About TCAA | Board Bios

Meet TCAA's Board of Directors




Judd A. Austin, Jr. is a principal with Henry Oddo Austin and Fletcher, PC in Dallas. Austin principally practices Community Association Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1987, and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

Austin served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter of the Community Association Institute (CAI) from 1997 through 2003. He is a founding member of Texas Community Association Advocates and currently serves on its board of directors.


Judd A. Austin 




Brady Ortega

Brady Oretgo 


Mr. Ortego is a shareholder with Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC and manages a team of professionals and paraprofessionals that assist the firm's clients in all aspects of Community Association Law. His practice focuses on representing developers in acquisition of large tracts of land and guides them through the creation of master-planned communities throughout Texas. Mr. Ortego also counsels Boards of Directors of condominium associations, and both residential and commercial community associations through corporate issues, litigation avoidance, collection/foreclosure, bankruptcy and complex contractual negotiations. He also works with several lenders in providing financing to community associations for large scale improvement projects.

One of his major focuses being education, Mr. Ortego is a frequent speaker at Community Associations Institute (CAI) luncheons and seminars and has authored numerous articles published in all four Texas chapters of CAI. Nationally, Mr. Ortego co-presented at the Annual Law Seminar-Community Associations Institute on ethics. Mr. Ortego also educates his fellow lawyers on community association issues including presenting at the Texas State Bar’s 2015 Advance Real Estate Drafting Course. Mr. Ortego presented and authored an article at the 49th Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute Seminar in 2015 (Austin and Dallas). Mr. Ortego authored the Property Owners’ Association Chapter in the most recent edition of the State Bar of Texas’ Foreclosure Manual. Lastly, Mr. Ortego is involved in the legislative process as it relates to community associations having served as a member of the Austin Advisory Council of Texas Community Association Advocates in 2015 and 2016. He presented at the 2015 TCAA Manager Summit in Austin and Houston.



Randy C. Allen is the Chief Executive Officer of Goodwin Management, Inc., CPM®, and is a member of the Texas Community Association Advocates and the Community Associations Institute Board of Directors. He is a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management. He is a Texas Real Estate Broker who is a member of the Austin Board of Realtors, and both the Texas & National Association of Realtors.  Randy has managed real estate investments for over 32 years in the Austin Area.

Goodwin Management, Inc., has been in business, in Austin, TX,  since 1978 and currently manages and supervises 285 associations (over 75,000 doors), 30 commercial properties and 400 residential rental properties. Goodwin Management is an Accredited Management Organization® (AMO), a designation conferred by the Institute of Real Estate Management®.






Randy C. Allen



Pam Bailey, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM®, CMC®, is President of Houston based Chaparral Management Company, Inc., and is currently Treasurer of the Texas Community Association Advocates Board. She is also a member the CAI National Board of Trustees and the CAI Houston Chapter Board of Directors.

Since 1985, Chaparral Management Company has been representing Community Associations and Homeowners Associations in NW Harris and Southern Montgomery Counties, Texas. Services include accounting, compliance, consulting and development of communities. She has volunteered hundreds of hours of her time and has served a variety of organizations including: Women’s Business Forum, Cypress Woodlands Junior Forum, Cypress Creek United Civic Associations, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce and other service organizations.  


Pam Bailey 

Sandy Denton

Sandy is currently the General Manager for the Sienna Plantation Associations in Missouri City, Texas.  Sienna is a large master planned community encompassing over 10,000 acres and currently has approximately 7,200 houses, with another 6,500 planned.  Prior to joining Sienna in January, 2005, Sandy was the Executive Director for First Colony Community Association (FCCA) in Sugar Land, Texas, a very large master planned community consisting of over 10,000 acres and approximately 12,500 units (residential and commercial).  Sandy was with FCCA for over fifteen (15) years. 

Sandy is a Professional Certified Association Manager (PCAM), a Large Scale Manager (LSM) and a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA).  She was President for Community Associations Institute (CAI) in 2005; and Past President for the Foundation for Community Association Research.  She was a prior board member of Association Professional Community Managers (APCM); and serves as a member of the Large Scale Committee for CAI.  Currently Sandy serves as faculty for CAI and is a member of Government & Public Affairs Committee.  Sandy has been actively involved with Texas Community Association Advocates (TCAA), the legislative voice for community associations in Texas, including past chair.  Locally, Sandy serves on the First Colony Community Association Board of Directors.  She has served on numerous boards in Fort Bend County and was a previous board member for the Greater Houston Chapter of CAI. 

Sandy is also a principal in Reserves & Project Specialists, providing reserve studies and project management within the state of Texas.  She also provides consulting services to associations and managers in governance, long-term and short-term planning, team building, partnering and other distinctive solutions for their organizations.

Contact Sandy at sandyd@clubsienna.com  281-229-1791



Connie Niemann Heyer

Connie Niemann Heyer is a partner in the law firm of Niemann & Heyer LLP in Austin. Her firm has focused on property owners’ association (POA) representation for more than 20 years, and represents over 200 Property Owners Associations. 

She has been active in the drafting of all Texas POA statutes since 1995. She is a founding member and current board member of Texas Community Association Advocates. She has given innumerable legal and legislative presentations to fellow attorneys, to POA managers, and to POA members regarding POA law and best practices. She regularly testifies in POA-related hearings before the Texas legislature. 




Judi Phares

Judi M. Phares is President and CEO of RTI/Community Management Associates, Inc., AAMC® (CMA), and is currently a member and immediate Past Chair of the Texas Community Association Advocates Board.

She is a member and past President of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of CAI, and chaired the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM) from 2005-2007. Phares was honored as a recipient of the prestigious Barbara Keenan Byrd Award for her exceptionally valuable contribution to community association management certification in 2007. Phares has spoken on various topics, authored articles for professional publications and was previously a PCAM instructor. Her company, CMA, is the winner of the prestigious American Business Ethics Award which honors companies that demonstrate a firm commitment to ethical business practices in everyday operations, management philosophies, and responses to crises or challenges.

Dean A. Riddle

Dean A. Riddle is the founding shareholder of Riddle and Williams, P.C.  and concentrates his practice on community association law and commercial litigation.  He provides legal services to property owners associations, their board of directors, and developers in all types of legal matters, including:  construction defect litigation; business litigation; general litigation; creation of planned communities; contract drafting and negotaitions; preparation, interpretation and rewriting of government documents; zoning; covenant enforcement; recovery of assessments; forclosure proceedings; corporate matters; legislative drafting; and risk reduction.

Dean’s litigation experience is substantial and diverse in both state and federal courts, and includes construction defect claims, contested/wrongful foreclosures, contract disputes,  bad faith insurance practices,  wrongful death,  defense of breach of duty claims against property owners associations and their boards of directors, and employment discrimination.  Recently, Dean authored the condominium  foreclosure chapter of the State Bar of Texas Foreclosure Manuel (3rd Edition).  He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is a prestigious group of trial lawyers limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.

Worth Ross

Worth Ross began his real estate career in 1984 after receiving his Bachelor and Master degrees from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He started Worth Ross & Associates in 1989, primarily to lease, manage and sell property owned at the time by the lending institutions of Nations Bank, Am-West Savings and Sun Belt Savings and the RTC and FDIC.

Worth Ross & Associates, Inc. acquired property management accounts from several firms in 1999, including Bricker Management and it's condominiums management division. This was a natural fit due to the hands on management style of the associates. The association management quickly grew so in 2002 the association management portion of Worth Ross & Associates was divided and Worth Ross Management Co. Inc (WRMC) was formed. Today WRMC manages many associations including many of the high-rise associations found in Turtle Creek. 


Fred A. Shapiro, PCAM®, owner of SBB Management Company, AAMC®, has forty (40) years of community association management experience in Dallas, Texas and has earned the PCAM® designation from Community Associations Institute (CAI).  Mr. Shapiro is actively involved in CAI and previously served as president of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of CAI, as chair of Chief Executive Officer of Management Companies (CEO-MC) Committee and as a member the Advisory Council of Texas Community Association Advocates (TCAA).  

He currently serves on the CEO-MC Committee, the TCAA Board of Directors and as Vice Chair of Management Panel of CAI’s Community Next Initiative.  Mr. Shapiro is a frequent speaker at both local and national CAI functions.



Nina Tran is a partner with the law firm Hoover Slovacek LLP. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas in Austin in 1994 and received her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1998. After completing law school, Nina began her legal career in commercial litigation with an emphasis on creditor’s rights and debt collection. She has also been appointed by several County Court judges to serve as Special Commissioner on various eminent domain proceedings.

Nina joined the law firm of Hoover Slovacek LLP in 2002 and has specialized in community association practice. She has had the privilege of providing legal counsel to hundreds of community associations on matters that include, but are not limited to, governance-related issues, assessment collection and deed restriction matters, tax-exemption related matters, the impact of federal law on community associations, easement rights, and general and complex real estate and litigation matters. Nina serves as the head of the firm’s community association department.

Nina has first-chaired several jury trials to successful verdict and has extensive experience with motions practice in obtaining temporary restraining orders and injunctions on behalf of these associations. In a case widely reported in the media, she recently obtained a favorable jury verdict in favor of Inwood Forest Community Improvement Association whereby a golf course property was declared to be impressed with a reciprocal negative easement for the benefit of such association such that the golf course property could not be developed inconsistent with a green space, landscaping or recreational purposes.


Fred A. Shapiro

Fred A. Shapiro




Nina Tran

Nina Tran




Christi Wells is a Senior Vice President and Central Region Manager of Mutual of Omaha Bank. Wells has served the community association industry since 1994, beginning her career as a portfolio manager in the Dallas, Texas area. She later served as the executive director of Community Associations Institute’s DFW chapter from 1997 to 2004. Currently, Wells is responsible for leading a team of regional account executives throughout the Central United States for Mutual of Omaha Bank. As a leader in her field, Wells’ role often expands to serve the national sales and operations team at Mutual of Omaha Bank, and called upon as a professional speaker for industry events across the country.

Wells has served on the Community Associations Institute’s National Business Partners Council, as well as The Greater Houston Chapter of CAI, and currently the Texas Community Association Advocates board of directors. 

Christi Wells