David McElroy is the AV Manager for the City of San Antonio. He was previously the Video Production Supervisor at the City of Denton where he spent 8 years writing, shooting, editing and directing various original programming. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television and Film from the University of North Texas and a Master’s degree in Emerging Media and Communication from the University of Texas at Dallas. He currently serves as the Social Media Representative on the TATOA Board.
Georgia N. Crump
Georgia N. Crump is a Principal with the Austin firm of Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, which recently celebrated its 35th Anniversary, and has been consistently selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Austin and the State of Texas. Georgia graduated from Baylor University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and she also studied at the University of London.
With a background as a City Attorney, she has continued to represent governmental entities and their interests while in private practice. She is currently the Chair of the Firm’s Energy & Utility Practice Group. Her practice includes representation of clients at the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Railroad Commission of Texas in electric and gas utility rate cases, and in all matters affecting water and wastewater utilities and rates. From the halcyon days of negotiating cable and telephone franchises on behalf of cities to the present, she stays actively involved in communications issues through the representation of public entities in matters affecting zoning, tower siting and leasing, broadband build-out and access, and right-of-way management.
Georgia is a long-standing member of the Texas City Attorneys Association, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, and the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Georgia currently serves as the Policy and Legal Representative on the TATOA Board. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2011 and has received an AV peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell for over 25 years. Georgia enjoys the great outdoors and finds that it mixes well with live music.
Margaret Somereve’s career in local government spans three municipalities and positions that range from Recycling Coordinator to Assistant to the City Manager. Margaret’s municipal career has focused on the regulation of telecommunications, cable, electric and gas franchises and rates, negotiating leases for siting wireless facilities, solid waste and water regulations and coordinating legislative issues. She is currently the Interim Executive Director for the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP), a municipal electric aggregator.
Before joining TCAP in 2012, Margaret took a short break from municipal government working in positions that included assisting a construction company responding to military RFPs, assisting in a contract for the U.S. border project and as a legal assistant helping to set up new businesses in Texas and Louisiana.
Margaret earned her B.A. in Political Science from Angelo State University and a M.P.A. from The University of Texas at Arlington. Following undergraduate school, Margaret worked as a Campaign Coordinator for a Texas Congressman.
Margaret has served as the Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (TATOA) President, being voted Life Member in 2008 before volunteering to fill the Secretary vacancy as well as numerous committees for the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA). Margaret also served as President of the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas.
Ted A. Irving graduated from the Sam Houston State University Dan Rather School of Communications in 1992, with a BFA in Radio, TV, and Film. He acquired his Master of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Texas Southern University in 2003. Ted has worked in the television industry Since 1993 working primarily as a linear/non-linear video editor for KTRK ABC 13, and KPRC NBC 2, then as a sports photographer with KRIV Fox 26. All in Houston, Texas as part of a dual-career in media and education.
Ted was the instructor, and Director of the Hightower High School Electronic Media Academy located in Fort Bend ISD, Missouri City, Texas, for twelve years. Under Ted Irving’s leadership, the media academy won a Texas Regional Emmy, one Summit Award, and 18 National Telly Awards. He was also able to secure a 2006 Japan Fulbright Fellowship, $5,000 Best Buy Teacher Technology Grant, Houston Press Master Mind $2,000 Award, Kids In Need $1,000 grant, Captain Planet Foundation $2,300 grant, Target Field Trip grant and much more. Ted Irving is also a former Hightower Teacher of the Year and the HAABSE (Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators) secondary Teacher of the Year in 2002.
In 2014 Ted became the Magnet Coordinator for the Jack Yates School of Communications and helped the program to install a 3.5 million dollar Television facility at the school complete with Dante networking from the control room to the satellite theatre control room and to all sports areas with AV connections for live to solid-state recording sporting events with color & play-by-play. The facility also boasts 10 Sony AS-7 mirrorless 4k cameras for narrative film, 15 Sony handycams for ENG work, and 20 small Canon Vixia’s for intro level courses. While there Ted developed curriculum to match the new offerings at the school which include narrative filmmaking, Sports ENG, and music recording.
As a freelance videographer, Ted has worked for Court TV, Major Broadcasting Cable Network, and Black Entertainment TV. His ENG cinematic work includes three documentaries, Burning Sands, & Gus & Rose: Reflections of Katrina and the Big Easy, and Soul Alley, a documentary completed in early 2019. The first two were contracted for distribution through Blockbuster video stores. Ted has also collaborated with the Texas Southern University Mass Communication department to create the Houston Civil Rights Movement online documentary for PBS and the Black Programming Consortium in 2007.
Ted Irving is currently the Director of the City of Houston – HTV-Houston Television PEG channel located in downtown, Houston, City Hall.
West Texas Rep
Lacey Nobles grew up in San Angelo, Texas, and ventured off to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University. Upon obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism/Spanish, she started her T.V. career at KTBC Fox 7 in Austin as Assignments Editor. Lacey then boomeranged back to West Texas, and Lubbock, to serve as a producer at NBC affiliate KCBD. After four years of doing this, her alma mater created a position for her within the Texas Tech University Office of Communications & Marketing. It was there that she served as the University’s Media Relations Coordinator and University Reporter. After those four years on campus, she returned to KCBD for her second tour of duty, this time as Executive Producer. Lacey then made the leap ‘out of the biz’ and into government work for her dream job as Communications & Marketing Manager and Public Information Officer for the City of Lubbock. In this role, she oversees the Communications & Marketing Department which is responsible for graphic design, the City’s webpage, social media accounts for the City, videography, press conferences, media relations, the City’s broadcast channel and content for that and the City’s 311 Call Center.
South Texas Rep
Jaclyn Treviño is the Multimedia Coordinator for Hidalgo County. After four years as an Emmy award winning news producer at KRGV-TV, she decided to step away from news media and enter county government. In 2012, Jaclyn was hired at Hidalgo County Public Affairs where she is the only videographer for the county. For the past seven years she has been responsible for filming and producing county’s events, PSA’s and short videos. She also manages and creates content for all of the county’s social media platforms. She joined TATOA in 2016 and has been an active member. Jaclyn has an MFA in Film Production from Chapman University in Orange, CA and is a certified FAA drone pilot.
East Texas Rep
Billy Matthews is responsible for management, development, production, and distribution of multi-media programming to meet the goals and objectives of the City of Denton while managing the City’s television channel - DTV. With over 25 years of experience in television news and video production across many platforms, including 13 years at WFAA-TV, Dallas, where he held numerous positions including Executive Sports Producer and Special Projects Producer.
Billy’s production background combined with his experience managing and can-do attitude, makes him well suited to lead and grow his award-winning team.
Billy has a BA in Communications, Radio/TV/Film from Baylor University.
North Texas Rep
Brian Plinck currently serves as Production & Operations Manager for the City of Dallas, responsible for day-to-day operations of the organization’s cable channel and video production team. His background in municipal communication dates back to 2010 with the City of Denton, where he began with an internship and was soon brought on full-time as a video producer. His work touches on a number of genres, from documentary and short film to children’s programming and local music. He has won multiple statewide and national awards, and continues to work hard to make municipal television more accessible and entertaining to a wide variety of audiences.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of North Texas, and is currently working towards obtaining a Master of Science in Digital Communication Analytics at UNT.
Rogelio E. Peña
Creative Development Rep
Rogelio E. Peña is an assistant city attorney with the San Antonio City Attorney’s Office. Rogelio supports the City’s Finance Department team that over sees the two municipally owned utilities, CPS Energy and the San Antonio Water System. He also supports City staff on issues related to wireline, cable, and wireless provider access to the public rights-of-way. Prior to joining the City, Rogelio represented competitive local exchange carriers on state regulatory compliance matters. He began his regulatory career with the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Creative Development Rep
Colleen Billiot currently serves as the Senior Public Information Specialist for the City of Austin’s Office of Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs (TARA). She is an enrolled member of the United Houma Nation from southeast Louisiana. Colleen has a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University, both focused on aspects of government and political science. She has served every level of government from tribal to federal, with three years spent as the first Communications Specialist employed by the U.S. Administration for Native Americans. In her current role as Senior Public Information Specialist, Colleen serves as the point of contact for all Public Information requests and media inquiries, manages the TARA website, crafts external messaging from newsletters to press releases, and participates in several inter-departmental and city-wide working groups.
Dan Bach works as the City of Garland’s Video Service Manager and oversees City video production along with GarlandTX.gov. He is the North Texas Representative for TATOA. Before his career in government, he started his television career with WCTE, a small public television station in Cookeville, Tennessee, before starting a career in news. He worked as a news photographer for WTVF in Nashville, KTUL in Tulsa, WBRC in Birmingham and KDAF in Dallas.