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Government Affairs Team
Meet the hard-working and dedicated team that works for TSTC at our state capitol.


 Roger MillerGail Lawrence Marlene McMichael

Roger Miller
Senior Vice Chancellor &
Chief Government Affairs Officer
(512) 647-8792
roger.miller@tstc.edu

Gail Lawrence
Execuitive Vice Chancellor &
Chief of Staff to the Chancellor
(325) 235-7333
gail.lawrence@tstc.edu
Marlene McMichael
Associate Vice Chancellor for
Government Affairs
(512) 818-1473
marlene.mcmichael@tstc.edu
Roger is responsible for and coordinates all state and federal legislative affairs for TSTC. During each session of the Texas Legislature, he guides the TSTC budget approval process, provides executive leadership with information regarding all laws impacting TSTC, and is responsible for all legislative information activities undertaken by TSTC. Additionally, he cultivates and maintains relationships with all federal & state agencies, including the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Roger has worked in various government affairs capacities for TSTC for the past 21 years. 
Gail works closely with the chancellor, providing strategic counsel while identifying and executing priorities to achieve the college’s strategic goals. She also oversees the divisions of Strategic Communication, Communication and Creative Services and manages the relationship between the college and the TSTC Foundation. 

Gail has served the college in multiple executive roles for 16 years and is President Emerita of TSTC in West Texas. 






Marlene is TSTC’s liaisons to the Texas Legislature and state agencies. She assists with the analysis of legislation affecting TSTC and with the state appropriations process. She also oversees the development of legislative briefs, the development and passage of legislation benefiting TSTC, and the management of Interim strategies for the Government Affairs team. Marlene is TSTC’s primary liaison to the US Congress for federal issues. 

Marlene has been on staff with TSTC for just over 13 years but also served as a consultant for the College for several years.  


   
Joe ArnoldNikki Gonzales Javier Deleon
Joe W. Arnold
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Executive External Relations Officer
(512) 914-3733
joe.arnold@tstc.edu

Nikki Lewis Gonzales
Director II for
Government Affairs
(512) 647-8786
nikki.gonzales@tstc.edu

Javier Deleon
Executive Vice President for
Goverment Affairs
(956) 970-1277
javier.deleon@tstc.edu
Joe is the business and industry liaison, working closely with these stakeholders to ensure effective communication on legislative issues. Joe works with business and industry associations and directly with stakeholder companies that depend on TSTC for the workforce that fuels their success. 

Joe joined TSTC on October 1, 2019.











Nikki ensures that TSTC voice is heard throughout the Capitol. The team works to ensure TSTC stays abreast of all higher education and appropriations issues during the session and in the interim. They strive to ensure good working relationships with legislators as well as the staff. 

Nikki has been with TSTC since November of 2012. 











Javier is one of TSTC’s liaisons to the Texas Legislature. He serves as the College’s point-of-contact to the communities in the Rio Grande Valley by building and promoting positive relationships with federal, state and local policymakers, and with the privatesector. As the Harlingen campus is one of the College’s oldest with more than a50-year history and also one of the largest of the TSTC campuses, Javier’s role is to ensure that TSTC maintains strong ties to one of Texas’ fastest-growing regions.

Javier has worked for TSTC for 30 years, growing the College Readiness andCorporate Education programs on the Harlingen campus.  
   
 Catherine Barbosa 
 Catherine Barbosa
Executive Assistant for
Government Affairs
(512) 647-8784
catherine.barbosa@tstc.edu
 
 

Catherine's duties entail the management of administrative duties and maintaining the dignity and proficiency of the Government Affairs Department. As Executive Assistant, she ensures the smooth operation of the department with her robust knowledge of office management and efficient handling of administrative procedures, standards, and methods. In her role, she is responsible for organizing meetings, schedules, and Government Affairs correspondence.

 

She has been with TSTC since November of 2016.

 
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