Employee Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

The Employee Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (EDIAC) monitors and evaluates diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and recommends improvements regarding: 

  • Employee training, education, and communications related to diversity awareness in the workplace
  • Recruitment of a more diverse employee base
  • Customer service training and education related to serving diverse communities
  • Evaluating and implementing value-added community outreach

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Employee Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee 2018-19
Top Row: Venugopal Nerametla, Scott Olson, David Buggs, Patrick Lynch, Scott McIntosh, Coley Leonard
Third Row:
Adriana Leiva, Sherise Stewart, Cassandra Johnson, Laurie Brown, Natalie Goldstrohm, Sandra Heath
Second Row
: Liz Tomberlin, Randy Rosales, Hennie Volschenk, Kathy McMullen, Carolyn Gonzales, Wendy Bennett
Front Row: Mukhtar Farooqi, Jim Cisneros, Colette Barron Bradsby, Lynn Rocchi, Brooke Shipley
Not Pictured: Brenda Justice, Jamie Killian, Jessica Lagalo, Julie Wicker, Martha Stockton, Nicolette Ledbury


Employee Recognition Award for Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion
In 2018 the EDIAC implemented an Employee Recognition Award for Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion. This award recognizes an employee who:

  • Enhances inclusion through positive communication between persons of different backgrounds. 
  • Develops innovative methods for increasing and valuing diversity and inclusion through wide-ranging activities.  
  • Demonstrated outstanding efforts to promote an inclusive environment.  
  • Organizes, creates and facilitates various cultural or community events promoting diversity, respect, and inclusiveness.  
  • Acts as a role model or mentor by promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace and displays these qualities to the public on behalf of the agency.  


2019 Employee Recognition Award for Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion winner: Nicolette Ledbury

2018 Employee Recognition Award for Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion winner: Richard Heilbrun