Whitney Brewster is the executive director of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. She is the second executive director to lead the agency since its inception in 2009. She oversees an agency with 779 employees, a biennial budget of over $300 million and more than $1.8 billion in annual revenue collections for the state.
Brewster grew up in Houston, but began her professional career in Alaska. She served five years as director of Alaska’s Division of Motor Vehicles. Past positions in Alaska include Division of Elections director, the lieutenant governor’s deputy chief of staff and working for the state legislature.
Brewster serves on the Business Executive Leadership Committee, which is charged with establishing an enterprise business strategy for data center services for state agencies in Texas. She currently serves on the executive committee of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) International Board of Directors and is the President of the AAMVA Regional Board. Brewster attended Brigham Young University where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska.
Deputy Executive Director
Shelly Mellott is the deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV).
In this role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency’s motoring services divisions (Vehicle Titles & Registration, Motor Vehicles, Motor Carrier, Enforcement, Consumer Relations and the Automobile Burglary & Theft Prevention Authority) to ensure they are constantly improving and identifying opportunities to become more efficient and effective in service delivery.
Mellott came to the TxDMV from Alaska’s Division of Motor Vehicles where she most recently served as deputy executive director and acting executive director where she led a major initiative to modernize and improve the customer service experience. Previous positions at the Alaska DMV include oversight of all large field offices and leading the driver licensing program.
Mellott serves on the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Unconventional Vehicle Working Group and has worked collaboratively with representatives from across the country to develop best practices for states to follow when it comes to titling rebuilt, reconstructed and re-bodied vehicles.
She grew up in a family that operated a trucking company and spent several years as a truck driver giving her first-hand experience of the importance and challenges of the motor carrier industry.
Deputy Executive Director
Daniel Avitia serves as a deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV).
In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations for the department’s administrative and motoring services divisions which include Finance and Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, the Motor Vehicle Division and the Office of Administrative Hearings.
A lifelong Texan, Daniel Avitia began his commitment to Texas state government over 25 years ago. Avitia has held various director and administrator positions in state government agencies which include the University of Texas at El Paso, the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, the Texas Health & Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Avitia has focused his professional efforts on strengthening and streamlining operations, building and administering successful teams and continuously improving processes that better support department and customer needs.
Avitia is a graduate of The University of Texas at El Paso and possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Legal Reasoning, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Avitia is also a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program and the Texas Health & Human Services Executive Leadership Program.
Director, Motor Carrier Division
Jimmy Archer serves as the Motor Carrier Division director.
Archer is a seasoned veteran of state service, with 26 years at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, retiring at that agency as chief of the Criminal Investigations Division.
In addition to leading a division focused on state tax law, he also worked extensively with federal, state and local regulatory agencies, and assisted in the development of the agency’s strategic plan.
Archer earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and pre-law from the University of St. Thomas, and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.
Director, Motor Vehicle Division
Roland Luna serves as the Motor Vehicle Director.
Roland D. Luna, Sr. serves as the Director of the Motor Vehicle Division for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). Roland began his service with the Texas Department of Public Safety as a State Trooper and was promoted into other positions which include serving as an Agent on the Protective Detail for Governor Greg Abbott (then Attorney General), a Criminal Investigation Sergeant, and Lieutenant in Internal Affairs.
Roland served in various directorships as an Assistant Chief with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Deputy Inspector General and Chief of Investigations for the Health and Human Services Commission Office of the Inspector General, and Chief Inspector General for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) Office of the Inspector General where he reported to the TJJD Board. Prior to joining the TxDMV, Roland served as the Director of Administration for the Williamson County Judiciary.
In Roland’s career, he has developed and implemented state-wide compliance, monitoring, regulatory, and investigative initiatives, served on various committees and advisory boards, and provided instruction at conferences, academies, and universities.
Roland earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts in Legal Studies from Texas State University. He is certified in mediation and legal research, holds a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Master Peace Officer License, and is a certified Inspector General.
General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Tracey Beaver serves as the General Counsel for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV).
Prior to joining TxDMV in 2019, she held the positions of assistant general counsel, special counsel and director of the workers’ compensation counsel office at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) for eight years. She began her state service as a hearings officer at the Texas Workforce Commission where she presided over hearings brought under the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.
Tracey earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in behavioral science from Texas State University and she earned her juris doctorate in 2007 from St. Mary's University School of Law. While at St. Mary’s University, she served as staff writer for The Scholar Law Review. In addition to her license from the State Bar of Texas, Tracey also holds a project management professional certification.
Director, Consumer Relations
Ginny Booton is the director of the Consumer Relations Division for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). She has over 25 years of Texas state service and is an original member of the first TxDMV executive team.
She has provided leadership for projects at several state agencies in her career and lead new technology initiatives that pioneered electronic benefits transfer and biometrics in Texas, setting the groundwork for mainstream transaction processing today. Her tenure includes working at the Comptroller of Public Accounts; Health and Human Services Commission; Texas Department of Agriculture; University of Texas; and Texas Department of Transportation. She also has federal government service at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Justice. Ginny was on the ground-floor in the development of the Center for Professional Excellence at the University of Texas in San Antonio and in 2012, was named “Woman of the Year” by the Executive Women in Texas Government. She is the past chairwoman of the State Electronic Benefits Task Force, the State Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Task Force, and the Seton Cove Board of Directors.
She has her masters of business administration in management and her bachelors of science degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Administrative Services Division
Linda Flores is the chief financial officer where she manages more than $1 billion in annual revenue collections and a biennial budget of $312 million.
Before joining the TxDMV, Flores was the chief financial officer for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. She also has held positions with the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, and the former Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission. She spent 15 years as a City of Corpus Christi employee working in financial and accounting positions.
Flores was chairwoman of the State Agency Coordinating Committee from 2007 to 2009.
A certified public accountant, Flores received her master’s in business administration from Corpus Christi State University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
William A. (Butch) Grote Jr.
Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services
William A. (Butch) Grote Jr. is the Chief Information Officer for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). In this role, he oversees the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) consisting of ~92 employees and additional contract staff, providing strategic direction, information technology services and support for the entire agency, as well as the maintenance and support for all of TxDMV’s automated systems and technologies. The ITSD plays a critical role across the agency as technology continues to be consumed at all levels and divisions to provide more transparent and customer centric solutions to the citizens and both internal and external customers of the great State of Texas.
Butch is an experienced IT leader with over 35 years of diverse experience managing IT staff, projects and operations at multiple state agencies as well. Prior to joining the TxDMV, Butch served as the CIO/IRM (Information Resource Manager) at the Texas Department of Agriculture. Butch has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Management from St. Edward’s University where he graduated with honors and earned the university’s most prestigious “Presidential Award”.
Butch is also a board member for TASSCC (Texas Association of State System for Computing and Communications), advisory board member for the Texas Digital Summit, co-chair of the SACC-IT (Strategic Agency Coordinating Committee – Information Technology) and various other DIR supported committees and activities.
Butch is a native of Austin, has been married to his wife Debbie for 30 years and has two children.
Director, Vehicle Titles & Registration
Jeremiah Kuntz is the director of the Vehicle Titles & Registration (VTR) Division for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). He began working for TxDMV in February 2011 after serving as Governor Perry’s Transportation Policy advisor. Jeremiah’s first position with TxDMV was as the director of the Government and Strategic Communications Division, a division he helped to establish.
In his current role as director of VTR, Jeremiah is responsible for administering policies and procedures related to the titling and registration of motor vehicles for the State of Texas. He oversees a staff of 241 FTE employees and a budget in excess of $30 million. Additionally, Jeremiah serves as a member of the Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services (TCCVS) as well as the Texas.gov Solution Group.
Jeremiah has more than 22 years of public service with 16 years in state government policy and six years in the United States Marine Corps. Prior to joining TxDMV, Jeremiah served as budget advisor to Senator Todd Staples and as the transportation analyst for the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee. In his time working in the Senate, Jeremiah tackled complex issues such as the budget shortfall of the 78th Legislative Session as well as creating innovative ways to fund transportation.
After leaving the Senate, Jeremiah worked for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), serving as advisor to Commissioner Ted Houghton. During his tenure with TxDOT, Jeremiah assisted in negotiating high profile transportation contracts, developing policies for the commission, and served on the Derivatives and Swaps Advisory Committee.
Jeremiah attended Southwest Texas State University and earned a degree in finance while serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Shortly after graduating, he became a licensed personal financial advisor before returning to public service.
Director, Human Resources
Matthew Levitt serves as the Human Resources Division Director for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV).
He has more than twenty-five years of human resources management experience, primarily in Texas State Government. Prior to coming to the TxDMV, Matthew was a consultant with the Texas Association of School Boards working with school districts across Texas.
Previously, he was the HR Director at the Texas School for the Deaf and was the HR manager at other Texas State agencies where he managed and performed the full range of HR functions.
Matthew has been involved in statewide HR projects for Texas State Government including: conducting statewide compensation and classification reviews, assisting in the development of the biennial legislative reports on changes to the state compensation system, managing contractor data reporting, developing an online HR self-assessment guide, and managing the reporting and analysis of state employee turnover.
He taught college level business classes for fifteen years and was selected as the outstanding instructor at Concordia University’s Accelerated Degree Program in 2006-2007. He received his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 1997 and is a past president of the Texas State Human Resources Association. Matthew has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Antioch College and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director, Government & Strategic Communications
Love joined TxDMV as Director of the Government and Strategic Communications Division in October 2014. She joined us from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) where she started in 2005 in the Government and Business Enterprises Division in the State Legislative Affairs Section. During her time as a state legislative liaison, she managed TxDOT’s involvement in the Sunset Review process, analyzed state legislative initiatives and coordinated with department leadership, elected officials and stakeholders on agency priorities. Starting in 2011, Love served as a senior advisor to the Texas Transportation Commission where she managed projects and advised the Commission on policy considerations, major projects and agency operating strategies.
Before TxDOT, Love was an analyst and liaison for HillCo Partners LLC, an Austin public and government affairs consulting firm, where she supported public policy, communications, and regulatory efforts. She has also worked as an advisor to former Texas State Representative Tony Goolsby and on the George W. Bush for President Campaign.
Caroline holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Loyola University of Chicago and was excited to watch them in the 2018 Final Four Tournament in San Antonio. She currently lives in Austin and enjoys spending time with her family.
Director, Internal Audit
Sandra Menjivar-Suddeath serves as the Internal Audit Director. She is responsible for leading the division that provides the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board and agency management with assurance services and information to reduce exposure to the risk that may be associated with the operations of the agency.
Previously, Sandra was an audit manager at Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). In that role, she oversaw audit staff and managed internal Information Technology and operational audits. Prior to TxDOT, Sandra led audits at the Texas Department of Public Safety and was a senior auditor for the Office of Inspector General – U.S. Department of Transportation where she led and worked on audits related to vehicle safety, cross-border trucking, and the Highway Trust Fund.
Sandra currently serves on the Academic Relations Committee for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) – Austin. She has a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs. She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Government Auditing Professional. Sandra resides in Austin with her husband Nathan, and has two pets.
Director, Compliance and Investigations Division
Timothy Menke serves as the Director of the Compliance and Investigations Division for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). The division strengthens the TxDMV’s efforts to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse. The division processes complaints and investigates allegations of fraud related to motor vehicle title and registration, provides support for law enforcement, and works on compliance with tax assessor-collectors’ offices and our regional service centers.
Prior to joining the TxDMV, Menke served as vice president for program integrity for Noridian Healthcare Solutions and was responsible for designing programs to eliminate fraud, waste, and abuse in federal contracts and ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. His previous experience includes 18 months of service as the assistant deputy inspector general for investigations for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and 26 years as a federal agent specializing in fraud investigations at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He was also the deputy inspector general at HHS.
Tim holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Radford University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from the University of Dubuque.
Chief Hearings Officer, Office of Administrative Hearings
Edward Sandoval is the Chief Hearings Officer for the Office of Administrative Hearings. The office is tasked with the responsibility of conducting Lemon Law and Warranty hearings.
Edward is originally from Waco and has spent most of his life in the state of Texas. Edward worked for 27 years for the Texas Employment Commission/Texas Workforce Commission. He started his career as a hearings officer for the TEC and progressed to a supervisory position within the agency’s Appeals Department. Prior to working for the state, Edward worked in private practice in Austin.
Edward earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Baylor University and juris doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Innovation & Strategic Analyst, Office of Innovation & Strategy
Tom Shindell, Ph.D., is the Innovation and Strategy Analyst for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. In this role he works with executive staff, a wide range of employees, and various stakeholders to identify cutting edge processes and approaches for providing administrative services to the motoring public. Tom’s focus is to identify the most strategic, effective, and customer-focused directions and mechanisms for the department to implement.
His previous service to the State of Texas includes the Texas Education Agency, the Texas State Auditor’s Office, and the Texas Department of Health. Tom has also served in various faculty roles for the Open University of Tamaulipas, Northeastern Illinois University, and St. Edward’s University.
Tom was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Texas to get his undergraduate degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice from St. Edward’s University followed by a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director, Enforcement Division
Corrie Thompson serves as the Director of the Enforcement Division for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles(TxDMV).
Thompson previously served as the Managing Attorney for the Enforcement Division. Her role included providing counsel and supervision to attorneys who handle administrative prosecution of motor vehicle, motor carrier, oversize / overweight, and salvage vehicle dealer cases. She also presented at monthly Dealer Training Seminars across the state. Thompson worked as a Staff Attorney for the Enforcement Division handling motor vehicle dealer compliance cases before being promoted to Managing Attorney.
Prior to joining the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles in 2013, Thompson prosecuted cases involving Medicaid provider fraud, waste, and abuse for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Inspector General.
Thompson has a bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University, a law degree from the University of Houston, and is licensed by the State Bar of Texas.
Bryan Wilson serves as the director of the Motor Vehicle and Crime Prevention Authority (MVCPA). He works with the authority to reduce the incidence or automobile burglary and thefts by providing grants to local law enforcement agencies.
Wilson has more than 25 years of experience serving the courts and state since 1988. Prior to joining TxDMV, Wilson served as grants administrator for the Texas Indigent Defense Commission which distributes approximately $30 million in grants per year to all Texas Counties. He also established the grant program and administration that supported the Texas Supreme Court Permanent Judicial Commission on Children Youth and Families. He has also worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) as a probation officer, grants administrator for the Treatment Alternative to Incarceration program, and program director for the Office of General Counsel.
Wilson holds a Masters of Public Administration from Texas Tech University.
Carrie Fortner is the Board Liaison to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles where she works with the Board Chair, members and Executive Director and staff to implement board policies and initiatives. In this role, she assists the board with daily administrative support, research and communications.
She has more than 11 years experience providing state board and executive support to Texas state leadership prior to joining TxDMV. She most recently served with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) providing communications, training and legislative support for controlled substances, handgun licensing, metals recycling and vehicle inspection. Other state agency experience includes working with three state boards focused on criminal justice policy, criminal street gang identification and the private security industry.
Before her state service, Carrie worked in media and advertising. She is a seventh generation Texan and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas.