Executive Bios

The following compose DIR's Executive team:

Nick Villalpando

Interim Executive Director

Nick Villalpando is DIR's Interim Executive Director. 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.

Todd Kimbriel

Deputy Executive Director, State Chief Information Officer

Todd Kimbriel serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Department of Information Resources and State Chief Information Officer. He previously held the position of Deputy Executive Director at the agency.

Mr. Kimbriel joined the agency in 2008 to serve as the Program Manager for the internal Information Technology division and was promoted to Director eGovernment and Information Resource Manager (IRM) in 2010. As the Director of eGovernment, he absorbed added responsibility for leadership of Texas.gov, the Official Website for the State of Texas. In 2012, he was given the additional responsibility to lead the Data Center Services transformation and program. Through hard work and a dedicated focus on customers, staff and bottom line results, Mr. Kimbriel was promoted to Interim Chief Operations Officer in 2013, and confirmed as Chief Operations Officer in 2014. As Chief Operations Officer, in addition to existing areas of responsibility, he provided leadership to critical programs including the state's voice and data network, technology cooperative contracts program, and technology policy and planning. Mr. Kimbriel was promoted again in 2014 to Deputy Executive Director.  On January 1, 2015, he was named Interim Executive Director and Interim Chief Information Officer for the state, and currently oversees all operational aspects of the agency.

Before joining state government, Mr. Kimbriel served more than 25 years in the private sector. He is a lifelong information technology professional, having spent time in all aspects of technology including planning, design, operations, customer service and management. His industry experience outside of public service includes telecommunications, aviation, retail merchandizing, and import/export. He graduated from Syracuse University with an undergraduate degree in Finance.

Hershel Becker

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.​

Robert Armstrong

Director of Public Affairs

Robert Armstrong serves as the Director of Public Affairs for the Texas Department of Information Resources where he establishes the strategic direction for the office.  Mr. Armstrong began his legislative career in the Texas Senate in 2005 and then in 2008 became Legislative Director and most recently General Counsel to Texas State Representative Charlie Geren.  In addition to working in the Texas legislature, Mr. Armstrong interned and clerked for the United States Senate, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and for a Fort Worth law firm.

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.​​

John Hoffman

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.

Ed Kelly

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.

Dale Richardson

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.

Martin H. Zelinsky, J.D.

General Counsel

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.