Steve Burton, Terry Hammond and Chris Clausen have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Guardianship Association and Sheila Watts has been re-elected to serve a second term. At a meeting of the Board of Directors on January 22, 2014, the following officers were elected: Vickie McMurray (President), Xavier Banales (Vice President/Secretary) and Sheila Watts (Treasurer).
To: All members of the Texas Guardianship Association
From: Inez Russell, Executive Director
I know December is a very busy month for everyone, but we hope you will take a few minutes from all your busy schedules to review the enclosed material and vote for three individuals to fill vacant slots on the TGA Board of Directors effective, 1/1/2014.
We have a slate of three TGA members nominated and willing to serve on the board. To assist in your selection process, please read the bio of each nominee. This will assist you in making an informed decision about who would be best represent you on the board for the next three years.
Your vote for the TGA Board of Directors is very important. Please cast your vote using Cvent survey by December 20, 2013. Any ballots received after midnight on December 20, 2013 will not be considered. The new board will be notified by December 23, 2013, and will meet in January to elect officers’. The website will be updated to reflect the results of both elections by 1/31/2014.
Thank you for your interest in the Texas Guardianship Association. We look forward to a very busy year working towards the goals and mission of the TGA.
Nominees for TGA Board of Directors
Steve Burton – Steve entered the practice of law in 1998 after an eighteen year career in commercial banking. His experience as a commercial and real estate lending officer has served him well in the practice of law. He is now a shareholder and director in the law firm of Sheehy, Lovelace and Mayfield.
Mr. Burton’s primary practice areas include construction law, banking/creditor’s rights, commercial litigation, real estate, guardianship and probate. Steve is also a family guardian.
He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in April 1954. Steve and his wife Dene were married in 1978 and have two adult children. He enjoys traveling and playing golf in his spare time.
Sheila Watts Collier – Shiela is a Texas Certified Guardian and National Master Guardian. She began Convenant Outreach, LLC. in 1197, as a private professional guardianship and care managment service organization. The primary office is located in Abilene, Texas. A second office was opened in Odessa, Texas in 2003. The program currently provides services in 17 counties.
Sheila has served on the TGA Board for the last three years. In the past, she was a Board member of the West Texas Alzheimer’s Association, Adult Protective Service Partners, The Aging Cluster of the Area Agency on Aging, and the Kiwanis Club of Abilene.
Terry W. Hammond, J.D., N.C.G. – Terry is the manager of Terry Hammond & Associates, PLLC, located in El Paso, Texas and Terry Hammond Consulting with offices in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Hammond is the former Executive Director of the National Guardianship Association, is a licensed Texas attorney/mediator and a licensed professional fiduciary in California. Mr. Hammond’s law practice has focused on guardianship, probate and mental health law since 1993. Mr. Hammond provides consultation services to private and professional guardians, and he serves as an expert witness and pro hac vice counsel in a number of high-profile cases in various jurisdictions.
Mr. Hammond has specialized in improving guardianship systems in jurisdictions around the country. He assisted the Washoe County (Nevada) Public Guardianship Program as an expert witness and subsequently in a consulting capacity after a class action lawsuit was brought against the program alleging failure to meet national guardianship standards. Mr. Hammond has also participated in quality improvement reviews for the Vermont Public Guardian’s Office, the Delaware Chancery Court system, and the Denton County (Texas) Public Guardianship Program. Mr. Hammond has represented over 2000 family guardians in legal proceedings, as well as corporate guardians in third-party guardianship cases.
There are three spots open and 3 candidates, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax me 254-399-9599 with your vote. C-vent should have sent out an email already but no one has received it yet. I am checking into the matter but you still have the above two options on getting in your vote.
We look forward to your response.
We are still looking for people who would like to serve on the Board of Directors. If this is something that interests you or might be of interest to someone you know please contact Krista Martin at 254-399-9115, fax 254-399-9599 or email email@example.com. If you are nominating someone else please check with them before doing so to make sure they would like to serve.
We are taking nominations now thru October 15, 2013 for people who would like to serve on the TGA Board of Directors. Please make sure the person you nominate is interested in running. Board members meet four times a year with the first meet-
ing being a 3 day retreat in January. Please submit nominations to Krista Martin by email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 254-399-9599 or by mail PO Box 24037, Waco, TX 76702-4037. We need all nominations by November 15, 2013. There are three positions open.
Make sure and mark your calendar for this year’s conference, April 23-25, 2014. The conference will be held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3401 South IH 35, Austin, TX. More details to follow soon.
2013 Texas Guardianship Legislation
Summarized by Steven D. Fields on 6.19.13
The most significant changes to the guardianship laws made by the Texas legislature in 2013 are as follows:
The next Annual Conference of the Texas Guardianship Association will be April 23rd through April 25, 2014.