Board of Directors – 2017-2018

TMHRA Board of Directors


President


Lisa J. Norris
Director of Human Resources
City of Grand Prairie
318 W. Main Street
Grand Prairie, TX  75050
Work Phone: (972) 237-8071
Email: lnorris@gptx.org

Term: October 1, 2017–September 30, 2018
Vice President
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Veronica Sanchez
Human Resources Manager
City of San Angelo
72 West College Avenue
San Angelo, TX 76903-5814
Work Phone: (325) 657-4221
Email: veronica.sanchez@sanangelotexas.us

Term: October 1, 2017–September 30, 2018

Past President


Wendy Standorf
Human Resources Director
City of West University Place
3800 University Blvd.
West University Place, TX  77005-2802
Work Phone:(713) 662-5820
Email: wstandorf@westutx.gov

Term: October 1, 2017–September 30, 2018
Secretary/Treasurer

Jill McAdams
Human Resources Director
City of Irving
825 W. Irving Blvd.
Irving, TX 75060
Work Phone: (972) 721-6952
Email:jmcadams@cityofirving.org

Term: October 1, 2017–September 30, 2018
TML Board Representative
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Tadd Phillips
Human Resources Director
City of Georgetown
PO Box 409
Georgetown, TX 78627-0409
Work Phone: (512) 930-2504
Email: tadd.phillips@georgetown.org

Term: October 1, 2016–September 30, 2018
TMRS Board Representative

Bonita Hall
HR Director
City of Odessa
PO Box 4398
Odessa, TX  79760-4398
Work Phone: (432) 335-4158
Email: bhall@odessa-tx.gov

Term: October 1, 2015–September 30, 2017

Trustee

Shanté Jordan-Akafia
Director of Human Resources/Risk Management
City of Plano
PO Box 860358
Plano, TX 75086-0358
Work Phone: (972) 941-5310
Email: shantea@plano.gov

Term: October 1, 2016–September 30, 2018

Trustee

Chereé Bontrager
Assistant Director of Human Resources
City of Richardson
PO Box 830309
Richardson, TX 75083-0309
Work Phone:(972) 744-4003
Email: cheree.bontrager@cor.gov

Term: October 1, 2016–September 30, 2018

Trustee

Sandra Duran
Director of Human Resources
City of Kyle
PO Box 40
Kyle,  TX 78640-0040
Work Phone: (512) 262-3928
Email: sduran@cityofkyle.com

Term: October 1, 2017–September 30, 2019
Trustee

Andre Houser
Director of Human Resources/Civil Service
City of Conroe
PO Box 3066
Conroe,  TX 77305-3066
Work Phone: (936) 522-3156
Email: ahouser@cityofconroe.org

Term: October 1, 2017–September 30, 2019

Trustee

Christi Klyn
Director of Human Resources
City of Wichita Falls
PO Box 1431
Wichita Falls,  TX 76307-1431
Work Phone: (940) 761-7633
Email: christi.klyn@wichitafallstx.gov

Term: October 1, 2017–September 30, 2019

Trustee

Paula Kutchka
Director of Human Resources
City of Sugar Land
PO Box 110
Sugar Land, TX 77487-0110
Work Phone: (281) 275-2735
Email: pkutchka@sugarlandtx.gov

Term: October 1, 2016–September 30, 2018

TMHRA Board Bios

Lisa Norris, SPHR, Human Resources Director, City of Grand Prairie

Lisa has served as a leader in Municipal Human Resource for 20 years, 10 of those as Human Resources Director for the City of Grand Prairie, the 15th largest city in Texas.  She has expertise in Civil Service, Employee Relations, Risk, Benefits Strategy, and all things “people!”  She loves coming to work each day knowing there are opportunities to help others of all levels, in and outside of her organization, explore and identify solutions, implement change, motivate behavior and empower others.  She thrives on being a mentor to those growing in Human Resources, networking with other tenured professionals of ways to improve our “business” of Human Resources, and solve for issues identified.  She loves to motivate, encourage and inspire others.  Lisa enjoys the challenge of new projects which keep her energized.  She has provided leadership on several boards and committees including TMHRA, IPMA-HR Texas, and sits on the Executive Committee of the North Texas Coalition – a group of 31 cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area exploring opportunities to work directly with hospital systems on cost and health care delivery strategies. Outside of HR, she enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing and having a good cup of coffee to get the day going!  Actually, there isn’t much she doesn’t like! J
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Veronica Sanchez

Veronica Sanchez is the Assistant Director of Human Resources and Risk Management for the City of San Angelo. Veronica possesses over 10 years of HR experience working in both the private and public sector. Areas of expertise include recruiting, employee relations and training and development. Veronica has maintained her Professional in Human Resources Certification since 2008 and is a graduate of the 2011 Texas Certified Public Manager Program from Texas State University. She has served in several capacities as a board member for the Concho Valley SHRM Chapter to include two terms as President where she has led her Chapter in obtaining a Gold Chapter, and most recently, the Platinum Chapter designation which elevates the Chapter to a higher standard of excellence. In 2012, she was 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 Human Resource profession as essential strategic business partners in the community and beyond. Veronica served as a Trustee on the TMHRA Board during the 2013-2014 year on the Membership Committee and is running for re-election for a full term.
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Wendy Standorf, PHR; IPMA-CP Human Resources Director, West University Place.

Wendy has been the director of human resources for the City of West University Place for 12 years where she is responsible for managing the personnel systems of the organization, including classification, compensation, recruitment, retention, labor relations, succession planning, benefits, long-range planning, compliance and training. She is also responsible for coordinating and administering the risk management programs for the city. Prior to West U, Wendy worked for the City of Pearland for 11 years. She attended San Jacinto College and University of Phoenix. She received her Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR) in 1999 and her IPMA-CP designation in 2012. She is a member of TMHRA, TXPELRA/NPELRA, IPMA-HR & SHRM.
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Jill McAdams

Jill is currently the Director of Human Resources for the City of Irving.  Prior to joining the City of Irving, Jill  was the HR Director at the City of Bedford.  Under her leadership, the City of Bedford was the recipient for the 2014 TMHRA Innovation Award for the development and implementation of an Emerging Leaders Program.  She worked in the private sector for nearly 10 years in corporate HR for The Bombay Company, Cendant Corporation and Radio Shack prior to working at the City of Bedford. Jill has been a member of the TMHRA board since 2013.  She chaired the membership committee in 2013 and has co-chaired the Programs Committee for two years, developing  over 20 programs/conferences  and working with over 75 speakers and presenters during that time.  Additionally Jill has worked with several non-profit groups in various volunteer and board capacities such as Historic Ft. Worth, Thistle Hill, Cooks Ft. Worth Children’s Hospital and Camp Fire USA. Jill is a long standing member of TMHRA, SHRM and IPMA-HR. She has a strong HR generalist background, a degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas and a SMRH-CSP certification from SHRM and a SPHR certification from HRCI. She lives in Haslet with her husband Kyle and her basset hounds Clara and Henry.
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Tadd Phillips, Human Resources Director

Tadd has been with the city of Georgetown here he has served  as Human Resource Director since 2014.  His career in municipal Human Resources includes serving the communities of McKinney, San Angelo, and North Richland Hills over a 15 year period.  Tadd is certified as a SPHR by the HR Certification Institute, a SHRM-SCP by the Society for Human Resource Management, as a lean black belt by the Denver Peak Academy, and is a graduate of Leadership Georgetown.  He is a Past President of the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association and he currently represents TMHRA as a member of the TMRS Advisory Committee on Retiree Matters.  He is a Past President of TXPELRA and past recipient of the NPELRA Pacesetter Award for innovative leadership in public sector labor relations.     Tadd served on the TML Resolutions committee in 2014 and is a past speaker at the TML Annual Conference, GFOAT, TCMA, TXPELRA, and TMHRA.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and his MBA from the University of North Texas.   He, his wife Amy, and their three kids are pleased to call Georgetown home.
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Shanté Jordan-Akafia, IPMA-SCP, Director of Human Resources/Risk Management, City of Plano

Shanté Jordan-Akafia has over 15 years of municipal human resources experience with the City of Palm Bay, Florida and several municipalities in the DFW Metroplex, including DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Allen and Rowlett.  Currently Shanté serves as the Director of Human Resources and Civil Service for the City of Plano. Shanté is a Dallas native and has had a long standing passion for local government administration dating back to high school where she attended the Magnet Center for Government, Law and Law Enforcement in downtown Dallas.

This passion for local government administration led Shanté to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Grambling State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas.

Shanté served as a Trustee on TMHRA’s board of directors from 2008 to 2012.  During this time she had the pleasure of chairing the conference programming, newsletter and sponsorship committees.  In her free time, Shanté enjoys traveling, meditative coloring, listening to audio books and spending time with her husband and their 3 year old son.
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Cheree’ Bontrager  SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Assistant Director of Human Resources, City of Richardson

Cheree’ is currently the Assistant Director of Human Resources for the City of Richardson.  She has over thirteen years of experience in Human Resources with municipal government and a total of eighteen years of experience in Human Resources.  Cheree’ obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Human Relations at Amberton University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Conflict Management & Dispute Resolution at SMU.  In 2008, Cheree’ obtained her SPHR certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute and obtained her SHRM-SCP through the Society for Human Resources Management in 2015.  Cheree’ has served on the TMHRA Conference planning committee for two years and has been a member of TMHRA since 2003.

enior Professional in Human Resources) Certification by the Society for Human Resources Management, the CGBA (Certified Government Benefit Administrator) by the State and Local Government Benefit Administration and the IPMA-CP (International Public Management Association-Certified Professional) designation.
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Sandra Duran, SHRM-CP, PHR, Director of Human Resources, City of Kyle

Sandra Duran has the distinction of serving as the City of Kyle’s first Director of Human Resources. She joined the city in 2008 following many years as a leader in Human Resources at two different multimillion-dollar private sector firms. Sandra has a broad range of skills and practical hands-on experience that fits the needs of a diverse and rapidly growing city.

She oversees the city’s daily operations related to recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, training and development, benefits administration and employee relations for all Kyle staff. For the current fiscal year, Sandra led the effort to hire approximately 40 plus positions, both full and part-time. During her tenure with Kyle, she’s speared headed several employee-based initiatives including employee monthly meetings, special events, health/wellness programs, forward- thinking policies that include telecommuting and conceal carry handguns for municipal employees.

Sandra also serves as the Civil Service Director for the City of Kyle. In that capacity, she has facilitated Meet and Confer negotiations with the Kyle Police Association. She was also instrumental in preparing the city for any  legal challenges that the City faces.

Her work experience is complimented by her service in local HR organizations including Texas SHRM which garnered several awards. Sandra served as the President for the Hill Country Human Resources Association (SHRM) chapter, serving the counties of Hays, Comal, Guadalupe, and Caldwell. In 2010, she was recognized as one of the Top 5 Most influential Hispanic Women in Hays County. In 2012, the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association awarded Sandra with the “Rising Star Award.”

Sandra holds a Bachelor’s of Arts, dual major in International Business and Spanish from Texas Lutheran University. She lives in Martindale, TX with her family of seven.
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Andre Houser, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, IPMA-SCP, Human Resources and Civil Service Director, 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, where he serves on the 2016 Awards Committee.

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.
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Christi Klyn, Director of Human Resources, Wichita Falls

Christi Klyn attended Midwestern State University where she received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, and a M.A. in Training and Development.  Christi worked in private sector Human Resources for 8 years prior to beginning her municipal service with the City of Wichita Falls in 2013.  She began her career with the City of Wichita Falls as the Human Resource Manager/ Civil Service Director, and promoted to Director of Human Resources/Civil Service in 2015.  Christi is responsible for oversight of Personnel Services, Risk Management, and Employee Benefits. During her time with the City, Christi has formed a Wellness Committee and supported the committees implementation of a City Wellness Program, is in the process of working with departments to implement and support the City’s first formal safety program, and collaborated with the Police Department to implement an alternative promotion system for the Wichita Falls Police Department. Christi is a member of SHRM, TMHRA, and Wichita Falls Human Resource Management Association.   Christi would be honored to serve as Trustee on the TMHRA board, and is eager to support the organization through her commitment to human resource best practices.
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Paula Kutchka, Director of Human Resources,  City of Sugar Land

Paula Kutchka, Director of Human Resources, for the City of Sugar Land, is a native Texan. She was born in Victoria and grew up in Wharton County. Paula earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Houston-Victoria.

Paula began working for the City of Sugar Land in 2002 when she was hired as the Compensation and Benefits Manager. She was promoted to Assistant Director in 2006 and Director in 2011. Paula has over 20 years of human resources experience in a variety of industries, including county government, staffing, manufacturing, and chemical production.

Paula’s professional affiliations include HR Houston (served on 2010-2011 Board of Directors), Texas Municipal Human Resources Association (TMHRA), National (NPELRA) & Texas Public Employee Labor Relations Association (TxPELRA), and International Personnel Management Association (IPMA). Paula also participates in the greater Houston area Human Resources Management group, which meets bi-monthly to discuss hot topics that affect the region.

With the numerous challenges facing the Human Resources profession today, including compliance with ever-changing state and federal regulations, Paula believes strongly in continuing education, strategic planning and meaningful conversations regarding the changing work environment. She has led a number of initiatives to modernize Human Resources at the City of Sugar Land, has made her department “paper light”, and continues to look for ways to improve operational efficiencies and customer service.

Paula, her husband Gary, and two children have lived in Fort Bend County since 1997.
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