Carolyn Butterworth, CMP
Director of Conferences & Member Relations
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. 


Barbara Zlatnik, CAE
Associate Director for Programs & Training
Barbara joined TEXPERS in June 2013. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of programs & training opportunities. She 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, recruitment & 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. 

Lena Terrell, CAP
Membership & Finance Supervisor
Lena is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of membership services department, information technology and the financial operations of the TEXPERS organization. She currently holds a Certified Accounting Professional  (CAP) designation. Other responsibilities include conference preparations and administrative assistance to the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. She has over 17 years of experience in customer service, member relations and administrative support. Prior to joining TEXPERS, Lena held several management positions in the Houston area. 

Allen Jones
Communications & Public Relations Manager
Allen handles the print and online media needs of the Texas Association of Public Employees Retirement Systems. Before joining TEXPERS in 2017, he worked as a freelance journalist contracted with the Houston Chronicle, a daily newspaper owned by media conglomerate Hearst. Allen wrote about people, places and events throughout the greater Houston area; often focusing on government, education and business topics. Before that, he worked as a publications manager for Hibu, an international corporation, overseeing nine of the company’s community lifestyle magazine titles distributed throughout the Houston area. He also spent nearly 10 years working for Houston Community Newspapers, a group of community publications, working his way from a general assignments reporter to editor of two of the company’s suburban papers located in Northwest Harris County and Montgomery County. Allen has a bachelor’s degree in
                                             Journalism and Communications and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. 
Samantha Polsgrove
Member Services Specialist 
Samantha joined TEXPERS in April 2017. She is the primary person for the membership services department. Other responsibilities include conference preparations and administrative assistance to the TEXPERS staff. She is obtaining her BBA degree in marketing from the University of Houston.