Chief Procurement Officer
Hershel Becker joined the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) in July 2016 and serves as the Chief Procurement Officer. He is responsible for overseeing and directing procurement and contracting functions for DIR’s Enterprise and Cooperative Contracts.
Hershel brings nearly 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to assuming his current role, Hershel served as the Deputy Director for Contract Operations at the Texas Office of the Attorney General where he directed all major outsourcing initiatives for the Child Support Division. He was also responsible for operations of the outsourced services. While there, he represented the Office of the Attorney General on the state’s Contract Advisory Team for eight years.
Prior to his state service, Hershel worked for management consulting, technology services and outsourcing companies, where he spent the majority of his career providing technology-related services to the state of Texas.
Hershel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Sam Houston State University.
Mr. Armstrong is licensed by the State Bar of Texas and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Chief Technology Officer
John Hoffman serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the Texas Department of Information Resources. He is responsible for providing comprehensive strategic planning for the agency. John oversees DIR's IT leadership in planning and policy, accessibility, and enterprise solution services.
John brings over 25 years of experience in wired and wireless telecommunications, having held positions in network operations and integration, field operations, program management, sales, and real estate. Most recently John was Director of DIR's Communications Technology Services (CTS) where he had management responsibility of the statewide telecommunications network and contracts including the Capitol Complex Telephone System. During this assignment John focused on providing thought leadership, technical support, competitive environments and enabling innovative solutions to state agencies and other DIR customers.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Lissette Nadal, CIA, CISA, CRISC
Director of Internal Audit
Lissette Nadal serves as the Director of Internal Audit and is responsible for leading the development, implementation, and management of the DIR Internal Audit Office. In her role, she conducts assurance and consulting activities to evaluate and improve the agency's effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. Lissette is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). She has served the State of Texas for more than 13 years in the Internal Audit field.
Lissette holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Puerto Rico, with a major in Accounting. She is a leader in her profession, serving as a member of the State Agency Internal Audit Forum (SAIAF), and the local chapters of the Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA), and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
Statewide Data Coordinator
Ed Kelly serves as the Statewide Data Coordinator for the Texas Department of Information Resources. He is responsible for improving data governance and integrity by working with agency leadership to develop data policies, standards, and best practices. In this role, Ed seeks opportunities for data sharing across government to reduce duplicative information collection, increase accountability, improve data management and analysis, and identify future cost savings.
Ed brings over 25 years of experience in information technology and business operations in both the public and private sectors. He has held positions in IT leadership, business continuity planning, business operations management, project management, and security/facilities management. Most recently Ed was the Chief Administrative Officer and Information Resource Manager (IRM) at the Texas Department of Agriculture where he had management responsibility for information technology, human resources, facilities and fleet management, and licensing in support of the agency’s statewide regulatory responsibilities. During this assignment Ed focused on providing technical leadership, exceptional customer service, accountability, and transparency as well as enabling innovative technical solutions for the program and support divisions of the agency.
Ed holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.
Chief Operations Officer
Dale Richardson serves as the Chief Operations Officer for the Texas Department of Information Resources. He is responsible for the state's telecommunications network, technology sourcing contracts program, Data Center Services (DCS) program, and the Portfolio Project Management Office at DIR.
Mr. Richardson joined the state in 2013 as the Director over the DCS program. Dale was instrumental in leading the DCS program to new heights in terms of meeting contract service level agreements and customer satisfaction for state agencies participating in the program.
Before joining state government, Dale's career spanned over 30 years in the information technology and telecommunications industries. Serving in several leadership positions, primarily in engineering and operations, Dale brings a demonstrated ability to lead organizational teams on planning, engineering, constructing, and operating advanced networks and data center operations.
Dale holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Chief Financial Officer
Nick Villalpando is DIR's Chief Financial Officer. Nick, a Certified Public Accountant, joined DIR's finance division in May 2010. In April 2011 Nick accepted the position of DIR Interim Chief Financial Officer and was then promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Nick is responsible for leading DIR's finance, budget, and accounting functions. His responsibilities include ensuring that DIR fees are set at levels consistent with cost-recovery principles.
Nick earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree and a Master in Professional Accounting degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Martin H. Zelinsky, J.D.
Martin Zelinsky serves as the General Counsel for the Texas Department of Information Resources. He is responsible for providing legal services to all operational and administrative divisions in the agency. Martin has specialized in technology procurement and information security-related matters.
Martin previously served as Assistant General Counsel at the Health and Human Services Commission, responsible for technology-related contracting. Before entering public service for the State of Texas, Martin served as corporate counsel in the wireless telecommunications and natural gas pipeline industries.
Martin has given presentations on procurement, technology and information security issues at various state agencies and forums, and served as an Adjunct Professor at St. Edwards University teaching classes on "Wireless Networking" in the MCIS and MBA graduate programs. He served as chair of the State Agency Coordinating Committee (SACC) – Legal Affairs Subcommittee for the FY 2012/13 biennium.
Martin is a graduate of South Texas College of Law and Rice University.