Garland Attendee List – PDF

Sugar Land Attendee List – PDF

Garland CEU Form

Sugar Land CEU Form

 Garland Final Program

Sugar Land Final Program

San Angelo Attendee List – PDF

San Angelo CEU Form

San Angelo Final Program


All available presentation handouts are below. We post these items as soon as the speaker shares them with us.

8:15–9:30 a.m.

The Strategic Role of HR- A Panel Discussion from a City Perspective

HR is more than a department that pushes paperwork and enrolls employees in their benefits. HR can be valued business partner for the units it supports. In this session you will hear from various City Department Directors and City Managers on how HR has assisted them and how they use HR as a resource to guide them to their ultimate goals.


Panelist: Lisa Norris, Human Resources Director, City of Grand Prairie; Shelli Siemer, Assistant City Manager, City of Allen; Anna Doll, Deputy City Manager, City of Grand Prairie; and Bill Hawley, Fire Chief , City of Allen
Facilitator: Craig Barnes, Human Resources Strategic Solutions Manager, City of Plano

Sugar Land

Panelists: James J. Stokes, City Manager, City of Deer Park; Michelle Graham, Director of Human Resources, City of Pearland; and Doug Brinkley, Police Chief, Sugar Land
Facilitators: Patty Rees, Human Resource Coordinator, City of LaMarque; and Tracy Russell, Human Resources Specialist, City of Mont Belvieu

San Angelo

Panelist: Tom Muir, City Manager, City of Azle; Wes Rhodes, Fire Chief, City of Euless; Matia Messemer, Human Resources Executive Director, City of Hurst; and Mike Land, City Manager, City of Coppell
Facilitator: Cat Schlueter, Human Resources Manager, City of Azle

9:45–11:00 a.m.

Critical Mistakes in the Hiring Process

Hiring employees is one of the most important tasks in any organization. This session will identify and address any legal pitfalls associated in the hiring process.

Speaker: Julia Gannaway, Partner, Lynn, Ross and Gannaway

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Benefits Audit 101: How to Conduct an Internal Audit for Dependent Eligibility

Auditing files for dependent eligibility of benefits can be a daunting task if one is unfamiliar with how to perform an audit. This session will provide a basis overview of how to perform a dependent eligibility audit of your files to ensure compliance.

Garland –  Handout

Speaker: Andrew Weegar, Employee Benefits Specialist, IPS Advisors

Sugar Land

Speaker: Julian Fontana, Account Executive, IPS Advisors

San Angelo

Speaker: Andrew Weegar, Employee Benefits Specialist, IPS Advisors

1:15–2:30 p.m.

How to Conduct a Proper Employee Investigation – Handout 1      Handout 2

Employee investigations are time consuming and if handled incorrectly may lead to lawsuits and an eventual mistrust of HR processes.  This session address the legal “do’s and don’ts” of how to conduct a legal investigation to ensure that your processes are efficient and effective.

Speaker: Matthew C.G. Boyle, Partner, Boyle & Lowry, L.L.P.

2:45–4:00 p.m.

Workers’ Compensation: Getting Employees Back to Work

Getting employees back to work is an important aspect of properly managing Workers’ Compensation claims. This session provides practical advice and shares best practices to ensure your employees are back on the job as quickly as possible.

Garland – Handout

Panelists: Rhonda Myers, Claims Management Specialist, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool; Ryan Burns, Member Services Manager, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool; and Rodney Wallican, Director of Human Resources, City of The Colony
Facilitator:  Mike Shaw, Senior Loss Prevention Representative, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool

Sugar Land – Handout

Panelists: Shamira Jamal, Senior Claims Specialists, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool; Jeff Trinker, Member Services Manager, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool; and Norma Martinez, Risk Manager, City of Sugar Land

Facilitator:  Randy Garza, Loss Prevention Representative, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool

San Angelo – Handout

Panelists: Pat Dowling, Claims Management Specialist, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool; and Rich Hollensed,  Member Services Manager, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool
Facilitator:  Randy Garza, Loss Prevention Representative, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool