Texas’ Interagency Coordinating Group

In 2009, the Texas Legislature passed lesiglation creating an Interagency Coordinating Group (ICG) of state agencies charged with improving the working relationship between faith-based and community organizations and state government. In 2011, the ICG was expanded to include even more state agencies. The head of each agency, in consultation with the Office of the Governor, designated a high-level liaison to serve on the Interagency Coordinating Group.  The ICG quarterly meetings are posted in the Federal Register and are open to the public.  For more information on working with state agencies, please see “Partnering with State Agencies” and “What is this Initiative?”

State Agency Faith & Community Liaisons Serving on the ICG

Department of Aging and Disability Services
Betsey Bishop, Volunteer and Community Engagement

Department of Agriculture
Catherine Wright-Steele, Governmental Affairs Director

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
David Hagerla, Director – Policy and External Relations

Department of Family and Protective Services
Wynne Breece, Senior Volunteer & Community Engagement Specialist

Department of Information Resources
Amy Baillargeon, Government Relations

Department of State Health Services
Ricardo "Ricky" Garcia

Health and Human Services Commission
Liz Garbutt, Director, Office of Community Access

Office of the Attorney General
Mindy Sue Cohen, HUB Coordinator

Office of Secretary of State
Vincent Houston, Director of Administrative Services

Office of State-Federal Relations
Dan Wilmot, Director, Washington DC Office

Institution of Higher Education
Janie Ramirez, Outreach Programs Administrator- Texas Tech University

Office of the Comptroller
Mr. Ron Pigott, Director, Texas Procurement and Support Services Division

Office of the Governor
Becky Dean, Budget, Planning, and Policy

Public Utility Commission of Texas
Gabriel Cardenas, Customer Information & Education Coordinator

Texas State Commission on National and Community Service
Elizabeth Darling, CEO, OneStar Foundation

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Brian Christian, Director, Small Business & Environmental Assistance

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Marvin Dunbar, Rehabilitation Programs

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Elizabeth Yevich, Manager, Housing Resource Center

Texas Department of Insurance
Melissa Hamilton

Texas Department of Public Safety
Nim Kidd, Assistant Director, Emergency Management

Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Tammy T. Holland, CVA, Manager of Family, Community, and Chaplaincy Programs

Texas Veterans Commission
Kathy Wood

Texas Workforce Commission
Phyllis Coombes, Strategic Workforce Initiatives Department, Workforce Development Division