Maxie L. (Max) Patterson
Max is the Executive Director of the Texas Association of Public Employees Retirement Systems. Prior to joining TEXPERS, he was the Executive Director of the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund. He has also served as Deputy Director in the Finance & Administration Department for the City of Houston and as appointed City Treasurer and a fiduciary on the City’s three pension funds. Before coming to Houston, he was formerly an Assistant City Manager in Beaumont and also served as Chief of Police in the Town of Windsor, Connecticut and Albion, Michigan. Max has been active on the Executive Board of the Government Finance Officers Association and serves as an advisor to the Committee on Retirement and Benefit Administration. He currently serves as the Governor’s appointee to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement Board. He is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer where he performed the duties of counterintelligence officer for over 30 years and was awarded three Bronze Stars, Army Commendation Medal for Valor & the Meritorious Service Medal. Max is a lifetime member of the Reserve Officers Association. He holds a B.A. and an M.P.A. from Michigan State University.
Director of Conferences & Member Relations
Carolyn Butterworth, CMP
Carolyn was born and raised in Texas. Prior to joining TEXPERS in 1997, Carolyn worked for a real estate developer for 20 years, where she held the title of Vice President. She earned her B.B.A. at Texas Tech. She is an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Houston Chapter. Carolyn earned her Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) designation in 2010.
Associate Director for Programs and Training
Barbara Zlatnik, CAE
Barbara joined TEXPERS in June 2013. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of TEXPERS programs and training opportunities. Barbara has worked in a senior management roll for various professional associations including the International Facility Management Association, the Houston CPA Society, and NACE International. She most recently served as a consultant for an association management company, leading their membership services and recruitment and retention efforts. Barbara graduated from the University of Kansas with a BS in Journalism. She obtained her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2010. She volunteers for the Houston Society of Association Executives and has served on their Board and as President in 2011.
Member Services and Accounting Associate
Julie joined the TEXPERS staff in December 2006. She is responsible for overseeing daily accounting activities, as well as provides support for TEXPERS conferences and electronic media. She has a bachelor's degree in accounting and graduated from the University of Houston Downtown.
Lena joined TEXPERS in March 2012. She is responsible for maintaining the membership database, processing of memberships, conference registration, and other administrative support. Prior to joining TEXPERS in 2012, Lena held various management positions with corporations in the Houston area.