Priscilla Wilson, IPMA-SCP, SPHR-CP, SHRM-SCP
Priscilla Wilson is a senior managing director for the City of Garland, Texas, serving as one of five members of the City Manager’s executive management team. Priscilla, who joined the City of Garland in 2003, oversees several departments, including Human Resources, Public and Media Relations, and Fair Housing. She also functions as liaison to City Council for various organizational and community matters.
Ms. Wilson has over 25 years’ experience in the human resources field. Her experience spans across a wide spectrum– from overseeing functional programs and services to providing strategic consultation and direction on major organizational initiatives. Prior to joining the City of Garland, Ms. Wilson held leadership roles in the public and private sectors as well as independent consulting, including the City of Wilson, N.C. and Kaiser Permanente of North Carolina, Georgia and Texas. Ms. Wilson received her bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University and her master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She holds professional certifications from the Society for Human Resource Management and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and is a certified Mediator in the State of Texas.
Ms. Wilson currently serves as the president of the Texas chapter for the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, where she is also one of the chapter’s founding members. Ms. Wilson also serves as a board member of the Southern Region IPMA-HR. She has served in a number of civic and community organizations, including Girls with Goals, Kiwanis International (Kiwanian of the Year), MPA Advisory Board for UT-Dallas, the New Beginning Center and the Garland Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Wilson lived in North Carolina before moving to Texas in 1987. She is married, has one daughter and enjoys traveling with her family.
Debbie L. Maynor, MBA, IPMA-SCP, SPHR-CP, SHRM-SCP
Debbie Maynor is the newest Assistant Director of Human Resources for the City of Austin. She has the responsibility for several divisions including Compensation and Talent Acquisition, providing support services for the 12,000 plus City employees. Ms. Maynor’s previous employment includes 18 years of experience in human resource management including Director of Human Resources for Travis County, Director of Human Resources for the City of Killeen and Director of Recruitment for the Texas Department of Human Services. Ms. Maynor has a B.A. in Behavioral Science from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Business Administration from Tarleton State University. Ms. Maynor holds the IPMA-CP certification as well as SPHR (Sr. Human Resources Professional) certification and the SHRM-CP certification. Ms. Maynor is active in professional associations where she has served as President of the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association, as an Advisory Board Member of the Texas Municipal Retirement System and is a founding member and the current Secretary/Treasurer of the newly established Texas Chapter for the International Public Management Association. Drawing on her extensive management and human resources background and experiences, Ms. Maynor combines her practical management style and her successful leadership experience to do what she believes is most important: building creative learning groups and collaborative partnerships to help leaders and employees reach their fullest potential.
Linda Ball Thomas, IPMA-SCP, PHR, SHRM-SCP
Linda Ball Thomas has been the Human Resources Director and Secretary to the Civil Service Commission for the City of El Paso’s approximately 7000 employees since 2005. Linda Ball Thomas has been a HR professional for over thirty years. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. After graduation she entered the U.S. Army as a Personnel Officer. She served in various positions from Executive Officer to a member of the General’s staff. She received a Master’s of Science in Human Resources Management from the University of Central Texas, Killeen, TX.
Ms. Thomas has served in various capacities on committees and boards and is a Past President of the El Paso Society for Human Resources Management (EPSHRM), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management® (SHRM). She served on the Texas SHRM Council (TSC) as a District Director responsible for chapters in Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock, and Midland-Odessa. Linda has served as a member of the SHRM US China Executive HR Exchange Delegation to China in 2010, the SHRM US South Africa Executive HR Exchange Delegation to South Africa in 2012 and was a member of an HR delegation to Cuba in 2015.
Ms. Thomas is certified as an International Public Management Association-Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP), Professional in Human Resource Management (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute and Senior Certified Professional from Society for Human Resource Management®.
Immediate Past President
Mark Washington, D.Ed., CGBA, SPHR-CP, IPMA-SCP
Mark Washington is currently an Assistant City Manager for the City of Austin overseeing seven departments: Austin Convention Center, Communications and Technology Management, Human Resources Department, Fleet, Building Services, Labor Relations, and Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs. In addition, Mr. Washington serves as the executive liaison for the African American Resource Advisory Commission, Joint Inclusion Committee, Management Integrity Committee and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mr. Washington has been in the City Manager’s office since May of 2015. Mr. Washington previously served as the Director of Human Resources and Civil Service for the City of Austin’s diverse workforce of approximately 13,000 employees since 2009. Prior to that position, Mr. Washington was employed for the City of Fort Worth and rose to the rank of Assistant Director of Human Resources.
Mr. Washington holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Tarleton State University, a Master of Business Administration from Amberton University, and Masters of Arts and Doctorate in Educational Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
Mr. Washington is one of the founding members of the Texas Chapter for the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and also served as the chapter’s past president. Additionally, Mr. Washington is a board member of Texas Municipal Human Resources Association, a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, and an Advisory Board Member for the Tarleton State University College of Business Administration. Mark has made several presentations on emerging issues related to the HR profession.
Greg George, PHR
Greg George is a Human Resource professional with 20 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 1,200 employees. 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.
Lisa Norris has 20+ years of experience in public sector where she currently serves as the Human Resources Director in the city of Grand Prairie, the 15th largest city in the state. Lisa serves as the Civil Service Director for the city and serves on various boards or coalitions across the state including involvement as the liaison between TMHRA and the IPMA-HR Texas Chapter. Lisa prides herself on developing innovative programming, streamlined processes and creating business solutions to work smarter, not harder. She ensures the business environment is fun, yet focused on the customers, their business needs, and finding solutions to ensure their experience with Human Resources is positive. Lisa enjoys helping other Human Resources public sector personnel across the state with issues that arise and sharing her wisdom and guidance with them as needed or requested to help others grow and develop. Outside of Human Resources, Lisa enjoys spending time with family doing anything outdoors – hunting, fishing, or just hanging out with family and friends.
Omar C. 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.
Lori Steward, IPMA-CP
Lori Steward was appointed Human Resources Director in July 2015. As the Human Resources Director, she is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources including Employee Benefits, Wellness, Recruitment, Civil Service Testing, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, Classification & Compensation, Employee Relations, Municipal Integrity, and Employee Development & Training. Mrs. Steward joined the City of San Antonio in September 2013 as Deputy Human Resources Director working with Police and Fire Collective Bargaining issues along with Human Resources Department operational oversight. Prior to joining the City of San Antonio, she worked 29 years for the City of Phoenix, Arizona in increasingly responsible Human Resources positions including Human Resources Officer, Human Resources Supervisor, Deputy Human Resources Director, and Labor Relations Administrator. Mrs. Steward is a native of Arizona. She and her husband Don live in San Antonio with two dogs and three cats.