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EWTG Board of Directors 1995
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President - Carol Willis

Carol Willis has dedicated her 17-year career in the Comptroller of Public Accounts to providing quality service to taxpayers and internal customers. Currently, Carol serves as assistant area manager in the Computer Services Division where she coordinated several projects including a benchmark study of the Comptroller's statewide network and development of plans for re-engineering. In the past, Carol directed the implementation of new tax legislation across the state and provided technical services to taxpayers and Comptroller employees. As Special Projects Coordinator, Carol developed a comprehensive training and customer service program for the 50 employees who provide tax information to the public over the agency's toll-free number, coordinated the efforts of 22 Comptroller divisions as they planned disaster recovery contingency and operations strategies, and was instrumental in creating the plan to implement a lottery in Texas.

Her community service activities include membership in Leadership Texas Alumnae, serving on the board of the Travis County Children's Advocacy Center) and as Development Vice-President of the Austin Junior Forum. A nine-year member of EWTG, Carol currently serves as President-Elect. She chaired the 1993 summer seminar, has worked on various committees, and was the 1990 recipient of the EWTG scholarship to Leadership Texas.


President-Elect - Rebecca Mears

Rebecca Mears is employed by the Texas Department of Human Services as Section Manager, Winters Complex Operations Section. She was previously employed as a briefing clerk for the Comal County District Attorney's Office in New Braunfels and as an administrative assistant to U.S. Senator Robert P. Griffin, U.S. Congressman J. Kenneth Robinson, The Conservation Foundation, U.S. Department of the Interior, and several private law firms in San Antonio, Austin, and Washington, D.C.

Rebecca serves as the 1994 Program Chair for the EWTG Annual Conference. A member of EWTG since 1990, she has also served as a member of the Program Subcommittee for the EWTG annual conference in 1992. She is also an active member of the Austin Society of Public Administrators, serving as chairman of Fund Raising in 1993 and Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Executive Board in 1992.


Vice-President - Penny Johnson

During 27 years as a public service professional, Johnson has lived in San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin while working for the Texas Employment Commission. Academically trained as a teacher, she now manages the graphic design, public information, video studio, and print shop functions of TEC's Public Information and Media Department. This native Texan is a wife and mother who enjoys travel, experiencing nature) reading, and following the Star Trek cycle. Memberships include the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security, Texas Public Employees Association, Texas Composer's Forum, The Nature Conservatory, and the Texas Wildflower Center. She volunteers community service monthly at DS Recycles and is an adopter of a one-mile stretch of Hays County road.

An EWTG member since 1991, Penny chaired the 1992 Conference Moderator Sub-Committee and the 1993 Conference Facilities Committee. She co-chaired the Tenth Anniversary Celebration Committee in 1994.


Treasurer – Sandy Barling

Sandy Barling is Manager of Office Systems at the Texas Department of Transportation. Sandy has over 20 years experience in customer service, user support, management, project management and development, systems analysis research, and training. She has directed the activities of skilled professional staff that plan, develop, implement support and coordinate business information systems and office systems applications and projects. She has also coordinated with technical staff in planning for statewide Local Area Networks (LANs) and the implementation of office technology on the LANs.

Sandy has published an Integrated Office System Strategic Plan: A Vision for the Future in July 1991, proposing statewide LANs with integrated office technology to improve productivity and information flow within the department and provided conceptual input and editing for the book, Object-Oriented. Analysis. A long-time member of EWTG, Sandy has served on various committees.


Treasurer-Elect - Collett Foyt

Collett O'Neill Foyt is the Director of Accounting at the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. She has been with the Commission in a similar capacity for l0 years. Collett has served in various financial positions within four state agencies for approximately 23 years. Collett graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in mathematics in 1970. In the fall of 1972, she re-entered UT to study accounting. Upon completion of the required number of hours, Collett sat for the CPA exam and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1979.

As a member of EWTG for four and a half years, Collett has served on the Audit Committee and Exhibit Committee for the annual conference as both the chair and a committee member.

Collett is married and the mother of a teenage daughter, who keeps her on her toes. She is also active within her church community.


Director of Programs - Joelyn Weeks

Joelyn Weeks has served in state government since 1974 in various roles at the Comptroller of Public Accounts, Attorney and currently with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). In her role as training director at TDI, Joelyn established the agency's quality improvement initiative called AIM (Always Improving Methods). Recently, she became the full-time quality officer and is presently participating in the agency's business planning and redesign project.

Seventeen of her public sector years include supervisory, training and development, and several task force roles at the Texas Comptroller's office. She was an active participant in two quality initiatives at the Comptroller's office and was the first Renaissance trainer for the Comptroller's successful Renaissance Project. Joelyn holds a bachelor's degree from St. Edward's University. She is currently performing volunteer work for the Volunteer Services Council at Austin State Hospital.


Director of Communications – Diana Rushing

Diana Rushing is manager, Insurance Programs, at the Employees Retirement System where she manages insurance contracts with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Group Life and Health, two dental carriers, and l6 HMOs for 250,000 state of Texas and higher education employees and retirees.

Previously she had served as Director of the Higher Education Insurance Program, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from 1980 to 1984.

She chaired the Exhibitors and Sponsors Committee for the EWTG's 1993 annual conference and is currently a member of the State Agency Council to the Governor's Commission for Women. She has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.


Director of Membership - Karen Davis

Karen Davis completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington. After graduation, Karen taught high school math and science classes in the Texas public school system during the 1972-73 school year. In the fall of 1973 Karen and her husband moved to Austin where from 1974 to 1988 she worked as a computer systems analyst for the Texas Education Agency. In 1988 Karen accepted a position with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, where she currently serves as Director of the Information Resources Division.

Karen served on the 1993 Public Relations Committee and Conference Registration Committee and chaired the 1994 Conference Registration for the Tenth Anniversary Celebration. Karen has two teenage boys.


Director of Public Relations - Toya Cook

Toya Cirica Cook is a graduate of Rice University, where she received a bachelor's degree in English. She earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the College of William and Mary. Toya also studied law at the University of Exeter in Exeter, England.

She is an Assistant Attorney General and member of the Opinion Committee. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, she served as briefing attorney to the former chief justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas.

Toya has been an active member of EWTG since 1993. She has served as a member of the Conference Finance, and Membership Committees.



Director of Region Affairs: Marjorie Fortner, Kathleen Wilburn

Marjorie Fortner

Marjorie Fortner is Deputy Regional Administrator for Region 8 of the Texas Department of Human Services, a 28-county region with headquarters in San Antonio. In this position, she oversees and provides leadership and direction for the Long-Term Care and Community Care Services for the Aged and Disabled, Educational Services, Human Resource Services, Automation Services, Business Services and Fiscal Services.

Marjorie received her undergraduate degree in education from Trinity University and earned two master's degrees in educational administration and business administration from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. She has worked in state government in Texas for 10 years and has also worked in county government and the public school system in Maryland.

Marjorie has been a member of EWTG since 1986 and chaired the local committee which established the first chapter of EWTG outside of Austin. From 1989 to the establishment of the chapter in 1992, Marjorie worked with EWTG officers in Austin to develop the guidelines and infrastructure to support a San Antonio Chapter of EWTG. She was elected President-Elect of the new chapter in 1992 and served as Chapter President in 1993. Other community activities include the United Way Fund Distribution Steering Committee and the Boards of Communities in Schools and the Funding Information Center of Texas. She is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio and Leadership Texas.

Kathleen Wilburn

Kathleen Wilburn is currently on a three-year loan from the Texas Department of Transportation to the Governor's Center for Management Development at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. She is the Internal Quality Consultant, curriculum director, and a total quality management consultant to state agencies. The majority of her time is spent training agency trainers in the Texas Quality Service model and certifying them to teach Introduction to Texas Quality Service. Also, she serves on a cross-agency team that has developed a Quality Management Competency Model for state government.

Kathy most recently managed curriculum design and development at the Department of Transportation, and prior to that, she managed the l5-person TxDOT management and staff development effort.

Her prior experience includes 20 years in teaching and administration in higher education. She holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California in Higher and post Secondary Administration, a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and master's and bachelor's degrees in English from the University of New Mexico.

Kathy currently serves as EWTG Director of Programs and has served on many EWTG committees, including being program chair for the 1993 annual fall conference. She has been program chair for the Austin chapters of the American Society for Training and Development and the National Society for Performance and Instruction and is the Vice-Chair of the Human Resource Development Network of the State Agency Coordinating Council. She is a swimming referee for state high school, Southwest Conference, U.S. swimming, and Special Olympics meets. She also swims competitively with Texas Aquatics Masters Swim Team-something new she started when she turned 50. She is active in her church where she is a eucharistic minister, director of liturgy coordinators, mediator, and responsible for the first phase of a program for engaged couples.

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