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2019-2020 Committees

Media Training Linsae Snider, TSPRA State Office
Accreditation (APR)

Rebecca Villarreal, APR, New Braunfels ISD, Chair
Monica Faulkenbery, APR, Northside ISD
Candace Ahlfinger, APR, Richardson ISD
Tim Carroll, APR, Allen ISD
Craig Eichhorn, APR, Alief ISD
Veronica Castillon, APR, Laredo ISD
Angela Duitch, APR, Tyler ISD
Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, APR, CPC, Pharr-San-Juan Alamo ISD
Sheleah Reed, APR, Aldine ISD

Budget



Monica Faulkenbery, APR, President, Northside ISD, Chair
Veronica Castillon, APR, President-Elect, Laredo ISD
Kristin Zastoupil, Immediate Past President, Forney ISD
Rebecca Villarreal, APR, At-Large VP Place 1, New Braunfels ISD
Kristyn Cathey, At-Large VP Place 2, Port Arthur ISD
Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, CPC, At-Large VP Place 3, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Matt Mitchell, Leander ISD, Audit Chair

Bylaws Committee not functioning in 2019-2020
Crisis Team Development Ad-Hoc Committee

Patti Pawlik-Perales, Alamo Heights ISD
Ian Halperin, Wylie ISD
Melissa Tortorici, Texas City ISD
Monica Faulkenbery, APR, President, Northside ISD

Executive Director Evaluation

Veronica Castillon, APR, President-Elect, Laredo ISD, Chair
Monica Faulkenbery, APR, President, Northside ISD
Kristin Zastoupil, Immediate Past President, Forney ISD
Amanda Simpson, Coppell ISD
Stephanie De Los Santos, HCDE

First Year Communications Academy Planning Committee

Ian Halperin, Wylie ISD
Megan Overman, CPC, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
Danielle Clark, HCDE
Rebecca Villarreal, APR, At-Large VP Place 1, New Braunfels ISD
Monica Faulkenbery, APR, President, Northside ISD

Member Review of
Financial Records and
Procedures 
Matt Mitchell, Leander ISD, Chair
Cheryal Loosmore, Lake Travis ISD
Christina Courson, Lockhart ISD
Nominating

Veronica Castillon, APR, President-Elect, Laredo ISD, Chair

NSPRA Liaison Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, APR, CPC, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Past Presidents Council
No more than six Past Presidents, five of whom will be appointed by the chair, three to serve two-year terms and two to serve one-year terms. Chair may serve two years but only one year as chair. 
Professional Awards

Susan Ard, CPC, Cleveland ISD, Chair
Patti Pawlik-Perales, Alamo Heights ISD
Julie Thannum, APR, Carroll ISD
Cynthia Ybarra Leal, Mission CISD
Kate Hope, Magnolia ISD
Erin Gregg, Lubbock ISD

Scholarship Beth Dombrowa, Goose Creek CISD, Chair
C Rena Thomas, DeSoto ISD
Jana Williamson, Pampa ISD
Star Awards Review Committee

Teresa Benden, College Station EF
Christy Tarkington, Humble ISD
Amanda Flannery, Dickinson ISD
Janet Crock, TSPRA State Office

Strategic Planning

Veronica Castillon, APR, President-Elect, Laredo ISD, Chair
Monica Faulkenbery, APR, President-Elect, Northside ISD, Chair
Kristin Zastoupil, Immediate Past President, Forney ISD
Rebecca Villarreal, APR, At-Large VP Place 1, New Braunfels ISD
Kristyn Cathey, At-Large VP Place 2, Port Arthur ISD
Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, APR, CPC, At-Large VP Place 3, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Denise Blanchard, Amarillo ISD
Craig Eichhorn, Alief ISD
Leslie Francis, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Ofelia Hunter, Alice ISD

TASA/TASB Resource Center Lauren Loyless, Highland Park ISD
Teller Liza Rodriguez, Canutillo ISD
Clarissa Silva, Texas City ISD
Jenny Bridges, Waxahachie ISD
TSPRA Document Vault Rebecca Villarreal, APR, At-Large VP Place 1, New Braunfels ISD
Kristyn Cathey, At-Large VP Place 2, Port Arthur ISD
Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, APR, CPC, At-Large VP Place 3, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Website Ad Hoc Committee

Committee not functioning in 2019-2020

 

 
CONFERENCE

 

2020 Annual Conference

Conference Planning Committee
Monica Faulkenbery, APR, President, Northside ISD
Veronica Castillon, APR, President-Elect, Laredo ISD
Kristin Zastoupil, Immediate Past President, Forney ISD
Rebecca Villarreal, APR, At-Large VP Place 1, New Braunfels ISD
Kristyn Cathey, At-Large VP Place 2, Port Arthur ISD
Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, APR, CPC, At-Large VP Place 3, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD

Co-Chair Claudia McWhorter, Eanes ISD
Day Chairs Erin McCann, Crandall ISD
Kim Cathey, Floresville ISD
Emily Conklin, CPC, Northwest ISD
Jordan Ziemer, Ph.D., Floresville ISD
EF Co-Chair Courtney Sanguinetti, Lindale EF
EMP Co-Chair Kenneth Dixon, Lubbock ISD
Ray Rush, Frenship ISD
Charles "Bubba" Willis, Forney ISD
Scott JuVette, Fort Worth ISD
Partners Chair Crystal Matern, Gregory-Portland ISD
Web/Creative Chair Jessica Johnston, Brenham ISD
Conference Logo Luisa Saldana, Northside ISD
Conference Program Luisa Saldana, Northside ISD
Conference T-Shirts Luisa Saldana, Northside ISD
APR Prep Rebecca Villarreal, APR, New Braunfels ISD
Rookie Boot Camp Barry Perez, Northside ISD
Roundtables Emily Conklin, CPC, Northwest ISD
Claudia McWhorter, Eanes ISD
Banquet Decorations Hanna Chalmers, Angleton ISD
Business Meeting

Monica Faulkenbery, APR, President, Northside ISD
Veronica Castillon, APR, President-Elect, Laredo ISD
Kristin Zastoupil, Immediate Past President, Forney ISD
Kim Hocott, Parliamentarian, Pearland ISD



Evaluations Jordan Ziemer, Ph.D., Floresville ISD
President's Luncheon Kristi Lee, Bastrop ISD
Photographer David Bowe, Hays CISD
Publications Exchange Claudia McWhorter, Eanes ISD
Registration Desk

Janet Crock, TSPRA
Retired Members

Retiree Volunteers The Usual Suspects
Social Media Jason Wheeler, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
Samuel Alaniz, Medina Valley ISD
Brittany Blanchard, Angleton ISD
Frankie Sauseda, Lamesa ISD
Sponsorships Linsae Snider, Executive Director
Technology Concierge

 To be determined

Vendor Relations Stephanie Fretwell, Amarillo ISD

ZONE COORDINATORS

Gulf Coast Zone Coordinator Lyndall Gathright, Corpus Christi ISD
Houston/Beaumont Zone Coordinator Stephanie De Los Santos, Harris County Department of Education
East Texas Zone Coordinator Jessica Johnson, Brnham ISD
North Central Zone Coordinator Sonya Cole-Hamilton, DeSoto ISD
West Central Zone Coordinator Jennifer Marshall-Higgins, ESC Region 12
Central Zone Coordinator Marco Alvarado, Lake Travis ISD
Northwest Zone Coordinator April McDaniel, Canyon ISD
Far West Zone Coordinator Gustavo Reveles, El Paso ISD
San Antonio Zone Coordinator Kim Cathey, Floresville ISD

2019-2020 TSPRA President

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Monica Faulkenbery, APR

Monica Faulkenbery, APR, is the Assistant Director of Communications at Northside ISD. She has served as San Antonio Area Vice President and an At-Large Vice President, chaired the TSPRA Scholarship Committee, worked as an APR mentor in the San Antonio area and throughout the state, and has been the Chair of the Texas Welcome Committee for the NSPRA National Seminar. She is active in the San Antonio chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and is a frequent guest lecturer at local universities and organizations. She has received TSPRA's Professional Achievement and Most Valuable Member awards, as well as the San Antonio PRSA Lifetime Achievement Award. Monica is a twenty-year veteran of TSPRA. 

Click here to read Monica's profile in Texas School Business magazine.  

2019-2020 New Officers

Here are the new officers for 2019-2020, whose terms began on Feb. 20

Current Executive Committee


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Veronica Castillon, APR

Veronica Castillon, APR, works in Laredo ISD as their Executive Director of Communications. She served as Parliamentarian for 2018-2019 and has chaired TSPRA's Scholarship and Bylaws committee in previous years. She has won multiple Gold and Best of Category Star Awards. She was inducted into the Communications Hall of Fame by the City of Laredo Commission for Women in 2010 and has received awards from the Literacy Volunteers of Laredo, United Way of Laredo, Washington's Birthday Celebration Association and Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. She earned her Accreditation in Public Relations in 1999.  

 


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Jamie Fails

Jamie Fails serves Willis ISD as their Director of Communications. She has previously spent time as Vice President of the San Antonio region while working at Kerrville ISD. She has served on the Strategic Planning Committee, Audit Committee, Bylaws Committee and chaired the Teller Committee and presented at both TSPRA's annual conference and the TASA/TASB annual conference. She was named TSPRA's Rookie of the Year in 2015.

 


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Kyle DeBeer

Kyle DeBeer works as Assistant Superintendent of Communications and Community Engagement in Waco ISD. A TSPRA member since 2013, he presented at the 2017 Annual Conference. He is an active member of TASA. He is a member of the Waco Rotary Club and a founding member of the Waco Communications Co-op Advisory Council. 

 


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Corey Ryan

Corey Ryan works in Leander ISD as their Chief Communications Officer. He has served as the Central Area Zone Coordinator since 2016 and has volunteered for TSPRA's Strategic Planning Committee, Audit Committee and as a TSPRA conference presenter and Day Chair.  He has also presented at TASB's Winter Governance Meeting and the Texas PTA conference. He is a member of the Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation and a literacy partner at Camacho Elementary School.


Kenneth Dixon HeadshotNorthwest Vice President
Kenneth Dixon

Kenneth Dixon has served as Coordinator/Station Manager for Lubbock ISD-TV for the past 23 years. He has been a TSPRA member since 2012, serving on the TSPRA Nominating Committee three times, the TSPRA Conference Planning Committee three times and has assisted with the TSPRA EMP preconference sessions for the past five years. He has received more than a dozen Star Awards for his work.

 


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Rebecca Villarreal, APR

Rebecca Villarreal, APR, serves New Braunfels ISD as their Director of Communications. She served the Central Area as vice president beginning in 2017 and previously served as zone coordinator. She has chaired the audit committee, roundtable committee, and has presented at numerous TSPRA conferences. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and Association of Texas Professional Educators, served as president of the San Antonio Chapter of PRSA in 2011 and earned her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2017. 

 

2019-2020 Executive Committee

President
Monica Faulkenbery, APR
Assistant Director of Communications
Northside ISD
5900 Evers Road; San Antonio, TX 78238

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President-Elect
Veronica Castillon, APR
Executive Director of Communications
Laredo ISD 
904 Juarez Avenue; Laredo, TX 78040

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Immediate Past President
Kristin Zastoupil
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
Forney ISD
1011 FM 741, Forney, Texas 75126

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Vice President Gulf Coast Area
ESC Regions 1, 2 and 3
Craig Verley
Director of Public Relations/Marketing
Mission CISD
1201 Bryce Dr; Mission, TX 78572

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Vice President Houston/Beaumont Area
ESC Regions 4 and 5
Tammy Dowdy
Director of Communication
Dickinson ISD
P.O. Drawer Z; Dickinson, TX 77539

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Vice President East Texas Area
ESC Regions 6, 7 and 8
Jamie Fails
Director of Communications
Willis ISD
202 West Rogers; Willis, TX 77378

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Vice President North Central Area
ESC Regions 9, 10 and 11
Megan Overman
Director of Communications
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD 
1200 Old Decatur Road; Fort Worth, TX 76179

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Vice President West Central Area
ESC Regions 12, 14 and 15
Kyle DeBeer
Assistant Superintendent of Communications
and Community Engagement
Waco ISD
501 Franklin Ave; Waco, TX 7670

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Vice President Central Area
ESC Region 13
Corey Ryan
Chief Communications Officer
Leander ISD
204 W South St; Leander, Texas 78646

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Vice President Northwest Texas Area
ESC Regions 16 and 17
Kenneth Dixon
Coordinator/Station Manager
Lubbock ISD
3201 Avenue Q, Lubbock, Texas 78411

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Vice President Far West Area
ESC Regions 18 and 19
Melissa Martinez, CPC
Executive Director to Community Engagement
El Paso ISD
6531 Boeing Drive, El Paso, TX 79925

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Vice President San Antonio Area
ESC Region 20
Anne Marie Espinoza
Executive Director for Communications and Marketing
Uvalde CISD
1000 N. Getty St., Uvalde, TX  78801

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Vice President At-Large Position 1
Represents all areas
Rebecca Villarreal, APR
Director of Communications
New Braunfels ISD
430 W Mill Street, New Braunfels, Texas 78130

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Vice President At-Large Position 2
Represents all areas
Kristyn Cathey
Media/Communications Specialist, Public Relations
Port Arthur ISD
2312 Salisbury Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640

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Vice President At-Large Position 3
Represents all areas
Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, CPC, APR
Director of Communications, Marketing & Public Information
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
601 E. Kelly St., Pharr, TX 78577

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Parliamentarian
Kim Hocott
Executive Director of Communications
Pearland ISD 
1928 N. Main; Pearland, TX 77588

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Executive Director
Linsae Snider
TSPRA
406 East 11th Street, Suites 101-105
Austin, TX 78701-2617

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Slate of Candidates for 2019-2020 Executive Committee

Here is the slate of candidates up for election to the TSPRA Executive Committee for 2019-2020. 
To read about our current officers, follow these links:

Current Executive Committee


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Veronica Castillon, APR

Veronica Castillon, APR, works in Laredo ISD as their Executive Director of Communications. She served as Parliamentarian for 2018-2019 and has chaired TSPRA's Scholarship and Bylaws committee in previous years. She has won multiple Gold and Best of Category Star Awards. She was inducted into the Communications Hall of Fame by the City of Laredo Commission for Women in 2010 and has received awards from the Literacy Volunteers of Laredo, United Way of Laredo, Washington's Birthday Celebration Association and Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. She earned her Accreditation in Public Relations in 1999.  

 


Jamie Fails headshot 2018East Texas Vice President
Jamie Fails

Jamie Fails serves Willis ISD as their Director of Communications. She has previously spent time as Vice President of the San Antonio region while working at Kerrville ISD. She has served on the Strategic Planning Committee, Audit Committee, Bylaws Committee and chaired the Teller Committee and presented at both TSPRA's annual conference and the TASA/TASB annual conference. She was named TSPRA's Rookie of the Year in 2015.

 


KyleDebeer Headshot 2018West Central Vice President
Kyle DeBeer

Kyle DeBeer works as Assistant Superintendent of Communications and Community Engagement in Waco ISD. A TSPRA member since 2013, he presented at the 2017 Annual Conference. He is an active member of TASA. He is a member of the Waco Rotary Club and a founding member of the Waco Communications Co-op Advisory Council. 

 


CoreyRyanheadshot2018Central Vice President
Corey Ryan

Corey Ryan works in Leander ISD as their Chief Communications Officer. He has served as the Central Area Zone Coordinator since 2016 and has volunteered for TSPRA's Strategic Planning Committee, Audit Committee and as a TSPRA conference presenter and Day Chair.  He has also presented at TASB's Winter Governance Meeting and the Texas PTA conference. He is a member of the Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation and a literacy partner at Camacho Elementary School.


Andy Penney web2017headshotNorthwest Vice President
Andy Penney

Andy Penney works at Frenship ISD as the Director of Public Relations and Information. A member of TSPRA since 2010, he served one term as Northwest Vice President beginning in 2017 and has served on the Professional Awards committee and presented roundtable sessions at TSPRA conferences. He has been involved with the Frenship Foundation for Leadership, the South Plains Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Lubbock Metropolitan Rotary Club, and announces Texas Tech Lady Raider sporting events.

 


Rebecca Villarreal web2017headshotAt-Large Vice President, Position 1
Rebecca Villarreal, APR

Rebecca Villarreal, APR, serves New Braunfels ISD as their Director of Communications. She served the Central Area as vice president beginning in 2017 and previously served as zone coordinator. She has chaired the audit committee, roundtable committee, and has presented at numerous TSPRA conferences. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and Association of Texas Professional Educators, served as president of the San Antonio Chapter of PRSA in 2011 and earned her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2017.