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2017 - 2018 Committees


TAGITM has six standing committees. Committee Chairs are appointed by the President, subject to Executive Board approval, with the exception of the Nominations Committee, which is chaired by the Immediate Past President. If you have an interest in serving on committee, please complete this form.

Communications
Conference
Education
Marketing
Membership
Nominations
Industry Advisory
Awards


Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is charged with design and management of the quality of content for the official association web site. In addition, this committee will oversee all means of communication of the association.

Tony GonzalezTony Gonzalez – Committee Chair

Gonzo’s first government job was as CIO for the City of Bryan in 2002. It was here that he discovered a love for working in local government. “It’s a passion of mine to live and work in the same city. I get a special motivation knowing my work improves the lives of my friends and family who live where I do.” He has been somewhat of a career gypsy, working at Bryan, Arthur Anderson (No, Bernie, I didn’t have anything to do with Enron!), Microsoft, Sungard, OSSI, City of Dallas, BKD and others. “When I came to Bryan, I got involved in TAGITM pretty quickly. It was one of the best decisions I made and I am grateful to be back in a City that supports me being an active member. TAGITM has helped me in many, many ways to be a better IT Director. Strong relationships with peers and with strategic vendors is invaluable.”

Gonzo considers himself a major believer in Change. “What we have always done is rarely good enough, but we have to be intelligent and strategic about how we implement that change. Local government is a real job with real consequences. Don’t change it just to say you changed it, but have good solid reasons for the change and push hard to make it happen.” “During interviews, I tell candidates they will never work harder for anyone else than they do for me. But, I also tell them they won’t have more fun working for anyone else than they will me. I believe you have to work hard, but you spend more time at work than you do with your family in a given week. You better have fun doing it!” He looks forward to bring that philosophy to the TAGITM Board. As the first ever IT Director for Forney, Gonzo has a lot of large projects in front of him over the next several years. But, the investment in TAGITM is sure to be worth it and one he is excited to dive into.

Gonzo is a Baylor Graduate of 1994 and a proud Bear. The last couple of years have been rough on Bears everywhere, but he is a loyal fan and proud supporter of all things Baylor. He married his wife, Gayla, exactly one year to the day after he met her on a ski trip to Wolf Creek, Colorado. Celebrating 24 years this Christmas, they have raised three kids (Jacob, Jarod and Caroline) and are looking forward to battling Empty Nest Syndrome this fall. Gonzo’s favorite past times include hunting, sports broadcasting (Check out his work at www.sportsgram.net), smoking a good cigar and making as much fun of Bernie Acre as he can! He has recently started making his own bacon, sausages, pastrami and al things Charcuterie. Bacon makes the world a better place, doesn’t it?

Communications Committee Members
Tony Gonzalez, Chair
David Reeves City of Hutto
Everett Davis Lubbock County
Karen Kirby City of DeSoto

Contact the Communications Committee Chair.


Conference Committee

The Conference Committee is charged with overall planning of the annual conference.

Travis Cochrane - Committee Chair

Travis Cochrane joined the City of New Braunfels as Director of Information Technology in July, 2015. Prior to moving to New Braunfels, Travis served as the IT Director for Kerrville ISD and the City of Kerrville. Over the past 10 years, Travis has served on the Membership, former Website, Awards and Conference Committees.

Before to joining the leadership team in New Braunfels, there was no Director overseeing the information technology needs of the city. In the short time he’s been in New Braunfels, Travis has led a consolidation of multiple IT Divisions into a single department. He is responsible for a variety of complex managerial, professional and administrative functions overseeing all IT operations for the City including the overall strategic and operational planning, implementation and direction of the City’s information technology services including all GIS functions. Already, the newly formed IT department has completed an entire network, phone system and MDT fleet replacement as well as implemented several new software packages including Cartegraph, Granicus and RecTrac.

Travis graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management and Management Information Systems. It was at school in Lubbock that he met his wife of 13 years and now have three amazing children.

Conference Committee Members
Travis Cochrane, Chair City of New Braunfels
Erik Schenck City of Sugarland
Russell Immel City of Fredericksburg
Jeffrey Jones City of New Braunfels
Phyllis Wolf City of Benbrook
William Pham The Woodlands Township
Tony Gonzalez City of Forney
Kevin Harber City of San Marcos
Steve Zieverink The Town of Trophy Club
Sherry Burress City of Pasadena
Mike Sturm City of San Marcos

Contact the Conference Committee Chair.


Education Committee

The Education Committee is charged with the responsibility of providing all educational functions of the Association.

Erin Provazek - Committee Chair

Erin Provazek is a Texas A&M graduate and naturally decided to make College Station her permanent home. She began working for the City of College Station as a Systems Analyst in July 2000, after graduating from TAMU with her BBA in Information and Operations Management. She was promoted to Business Systems Manager in 2002 and to Assistant IT Director in 2007. She earned her MBA from Western Governors University in 2015 and her CGCIO certification in 2016.

She’s been married for 18 years and has 4 kids. She enjoys traveling, when she can, and quiet time, when it’s possible.

Education Committee Members
Erin Provazek, Chair College Station
Chris Lee City of Lewisville
Damien Tijerina City of Conroe
David McCurdy Collin County
Fay Young City of Port Arthur
James Lewis City of Deer Park
Jennifer Frescaz City of Midland
Mark Eder City of Burleson
Mark Ruenes Montgomery County
Shane McDaniel City of McKinney
Sid Hudson City of McKinney
Tony Gonzalez City of Forney
Kirby McThompson CMP Management
Lindy Jordan CMP Management

Contact the Education Committee Chair.


Marketing Committee

Tim Nolan, Committee ChairJason Power, Town of Westlake - Committee Chair

Jason is the Director of Information Technology for the Town of Westlake. He has been employed by the Town for 9 years, starting as the first full-time IT employee for the Town of Westlake and Westlake Academy, the largest operating department for the Town and the only municipally owned and operated open enrollment charter school in the State of Texas. The Town and Academy operate with a shared-services model for several departments, including Information Technology. He was promoted to IT Manager in 2011 and IT Director in 2014.

Jason was interested in technology at an early age, but chose to pursue a career in music after receiving a full ride scholarship to Tarleton State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. He continued his music studies at TCU on another full ride scholarship and received a Master of Music in Theory and Composition. Jason taught music theory and technology for music for a few years before fully transitioning his career to Information Technology. Prior to the Town of Westlake, Jason held several positions in IT and training in advertising/marketing departments and agencies as well as software sales/support.

Jason completed the Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) program from the University of North Carolina in 2016.
Jason has been married for 22 years and has two boys. Music has continued to be a big part of his life, now mostly as a hobby. He plays piano, synths, and organ in local churches as often as he can. He also teaches his boys and other students how to play piano, synth, and organ in youth church bands.

Marketing Committee Members
Jason Power, Chair Town of Westlake
Tim Howell City of Katy
Andres Rosales City of Bastrop
Jim Daniels Williamson County
Greg Elliot Collin County

Contact the Marketing Committee Chair.


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee shall be concerned with all matters pertaining to the advancement of membership of the Association.

Tim Nolan, Committee ChairTim Nolan, Collin County - Committee Chair

Tim was hired at Collin County as the GIS Administrator in 1992. He established a student internship program in 1994 that still thrives today (GIS and Web interns). In October 2008, he was promoted to Senior Applications Manager. His responsibilities include GIS, but also all applications/integrations, database administration, records management, and web services. He’s played a major role in launching GIS and Scrum at Collin County.

GIS is his first love, but Agile is his new love – professionally speaking, of course. Tim observed early as a senior manager that much of IT revolves around mitigating hardware/software failures, unrealistic vendor needs and user complaints. He often reflected back on the GIS days when maps, research, analysis and visualization were revered as adding quality and it was received with admiration. He has learned, however, that creating a positive culture adds to innovation and success. Solving IT problems and issues are far more rewarding when approached in a positive, constructive manner. The results turn out to be high-quality solutions with user respect and appreciation – just like the good ole days. Tim has served as the President South Central ARC User Group and the TAGITM Membership Chair.

He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Geography degree in 1991. He became a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) in 2004, ITIL v3 certified in 2009 and completed the Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) Program in 2013.

Membership Committee Members
Tim Nolan, Chair Collin County
Myles Clauser, Co-Chair City of Schertz
Regional Member Group Chairs

Contact the Membership Committee Chair.


Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is charged with preparing a ballot of candidates for election to officer positions.

Mike Sturm - photoMike Sturm, City of San Marcos - Nominations Chair

Mike Sturm is the Director of Information Technology for the City of San Marcos. He has been employed by the City for twenty years. He manages 18 employees that are responsible for the Service Desk, System Administration, Business Relations, Network Infrastructure and GIS. He is also the President of the Texas Association of Government Information Technology Managers.

As for a personal life, he has been married for twenty eight years and has two children. Their daughter graduated from Texas A&M in 2012, and their son is senior at Texas A&M and is a member of the ‘Fighting Aggie’ Band.

Nominations Committee Members
Mike Sturm, Chair City of San Marcos
Belinda Mercado City of Corpus Christi
James Brown City of Waco
Dale Harwell City of University Park

Contact the Nominations Committee Chair.


Industry Advisory Committee

The Industry Advisory Committee is charged with actively promoting quality affiliate participation in the Annual Education Conference and any other special events as appropriate.

Kevin Cameron, Committee ChairKevin Cameron - Committee Chair

Kevin Cameron is the IT Project Manager for the City of Allen. He recently has been working on implementing Energov, Cityworks, Incode Courts, and a new Microwave Network at the City as well as managing the RFP process for a new CAD/Law RMS. He joined the City in 2012 after stops at Keane, Inc, Sea-Land Service, Yahoo!, and JCPenney. He graduated from Texas A&M with his BBA in Business Analysis – Management Information Systems.

Kevin has been married for 23 years and has 16-year-old triplet sons (3 teenage drivers at once, my insurance agent loves me) and an 11 year old daughter. Kevin has been the WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) coordinator for the last 9 years and is the incoming president for the Allen Eagles Tennis Booster Club.

Industry Advisory Committee Members
Kevin Cameron, Chair
Scott Joyce City Euless
Travis Cochrane City of New Braunfels
Tessa Allberg City of Grapevine
Lindy Jordan CMP Management
Russell Haddock MCCi
Craig Bailey SHI
Rob Cooper CDWG
David Adame Teo Technologies
Scott Eveler Hewlett Packerd Enterprise
Ted Pardee Accela
Keith Damon Berry Dunn

Contact the Industry Advisory Committee Chair.


Awards Committee

Scott Joyce – Committee Chair

Scott began his career at the University of North Texas in 1999 as a Network Administrator. He worked for various UNT departments, eventually leaving as the Assistant Director of Business Services for Data Operations. Scott joined the City of Haltom City in February of 2008 as the Director of Information Technology and remained there for 6 years, where he founded the City’s first Information Technology Department.

In 2014, he became the head of the Information Services Department for the City of Euless and has focused on hardware virtualization and process improvement strategies. Under Scott’s leadership, the City of Euless is deploying a city-wide 4G LTE wireless network to provide consolidated communications for all remote assets and systems, including SCADA, AMI, traffic signal, and school zone flasher administration.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas with a major in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. Scott completed the Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) program from the University of North Carolina in 2014. He has a particular interest in operations management and process improvement and is currently pursuing certifications in Six Sigma and project management.

Awards Committee Members
Scott Joyce, Chair
Pam Cobb City of Conroe
William Priesmeyer The Woodlands Township
Kevin Cameron City of Allen

Contact the Awards Committee Chair.

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