Commission on Human Rights Commissioners
Thomas M. Anderson, JD, SPHR - Chair
Thomas M. Anderson, JD, SPHR, is a certified human resource professional, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and an attorney admitted to the State Bar of Texas. Presently, he is employed by the Houston Community College System as the Director of Human Resources.
Anderson graduated with a degree in Psychology from Purdue University and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps after graduation. After completing the Marine Corps Basic Officers Course in Quantico, Virginia, Anderson was transferred to Pensacola, Florida to train to become a Naval Aviator. He received his wings and flew as a helicopter pilot. Shortly after transitioning to a new aircraft, he spent a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam as a Marine Corps helicopter pilot.
After leaving the Marine Corps with the rank of Captain, Anderson attended DePauw University and earned a Master's Degree in Education. While attending DePauw he also was an assistant coach in football and baseball and head swimming coach.
Prior to working in the public sector he worked in private industry for over 25 years, most recently for Reynolds Metals Company and Tredegar Industries. While working for Reynolds in Texas, Anderson attended and graduated from South Texas College of Law. He is also an American Arbitration Association trained and certified mediator and is a former mediator with Fort Bend County Dispute Resolution Center.
Anderson has extensive experience in labor relations: negotiating labor contracts; handling grievances and arbitrations; health and safety issues; workers compensation hearings; training; recruiting; compensation; benefits; and investigations dealing with a wide variety of legal and administrative issues, including EEO, sexual harassment, ERISA, OSHA, workers compensation and unemployment claims.
In addition to his work, Anderson has been involved in leadership roles with the following organizations and activities: Appointed by Governor Perry as Chair of the Texas Commission on Human Rights; Board of Directors, HR Houston; President, HR Houston; Legislative Action, Career Services and Senior HR Leadership Committee Chair (HR Houston); Member, Legislative Action Committee, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); Texas (SHRM) State Council, Legislative Action Co-Chair, Certification Chair and Chair for Texas Legislative and Employment Law Conference; Member, Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association; Mediator with the Fort Bend Dispute Resolution Center; Member, Texas Association of Business Workers Compensation Jobs for Texas Task Force; (Former) Employer Representative to Medical Review Committee of Texas Workers Compensation Committee (TWCC); Past Member, American Bar Association; Past Member, Employment and Labor Law Section of American and State Bar of Texas; Member, State Bar of Texas; Member, Fort Bend County Bar; Past Member, National Safety Council; recipient of the 2000 HR Houston Tom Burke Distinguished Professional in Human Resources Award; active in many other various local and civic activities.
Anderson and wife Brenda, just retired but was a former Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for a general insurance agency company, have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Michelle Diggs - Commissioner
Michelle H. Diggs of Cedar Park is a marketing services manager for 3M Company. She serves on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Central Texas, the advisory council for Mt. Sinai Christian Academy, and the advisory board for Any Baby Can, Child and Family Services Center. Diggs received a Bachelor's Degree in Government from the University of Texas, and a Master's Degree in Business Management from St. Edward's University.
Toni Rhodes Glover - Commissioner
Toni Rhodes Glover is the owner of a custom design jewelry business and a college student pursuing her Bachelor's in Political Science leading to a law degree. She is an advocate for people with developmental disabilities and in this role has served on numerous committees, participated in writing legislation, and met with legislators to discuss issues and develop solutions.
Glover serves on various committees and is a member of two Chambers of Commerce. She is married and is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Shara Michalka - Commissioner
Shara Michalka is currently the Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She provides legal advice and training; reviews proposed legislation and writes comments to proposed legislation; litigates cases in federal district courts; provides consultation regularly with senior level officials within the Indian Health Service on sensitive legal and program issues. She was previously a Trial Attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Michalka has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law.
Danny L. Osterhout - Commissioner
Danny Osterhout owns and operates Magneto Service and Supply and is a long time resident of Andrews, Texas. He is the past president of the Downtown Andrews Lions Club and a current member of the Andrews County Veterans Board of Directors. Osterhout also volunteers his time as a referee for the Texas High School Power Lifting Association.
Upon graduating from high school, Osterhout attended Odessa College and served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Currently Osterhout is the vice president and general manager of Magneto Service and Supply, an oil drilling company founded in 1952 and based out of Andrews.
Veronica Stidvent - Commissioner
Veronica "Ronnye" Vargas Stidvent is President of CEA Consulting, LLC and a lecturer at the McCombs School of Business.
Most recently, Stidvent was the Head of Education and Training at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where she developed and implemented a core curriculum for client-facing personnel and a mentorship program for high-performing employees. Prior to that, Stidvent was the Program Director for the University of Texas Hispanic Leadership Initiative and Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders at the McCombs School of Business, a leadership program she created for high school seniors. Stidvent previously served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where she developed and implemented the Center's strategic plan to achieve its mission; established long-term collaborations to advance the Center's initiatives; and developed a marketing and outreach strategy, including the production of high-profile events.
From 2004-2007, Stidvent served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she advised the Secretary of Labor on issues including immigration reform, worker health and safety, and job training. Her office was responsible for the management and implementation of policy development, including the review and approval of the Department's regulations and oversight of program implementation. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Secretary, Stidvent served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for policy, where she helped develop policy on a wide range of issue areas, including labor, education, justice, homeland security, and regulatory reform. Before that, she served as a policy adviser in the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In that position, she provided counsel on federal regulatory policy.
A native of El Paso, Stidvent received her B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program and American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was honored as a Dean's Distinguished Graduate. After earning her law degree at Yale, she served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Sidney Fitzwater, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Stidvent served on the University Texas Commission of 125, a group of citizens convened to express a vision of how the University of Texas can best serve Texas and society during the next 25 years. Stidvent also served on the 2009 Travis County Elections Study Group, which evaluated concerns with the current voting system and issued recommendations for future upgrades and improvements.
Stidvent currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Tribune, focusing her efforts on business development for the non-profit news organization. She is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for Indiana University School of Public & amp;Environmental Affairs. In 2009, she was appointed to a six-year term on the Texas Commission on Human Rights. In that capacity, she oversees the management, budget, and strategy of the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission.
Stidvent was honored by the National Association of Hispanic Publishers as a Latina Role Model. She is also a recipient of the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award from the University of Texas Ex-Students' Association.
Sharon Breckenridge Thomas - Commissioner
Sharon Breckenridge Thomas of San Antonio is a visiting associate professor of law at Liberty University School of Law, and a board certified attorney in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, International Bar Association and the Center for International Legal Studies Congress of Fellows. She is past chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Labor and Employment Law Exam Commission, past president of the St. Mary's University Law Alumni Association and a past member of the St. Mary's University Board of Trustees. Thomas served the U.S. Air Force as a civilian Judge Advocate General (JAG). She received a Bachelor's Degree and a law degree from St. Mary's University.