News And People

Volume 14, Issue 24 - Friday, June 24, 2016
Houston City Council presented ambitious bike path network plan
Ten-year Houston Bike Plan includes nearly 1,800 miles of paths 

Planners with the city of Houston this week presented the product of more than a year of research, planning and public meetings in the form of the Houston Bike Plan. The 374-page report is the city's first in-depth, long-range plan for its network of bicycle paths and trails in more than 20 years. It includes plans for 1,789 miles of bike paths, and the upper range of its budget would cost as much as $500 million.

That's a large number, sure to make some eyes roll ... and not one that seems likely to get a lot of traction. However, Mary Blitzer says that's not the number to focus on.

"That figure that you see, $500 million, that's a long-range figure, over 20 years, as the entire city of Houston is rebuilt," says Blitzer, who is the interim executive director for Bike Houston, a nonprofit organization that worked with city planners to fund and build the plan. "That's not really what we're planning for. It's good that we're thinking long-term. But, the focus is on more short-term projects."

Those short-term projects include 130 miles already in the city's budget with funding identified. The plan also has 10-year projections that will range in price from $25 million to $50 million, a figure that Blitzer (pictured) sees as eminently reasonable.

"That's between $2.5 and $5 million a year over those 10 years. For a city like Houston, with an annual budget of more than $2 billion, that's nothing at all. What I find really remarkable is what it accomplishes with a small amount of money."

The Houston Bike Plan's vision of the city's network of trails and paths includes a wide variety of types of pathways. The goal of 1,789 miles of bike paths would comprise 816 miles of dedicated on-street bike lanes, 668 miles of off-street bike paths or trails and another 305 miles of shared on-street pathways.

Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
Mary Hensley, President and CEO, Blinn College

Career highlights and education: I am proud to hold a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree from The University of Texas at El Paso and a doctorate degree from Baylor University. In 2015, I was selected as Blinn College's 15th president and the first female president in the institution's 132-year history.

What I like best about my job is: Every day is new and rewarding, filled with knowledgeable, talented faculty and bright, inquisitive students who hail from more than 1,533 zip codes across the state and nation. Each day at Blinn brings together outstanding educational and enrichment opportunities for students - from sciences, technologies and engineering to fine arts and athletics.

The best advice I've received for my current job is: Enjoy each day to its fullest.

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: I keep M&Ms in my office. Come have some. Chocolate makes every day great!

If I ever decided to leave work early, I could probably be found: Playing golf or eating at small, family-owned restaurants.

People would be surprised to know that I: I send tweets every day through my Twitter account, @Blinn_Hensley.

One thing I wish more people knew about my agency: One of the secrets to Blinn College's success has been establishing partnerships with the state's leading four-year universities. Blinn has developed articulation agreements with dozens of universities, including Baylor University, Sam Houston State University, the Texas A&M University System, Texas State University, The University of Texas System and the University of Houston System, allowing Blinn students to transfer efficiently and seamlessly to the university of their choice.

Texas A&M to take lead in new regional manufacturing center
Texas A&M University, along with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), will take the lead in operating the new Gulf Coast Regional Manufacturing Center. The center will be one of five that make up the $140 million Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

The new regional innovation center also will work with The University of Texas at Austin (UT), Tulane University and partners from the private sector. Its focus primarily will be on the chemical, oil and gas industries, said M. Katherine Banks, director of TEES and dean of engineering for Texas A&M.

Both graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in the research taking place at the center, which most likely will be located at Texas A&M's new RELLIS campus in Bryan, Banks said. Some of the research also will take place at the UT and Tulane campuses.
El Paso ISD bond panel to choose projects for November election
A bond committee for El Paso Independent School District recently began prioritizing projects that could be included in a November bond election being considered by the Board of Trustees. Committee members urged renovations to 13 campuses totaling $265 million be placed on the bond ballot.

Comprised of community members, parents and educators, the 80 member-committee considered recommendations to renovate or expand some schools while closing others. The recommendations were based on an earlier facilities assessment performed by architects and engineers. Once members of the bond committee decide on priority projects, those recommendations will be sent to the Facilities Committee, members of which will recommend to trustees projects to include in the bond election.

Among the campuses recommended to be renovated is Zavala Elementary, which would house some students from Beall Elementary, one of several campuses being considered for closure to save the district on operating and maintenance costs. The bond panel also urged building a new pre-kindergarten through eighth grade campus at the site of the current Henderson Middle School and closing Clardy Elementary. Board members will study the recommendations by both committees and vote in August on the projects to include in the bond proposition.

NTCC to expand student housing via public-private partnership
Trustees for Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) recently agreed to seek a public-private partnership (PPP/P3) to build more housing for students.

The decision followed a recommendation from a recent study indicating there is demand for housing at least 100 more students. Trustees also authorized staff to finalize a contract to conduct a more in-depth feasibility study on the school's need for more student housing. NTCC officials plan to seek a loan or grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to finance the project, said NTCC President Brad Johnson (pictured). The proposed 120-bed, apartment-style student housing could be available as soon as the fall of 2018.
Williamson County staff devising long-term road improvent plan
In an effort to reduce traffic accidents and congestion, Williamson County officials are updating a long-range transportation plan that could include expanding some county roads from two lanes to four.

The proposed plan, which would cover a period from the next five to 50 years, will focus on areas where the population is growing and where data shows a real need for improvements to the county road system, according to Connie Watson, public affairs manager for the county. The road upgrades also will focus on providing alternate routes for vehicles when Interstate 35 is too congested, she said.
Homeland Security approves two bridge projects in Donna, Pharr
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials recently approved two bridge projects in Donna and Pharr under DHS's Donations Acceptance Program. That program is designed to encourage public-private partnerships (PPPs/P3s) that could improve infrastructure and technology at U.S. ports of entries.

The projects along the border of Texas and Mexico are two of just three projects nationwide selected by program officials, according to Josue Garcia (pictured), director of the Donna-Rio Bridge Project. The plan for upgrading the bridge in Donna features new inspection facilities and technologies to allow empty commercial vehicles from Mexico to enter the United States more efficiently. The goal is to permit trucks crossing southbound on the Donna bridge by the end of this year or early next year, he said.

Improvements planned for the bridge in Pharr include building a new cold inspection station, adding an agriculture inspection training and development facility and expanding inspection dock space at the port of entry in Pharr.

Amarillo officials mulling options for transit system improvements
Amarillo City Council members recently began reviewing options that could cost up to $15 million to improve the city's transit system. The project is an effort to reduce travel and wait times for transit passengers. Transit Manager Judy Phelps (pictured) recommended council seek a grant to pay for a feasibility study that would cost about $200,000 to study other transit options.

The current system uses 12 buses to serve eight routes covering about 100 square miles, Phelps said. Both options under consideration would add additional buses, but the more expensive option would redesign the system using a hub-and-spoke system to serve 11 new routes, add eight new buses and establish four transfer stations. It would take $15 million to put in place with an annual operating cost of about $3 million a year. The more cost effective option would require committing $200,000 per additional bus, plus annual operating costs of about $250,000 per bus. It would reduce wait times but not travel times.
USDOT officials name Ohio city winner of Smart City Challenge
Officials with the U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) this week announced Columbus, Ohio, as the winner of the inaugural Smart City Challenge and the more than $50 million in public and private grant funding that came with it.

Austin had been named one of seven finalists in the competition, and Mayor Steve Adler traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier in the month to present the city's application to USDOT officials.

The USDOT will award the other finalists $100,000 each toward developing some of the goals laid out in their applications. And transportation officials have said they would help those cities connect with other federal agencies - including the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security - as well as private-sector sources, to continue pursuit of transportation improvements.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stressed one of the tenets of the challenge in the announcement this week. "There has been a remarkable spirit of cooperation as these cities moved through the competition, and working together with our partners, we are excited to help empower all seven finalists to move forward in creating smart cities."
DPS graduation ceremony: 123 new state troopers commissioned
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) last week celebrated a graduation ceremony for 123 people sworn in as the state's newest Highway Patrol troopers.

The graduates will report to duty stations throughout the state soon and spend the first six months of their employment undergoing on-the-job training. They began their courses in January and studied more than 100 subjects, including counterterrorism, traffic and criminal law, accident reconstruction and Spanish. The new troopers also trained in use of force, firearms, criminal interdiction, cultural diversity and physical fitness.

Randy Watson, a member of the Public Safety Commission (PSC), gave the keynote address, and PSC Chairwoman Cynthia Leon also attended the ceremony with DPS Director Steven McCraw. The DPS is currently accepting applications for 2017 recruit classes, with the next deadline coming July 13 for the class beginning Jan. 8, 2017.

Austin planners consider options to replace Emmett Shelton Bridge
Austin city officials are considering three designs for a new bridge to replace the nearly 70-year-old Emmett Shelton Bridge over Lady Bird Lake. The officials intend to host several public meetings to gather feedback on the three proposed design plans.

All three plans feature bridges that will be higher than the current 28-foot-wide bridge that has one lane in each direction for vehicles and 3-foot-wide sidewalks on either side. The current bridge is set low enough to be in the 100-year floodplain.

City officials expect the design phase of the bridge project to continue through the fall of 2017. Funding for the design has been committed, but council members most likely would need to ask voters to approve bonds to pay for building a new bridge.
Richardson school board approves new elementary school
Richardson Independent School District trustees recently agreed to build a new elementary school for students in kindergarten to sixth grade. The new campus is needed to relieve overcrowding at White Rock Elementary.

Despite some community support for building two campuses for kindergarten through second grade and another for grades three through six, officials said they surveyed educators in the district who were committed to the one-school model, as it causes less disruption for students and teachers, said Jeannie Stone (pictured), interim superintendent.

District officials plan to have the new elementary school open for classes in August 2018.
Sherman council considering renovations to municipal library
Sherman City Council members have devised a list of priority projects to include in the city budget for 2016-2017. On the list is a $1.5 million renovation for the city's public library.

City staff members are preparing a draft budget following a workshop with council members, said City Manager Robby Hefton (pictured). Council then will review the draft budget in July. Renovations to the library include a new roof, new furniture and demolition of a 3,364-square-foot addition on the south side of the building.
Eagle Pass to seek public input regarding $50 million water plan
Eagle Pass City Council members recently agreed to go forward with a capital improvement plan for the city's water system. City officials plan to hold three public hearings on the proposed plan before beginning the projects.

The $50 million plan calls for the replacement of 20 miles of old pipes and 8 miles of undersized pipes, as well as repairs and upgrades for both elevated and ground-level storage water tanks.

Officials with the Eagle Pass Water Works System also plan to build a new ground storage tank, upgrade the wastewater treatment plant and pursue water rights acquisition and diversification of water sources under the newly adopted plan.

Amarillo ISD trustees approve $15.5M for new elementary school
Amarillo Independent School District trustees recently approved $15.5 million to pay for a new elementary school to serve the southeast area of the district.

Voters in 2013 approved $99 million in bonds to pay for building the new 74,000-square-foot elementary school on 14 acres of land. Construction is set to begin in May 2017, and the new school is scheduled to open when the school year begins in August 2018.
Taylor officials name two drainage projects top priorities
Taylor City Engineer Carter Delleney (pictured) recently recommended to city council members the placement of two drainage projects at the top of the city's priority list for 2016-2017. The $5.1 million costs of the projects would be financed using revenue from a half-cent sales tax.

The recommendation followed a review of a long list of infrastructure projects and public feedback. Other projects under consideration included street improvements and new fire stations, but residents showed strong support for improving storm drainage due to recent flooding, Delleney said.

Members of the board overseeing the half-cent sales tax revenue are expected to vote on the priority list in early July. Council members will then vote on the priority projects later in the month.
Travis County, Austin panel choose site for sobriety center
The Austin-Travis County Intergovernmental Working Group recently recommended a proposed sobriety center be located at the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office rather than another county office building that also had been under consideration. The preliminary cost estimate to renovate the facility is about $888,000.

County commissioners and city council members are expected to vote on a finalized proposal to establish the facility, which will serve as an alternative to jail for people who are publicly intoxicated. Preliminary plans call for creating a local government corporation to operate the center, with officials from both the county and the city selecting a nine-member board of directors.

If the proposal is approved, Austin city officials will pay for furniture, fixtures and equipment, and provide technology services and security. The county agreed to fund the renovation and maintain the building, which will not be vacated until early 2017. Renovations could begin as early as June 2017.
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Elgin, CARTS moving forward with plans for new transit station
Partnering with Capital Area Rural Transportation Systems (CARTS), Elgin city officials have approved the preliminary design for a new transit station. CARTS paid for the design phase of the project.

Current plans call for building a 700-square-foot facility with a large public platform, a smaller building and adjacent parking. The transit station also will feature restrooms, shaded areas, a ticket office, loading zones for buses and a waiting room with seating. The facility also is designed to be used for municipal events and festivals.

City officials expect to receive approval soon for a grant that will pay for construction of the transit station.
East Texas county officials to host regional transportation meetings
Representatives from 14 counties in East Texas will host public meetings throughout July to work on a short-term project to improve mobility throughout the region. Those officials represent Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

The project will update the Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan, which was adopted in 2011, said Melissa Cure, a transportation planner for the East Texas Council of Governments. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) provided a grant to pay for the process.

Each of the one-hour community meetings will feature a short presentation along with time for the public to comment and ask questions. Residents of those counties also are encouraged to complete an online survey.

Calendar of Events

TFC, chambers put on HUB Construction Expo in Austin
June 30, 2016
A collaboration among the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC), the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce and the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, the HUB Construction Expo aims to inform officials with historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) of contracting opportunities associated with the $1.1 billion that was appropriated to TFC during the 2015 legislative session.  Attendees will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders from government agencies and universities, architects, engineers and general contractors. The exposition will take place June 30 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Registration is open.

TSABAA Summer Conference to be held in Corpus Christi in July
July 20-22, 2016
The Texas State Agency Business Administrators' Association (TSABAA) will hold its 47th Annual Summer conference in Corpus Christi, July 20-22. The conference fosters good relationships among the business and administrative personnel of state agencies by providing an opportunity to discuss common problems inherent to attaining overall state objectives. It also offers formal training that supports the continuing education of state employees. The Summer Conference will feature the announcement of the TSABAA Administrator of the Year. The TSABAA represents 125 state agencies throughout Texas. Its 2016 Summer Conference takes place at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel. Registration is open a draft agenda is online.

LBJ School offers Construction Purchasing Certificate Program
July 26-27, 2016
Buyers, contract administrators and project managers interested in earning a construction purchasing certificate can do so through The University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs. The program aids in understanding and using new terms, remaining compliant with unfamiliar laws, developing control plans and schedules and staying on budget. The LBJ School's Construction Purchasing Certificate Program consists of four core courses and one elective to be completed over a two-year period. The goal of this certificate program is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to ensure that their organization's construction projects are well managed and secure the intended results and value. The courses are complementary in nature, and each course repeats annually. The next available course is Legal Aspects of Construction Contracts, held July 26-27. Registration is open.

Not many marketplaces growing this quickly! 

By Mary Scott Nabers, CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

There's a $36 billion marketplace that may double in size in the near future. It's the renewable energy sector - and it's definitely worth watching.

The United States ranks second only to China in leading the world in electricity generated from renewable sources. And, interestingly enough, Texas is home to one of the world's largest renewable energy sources in a small city.

Last year, renewable energy accounted for more than 13.4 percent of domestically produced power and 11.1 percent of total energy generation. Wind, solar and other renewable energy sources are quickly becoming an integral part of renewable energy portfolios.

Texas is the hands-down leader and record-setter in wind power. Iowa and California are next in line. In Texas, wind power accounted for 11.7 percent of the electricity generated last year. One of the largest producers is the Roscoe Wind Farm, where wind turbines - more than 630 of them - amount to almost half the total number of residents in the city.

All but four states have incentives in place to promote renewable energy and 29 have adopted renewable portfolio standards for investor-owned utilities.

Texas Government Insider will not publish next week, July 1, and the office of Strategic Partnerships, Inc., will be closed Monday, July 4 in recognition of the Independence Day holiday. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 5.
Austin's Marc Ott named finalist for international group's leadership role
Austin City Manager Marc Ott announced this week that he is a finalist to be named executive director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). The ICMA is a trade association representing local governments based in Washington, D.C.

Ott (pictured) has been the capital city's administrative leader since 2008. His tenure has been marked by the city's trademark economic expansion and population growth, and, at this week's Austin City Council meeting, Ott was awarded a salary increase.

ICMA officials have said they will announce their selection in July. Ott is one of three finalists for the top job at the organization.

He previously served as assistant city manager for infrastructure services in Fort Worth. Ott earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and also is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
CTRMA planners seeking bids for SH 45 expansion
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) officials recently began seeking bids to extend State Highway 45 Southwest. The road will connect FM 1626 to Loop 1 South in Austin.

The proposed four-lane divided highway will be a toll road once it is completed. The toll revenue will pay for the loans obtained during planning and construction, CTRMA officials said. The CTRMA will determine the cost of the tolls, but officials have not yet developed an estimate for what those tolls will be.

Responses will be due in late July. The goal is to award the bid and begin construction on the SH45 road expansion by the end of 2016, according to a Hays County commissioner.

Hunt to become DETCOG next executive director
Former Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt was named this week the new executive director of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG). He was chosen from a list of 26 applicants.

Hunt served as county judge for almost five years before resigning late in 2011 to begin work for the Texas Association of Counties (TAC). He's worked in Austin for the TAC since then and will now replace the retired Walter Diggles.

DETCOG represents a 12-county region of East Texas, comprising the counties of Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler.
Save the date!
The 2017 Legislative Communications Conference is set for Oct. 13 on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus of The University of Texas at Austin. More information will be made available as we get closer to that date.

Austin council to continue with plans for possible November bond election
Members of the Austin City Council last night agreed to move forward with preparations for a potential bond election in November. The council considered several versions of the bond package before agreeing to continue planning for Mayor Steve Adler's original proposal of $720 million.

That amount is almost five times larger than any transportation bond proposition ever passed by Austin voters. Two-thirds of it, $482 million, would be dedicated to what city staff members refer to as "Smart Corridors," seven major thoroughfares throughout the city that experience heavy traffic congestion on a regular basis.

The council's vote doesn't place the bond package on the ballot. It merely allows municipal leaders to continue the planning and preparation. The city council will have to vote again in mid-August to put the proposition up for a vote.

Hitt to take helm as Taft's interim city manager
Denise Hitt recently took charge as interim city manager in Taft. She replaced Rey De Los Santos, the former city manager who resigned in April. Hitt (pictured), a former city council member, resigned from the council after moving outside of the city limits in May.

City officials are taking applications for the city manager position and plan to name a permanent replacement within three months, the mayor said.

BWA receives support to build desalination plant
Brazoria City Council members recently authorized the Brazosport Water Authority (BWA) to issue up to $22.7 million in revenue bonds to pay for the second phase of development for a water desalination plant.

Water authority officials are seeking authorization from several cities in the area to issue the bonds.
Muñoz to be new director of Mid-Valley Airport
Andrew Muñoz recently won selection as the new director of the Mid-Valley Airport in Weslaco. He replaces George Garrett, who retired as airport director in February.

Muñoz (pictured) worked as a special project coordinator for the city of San Juan and as the interim director of the San Juan Economic Development Corporation. He also served the city of Brownsville as assistant general manager.

He has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

Frisco officials reviewing final design for new $9 million senior center
Frisco city officials recently began reviewing design and construction plans for a new $9 million senior center that was approved by voters in a 2015 bond election.

The 30,000-square-foot facility will be located in Frisco Commons Park in order to be able to serve as many residents as possible, said Rick Wieland (pictured), director of parks and recreation.

Current plans are to begin construction on the new senior center in May or June 2017.

Galveston names Moulton as next superintendent
Galveston Independent School District trustees recently selected Kelli Moulton (pictured) as the lone finalist for superintendent.

Now superintendent at Hereford ISD, Moulton also has been an assistant superintendent, a principal and a director for the Hereford school district. She also was an assistant principal in Magnolia ISD.

Moulton has a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree from the University of Houston and an Ed.D. from Texas Tech University.

Lambert selected as director of Decatur EDC
Thom Lambert recently won selection as the executive director of the Decatur Economic Development Corporation (EDC). He has served as interim director since January, when he was named to replace Mary Poch. The position had gone unfilled since Poch had resigned in the fall of 2015.

Lambert (pictured) also served as director of the Decatur EDC from August 2002 until November 2008, as well as the executive director of the Crockett EDC.

McKinney officials name 
Kevin Hammeke 

Kevin Hammeke recently won selection as the finance director in McKinney. His 36 years in public finance include 13 years as chief financial officer for the city of Allen before his retirement in 2015.

Hammeke (pictured) has a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and a master's degree from the University of Kansas.

Denton city manager will resign at end of month
Denton City Manager George Campbell (pictured) decided this week to resign, effective July 1.

Campbell has served as city manager for almost 10 years. An agreement reached with the city council calls for him to serve as a consultant to a yet-to-be-named interim city manager through Sept. 30.

Campbell previously served as city manager in Arlington, Coppell and Weatherford.

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UC Merced selects winning bidder for campus expansion project
Richard Skuza to retire as superintendent in Jasper
Jasper Independent School District Superintendent Richard Skuza (pictured) recently announced plans to retire, effective January 2017. Skuza has served as superintendent for the school district since 2012.

Trustees plan to begin immediately their search for the district's next superintendent.
Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the following appointments:
  • Phil Grant, Montgomery, 9th Judicial District Court
  • Nancy Miloy Clemmer, Austin, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities;
  • Richard Martinez, San Antonio, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities;
  • Aaron W. Bangor, Austin, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities;
  • Heather Griffith-Dhanjal, Fort Worth, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities;
  • P. Faye Kuo, Austin, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities;
  • Marco A. Treviño, Edinburg, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities;
  • David Fleeger, Austin, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Dave Allen, San Antonio, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Paula Anthony-McMann, Tyler, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Brandon Charles, Coppell, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Mark S. Lane, Lampasas, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Andrew Lombardo, Harlingen, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Debbie Gray Marino, San Antonio, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Fred Buckwold, Houston, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Shannon Calhoun, Goliad, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Matt Hamlin, Argyle, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Bill Phillips, San Antonio, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Steve Yurco, Austin, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Mike Maples, Austin, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors;
  • Melanie Williams, Austin, Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors.
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