Texas Silver-Haired Legislature Officers

Walter Graham - Speaker

West Central Texas
Serving 6th Term
Speaker, 2008-2013; 2016-2017
Deputy Speaker ProTem, 2013-2015
Speaker ProTem 2015-2016

Walter Graham has 43 years’ experience working in the aging network, serving as Senior Services Superintendent, City of Abilene and responsible for all Senior programs including 5 Senior Centers, transportation, I&R, and outreach. He was Consultant for the West Central Texas Area Agency on Aging and helped set up Senior programs in 19 counties. Upon retiring from the City of Abilene, he served as Community Relations Specialist, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Dietary Manager, Wisteria Place of Abilene.

Walter serves as President, TSHL Foundation; President, Texas Senor Advocacy Coalition; Past President, Texas Dietary Managers Association, Past President, Texas Assn. Nutrition and Aging Programs, Past President, Texas Assn. Aging Programs, 8 times Master of Ceremonies, Senior Day at the Capitol; also, served as Trade Show Chair for the Texas Conference on Aging for 6 years and chaired the Conference 3 times; Appointed by Governor Ann Richards and Congressman Charlie Stenholm to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging.

He has achieved the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster on 4 occasions and received the Impact Award, National Private Duty Association, Texas Chapter. In February 2015, he received the 2015 Texas Silver Star Award from the TSHL Foundation.

Walter is married to Burnell. They have one daughter, Cecilia.
Mona Bailey - Speaker Pro Tem

Tarrant County
Serving 3rd term
Chair, State Affairs 2 terms
Speaker ProTem 2016-2017

I graduated from Baylor University in 1960. After traveling around the world, accompanying my husband Bill during his 30-year Air Force career, I retired from Electronic Data Systems, where I worked in management.
I am now an active volunteer.
I am on the Tarrant County United Way Board of Directors and am Co-Chair of their Public Policy Committee. I am the Chair of the Leadership Team at Richland Hills United Methodist Church and teach a senior adult Sunday school class several months each year.
I have been very active in one of the two major political parties. I currently serve as a Precinct Chair, and have been an Election Judge since 2002. I have been in charge of a major fundraiser for the past 6 years; and am a former member of the State Executive Committee, serving on the Rules Committee for 2 years.
I was elected to the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature in 2011 and am currently serving as Speaker Pro Tem, having previously served two terms as Chair of State Affairs, and on the Documents Review Committee during our 2014 session. I have traveled to Austin several times to meet with elected officials, and I have spoken to several senior groups in the area about TSHL, including the local retired Federal Employees, one of the local Lions Clubs, the Haltom City Senior Center, and a couple of church senior adult groups.
I am also on the board of Texas Falls Prevention Coalition, the 1VP of Programs of a local women’s club, as well as a member of the NE Senior Community Forum, a member of NE chapter of Delta Delta Delta and a member of the Baylor Women's Network. Bill and I have 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters and have been married for 58 years.
Joe C. Henderson - Deputy Speaker Pro Tem

Now beginning third term (2017-2019) in TSHL with past service as LIC Chair for Education and member of Operations and Communications Committees.

Presently serving as Deputy Speaker Pro Tem

Past Director of Continuing Education, Director of Recruiting, and Professor Manufacturing Technology at Grayson College.

Teaching experience; three years university level at Texas &M University; two years as manufacturing technology instructor; and four years as USAF instructor.

Extensive experience in Total Quality Management, interdepartmental coordination, program assessment, and implementation of Texas Coordinating Board and Texas Workforce Commission programs.

Financial manager for a college level continuing education program, as well as numerous special project school to work programs.

Retired Colonel – USAF. Air Force duties included logistics, aircraft maintenance, commander, and security assistance. Served as a past Vice President of the American Center for International Policy Studies, a 501c (3) non-profit organization.

Ex-Oficio member of the Texoma Regional Advisory Council for TCOG AAA. Past chairman of the non-profit Texoma Senior Citizens Foundation.

Mary A. Collins - Secretary

Rhonda Rogers - Comptroller