Board of Directors
TAMCC President, TML Board Director for TAMCC, and Friendswood Councilmember
Steve Rockey was first elected to the Friendswood city council in 2012. He grew up in the midwest and graduated from Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. While in high school, Steve was a wrestler and studied the Russian language. He was selected by the United States State Department to be a foreign exchange student to the Soviet Union during the cold war years.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Ohio University, he moved to Houston to work for the Shell Oil Company in their research laboratories in 1978. While working at Shell full time, he returned to school at the University of Houston to earn a second bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He was then promoted to an engineer position and continued working at Shell at several different locations. In 2009, Steve started an engineering consulting business.
TAMCC VICe PRESIDENT and Addison Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
Lori Ward is a Texas transplant. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma, with a bachelors degree in Spanish and taught Spanish for several semesters at the University of Oklahoma while working toward a graduate degree. For most of her 24-year career, Lori has worked in commercial business development and sales management. She is currently the director sales and marketing for a contract manufacturer that specializes in complex assembly and precision fabrication.
Lori is now serving her second term on city council as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Addison. In October 2019 Lori was elected as the incoming 2nd Vice President of the Texas Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners (TAMCC), an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League (TML).
Lori enjoys reading, movies, spending time with friends, and taking daily walks with her dog, Rally.
TAMCC Immediate Past PRESIDENT AND Navasota MAYOR
William A. (Bert) Miller III has been the mayor of Navasota since 2006 and previously served as a councilmember from 2005-2006. A product of Navasota High School, Miller attended Stephen F. Austin University and Blinn College. He is the president of Miller Insurance Agency, where he has worked since 1997. He also owns the Classic Rock Coffee and Kitchen in Navasota. Previously, he worked as a sales representative with Trinity Industries for eight years.
Bert serves on several boards, including the Navasota Economic Development Corporation, the Brazos Valley Council of Governments, the Grimes County Crime Stoppers, the Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley, the Grimes County Health Resource Commission, the Navasota Kiwanis Club, and the Navasota ISD Education Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the 100 Club, the Washington-On-The-Brazos Park Association, the Navasota Theater Alliance, the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, the Grimes St. Joseph Healthcare Council, and more.
W.L. Pate Jr.
TAMCC Second Past President AND Beaumont COuncilmember
W. L. Pate Jr. has served on the Beaumont City Council since 2007. He holds his Certified Municipal Official (CMO) designation through the TMLI program. He the current president of TML Region 16 and is a past member of the TML Board of Directors. He is also active at the national level with the National League of Cities (NLC) as Leadership Fellow with a Silver Designation from the NLC University, as well as serving on Community and Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee.
W. L. is active in his community serving as president of the Babe Zaharias Foundation as well as past president and current board member of innumerable civic organizations. He is a retired Army lieutenant colonel serving 27 years in the Army Reserves. His last assignment was as command and general staff college instructor. He holds a BBA and MBA in Economics from Lamar University. He is president of PRG Services, a recruiting and consulting firm, and Polypharmacy Diagnostics, L.L.C., a provider of healthcare diagnostics to primary care and physicians of other specialties. He is an expert witness in employment law and is a certified personnel consultant and certified temporary staffing specialist. He has two daughters, Suzanne and Jennifer.