Meet Our Staff
Melissa R. Hamilton
The current Public Counsel, Melissa Hamilton, was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in December 2017 and began serving as Public Counsel on January 2, 2018.
Before being appointed, Ms. Hamilton served as the Director of Government Relations for the Texas Department of Insurance. Prior to her tenure at TDI, Ms. Hamilton worked as Staff Counsel for Texas State Senator Glenn Hegar. Ms. Hamilton has also previously served as a regulatory attorney for the Nationwide Insurance Company, as a staff attorney for The Justice Project, and as a Fair Trial Initiative Fellow at Texas Defender Service.
Ms. Hamilton graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
Deputy Public Counsel
Ken Lovoy is Deputy Director at OPIC. He is responsible for review and analysis of personal lines rate filings as well as insurance market research.
Chief of Operations
Chief Policy Analyst
Talia Bright serves as OPIC’s Policy Analyst, assisting in personal lines insurance policy form review and analysis; and maintenance of the agency’s Policy Comparison Tool.
Government Relations & Policy Analyst
Patrick Tyler serves as OPIC’s Government Relations Specialist and health insurance Policy Analyst.
Riki Lee Burhans
Communications & Media Specialist, ISO, IRM
Riki Lee Burhans is our Communications & Media Specialist responsible for all communications at OPIC. Riki manages our website, social media channels, and creates all our communications materials. She also serves as the agency’s Information Security Officer and Information Resource Manager.
Annette S. Collie
Legal Assistant V
Mary Alice Costilla
Administrative Assistant III
Administrative Assistant II, Wellness Liaison
Christina Muniz joined OPIC as an Administrative Assistant in 2012 and is in charge of the office’s wellness program.
Mark Patterson has been our part-time Accountant since August 2009. Beside state accounting functions, other duties are payroll, ERS benefits and budgeting.