Governing Board

Overview of the Governing Board

The policy-making body of the Division is a five-member board, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Texas Senate. The members hold office for staggered terms, with the terms of two or three members expiring on January 31 of each odd-numbered year. Members must be registered voters and may not hold another public office. These are non-salaried positions and the Governor designates the chair.

Current Members of the Manufactured Housing Division Board

Sheila M. Vallés-Pankratz, Presiding Officer
Executive Vice President, Hollis Rutledge & Associates, Inc.
Term Expires: January 31, 2021
Reappointed on February 24, 2016 (Confirmed by Senate on May 9, 2017)

Sylvia L. Guzman,
Term Expires: January 31, 2025
Reappointed on March 13, 2019 (Confirmed by Senate on April 17, 2019)

Ronnie Richards
Co-owner of Butler’s Courtyard
Term Expires: January 31, 2023
Reappointed on December 20, 2018 (Confirmed by Senate on April 17, 2019)

Keith C. Thompson,
Term Expires: January 31, 2023
Appointed on December 20, 2018 (Confirmed by Senate on April 17, 2019)

Jason R. Denny,
REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
Term Expires: January 31, 2025
(Not Confirmed by Senate)

Biographical Information

Sheila M. Vallés-Pankratz is executive vice president and co-owner of Hollis Rutledge and Associates Inc. and co-owner of RGV Palm Properties, LLC. She is a member and immediate-past board president of the Mission Library Board and commissioner of the Mission Housing Authority Board. She is also a former member of the Hidalgo County Workforce Board and chair of the Hidalgo County Workforce Board Planning Committee and former member of the Mission Chamber of Commerce. Vallés-Pankratz received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas Pan American and a Master of Public Administration, with a specialization in fiscal administration, from Ohio State University. Her term ends January 31, 2021. (Top)

Sylvia Guzman of Spring is a retired practice manager of a pediatric cardiology practice at Medical City; also previously worked as a regional sales representative at Virtual Prototypes, a flight simulation software company, as well as Virgin Interactive Entertainment, a video gaming software company. She is a former member of the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Denton Chapter. Her term expires on January 31, 2025. (Top)

Ronnie Richards of Clear Lake Shores is co-owner of Butler’s Courtyard, a wedding and reception venue in League City’s Historic District. Richards retired after a 45 year career as vice president of marketing for American Homestar Corporation. He is president of the Clear Lake Shores Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and serves on the League City Hotel Occupancy Tax Advisory Board. Additionally, he is active in the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce and is past president of the League City Historical Society. Richards received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston. His term ends January 31, 2023. (Top)

Keith C. Thompson of Lubbock is an attorney and principal at The Law Office of Keith C. Thompson, PC. He focuses on business, commercial and real estate law. Thompson received a Bachelor of Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino a Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business and Texas Tech University School of Law. Thompson previously owned a real estate development company that built manufactured housing subdivisions. Thompson is a problem solver. His goal with every client is to formulate reasonable solutions for difficult and challenging situations. A Lubbock Texas resident of over 20 years, Thompson strives to provide the sophistication and expertise of any large firm, and the comfort and appeal of personal relationship. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and is actively involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His family, including a wife and 3 children, are very dear to him. On any given weekend, Keith's kids and friends gather for fun at the Thompson household. His term expires on January 31, 2023. (Top)

Jason R. Denny is a Texan, born and raised in Corpus Christi and currently resides in Austin with his wife Stephanie, daughter and two sons. He served eight years in the United States Marine Corps including two years with the Marine Reserve in Austin, Texas with service in Operation Enduring Freedom. As a Texas REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty, Inc., he understands that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. That’s why he is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of his clients. He takes great pride in the relationships he builds and always works relentlessly on his client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals. (Top)

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