Executive Bios

The following compose DIR's Executive team:

Amanda Crawford

Executive Director

Amanda Crawford is the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). In this role, she is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, and daily operations of DIR, an agency with an annual fiscal profile of more than $4 billion per year. DIR's responsibilities include protecting the state's data and critical technology infrastructure, managing a multi-billion dollar cooperative contracts program, and providing strategic technology leadership, solutions, and innovation to all levels of Texas government. 

Prior to leading the team at DIR, Mandy served at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas (OAG) for more than 17 years. She held various positions at the OAG, including ultimately serving for two and a half years as the Deputy Attorney General for Administration and General Counsel, overseeing the administrative and general counsel divisions of the office. In that role, Mandy directed the daily business operations of an agency of more than 4,300 employees with offices across the state, while also serving as General Counsel and leading the Open Records, Public Finance, and General Counsel Divisions. Additionally, since she joined the OAG in 1999, she has served as the Associate Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel and General Counsel, the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Open Records Division, a drafting attorney in the Open Records Division, and the OAG's Public Information Coordinator.

Mandy earned her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She is a graduate of the Governor's Center for Executive Development through the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Nick Villalpando

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. 

Dale Richardson

Chief Operations Officer

Dale Richardson serves as the Chief Operations Officer for the Texas Department of Information Resources.  Dale has operational responsibility for the Shared Technology Services (STS), Communications Technology Services (CTS), and Portfolio Project Management programs at DIR.  Mr. Richardson joined the state in 2013 as the Director over the Data Center Services (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.

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 has over 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.​

Nancy Rainosek

Chief Information Security Officer

Nancy Rainosek is the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Texas at the Department of Information Resources. She has over 35 years of IT experience in Texas state government and private sector consulting. Prior to joining DIR, she served as the deputy Chief Information Security Officer and the Enterprise Security Operations Manager for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She was an IT Audit Manager and Information Resource Manager at the Texas State Auditor's Office.

Nancy has a Bachelor's of Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Texas State University.

John Hoffman

Chief Technology Officer, Interim State of Texas Chief Information Officer

John Hoffman serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the Texas Department of Information Resources.  John joined the DIR team in 2010 and has held various roles within the agency in network and security.  He is responsible for providing comprehensive strategic planning for the state's technology efforts as well as the agency.   John oversees DIR's reporting such as the State Strategic Plan for Information Managers, the Biennial Performance Review.   John and the CTO team also ensures strategic development of contracts and services which DIR offers including enterprise architecture, application management, innovation, and technology implementation.

John brings over 30 years of experience in the technology sector. He has held positions in operations, program management, planning, acquisition, integration, real estate and sales.  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.

John currently serves as the interim Chief Information Officer for the State of Texas.

Ed Kelly

Chief Data Officer

Ed Kelly has over 30 years' experience in business and information technology. He currently serves as the State of Texas Chief Data Officer for the Department of Information Resources (DIR). In his role, he works with agencies and institutions of higher education to collaboratively develop data policies, standards, and best practices to improve data governance and integrity statewide. Ed is also responsible to seek out opportunities for data sharing across government agencies, to increase government transparency, reduce duplicative information collection, and improve data management and analysis.

Prior to joining DIR, he held positions with the Texas Department of Agriculture as Chief Administrative Officer and with the Texas Department of Public Safety as Chief Information Officer. Ed's experience includes a variety of roles in the private sector including State Street Bank and Trust Company, Fidelity Investments, Dell Computer, Dell Financial Services, and Unisys Corporation.

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.  Robert 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, Robert interned and clerked for the United States Senate, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and for a Fort Worth law firm.

Robert 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.

Endi Silva

Director of Program Development

Endi Silva is the Director of Program Development at the Texas Department of Information Resources. She coordinates and promotes DIR program development activities and establishes DIR customer outreach and growth strategies. She started her state government career as a research specialist with the Texas Senate Research Center before joining the DIR team as a policy analyst in 2013.  She was previously DIR's Director of Technology Planning, Policy, and Governance. Endi graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with degrees in Theater Arts and History.