These are the hard-working individuals that live and breathe TSHA. Our staff serves not only our members, but teachers, students, and the general public as well.

For historical data, please use the links provided below in the Position column.

Name Position
Walter L. Buenger, Ph.D.

Chief Historian, 2017 to present

Rosie Hatch

Managing Editor, Texas Almanac

Robert Plocheck

Associate Editor, Texas Almanac

Brett J. Derbes, Ph.D.

Director of Research & Managing Editor, Handbook of Texas

Laurie E. Jasinski

Research Editor, Handbook of Texas

Katherine Kuehler Walters, Ph.D.

Assistant Editor, Handbook of Texas

Ted Banks

Assistant Editor, Handbook of Texas, 2020 to present

Russell Stites

Assistant Editor, Handbook of Texas, 2020 to present

Ryan Schumacher

Managing Editor, SWHQ & TSHA Press

Lisa Berg

Director of Education Services

John Jenkins


Dawn Orsak

Development Assistant

Angel Baldree

Corporate Planner & Executive Assistant

William "Bill" Ellis, Ph.D.

Executive Director, 2020 to present

Alexander Krueger

Director of Communications and Grant Writing

Joel Phillips

Designer, Print and Web, 2016 to present

Mary Hartwig

Director of Accounting, 2020 to present

List of Positions & Historical Data

Find out more about positions of type Staff using the list below.

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