2008 Summer Conference – Austin

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Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell serves as a team leader in the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts’ Appropriation Control section. She has worked for the state of Texas since 1989, with the last eight years at the Comptroller’s office. Her previous state experience is with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (and its predecessor agencies), where she worked with accounting, grants and the budget. Karen is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University with a B.B.A. in Accounting.

In addition to leading a team in Appropriation Control, Karen is also an instructor at the Comptroller’s office. She teaches the USAS Core Lab — a class that gives new users of the Uniform Statewide Accounting System (USAS) an overview of the system’s profiles and screens, and hands on experience with system basics. She also teaches Appropriation Management, which is designed for agency financial professionals who manage and monitor budgets. And she teaches specialized classes customized to meet the needs of agencies related to USAS and the appropriation process.

As an instructor and team leader, Karen teaches tips and tricks that make the job of monitoring appropriations easier for financial professionals at Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education.

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Christina Dorfhuber

Christina Dorfhuber is a Principal with Deloitte Consulting, one of the largest consulting service companies in the world. She currently leads Deloitte’s U.S. National Public Sector Strategy and Operations practice. Christina has been consulting in the Public Sector for more than 18 years prior to working for both federal and state governments.

Christina joined Deloitte in 1996 focusing on major government transformation and efficiency efforts that included significant process and system change. Her most notable clients include: EMPOWER Kentucky, the State of Michigan, the State of Wisconsin, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Ohio.

In her role as the National Public Sector Strategy and Operations lead, Christina is actively involved in developing the firm’s capabilities and expertise in government cost reduction, customer relationship management, CIO management, government enterprise reengineering, and operational performance improvement. She has presented numerous talks and papers on these topics. Christina holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Don Green

Don Green, one of three elected members to the Employees Retirement System (ERS) Board of Trustees, is responsible for investment decisions for the $25 billion retirement fund as well as implementation of the state employee health insurance program with $2 billion worth of annual expenditures. He is currently the director of budget and policy for the Texas House of Representatives and serves as Speaker Tom Craddick’s representative on the Bond Review Board and the Council on Competitive Government.

His 28 years in state government include 15 at the Legislative Budget Board as a budget analyst and special assistant to the director. He’s also held the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) slot at the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and at the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). At HHSC, he managed a biennial budget of more than $16 billion and oversaw other health and human service agency budgets with a combined biennial budget of about $35 billion and a staff of more than 50,000.

A native of Riverdale, Georgia, Green attended Clayton Junior College, Georgia Tech, and Shorter College in Georgia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting. In 1977, he was named a Harry S. Truman Foundation National Scholar. Green subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs (MPA) and another in business administration (MBA) from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Brian Guthrie

Brian Guthrie has worked for the Governor’s Office since 2000 and currently serves as Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Budget, Planning and Policy. Prior to moving to the Executive Branch, Brian spent four years working for Lt. Governors Bullock and Perry as a Special Assistant on the Budget and Health and Human Services. In addition to his familiarity with state budget policy, Brian has also worked on higher education, criminal justice, public retirement systems and state health insurance issues. He got his start in state government at the Legislative Budget Board, which he joined in 1993 after receiving a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs (M.P.Aff) from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. In addition to the M.P.Aff, Guthrie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History, Magna Cum Laude, from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania.

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Don Holdegraver

Don Holdegraver is chief internal auditor for the University of North Texas System in Denton. He oversees all internal auditing and investigations of employee dishonesty and theft for the 34,000 student Denton campus as well as the University’s Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the emerging Dallas campus and the Universities Center, also in Dallas. He has more than 32 years of auditing experience, including the last 22 years in higher education and health sciences. He has served as director of Operations Analysis at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, inspector general at the University of South Florida and director of University Audit Services for Saint Louis University and Health Sciences Center. Holdegraver also has auditing experience in two major hospitals, in financial services and in public accounting.

Don earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Inspector General. He was credentialed as a CPA by the State of Missouri. He has held voluntary committee, officer and board positions with the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors and the Association of College and University Auditors, and he has spoken to a variety of professional associations.

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Martin August Hubert

Martin August Hubert was appointed by Comptroller-elect Susan Combs to serve as the Deputy Comptroller and Chief Clerk for the Office of Comptroller of Public Accounts in January 2007. Prior to this appointment, Hubert was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in September 2006. Hubert served as the Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Texas, a position for which he was sworn in by Lt. Governor Bob Bullock in January 1999. Previously, Hubert served on the Federal Government Relations Team of Texas A&M University, as General Counsel for the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee and as a member of the personal staff of Lt. Governor Bullock, first as Special Assistant for Agriculture and Natural Resources and then as his General Counsel.

As a student at Texas A&M University, Hubert was the Corps of Cadets Brigade Executive Commander, a member of the Ross Volunteers, toured with the Singing Cadets and successfully completed U.S. Army Ranger training. Hubert also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. He graduated from St. Mary’s Law School and received his Master of Laws in Federal Income Taxation from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Hubert is married to the former Celeste Cooke, and they have a daughter Annabelle, and a son, Patrick Hubert II. He is an active partner in his family’s cattle ranching operation in Kleberg County and volunteers for the Catholic Church and Texas Legal Services.

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Bill Kilmartin

Bill Kilmartin has been with Accenture since May 2001. He provides strategic guidance and develops products and services focused on the needs of state and local governments. He focuses on improving financial and administrative processes using best practices, benchmarking, technology, optimization of supply chains via strategic sourcing and development of ERP solutions. Prior to joining Accenture, Bill performed a similar role for American Management Systems.

Bill enjoyed a 21-year career in public service with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving as the State Comptroller from 1989 to 1999. Numerous projects implemented under Bill’s direction have received national recognition and awards. He has served as the president of the National Association of State Comptrollers, as well as holding leadership positions in several national professional associations such as the EBT Council and the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council.

Bill’s accomplishments include the Achievement of the Year award from the Association of Government Accountants, the National Public Service Award from the American Association of Public Administration and National Academy for Public Administration, the President’s Award for Contributions and Leadership from the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers, and the George Mitchell Award for Leadership in Electronic Payments from the National Automated Clearinghouse Association.

Bill received his Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University in Boston.

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Harvey Kronberg

Harvey Kronberg has served as editor of the Quorum Report, the Newsletter of Political Texas since 1989. The Quorum Report is a non-partisan online publication covering state politics and government from an insider’s perspective. Harvey also is a political analyst for News8 Austin and is a former contributing columnist to the Austin American Statesman.

Texas Monthly declared him one of the 25 most powerful individuals in Texas politics in 2005.

What others have to say: Texas Monthly: “Who reads Harvey Kronberg’s dispatches from the State Legislature? Everyone. The nexus of political gossip right now isn’t the Cloak Room, the Austin Club or any of the dark-whisky soaked haunts where politicos while away their evenings. It is the precise location at any given time of Harvey Kronberg.”

Former Lt. Governor Bob Bullock: “The Capitol’s most astute observer”. Harvey graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with Honors in Plan II and Special Honors in History, and participated in the Junior Year Abroad Program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After graduating from the University of Texas, Harvey spent several years as a licensed auctioneer. In addition to the Quorum Report, he and his wife Michele own and operate Austin Flag and Flagpole, Inc.

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Wayne Pulver

Wayne Pulver is an Assistant Director at the Legislative Budget Board, with functional oversight over the bedget teams for Health and Human Service, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, Natural Resources and Judiciary, and General Government as well as the Criminal Justice and Data Analysis team. He also serves as liaison to the House Appropriations Committee. Prior to this position, Wayne was manager of the Estimates and Revenue Group at the LBB, was Special Assistant to Lt. Governor Bullock, and spent six regular sessions in various capacities with the New York State legislature, including Research Director at the New York State Legislative Tax Study Commission.

Wayne holds a B.S. in Economics from Siena College in New York, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Public Sector Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

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Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey is the editor of Texas Weekly, the premier newsletter on government and politics in the Lone Star State. He has been a journalist for nearly three decades, a spree interrupted only by a 28-month gap when he worked for the Comptroller of Public Accounts. He’s been a staff reporter at the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald, a freelance writer for a number of regional and national publications, and a reporter and newscaster at radio stations in Denton and Dallas. He became editor of Texas Weekly in 1998. Ross was born in Amarillo, reared (mostly) in El Paso, and educated at (but not graduated from) the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of North Texas in Denton.

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Tom Shindell, Ph.D.

Tom Shindell is the Director of Organization Development for the Texas Education Agency. He has worked in Texas state government for more than 13 years: as a Training Specialist for the then Texas Department of Health (now DSHS), as a Management Advisor for the Texas State Auditor’s Office, and at TEA. His other work experience includes serving on the faculty of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and as visiting faculty at the Universidad Autonima de Taumaulipas (the Open University of Taumaulipas in Mexico). Tom is also a private consultant whose client list includes Whole Foods Markets, the Association for State and Territorial Directors of Public Health and Public Health Promotion, Collective Technologies, Travis County Juvenile Court and the Texas Public Health Museum. He has served as the Chair of the ASTD Research to Practice Committee as well as the Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director of the Academy of Human Resource Development. Tom has presented internationally in several publications. He lives in far south Austin and is looking for a good dog.

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Suzy Whittenton

Suzy Whittenton is the Director of Fiscal Management Division for the Comptroller of Public Accounts. She has served in that position since January 1, 2007. The Fiscal Management Division serves as the state’s chief accountant, a primary duty of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The division also disburses funds and pays claims that process through the state’s accounting and payroll/personnel systems. For four years prior to her appointment as Director, she served as the division’s Assistant Director.

Suzy has also served as an agency CFO in large, mid-sized and small agencies. She started her state career at the Governor’s Office and then moved to the Texas Racing Commission to serve as CFO for nearly eight years. She then took a position at the Texas Animal Health Commission as the Deputy Executive Director for Administration and CFO. She followed that with three years as CFO at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission. Suzy has a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Sandra Woodruff

Sandra Woodruff has served as the Director of Special Projects in the Fiscal Management Division since March 1, 2006. The Fiscal Management Division serves as the state’s chief accountant, a primary duty of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The division also disburses funds and pays claims that process through the state’s accounting and payroll/personnel systems. Over the past 22 years, Sandra has spent a majority of her career working on the statewide financial systems in various capacities. She participated in the implementation of the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) and subsequently in the redesign, development, implementation and conversion of HRIS for institutions of higher education. Sandra also led a team of state and contract staff in the planning, development and implementation of the Standardized Payroll/Personnel Reporting System (SPRS). She also oversaw the conversion of agencies to SPRS. She directs staff in the planning and implementation of desktop, Web and mainframe systems in support of the Fiscal Management Division. She is also involved in the interpretation and implementation of payroll and personnel policies.

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