Texas’ Interagency Coordinating Group

In 2009, the Texas Legislature passed legislation 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
Holly Riley, 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
Lesley Guthrie, Senior Volunteer & Community Engagement Specialist
Sasha Rasco, Director – Prevention and Early Intervention
 

Department of Information Resources
Deborah Hujar, Director of Planning, Policy and Governance
 

Department of State Health Services
Ricardo "Ricky" Garcia, Center for Policy and External Affairs
 

Health and Human Services Commission
Michelle Harper, Associate Commissioner – Community Access and Services
 

Office of the Attorney General
Michelle Smith, Outreach Coordinator 


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


Office of State-Federal Relations
Jerry Strickland


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

Office of the Comptroller
Charlene Rendon, Strategic Sourcing and Contract Monitoring 


Office of the Governor
Ben Taylor, Deputy Outreach Director


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
Mr. Chris Gobert, Procurements Unit
 

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Marvin Dunbar, Rehabilitation Programs
 

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Elizabeth Yevich, Director – 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 – Family, Community, and Chaplaincy Programs


Texas Veterans Commission
Charlie Cato, Director – Fund for Veterans Assistance
 

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