TAGITM Committees
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TAGITM Committees
2019 - 2020 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 a committee, please complete the Volunteer Interest form linked in the button below.

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Click on each committee headings below learn more about each committee and committee members.

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.

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Jennifer Frescaz - Committee Chair

Jennifer is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Midland. She began her technology career in Midland in 2005 supporting communications technology. She was promoted several times: first as a project analyst in 2009, to Information Systems Manager in 2013, to Assistant Director in 2017 and to CIO in 2019.

Jennifer has a department of 56 employees including information technology professionals, project management professionals, radio communications technicians and public safety dispatchers. Together they support a network of 1000 users across 26 physical sites. Her public safety team supports the citizens of Midland’s metropolitan and rural areas by dispatching for Police, Fire, EMS and county services as well as non-emergency City services.

She began the first Cybersecurity Awareness campaign for the City of Midland in 2017, and continues annual efforts within the City and community. She strives continually for better process improvement and uses ITIL standards for Midland’s operational processes.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and a Master’s in Business Administration from West Texas A&M University. She earned a CGCIO certification from the University of North Carolina in 2015.

She met her husband Tony at West Texas A&M and they now have three children, four dogs and a cat.

Contact the Communications Committee Chair.

Communications Committee Members

Jennifer Frescaz - Committee Chair, City of Midland

Tim Howell, North Central Texas Council of Governments

Deborah Moore, City of Arlington

Beth Ann Unger, City of Frisco

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Bernie Acre – Committee Chair

Bio coming soon!

Contact the Cybersecurity Committee Chair.

Cybersecurity Committee Members

Bernie Acre - Committee Chair, City of Bryan

Don Bell, Smith County

Neil Cardwell, City of Forney

Greg Givens – Ad Hoc Member/ Adviser, City of Frisco

Kevin Joyner, Brazos County

Scott Smith – Ad Hoc Member/ Advisor, City of Bryan

Eric Yancy, City of Irving

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

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Shane McDaniel – Committee Chair

Shane “El Jefe” McDaniel is the first Director of Information Technology for the City of Seguin with more than 24 years of experience across multiple IT disciplines. He began his career in technology in 1996 through his enlistment in the Air Force as a telecom “wire dawg” supporting military intelligence and subsequently transitioning to NSA, NRO, private industry and municipal government technology operations. He has overseen numerous initiatives to include Federal support missions, data center decommissions, construction builds, cloud migrations, fiber ring expansion efforts, Office 365 implementations, and a number of other substantial network, telecom, systems, application and security infrastructure upgrades per his Federal/local government experience and years spent in private industry managing global cybersecurity operations for Dell and Fujitsu.

Shane is a published author and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Information Technology, graduating Summa Cum Laude for both from American Military University. He has earned several industry certifications to include Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO), Project Manager Professional (PMP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), ITIL v3 Intermediate Service Operations and CompTIA Security+. He is the self-proclaimed proprietor and champion of Country IT, which he defines as a results driven approach to delivering enterprise technology solutions attained via the power of an individual’s spirit and often through nontraditional means. He also alleges to have perfected the art of the ice cream meeting.

Shane has been married for nine years and after many years gallivanting the world he and his wife are now enjoying a life of simplicity with their four ridiculously spoiled dogs.

Contact the Conference Committee Chair.

Conference Committee Members

Shane McDaniel - Board & Committee Chair, City of Seguin

Sherry Burress, City of Pasadena

Neil Cardwell, City of Forney

Sheldon Cravey, City of Boerne

Scott Joyce - Board, City of Euless

Shane McDaniel, City of Seguin

Bubba Priesmeyer, The Woodlands Township

Hugo Rodriguez, City of Midland

Keith Raines, City of Borger

Erik Schenck, City of Sugarland

Carl Stewart, City of San Marcos

George Szakacs, City of Seabrook

Steve Zieverink, Town of Trophy Club

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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.

Contact the Data Analytics Committee Chair.

Data Analytics Committee Members

Scott Joyce - Board & Committee Chair, City of Euless

Tim Dang, City of West University

Jose Mendez, City of Celina

Deborah Moore, City of Arlington

James O'Brien, City of Friendswood

Steven Schweigert, City of Farmers Branch

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

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Chris Lee – Committee Chair

Chris Lee started his career with the City of Lewisville in 2000 when he was accepted into the department’s internship. Chris received a bachelor’s degree in business computer information systems from the University of North Texas in 2001 and was promoted to a System Engineer position. Chris recalls from his very first day his excitement for the opportunity: “I really could not believe that I was getting paid for this internship! It felt like a candy land of technology and problems to solve. If anything, it confirmed that I went into a field that a truly enjoy.” Chris has held a variety of positions within the department and was promoted to the IT Director position in 2013. Chris has been married for fourteen years and they have two boys and two dogs. He enjoys traveling with his family and just about any type of sporting or outdoor activity.

Contact the Education Committee Chair.

Education Committee Members

Chris Lee - Committee Chair, City of Lewisville

Mark Eder, City of Burleson

James Lewis, City of Deer Park

Shane McDaniel, City of Seguin

William Pham - Board, The Woodlands Township

Mark Ruenes, Montgomery County

Fay Young, City of Port Arthur

The Marketing Committee is charged with creating and maintaining a marketing plan and enacting strategies that increase revenue, conference attendance, and participation in association regional events.

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Jason Power – Committee Chair

Jason is the Director of Information Technology for the Town of Westlake. He has been employed by the Town for 10 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 completed the Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) program from the University of North Carolina in 2016.

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 has been married for 24 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.

Contact the Marketing Committee Chair.

Marketing Committee Members

Jason Power - Committee Chair, Town of Westlake

Jim Daniels - Vice Chair, Williamson County

Greg Elliot, Collin County

Shane McDaniel, City of Seguin

Katherine Parker, Secure Networkers

Beth Ann Unger, City of Frisco

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

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Kevin 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.

Contact the Membership Committee Chair.

Membership Committee Members

Kevin Cameron - Committee Chair, City of Allen

Myles Clauser - Co-Chair, City of Schertz

Sid Hudson - Board, City of McKinney

Regional Members Group Chairs

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

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Sid Hudson– Committee Chair

Sid Hudson is the Chief Information Officer for the City of McKinney, Texas, and has more than 30 years of technology experience ranging from large mainframe systems for bank processing as well as small to mid-size networks. He managed the growth of the network for the City of Allen from one server to more than 150 servers. In July of 2016 he accepted the position in McKinney as a new chapter and challenge to his career. In McKinney his technology team supports all City departments as well as the Public Safety divisions with a team of 40 to include Infrastructure, network Security, Applications Support and Development, Customer Service Desk, Geographic Information Systems and all City Records. Sid has served TAGITM in various capacities including Secretary / Treasurer 2016/17, Chair - Membership Committee, Chair - Conference Committee, Special Events Coordinator, as well as assisting on other committees. Sid served as the Vice President for the 2017-2018 year, and as the President for the 2018 - 2019 year.

Contact the Nominations Committee Chair.

Nominations Committee Members

Sid Hudson - Board & Committee Chair, City of McKinney

James Brown - Board, City of Lubbock

Dale Harewell, City of University Park

Eric Mathews, City of Allen

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

Requirements for a vendor to be on the Industry Advisory committee:

In order for a vendor to be on the committee, they must be a member of TAGITM the prior year, and be at least a gold sponsor during their prior and current term.

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Sunny Patel – Committee Chair

Sunny Patel is the Director of Information Technology for the City of Hurst, Texas and has been with the City for 21 years. He has 25 plus years of technology experience and started out designing and installing Novell Networks, for the hotel industry back when BNC connectors were still a thing. He started with the City of Hurst in 1998 as their IT Technician and progressed through the ranks. He has seen the City grow from 7 Novell Servers and 1 IBM Unix server to over 40 windows and Linux servers. He has managed the design of networking infrastructure in all of the new buildings and renovations throughout the city.

Sunny is married with 2 children – 1 boy and 1 girl.

Education Background – DeMontfort University – Leicester , UK – Business Information Systems

Contact the Industry Advisory Committee Chair.

Industry Advisory Committee Members

Sunny Patel - Committee Chair, City of Hurst

Craig Bailey, SHI

Rob Cooper, CDWG

Russell Haddock, MCCi

Scott Joyce, Board, City Euless

lija Preocanin, Cedar Park

Paul Preston, City of Leander

Joe Reyes, Conference of Urban Counties

Ben Roper, Berry Dunn

Scott Sizemore, GTS

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

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William Pham– Committee Chair

William is the Director of Information Technology for The Woodlands Township. He has been with The Woodlands for 19 years; first as their Network Administrator in 1998, IT Manager in 2007, and IT Director in 2010. He manages a growing department of 19 staff that are responsible for the Network Infrastructure and Radio Communications, Systems Administration, Database Administration, Help Desk, Records and GIS.

During his tenure with The Woodlands he has grown the IT Department and the town’s IT infrastructure from its infancy.

William is an avid Skydiver, Golfer, fisherman and Scuba Diver. He is married and has one daughter.

Educational Background: Colorado State University-Computer Science.

Contact the Awards Committee Chair.

Awards Committee Members

William Pham - Board & Committee Chair, The Woodlands Township

Jim Daniels, Williamson County

Hope Dean, City of Galveston

Melissa Kraft, City of Denton

Daniel McGhinnis, City of Pearland