Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Veterans Commission, Texas*

5 Members - Term: 6 Years

General Information

Agency #: 403 SFA Bldg., 8th Floor, Suite 8001700 N. Congress Avenue, P.O. Box 12277Austin, TX 78711-2277

Members

Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Chair Laura Koerner Fair Oaks Ranch, 12-31-2023
Board Member(s) Kevin Barber Houston, 12-31-2027
Mary Lopez Dale Cedar Park, 12-31-2025
Mike Hernandez Abilene, 12-31-2025
Kimberlee Shaneyfelt Shady Shores, 12-31-2023

Staff

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Executive Director Thomas P. Palladino (512) 463-0504
Deputy Executive Director Shawn Deabay (512) 463-0504
General Counsel Kathleen Cordova (512) 463-0663
Division Director Resource Management Chip Osborne (512) 463-3151 / (512) 475-2395
Division Director Program Operations Charles Catoe (512) 463-1466
Statutory Compliance Officer Cruz Montemayor (512) 463-5173
Claims Operations Manager Juan Amaya (254) 718-4198
Director, Claims Salvador Castillo (512) 463-8730
Director, Human Resources & Training Tina Marberry (512) 463-1295 / (512) 463-2847
Director, Fund for Veterans' Assistance Elaine Zavala (512) 463-8295
Funds for Veteransí Assistance Operations Manager Ervey Leos (512) 463-9829
Health Care Advocacy Department Director Gary Lee (512) 463-5340
Health Care Advocacy Department Operations Manager William Pryor (512) 463-3605
Director, Veterans Employment Services Anna Baker (512) 463-2333
Veterans Employment Services Operations Manager Dee Cote (512) 568-7806
Director, Veterans Education David Salgado (512) 463-6160
Veterans Education Operations Manager Charles Bryant (512) 463-8189
Director of Veterans Mental Health Dr. Blake Harris (512) 463-0654
Director, Communications and Outreach Angela Woellner (512) 434-3479
Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Biddle (512) 463-1657
Director, Government Relations James Crabtree (512) 956-3438
Veteran Entrepreneur Program Director Megan Tamez (512) 463-0519
Women Veterans Program Director Dr. Krystle Matthews (832) 728-3624
Information Resource Management Director Swapna Jain (512) 463-2791
Training and Events Program Manager Tycin Thompson (512) 463-5339
Emergency Management Program Coordinator Tim Shatto (512) 517-7124

Claims Branch Offices

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Claims Northwest District Manager Sandra Covin (254) 299-9964
Claims Northeast District Paula Taylor (254) 743-0549 / (254) 743-1699
Claims Southwest District Michael Jaeger (210) 699-5073
Claims Southeast District Julio Harros (713) 383-2737

Regional Veterans Employment Representatives

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
South Texas Regional Office Adrain L. King (830) 629-2010 x2607
Central Texas Regional Office Tony Ramirez (512) 826-4152
North Texas Regional Office Curtis Chalupa (214) 548-1493
West Texas Regional Office Lawrence Denton (325) 670-9561
Gulf Coast Regional Office Jo Ikard (713) 993-2416

Notes

The commission guarantees Texas veterans and their families receive all the rights and entitlements provided for veterans of the U.S. and Texas armed forces.

* Subject to the Texas Sunset Act; will be reviewed in 2031.