The Texas State Library and the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board Presents

Records Protection Workshop: Post-Rita Disaster Evaluation and Planning

May 18-19 , 2006

Thursday, May 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Reception 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Held at the Hilton Hotel

University of Houston

4800 Calhoun Road

Houston, Texas 77204-2023

Conference Information


Speaker Bios




Conference Handouts


Conference Information

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board are pleased to announce a one and a half-day conference for local government officials and museum curators who live in the Texas counties that were affected by Hurricane Rita. The purpose of this conference is to discuss the lessons that were learned in the aftermath of this destructive hurricane, what did and did not work, and what should be done to ensure that all Texas local governments and historical collections are well equipped to manage, protect and preserve their records and archives in the event of future natural disasters.


Thursday, May 18, 2006

8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:15 Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Michael Heskett, SLRM

Sandra J. Pickett, Chairman of the Texas State Library Commission
9:15 - 9:45 Keynote Speaker: Charles Bacarisse
9:45 - 11:30 Risks to Southeast Texas
9:45 - 12:00 Report on COSA and THRAB, Chris LaPlante
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (provided) & Vendor Exhibit Hall
1:00 - 3:00 Lessons Learned from Katrina and Rita.

Speaker: Michael Baimbridge, NARA
3:00 - 4:30 Panel: Local Experiences
4:30 - 6:30 Reception

Friday, May 19, 2006

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome Back/Announcements: Dr. Michael Heskett, TSLAC
9:15 - 11:30 Disaster Planning 101, Dean McKinney BMS CAT
11:30 - 11:45 Wrap-up: Nanette Pfiester, Government Information Analyst, TSLAC

The vendor exhibit area will be open during registration, the mid-session breaks, and lunch during both days of the conference. Please visit the exhibits to learn more about related products and services.

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Records Protection Workshop: Post-Rita Disaster Evaluation and Planning

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Speaker Bios

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Dr. Michael Heskett

Dr. Michael Heskett is State Records Administrator and serves also as Director of the State and Local Records Management Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. He joined the commission in 1983 and assumed his present position in April 1998. Prior to that he worked in a variety of capacities with the agency. He was assigned the task of drafting the Local Government Records of 1989 and the modernized state agency records management law in 1997. He is the principal author of the local government records retention schedules issued by the commission, as well as the other administrative rules governing the management and disposition of local government records. He holds a doctorate in history from the University of California.

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Chris LaPlante

Chris LaPlante is State Archivist and Director of the Archives and Information Services Division that is responsible for acquiring, arranging, describing, preserving and cataloging archival and library materials. This division assists researchers in using and locating information in the various collections of the State Archives, the Genealogy Library, the Reference and Government Documents Section, and the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty, Texas.

Mr. LaPlante also serves as the Coordinator of a nine-member state board known as the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, which serves as the central advisory body for historical records planning and projects that are developed and implemented in the state. In addition, he serves as the agency's designated Records Management Officer and also serves on the state's Open Records Steering Committee.

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Sandra J. Pickett

Pickett was first appointed to the Commission in 1995 by Governor George W. Bush. She is a dynamic leader with a strong interest in libraries of all kinds. Pickett served as Liberty City Council member from 1974-1998, as well as Liberty mayor pro tem from 1976-1998. Pickett is the past president of the board of directors of the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC), and has a long record of service to the Texas Municipal League, the Texas and National Associations of Regional Councils, and the National League of Cities. She is currently on the Board of Preservation Texas and Texas Independence Trail Region.

Pickett is also president of the Atascosito Historical Society, the friends group of the TSLAC's Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, and has served as president of the Liberty County Historical Commission. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston.

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Charles Bacarisse

Charles Bacarisse is in his third term as the District Clerk of Harris County—an office that keeps the records of nearly 80 courts and manages one of the nation's largest jury systems, and one of the nation's largest records conversion projects. First sworn-in as Harris County's 16 th District Clerk in January 1995, Charles has brought a business-like approach to the office that has resulted in numerous upgraded programs, improved constituent service and savings to the taxpayer.

Reflecting the progress in use of technology in his office, Charles was appointed to the TexasOnline Authority board by Gov. Rick Perry in 2002, then elevated to chairman in 2004. His leadership was recognized with the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance's 2004 Stewart Title Award. The award, one of the alliance's Good Brick Awards, honored him and his office's records team for preserving historic documents.

The Texas Association of Counties Leadership Foundation, which represents all 254 Texas counties, recognized him with County Best Practices Awards two consecutive years. In 2001, he was honored for the District Clerk's Criminal Collections Program, which has collected millions of dollars in fines and fees that otherwise would not have been collected from persons convicted of misdemeanors. In 2000, he was honored for the office's strategic planning. Houston's Wesley Community Center also honored him in 2000 as a "Champion for Children" for numerous improvements in the handling of child support payments, including extraordinary efforts to find custodial parents.

The Southern Methodist University graduate came to the county office with a varied, extensive background in government. His resume includes a position in the White House Office of Media Relations for President Ronald Reagan and Assistant Director of the Office of Public Liaison for President George Bush. Charles returned to Houston in 1990 to serve as Administrative Assistant to then-County Judge Jon Lindsay. Charles was responsible for the county's economic development initiatives and criminal justice matters.

For his efforts as District Clerk and as a contributing member of various organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Houston, Charles was named one of the Five Outstanding Young Texans and one of the Five Outstanding Young Houstonians of 1999 by Junior Chamber of Commerce organizations. He has also twice received the Local Government Council's Samuel Adams Award for Outstanding Leadership in Local Government.

Charles and his wife, Jana Fay, are the parents of two children. They are active in their church and serve on various boards throughout the community.

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Michael Baimbridge

Michael P. Baimbridge, Jr. is a senior records analyst with the National Archives and Records Administration. He has a B.A. in political science and international relations from Austin College in Sherman, Texas and a Master’s of Business Administration (with an emphasis in computer resource and information management) from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to coming to work for NARA’s Southwest Region, Michael was the Records Manager for the Houston Airport System, a records and information specialist with The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and a member of the United States Air Force. Michael has over 16 years of records management experience and enjoys working on electronic records issues.

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Lance Wood

Lance Wood is a senior forecaster at the National Weather Service (NWS) office in League City, Texas. He began his career with the NWS in El Paso, Texas, in 1994. Mr. Wood became a forecaster at the NWS Lake Charles, LA, office before coming to the Houston/Galveston area. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University; receiving both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Meteorology. He is married and has three children.

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Peggy Rudd

Peggy D. Rudd has served as the director and librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission since October 1999. Prior to her return to her native state of Texas, Peggy served as the chief of the Bureau of Library Development at the State Library of Florida, from 1994 to 1999. Between 1988 and 1994, Peggy was assistant director for planning, evaluation, and research in the Library and Networking Division of The Library of Virginia. Prior to that time, Peggy worked for five years with the Northeast Texas Library System (headquartered in Dallas and Garland) and three years with the Central Texas Library System (headquartered in Austin). She also worked at the Austin Public Library and at the Undergraduate Library at the University of Texas at Austin.

As director and librarian, Peggy successfully spearheaded the drive to secure direct state aid for Texas public libraries. Under her leadership, the agency has formed partnerships over the past six years that have brought millions of dollars to the state for the improvement of libraries.

Peggy has a B.A. from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and received her Masters of Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. She also worked on a Masters in Public Administration at the University of North Texas in Denton.

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Mary Ann Bridges

Mary Ann Bridges graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Louisiana State Univeristy (Baton Rouge) and a Master's of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from The University of Texas (UT) at Austin. Her area of concentration at UT was records management. Mary Ann began her work in records management as a student, working part-time for the Texas Department of Information Resources. Upon completion of her degree, she worked at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) in the State and Local Records Management Division (SLRM) as a State Agency Consultant (now called Analyst). She provided training and consulting with Texas state agencies on their records management programs and requirements. Due to staff reorganization, her job duties expanded to include training and consulting with Texas local governments. She was promoted to and served as Research and Planning Specialist in SLRM before moving to her present position as Manager of the Records Management Assistance Unit (RMA). In her current position, she manages an outstanding group of six Government Information Analysts and two support staff. The primary purposed of RMA is to train and consult with Texas state agencies and local governments on effective information management methodologies and requirements. RMA has a client base of more than 9,500 state agencies and local governments.

Beyond the office, Mary Ann loves quilting. She and her husband, Rob Malinski, enjoy driving their Miatas, riding their bikes, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.

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Amador Reyna, Panelist

Amador Reyna has been the chief appraiser at Hardin County for the past ten years. He was the deputy chief appraiser and director of complex properties in Cameron County for another five years.

A member of the Leadership of Southeast Texas Program, Reyna has just completed a six-year term as a state trustee for the Texas County and District Retirement System. This seventeen billion dollar pension system represents over five hundred Texas subdivisions.

Reyna is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with twenty-seven years. He was a commander in the Office of Special Investigation. A graduate of Texas A&M, Reyna has a masters degree from the University of California. He is married, has two children and three grandchildren.

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Susan E. Roshto, Panelist

Susan E. Roshto is county clerk of Chambers County.

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Linda Robinson, Panelist

Linda Robinson, Jefferson County Treasurer, was elected Treasurer in 1988. A Certified County Treasurer, Linda was a participant in the first County Investment Certification class and currently serves as Chairman of the Texas County Investment Certification committee. A past-president of the County Treasurers Association of Texas, she was named Texas' Outstanding County Treasurer in 1998. Linda is a graduate of Lamar University.

Ware Petznick, Panelist

A Native Nashvillian, Ware Petznick began working for museums as a junior docent at age 10 at Historic Rock Castle, and later at Belle Meade Plantation. She earned a B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College and continued Art History studies at the University of St. Andrews for an M.Phil. and earned a doctorate in Furniture History in 2000. She has worked as an intern or on a contract basis for museums in the United States and the United Kingdom including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Colonial Williamsburg, SPNEA, the National Trust for Scotland, The Whitney Museum and the Frist Center for Visual Art. Becoming the McFaddin-Ward House as Curator of Collections in January of 2005, Ware Petznick has made Texas her home.

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Dean McKinney

A Florida native, Dean McKinney joined the Blackmon-Mooring group of companies more than 20 years ago. Dean first joined Blackmon-Mooring Steamatic of Fort Worth, Texas as a commercial sales representative. A top producer in that operation, Dean then assumed a position with the fire and water damage division prior to accepting a position in Denver, Colorado as general manager of company operations in the Rocky Mountain region.

Due to his success in establishing himself as a regional leader in the Rocky Mountain area, Dean was offered the position of Regional Manager of the Northeastern United States for BMS Catastrophe with offices near Washington, D.C. In 1997, Dean was named Vice President of BMS CAT.

During his tenure with BMS CAT, Dean has been responsible for some of the company’s largest projects. Among these projects is the three largest records center recoveries in history. Dean McKinney is internationally recognized as an industry leader in the field of fire and water damage recovery but, in particular, he has become an authority on records center, archive and library recovery and is also a frequent speaker on the subject. More recently, Dean directed recovery efforts of the U.S. Pentagon Library and Archives as a result of damage sustained in the terrorist attacks of September 11th. He was also instrumental in the recovery of the Jamestown Museum and Archives in Williamsburg, Virginia after damage from Hurricane Isabel.

Today, Dean McKinney is based in the corporate offices of BMS CAT in Fort Worth, Texas. His responsibilities are marketing and direction of the entire records, book and media recovery division as well as dehumidification services and technology.

Dean has been married for more than 25 years and he and his wife have three college-aged children. Even with a schedule that is often times hectic, his top priority is his family. Although his clients consume a great deal of his time, he stresses that professional success must be balanced with one’s personal priorities of family, church and community.

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Nanette Pfiester

Nanette Pfiester is a Government Information Analyst with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in the State and Local Records Management Division located here in Austin, Texas. She helps ensure that state agencies and local governments remain compliant with Texas records laws through their records management programs. Ms. Pfiester provides training and consulting in managing electronic records, disaster planning, improving filing systems and other records-related topics.

Ms. Pfiester’s career experience includes working in the public and private sector in accounting, technology, training, publications, and Web design. She holds an MBA in Technology Management and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management.

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Conference Location

The Records Protection Workshop: Post-Rita Disaster Evaluation and Planning Workshop will be held at the University of Houston, Hilton Hotel, located at 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, Texas. For directions to the University of Houston, go to

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This is a free conference. You may register for the conference by fax, at 512-459-4967, or by mailing the registration form to State Library Records Management, Attn: Roy Bowden, 4400 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Austin, TX 78758.

Each attendee is invited to bring a guest to the evening reception. If you would like to bring a guest, please write his or her name on the registration form.

Registration deadline is May 8, 2006 at 5:00 p.m.

Please contact the Training Coordinator, at 512-452-9242, ext. 154, for more information.

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Exhibitors Information

Vendors interested in participating in this great networking opportunity are encouraged to download the exhibitor registration form and follow the procedures listed on it. The cost to exhibit is $300 by May 12, 2006 and $400 after May 12, 2006. Simple tabletop exhibits, rather than full-scale tradeshow booths, are required.

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Conference Handouts

Conference handouts will be available at the conference, however, after the conference the same handouts can be downloaded from our website.

Conference Binder (pdf 20,000KB)

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Alternative Format

Please e-mail the publications specialist if you would like to request a copy of the conference handouts in an alternative format after the conference.

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome Back/Announcements: Dr. Michael Heskett, TSLAC
9:15 - 11:30 Disaster Planning 101, Dean McKinney BMS CAT
11:30 - 11:45 Wrap-up: Nanette Pfiester, Government Information Analyst, TSLAC
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