Managers in Partnership and Mentors

The MIP Manual breaks down everything there is to know about the Managers in Partnership Program. In brief, the program is designed to bridge the gap between the college student and practitioner. The purpose of the program is to aide city managers and college professors in ushering the next generation of municipal leadership.


City Managers of tomorrow are encouraged to have a mentor. Mentor can assist with career advise, help develop knowledge and skills, and serve as a valuable resource. Even though many mentoring opportunities happen organically, if you are seeking a mentor, those serving as Managers in Partnership is a good place to begin. A list is provided for you to begin connecting today. 

You can also get connected with the 1-1 Coaching program through ICMA.


University  Name, Title, City Email
Sam Houston State Laurie M. Brewer, Assistant City Manager, Georgetown Email Laurie Brewer
St. Mary's University
David Harris, Member In Transition
Mike Hornes, Assistant City Manager, Kerrville
Stephen F. Austin State University Aron Kulhavy, City Manager, Huntsville
Mario Canizares, City Manager, Prosper
Email Aron Kulhavy
Texas A&M University 
Joey Dunn, Deputy City Manager, Bryan
Neal Wendele, City Manager, Todd Mission
Texas Southern University
Corby Alexander, City Manager, La Porte
Michael Goodrum, City Manager, Sugar Land
Texas State University
James Earp, City Manager, Hutto
Texas Tech University Jeffrey Snyder, City Manager, Plainview
Erik Rejino, Assistant City Manager, Lubbock
University of Houston
Austin Bleess, City Manager, Jersey Village   
University of Texas
Ashley Wayman, City Administrator, Rollingwood
James Hartshorn, Deputy City Manager, Pflugerville
University of North Texas
Drew Corn, Town Manager, Northlake
Ryan Adams, Chief of Staff, Denton  
University of Texas - San Antonio
Danny Zincke, Assistant City Manager, Boerne
University of Texas- Arlington Opal Mauldin-Jones, City Manager, Lancaster
Ben Williamson, City Manager, Farmers Branch
Email Opal Mauldin-Jones
Email Ben Williamson
University of Texas - Dallas
Julie Couch, Town Manager, Fairview 
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Michelle Rivera, Assistant City Manager, McAllen
Jeff Johnston, Assistant City Manager, McAllen
University of Texas - Tyler
Ed Broussard, City Manager, Tyler  

University Representatives

University Name, Title Email
Sam Houston State                                    Mike Yawn, Clinical Professor                                                                                  Email Mike Yawn                
St. Mary's University Alex Briseno, Professor of Public Service in Residence Email Alex Briseno
Stephen F. Austin State University Dr. Cindy L. Davis, Master of Public Administration Program Director  Email Dr. Cindy L. Davis
Texas A&M University 
Dr. Robert Greer, Assistant Professor of Public Budgeting and Finance 
Dr. Justin Bullock, Assistant Professor
Mike Cochran, Assistant Director - Career & Student Services 
Email Dr. Robert Greer
Texas Southern University
Dr. Michael Adams, Interim Chair of Political Science/Professor PH.D. 
Email Dr. Michael Adams
Texas State University Nandhini Rangararjan, Director, MPA Program
Mihi Vindis, Professor
Email Nandhini Rangararjan
Texas Tech University
Dr. Daniel Scheller, Director, MPA Program
Email Dr. Scheller
University of Houston
Dr. Peter Koelling, Instructional Associate Professor, MPA Program 
Scott Mason, Program Director 2, Academic Advising
Email Dr. Koelling
University of Texas Sherri Greenburg, Professor of Practice & MPAff Graduate Advisor  Email Sherri Greenburg
University of North Texas
Dr. Bob Bland, Endowed Professor of Local Government
Email Bob Bland
University of Texas - San Antonio Dr. Francine Romero, Department Chair
Gina Amatangelo, Lecturer
Email Dr. Romero
University of Texas - Arlington
Dr. David Coursey, Director – Public Administration, Associate Professor 
Email Dr. David Coursey
University of Texas - Dallas
Dr. John McCaskill, Clinical Professor
Email Dr. John McCaskill
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley
John Milford, Graduate Professional Practitioner Lecturer 

Email John Milford
University of Texas - Tyler
Dr. Richard Helfers, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Administration 
Email Dr. Richard Helfers
Tarleton State  Grace Kelly, Instructor, Department of Public Administration Email Grace Kelly