RISING STAR AWARD — 2019

Lizette Gomez, MPA,
Risk Management Coordinator, City of Edinburg

Lizette Gomez is the Benefits Manager for the City of Edinburg and has worked in the public sector, primarily for local governments, within the Rio Grande Valley for over 14 years, most recently as the Risk Management Coordinator for the City of Pharr. While at the City of Pharr she administered the City’s Workers’ Compensation Program, Return to Work Program, Safety Committee, Property/Casualty Claims, Wellness Program, and Employee Benefits. She is an advocate of continuing education and strives to learn something new every day. She gradually worked on earning her college degrees in which she has earned an Associates in Applied Science in Accounting, Bachelor in Technology Management, and Masters in Public Administration. Lizette has been an active member of Texas Chapter PRIMA for two years, and is a former Texas PRIMA scholarship recipient. She is a member of the Wellness Council of America and has been assigned the WELCOA faculty designation. She is currently working towards her Associate in Risk Management designation. During her tenure at the City of Pharr she implemented and administered a Safety Coin Program, Wellness Incentive Program, Return to Work Program and Stretching Technique Program that resulted in a significant reduction in strain injuries reported and was awarded a Texas PRIMA Risk Program Achievement Award in 2018. She is also the proud mother of three children and involved in PTO, and is an advocate for Census 2020. She is looking forward to the many great opportunities to contribute towards the Risk Management/Human Resources field at the City of Edinburg.


previous honorees / Risk Associate of the Year:

2018 - Jamee Higgins, City of Midland
2017 - Travis Yarbrough, Tarrant County
2016Meril Philip, City of Sugarland
2015Bruce Berry, Klein I.S.D.
2014Mark J. Vacek, CSP, Port of Houston Authority

2013Laurel S. Ferri, Corpus Christi I.S.D.
2012Carlos Garcia, City of Corpus Christi
2011Billy E. Moore, ARM, City of Grand Prairie
2010John Palm III, ARM, Mesquite I.S.D.
2009Raul Vasquez, City of Corpus Christi
2008Barbara Russell, ARM, Garland I.S.D.
2007Jeffery McMurray, City of Rowlett
2006Cindy Conyers, City of San Marcos
2005Cindy Purinton, Travis County
2004Martha Rider, Fort Bend County
2003Judyann Robinson, Mesquite I.S.D.