Texas Municipal Human Resources Association’s
2020-2021 Nominations and Elections
The TMHRA Nominating Committee and Board of Directors recommend the following individuals for the TMHRA Board of Directors.
2020-2021 Nominations Slate
Craig Barnes, City of Plano (INCUMBENT)
Craig was born and raised in Garland where he met and married his wife, best friend, and roller coaster partner of over 25 years. They have been blessed with three beautiful, intelligent, and talented daughters ranging in age from 10 to 21.
Craig is a proud member of Team Plano where he serves as the human resources strategic solutions manager. His responsibilities include leading organizational initiatives that are focused on improving the operational effectiveness and efficiencies of human resources programs that impact the organization and customers. Examples of these initiatives are the implementation of the City’s Talent Management Model tenets (Acquire Align Develop Retain); threading the organizational values which form the acronym SERVE (Stewardship Engaged Respectful Visionary Excellence) through employee engagement, performance, and recognition; and oversight of the Human Resources Information System (HRIS).
Before becoming a member of Team Plano, Craig had more than 17 years of service in the City of Garland Human Resources Department. His responsibilities included management of the citywide employee engagement program and intranet (COGnet), compensation, human resources project management, and various systems such as the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and the Human Resources Information System (HRIS). He previously served as the director of civil service and in many other human resources capacities, including risk management claims analyst and training coordinator. Prior to joining the City of Garland, Craig worked in the bank and insurance industries for 10 years.
Craig received his bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University, holds an International Public Management Association – Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) designation, and is currently enrolled in the University of Texas at Dallas Master of Public Administration (MPA) Certificate Program. He is an active member of Dallas HR, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association (TMHRA), and the Texas Public Employer Labor Relations Association (TxPELRA).
Holly Guidry, City of Nederland (INCUMBENT)
Holly Guidry is a Southeast Texas native and attended Lamar University where she earned a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management. Holly joined the City of Nederland as the Court Administrator in 2010 before being promoted to Human Resources Director / Civil Service Director in 2013. She also serves as the Assistant to the City Manager for special projects.
Holly is responsible for managing all personnel related operations, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and addressing labor relations concerns, overseeing benefits administration and risk management. Working in a small city often presents unique challenges, however, having the opportunity to know all of Nederland’s employees and building personal relationships with them is one of the things she loves the most about her role.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and Chihuahua.
LARISSA RODRIGUEZ, City of Uvalde (INCUMBENT)
Larissa has almost 7 years of municipal human resources experience and serves as the Director of Human Resources with the City of Uvalde. Larissa is a Uvalde native and has had a long standing passion for serving others through her commitment to human resource best practices. The passion for local government administration originated when Larissa was offered the Human Resource Manager position for the City of Uvalde in 2013, after serving as the City’s Administrative Assistant/City Secretary since 2010. This led Larissa to receive a Bachelor of Applied Science – Organizational Leadership Specialization degree from Sul Ross State University in Uvalde, Texas, in 2016.
As the sole HR Representative for the City, Larissa is responsible for oversight of Personnel Services, Risk Management, Employee Benefits, and assists in providing Professional Development opportunities for all Uvalde staff. During her tenure, she has organized several employee-based initiatives including special events and health/wellness programs. Larissa has served as a Trustee on the TMHRA Board of Directors from 2018 to present. During this time, she had the pleasure of serving on the Programming, Membership Development, and Membership Engagement/Communications Committees. In her free time, Larissa enjoys reading, listening to audio books, running and spending time with her husband and their daughters.
Haley Archer, City of Roanoke
Haley Archer was born and raised in Carrollton, Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Central Oklahoma in May of 2014. She is SHRM-CP and IPMA-CP certified and looking forward to continue those certifications to the senior level. She is a past recipient of the Rising Star award for TMHRA. She began working in Human Resources internships in 2012 as a sophomore in college. Her first internship was at the City of University Park underneath Luanne Hanford, who taught her very much about Human Resources.
After graduating, Haley went to work at the City of Celina in 2014, as the Human Resources Manager in a department of one for 2½ years. Upon leaving there, she joined the City of Roanoke as an HR Generalist and only designated HR representative for the City.
Haley enjoys working in small cities so she can get experience and grow in every aspect of Human Resources. She met her best friend and husband, Bryan, in 2015. They have two kids, Wesson and Colton and three furbabies. She loves spending time together as a family and cheering on our Texas Rangers!
Harold Cates, City of Fort Worth
Harold is the Human Resources Manager for the Classification, Compensation, and Civil Service Testing Division for the Human Resources Department for the City of Fort Worth. He leads and manages job classification projects, organizational studies, the administration of the City’s compensation plans and the examination processes for police and fire according to the Meet and Confer, Collective Bargaining Agreements, and Chapter 143. Harold also participates in the negotiations and costs out labor agreements according to the Meet and Confer and Collective Bargaining Agreements. Harold has over 29 years of experience in the Human Resources field and has served as the Director of Human Resources for the cities of Midlothian, Southlake, Killeen, and as the Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources for First National Bank Texas. Harold is a Board Member with the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) and the President of the Texas Public Employer Labor Relations Association (TXPELRA). He has an MBA from Mary-Hardin Baylor, and a BA in Economics from Texas A&M University. Harold has a Certified Public Manager certification from the University of Texas in Arlington, School of Urban and Public Affairs and is a past board member of TMHRA and is a past speaker at TML and TMHRA Annual Conferences. He also holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP and RACR certifications.
Lindsey Cox, City of Schertz
Lindsey attended Texas State University where she received a B.A. in Management with a concentration in Human Resources. Lindsey obtained her SHRM-CP in 2016 and is working to obtain her SHRM-SCP. Lindsey worked in private sector Human Resources for 5 years prior to beginning her municipal service with the City of Schertz in 2017 as the Human Resources Manager. Lindsey is responsible for the oversight of Personnel Services, Employee Relations, and Employee Benefits.
In 2020 Lindsey earned a City Manager’s Coin of Excellence for her implementation of new HRMS software that led to the streamlining of recruitment, onboarding, and performance management. Lindsey is passionate about Employee Wellness and Appreciation and has served as the chair of both committees since 2018. Lindsey is a member of SHRM, TMHRA, and IPMA.
Yesenia Garza, City of Seabrook
Yesenia began her municipal human resources experience with the City of South Houston over 25 years ago and fell in love with it. She went on to enhance my experience and knowledge with the City of Pearland and the City of Friendswood. She is currently serving as the Human Resources/Civil Service Director for the City of Seabrook.
She obtained her Associate of Arts in Business Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix in 2013 and became a Certified Public Manager from the University of Houston in 2015.
She is a member of TMHRA, TXPERLA/NPERLA, IMPA-HR & SHRM AND TX-PRIMA.
Elliott Harper, City of Irving
Elliott is currently the talent services manager for the City of Irving. Elliott has 18 years of municipal government experience, with 8 of those years dedicated to municipal government human resources. Before joining the City of Irving, Elliott served the communities of Georgetown, McKinney, and Sachse. Elliott has a bachelor’s degree in human relations and business and received the TMHRA Rising Star Award in 2015. He also currently serves as a board member for TXPELRA.
He has worn many hats during his time in municipal government including volunteer fire fighter, facilities maintenance technician, building inspector, and project manager. An opportunity to move to human resources in the spring of 2012 sparked an interest in him and began him on a path that would become his passion. Elliott started working toward receiving professional certifications through HRCI and SHRM and now has his PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. He thoroughly enjoys being able to promote positive change within the organizations that mean so much to him and having a positive impact on employees.
Veronica Sanchez, City of San Angelo
Veronica possesses over 22 years of HR experience working in both the private and public sector. Areas of expertise include civil service administration, compensation, benefits administration, performance management, employee relations, and organizational analysis and development. She has served in several capacities as a board member for the Concho Valley SHRM Chapter to include two terms as President where she led the Chapter in obtaining a Gold Chapter and Platinum Chapter designation. She was honored with being named the 2012 HR Professional of the Year by the Concho Valley SHRM Chapter for displaying leadership skills that accomplished the Chapter’s vision to heighten the recognized value of the HR profession as essential strategic business partners in the community. Additionally, Veronica was recognized by the community as one of San Angelo’s 20 under 40, an annual program which highlights 20 individuals under the age of 40 who have enhanced life in the city in which they reside through their overall leadership, career choices, motivation and community involvement. Veronica has maintained her Professional in Human Resources Certification since 2008, is a graduate of the 2011 Texas Certified Public Manager program from Texas State University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in HR Management from Western Governors University, Texas. Veronica has previously served as a Trustee on the TMHRA Board, as well as Membership Chair, Programs Chair, Secretary and Vice President.
Cat Schlueter, City of Azle
Cat has been in the field of Human Resources since 2001 and became PHR certified in 2008 shortly before starting her current role as HR Manager for the City of Azle in July of 2008. In December of 2015 she obtained her SHRM-CP certification. In addition to serving as Emerging HR Professionals Director on the Board for Fort Worth HR since 2017, she has been a regular member on various committees for the HR Southwest Conference since 2007 and their Director Elect for the 2021 Special Events Committee.
Cat’s heart is in public service, and she is committed to learning about all aspects of municipal government to better identify means of effective and strategic integration of Human Resources best practices in the different departments. To that end, in January of 2019, she began pursuit of her Master’s Degree in Public Administration through Tarleton State University. Cat strives to assist those who are new to municipal HR and has worked with and on the TMHRA programs committee as a volunteer for four years, facilitating Nuts and Bolts Conferences and recruiting speakers and sponsors.
Her desire to serve as Trustee on the Board of TMHRA is a natural result of her passion for acclimating municipal HR professionals through the process and challenges the public sector faces. Working collaboratively with other Texas HR professionals to represent a voice of welcome and encouragement, navigation through change, and helping make a difference is what she strives to do. Although Cat is passionate about Municipal HR, she works diligently to assure that family remains her priority. She and her husband have been married for 26 years and share two wonderfully diverse children who are currently Aggies.
Andre Houser, City of Conroe
Andre Houser, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, IPMA-SCP, currently serves as the Human Resources and Civil Service Director for the City of Conroe, TX. He has served in that capacity since January, 2012. Andre has over 30 years of municipal HR experience, having served in 5 cities and 3 states. He has worked for both Mayor-Council and Council-Manager cities, and is very familiar with the pros and cons of each. His experience covers all aspects of HR Management, including collective bargaining, labor relations, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, health and safety, and Civil Service.
Andre has been active in the HR field, having previously served as a SHRM Chapter President in Arkansas, as SHRM State Director in Oklahoma, and as a multi-year member of the former Area IV SHRM Board. He currently is a member of the Montgomery County chapter of SHRM. Andre is also a member of the International Personnel Management Association and the Texas and National Public Employee Relations Associations. He has been a member of TMHRA Board since 2017.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of Arkansas. Andre received a Certificate in Management from ICMA, has been certified as a Professional Trainer by Arkansas State University, and is a Texas Certified Public Manager, which he earned at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Montgomery County in Texas. He is certified as SHRM-SCP, SPHR, and IPMA-SCP.
Lauren Safranek, City of Frisco
Lauren has been the Director of Human Resources for the City of Frisco for almost 20 years. She has managed employee growth of over 350% in 17 years. She plays a key role in the development, implementation, and training of City wide/employee determined CORE values and align organization activities with CORE Values. She is a key member of Frisco’s team (including HR, Finance, and IT) that evaluates and implements technology solutions that support the achievement of HR and City’s strategic direction, vision, and goals. Lauren is responsible for the design and oversight of organizational compensation and benefit philosophies, strategies, and plans that align with the City’s strategic direction. She ensures staff utilizes technology to improve efficiency and services including on-line requisition/application/talent management systems; employee self-service including paperless benefits enrollment and open enrollment; paperless records management; and intranet resources. She oversaw the development and implementation of a City-wide Leadership Development training programs to develop talent and address long-term organizational strategies.
Prior to joining Frisco, Lauren served as the Director of Human Resources for the City of Southlake and the Human Resources Manager for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Lauren is a former TML Board Member, Texas Municipal Human Resources Association (TMHRA) Past President, International Public Management Association for Human Resources member, Professional Human Resources certification, PELRA Certified Labor Relations Professional, SHRM Senior Certified Professional, and certified instructor for Developmental Dimensions International (DDI).
Lauren has a B.B.A. in Personnel Administration and Industrial Relations from University of North Texas. She has been married over 25 years and has 2 children, Max (18) and Erika (15).
Lisa Norris, City of Grand Prairie
Lisa has 25+ years of experience in municipal Human Resources where she currently serves as the Human Resources and Civil Service Director in the City of Grand Prairie. Lisa enjoys strategically leading her team, partnering with City Departments to accomplish their needs and providing mentorship to other Human Resource public sector professionals across the state needing help or guidance on issues. Outside of Human Resources, Lisa enjoys spending time with family doing anything outdoors – hunting, fishing, or just hanging out with family and friends.
Consistent with the TMHRA Constitution, the ballot will be sent to the voting membership by email on July 20. Voting will close on August 20 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.