TxDMV Executive Team

Whitney Brewster

Whitney Brewster

Executive Director

Whitney Brewster is the executive director for 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 800 employees, a biennial budget of over $300 million and more than $1.9 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 shared information technology services for state agencies in Texas. She currently serves as the immediate past chair of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) International Board of Directors and has served as the president of the AAMVA Region 2 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. Brewster is also a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program.


Shelly Mellott

Shelly Mellott

Deputy Executive Director

Shelly Mellott serves as a deputy executive director for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). She oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency’s motoring services divisions which include Vehicle Titles & Registration, Motor Carrier, Enforcement, Consumer Relations, Motor Vehicle and Crime Prevention Authority and Compliance and Investigations to ensure they are constantly improving and identifying opportunities to become more efficient and effective in service delivery.

Mellott has focused her professional efforts on building strong successful teams, providing excellent customer service and looking for new and innovative ways to serve the citizens of the state.

Mellott came to the TxDMV in 2013 from the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles where she served in many roles including deputy executive director and acting executive director during her 11 years of service.

Mellott has served on multiple working groups and committees which have developed best practices for state DMVs to follow on many different national issues.

She grew up in a family that operated a trucking company and spent several years in the motor carrier business giving her first-hand experience of the importance and challenges of the motor carrier industry.


Daniel Avitia

Daniel Avitia

Deputy Executive Director

Daniel Avitia serves as a deputy executive director for 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.


Jimmy Archer

Jimmy Archer

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.


Roland Luna

Roland Luna serves as the Vehicle Titles & Registration Director

Director, Vehicle Titles & Registration Division

Roland D. Luna, Sr. serves as the Director of the Vehicle Titles & Registration Division for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). He 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 243 employees and a budget in excess of $30 million.

Roland began with TxDMV in August 2020 as Director of the Motor Vehicle Division. Prior to joining TxDMV he was with the Texas Department of Public Safety as a State Trooper and 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. Roland also 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.


Tracey Beaver

Tracey Beaver

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.


Ginny Booton

Ginny Booton

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.


Vacant

vacant

Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Administrative Services Division


William A. (Butch) Grote Jr.

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.


Monique Johnston

Monique Johnston

Director, Motor Vehicle Division

Monique Johnston serves as the Director of the Motor Vehicle Division(MVD) for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). Monique has been with the Department since January of 2020 as manager of the Licensing Section of MVD.

She is a native Texan, originally from Lake Jackson. Monique is a graduate of Texas State University with a degree in Geographic Information Systems. Immediately after graduating from college she began her employment in state government with the Texas Medical Board (TMB), which serves as the regulatory agency for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Acupuncturists, Medical Radiologic Technicians, Respiratory Care Practitioners and several other healthcare related professionals and entities. She was with the TMB's Licensure Department for over 21 years, starting as a Licensing Analyst. She served as TMB's Licensure Manager for four years, overseeing the agency’s largest division. During her tenure, Monique worked closely with TMB’s executive team, serving as a resource witness during the agency’s Sunset process and during the legislative session. She also oversaw the transfer of four new license types to the TMB and issuance of over 14,000 new licenses/certificates/permits each fiscal year.

As the Licensing Manager for TxDMV, Monique orchestrated the adjustment to teleworking and has led an extremely successful adaptation to keep customer service, application processing and team spirit at a level that was truly seamless.


Matthew Levitt

Matthew Levitt

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.


Caroline Love

Caroline Love

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.


Sandra Menjivar-Suddeath

Sandra Menjivar-Suddeath

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.


Edward Sandoval

Edward Sandoval

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.


Tom Shindell

Tom Shindell

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.


Corrie Thompson

Corrie Thompson

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

Bryan Wilson

Director, MVCPA

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

Carrie Fortner

Board Liaison

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.


Leah Leone

Leah Leone

Employee Ombudsman, Civil Rights and Ethics Officer

Leah Leone is the internal employee ombudsman, civil rights, and ethics officer for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). Leah’s primary role is to build a strong ethical culture, a results-oriented equal opportunity and diversity and inclusion program, and to assist employees in conflict resolution and maintaining a positive culture within the agency.

Leah joins TxDMV from the Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, where she served as director of access and visitation. She oversaw a statewide federal grant which funded a program that provided dispute resolution services and helped increase noncustodial parents’ access to and time with their children.

Leah began her career working within the family law courts as a court appointed high conflict mediator and co-parenting educator in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She is an advanced credentialed mediator in North Carolina and Texas, and a former clinical law professor who was appointed to create policy, train, and lead law students through the successful mediation of EEOC cases.

She has a Juris Doctorate degree with a certificate in Dispute Resolution of Law. In Leah’s free time she is a mediator trainer, and a conflict resolution-life and relationship coach.


Vacant

vacant

Director, Compliance and Investigations Division