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2019 TFMA Day at the Capitol

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TFMA Committees

TFMA welcomes your participation! If you would like to volunteer time and energy for a committee, please see the committee list below.  Click the name of the Committee Chair to send them an email. 

Governmental Relations Committee – Chair Wes Birdwell

Committee shall consist of the Chair and Interested TFMA Members

  • Track existing activities which affect both State and Federal Policy

  • Provide representative input to State and Federal officials as approved by the Board

  • Track legislation and prepare testimony for the Executive Director, President and/or Board Members

  • Work with Texas legislature and congress to educate legislators about TFMA and floodplain management

  • Oversee TFMA FloodED program

  • Prepare the biannual TFMA Day at the Capital

Purpose: To serve as the voice of TFMA to our elected officials on matters relative to floodplain management. Ensure the association’s members are aware of federal and state legislation which affects the floodplain community.


Training/Credentialing Committee – Chair Ben Pylant

Committee shall consist of the Chair, Regional Directors and other interested TFMA members. Committee members must be CFMs.

  • Develop and coordinate a consistent and comprehensive training curriculum

  • Develop a training delivery system for members

  • Review, qualify and assign credit hours for CFM continuing education program

  • Identify and maintain a group of individual CFM instructors who are current with subject matter and promoting sound floodplain management

  • Annual review of CFM Charter

Purpose: To ensure TFMA membership has the necessary training to promote sound floodplain management in their community and obtain the necessary CECs required to maintain their certification.

Awards & Recommendations Committee - Chair Robert Barker

Committee shall consist of the Chair and a minimum of, but not limited to, 4 members

  • Shall solicit recommendations for annual awards from the TFMA membership

  • Review recommendations and provide the VP with a concise list for the awards

  • Review current forms and their criteria for each TFMA award category updating/amending as needed

  • Review each TFMA award category and consider edits to the award summary on the website

  • Develop a timeline for submission of awards/nominations, working with the TFMA Office to ensure the call for awards/nominations is sent out in a timely manner

  • Review and update the nomination process as needed. Recommendations will be sent to the board for comments/approval

Purpose: Recognize members and communities for outstanding achievements.  


Conference Committee - Chair John Espinoza

Committee shall consist of the Chair and Interested TFMA Members.

  • Develop a theme for each conference

  • Develop educational content for both conferences based on the selected theme for the plenary sessions and based on educational needs

  • Recruit interesting speakers and presenters for conferences

  • Develop text for the Call for Abstracts including providing a concise criteria for presentations

  • Committee members to review all submissions and select speakers and content

  • Provide guidance to the speakers

  • Establish program format

  • Coordinate volunteers for each conference

  • Meet at both conferences

  • Assist in both conferences as needed

Purpose: Produce a positive educational experience for TFMA Membership utilizing various educational methods/tools that will enhance the members’ knowledge and skill set with current information relative to floodplain management and other areas relative to the field.


Communications Committee - Chair Paloma Alaniz


Committee shall consist of the Chair and Interested TFMA Members.

  • Newsletter – The Chair, with guidance from the other committee members, will serve as the Editor of content, guiding the TFMA Executive Office in the inclusion/exclusion of articles in the TFMA official newsletter, The Lightning Rod. Committee will establish guidelines for article submissions and solicit articles from the membership on a quarterly basis.

  • Website - The Chair, with guidance from the other committee members, will periodically review the content of the TFMA website and ensure the information is:

  • Current, accurate and relevant to the organization

  • User-friendly and visually appealing to the membership

  • Monitor the utilization of the website by the membership.

  • Public Relations: Coordinate communications with the press, including press releases, interviews and inquiries about TFMA in general.

  • Social Media:

  • Develop social media policy to ensure online networking efforts are strategic and effective in delivering the message intended. Policy will be recommended to the board for approval.

  • Monitor the use of all social media platforms to ensure approved policy is enforced.

  • Determine method of ensuring membership input via social media complies with the approved policy for posting.

  • Establish other communications areas TFMA could utilize to enhance a member’s communication experience with their colleagues and TFMA leadership.

  • Electronic Email/Listserves: Develop guidelines on when and how often emails are sent to the membership and to ensure the information sent is relevant and not redundant. Recommend policy to the board as to how emails are sent to membership.

Purpose: Coordinate and monitor activities related to e-newsletters/alerts, website, social media and public relations, to ensure a consistent message from TFMA is relayed to the membership and the public.


Outreach Committee - Chair Morgen Ayers

Committee shall consist of the Chair and Interested TFMA Members.

  • Develop curriculum for outreach activities.

  • Develop outreach materials for the public, including children and adults. Develop same materials in languages other than English.

  • Develop marketing material to promote the floodplain management field.

  • Seek and foster partnerships with other associations and agencies

  • Maintain list of outreach opportunities throughout the state and solicit volunteers from the membership to work at these events

Purpose: Raise awareness about flood risk to the public.


Special Focus Groups Committee - Chair Sarada Kalikivaya

The committee shall consist of the Chair and interested TFMA members. Each group will have a designated Group Leader. The Group Leader will prepare a report to the Chair to present at each conference TFMA Board Meeting.

Stormwater Group

  • Address Stormwater topics and their impact on the floodplain management field including stream restoration, water quality, green infrastructure, Stormwater utilities, flood warning systems, 2D modeling. Report findings back to the membership either through the newsletter or at the annual conference.

  • Host Focus Group meetings/calls to encourage participation and discussion

CRS Group

  • Promote CRS to communities across the state.

  • Encourage CRS user groups

  • Coordinate CRS Training opportunities

  • Host Focus Group meetings/calls to encourage participation and discussion

Ask the Expert

  • Assistance in floodplain management guidance

  • Maintain list of Subject Matter Experts

Purpose: To help bring focus to other subject matter the floodplain administrator encounters in their position, other than generalized floodplain management.



Committees love to know your ideas and suggestions! To learn more, email the Chair of any Committee or the TFMA Officer responsible for the Committee. Everyone is welcome to attend the Committee meetings held during the conferences. Check your conference program for schedules.

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