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TAAO Committees

Audit Committee

The audit committee meets quarterly in the state TAAO office to inspect the financial records of TAAO. One of these meetings is with the outside Auditor after the annual audit is complete. The committee files a written report for documentation at the annual business meeting.

Estimated Time Commitment: Two-year term with four trips to Austin required each year
Chair: Tylene Gamble; Co-Chair: Leslie Muller; Mentor: Jim Hudspeth; ICTA Sec'y: Randy Armstrong; TAAO Sec'y: Cathy Atkinson; Member: Randy Riggs



Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws committee recommends changes to the bylaws; association members vote on the proposed changes at the Annual Business Meeting during the TAAO and ICTA Annual Conference. Also during the business meeting, the committee presents a resolution to honor members who have passed away in the previous year.

Estimated Time Commitment: Very little if no issues arise; communication for this committee is often handled via email, fax and phone.
Chair: Randy Riggs; Member:



Chapter Relations Committee

This committee is the link between the state TAAO office and our network of chapters across Texas. The committee works closely with the TAAO staff, regional directors, and chapter officers to coordinate new projects and programs. The Chapter Relations Committee solicits gift baskets for Bingo night at the Annual Conference and mans an exhibit booth during conference with games for cash giveaways.

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month; slightly more in the months immediately prior to the annual conference.
Chair: Amanda Miller, Mary Thompson, Sara Ahlschlager-Caudle



Conference Committee

This committee is the industry voice to make sure that the TAAO and ICTA Annual Conference provides the education (and fun) that Texas property tax professionals need to effectively serve the taxpaying public. The committee determines the educational program and advises staff on various areas of the conference. The committee works closely with the Golf and Fundraising Committees. The chair (or a committee member) writes articles for the TAN magazine regarding the conference.

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week for committee chair during planning phase and an estimated 1-2 hours per quarter for committee chair to write TAN article; 1-2 hours per month for committee members; committee members are asked to volunteer during the TAAO Conference
Chair: Janet Jennings-Doyle ; Members: Anita HenryAmanda Miller; Richard MillerAndy Taylor



Education Committee

This committee works closely with the state office on TAAO’s educational offerings. The committee develops new educational offerings, provides input on and monitors the schedule of classes and seminars and helps map the future of TAAO’s education program. The chair (or a committee member) writes articles for the TAN magazine on education topics.

Estimated Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per month for committee chair when planning programs; 1-2 hours per quarter for committee chair to write TAN article
Chair: Roy Hale; Members: Lois McKibben, Mike Jones, Jake Munnerlyn, Mary Thompson



Election Tellers Commmittee

Members tabulate the ballots for the election of TAAO officers before the Annual Business Meeting at the TAAO and ICTA Annual Conference.

Estimated Time Commitment: Must attend Annual Conference; approximately 2 hours to tabulate ballots
ChairDeanna Curtis; Co-Chair: Gayla Harridge; Member: Mary Nunez



Ethics Committee

This committee responds to requests for opinions about ethical situations when asked and submits recommendations to the TAAO Board of Directors as necessary. The chair (or a committee member) writes articles for the TAN magazine about ethics to advise members on proper conduct.

Estimated Time Commitment: None for committee members unless issues arise for committee’s input; 1-2 hours per quarter for committee chair to write TAN article.
Chair: Glenn E. Smith



Fundraising Committee

This committee works with the TAAO staff to determine funding needs and then plans and carries out the fundraising events – usually at the TAAO and ICTA Annual Conference. Past fundraising projects have included silent auctions, raffles, bingo and poker tournaments. The committee works closely with the Conference Committee.

Estimated Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per month for committee chair
Chair: Richard Miller; Members:



Golf Tournament Committee

The Golf Tournament committee is charged with the organization and execution of the annual golf tournament that takes place during the annual conference. The committee select a golf course near the conference venue, solicits sponsorships and manages pairings.

Estimated Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per month for committee chair; 1-2 hours per month for committee members in the months immediately prior to the Annual Conference
Chair: Robert Evans; Members: Espiridion Vargas, Melissa Fernandez, Laura Duarte, Roger Licon


Government Relations Committee

This committee tracks all legislative activity in legislative years for TAAO to communicate to our members. This committee recommends procedures for improving the relations with the ad valorem tax profession and all levels of government to the TAAO Board of Directors. The committee also evaluates and analyzes legal trends and all developments applicable to the profession. The chair (or a committee member) writes articles for the TAN magazine on legislative topics.

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week for committee chair during legislative session; 1-2 hours per quarter for committee chair to write TAN article
Chair: Windy Nash; Members:



Marillyn Albert Achievement Award Committee

This committee bestows TAAO’s highest honor on one member each year. Named after former TAAO president and executive director Marillyn Albert Harkins, this award recognizes a TAAO member who consistently performs high-quality work, is devoted to excellence and maintains a professional image. The committee judges applications to determine winners of both the Marillyn Albert Award and the Up and Coming Award.

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week in June-July when judging nominations
Chair: Melissa de la Garza; Members: Roy Hale, Sidney Vela, Jim Hudspeth, Ernestina Torres



Membership Committee

The membership committee advises the board on where focus is needed to increase membership participation, and contacts all non-renewed members each spring to determine any reasons they may not be renewing.

Estimated Time Commitment: 2 -3 hours per week when contacting non-renewals
Chair: LaToya R. Terry ; Members: Sara Ahlschlager


Tax Attorney Committee

Gives legal advice to TAAO as necessary. The committee chair (or members of the committee) submit law-related articles for publication in each issue of the TAN magazine.

Estimated Time Commitment: None for committee members unless an issue arises for committee’s input. 1-2 hours per quarter for committee chair to write TAN article
Chair: Bruce Medley



Walter Stoneham Scholarship Committee

This committee awards scholarships to help TAAO members further their education. The committee reviews scholarship applications and decides which members are awarded scholarships; recipients are announced at the annual conference. The committee also plans the Walter Stoneham Scholarship Event, which is held at the annual conference and is a source of income for the scholarship fund.

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week in June-July when judging applications; committee members are encouraged to volunteer at the Walter Stoneham Scholarship fundraising event at the annual conference
Chair: Michelle Cardenas; Members: Janice Gangawer, Brandi Royal, Liz Garza, Melissa Fernandez, Owen Sonik

Up and Coming Award Committee

This committee bestows TAAO's newest award, the Up and Coming Award which recognizes members with as little as three years of service to TAAO chapters and state committees for their service and commitment to TAAO.  Chair: Melissa de la Garza; Member-Jon Hlavenka

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