Purpose

The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) establishes advisory committees in accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 2110 and 434.0101.

An advisory committee is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which augment the knowledge and skills of the commission to more effectively guide the organization. The advisory committee does not have formal authority to govern the organization, that is, the advisory committee cannot issue directives which must be followed. Rather, the advisory committee serves to make recommendations and/or provide key information and materials to the commission. The advisory committee provides program staff with a fresh perspective on programmatic issues.

Texas Government Code §434.0101 requires TVC Advisory Committees to comply with the Open Meetings Act (Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code).

The Texas Veterans Commission has established four Advisory Committees: 

  • Veterans Employment and Training Advisory Committee
  • Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Advisory Committee
  • Veterans Communication Advisory Committee
  • Veterans County Service Officer Advisory Committee

Each of these committees is composed of nine (9) members; Committee members serve a staggered 4-year term (beginning January 1, unless appointed to fill a vacant/resigned position). Each Committee member is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of the Commission.

Each year at the November Commission Meeting, the Commissioners approve appointments to the TVC Advisory Committees to fill the positions of those members whose terms are expiring at the end of that calendar year.

Applications for consideration to be on an advisory committee will open on September 1, 2020.

Committees:

Veterans Employment and Training Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Veterans Employment and Training Advisory Committee is to seek the input of employers to better assist veterans in gaining successful employment and/or training.

Current Members:

Chairman Dr. Jerry Icenhower
Vice Chair Ms. Kathryn Meyers
Mr. Nicholas Morgan
Mr. Dwain James
Mr. John DiPiero
Mr. James Brennan
Mr. Dan Elder
Ms. Shelly Menacci
Mr. Larry Wallace

 

 

Qualifications for Membership

Members may include individuals who are recognized authorities in the fields of:

  • business;
  • employment;
  • training;
  • vocational rehabilitation;
  • labor;
  • or are nominated by veterans’ organizations that have a national employment program.

Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Advisory Committee is to evaluate grant applications and make recommendations to the Commission.

Current Members:

Chairman Kerry Reyna
Vice Chairman Charles W. Wright
Mr. William Joseph Boatman
Mr. Bobby Ehrig
Mr. Perry Jefferies
Mr. Robert O’Reilly
Mr. Dan Ball
Ms. Carrie Sconza
Mr. Dale Wallace

Qualifications for Membership

Committee members may include representatives from:
• veterans’ organizations;
• non-profit or philanthropic organizations;
• veterans or family members of veterans;
• individuals with the experience and knowledge to assist the committee with achievement of its purpose.
Committee members may not include:
• officers, directors or employees of organizations or entities that have an open Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant during the member’s tenure or that intend to apply for a Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant.
Committee members will be required to sign non-disclosure and conflict of interest agreements before reviewing grant applications. Committee members found in violation of the non-disclosure agreement will be prohibited from evaluating grant applications and making recommendations to the commission. Committee members found in violation of any agreement may also be removed from the committee by the commission.

Meetings

The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Advisory Committee shall meet as needed to make grant recommendations to the Commission.

Veterans Communication Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Veterans Communication Advisory Committee is to develop recommendations to improve communications with veterans, their families, and the public regarding the services provided by the Texas Veterans Commission and information on benefits and assistance available to veterans from federal, state, and private entities.

Current Members:

Chairman James Cunningham
Vice Chairman Trevor Whitney
Mr. Troy Arambula
Mr. Gary Morris
Ms. Alanna Riley Cornes
Mr. Jeremiah Zingapan
Mr. William Pate
Mr. Earl S. Newsome III
Mr. James Blythe

Qualifications for Membership

Members may include representatives from:

  • the communications industry;
  • state agencies;
  • the Texas National Guard;
  • S. Armed Forces reserve components;
  • other individuals with the experience and knowledge to assist the committee with achievement of its purpose

Veterans County Service Officer Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Veterans County Service Officer Advisory Committee is to develop recommendations to improve the support and training of Veterans County Service Officers and to increase coordination between Veterans County Service Officers and the Texas Veterans Commission related to the statewide network of services being provided to veterans. Note: TVC certification and accreditation course materials, training curriculum, and examinations are located here, https://learning.tvc.texas.gov. Contact Laura Bivens, VCSO Liasion at (512) 492-5494 or laura.bivens@tvc.texas.gov.

Current Members:

Chairman Ted Oats
Vice Chair Mr. Spencer Kimball
Mr. Al Dos Santos
Mr. Richard Hutchins
Mr. Timothy Lene
Mr. Richard Sanchez
Ms. Laura Clark
Ms.  Mandy Patlan

 


Qualifications for Membership

The majority of members shall be current, former, or retired Veterans County Service Officers, but may also include representatives from veterans’ organizations or other individuals with the experience and knowledge to assist the committee with achievement of its purpose.

 

Appointment of Members

Prior to the November Commission Meeting, interested applicants will download the Advisory Committee Member Application from this page. They will complete the applications and submit them to the Deputy Executive Director Shawn Deaby at shawn.deaby@tvc.texas.gov. If a veteran, applicants should submit DD214’s by fax or mail to:Texas Veterans Commission, Deputy Executive Director Shawn Deaby , P.O. Box 12277, Austin, Texas 78711; (fax) (512) 463-8741.

TVC Program Directors will notify current committee members of their expiring terms and inform those who wish to continue service to reapply for appointment (reapplying does not guarantee appointment).

At the close of the application period, applications are collected and forwarded to the applicable Program Directors for review. The Deputy Executive Director will convene a panel that will compile a recommended list of applicants to the Commission.

The Deputy Executive Director will present the recommendations to the Commissioners at the November Commission Meeting for approval.

The Commissioners may approve these appointments/reappointments to the Advisory Committees to be effective January 1 of the following year.  Following the Commission Meeting, the TVC General Counsel’s office will notify new appointments/reappointed members of their selection to the appropriate Advisory Committee and provide them with the following forms to complete:

  • Acceptance of Appointment
  • Conflict of Interest Policy & Acknowledgement
  • Nondisclosure Policy & Acknowledgement
  • Release of Personal Information Election Form
  • Training Requirements for Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act