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Board of Directors

Lauren Safranek

Lauren Safranek, City of Frisco
[email protected] • (972) 292-5210

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).

Andre Houser
Past President

Andre Houser, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, IPMA-SCP, Human Resources and Civil Service Director, City of Conroe |
[email protected] • (936) 522-3156

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.

Tadd Phillips
Vice President

Tadd Phillips, Director of Human Resources, City of Lewisville
[email protected] • (972) 219-3450

Tadd Phillips is the current Director of Human Resources for the City of Lewisville.  There he leads a diverse and talented team of 10 professionals including Human Resources, Training & Equity, and Risk Management. His municipal HR experience in Texas spans five cities over 22 years including director roles at Georgetown, McKinney, and San Angelo.

Tadd earned his MBA from the University of North Texas, his BA from The University of Texas at Austin, and SPHR/SHRM-SCP certifications. He is past president of the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association and the Texas Public Employer Labor Relations Associations. He has served as a board member for the Texas Municipal League, advisory committee member for TMRS, and recently served as Board President for Meridian World School Board, an award-winning International Baccalaureate K-12 Charter School with 1,700 students.  He’s also a Leadership ICMA graduate from the 2019 cohort. He is a husband of 23 years, father of three, and a recovering youth soccer coach.

Veronica Sanchez

Veronica Sanchez, City of San Angelo
[email protected] • (325) 657-4221

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.

Cheree Bontrager
TMRS Representative

Cheree’ Bontrager, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director of Human Resources, City of University Park
[email protected] • (214) 363-1644

Chereé is currently the Director of Human Resources for the City of University Park.  She has over eighteen years of experience in Human Resources with municipal government and a total of 23 years of experience in Human Resources.  Chereé obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Human Relations at Amberton University and 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 since 2016 and has been a member of TMHRA since 2003.  She is passionate about partnering and building connections with HR professionals across the state of Texas in order to provide caring services to municipal employees.

Lisa Norris
TML Representative

Lisa Norris, City of Grand Prairie
[email protected] • (972) 237-8071

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.

Holly Killingsworth Guidry
Holly Guidry, Human Resources Director, City of Nederland
[email protected] • (409) 723-1501

Holly is a Southeast Texas native and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Lamar University. Holly joined the City of Nederland in 2010 and has served as the Human Resources Director/Civil Service Director since 2013. She also serves as Deputy City Manager.

Her areas of responsibility include all personnel related operations (including civil service and collective bargaining), benefits administration, compensation, compliance and risk management. Working in a small city often presents unique challenges but she truly enjoys the opportunity it creates to partner directly with departments to meet their needs and work one on one with employees.

In her spare time, Holly enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

LaShon Gros

Lashon Gros, HR Director, City of Taylor
[email protected] • (512) 539-6035

LaShon Gros is the Director of Human Resources and Civil Service for the City of Taylor. She began this role in January 2021. Her focus is on recruiting and retaining talented employees, increasing employee engagement, and making a positive impact in the organizational culture. LaShon began her career in municipal human resources with the City of Killeen where she served 5 years. Her duties included employee relations matters, managing the recruitment cycle, overseeing the hiring and promotion processes for Civil Service, and assisting with training. LaShon discovered her love for human resources while serving in the United States Army. She retired from the army after 20 years of service in 2016. LaShon has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Human Resources Management, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. She is also a Society of Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Public Sector Human Resources Association Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP). LaShon loves spending time with her family, watching movies, and traveling.

Elliot Harper
Elliot Harper, Employment & Employee Relations Manager, City of McKinney
[email protected] • (972) 547-2092

Elliott is currently the Employment and Employee Relations Manager for the City of McKinney. He has over 20 years of municipal government experience, 13 years of which has been in Human Resources. Elliott has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Human Relations from Amberton University and holds SHRM-CP and PHR certifications. Elliott has also held positions in the Facilities Maintenance, Building Inspections, and Fire departments during his time in municipal government. His passion to serve the public led Elliott to municipal government and the opportunity to also serve employees led him to Human Resources. Elliott currently lives in north Texas with his wife and 2 kids.

Cat Schlueter

Cat Schlueter, City of Azle
[email protected] • (817) 444-7056

Cat Schlueter has been in the field of Human Resources since 2001, and earned her PHR certification shortly before starting her municipal career as the HR Manager for the City of Azle in July of 2008. In December of 2015 she obtained her SHRM-CP certification. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1991, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

In addition to having served as the Emerging HR Professionals Director on the Board for Fort Worth HR, she has served on various committees for the HR Southwest Conference since 2007, and served as its Director of Special Events in 2021.

Prior to her appointment to the TMHRA Board in early 2021, she served for 10 years as a volunteer member on the TMHRA programs committee.

Cat’s heart is in public service, and she enjoys helping those who are new to municipal HR with navigating the ever-changing laws, processes and challenges that the public sector faces. Recognizing that employees are the backbone to a successful organization, she seeks ways to recognize, engage, and encourage employees to let them know their ideas and concerns are validated and valued.

Kelly Rodriguez

Kelly Rodriguez, Human Resources Generalist, City of Killeen
[email protected] • (254) 501-7600

Kelly Rodriguez is a Human Resources Generalist for the City of Killeen.  She began this role in January 2020, working primarily with the City’s Public Works, and Recreation Services Departments.  Her duties include managing the entire employee life cycle, employee relations matters, and acting as an advisor for the department leaders she works with.  Kelly has also acted as the City of Killeen’s Wellness Coordinator and was instrumental in creating a successful Wellness program for the City.  She discovered her love for Human Resources after obtaining an entry level position with the Killeen Independent School District’s Human Resources Office, where she managed the pre-employment process for the District’s Auxiliary staff.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Texas A&M University – Central Texas in 2018.  Kelly was named TMHRA’s Rising Star in 2021 and is currently working on becoming a IPMA -HR Certified Professional.

Jeriana Staton

Jeriana Staton, HR Director, City of Sanger
[email protected] • (940) 458-7930

Jeriana serves as the Director of Human Resources and Special Projects at the City of Sanger, where she started as the Human Resource Coordinator and Deputy City Secretary in late 2016. Promoted in April 2020, she assumed the roles of Director of Human Resources, Special Projects, and Deputy City Secretary. Adding to her responsibilities, Jeriana temporarily served as Interim City Manager and City Secretary from August 2020 until returning to her HR role in July 2021.

With over a decade of experience in Human Resources spanning both private and public sectors, Jeriana also boasts seven years of board volunteering experience. Leading a small team, she manages recruitment, onboarding, training, benefits administration, risk management, and employee relations.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Jeriana stays abreast of governmental updates impacting her team. At her residence in Ponder, TX, she treasures time with her spouse, two teenagers, and their Corgis. She unwinds with family trips to Florida or weekends exploring Texas rivers.

Jeriana’s steadfast commitment to workplace service propels her role today, and she considers it a privilege to contribute to the TMHRA Board.

Eyvon McHaney

Eyvon McHaney, Director of Human Resources, City of Arlington
[email protected] • (817) 575-8987
Eyvon McHaney serves as the Director for Human Resources and Civil Service for the City of Arlington. Prior to joining the City of Arlington, Eyvon served as the Director for Human Resources and Civil Service for the City of Corpus Christi for over 3 years. Originally from Chicago, IL, she brings more than a decade of experience in various aspects of Human Resources, Leadership and Social Services. Eyvon’s professional affiliations include Texas Municipal Human Resources Association (TMHRA), Society for Human Resources (SHRM), Coastal Bend SHRM, National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), and Public Sector HR Association (PSHRA).
Eyvon is most passionate about training and developing new and aspiring human resources professionals to help promote continued interest in the field and ensuring that human resources teams continue to not only have a seat at the table, but that they also have a voice that is well-respected and sought after.
Eyvon has a Master of Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, where she graduated with GPA Distinction, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) in 2015.

Haley Archer

Haley Archer, Director of Human Resources, City of Burnet
[email protected] • (512) 715-3213

Haley Archer began her Municipal Human Resources career in 2012 as a summer intern for the City of University Park. Upon completion of her Human Resources degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014, she began working for the City of Celina full-time as an HR Manager. She has worked for several small cities and often as a department of one, including her current role as HR Director for the City of Burnet.

She is SHRM-CP and IPMA-HR CP certified and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Tarleton State University. Haley was born and raised in North Texas, but currently resides in the beautiful Texas Hill Country with her husband, Bryan, and two kids, 3 and 5, and two dogs. Outside of work, Haley enjoys spending time with her family, anything outdoors, and Texas Rangers Baseball.

Past Presidents

2022-2023Andre HouserCity of Conroe
2021-2022 Shanté R. AkafiaCity of Lewisville
2020-2021Paula KutchkaCity of Sugar Land
2019-2020Chereé BontragerCity of University Park
2018-2019Jill McAdamsCity of Irving
2017-2018Lisa NorrisCity of Grand Prairie
2016-2017Wendy K. Standorf, IPMA-CPCity of West University Place
2015-2016Ronnie C. KiddCity of Abilene
2014-2015Martha Butz, SPHRCity of Highland Village
2013-2014Melinda GallerCity of Lewisville
2012-2013Tadd PhillipsCity of Georgetown
2011-2012Debbie L. Maynor, SPHR, IPMA-CPCity of Killeen
2010-2011Janie MehrensCity of Brenham
2009-2010Donald W. Byrne, PHR. IPMA-CPCity of Odessa
2008-2009Bonita J. HallCity of Pearland
2007-2008Laura Morrow, SPHR, IPMA-CPCity of Allen
2006-2007George M. Mones, SPHR, IPMA-CPCity of Mesquite
2005-2006Melanie Caballero, SPHRCity of Bryan
2004-2005Lauren SafranekCity of Frisco
2003-2004Barry Robinson, IPMA-CPCity of Greenville
2002-2003Janet Melancon, SPHR, IPMA-CPCity of Waco
2001-2002Mary E. Lanzara, PHRCity of Fort Worth
2000-2001Cynthia C. GarciaCity of Corpus Christi
1999-2000Jim Parrish, CPM, SPHR, IPMA-CPCity of Amarillo
1998-1999Mary AndrewsCity of Lubbock
1997-1998Phyllis Stadler, IPMA-CPCity of Richardson
1996-1997Luanne HanfordCity of University Park
1995-1996Donna BarronCity of Lewisville
1994-1995Missy Davidson, CP, CLRP, CCPCity of Baytown
1993-1994Bill ChiabottaCity of Mesquite
1992-1993Jan StricklinCity of Wichita Falls
1991-1992Karen PavlinskiCity of College Station
1990-1991Kathryn UsreyCity of Carrollton
1989- 1990Mark BellCity of Lubbock
1987-1988Carolyn M. LinerCity of San Marcos
1986-1987Troy L. Coleman, Ph.D.City of Dallas
1985-1986Ben R. Blair, Jr.City of Tyler
1983-1984Nancy CarneyCity of Garland
1982-1983Charlie B. ShapardCity of Fort Worth
1981-1982Martha RoyalCity of McKinney
1980-1981Benny DavisCity of Galveston
1979-1980Sam NavarroCity of El Paso
1978-1979Joe FrancisCity of Plano
1977-1978Charles “Chuck” SpeedCity of Corpus Christi
1976-1977Job L. HammondCity of Amarillo
1975-1976Pierson RalphCity of Dallas
1974-1975Fred HolmesCity of Houston
1973-1974Howard WeaverCity of Lubbock
1972-1973Frank PrioreCity of Fort Worth
1971-1972Davis BrinsonCity of Port Arthurs
1970-1971Bill B. StoreyCity of Pasadena
1969-1970Lloyd TallentCity of Garland
1968-1969LaVerne MarshCity of Tyler
1967-1968Charles R. LummusCity of Corpus Christi
1966-1967Jerome GoodloeCity of San Antonio
1965-1966Ernest CrawfordCity of Odessa
1964-1965Jack P. WoodCity of Fort Worth
1963-1964Ben OlsonCity of Abilene
1962-1963Ben Franklin, Jr.City of Corpus Christi
1961-1962Estrella RaybournCity of Harlingen
1960-1961Clyde McCulloughCity of San Antonio
1959-1960W. ColemanCity of Wichita Falls
1958-1959Norman HeathCity of Lubbock
1957-1958Bernice WoodsonCity of Tyler
1956-1957Phillip MorgetteCity of Austin
1955-1956Sydney HughesCity of Houston
1954-1955Bernard HuettCity of Abilene
1953-1954C.C. RutherfordCity of Dallas
1952-1953J.J. HerleyCity of Fort Worth
1951-1952Clovis D. MannCity of Wichita Falls
1950-1951Terrell BlodgettCity of Austin
1949-1950Clifford DavisCity of Amarillo
1948-1949E.M. PowellCity of Dallas


Awards Committee

This committee coordinates, solicits, selects and prepares presentation for annual recipients of TMHRA awards.

Composition of Committee: In addition to board members, this committee is comprised of TMHRA members who do not have an individual or group from their City nominated for an award.

Chair: Cat Schlueter, Co-Chair: LaShon Gros

Historic Committee

This committee establishes and maintains a repository of historical organization documents to help ensure continuity of organizational actions.

Chair: Andre Houser, Paula Kutchka

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee tracks proposed legislation during the legislative session and provides status updates to the Board.

Chair: Cheree Bontrager, Co-Chair: Lisa Norris

Programs Committee

This committee promotes member growth and retention, submits new memberships to Board for approval and validates member category submitted; plans new member activities at Annual conference, greets and recognizes new members at events and develops programs to engage and connect new/existing members to resources.

Composition of Committee: Since this committee has monthly responsibilities, it can be labor intensive and can be beneficial to have multiple members.

Chair: Jeriana Staton, Co-Chairs: Eyvon McHaney, and Elliott Harper

Membership & Communications

This committee is responsible for engagement and involvement of membership, promotes association participation and develops interest in future board service. This committee is responsible for providing resources to regional round tables and assisting with the development of new regional round tables. This committee is also responsible for engaging the membership through social media, and other avenues of communication regarding TMHRA events including communications through the app during conferences.

This committee plans all conferences by developing conference agendas, securing speakers, coordinating speaker sessions and works diligently at conferences to ensure the conference is running smoothly.

Current Conferences: Labor Relations/Civil Service, Annual, Building Blocks

Composition of Committee: Board Appointed Chair/Co-Chair; Committee comprised of interested members. Chair appointment at TMHRA President’s discretion annually; based upon demonstrated ability to commit time, resources, and energy as well as ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with programming committee participants and meet deadlines. Heavy time commitment and energy is required.

Chair: Holly Guidry, Co-Chair: Kelly Rodriguez

Nominations Committee

This committee develops a diverse slate of candidates for board nominations annually and presents the slate at the TMHRA annual conference. (One for Secretary-Treasurer and minimum of two nominees per open board position, including the incumbent).

Composition of Committee: The nomination committee is comprised of no more than 5 members (at least 2 (max 3) from the TMHRA board who are not up for re-election and the remainder of committees from membership).

Chair: Tadd Phillips

Sponsorship Committee

The purpose of the Sponsorship Committee is to solicit sponsorships from businesses to assist in funding TMHRA activities.  A list of potential sponsors is developed and maintained.  Contacts (phone calls, letters, etc.) are made with potential sponsors.  A list of actual sponsors and sponsorship amounts is maintained.  Also, communication is maintained with TML staff to track payments and benefits as outlined in the sponsorship brochure.

Chair: Haley Archer, Co-Chair: Holly Killingsworth Guidry

Professional Development Committee

The purpose of this committee is to identify and provide learning opportunities and resources for professional development, as well as to establish and provide templates and tools for the shared benefit of HR professionals.

Chair: LaShon Gros, Co-Chairs: Kelly Rodriguez and Cheree Bontrager

75th Anniversary

Chair: Veronica Sanchez, Sandra Duran, Holly Guidry