2017 Summer Conference – San Marcos

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About the Speakers

Hershel Becker Download Presentation

Hershel Becker joined the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) in July 2016 and serves as the Chief Procurement Officer. He is responsible for overseeing and directing procurement and contracting functions for DIR’s Enterprise and Cooperative Contracts.

Hershel brings nearly 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to assuming his current role, Hershel served as the Deputy Director for Contract Operations at the Texas Office of the Attorney General where he directed all major outsourcing initiatives for the Child Support Division. While there, he represented the Office of the Attorney General on the state’s Contract Advisory Team for eight years. He was also responsible for operations of the State Disbursement Unit, employer services and various internal projects.

Prior to his state service, Hershel worked for management consulting, technology services and outsourcing companies for 15 years, where he spent the majority of his career providing technology–related services to the state of Texas.

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Lisa Craven Download Presentation

Lisa has over 28 years of state service, having worked in both the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. She served as Chief of Staff for then-Senator Hegar from 2007–2014, worked in the House of Representatives from 1989–2007, and began her career as a Capitol tour guide in 1986. Since January 2015 Lisa has served as Chief of Staff for Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

Lisa has a BS in Speech from the University of Texas at Austin. When she isn’t busy volunteering for a school or community organization she can be found following Longhorn sports, especially in the fall. Lisa and her husband, Eric, are the proud parents of two daughters, Caroline and Elizabeth.

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Glenn Hegar

Elected in November 2014, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Hegar is a sixth-generation Texan, who grew up farming land that has been in his family since the mid-1800s. Before becoming Comptroller, Hegar served in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, and also served as chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which works to eliminate inefficiency in government agencies. Hegar attended Texas A&M as an undergraduate, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. He then attended St. Mary’s University, earning a Master of Arts and his law degree. At the University of Arkansas, he earned a Master of Laws degree. Glenn and his wife Dara have three young children — Julia, Jonah and Claire.

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Dr. Jim Henson Download Presentation

Dr. James Henson directs the Texas Politics Project and teaches in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2008, he has co-directed the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, and has designed and implemented polls and provided strategic analyses for a wide range of non-profits and interest groups. He is a frequent contributor to The Texas Tribune and their companion site TribTalk, and his analyses of Texas politics appear regularly in media including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and other outlets. He is the principal author of a web–based textbook on Texas government, now in its third edition, that is used by thousands of students both at UT and at colleges and universities across Texas.

He earned his MA and PhD from the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He served as a member and chairman of the City of Austin Ethics Review Commission from 2009 to 2012, is a member of the Travis County Elections Study Group, and has been a member of the Subiendo Leadership Academy Advisory Board since its founding in 2010.

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Mark Howard Download Presentation

Mark Howard is the global lead for Accenture’s Public Administration/ Regulatory industry group. His team focuses on helping clients implement leading practices, systems, and organizational designs in government administrative and regulatory agencies. He spent four years as Accenture’s Global Program Director for Government Finance & Performance Management. His clients in the US include cities, counties, states, special districts, universities and federal agencies. Overseas, he has worked with the French Ministry of Finance and several United Nations agencies. He helped develop and lead with Bill Kilmartin Accenture’s participation in the performance benchmarking program of the National Association of State Auditors, Controllers, and Treasurers (NASACT). Prior to joining Accenture, Mark spent 10 years in city management in various roles with cities in Texas, Colorado and Wisconsin. He has a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Northwestern University.

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Ed Kelly Download Presentation

Ed Kelly has over 30 years’ e xperience in business and information technology. He currently serves as the Statewide Data Coordinator for the Department of Information Resources (DIR). In his role, he works with agencies and institutions of higher education to collaboratively develop data policies, standards and best practices to improve data governance and integrity statewide.

Ed is also responsible for seeking out opportunities for data sharing across government agencies to increase government transparency, reduce duplicative information collection, and improve data management and analysis. Prior to joining DIR, he held positions with the Texas Department of Agriculture as Chief Administrative Officer and with the Texas Department of Public Safety as Chief Information Officer. Ed’s experience includes a variety of roles in the private sector including State Street Bank and Trust Company, Fidelity Investments, Dell Computer, Dell Financial Services, and Unisys Corporation.

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Sean McCleskey Download Presentation

R. Sean McCleskey is the Director of Organizational Education and Measurement at the Center for Identity. He is also a faculty member in the Master of Science, Identity Management and Security Program. Prior to this position, Sean served as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, San Antonio Field Office, from 1998 until his retirement in 2015. During his tenure, he conducted a variety of investigations to include, but not limited to, the following: counterfeit currency, bank fraud, identity theft, credit card abuse, child pornography, narcotics trafficking, domestic terrorism and threats to protectees of the United States Secret Service. Sean holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University and his Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1998.

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Chan McDermott Download Presentation

Chan McDermott has managed the HHS Leadership Development Program since April, 2012. Prior to that, she served for three years as the manager of the HHSC Family Violence Program. Chan has worked in public health, health education, and community mobilization since 1990. Her work experience has included both the non-profit and public sectors. She worked at the Texas Department of State Health Services, formerly the Texas Department of Health, from 1992-2009, most recently as the Coordinator for the Office of Title V and Family Health. Previous to that, she was the Women’s and Perinatal Health Coordinator for six years, managed the Community Mobilization/Primary Health Care Program for two years, and worked in breastfeeding training and promotion with the WIC Program for seven years. Chan has also worked with United Cerebral Palsy of the Capital Area, Planned Parenthood, the Austin Children’s Museum and East Dallas Community School. She has a master’s degree in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin and degrees in journalism, psychology, and English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her Personal Report (thesis) was a comparison of family planning programs in the interior and border regions of Mexico. Chan is also a certified childbirth educator and birth doula.

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Bobby Pounds

Bobby Pounds is the Assistant Director of the Statewide Procurement Division at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, overseeing the day-to-day operations in statewide contract development, contract management, procurement policy and outreach, fleet management and travel services, data management, the statewide HUB program and state mail services.

He has over 25 years of state experience in compliance, contracting and policy. He has been with the Comptroller since 2008 and holds certifications as a Certified Texas Procurement Manager and a Certified Texas Contract Manager. Prior to being named Assistant Director, he was the manager of the Statewide Contract Management Office. Before coming to CPA, he was in Program Administration with the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Bobby has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Jake Pugh Download Presentation

Jacob Pugh is the manager of the Legislative Budget Board’s Contracts Oversight and Technology Team, tasked with identifying and mitigating risk in the contracting process in Texas. In this role, he oversees the contract oversight function of the LBB, including managing the contracts database and providing outreach and training to state agencies regarding contract reporting, and providing policy recommendations on contracting matters. He has a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in Minnesota, a Law degree from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from the University of Texas. Prior to assuming his current duties, he spent 3 years at the Texas Military Department, and 12 years as an Active Duty Air Force Judge Advocate. He is currently a JAG officer in the US Air Force Reserve, and holds certifications as a Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Mike Reissig Download Presentation

Mike Reissig is the Deputy Comptroller for Comptroller Glenn Hegar. Mike is also the current Immediate–Past President of the Federation of Tax Administrators’ Board of Trustees.

Mike is also a recipient of the Texas State Agency Business Administrators Association’s Administrator of the Year award.

Prior to becoming Deputy Comptroller, Mike held the following positions at the Comptroller’s office: Associate Deputy Comptroller for Tax and Fiscal Policy, Director of Tax Administration, Director of Fiscal Management and Chief Revenue Estimator.

During the 1991 and 1993 sessions, Mike also worked at the Texas Legislature out of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Mike’s academic background includes a bachelor’s degree with honors from Texas Lutheran College, a master’s degree in business administration from Southwest Texas State University and a degree in accounting.

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Evan Smith

Evan Smith is CEO and co–founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization recently called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune’s deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including nine national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and six awards from the Online News Association. Previously Evan spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as Editor and a year as President and Editor–in–Chief.

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Tyler Taylor

Tyler Taylor is the Assistant Supervisor of the Payment Services section in the Fiscal Management Division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. He began his career with CPA as a Program Specialist in Payment Services in 2009. During this time, he has worked directly with the distribution of state payments through warrants and direct deposit, administering the warrant hold program, administering and promoting the direct deposit program, issuing expedite warrants, conducting section training classes, and assisting agencies in maintaining payee information in the Texas Identification Number System (TINS). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas. Tyler and his wife Sara have three children and live in Austin, TX.

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Susan Warren Download Presentation

Susan is a partner in the Public Sector practice for KPMG’s Austin office, with more than 25 years of audit experience. She focuses on providing financial and compliance (A–133) auditing services to state and local governments and not-for-profit entities. Susan speaks at various conferences on GASB and Single Audit topics. Susan is a graduate of Texas Christian University and licensed as a CPA in Texas. She is a member of the AICPA and Texas Society of CPAs.

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Ken Welch Download Presentation

Ken is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University with a BBA in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He began his career with General Telephone in 1978, and started his career in Texas state government in the fall of 1980 when he relocated to Austin for his wife to attend UT Law School. Over the last 37 years, Ken has worked for seven different state agencies. After brief stints as an accountant at the Commission for the Blind and the Governor’s Office of Budget and Planning, Ken served as the Director of Administration for the Texas Animal Health Commission for seven years. He left TAHC to become the Deputy Director for Administration at the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), better known as the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). After the demise of the SSC, he spent 12 years with the Comptroller’s Office, the last five as the Director of Fiscal Management. Following the Comptroller’s office Ken served as the Director of Enterprise Systems Budget and Fiscal Policy for the Health and Human Services Commission prior to accepting the position of CFO for the Teacher Retirement System. In September 2011, he was promoted to TRS Deputy Director. Ken is a past president of the Texas State Business Administrators Association and was selected as the Administrator of the Year in 2004.

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Jette Withers Download Presentation

Jette Withers is the Director of the Statewide Procurement Division with the Comptroller’s Office and has recently been named the Chief Procurement Officer for the state of Texas, a position created by the Texas Legislature this past session.

Jette oversees the award and management of more than $3 billion in statewide contracts each year. The Statewide Procurement Division develops these contracts on behalf of more than 200 state agencies and institutions of higher education, as well as more than 1,600 local governments. She has overseen the reorganization of the division’s contracting processes to improve its service to state agencies and local government customers. Her team trains and certifies Texas’ public procurement professionals and develops best practices, guidelines and procedures for state agency purchasing. Her division also oversees the Statewide Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program and statewide travel, fleet, and mail operations.

Prior to her appointment as Director, Jette served as the Deputy General Counsel for Contracts overseeing the Comptroller’s internal procurements. Prior to joining the Comptroller’s Office, she was a finance attorney with Haynes and Boone, LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms.

Jette received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Aarhus in Denmark; her Master’s in Business Administration from St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas; and her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, in 2004.

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Cindy Yarbrough Download Presentation

Cindy has a BA in Education from The University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. While she began her career as a school teacher for the visually impaired, most of her professional life has been in organizational development and human resources. She left teaching to work for the Comptroller’s Office as a Training and Development Specialist followed by five years as the Training Manager at Gillingwater Property Management. In 1985, Cindy started her own consulting practice and for approximately 18 years provided her organizational development services to private and public organizations across the United States and in Canada and China. In 2006, ready to retire from the top t wo percent of U.S. travelers, Cindy accepted an opportunity to return to the Comptroller’s Office as a Dispute Resolution Officer. She moved to the Texas Teacher Retirement System in 2012 to run the Organizational Change Management project in support of a multi-year enterprise application modernization effort that continues today. Still with TRS, she is currently the Manager of Organizational Excellence over Learning and Development and Organizational Change Management.

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Representative Zerwas Download Presentation

Representative John Zerwas, M.D. is serving his sixth legislative term in the Texas House of Representatives. He proudly serves the citizens of Texas House District 28, which encompasses northwestern Fort Bend County and is currently one of the fastest growing regions in the State of Texas.

In 2017, Representative Zerwas was named Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee by Speaker Joe Straus. Previously, Representative Zerwas served eight years on the House Appropriations Committee, four of which he served as chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on health and human services. Zerwas is a member of the Legislative Budget Board, is past chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education, and a past member of the House Committee on Public Health.

A physician for more than 30 years, Representative Zerwas is one of four doctors in the Texas House of Representatives. His perspective is important at a time when health and human services is one of the fastest-growing areas of state spending. Dr. Zerwas is past-president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. More than a decade ago, Dr. Zerwas co-founded a Houston area group practice which recently became part of US Anesthesia Partners, and he remains active in the operations of the partnership. He has previously served as the President of the Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers and Chief Medical Officer of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System.

John graduated from Bellaire High School in 1973, and in 1978, he married his late wife Cindy Hughes. After graduating from the University of Houston, he earned his Doctorate in Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in 1980. John and his wife Sylvia reside in Richmond, and together have six children and six grandchildren.

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