time, he worked with local employers and also trained and mentored staff on policies and procedures.

In May 2016, Vair began work as a Public Entity Veterans Employer Liaison. This position entails working with HR directors from state agencies and institutions of higher education with veteran hiring needs. Services that Vair provides to these agencies include: veterans preference assistance, career fair guidance and training for hiring authorities.

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