COVID-19 Updates

All in-person TMEA meetings and events are suspended for the remainder of the school year. For the latest updates, go to the COVID-19 Updates page. The information on the COVID-19 webpage supersedes any standard program information presented on this website.

Robert Floyd, Executive DirectorBobFloyd_web

Robert Floyd was selected as Executive Director of TMEA in September, 1992 and he assumed the position full-time in June, 1993. Prior to moving to Austin he taught instrumental music at L.V.Berkner High School in the Richardson I.S.D. He is married to Melinda Floyd and they have a son, Michael and a daughter, Lauren. Robert’s hobbies include music, golf, travel and playing with his children. His duties include:

  • General management of TMEA
  • Editor of Southwestern Musician
  • Coordinator of the annual Clinic/Convention
  • Liaison with other professional organizations
  • Monitor political activity with Legislature and State Board of Education

Call or email him with any questions regarding rules interpretations, eligibility, general convention matters, Southwestern Musician or areas not covered by other staff members.

Frank Coachman, Deputy DirectorFCoachman

Frank Coachman assumed the duties of Deputy Director in July, 1999. He previously served as Director of Bands for C.E. Ellison High School in the Killeen I.S.D. He is married to Kaye Coachman and has two daughters, Heather and Mary Frances. His interests include family, music, antiques, remodeling, and traveling. His duties include:

  • Serve as assistant to the Executive Director
  • Guide development of special programs
  • Manage all phases of TMEA operations as related to technology
  • Serve as website coordinator
  • Coordinates the annual clinic/convention schedule

Call or email him with any questions or comments regarding the TMEA Mentoring Network, other special programs, audition software, or the TMEA Website.

Kay Vanlandingham, Administrative DirectorKayVanlandingham

Kay Vanlandingham joined the TMEA staff as Administrative Director in February 2007. She brings with her 31 years of teaching experience and  currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Austin Youth Orchestra. Outside the work day she enjoys her family, singing, conducting, reading and shopping on eBay.

Her responsibilities include:

  • Assist the Executive Director
  • Administer Scholarship Programs
  • Administer Region Financial Reporting
  • Administer TMEA Mentoring Network
  • Manage Region Grants and CPE Credit
  • Prepare materials for Region, Executive Board, and State Board meetings and other meetings
  • Maintain Licensed Vendor records
  • Assist with convention housing and clinic/convention preparations

Call or email her with any questions or comments regarding Texas Future Music Educators, TMEA Mentoring Network, student eligibility or member service.

Zachary GerschZachary Gersch, Advertising/Exhibits Manager

Responsibilities include:

  • Magazine Advertising
  • Exhibit Manager at Clinic/Convention
  • Maintains Sustaining Membership Records
  • Assisting the Executive Board with Convention Planning
  • Database Orders

Call or email with any questions or requests about advertising, or exhibiting at the TMEA Clinic/Convention.

Susan Daugherty, Membership ManagerSusanDaugherty

Susan Daugherty joined the TMEA staff in May 1998 as Membership Manager. She came to TMEA with six years of association experience. Susan has a son, Derek, who is the light of her life. Susan's interests include cooking, reading, working on her house, and spending time with her son.

She is responsible for:


  • Dues Invoicing
  • Dues Processing
  • Database administration
  • Address Changes
  • Magazine labels and subscriptions
  • Member support and services

Overseeing Convention Registration

  • Recruits Volunteers
  • Prints Badges
  • Available at onsite registration for member support

Editing Southwestern Musician

Call or email Susan with any questions or requests about membership, magazine subscriptions, and member services.

Karen Cross, Communications ManagerKaren_web

Karen joined the TMEA staff in September 2005. She graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a B.A. in Communications. Her responsibilities include production of Southwestern Musician, other TMEA publications, Clinic/Convention materials, updating the TMEA website, social media, and member communications. She is also a member of the Austin Symphonic Band.

Her responsibilities include:

  • Serving as managing editor of Southwestern Musician
  • Developing advocacy materials/campaigns
  • Coordinating the production of all publications
  • Updating website content
  • Assisting with the annual clinic/convention

Call or email her with questions or requests regarding web and print media.

Cristin Gaffney, Financial Manager

Responsible for:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Region Audits
  • IRS Form 1099Misc Reporting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Budget Review
  • Accounts Receivable

Call or email her if you have any questions about invoices, expense reimbursements, or accounts payable.

Andrew Denman, Information TechnologistAndrew_web

He is responsible for:

  • Assisting the Deputy Director
  • Network Management and Security
  • Database Development and Management
  • Website Development and Management
  • Assisting with Convention Planning
  • Managing Inventory
  • Assisting with other projects as needed

Rita Ellinger, Administrative AssistantRitaEllinger

Rita joined the TMEA staff in December 2010. A former All-State choir member, Rita graduated from Southwestern University with a B.M. in Theory; and came to TMEA with over 20 years of non-profit experience.

She is responsible for:

  • Address Changes
  • New member accounts services
  • Texas Music Scholars
  • Job Board
  • Contracts
  • Interactive Magazine production
  • Assisting with Convention Planning
  • Assisting with website and database updates