Kari Jo Zika, IPMA-SCP, CGBA

Kari Jo Zika is a Human Resource professional with over 25 years experience in public sector organizations. She recently joined the DFW Airport Board as the Assistant Vice President of Total Rewards and HR Operations. Kari Jo provides planning, identification and execution of Total Rewards, HRIS and HR operational efforts, including oversight of DFW’s award-winning LiveWell programs. Previously, Kari Jo served as the Director of Human Resources and Civil Service for the City of Arlington for 6 years where she managed Human Resources, Risk Management and Civil Services operations for the City. Prior to Arlington, she was the Benefits Administrator at the City of Denton for 7 years and held a variety of roles focused on employee benefits with the State of Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds for 13 years.

Kari Jo holds a Master of Arts, Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Cloud State University. In addition, she holds several certifications including: IPMA-HR SCP, Certified Government Benefits Administrator (CGBA), and Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP).

Kari Jo and her family live in Highland Village, where she keeps busy with high school marching band and color guard activities and volunteers for a local dog rescue organization.


Vice President/President-Elect
Passion Hayes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP 

Passion Hayes is the Director of Human Resources for the Town of Addison. Prior to joining Addison in 2008, Passion worked for other local government organizations including the City of Fort Worth, City of Denton and Denton County.

While she oversees all people related functions at the Town of Addison, including Employee Relations, Benefits Administration, and Recruitment; she has spent the majority of her career focusing on training and development. She developed and implemented Addison’s first onboarding program and their first organizational training program focusing on soft skill development.

Passion holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources Management through IPMA-HR, Human Resources Certification Institute and the Society of Human Resources Management.

Passion has presented at numerous conferences including HR Southwest on Business Acumen in HR Management (2017) and Succession Planning (2016).

Passion received the 2017 Human Resources Professional of the Year from the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and was a nominee for the 2015 Texas Municipal Human Resources Professional of the Year.

Passion is married and has a four year old son.


Warren Pitt, CPP, IPMA-SCP

Warren attended West Texas A&M University and holds two BBA's (Business Management, Accounting).  He worked for Brunswick Corporation Managing Bartlett Lanes in Memphis, TN. After managing, he was given the opportunity to audit bowling centers for Brunswick Corporation across the United States, Canada and Europe. During this time he was able to see a majority of the United States and has been to 49 states.  His goal is to hit number 50, Oregon, soon.  Warren has worked for Randall County since September 2004. He started in the Auditor's office as an internal auditor, auditing Elected Officials and their offices. This was a great position allowing him to create relationships to help transition to his current position as the Director of HR/Payroll for Randall County in June 2010.
Immediate Past President
Greg George, PHR 

Greg George is a Human Resource professional with 23 years of experience in the private and public sectors. Since 2008 he has held the position of Director of Human Resources for Lubbock County which includes 41 departments and over 1,355employees. Prior to working with Lubbock County, Greg was the V.P. of Human Resources for a foodservice sales and distribution company. Greg earned his Professional Human Resources certification in 2002. He served on the Board of Lubbock’s Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter for seven years, receiving the Chapter’s Human Resource Professional of the Year Award in 2007. He joined the IMPA-HR Texas Chapter Board in 2015. Greg is an active mentor in the Student Chapter of SHRM at Texas Tech University, his alma mater.

Past President
Omar Reid

Omar C. Reid is the Senior Vice President of the Human Resources Department at Harris Health System, also known as Harris County Hospital District. Harris Health System is the 4th largest community based Hospital System in the United States, which houses a Level One and Level Three Trauma Hospital and 43 Ambulatory Care locations. With over 8,000 employees in the organization, Omar is currently responsible for all Human Resources programs, policies and initiatives; including: Talent Acquisition, Organizational Development, Employee & Labor Relations, Compensation, Benefits, and HRIS.

Mr. Reid has an extensive background which includes: 6 years as the HR Director at the City of Houston and 25 plus years with United Parcel Service (UPS) in various capacities. Mr. Reid is an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University and a Fellow at the University of Houston-Downtown.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Houston – Downtown and his MBA from Texas Southern University. Listed among his accomplishments, Mr. Reid is a published author of The Traffic of Life: Characteristics of Effective Leadership. He has a ‘people come first’ personal philosophy. He and his wife Janice have a daughter, Briana, who follows the examples of hard work in education and sports that is exhibited by both her parents.


Board Member
Christina Flores

Christina Flores, a native of the Rio Grande Valley, has eight years of experience in the field of human resources with a broad range of expertise in the field, including safety/risk management; worker’s compensation; employee benefits and civil service. She has served as Director of Human Resources for the City of McAllen for three years. Most recently, she launched a City-wide mentoring program aimed at improving employee retention, improving key skills and increasing employee satisfaction. Additionally, she has been a key organizer of an Annual International Women’s Day Symposium for the City of McAllen which has included a panel presentation of key, female, community leaders, a Shadow Day with female students from South Texas Community College and a Speed Mentoring event for female City of McAllen employees.

Prior to the City of McAllen, Christina served as Director of Human Resources and Civil Service for the City of Edinburg for two years. Some key accomplishments while there included launching an online applicant tracking system and electronic procedures for various aspects of employee benefits. Additionally, she was instrumental in executing the city’s newly established civil service program within the city’s fire department.

Prior to Edinburg, Christina was the Assistant Human Resources Director for the City of Brownsville for three years. There, she was instrumental in instituting an online employee training program through the Texas Municipal League at no cost to the city. She also assisted in carrying out the vision of the Youth Ambassador program by matching various departments with at-risk high school juniors and seniors and then-University of Texas at Brownsville for a summer internship program.

She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Christina is the newly elected chairperson for the Rio Grande Valley Human Resources Consortium and member of the following associations: TMHRA (Texas Municipal Human Resources Association), both Texas and Local SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management), IPMA-HR and IPMA-HR Texas Chapter. She is excited about the opportunity to serve on the board of IPMA-HR Texas Chapter.


Board Member
Valerie Francois, IPMA-SCP, PHR

Valerie LaCour Francois has been in the public sector for over twenty-five years. Valerie is a graduate of Louisiana State University and received her Master of Public Administration from Southwest Texas State University now Texas State University in 2004. Valerie started in state government as a HR Assistant with the Texas Attorney General’s Office in Austin, Texas. During her tenure with the Attorney General’s Office, Valerie worked in all areas of Human Resources and was promoted to Manager of the Compensation and Benefits division prior to coming to the City of Austin in 1999. Valerie spent twelve and a half years with the City of Austin. She worked in Human Resources in the Employee Relations Division. She served as the HR Manager in two city departments; Community Care Services (2 years) and Solid Waste Services now Austin Resource Recovery (4 years). Valerie returned to the Human Resources Department in 2010 to lead the Quality Assurance Division and served in that role for 2 years. Valerie began her career with the City of Round Rock in 2012 where she serves as the Director of Human Resources and Civil Service. Valerie is married and has 1 son.

Ms. Francois is certified as an International Public Management Association-Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) and Professional in Human Resource Management (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute.

Board Member

Renee Frieda

Renee Frieda is currently serving as the Interim Human Resources Director for the City of San Antonio. Renee has over 27 years of experience in Human Resources and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management.  Renee began her career with the City in 2006 and has served in a variety of roles to include Assistant Director over Employee Relations.  In her role over Employee Relations, Renee was responsible for all of the labor and employee relations activities for the City’s 7,000+ civilian employees and served as the Civil Service Director for both the Municipal Civil Service and Fire and Police Commission. Prior to joining the City, Renee served as the Director of Human Resources for Crane Plumbing, a unionized manufacturer of vitreous china bathroom fixtures.

Corporate Advisor
Jay Nwamadi

Jay Nwamadi currently serves as the Vice President for Government and Education Segment, Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana. In this role, he is responsible for deploying the focus and resources needed to support the unique needs of the public sector. He works with the local account teams throughout to ensure that Cigna is delivering differentiated value-added solutions to address the challenges this segment faces on a daily basis.

In addition, Jay is involved with local associations such as ICMA, Texas PRIMA, NFBPA, and University Risk Managers Association to stay connected with the challenges and opportunities of the government and education segment.

Prior to this role, Jay was a Vice President with Sallie Mae Insurance Services, where he had overall sales, strategy, and account management responsibility for the public sector. He also held leadership positions with JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

Jay’s passion is connecting disadvantaged youth to educational opportunities. Jay is an active member of The Texas Youth Scholarship Organization, Cedar Valley College Management Advisory Committee, and serves on the scholarship and advisory board of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas.

Jay earned his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Applied Technology from the University of North Texas and Master of Business Administration from Baylor University.


Corporate Advisor
Cheryl D. Orr, MSW, IPMA-SCP

Cheryl D. Orr retired from Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), as the Vice President of Human Capital where she was responsible for the Human Resources’ functions. Almost immediately she started an HR consulting business, called Insight HR Partners. She has spent over 30 years working in the field of Human Resources as an Assistant Director and Director. She has held HR Executive positions working for a small business, in a University setting and several HR executive positions in local governments. Ms. Orr taught Personnel Practices at Virginia Tech for several years. After relocating to Dallas from Virginia, she was hired by the City of Dallas to establish their Ethics and Diversity & Inclusion programs. Ms. Orr is a prolific trainer, facilitator and consultant on a variety of workplace subjects and issues. She earned a BA in Psychology, as well as a Master of Social Work (MSW) both from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She also holds a Certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University, and is currently a Doctorate student in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University.