Leadership Team

Leaders of TIAA

The Leadership Team is in charge of the TIAA Alumni Association. It is comprised of the four elected officers, the immediate past President and those officers appointed by the President. The four elected officers, who serve one year terms (terms are effective as of July 1), are the President, the Executive Vice President, the Treasurer and the Secretary. There are currently five appointed officers: the Activities Vice President, the Chief Information Officer, the Communications Vice President, the Education Vice President and the Membership Development Vice President. The Leadershiip Team generally meets as a body every other month to conduct its business.

If you would like to see who the elected officers were in prior years, select the appropriate year and click on Apply.



Debi Heaton is a native of Kilgore, TX. Debi completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Stephen F. Austin College in 1973 and an MBA at Amber University in 1990. Debi joined TI in June of 1974 as a telephone operator in the Semiconductor Building. She then moved to the Customer Response Center, which led her to IS&S Customer Service where she supervised the CIC billings systems.  During the last few years at TI, she became an accounting manager and retired in 2009.  She served as the TIAA Treasurer from 2011-2013. Debi said she believes it is beneficial to belong to TIAA because it keeps you in touch with the TIers that you worked with over the years.

Executive Vice President
Nancy Little joined TI in 1984 after graduating from Colorado School of Mines with a Metallurgical Engineering degree.  She worked her entire 36 years in the Semiconductor division before retiring this past December 2020.  She plans to spend more time with her family and friends and travel when it safely opens back up.  She loves the people and culture of TI and is excited to continue to be involved through involvement in the TI Alumni Association. Nancy was the Implant/Epi Engineering Section Manager in RFAB, when she retired after 36 years at TI.
Mary Helmick recently retired from Texas Instruments Incorporated, one of the world’s leading electronics companies focused on advanced semiconductor technologies after a 30 year career.  Mary worked in various positions in the Standard Linear and Logic Packaging Group, ultimately managing the organization.  She has since held management positions in the Sherman Wafer Fabrication Facility and the DLP™ Products Organization.  She was Quality Director for DLP and Director of Strategy and Program Management for TI’s Analog business. Mary attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  After two years of work in the automotive industry, she completed a Master of Science degree in Computer Integrated Design and Manufacturing at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Outside of work, Mary has volunteered for BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) since 1993.  She is currently serving on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of Best of Texas Robotics, Inc.

Shyamal Parikh joined TI in 1980 after getting an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He started his career as an analyst in the MOS Memory business, with progressive assignments in Accounting, Finance and Operations. He left TI in 2004 as the VP of Financial Planning. After leaving TI, he joined a private equity held technology company, Ocular LCD, as CFO. He then went on to work at Glazer’s Distributors, from where he retired in 2018. He currently runs a consulting practice, Glendora Ventures, with a former TI colleague.


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