2021 Board Nominees


Kerrie Summerfield - Office of the Attorney General
I am a current State of Texas employee and I have worked for the state for over 28 years. My career has been with various agencies and my positions have involved Accounting, Finance and Operational Management. This experience includes managing people and projects. Currently, I work for the Attorney General of Texas. I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. I am interested in being a board member because I want to give back to TPEA for the many years that it has been my source for information and for advocating for state employees.

 

Jimmy Teal - Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT)
I came to TXDOT as a construction inspector in 2019. I currently do bridge inspections on the I-35 project in Waco. I am a Safety Point Of Contact (SPOC) in my Area Office and received the Outstanding Safety Award for my district. I have been married for 13 years and have three dogs and two cats. I enjoy volunteering when I can and helping others succeed. I enjoy classic cars, collecting guitars, and spending quality time with my family.
 


 


Dana Douglass Swan - Texas Commission on the Arts
My name is Dana Swann and I currently serve as the Executive Assistant for the Texas Commission on the Arts. I handle administrative duties in direct support of the Executive Director and nine commissioners from all over the State of Texas. I also serve as the American with Disabilities (ADA) coordinator for the agency, as well as the Creative Forces Initiative Liaison which joins arts and the military. I have been a long-time member of the Governor’s Texas Commission for Women. My 30 years of administrative experience include executive level support at the City of Austin and the The University of Texas System.

I received my Associates of Arts from Austin Community College in December of 2020 (at the young age of 59) and I am currently enrolled at Texas State University in San Marcos pursuing a Bachelors of Communications Degree.

On a personal note, I have jumped out of a plane, done dog sledding in Minnesota, skied in Alaska, and swam with the dolphins in Florida. I love to travel and consider myself adventurous, caring, and a people person. I’m also a native Texan and I have three beautiful grandchildren.

If chosen, I will work hard to make sure that everyone is represented. Retirement is planning, progress, details, and something we all look forward to, but it can also be intimidating. I will bring energy and a can do attitude to the table - I don’t know it all, but I am ready, willing, and able to learn!

 

Doug Jennings, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)
Doug Jennings has over a decade of experience in public service, and believes that state employees need a strong voice to protect their interests against the constant threat of budget cuts, pension reductions, and mandatory retirement delays. If elected, Doug will serve as a tireless advocate for state employees and will adhere to the highest ethical standards.

Doug joined TDLR as an assistant general counsel in 2016. He is primary counsel for several licensing programs, but also works in several other areas such as ethics, rulemaking, and legislative drafting.

Before joining TDLR in 2016, Doug served as Assistant Attorney General for the small island state of Yap, part of the Federated States of Micronesia. While in Yap, Doug provided guidance and counsel to the governor and several state agencies while also serving as a prosecutor. Prior to that, Doug held the position of Senior Attorney for the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Division of Policy and Research. In this position, Doug worked with legislators and prominent citizens to improve the state’s business and commercial laws.

Doug received his Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in 2000, and worked as a journalist in Washington, DC before entering law school. Doug received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2005, and a master of laws in international legal studies from the New York University School of Law in 2007.

Doug lives in South Austin with his girlfriend Erin and two teenagers.


 


Dennis Flannigan - Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
I currently work in the McKinney Tax Office for TWC. I have an MBA in Finance from LeTourneau University and a BS in Management from St. Louis University. I have prior board experience from having served on Chamber of Commerce, The Tarrant County Private Industry Council and United Way. I have experience in both the private and public sectors. I believe the biggest challenge facing management and employees is communication. Employees need to know they can have effective, honest dialogues with their employers.

 

Salomon Pinzon - Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Salomon Pinzon is a retired officer of the Texas Army National Guard. He was born in McAllen and he is 100% bilingual in English and Spanish. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas – Pan American and a master’s degree from Trident University International. Salomon is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. As an Army officer, Salomon served in numerous leadership assignments from platoon leader to primary staff officer. His last duty station was in Austin where he served as the Officer in Charge for the Joint Operations Center of the Texas Military Department. After 22 years of military service, Salomon retired and wanted to continue to serve the State of Texas and on March 2020 joined the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts where he is a Contract Manger for the Statewide Procurement Division. Salomon wants to apply his experience to serve the public employees of Texas. He has the ability to listen to complex problems and develop strategies to implement courses of action to find solutions. Salomon lives in Pflugerville and is married to Lili and they both have one son, Diego, who is a Junior in high school.


 


Richard Hildreth - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
Before moving to Texas, Rich served two terms as Mayor of Pacific Washington. He helped form the first Regional Fire Authority, served on the Board of Directors for 5 years, and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Washington State Emergency Management Council. Since moving to Texas, Rich has worked to help Texans recover from the May and October 2015 flood events, Hurricane Harvey and now serves as the Emergency Management Program Coordinator for TPWD.

 

Brittney Kruse - Texas Medical Board
I have been employed with the Texas Medical Board for 3 years and currently serve as a Licensure Supervisor. My education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Business from the University of Texas at Austin and an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from a community college in Baltimore, Maryland. I currently live in the Austin area with my husband, mother-in-law, and three pets (who all love to join in on as many video calls as they can wiggle their way into).

Prior to joining the state workforce, I worked with a variety of non-profit sector facilities, and love the calling I have to serve the citizens of Texas. Everyone should have an opportunity for their voice to be heard, and it would be a privilege to represent both current and former employees through legislative advocacy, training, and other projects. I strongly believe in the value of hard work and dedication, and know that state agency employees can - and should - be a powerhouse for change in both their agencies and the State as a whole. It is important to push towards progress and work to recruit and maintain high-quality employees for our state agencies.

I look forward to working with TPEA to create space for new opportunities and projects, both for new state employees deciding to settle into a career, and for retirees who have worked tirelessly to help the citizens of Texas throughout their valued years of service.


 


Lisa Thomas - Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT)
I, Lisa Thomas, am an office Manager at The Texas Department of Transportation. With 15 years of experience in Business Administration with the department. I have led projects involving auditing, human resources, and emergency management on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. I have worked with our contracts department, to ensure that contractors are written, executed, and processed in a time fashion. I have received a Culinary Arts degree for San Jacinto College as well and obtaining a Business & Technology degree from MTI College of Business. In my spare time, I volunteer to feed the homeless and use my culinary skills where needed. During my down time, I like to read, meditate, and take local day trips to family and friends to find out little gems of our city and neighboring cities have to offer.

 

Meg Thurman - Office of Attorney General, Child Support Division
I graduated from Principia Collage with a B.A. in Communications in June 1999 and started working with the Office of the Attorney General Child Support Division in Nov 1999 through a temp service. I was hired directly with the State in January 2001 and have worn many hats during my 20 years here, mostly in Customer Service. Shortly before our mandatory telecommute directive, I was promoted and transitioned to the Financial Department.

I’ve been actively involved in my community since 1999 by sitting on various committees and/or Boards for the Wichita Falls Citizens Police Academy, Wichita Falls Citizens Fire Academy, and Backdoor Theatre. I was honored to have participated in Leadership Wichita Falls.

Outside of work, I’m currently digitizing historical documents that were damaged in a flood last summer at Backdoor and have been a long-time volunteer on the Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred Steering Committee. My recent lobby experience with the non-profit group, Cyclists in Suits, had a deep impact on me. Being able to share with Senators and Representatives concerns for the safety & well being of cyclists and pedestrians was invigorating, hopeful and fun! I hope to humbly represent the hard-working employees that keep this great state running and protect our retirees who have dedicated so much of their lives to others.


 


Elvis Leunguen - Texas Railroad Commission
Elvis Leunguen joined the Railroad Commission of Texas in 2019 as Engineering Specialist. Prior to this role, he held various positions in the oil and gas Industry. In fact, he worked for another oil and gas regulatory agency in the country and was employed by the largest service company in the country as a Frac Engineer. He will graduate with an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas Permian Basin at the end of Spring 2021. Elvis lives in Midland, Texas.

Mr. Leunguen believes that the well-being of workers is key to achieving above-average results in the workplace. As a result, Elvis shares TPEA’s mission to promote and preserve quality benefits for state employees and retirees and has no doubt that he will be a good TPEA Board of Directors member if elected.


 

Curtis Green - Office of the Attorney General (Retired)
After being Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Navy, I began my career in municipal law enforcement. I worked for two municipal agencies in the Dallas area for a little over 18 years, then worked for 21 years in the field of healthcare fraud as an investigator for Medicare contractors and over 6 years as an Investigative Manager for the Dallas Field Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. My team was comprised of 10 investigators and 3 auditors to cover 42 counties.


 


Rosezita Jones - Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), Parole Division
I started my work journey at age 15 working for McDonald’s. I then worked 26 years as a Chicago Police Officer. I retired as a Sergeant. While working as a Chicago Police Officer, I noticed problems in the community. I organized a nonprofit organization to help the citizens of Chicago in obtaining employment, education and housing. I now work as a Parole Officer for TDCJ. My goal in life is to help and serve people. If elected to the Board, I would love to continue my journey working and helping others.


 

Dan Maxwell - HHSC, DADS (Retired)
A TPEA member since the 1970s, I bring a wealth of experience and institutional knowledge to the TPEA Board. I have 9 years total experience on this Board. I’ve been among the state workforce at UT Southwestern Medical School, SFA University, and Lufkin State Supported Living Center. Retired since 2010, I have been President of the Retirees Chapter since 2015.
I have received the following volunteer awards:
• 2009 DADS Vision Award
• 2014 DADS Vision Award
• 2019 HHSC Volunteer of the Year Award


 

 

Marypurra Napoleonhill - Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)
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Herman Mason - Comptroller of Public Accounts
Herman Mason works for the Comptroller, serving as the Indirect Taxes team’s area manager. His responsibilities include:
• Establishing goals and objectives,
• Coordinating and evaluating business functions,
• Developing and monitoring budgets.

In his previous role with the Comptroller, he served as the Indirect Tax team’s supervisor. Herman developed program guidelines, procedures and policies. He started his career with the agency in Taxpayer Services. After spending five years there, he worked in Project, Planning and Implementation, where he analyzed and implemented legislation for franchise tax, hotel occupancy tax, and miscellaneous taxes. Herman transitioned to Franchise Tax Analyst before returning to Taxpayer Services as a team lead.

Herman served as a board member for the Black American Comptroller Employees Association for six years and as the president for two years. While serving on the board, Herman organized fundraisers for Back-to-School, Family Eldercare Fan, and Coats for Kids. He also chaired the annual Black American Comptroller Employees Association annual scholarship luncheon committee. As the board’s president, he grew the membership base and increased the annual scholarship award amounts.

While working full-time, Herman earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Huston-Tillotson University, where he graduated with honors.

Herman is a good candidate for the TPEA Board because he is goal-oriented and has a strong work ethic. His various leadership roles make him a diverse leader. He’s able to establish and build relationships with people with different backgrounds. He has the spirit of change and looks for opportunities to tackle challenges.


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