2014 Summer Conference – San Marcos

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About the Speakers

Jim Beck

Jim Beck knows TSABAA well – having served as its President 30 years ago. He received the TSABAA Administrator of the Year award in 2001. He worked in state government for 43 years, the bulk of it with the Secretary of State. He also worked at the University of Texas at Austin and what is now the Texas Facilities Commission.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Texas Tech University and a Masters in Business Administration from Saint Edward’s University. He is a Navy veteran and Certified Public Accountant.

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Nancy Clark Download Presentation

Nancy Clark has been the Chief Financial Officer for Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) since September 2012. Prior to that, Nancy served as the budget manager and as a budget analyst. She has five years of state experience all with TDI.

Before joining the state, Nancy was an actuarial assistant and the financial manager for an actuarial consulting firm for 13 years, where she specialized in asset adequacy analysis and reserve reporting. As the financial manager, Nancy was responsible for all financial reporting, billing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, benefits, and facility management. Nancy also performed quality assurance and programming for the software development section of the actuarial firm.

Nancy graduated from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer information Science in 1997. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics at St. Edward’s University. Nancy is also a 2012 graduate from the Texas Fiscal Officers’ Academy.

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Randy Dickson Download Presentation

Randy Dickson is a speaker, trainer, author and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of critical communications, professional and interpersonal communication and professional development. For almost 15 years, Randy has served Texas agencies in both contractual and full-time positions, providing supportive and managerial services in the areas of planning, project management, staff development/ training and program development.

As a professional development specialist, Randy served the Texas Department of Public Safety as a curriculum developer, presenter and facilitator within the organization’s staff development and leadership development programs, and currently contracts within the agency within the Outreach and Education Team of the Texas Public Safety Broadband Program.

Randy is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical center at Dallas. He is a licensed instructor with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and a certified trainer in Managing Workplace Conflict, a proprietary course of the Mediation Training Institute International. He is a board certified expert in traumatic stress and a diplomat of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

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Thomas Graham

Thomas Graham is President of Crosswind Communications, a strategic communications firm which guides clients through the complex media, regulatory and stakeholder environment facing today’s business leaders. For more than 20 years he has helped business leaders energize their brands and achieve their business objectives through effective media and corporate communications strategies.

He is an accomplished brand architect, crisis-tested media spokesperson and an expert in shaping public opinion and managing complex communications programs. He was Executive Vice President of Communication & Image at BBVA USA, Thomas developed the brand strategy for BBVA Group’s U.S. acquired financial institutions while protecting the overarching brand reputation from the issues associated with acquisition, integration and financial industry crises.

He is a former business reporter covering local, regional and national trends in business, financial, agricultural, oil and gas and industrial sectors as well as a former Communications Director for a Texas State Senator.

He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute, the Public Relations Society of America, active in communications organizations, and a frequent lecturer on communications issues before students, non-profit, governmental and business associations. He is married to Tanya Fielder and they have three children.

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Deborah Hujar Download Presentation

Deborah Hujar joined the Department of Information Resources (DIR) team in June 2012. Her group develops rules, policies and standards to guide the strategic direction of information technology for the state.

Deborah began her career with the state in 2000 as a bill analyst with the House of Representative during the 77th Legislative Session. She spent three years as a policy and business analyst at the Comptroller’s office in Fiscal Management. She joined the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) in 2004 when the performance review function (formerly e-Texas) moved from the Comptroller to the LBB. As an LBB analyst, Deborah completed various policy and research projects related to state government operations and fiscal programs.

Deborah is a proud alumnus of St. Edward’s University where she studied art and government.

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Julie Ivie Download Presentation

Julie Ivie is the Assistant Director for performance reviews at the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and is responsible for overseeing the work of the School Performance Review Team, the Agency Performance Review Team and the Applied Research and Performance Audit team. These teams conduct reviews of school districts, state policy issues and government programs and make recommendations to ensure the effective and efficient use of resources.

Julie has been with the LBB since 2004 and is a Cer tified Internal Auditor. Prior to working at the LBB, Julie was an Audit Manager at the State Auditor’s Office for 14 years and an Evaluator at the U.S. Government Accountability Office for three years.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Control Systems from the University of North Texas.

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Marcia Kinsey (Color Presentation / Black & White Presentation)

Marcia Kinsey is a Program Associate at Public Works. She conducts training and works with partner organizations as they strive to build support for an effective public sector in their daily work. Marcia has been a member of the Public Works staff since it began as a program at Demos in 2003.

Before she joined the Public Works team, Marcia served the United States government as a diplomat in Belize in Central America. Prior to that, she had a much less exotic – yet very fulfilling – career as a Public Policy Analyst at the Texasbased Center for Public Policy Priorities, where she worked on policies that offered opportunity and promoted prosperity for low- and moderate-income families.

Marcia has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Edward’s University.

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Mac McGuire Download Presentation

Dr. Mac McGuire is the Founding President and Chief Operating Officer of McGuire & Associates Consulting (MAC). He started the company he after a 30-year military career, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. His military experience included a tour as a Company and Battalion Commander with his last assignment as a member of the Adjutant General’s personal staff serving as the State Total Quality Management Coordinator. In that position he was responsible for the implementation of Quality initiatives for more than 21,000 personnel statewide in 110 Texas communities He also served as a full time Superintendent of Schools for nine states in the area of Combat Arms Training.

Dr. Mac teaches for the Professional Development Center at the University of Texas and regularly serves as a guest lecturer in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, organizational improvements, and management of information in four different disciplines at the University of Texas. He has authored several books, including The Executive Guide to Understanding and Implementing the Baldrige Criteria: Improve Revenue and Create Organizational Excellence.

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John O’Brien

John O’Brien retired as director of the Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB) in April 2012 after 23 years with the agency. As director, he was responsible for day-today management of the agency and was involved in oversight of many of the agency’s functions, including preparation of budget and policy recommendations, analysis of fiscal impact of proposed legislation and production of agency publications.

During his time with the LBB, John worked on public education funding and school finance, and served as liaison to the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. In 2012 he received the LBJ School Alumni Association’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

Prior to his work with the LBB, he spent seven years with the City of Austin in various positions related to housing, community development, program analysis, planning, finance and budget.

He has a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and is a 1981 graduate of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Ursala Parks Download Presentation

Ursula Parks is the Director of the Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB). She has worked for the LBB for more than 20 years, and in that time her jobs have included Budget Analyst, Budget Team Manager, Assistant Director and Deputy Director.

She has been directly involved in the development of budget and policy recommendations for numerous state agencies and institutions of higher education 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 minutiae of developing state appropriations.

A life-long Austinite, Ursula holds a bachelor’s degree from American University.

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Lloyd B. Potter Download Presentation

Dr. Potter was appointed as the Texas State Demographer in June of 2010 by Governor Rick Perry. He is Professor of Demography at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where he serves as Director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research and the Texas State Data Center. His current work focuses upon understanding and communicating demographic processes in Texas, training doctoral level applied demographers in the areas of public policy and health, and conducting demographic research on public policy and health related topics.

Dr. Potter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science degree in education from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, a Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University.

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Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey is the Executive Editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune and continues as editor of Texas Weekly, the premier newsletter on government and politics in the Lone Star State, a role he has had since September 1998.

Before joining Texas Weekly in September 1998, Ross was Associate Deputy Comptroller for Policy with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, also working as the agency’s Director of Communications. Prior to that 28-month stint in government, Ramsey spent 17 years in journalism, reporting for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as the paper’s Austin Bureau Chief. Prior to that, he wrote for regional and national magazines and newspapers as a Dallas-based freelance business writer. Ramsey got his start in journalism in broadcasting, working for almost seven years covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

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Enrique Rangel

Enrique Rangel is the Austin Bureau chief for the Amarillo Globe-News and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. He has covered the Texas Legislature for the last 10 years.

Enrique has been a reporter for 32 years, working mostly for the Dallas Morning News and the Orange County Register in Santa Ana Calif. His other beats have included six years as business correspondent in Monterrey, Mexico, for the Dallas News and three years as editorial writer and columnist at the San Antonio Express-News.

In his younger years he lived in Chile and France plus traveled extensively in other countries – as a reporter and during his college years. Enrique is fluent in Spanish but his French is getting rusty for lack of practice.

Enrique holds a B.A. in politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.A. in French and International Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.

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Carlos Rubinstein Download Presentation

Carlos Rubinstein is Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). He was appointed to that position by Governor Rick Perry on Sept. 1, 2013.

He served as a commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) from 2009–2013. He is the Texas representative to the Western States Water Council; the Border Governors’ Conference Sustainable Development worktable; the Governmental Advisory Committee, which advises the EPA Administrator on environmental concerns regarding NAFTA, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation; and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Rubinstein is a former member of the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group and of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board, an independent federal advisory committee that assists the President and Congress on environmental infrastructure needs along the U.S. border with Mexico. He has also served as deputy executive director of TCEQ and as Rio Grande Watermaster. He is the past Texas representative to the Border Governors’ Conference Water worktable and a former city manager for the City of Brownsville. Rubinstein received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pan American University.

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Marva Scallion Download Presentation

Marva Scallion is the Fiscal Project and Process Improvement Officer at the Legislative Budget Board (LBB), responsible for implementation of special projects and coordination of supplemental bills during legislative sessions. She has worked at the LBB for 23 years. Prior to holding her current position, Marva was the Team Manager for the General Government and Legislative agencies where she was responsible for supervising Budget Analysts who develop and present budget recommendations to the legislature for agencies such as the Office of the Governor, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Office of the Attorney General, the Employee Retirement System, the Department of Information Resources and the Texas Public Finance Authority.

Marva is a Certified Public Manager.

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John C. Spooner Download Presentation

John C. Spooner is the President and founder of J. Spooner Consulting. He has led an experienced team of highly accomplished professional organizational development (OD) consultants in servicing a clientele of blue-chip fortune 500 companies, government agencies and multinational companies worldwide since 1994.

John served for 15 years at two major financial services institutions, leaving that phase of his career to pursue a new role as an independent organizational development consultant. John has developed expertise in the development and delivery of a wide variety of cutting-edge OD products and services. He and his team have trained over 20,000 thousand leaders and staff in almost every industry or business.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. He earned his professional OD certification in a number of behavioral science disciplines, including human motivation, emotional intelligence, the psychology of performance and conflict resolution.

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John Van Hoorn Download Presentation

John Van Hoorn is the Director of Enterprise Solution Services’ (ESS) at the Texas Department of Information Resources. Part of the ESS mission is to foster interagency collaboration communities and provide solution architecture guidance and mentoring to state agencies.

A significant effort of the ESS currently underway is the coordination and delivery of the Legacy System Study for non-higher education state agencies to the Texas Legislature as required by HB 2738.

John previously led the DIR Texas Data Center Services Technology Office as Chief Technical architect and provided contract management technical services; guiding technology planning, governance, and deliverables management. He has served multiple Texas state agencies over the past 23 years in various infrastructure and process management capacities, and delivered technology solutions to private sector customers as an independent consultant.

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