Board of Directors – 2016-2017

TMHRA Board of Directors

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, 2016–September 30, 2017

Vice President

Lisa J. Norris
Director of Human Resources
City of Grand Prairie
PO Box 534045
Grand Prairie, TX  75053-4045
Work Phone: (972) 237-8071
Email: lnorris@gptx.org

Term: October 1, 2016–September 30, 2017

Past President

Ronnie C. Kidd
Managing Director for Administration
City of Abilene
555 Walnut Street, Rm 101
Abilene, TX  79601-5254
Work Phone: (325) 676-6469
Email: ronnie.kidd@abilenetx.com

Term: October 1, 2016–September 30, 2017

Secretary/Treasurer

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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, 2016–September 30, 2017

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

 Trustee

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Craig Barnes
Human Resources Manager
City of Garland
PO Box 469002
Garland, TX  75046-9002
Work Phone: (972) 205-2559
Email: cbarnes@garlandtx.gov

Term: October 1, 2015–September 30, 2017

Trustee

Jill McAdams
Human Resources Director
City of Bedford
2000 Forest Ridge Dr
Bedford, TX 76021-5713
Work Phone: (817) 952-2167
Email: jill.mcadams@bedfordtx.gov

Term: October 1, 2015–September 30, 2017

Trustee


Linda Spacek
Director of Human Resources
City of San Marcos
630 E Hopkins St.
San Marcos, TX  78666-6314
Work Phone: (512) 393-8072
Email: lspacek@sanmarcostx.gov

Term: October 1, 2015–September 30, 2017

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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

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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

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

TMHRA Board Bios

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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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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Ronnie Kidd, Managing Director for Administration, Abilene

Ronnie serves as the City of Abilene’s Managing Director for Administration which includes serving as Human Resource Director, Civil Service Director, 9-1-1 Director, Risk Management Director and Chief Technology Officer. Ronnie has oversight responsibility for all aspects of human resource service delivery and support including recruiting, hiring, compensation and benefits, employee development/training, administering the self-insured health benefits plan, workers compensation and the civil service hiring and promotional processes. Ronnie is a member of the City of Abilene’s Executive Management Team. Ronnie has served on the meet and confer management team for both police and firefighter negotiations, serving as team leader for the several cycles of negotiations. Ronnie has been with the City of Abilene since 1999, serving as HR Director since 2002. Ronnie holds a BBA in accounting from Hardin Simmons University and the Certified Professional designation from IPMA. Ronnie is a member of TMHRA, SHRM and IPMA. Ronnie also is a past president of the Big Country SHRM chapter. Ronnie has been on the TMHRA Board for over six years.
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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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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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Craig Barnes, Workforce and Administrative Services Manager

Craig has been with the City of Garland Human Resources Department for over 15 years where he is currently the Workforce and Administrative Services Manager. His responsibilities include management of the citywide Intranet (COGnet), Compensation, Human Resources project managment and the various HR systems such as the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) as well as the Human Resources Information System (HRIS). Craig acts as the Assistant Director of Civil Service for the City and has served in many other HR capacities including Operations Analyst, Claims Analyst, Training Coordinator, and employee event coordinator. Prior to joining the City of Garland, Craig worked in the finance and banking industry for 10 years.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Abilene Christian University, holds an IPMA-CP designation, a member of SHRM and TMHRA where he is currently serving as a member of the TMHRA Board and is the Secretary for the High Line Customer Association Board.
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Jill McAdams

Jill is currently the Director of Human Resources for the City of Bedford. She began her career in Bedford 16 years ago as the HR Manager, was promoted to the Deputy Director in 2004 and to the Director in 2006. Prior to joining the staff at the City of Bedford, she worked in the private sector for nearly 10 years in corporate HR for The Bombay Company, Cendant Corporation and Radio Shack. 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 beagle Gracie.
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Linda Spacek, Director of Human Resources, San Marcos

Linda Spacek serves as the Director of Human Resources and Civil Service for the City of San Marcos and is responsible for human resources, civil service, meet and confer negotiations, classification and compensation, risk management, benefits and citywide ADA coordination. Linda has been with the City of San Marcos since 1990 serving as Risk Manager, Assistant Director and was appointed Director in 2012.

Linda holds a BAAS in Public Administration from Texas State University, designations as a Certified Public Manager through the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and as a Certified Government Benefits Administrator through the State and Local Government Benefit Association (SALGBA) and Eastern Kentucky University. Linda also completed the LEAD Program through the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. Linda is currently working toward designation as a Certified Labor Relations Professional through NPELRA.

Linda serves on the board of the Public Employee Benefits Alliance, has served on the PRIMA Board and as Texas PRIMA board and officer ranks as well as various committees for SALGBA. Linda is a member of SHRM and the Hill Country Chapter of SHRM, NPELRA and is a long standing member of TMHRA.

Linda enjoys sharing her knowledge with students and encouraging careers in local government and human resources through guest lectures at Texas State University. Linda decompresses by playing with torches, hammers and metal making jewelry, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
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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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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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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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