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EWTG Board of Directors 2009
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Shannon Kelly

President - Shannon Kelley

Shannon Kelley has more than 14 years of state government experience and is currently employed as a Contract Manager at the Department of Information Resources. An active EWTG member since 1999, Shannon has served on numerous committees, including Conference Evaluation Committee Chair in 2000, Facilities Committee Chair in 2001, and Nominations Chair in 2006. Her board service includes Membership Director in 2007, Vice President in 2005, and Public Relations Director in 2003. Shannon earned a Master of Arts in Human Services from St. Edward’s University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.  Contact:


President-Elect - Carol Lauder

Carol Lauder is a 30-year veteran of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and oversees a grant program to enforce the laws that prevent minors’ access to tobacco products. An EWTG member since 2000 her service includes 2008 Membership Director, 2007 Silent Auction Chair, Executive Success Team member, and conference workshop and mini-course presenter.  Carol is a Certified Professional Facilitator and has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Contact:

Carol Lauder
Carolyn J. Fry

Vice-President - Carolyn J. Fry

Carolyn Fry retired on August 31, 2008 after 31 years with state government.  During 22 years with the Employees Retirement System of Texas, she was State Social Security Administrator for State and Local Governments.  In 2008, Carolyn served as Senior Vice President of the National Conference of State Social Security Administrators.  An EWTG member since 2000, her service includes Conference Facilities Committee in 2004, the Community Service Committee in 2006, and chair of the Conference Facilities Committee in 2005.  Carolyn studied Education and Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.  Contact:


Financial Officer – Sherri Conner

Sherri Conner is a 31-year veteran with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), formerly Texas Department of Health (TDH) and has over 36 years of information technology experience. In June 2005, Sherri accepted a position as the first IT Portfolio Manager and has led the development of the DSHS annual IT Applications Development work plan, which determines IT project priorities and resource allocations. Sherri served as the 2008 EWTG Treasurer.  Sherri received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. Contact:

Sherri Conner
Cindy Bordovsky-Stone

Secretary-Treasurer - Cindy Bordovsky-Stone

Cindy Bordovsky-Stone has over 17 years of service with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and is a Systems Analyst and past project manager for the Budget Monitoring System.  She continues to provide technical support for the Finance Division. Cindy is also a past president of TxDOT’s Women’s Information Network.  An EWTG member since 2006, her service includes Conference Silent Auction Committee in 2007 and the Membership Committee in 2008.  Cindy has a degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and in Computer Information Systems from Southwest Texas. Contact:


Affiliates Director - Shawana Ellison

Shawana Ellison began her career in state government in 2005 after working 13 years at a medical center in Longview.  She is a Systems Analyst at the Health and Human Services Commission.  An EWTG member since 2006, Shawana served as the 2008 Conference Exhibits Committee Chair and the facilitator of her Executive Success Team.  Shawana has an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Computer Science from Kilgore College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from LeTourneau University.  Contact:

Shawana Ellison
Heather Hall

Communications Director – Heather Hall

Heather Hall is the Director of the Project Management Office at the Department of Aging and Disability Services.  An EWTG member since 2005, Heather served as the Conference Program Committee Chair in 2007 and the Vice President in 2008. Heather is a certified project management professional (PMP) with a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Baylor University, a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of North Texas.  Contact:


Membership Director - Laura Johannsen

Laura Johannsen has 15 years experience in training and development and has been Team Leader of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Management and Staff Development Training team since 2005.  Laura chaired the Training and Development subcommittee of the State Agency Coordinating Committee from 2004-2005, and has served also as the Government and Military Representative on the Board of Directors for the Texas Distance Learning Association since 2004.  A member of EWTG since 2005, Laura served on the Conference Silent Auction Committee in 2006 and 2007, and the Membership and Conference Facilities Committee in 2008. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Texas at Austin.  Contact:

Laura Johannsen
Tammy Sturm

Program Director - Tammy Sturm

Tammy Sturm is a 26-year veteran with TxDOT and is currently a transportation planner.  An active member of EWTG since 1993, Tammy was the Vice President in 2004 and has chaired the Development and Registration Committees.  She has also been a member of several committees, including the Scholarship Committee, several different Executive Success Teams and a conference moderator.  Tammy is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Texas.  Tammy earned a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University), majoring in finance. Contact:


Public Relations Director - Jennifer Buaas

Jennifer is a systems analyst at the Department of Information Resources (DIR), where she is responsible for the implementation within the agency. Before beginning her service at DIR, Jennifer worked at the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission.  Jennifer has been a member of EWTG since 2007 and served on the Public Relations committee in 2008. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration from LeTourneau University. Contact:

Jennifer Buaas
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