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EWTG Board of Directors 1997
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President - Penny Johnson

Penny Johnson is a Texan, born and bred. A San Antonio native, she has lived in Dallas and now calls the Austin area home. Academically trained at Trinity University as a secondary teacher, she taught ninth grade English in the San Antonio Independent School District for one year before beginning work at the Texas Employment Commission (TEC).

Penny worked for TEC for 30 years as a local office interviewer, seminar leader, supervisor, EEO Coordinator and office manager in the field. In 1990, she transferred to the state office as Training Director and directed the public information, graphic design, video studio and print shop functions of 42 employees in TEC's Public Information and Media Department. She retired August 31,1995.

An EWTG member since 1991, Penny chaired the 1992 Conference Moderator Sub-committee, 1993 Conference Facilities Committee, co-chaired the Tenth Anniversary Celebration Committee in 1994, served as Vice-President and Conference Chair in 1995, and President-elect in 1995.


President-Elect - Judith Rhedin

Judith Rhedin is the Manager of the Housing Trust Fund at the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. She holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and Master of Arts in Administration from the University of Denver College of Law, and a Bachelor's in Community Development from Pace University in New York.

Judith has worked in housing for over 12 years, starting with NATO Forces in Europe. She later served as Assistant Director of Narcotics Control, New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development. Prior to returning to Texas in 1991, she was appointed by the Manhattan Borough President, City of New York, to serve as a Community Board Member.

In 1991, Judith was selected for Who's Who of American Women. She has served on the State Agency Council to the Governor's Commission for Women and is a Leadership Texas Alumnae. She volunteers with Family Eldercare, Make A Wish Foundation of Central Texas, University of Texas Performing Arts Center Advisory Committee, and has served as Chair of the Town Lake YMCA Committee of Managers. Judith has been active with EWTG since 1991. She served as Chair of the Conference Evaluation n 1995 and currently serves as Vice-President/Conference Chair.


Vice-President - Angelia Johnson

Angelia Johnson is a native of LaGrange, Georgia who came to Texas in 1984. She has been in Texas government for 11 years. She began her work with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) in 1985 as an administrative technician in the legal services department. She now serves as the Director of Operations and Manager of the Intake Unit-Property and Casualty Lines where she is instrumental in the day to day operations of 7 divisions.

In 1992, Angelia served as co-chairperson for the EWTG Registration Committee. She served on the EWTG Board of Directors in 1993 and was Chairperson of the EWTG Facilities Committee in 1994. In 1993-94, she also served as membership Vice President for Austin Women's Political Caucus and is a member of the 1995 Leadership Texas Class.


Treasurer – Glenna Rhea Hastings

Glenna Hastings is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She has worked in Texas state government for 10 years, currently as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Texas Department of Agriculture. Glenna has served as CFO for two other state agencies: the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the State Board of Public Accountancy. Prior to that, she worked for the State Comptroller's Office in statewide financial reporting and as a supervisor for the Uniform Statewide Accounting System.

Glenna has been a member of EWTG since 1990 and served on the Board as Director of Chapter Development in 1992. She is also a member of the Texas Society of CPA's and American Institute of CPA's.


Treasurer-Elect - Machelle Pharr

Machelle Pharr is the Director of Financial Administration of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC). Machelle received a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of Texas in 1980. After five years of work in the private sector, Machelle joined the State's workforce as an Internal Auditor for the General Land Office (GLO). She subsequently worked at the Comptroller's Office prior to joining the Texas Water Commission (now part of the TNRCC) as the Financial Reporting Manager in 1993. Machelle assumed her role as Director in March 1995.

In addition to her experience in the public and private sectors, Machelle is co-founder of the USAS Users Group (t99) and continues to chair the monthly meetings. Currently, she is serving as Chair of the Finance Subcommittee of the State Agency Coordinating Committee. Machelle is a CPA and was recently certified as a Government Financial Manager by the Association of Government Accountants.


Director of Programs - Carol Nasworthy, Ph.D.

Dr. Nasworthy, in her third professional career, serves as an independent consultant to the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas Law School in Austin. in addition, she has conducted research on the role of leadership in managing educational change for the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, one of 10 such think-tanks dedicated to the improvement of public schools and funded by the U. S. Department of Education.

In her first career, Dr, Nasworthy served for 23 years as a public school teacher and administrator. During that time, she became increasingly interested in politics and government, which led to her second career working for elected officials. She began her second career in the Texas House of Representatives and later in the Governor's Office as the Executive Director of the Governor's Commission on Women. She accepted the most challenging role of her public service career when she served as the Administrative Assistant and Chief of Staff for Commissioner Mary Scott Nabers at the Texas Railroad Commission.

Dr. Nasworthy participates in numerous professional and civic activities. She is Chair of the Austin Community College Board of Trustees and is listed in the 7994-95 edition of Who's Who in Education. She is an alumnae of Leadership Austin, Leadership Texas, and Leadership America.


Director of Communications – Emily Braswell

Emily Braswell is currently Director of Planning for the Texas Turnpike Authority; a position she has held for three years. Prior to coming to the Authority, she spent eight years in the city of Dallas where she served in several capacities for the City of Dallas and the Dallas Area Regional Transportation Authority.

Emily first came to state government in 1978 while completing her Master's in English at Texas A&M where she taught freshman English, Technical Writing and served as a staff assistant in the Writing Laboratory. While completing her Master's in Urban Planning at Texas A&M, she served as an intern and later as a full-time research associate at the Texas Transportation Institute. She has since worked in both the public and private sectors.

Along with pursuing an active career in Transportation Planning, Emily served as a charter member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar, served on the Board of Directors for the Women's Chorus of Dallas, sang with the Dallas Symphony Chorus for two years, and has served on the EWTG registration committee for the past two years. She has served as either managing editor, co-editor, or feature editor for six newsletters beginning with her high school newsletter in 1972.

Emily comes from a long tradition of service to the State of Texas. Her paternal grandmother's great uncle signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836 and served as the first elected Land Commissioner of Texas from 1848 to 1851. Emily's mother retired early in the 1990's from the Texas Department of Human Services after 27 years of service.



Director of Membership - Cerretha Rose

Cerretha Rose currently serves as Supervisor for the Administrative and Computer Training Sections of the Attorney General's Office. She first joined the Attorney General's Office in 1981 and has served as Administrative Assistant for two Attorneys General before joining the Information Technology Support Division as a Systems Analyst in 1991.

Cerretha spends her time with family activities and in mentoring other women, as well as volunteering for Easter Seals, playing bridge and antique shopping. In addition to her membership in EWTG, she is a member of Toastmasters.

Her vision for EWTG is that we should be a constant source of support for women in government by sharing our creativity, successes, challenges and experience as we search for more effective ways to present ourselves with impact, clarity and power.



Director of Public Relations - Leslie Pool

Leslie Pool is Manager of the Management Support Branch of the Vehicle Titles and Registration Division of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). She has 15 years of experience in Texas Government including a staff assignment to Senator Lloyd Bentsen. She has since worked at the Texas Employment Commission, as well as TxDOT. Prior to her work in state government, Leslie was a Marketing Assistant to Frost Bank and Assistant to the Orchestra Manager for the Houston Symphony Society.

Leslie, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature (cum laude) and Communication Arts (summa laude), is working toward a Master of Public Administration. She has current and past professional affiliations with the American Association of University Women, Austin Human Resource Management Association and the State Agency Liaison Group to the Governor's Commission for Women. She has served two terms as Communication Director for EWTG.

In addition to her service in professional organizations, she currently serves on the City of Austin Arts Commission, as a communicant and choir member in the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and as a co-leader of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 583.



Director of Region Affairs: Frankie Watson

Frankie Watson serves as regional director of the Houston region of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, a state agency dedicated to the employment of persons with disabilities. Watson also serves as president of the Texas Rehabilitation Association, on the Houston Mayor's Advisory Council for Employment of Persons with Disabilities, on the Harris County Committee for the Employment of the Disabled and on the MHMR Advisory Council in Houston. She is active in the Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Association and the Houston Area Rehabilitation Association.

She is a member of EWTG, the National Association of Female Executives, the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Alliance of School Educators and the NAACP. Watson's honors include being named the Texas Association of Rehabilitation Secretaries Boss of the Year and receiving the Texas Rehabilitation Administrators Association Giant Step Award. She was chosen EWTG Woman of the Year in 1995 and served as Director of Region Affairs in 1996.


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