The State Agency Council

The State Agency Council, formerly the State Agency Liaison Group, was established in 1983 by Governor Mark White. On March 30, 2016, Governor Greg Abbott signed Executive Order 1, which allows the Council to continue with its charge.

The State Agency Council provides support to the Governor’s Commission for Women and offers professional development training to its members. The Council also presents the Outstanding Women in Texas Government Awards.

Appointments are made by the head of each state agency every two years at the request of the Governor. Agencies appoint no more than two members to serve a two-year term. The executive director of the Governor’s Commission for Women appoints the executive board members. 

Executive Board Members

Chairwoman Jennifer Hertsenberg

Jennifer Hertsenberg serves as the Operations Manager of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Jennifer joined the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners in 2007 and has led a number of department initiatives related to the licensing program, continuing education for chiropractic licensees and the development of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners first licensee outreach program. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in English at Texas State University in December of 2005.

Vice Chairwoman Lesley Guthrie

Lesley Guthrie’s career in state and federal government spans 30 years. She currently serves as the Director of Special Projects at the Health and Human Services Commission. Prior to joining the agency, Lesley served as Deputy Director at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and Executive Director in the Office of the Governor. She spent eight years working on Capitol Hill for a Texas Congressman. Lesley has launched two new state agency divisions, planned and hosted a faith-based summit for 300 with legislative leadership, established an educational exhibit for thousands of visitors, implemented a legislative luncheon for 500 guests, and creates meaningful collaborations with community partners. She has served on numerous boards and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.

Nancy Prosser, Treasurer

Nancy Prosser is General Counsel at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts where she provides legal advice and counsel to the members of Executive Administration, including the Comptroller and Deputy Comptroller. Prior to joining the Comptroller’s office, Nancy was an Assistant Attorney General in the Taxation Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office. She also spent over four years in the Austin law office of Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. Nancy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, summa cum laude, from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University, and a Law Degree from the University of Texas School of Law. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas.

Connie Corona, Board Secretary

Connie Corona is Chief Program Officer at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, overseeing the Market Analysis, Customer Protection, Infrastructure, Legal, Oversight & Enforcement, Rate Regulation, and Utility Outreach divisions.  Connie was previously Director of the Competitive Markets Division.  Prior to returning to the Commission in 2017, Connie served as Director of Regulatory Affairs at NRG.  Her previous work at the Commission included development and implementation of state policies on the electric power industry, with a particular focus on the 1999 Texas Electric Choice Act, which introduced competition to the retail electric market.

Patty Moore, Membership Director

Patty Moore, Ph.D., serves as Senior Program Manager for Academic Research at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (CPRIT). Dr. Moore joined the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (CPRIT) in June 2016. Her major focus at CPRIT is managing a $1.7 billion academic research award portfolio along with CPRIT’s Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Moore came to CPRIT from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), where she served as the Director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section.  Before joining DSHS, Patty served as a Director at TMF Health Quality Institute, where she was heavily involved in national health care delivery and practice transformation projects with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Innovations (CMMI).  Patty received her Doctorate degree in Health Services Research, Health Policy and Management at Texas A&M University.

Margo Richards, Special Events Director

Margo Richards is a seasoned marketing and strategic communications executive with nearly 15 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry leading strategy development, marketing plans, and business operations to generate awareness and revenue for cities, states, and non-profit organizations. As Vice President of Community Resources for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) since January 2015, Richards directs strategy and manages operations of LCRA parks, tourism, meeting & event services, business development initiatives and natural resource conservation. Richards served as the Director of Travel Information Division at the Texas Department of Transportation from 2012 to 2015. In that capacity, she directed the state’s official travel magazine, Texas Highways, and other travel literature including the Texas State Travel Guide and the Texas Official Travel Map. Richards is a Central Texas native who earned her Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University and a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program. She has been a Board Member of the Texas Travel Industry Association since 2016.

Sarah E. Haas, Outreach Director

Sarah E. Haas is a Senior Scientist in the Inland Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. She is actively involved in community outreach and professional development endeavors related to the advancement of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Prior to joining the state, Sarah led an educational citizen science project in collaboration with the National Geographic Society in Colorado and spent time in Washington, D.C. in the public policy arena working with The National Audubon Society. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas State University, a Master of Science in Zoology from the University of Florida, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry and Environmental Resources from North Carolina State University.