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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

BULLETIN: Gov. Rick Perry to be Honored in the "2013 Year-End Review" Edition of Houston Business Connections Magazine

PICTURED ABOVE: Governor Rick Perry is being honored in the "2013 Year-End Review" edition of Houston Business Connections Magazine. This issue of Houston Business Connections Magazine will also honor President Barack Obama, Mayor Annise Parker, Mayor Allen Owen, and many others; and is being billed as our "2013 Yearbook" issue.

Meet Rick Perry, the 47th Governor of Texas

Governor Rick Perry has devoted his adult life to creating a more prosperous Texas. The Lone Star State’s 47th governor, he has defended Texans’ conservative values, fought for principled solutions to tough challenges and worked to implement a clear vision for better schools, more jobs, safer communities and a brighter future.

Thanks to his adherence to tough fiscal discipline, Governor Perry has helped shape a job creation environment unlike any other state’s. With low taxes & government spending, predictable regulations, a fair legal system and increasingly accountable schools, Texas has led the nation in job creation with more jobs gained than any other state in 2010 and over the past ten years.

As a result, Texas is consistently ranked as the nation’s best place to do business and create jobs.

To prepare young Texans to fill these jobs, Gov. Perry has led the fight for better schools, including a $2,000 teacher pay raise, a return to basic subjects like math, history and science, and ways to measure student success. He has consistently worked for higher standards and greater accountability. He ordered schools to spend 65% of tax dollars directly in the classroom—not bureaucracy—and required districts to open their financial books so taxpayers can see how their money is being spent. Texas now has the country’s largest teacher performance pay program and has been recognized as a leader in preparing students to graduate high school college- or career-ready. Today student test scores are rising, and a record number of young Texans are going to college.

Texans are safer because Gov. Perry has pursued an aggressive border security strategy that is putting more boots on the ground, more helicopters in the sky, and more resources into the hands of Texas peace officers standing between Texans and the exploding drug-related violence across the border.

Throughout his term in office, Gov. Perry has proven himself to be a leader who does what he believes is right, regardless of what critics may say.

He refused to raise taxes when Texas faced a record $10 billion budget shortfall in 2003. Instead, he was the first Texas governor since World War II to sign a budget that lowered state spending (and has now done it twice). As governor, Perry has used his line item veto to cut over $3 billion in proposed spending.

He led the battle to pass the country’s most sweeping lawsuit reforms, closing the door on junk lawsuits that had been making trial lawyers rich while driving countless doctors either out of the state or the profession all together. Since Texas voters approved these reforms, malpractice claims and premiums have fallen and access to healthcare is increasing across the state as doctors have applied in droves to practice in Texas.

In 2005, Perry signed a historic $15.7 billion property tax cut for homeowners and businesses that also included new taxpayer protections against appraisal increases. In 2009, Gov. Perry secured a tax cut for approximately 40,000 small businesses in Texas and protected the Rainy Day Fund for future challenges.

A fifth generation Texan, Perry grew up the son of tenant farmers in the tiny West Texas town of Paint Creek. The younger of Ray and Amelia Perry’s two children, he was active in scouting and earned distinction as an Eagle Scout. He is the author of a best-selling reflection on Boy Scout values titled “On My Honor: Why The American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For.”

Perry was one of the first in his family to go to college, earning a degree in Animal Science at Texas A&M, where he was also a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Yell Leader.

Between 1972 and 1977, Perry served in the U.S. Air Force flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in Europe and the Middle East. He is a lifetime member of both the NRA and American Legion Post #75.

Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor in 1998, he served two terms as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and three terms in the Texas House of Representatives.

Perry married his childhood sweetheart, Anita Thigpen, in 1982. They have two children, Griffin (married to Meredith) and Sydney.

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Gov. Perry Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Bringing Texas Closer to the 
Rest of The World

By Governor Rick Perry

The link between Israel and Texas is as strong as ever, and I was honored to be in the Holy Land recently to witness critical new milestones in the deepening of our relationship.

Previous visits to Israel - a significant trading partner of our state - helped spur the creation of the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce, an organization based in Houston that facilitates further commerce between Texas and Israeli businesses.

This trip helped build upon those existing economic ties, and brought us closer together culturally as we announced plans for a Texas A&M international branch campus in Nazareth. The goal for this campus is admittedly lofty: To be a means to preserve peace and build understanding between cultures. We want to see students and instructors from a diverse array of nationalities, faiths and backgrounds within its classrooms, with each student learning more about the world and the bright possibilities that lie ahead for all of us.

Again, that's a tall order. But after speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, and people throughout the region about their vision, it's easy to see why these goals are achievable. I'm proud that Texas will play a part in it.

Additionally, trips like this one - which included a stop in London, as well - underscore our state's growing status as a global trade power. Many people aren't aware that Texas is the United States' top exporter. Fewer still know we've held that title for 11 years running.

In 2012, Texas exported nearly $265 billion in goods and services. That amount is larger than the entire GDP of countries like Chile, Nigeria, the Philippines and Portugal.

We've established ourselves as a global trade leader. And with the growing investment in Texas from worldwide innovators like Samsung, Toyota and Apple, that's certainly not going to change anytime soon.

While in Israel, I also met with Israeli Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin; Minister of Energy and Water Silvan Shalom; Minister of Finance Yair Lapid; Minister of Economy and Trade Naftali Bennett; Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon; as well as executives from a variety of Israeli industries.

While in the United Kingdom, I was honored to meet with officials such as Hugh Michael Robertson, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Edward Davey, Secretary of the State for Energy and Climate; and key leaders from the financial industry.

Among the themes that emerged consistently throughout these meetings were energy and water issues that countries around the world are facing - and they're certainly issues we're used to dealing with in Texas.

Energy has always played a key role in our economy. Not just oil and gas, but alternative or renewable sources, like wind and solar.

In terms of water, Israel and Texas share many of the same challenges. We both have an acute need to utilize the latest technology and strategies to make the most of the water supplies we have.

Israel provides an excellent example of how to maximize water supplies. The country already has a water reuse rate of more than 80 percent, with goals to push that past 90 percent in the near future. With voter approval next week, we'll have an opportunity to fund water projects in Texas for the next 50 years, many of them projects that will help us increase the reuse and recycling of our existing supplies. This is projected to push our water reuse to more than 10 percent.

Throughout the trip, I was reminded that the countries that are going to succeed in the future are the ones that embrace the concept of competition, the ones that understand the value of economic freedom, and the ones that make the most of the resources at their disposal. In that way, it's similar to what I've discussed on the state level in the United States. The states that truly "get it" about the importance of job creation are the ones that will prosper.

As I said consistently, the freedom to excel and make the most of our opportunities is what made the United States great, and embracing that has made Texas our nation's economic powerhouse over the past decade.

I'm always excited to tell that story to employers everywhere.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the Policymakers Roundtable on Energy Growth at the George W. Bush Institute

Texas Well-Positioned to Continue 
Powering America

When talking about what fuels Texas' economy, many people are surprised to find that oil and gas are only one part of our diverse and dynamic energy industry.

Texas has long been dedicated to pursuing an "all of the above" energy strategy, a topic discussed earlier this month at a powerhouse panel discussing the future of American energy at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas.

While oil and gas remain a major part of the Texas economy - directly employing more than a quarter-million people and contributing more than $114 billion to our economy every year - Texas is also a national leader in alternative energy sources. Texas has already installed more wind power capacity than any other state ... and all but five countries.

In the second quarter of 2013, in fact, Texas ranked in the nation's top 8 in terms of creation of alternative energy jobs.

We've been able to reach such heights by opening markets up to competition and establishing stable, effective regulations. Combined with smart incentives, this approach does much more to promote affordable energy than imposing draconian mandates and crippling penalties.

Whether getting the most from "traditional" sources of power, or embracing the next generation of power production, Texas is well-positioned to remain the nation's energy source for many years to come.

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Gov. Perry and Dr. Laffer Highlight Successful Policies to Create Jobs, Opportunity

Gov. Rick Perry and economist Dr. Arthur Laffer today contrasted the conservative fiscal principles that have helped Texas become a national leader in job creation with those that have burdened families and businesses in states like California. The governor spoke at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Competition and the States: California vs. Texas luncheon, where Laffer unveiled a new study comparing the governments and economies of the two states.

"Texas vs. California is a pivotal contrast in a debate that really speaks to our nation's future," Gov. Perry said. "Just as we have in recent years, Texas continues to outperform California in terms of employment rate, growth in output and gross domestic product. We also continue to dominate in terms of population shift, which is about as clear a sign of quality of life as you can find. That's because it's the answer to the most basic question: Where would you rather live?"

According to Laffer's study, the bigger and more intrusive government becomes, the more it harms the economy. California is one of the highest taxed states, with the highest income and capital gains taxes in the nation. Texas, on the other hand, is one of the lowest taxed states, with zero income tax or capital gains tax. In addition, unlike California, Texas is a right-to-work state. This model of low taxes, smart and predictable regulations and fair courts has helped Texas become one of the strongest state economies in the country, and helped the Lone Star State gain seven Fortune 500 company headquarters from 2001-2012.

"The differences between California's and Texas' economic policies and performances couldn't be more stark," Laffer said. "Texas has a low-tax, business friendly environment. California has punitively high tax rates and seems to put up every possible barrier to entry for business. Texas is welcoming more and more companies, jobs and people each year, while California is desperately trying to build a wall to keep its companies, jobs and people from fleeing to greener pastures. The people have spoken."

Texas' population and economy are booming, as businesses and families from high-tax states move to low-tax states that have jobs available and that allow them to keep more of what they earn. As noted in Laffer's study, Texas has had a net adjusted gross income gain of $14.7 billion over the past six years, while California lost $19.2 billion. Additionally, California has the highest percentage of its population on welfare, while Texas has the fourth lowest. Texas also has significantly less poverty, and has maintained a significantly lower unemployment rate.

Texas' strong jobs climate continues to receive national recognition. Earlier this year, Texas was named the best business climate by Business Facilities Magazine, most competitive state by Site Selection Magazine, and best state for global trade by Global Trade Magazine. Chief Executive Magazine has also ranked Texas as the best state for business for nine years in a row through their annual survey of CEOs.

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Texas Bolsters Career and 
College Readiness

Gov. Rick Perry today applauded efforts made this legislative session to set the bar even higher to ensure all Texas students are prepared for both college and career, bolstering our state's world-class, skilled workforce. Texas continues to be a national leader with regard to our school accountability system, curriculum standards, and expectations of rigor in our graduation requirements. The governor signed Senate Bill 441 and House bills 5, 809, 842, 2201 and 3662.

"This session, I emphasized the need to expand the opportunities for success available to all Texas students. The legislation I signed today strikes a balance between our need for rigorous academic standards and a student's need for flexibility, and between accountability and an appropriate level of testing in the classroom," Gov. Perry said. "We are improving workforce readiness and expanding and developing career and technical education courses to better guide students from the high school or college classroom into careers with the most job opportunities."

Students across Texas have diverse goals and unlimited opportunities, from community college, military service, university or a career. The governor understands the need for flexibility to provide accountable and rigorous options for our students, ensuring they are prepared for whatever goal they choose to pursue.

"I thank Gov. Perry for his leadership in emphasizing the importance of education for the future of Texas," Commissioner Williams said. "As a state, we should never apologize for striving to get more of our students into college. However, all students should finish high school in position to make a choice about the best course for their future. Legislation, no matter how well intentioned, does not educate one student. Ultimately, it is up to educators, parents, and students to do the work and make the gains we all hope to see."

Through initiatives like the Texas Fast Start Program, which uses competency based learning to allow students to more quickly receive degrees and certificates in high demand fields, and the Texas Workforce Innovation Needs Program, which allows school districts and institutions of higher education to establish innovative career programs that lead to a technical certificate or associate degree, Texas students will be better prepared for the demands of today's workforce.

"Ideally, HB 5 will open up an unprecedented era of cooperation between K-12 and higher education," Commissioner Paredes said. "In order for HB 5 to succeed, local school districts, community colleges and universities must work together to develop rigorous and relevant courses to prepare high school students for post-secondary education. And both sectors must cooperate to provide the academic counseling needed so that ninth-graders and their families can make informed decisions about their chosen academic pathways."

"It's well known that Texas has a strong economy, with 326,000 jobs added over the last year and growth across all major industries," Commissioner Alcantar said. "These bills offer additional opportunities for students to graduate ready for post-secondary success, while providing innovative approaches to equip our workforce with the skills needed in the dynamic occupations being created by Texas employers."

Texas has taken the top spot in another of Site Selection Magazine's annual rankings - this time in the magazine's ranking of the most competitive states in 2012. Earlier this year, Texas was awarded Site Selection's 2012 Governor's Cup for the most new and expanded corporate facilities announced over the year.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Seven to 
Texas Institute of Health Care Quality 
and Efficiency Board of Directors

Thursday, January 31, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed seven members to the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors for terms to expire Jan. 31, 2017. The institute improves health care quality, accountability, education and cost to the state by encouraging health care provider collaboration, effective health care delivery models and coordination of health care services.

Joel Allison of Dallas is president and CEO of Baylor Health Care System. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American and Texas Hospital associations, Healthcare Leadership Council, and Texas Association of Voluntary Hospitals. He is also immediate past chair of the Healthcare Coalition of Texas and Dallas Citizens Council, and a board member of the Dallas Education Foundation and Joint Commission. He served in the U.S. Marine Reserve. Allison received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a master's degree in health administration from Trinity University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Robyn M. Jacobson is CEO and principal of the Entrust Family of Companies, and CEO of EnCore System Professionals Inc. She is past board chair of the National Society of Professional Benefit Administrators and past president of the Texas Association of Benefit Administrators. She is also a board member of the Texas Association of Business, and a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and Houston West Chamber of Commerce. Jacobson received a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

John C. Joe of Houston is a physician and chief medical information officer at St. Luke's Episcopal Health System. He is past president of the Harris County Academy of Family Physicians, and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Informatics Association, Federal Health Architecture Leadership Council, Health Information and Management Systems Society, Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel, and Society of NASA Flight Surgeons. He is also a volunteer physician for the Houston Homeless Clinic, and chairman of the Harris County Medical Society's Health Information Technology Committee. Joe was a National Merit Scholar at Rice University, and received a medical degree from the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Beverly Nuckols of New Braunfels is a board certified family physician. She is a member of the Texas Medical Association, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Comal County Medical Association, and Texas Physicians Resource Council. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a board member and secretary of Texas Alliance for Life. She is a past volunteer medical director and a past board member of New Braunfels Hospice, a past member of the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women, a past volunteer for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and past vice chair and past board member of the Comal County Women's Shelter. Nuckols received a bachelor's degree and medical degree from the University of Texas at Tyler, and completed her family practice residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Thomas Quirk of Dallas is CEO of United Healthcare for Texas and Oklahoma. He is a board member of the Texas Association of Business, member of the Texas Association of Health Underwriters, and a member and past board member of the Texas Association of Health Plans. He is also a member of the Texas Health Research and Education Institute Leadership Council and Texas Medical Home Initiative Advisory Committee, past president of the Plano Economic Development Board, and is a volunteer for the Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Quirk received a bachelor's degree from Union College and completed the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Executive Management Program.

Ben Raimer of Galveston is a board certified pediatrician, and senior vice president and professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Texas Medical Association, Texas Pediatric Society and Texas Rural Health Association. He is also a member and past president of the Galveston County Medical Society, a public representative for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Task Force on Local Health Care Initiatives, and past chairman of the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council and Health Disparities Task Force. Raimer received a bachelor's degree from East Texas Baptist University, a master's degree in genetics from the University of Texas, and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He will continue to serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Shannon Stansbury of Dallas is a certified health insurance executive and vice president of health care delivery for BlueCross BlueShield of Texas. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member and past president of the St. Thomas Holy Name Society. He is also a past board member of the Mental Health Association of Greater Dallas and Bishop Lynch High School Board of Directors. Stansbury received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Welborn as
District Attorney of 36th Judicial District


Thursday, January 31, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Michael Welborn of Aransas Pass as district attorney of the 36th Judicial District in Aransas and San Patricio counties for a term to expire at the next general election.

Welborn is judge of the 36th Judicial District Court. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, a past member of the Aransas Pass Independent School District Board of Trustees, and past president of the Sinton Rotary Club. He is a volunteer for Aransas Pass Toys for Tots, Corpus Christi's Habitat for Humanity, and Aransas Pass Fourth of July Celebration and Boat Parade. Welborn served in the U.S. Navy.

He received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University at Kingsville and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Four to Texas
Bioenergy Policy Council


Monday, January 28, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed four members to the Texas Bioenergy Policy Council for terms to expire Jan. 1, 2015. The council fosters development within the bioenergy industry, and creates next-generation biofuels energy research and economic development.

Bruce Bagelman of Dallas is of counsel at Lackey Hershman LLP and former president of Green Spot Market and Fuels which was founded in 2008. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association and National Association of Convenience Stores. He is also a founder and board member of the White Rock Local Market. Bagelman received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Michael Doguet of Nome is president of Doguet Turf Farms and Doguet's Diamond D Ranch, and general manager of Doguet's Rice Milling Company. He is a member of the U.S. Rice Millers Association, Turfgrass Producers of Texas, Texas Brangus Breeders Association, Southeast Texas Bioenergy Alliance, and Jefferson County Agricultural Committee. He is also past president of the Texas Rice Improvement Association, and a past member of the Texas Organic Agricultural Independent Advisory Board and Texas Agricultural Wildlife Research and Management Advisory Board. Doguet received an associate degree from Lamar University.

Michael Kerby Jr. of Houston is manager of global chemical research at ExxonMobil Chemical Co. He is a member of the National Academies Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Council for Chemical Research, and American Chemical Society. He is a past recipient of the American Chemical Society's 2008 Heroes of Chemistry Award, and holds more than 30 U.S. patents. He is also a volunteer with United Way of Baytown and the American Cancer Society. Kerby received a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton and a doctorate of inorganic chemistry from the University of Texas.

Jeffrey Trucksess of Austin is a founder of Green Earth Fuels. He is a board member of Sustainable Oils and Tellus Technology, and is president of the Biodiesel Coalition of Texas. Trucksess received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Rainey to 
Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners

Monday, January 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Carol "Missy" Rainey of Keller to the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017. The board regulates the profession of social work in Texas.

Rainey is a licensed baccalaureate social worker and assistant court investigator for the Denton County Probate Court. She is a member of the National and Texas Guardianship associations, Parent Association for the Retarded of Texas Inc., Arc of Denton County, and the Texoma Branch of the National Association of Social Workers, and a member and past board member of the Texas Association of Social Workers. She is also a member of the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University advisory boards and Denton County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center Community Support Advisory Committee, a mentor for Communities in Schools of North Texas, and a member and past board member of Leadership Denton Alumni.

Rainey received a bachelor's degree from Texas Woman's University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Flow to Texas
Skill Standards Board


Thursday, January 10, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Terri Flow of Austin to the Texas Skill Standards Board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The board facilitates and promotes the use of industry-developed skill standards for major skilled occupations, such as machinists, database administrators and air conditioning technicians.

Flow is a government relations manager at BancVue. She is past director of BancVue's Freedom Bar Camp, past president of West Austin I Toastmasters Club, a past consultant for Junior Achievement in Michigan and Oklahoma, and a past member of the American Society of Training and Development. She is also a past volunteer for Keep Austin Beautiful, Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Center and Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Hospital in Michigan, and a past coach for Upward Sports Youth Basketball League.

Flow received a bachelor's degree from Oral Roberts University and a certificate of nonprofit management from Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Hart as
Judge of 230th Judicial District Court


Monday, January 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Bradley S. Hart of Humble as judge of the 230th Judicial District Court in Harris County for a term to expire at the next general election.

Hart is an assistant district attorney for Harris County. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association and Texas District and County Attorneys Association, an administrative board member of First Methodist Houston Downtown, and a volunteer for the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He is also a past administrator for Henderson County Teen Court and a past volunteer for Child Advocates Inc.

Hart received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Five
to Texas Juvenile Justice Board


Thursday, February 28, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed five members to the Texas Juvenile Justice Board. The board oversees the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, a state agency that works in coordination with other state and county offices to produce positive outcomes for youths, their families and communities.

Carol Bush of Waxahachie is the Ellis County judge, and a former Ellis County court at law judge. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Ellis County Bar Association, a founding and current member of the Gingerbread House Children's Advocacy Center Board of Directors, and an advisory board member of the Waxahachie and Midlothian chambers of Commerce. She is also a past member of the Waxahachie Education Foundation Board of Directors, Waxahachie Independent School District Long Range Planning Committee and Global High Administrative Planning Team. Bush received a bachelor's degree from Trinity University and a law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. She is reappointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Scott Fisher of Bedford is senior pastor at Metroplex Chapel of Euless. He is a member of Texas Hospital Trustees, a board member of the Mid-Cities Pregnancy Center and One Heart Project, and chairman of the Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers and Metroplex Chapel Academy Board of Trustees. He is also chaplain of the City of Euless Police Department, a past member of the Texas Ethics Commission, and past chair of the Texas Youth Commission. Fisher received a bachelor's degree from Nazarene Bible College, and trained as a director of domestic violence at Life Skills International. He is reappointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Becky Gregory of Dallas is an attorney and of counsel at Curran Tomko LLP. She is a past faculty member at the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, former senior counsel of the Texas Attorney General's Office, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, and former judge of the 283rd Judicial District Court. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, American Law Institute and Greater Dallas Crime Commission, secretary of Executive Women of Dallas, and an advisory board member of Ignite Texas. Gregory received a bachelor's degree from the University of Dallas and a law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb.1, 2017.

David "Scott" Matthew of Georgetown is executive director of Williamson County Juvenile Services, and a municipal judge for the cities of Jarrell, Granger and Bartlett. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Probation Association and Texas Municipal Courts Association, a board member of the Girls and Boys Club of Georgetown and Georgetown Project, and a past board member of the Williamson County Children's Support Coalition. Matthew received a bachelor's degree from Southwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Mary Lou Mendoza of San Antonio is an elementary school principal in the Northside Independent School District. She is a member of the Texas and Northside chapters of the Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association, a past member of the Northside Education Foundation Advisory Board, and a life member of the Northside Parent Teacher Association. Mendoza received a bachelor's degree, master's degree in counseling and guidance, and completed supervision and administration certifications from Our Lady of the Lake University. She is reappointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Chavez and
Tauss to Board of Pardons and Paroles


Monday, February 25, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Roman Chavez of Spring and Cynthia Tauss of League City to the Board of Pardons and Paroles for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board makes parole decisions for Texas prison inmates, determines conditions for parole and mandatory supervision, and makes recommendations on clemency matters to the governor.

Chavez is a retired officer from the Houston Police Department, and a current officer for the Lone Star College System Police Department. He is a certified master police officer and advanced instructor for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). He is also a member of the Houston Police Officer's Union, a board member of the Judicial Compensation Commission, and a past member of TCLEOSE. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Tauss is a board member of the Texas Lottery Commission and a member of the League City Chamber of Commerce. She is a past board member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Advisory Board, Justice for All, and Galveston County Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. She is also a past member of the Texas Economic Development Council, National Crime Victims Association, and Texas Salute to Military Service. Tauss received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Bauer
as Judge of 36th Judicial District Court


Monday, February 25, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Starr Bauer of Beeville as judge of the 36th Judicial District Court in San Patricio, Aransas, Bee, Live Oak and McMullen counties for a term to expire at the next general election.

Bauer is partner at Bauer and Bauer PC, and Bauer Title Group LLC. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and a life member of the Texas Family Law Foundation. She is also president of the Beeville Chapter of Pan American Round Tables of Texas, a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Beeville, a member of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association, and a past board member of Bee County Habitat for Humanity.

Bauer received a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Neider and 
Smith to Texas Board of Orthotics and Prosthetics

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Ray Smith of Bloomington and reappointed Richard Neider of Lubbock to the Texas Board of Orthotics and Prosthetics for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board sets rules for the regulation of orthotic and prosthetic professionals in Texas.

Smith is owner and clinical director of Certified Prosthetics and Orthotics Inc. He is a member of the Texas Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists, American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, and Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. He is also a volunteer for Serve Outdoors Inc. and Wounded Warriors Weekend. Smith received an associate degree from Victoria College, and a bachelor's degree and certification in orthotics-prosthetics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Neider is a staff orthotist for the Hanger Clinic at The Medical Center. He is a past facility accreditation inspector for the American Board for Orthotics and Prosthetics and past president of the Texas Association of Orthotics and Prosthetics. He is certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics. He is also a past board member of the Arlington Chapter of the Texas Head Injury Association. Neider received a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and completed his certification in orthotics from the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas 
Funeral Service Commission

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas Funeral Service Commission for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board oversees the licensing of funeral directors and embalmers, and ensures their compliance with state statutes and regulations regarding funeral services, cemeteries and crematories.

Jean "Jeanne" Olinger of Wichita Falls is a retired nursing facility administrator at Childress Health Care Center. She is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and Childress Rotary Club, and a past member of the National and Texas associations of Social Workers, National Council on Family Relations, and Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. She is also past president of San Antonio Daughters of VFW Post #9174 and past pastoral care volunteer for the U.S. Air Force Wilford Hall Medical Center. Olinger received a bachelor's degree from the University of the State of New York, a master's degree in social work from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a doctorate of management and organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix. She is reappointed to the commission.

Jonathan Scepanski of McAllen is chief operating officer of Apex Primary Care Inc. He is a member of the Texas Association of Home Care and Hospice and Texas Healthcare Advocacy Association, and a volunteer for the McAllen/Hidalgo County Salvation Army. Scepanski attended Northwood University in Michigan.

Gary Shaffer of San Angelo is owner and funeral director of Shaffer Funeral Home. He is a past member of the Bronte City Council and former Coke County justice of the peace. He is a member and past president of the Texas and West Texas Funeral Directors associations, and a past member of the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas. He is also a member of the Bronte Masonic Lodge, Waco Scottish Rite and Concho Shrine Club. Shaffer is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
Texas State University System Board of Regents

Friday, February 15, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas State University System Board of Regents for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Charlie Amato of San Antonio is co-founder and chairman of SWBC. He is chair of the University of the Incarnate Word Board of Trustees, vice chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council, and past chairman of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County General Campaign. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Business & Community Advisory Board and Archdiocese of San Antonio Catholic Community Foundation, a board member of Christus Santa Rosa Health System, San Antonio Cancer Therapy and Research Center Board of Governors and Lone Star Capital Bank, and chairman of the Lone Star Capital Bank Advisory Board. He is also a member and past chairman of the Texas Business Hall of Fame, and a board member and past chairman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Amato received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University. He is reappointed to the board.

Vernon Reaser III of Bellaire is president of Texas Teachers Alternative Certification and Texas Educators Association Inc. He is a past member of the Texas Association of Realtors and Independent Cattleman's Association of Texas. He is also a past board member of Victoria Crime Stoppers and past secretary of the Victoria Junior Chamber of Commerce. Reaser received a bachelor's degree and a Master of Business Administration from Texas State University.

William "Bill" Scott of Nederland is chairman and CEO of Trans-Global Solutions Inc. He is a member of the West Gulf Maritime Association, International Dry Bulk Terminals Society, and American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. He is a member of the Lamar University College of Business Board of Advisors and Capital Campaign Cabinet, and a board member of the Lamar University Foundation, Texas Energy Museum, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners. He is also past president and executive board member of the Boy Scouts of America Three Rivers Council. Scott received a bachelor's degree from Lamar University. He is reappointed to the board.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Bacarisse and Villa 
to Texas Department of Information Resources

Friday, February 15, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Charles Bacarisse of Houston and Cynthia Villa of El Paso to the Texas Department of Information Resources for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The department is charged with improving technology decisions and ensuring appropriate use of information resources.

Bacarisse is vice president for advancement at Houston Baptist University, and former Harris County district clerk. He is a past member of the Houston City Hall Fellows Advisory Board, Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board and Neighborhood Centers Inc. Executive Board. He is also past board chair of the Texas Online Authority. Bacarisse received two bachelor's degrees from Southern Methodist University. He is reappointed and will continue to serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Villa is a certified public accountant and vice president for business affairs at The University of Texas at El Paso. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), past chair of the NACUBO Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Council, and a member, past president and past executive committee member of the Texas Association of State Senior College and University Business Officers. She is an ex-officio board member and institutional review board advisory committee chair of the El Paso Children's Hospital, and board vice chair and finance committee chair of Bienvivir Senior Health Services. She is also a past board member of the Texas Connection Consortium and a graduate of Leadership El Paso. Villa received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in educational leadership from The University of Texas at El Paso, and is a graduate of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers Business Management Institute.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Three to 
Commission on Jail Standards

Friday, February 01, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed three members to the Commission on Jail Standards for terms to expire Jan. 31, 2019. The commission establishes standards for the care and treatment of county prisoners, and the construction, maintenance and operation of county jails.

Donna Klaeger of Horseshoe Bay is Burnet County judge. She is past chair of the Capitol Area Planning Council of Government, and a member of the Texas Association of Regional Councils, County Judge's Association of Texas, 33rd Judicial District Juvenile Board, Texas Association of Counties Legislative Committee, and Central Texas Water Coalition. She is also a member of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ and Burnet chambers of Commerce, Legacy Fund Advisory Council, Highland Lakes Service League, and Seton Development Board Horseshoe Bay Associates. Klaeger will continue to serve as chair of the commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Jerry Lowry of New Caney is president of Greenspoint District. He is a board member of the North Houston Association, Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition, Lone Star College System Global Advisory Council, and Amegy Bank Texas Advisory Board. He is also a past chair and past board member of the Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce, a past member of the Assist the Officer Foundation Advisory Board, and a former Houston Police Sergeant and a past reserve police officer in the Village Police Department. Lowry received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston-Downtown.

Larry May of Sweetwater is a certified public accountant (CPA), an AICPA designated personal financial specialist and a certified financial planner, and a partner at May and Hrbacek LLP. He is an elected member of the Sweetwater City Commission, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), College for Financial Planning, and Texas and Abilene societies of CPAs. He is also a board member of Sweetwater First Financial Bank, a member of the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce, and past president and past executive committee member of the West Central Texas Council of Governments. May received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Anderson 
and Osterhout to Commission on Human Rights

Thursday, March 28, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed Thomas Anderson of Richmond and Danny Osterhout of Andrews to the Commission on Human Rights for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The commission investigates statewide employment and housing discrimination.

Anderson is human resources director at Houston Community College. He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), SHRM Panel of Experts and State Bar of Texas, and a member and past president of HR Houston. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Anderson received a bachelor's degree from Purdue University, a master's degree in education from DePauw University, and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. He will continue to serve as chair of the commission for a term expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Osterhout is vice president and general manager of Magneto Service and Supply Inc. He is a board member and past president of the Downtown Andrews Lions Club, and a past member of the Andrews County Veterans Board of Directors. He is also a volunteer referee for the Texas High School Power Lifting Association. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Osterhout attended Odessa College.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Vandergriff to Texas 
Transportation Commission

Also reappoints Austin to commission

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Victor Vandergriff of Arlington and reappointed Jeff Austin III of Tyler to the Texas Transportation Commission for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The commission oversees the Texas Department of Transportation.

Vandergriff is an attorney, businessman, former franchised automobile dealer, and past vice president of Van Tuyl Group. He is chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board, a position he has held since his appointment in November 2009. He is also past chairman and past board member of the North Texas Tollway Authority and Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission. Vandergriff received a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Austin is vice chairman of Austin Bank Texas N.A. in Jacksonville. He is also a board member of First State Bank in Athens and Capital Bank in Houston, and past president of First State Bank in Frankston. He is a member of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Committee and Bank CEO Network, and past board member and past chairman of the Texas Bankers Association. He is a member of The University of Texas at Tyler Health Center Development Board, past officer of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority, and a board member and past president of the East Texas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Austin received a bachelor's degree and Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler, and is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Southwestern Graduate and Intermediate schools of Banking and Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to Texas 
Commission on Fire Protection

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed four members to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The commission enforces statewide fire service standards and provides education and assistance to fire service personnel.

Joseph "Jody" Gonzalez of Krugerville is director and chief of the Denton County Department of Emergency Services. He is a member of the International associations of Fire Chiefs and Emergency Managers, North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council and Denton County Emergency Amateur Radio Association. He is a member and past president of the Texas Fire Marshals Association, and a member and past first vice president of the Texas Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. He is also president of the Aubrey Area Youth Sports Association. Gonzalez received a bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University.

Joseph Gutheinz of Pearland is a criminal defense attorney at the Gutheinz Law Firm LLP, a certified fraud examiner, and a criminal justice instructor for the University of Phoenix and Alvin Community College. He is also a retired senior special agent with the NASA Office of the Inspector General, and a published author. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Pro-Bono College of Texas, and Texas and Brazoria County Bar associations, and a volunteer guest speaker for International Business Forum. He is also a past board member of the Council on Sex Offender Treatment and Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments. He served in the California State National Guard and U.S. Army. Gutheinz received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in criminal justice from California State University, a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.

John T. McMakin of LaRue is a fire fighter and chief emeritus for the LaRue-New York Volunteer Fire Department Inc., and vice president of the Henderson County 911 Communication District. He is a member of the State Firemen's and Fire Marshalls' Association of Texas, and a member and past president of the Henderson County Fire Chiefs Association. He is also a past member of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association and National Volunteer Fire Council. McMakin attended The University of Texas.

Leonardo "Lenny" Perez of Brownsville is fire chief for the City of Brownsville. He is regional director of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, and a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, State Firemen's and Fire Marshalls' Association of Texas and National Fire Protection Association. He is a member of the Rio Grande Valley Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association and Rio Grande Valley Emergency Training Alliance, and a past board member of the Southmost Lions Club. Perez received an associate degree from Texas Southmost College and attended the National Fire Academy.

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Gov. Perry Names Stephenson as 
Deputy Chief of Staff and 
Parsons as Deputy Director of Communications

Monday, March 25, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry named MacGregor Stephenson as deputy chief of staff and Rich Parsons as deputy director of communications for the Office of the Governor.

"I value MacGregor's advice and counsel, and I'm glad to have his leadership skills and policy expertise back in my office," Gov. Perry said. "As a former reporter and communications advisor to several state leaders, Rich brings extensive knowledge and experience to my press shop, and I look forward to working with him."

Stephenson served as assistant commissioner for workforce, academic affairs and research for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he represented the American Association of Community Colleges as their state director and worked with public and private institutions of higher education. While the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Texas A&M University system, he managed the system branch campus in Killeen and worked with A&M campuses around the state. From 2002 to 2006, he worked for the Office of the Governor as a member of the governor's review team, advisor for higher education budgets and policy, and interim chief of staff to the Texas Building and Procurement Commission. Stephenson received a law degree from the University of Denver, and a PhD in higher education administration from Texas A&M University.

Parsons served as communications director for the Texas Secretary of State since 2011. He served as press secretary to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and was an award-winning a reporter for KXAN-TV in Austin, as well as other TV stations in North Carolina and Virginia and Mississippi. Parsons has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Washington, and is married with two young children.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board

Friday, March 22, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board administers and enforces statutes relating to certificates of title and registration of vehicles, identifying markings on commercial motor vehicles, motor carrier registration, single state registration, motor transportation brokers, foreign commercial motor transportation, sale or lease of motor vehicles, and salvage vehicle dealers.

Luanne Caraway of Kyle is the Hays County tax assessor-collector. She is a member and past president of the Tax Assessor-Collector Association of Texas, a member of the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts and Texas Association of Assessing Officers, a board member of the Texas Association of Counties, and a past member of the Texas School Assessor Association. She is also a member of the Calvary Baptist Church Finance Committee, a past board member of Hays County Crime Stoppers and Central Texas Life Care Center, and past co-chair of Hays High School Project Graduation.

Robert "Barney" Barnwell III of Magnolia is president of Universal Natural Gas Inc., and president and board chair of Texas Gas Utility Services. He is a member of the Texas Gas Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Foundation. He is also president and past board chair of the Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce, board chair and past president of the R.S. Barnwell Memorial Garden and Art Center, and co-founder and past president of the Samaritan Counseling Center. Barnwell received a law degree from Louisiana State University. He is reappointed to the board.

Raymond Palacios Jr. of El Paso is president of Bravo Chevrolet Cadillac. He is a member and past district director of the Texas Automotive Dealers Association, board member of the Borderplex Alliance, past president of the El Paso New Car Dealers Association, past vice chair of the General Motors Minority Dealer Advisory Council, and a past member of the National Chevrolet Dealer and Hummer Dealer Advisory councils. He is a member of the Dona Ana Community College and Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Dean's Advisory councils, a board member of the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation and CommUNITY en Acción, and a graduate of Leadership El Paso and Leadership Houston. He is also a founder and past president of the Mexican American University of Houston Alumni Association, past president of the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, and a past board member of Leadership Houston, the University of Houston Alumni Association, Yucca Council Boy Scouts of America, and El Paso Better Business Bureau. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Palacios received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston. He is reappointed to the board.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Clamp as Presiding Officer 
of Alamo Regional Mobility Authority

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed John Clamp of San Antonio as presiding officer of the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2014. Regional mobility authorities allow local communities to develop regional transportation priorities, and accelerate development and financing for critical transportation projects.

Clamp is executive director of the San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Association, and a former member of the San Antonio City Council. He is also a certified public accountant (CPA) and a licensed real estate broker. He is a member of the Texas and San Antonio societies of CPAs, Texas Association of Realtors, and San Antonio Board of Realtors. He is also a member and past president of the District 10 Neighborhood Alliance, a member of the Northwood Neighborhood Association, and a life member of The University of Texas at San Antonio Alumni Association.

Clamp received a bachelor's degree and Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
Texas A&M University System Board of Regents

Friday, March 15, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas A&M University Board of Regents for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Tony Buzbee of Friendswood is an attorney in private practice, and a former adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and a board member of the Boy Scouts of America Bay Area Council, Jesse Tree and Hometown Bank Board of Directors. He is also past director of the Houston Law Alumni Foundation, and a past member of the Texas A&M University at Galveston Board of Visitors. Buzbee served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Morris Foster of Austin is a retired president of ExxonMobil Production Co. and current board chairman of the Stagecoach Inn and Mill Creek Gulf Club. He has served as a member of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents since his appointment in 2007, and was chairman of the board from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of the American Petroleum Institute, Society of Petroleum Engineers and Texas Oil and Gas Association, and a board member of the Scott and White Medical Institute, United Way of Texas Gulf Coast, Greater Houston Partnership, First State Bank of Temple, and The University of Texas Investment Management Corporation. Foster received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, and was inducted into the Texas A&M University Academy of Distinguished Graduates in 1993. He is reappointed to the board.

Charles Schwartz of Houston is partner and office leader of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, American Law Institute and the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, a sustaining life fellow of the Texas and Houston Bar foundations, and a life patron fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is also a board member of the Center for American and International Law and the Blinn College Foundation, and past chairman of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. Schwartz received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree in government and a law degree from The University of Texas, and a master of laws degree from Harvard University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Andrade to 
Texas Workforce Commission

Thursday, March 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Esperanza "Hope" Andrade of San Antonio to the Texas Workforce Commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. She will serve as commissioner representing employers, replacing Commissioner Tom Pauken who resigned. The commission oversees and provides workforce development services to employers and job seekers throughout the state.

Andrade is a private consultant and former Texas Secretary of State. She is a board member of the Masters Leadership Program of San Antonio and Texans for Education Reform, and an advisory board member of Prime Eco Group Inc., MotorWise Inc., and Energy Future Holdings Sustainable Energy Advisory Board. She is former Texas Border Commerce coordinator, and a past board member of the Texas Transportation Commission and Texas Turnpike Authority Board of Directors. She is a recipient of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, Hope for Children Esperanza Award and San Antonio Leadership Hall of Fame Award, and was named Woman of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar and Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration.

Andrade attended Our Lady of the Lake University and The University of Texas at San Antonio entrepreneurship program.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Anna Maria Farias of Brownsville is an attorney and consultant in private practice. She is also former director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. She is a board member of the OneStar Foundation, a past board member of MANA, a National Latina Organization, and past vice chair of the Philadelphia Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She is also past president of the Crystal City Lions Club and Crystal City Little League, and a past board member of the Winter Garden Women's Shelter. Farias received a bachelor's degree from Boston University and a law degree from Temple Law School, and is a fellow of the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Nancy P. Paup of Fort Worth is a fundraising consultant, and former corporate relations and membership manager of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. She is a board member of the Texas Woman's University Foundation and Schreiner University Board of Trustees, and campaign vice-chair of the Texas State Historical Association "A Future for Our Past" fundraising campaign. She is also a member of Certified Fund Raising Executives International and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a graduate of Leadership Texas. Paup received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in education from Texas Woman's University.

George Schrader of Dallas is principal of Schrader and Cline LLC, and owner of Schrader Investment Company. He is also former executive vice president of LDB Corp., and past city manager of the cities of Dallas, Mesquite and Ennis. He is past president and a life member of the International City Management Association, past president and a board member of the Texas City Management Association, board member of the Methodist Health System, and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is also an advisory board member of Life Information Inc., a past board member of Baker University, and an honorary lifetime member of the Boy Scouts of America. Schrader received a bachelor's degree from Baker University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. He is reappointed to the board.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Philibert and 
Oakley to Texas Municipal Retirement System

Friday, March 01, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Bill Philibert of Pasadena and reappointed Julie Oakley of Spicewood to the Texas Municipal Retirement System for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board oversees the Texas Municipal Retirement System, which is responsible for providing a secure retirement benefit plan for more than 800 cities.

Philibert is director of human resources and risk management for the City of Deer Park. He is a member of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, Texas Municipal Human Resources Association, Bay Area Human Resources Association, and Society of Human Resources Management. He is also president of the Vista Villas Homeowners Association and Bay Area A&M Club. Philibert received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

Oakley is a certified public accountant, certified investment officer and finance director for the City of Lakeway. She is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas, and past secretary/treasurer of the Texas Association of County Auditors. She is also a volunteer coach for the Marble Falls Youth Baseball and Softball Association. Oakley received a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

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Gov. Perry Names Wong Chair of 
Texas Board of Professional Engineers

Also appoints two members to board

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry named Daniel Wong of Missouri City chair of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and has also appointed two members to the board. The board licenses qualified engineers, enforces the Texas Engineering Practice Act and regulates the practice of professional engineering in Texas.

Wong is CEO of Tolunay-Wong Engineers. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers and University of Houston Civil Engineering Advisory Board, past president of the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association, and a past board member of the Houston Council of Engineering Companies. He is also a trustee of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council, past member of the Sugar Land City Council, and past board member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Houston-Galveston Area Council, and University of Houston Alumni Association. Wong received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree in civil engineering and a doctorate of civil engineering from the University of Houston. He will serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Sina Nejad of Beaumont is president of Sigma Engineers Inc. He is a member of the National and Texas societies of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and American Concrete Institute, a charter member of the Structural Engineering Institute, a founding member of the Architectural Engineering Institute, and president of the Sabine Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He is chairman of the Lamar University Civil Engineering Advisory Council, and City of Beaumont Planning and Zoning Commission and Building Code Board of Adjustment and Appeals, and a board member of the Lamar University Foundation Board of Directors and CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital Advisory Board. He is also past president and current director of the Anayat House, a member of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, past board member of the United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County, Goodwill Industries of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, and Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School, and a member and past president of the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Nejad received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in engineering from Lamar University. He is appointed for a term to expire Sept. 26, 2013.

Kyle Womack of Horseshoe Bay is a licensed professional engineer and vice president of business expansion at Parkhill, Smith and Cooper Inc. He is a member and former director of the National Society of Professional Engineers, member and past president of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and a member and past board member of the Texas Council of Engineering Companies. He is past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers West Texas Chapter and Texas Society of Professional Engineers Permian Basin Chapter, and a past member of the American Council of Engineering Companies Senior Executive Institute. He is also a member and past president of the Midland Chamber of Commerce, Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance and Buffalo Trail Council of the Boys Scouts of America, a graduate of Leadership Midland, and a past member of the Permian Basin Business School Advisory Council at The University of Texas. Womack received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University. He is appointed for a term to expire Sept. 26, 2017.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to 
Texas Diabetes Council

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed four members to the Texas Diabetes Council for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The council assists in the development and implementation of a public awareness strategy focusing on diabetes and its complications.

Carley Gomez-Meade of Austin is a pediatrician and pediatric endocrinologist, and owner of Little Leaves Clothing Co. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Texas Pediatric Society, the Endocrine Society, the Pediatric Endocrine Society and International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes. She is also a former volunteer physician for the Jackson Charity Care Program, author of several peer-reviewed endocrinological journals and text books, and a frequent presenter at national diabetes and endocrine conferences. Gomez-Meade received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas (UNT) and a doctor of osteopathic medicine from the UNT Health Science Center.

Alicia Gracia of Brownsville is an independent grant writer. She is past executive director of CASA of Cameron and Willacy Counties Inc., board secretary of HOPE 4 Kids Living with Diabetes, and a member of the Cameron County Juvenile Diabetes Association. She is also a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America Rio Grande Valley Council and Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. Gracia received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Brownsville.

Jason Michael Ryan of Houston is an attorney and assistant general counsel at CenterPoint Energy. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member and immediate past president of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and a past member of the Houston Bar Association and the Energy Bar Association. He is also a board member and secretary of the First Responders Team of America and a past board member of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program. Ryan is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He received a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Curtis Triplitt of San Antonio is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a pharmacist at the Texas Diabetes Institute. He is a member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American Association of Diabetes Educators, and president of the ADA South Texas District. Triplitt received a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and a doctor of pharmacy from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin. He is being reappointed to the board.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board licenses chiropractors and chiropractic facilities, and registers chiropractic radiological technicians.

Cynthia Tays of Austin is president and owner of Austin Chiropractic Associates P.A. She is a member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), ACA Sports Council and ACA Physical Therapy Council. She is also a member of the Texas Chiropractic Association and American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, and is the chiropractic consultant for Ballet Austin and Tapestry Dance Company. Tays received a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University and a doctor of chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College. She is being reappointed and will continue to serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

John H. Riggs III of Midland is owner and clinic director of Alternative Chiropractic Solutions. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and ACA Council Chiropractic Orthopedics, Texas Chiropractic Association and Texas Council of Chiropractic Orthopedists, and a member and board certified chiropractic orthopedist through the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He is also a past member of the American Board of Disability Analysts, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, California Chiropractic Association and Tennessee Pain Society. Riggs served in the U.S. Air Force. He received a bachelor's degree from California State College, a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University, and a doctor of chiropractic degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.

John Steinberg of Marion is director of safety and security for Little Caesars of San Antonio Inc. He is former mayor of the City of Converse and a past Converse city councilman. He is a member and past president of the Alamo Area Mediators Association, and a board member and past chairman of the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center. Steinberg is past chairman of the American Society for Industrial Security and San Antonio Safety Council, and a past board member of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. Steinberg served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force. He received a bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University and a master's degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Edwards to 
Texas Lottery Commission

Monday, April 29, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Veronica Edwards of San Antonio to the Texas Lottery Commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017. The commission oversees the Texas Lottery, and ensures lottery and bingo games are conducted in a legal and fair manner.

Edwards is founder and CEO of InGenesis Inc. She is a member of the University of the Incarnate Word Board of Trustees, corporate recruitment chair for the San Antonio Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, and a board member of the Texas Women's Forum and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. She was named by Inc. Magazine as a Top 10 Female CEO in 2012, and named the nation's top Latina Businesswoman by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2011.

Edwards received a bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word, where she is currently pursuing a doctorate of human resources and organizational leadership.

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Gov. Perry Names Atkinson Chair of 
Texas Public Finance Authority

Friday, April 26, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry named Billy Atkinson, Jr. of Sugar Land as chair of the Texas Public Finance Authority, and has also appointed three members to the board for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The authority issues and sells bonds for designated state agencies to finance the acquisition or construction of buildings.

Atkinson is a certified public accountant (CPA) and recently retired partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He is chair or the Private Company Council and a board member of the Atkinson Candy Company in Lufkin. He is past board chairman of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, past presiding officer of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, and past president of the Houston Society of CPAs. He is also past executive board member of the Texas Society of CPAs, a past member of the American Institute of CPAs Governing Council, and past board chairman of the Texas Gulf Coast Make a Wish Foundation. Atkinson received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. He will serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Gerald B. Alley of Arlington is president of Con-Real Support Group, L.P, CEO of the Alley Group and Associates, and managing partner of Bravado Partnership, LP. He is a member of the Dallas and Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Rotary International, and is a member and past chairman of the North Texas Black Contractors Association. He is also a member of the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business Advisory Board, the University of Arkansas (UA) at Fayetteville Executive Board and the UA Sam Walton College of Business Dean's Advisory Board, and is a board member the Boys and Girls Club of Arlington and the Cornerstone Academy School Board. Alley received a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He is reappointed to the board.

Walker Moody of Houston is a partner at Tudor, Pickering, Holt and Co., and chief operating officer of TPH Investment Management. He is a past board member and former treasurer of the Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Center Carousel Board, and a past board member of the Houston Downtown YMCA and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee. Moody served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He received two bachelor's degrees from Texas Christian University and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University.

Ruth Corry Schiermeyer of Lubbock is an insurance agent at MassMutual Southwest. She is a past member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the National Association of Life Underwriters, the Texas Association of Life Underwriters, and the Lubbock Area of Life Underwriters. She is a member of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of LifeGift West Region and the Lubbock Community Theatre. She is also a past board member of the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors and the Greater Southwest Lubbock Rotary Club. Schiermeyer received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University. She is reappointed to the board.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Seven to 
Brazos River Authority Board of Directors

Thursday, April 25, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed seven members to the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The authority develops and conserves surface water resources of the Brazos River Basin.

Richard L. Ball of Mineral Wells is owner and president of Wes-Tex Vending Co. He is president of the Palo Pinto General Hospital Area Foundation and Mineral Wells Industrial Foundation, chairman of the Mineral Wells Planning and Zoning Commission, and a member of the Mineral Wells Lions Club. He is also a past board member of the Texas Merchandising Vending Association and National Automated Merchandising Association. Ball is being reappointed.

F. LeRoy Bell of Tuscola is president and CEO of Compass Financial Strategies. He is past president of the Texas Leaders Roundtable, Texas Association of Life Underwriters and Boys Scouts of America Chisholm Trail Council. He is also a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight. Bell served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He attended Texas Tech University. He is being reappointed.

Peter G. Bennis of Fort Worth is president and CEO of Pinnacle Bank Texas. He is a founder and past trustee of the Johnson County Education Foundation, a founder and past president of the Keene Chamber of Commerce, and past chairman of the Keene Economic Foundation and Johnson County Economic Development Corp. He is also a past member of the Southwestern Adventist University President's Advisory Committee and an advisor to the Board of Trustees. Bennis received a bachelor's degree from Texas State University and a graduate degree in banking from the Southern Methodist University Southwest Graduate School of Banking. He is being reappointed.

William "Bill" Masterson of Guthrie is a rancher. He is a member of the National Cutting Horse Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and American Quarter Horse Association. He is also past president of the American Shorthorn Association, a past board member of the King County Soil and Water Conservation District and Texas Tech University Range and Wildlife Board, and a past member of the King County Livestock Association. Masterson received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University. He is being reappointed.

George "Dave" Scott III of Richmond is a rancher and retired executive vice president of Port City Stockyard Company. He is a life member of the Fort Bend County Fair Association and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a member of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council, and past president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He is also a board member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and a member of the Texas Livestock Market and Brazoria County Cattlemen's Association. He served in the Texas National Guard. Scott attended the University of Houston and Sam Houston State University. He is being reappointed and will continue to serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Raleigh White IV of Temple is a retired plastic surgeon. He is past president of the Texas Surgical Society and Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and a past member of the Texas Medical Association, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgery, and Southern Surgical Association. He is also a participant in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Managed Land Deer Permits and Natural Resources Conservation Service. White served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Salvatore Zaccagnino of Caldwell is an investment associate with LPL Financial Services. He is a life member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, U.S. Air Force Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion. He is secretary/treasurer of the Burleson County Economic Development Council, and a member and past president of the Caldwell Lions Club and Burleson County Chamber of Commerce. He is also past treasurer of the Burleson County Health Care Foundation and past chairman of the Texas Bankers Association Services Company Inc. Zaccagnino served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master's degree in research and development systems management from the University of Southern California. He is being reappointed.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Landrum 
Judge of the 113th Judicial District Court

Friday, April 19, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Michael Landrum of Houston as judge of the 113th Judicial District Court in Harris County for a term to expire at the next general election.

Landrum is an attorney and of counsel to O'Donnell, Ferebee, Medley, and Keiser PC. He is board certified in civil trial and appellate law, and admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Texas, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and . U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, American Arbitration Association, and Financial Industry National Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Panel of Arbitrators. He is also volunteer legal counsel for Crossroads School Inc. in Houston, a mock trial judge for the South Texas College of Law Moot Court Team, and a supporter of the Spring Branch Education Foundation Endowment.

Landrum received a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Lucas 
to Finance Commission of Texas

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed William Lucas of Center to the Finance Commission of Texas for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2018. The commission ensures banks, savings institutions, consumer credit grantors and other state-regulated financial entities operate responsibly to enhance the financial well-being of Texans.

Lucas is president and chief operating officer of Shelby Savings Bank. He is a member of the Texas Bankers Association (TBA) and TBA Community Bankers Council, and chairman of the Texas Bankers Foundation. He is also board secretary of the Boone Hill Foundation and the Solomon Zane Allen Foundation, and a member of the Center Rotary Club

Lucas received a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, and is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Southwestern Graduate School of Banking.

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Gov. Perry Names Cavazos Chair of 
Credit Union Commission

Also appoints three members to commission 

Friday, April 12, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry named Manuel "Manny" Cavazos IV of Austin chair of the Credit Union Commission, and has also appointed three members to the commission for terms to expire Feb. 15, 2019. The commission supervises the Credit Union Department, which regulates all credit unions organized and chartered under the laws of the state of Texas.

Cavazos is an attorney, certified public accountant (CPA) in private practice and rancher. He is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs, American Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, California State Bar, and National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is also a past member of the American Institute of CPAs, past board member of the Travis County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and past board member and treasurer of the Texas Society to Prevent Blindness. Cavazos received a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas and a law degree from the William Howard Taft University Law School. He will serve as chair of the commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Allyson "Missy" Morrow of San Benito is CEO of the Harlingen Area Teachers' Credit Union. She is secretary for District 10 of the Texas Credit Union League, a board member of the Texas Credit Union Foundation, and a member and past board member of the Magic Valley Chapter of Credit Unions. She is also a board member of the United Way of Northern Cameron County and Harlingen Boys and Girls Club, a volunteer for the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show, and a past board member of the Cameron County Fair and Livestock Show. Morrow received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in agriculture from Texas A&M University.

Barbara "Kay" Stewart of Daingerfield is president and CEO of the North East Texas Credit Union. She is a board member of the Texas Credit Union League, and a board member and secretary of the Daingerfield Lone Star Education Foundation. She is also vice president of the Daingerfield Industrial Foundation Board of Directors, and a member and past president of the Daingerfield Chamber of Commerce Business and Professional Women's Club. Stewart received a bachelor's degree from LeTourneau University and is a graduate of the Southwest Credit Union National Association Management School.

Vik Vad of Austin is a licensed real estate broker and president of Om Capital Management Inc. He is a member of the Austin Board of Realtors and a volunteer for the Capital Area Food Bank. He is also a certified yoga instructor and volunteer teacher at several Austin area yoga studios. Vad received a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Five to 
Texas School Safety Center Board

Monday, April 01, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed five members to the Texas School Safety Center Board for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The board promotes safety throughout the state and advises the Texas School Safety Center in San Marcos, which provides school safety information and resources for the prevention of youth violence.

Barbara Beto of Round Rock is a substitute teacher for the Round Rock Independent School District (ISD). She is a member of the Texas Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Board of Directors and Walsh Middle School and Round Rock High School PTA Site Based Evaluation committees. She is also a past member of the Round Rock ISD Council of PTAs and Round Rock ISD Citizens Bond Committee. Beto received a bachelor's degree.

Daniel F. Gilliam of Victoria is judge of County Court at Law #2 in Victoria County. He is a former adjunct professor at Victoria College and former assistant criminal district attorney for the Victoria County Criminal District Attorney's Office. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Texas Judicial Section, Victoria County Bar Association and Victoria Rotary Club. He is also a past member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Gilliam received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. He is being reappointed.

Carl A. Montoya of Brownsville is superintendent of Brownsville ISD, and a licensed Texas peace officer on reserve with the Brownsville Constable's Office. He is a member of Texas Association of School Administrators, Association for Supervision and Curriculum, and Crime Stoppers of Brownsville. Montoya received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in education administration from the University of New Mexico, and a doctorate of education administration from New Mexico State University. He is being reappointed.

Adelaida Olivares of Austin is principal of Cedar Creek High School in Bastrop ISD. She is a member of the Texas Association of Secondary Principals and Council of School Supervisors and Administrators Principals Institute, and a past member of the Texas Education Agency Educator Leadership Council. She is also the 2009-2010 recipient of the Milken Educator Award. Olivarez received a bachelor's degree from St. Edward's University and a master's degree in education administration from Texas State University. He is being reappointed.

James R. Pendell of Clint is an insurance agent with the Sherry Wegner Agency. He is president of the Clint ISD Board of Trustees, a member of the Texas Association of School Boards, and a member and past president of the Far West Texas School Board Association. He is a past member of the Texas Tech University (TTU) College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Advisory Board and TTU Chancellor's Council, National Federation of Independent Business, and Calcot Cotton Growers Association. He is also a member of the Clint High School Future Farmers of America Booster Club and Fabens Masonic Lodge. Pendell received bachelor's degrees and a master's degree in agricultural education from Texas Tech University. He is being reappointed.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Five to Lower 
Colorado River Authority Board of Directors

Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed five members to the Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board oversees activities of the Lower Colorado River Authority, which delivers electricity, manages water supply and protects water quality for the lower Colorado River and its tributaries.

Pamela Jo "PJ" Ellison of Brenham is president and owner of Ellison's Greenhouses Inc. She is a member of the Society of American Florists (SAF), a past member of the SAF Growers Council, a member and past director of the Texas State Florists Association, a member and past grower director of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association, and a member of the Ohio Florists Association, Seeley Conference and Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Advisory Board. She is chair of the Texas A&M University Department of Horticulture International Floriculture Advisory Committee and a member of the American Floral Endowment Board of Trustees. She is also a member and past president of the Brenham Historical Society, a member and past board member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Brenham Rotary Club and Washington on the Brazos Foundation, and a past member of the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors. Ellison received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Notre Dame College.

Robert "Bobby" Lewis of Elgin is president of Elgin Veterinary Hospital Inc. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Texas Equine Veterinary Association, a member and past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and board chair and AAEP representative for the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. He is a life member of the American and Texas Quarter Horse associations, Texas Thoroughbred Association and National Cutting Horse Association. He is also past president of the Texas Horse Racing Association and Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, and a past member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and The Breeder's Cup Board of Directors. Lewis attended Northwestern State University and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Tom Martine of Cypress Mill is president of Martine Properties Inc. He is a member of the Austin Commercial Real Estate Society and Austin Apartment Association, a past member of the Real Estate Council of Austin, and a past board and executive committee member of the Urban Land Institute. He is a board member of the Seton League House and Capitol Area Council Boys Scouts of America Advisory Board, a member of the Westcave Preserve Council, past member of the Texas Wildlife Association and National Wildlife Federation Board of Directors, and past president of the Austin Woods and Waters Club. He served in the U.S. Navy. Martine received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas. He is reappointed to the board.

Franklin "Scott" Spears Jr. of Austin is an attorney and partner at Arenson and Spears Attorneys at Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Parental Rights Advisory Panel, a board member of the St. Mary's Law School Alumni Association, and a member of the University Masonic Lodge. He is also a past advisory board member of Ministry of Challenge and a past member of the Rotary Club of Austin. He served as a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps. Spears received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the St. Mary's University School of Law. He is reappointed to the board.

Tim Timmerman of Austin is a private real estate investor and developer, owner of Commerce Texas Properties Inc., and director of Citizens Inc. He is also a certified public accountant and licensed real estate broker. He is a board member of the St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, YMCA of Williamson County and Greater Round Rock Community Foundation. Timmerman received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He is reappointed and will continue to serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners

Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board licenses and regulates occupational therapy services in the state of Texas.

Jennifer Clark of Iola is a certified occupational therapy assistant at Pathfinder Pediatric Home Care and St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center in Bryan. She is a member of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association and past vice president of the Lone Star College at Tomball Student Occupational Therapy Association. Clark received an associate's degree from Lone Star College at Tomball.

Amanda Ellis of Austin is an attorney in private practice. She is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and State Bar of Texas, Texas Funeral Directors Association, and Texas Pharmacy Association. She is a council member of the ABA Health Law Section, a member and past chair of the ABA Administrative Law Section, and a member of the State Bar of Texas Health Law and Administrative and Public Law sections. She is also a member of the Austin Colony Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Austin. Ellis received a bachelor's degree from Austin College, and a master's degree in education and a law degree from Texas Tech University.

Todd Novosad of Austin is a registered occupational therapist, and the central and south Texas rehab specialist for Hallmark Rehabilitation. He is a member of the American and Texas Occupational Therapy associations. Novosad received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is reappointed to the board.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to 
Lavaca-Navidad River Authority Board of Directors

Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed four members to the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority Board of Directors. The board oversees the storage, preservation and distribution of stream and river water in Jackson County.

Glenn T. Martin of Edna is president of M.O.R. Inc. He is a member of the National Rifle Association and Masonic Lodge of Edna, and past chair of the First United Methodist Church of Edna Board of Trustees and Pastor Parish Relations Committee. He is also past secretary of the Edna Independent School District Board of Trustees, past board member of the Jackson County Youth Rodeo, past member of the American Petroleum Institute and Texas Association of Sports Officials, and a past volunteer coach and manager for Edna Little League Baseball. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Martin attended Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University. He is reappointed for a term to expire May 1, 2019.

Scott Sachtleben of Ganado is a landman at R.D. Davis and Associates and a self employed rancher. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Edna Finance Committee, and a past board member of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Jackson County, Jackson County Youth Fair and Jackson County Go Texan Committee. Sachtleben received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University. He is appointed for a term to expire May 1, 2015.

Leonard Steffek of Edna is a measurement supervisor at Energy Transfer in San Antonio. He is a past volunteer fire fighter for the City of Stafford Fire Department. He served in the U.S. National Guard. Steffek received an associate degree from Wharton Junior College. He is appointed for a term to expire May 1, 2019.

Charlie Taylor of Palacios is retired vice president of sales for Culp Aluminum Alloys. He is a past member of the Society of Die Cast Engineers, now the North American Die Casting Association, and the American Foundry Society. He is a commissioner of Jackson County Emergency Service District #2, board member and past president of the Cape Carancahua Property Owners Association, and a member of the Bay Gun Club of Port Lavaca. He is also past treasurer of AARP Chapter 1492 in Edna and a past member of the Palacios Lions Club. Taylor served in the U.S. Army. He received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. He is appointed for a term to expire May 1, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to 
Judicial Compensation Commission

Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed four members to the Judicial Compensation Commission. The commission was created by the Texas Legislature in 2007 to recommend the salaries of state judges.

William "Bill" Brod Jr. of Pasadena is a certified public accountant (CPA) and commercial director of AES Corp. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Texas and Houston societies of CPAs and Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past board member of the Private Sector Prison Industries Oversight Authority, and a deacon and finance and building committee member of First Baptist Church of Pasadena. Brod received a bachelor's degree from Tarleton State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. His term expires Feb. 1, 2017.

Conrith W. Davis of Sugar Land is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He is president of the SW59 Sunrise Rotary Club, and a member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, City of Sugar Land Bond Committee and Sugar Land City Manager's Multicultural Advisory Team. He is a graduate of Leadership Sugar Land, a volunteer for Second Mile Food Bank and SW59 Rotary Imagination Library Program, and a past board member of the Fort Bend Education Foundation. He is also a past board member of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and a past member of the Texas Corrections Association and Association of Paroling Authorities International. Davis received a bachelor's degree from Fayetteville State University, a Master of Public Administration from Pepperdine University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix at Houston. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

Pat Mizell of Houston is an attorney and partner at Vinson and Elkins LLP, and a former judge of the 129th Judicial District Court in Harris County. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association and American Board of Trial Advocates, and a board member and past chairman of the San Jose Clinic. Mizell received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. He is reappointed to the commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Linda Russell of League City is CEO of the Woman's Hospital of Texas. She is member of the American and Texas Hospital associations, a board member of the Houston March of Dimes, and a board and executive committee member of the Gulf Coast Blood Bank. Russell received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing from Northwestern State University. She is reappointed to the commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Brown and Talbot 
to Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners

Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed Timothy Martel Brown of Dallas and Mark Talbot of McAllen to the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board regulates the profession of social work in Texas.

Brown is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical supervisor of the mental health product line for VA North Texas Health Care System at the Dallas VA Medical Center. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), and past chair of the ASWB Bylaws and Resolutions Committee. He is also a past member of Project Unity, and past board member of the Brazos Valley Health Partnership, Community Action for Seniors with Disability Consortium, and Brazos Valley Council of Governments Special Needs Committee. Brown received a bachelor's degree from Prairie View A&M University and a master's degree in social work from Baylor University. He will continue to serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Talbot is an attorney in private practice. He is a member of the Federal and Hidalgo County Bar associations and the State Bar of Texas. He is chairman of the City of McAllen Housing Finance Corporation Advisory Board, a commissioner of the City of McAllen Civil Service Board, and president of the Rio Grande Valley Estate Planning Counsel. He is also a member and past president of the McAllen Rotary Club, a past board member and past vice chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, past volunteer judge for McAllen Teen Court, past chairman of the City of McAllen Airport Board, and past president of the McAllen Citizens League, and a graduate of Leadership McAllen. Talbot received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Six to 
OneStar National Service Commission

Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed six members to the OneStar National Service Commission for terms to expire Mar. 15, 2016. The commission works with the OneStar Foundation to further national service initiatives in Texas, and administer the AmeriCorps Texas program.

Daphne Brookins of Forest Hill is a human services specialist for the City of Fort Worth Community Action Partners and is currently launching Rising Stars, a youth leadership initiative. She is a board member of Expanding Your Horizons, the Amon Carter Jr. Downtown YMCA, Director's Circle of Girls Inc., New Directions Initiative, Tarrant County Challenge, and Southeast Fort Worth Dropout Coalition. She is also a former forum leader and former spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, former mayor pro tem and councilwoman for the City of Forest Hill, and past president of the Texas Wesleyan University Alumni Association. She is a past member of the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities, Tarrant County CHIP Coalition, and Fort Worth Sister Cities Young Professional Advisory Council. Brookins received a bachelor's degree from Texas Wesleyan University.

Aranda "Randi" Cooper of Nacogdoches is program director for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Deep East Texas. She is a former graduate assistant in the Stephen F. Austin State University Office of Student Affairs Programs - Leadership and Service, and past coordinator for the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, The BIG Event, Alternative Spring Break and President's Volunteer Service Awards. She is an AmeriCorps alumna, and a past member of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA. Cooper received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in secondary education from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is reappointed to the commission.

Mary M. Keller of Harker Heights is founder, president and CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition, and former superintendent of education services for the Killeen Independent School District. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Association and American Society of Association Executives. Keller received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in education from Wayland Baptist University, and a doctor of educational administration and supervision from Texas Tech University. She is reappointed to the commission.

Cynthia B. Nunn of Dallas is president of the Center for Nonprofit Management. She is programs vice president of the Chamber of Human Service Non Profits and a member of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association. She is a board member of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, board secretary of the Harmony Community Development Corporation, and a member and past president of the Dallas Chapter of The Links Inc. She is also a community advisory committee member of the Junior League of Dallas and a volunteer engagement committee member of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Nunn received a bachelor's degree from Wilberforce University.

Charles "Chuck" Wall of Austin is founder and CEO of Customer CEO Consulting and MarketPowerGroup. He is a member of the Customer Experience Professionals Association, an honorary alumnus of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and a past member of the Southern Methodist University Alumni Association. He is also a past board member of Campfire USA and the Clarity Child Guidance Center of San Antonio, and a past advisor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Antonio and Goodwill of San Antonio. Wall received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University. He is reappointed to the commission.

Michael Williams of Arlington is the Texas Commissioner of Education. He is reappointed to the commission.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to Advisory 
Committee to the Texas Board of 
Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical 
or Mental Impairments

Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed four members to the Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The committee provides a formal structure for criminal justice, health and human service and other organizations to communicate and coordinate on policy, legislative and program issues affecting offenders with special needs.

Robb Catalano of Fort Worth is judge of Criminal District Court No. 3 in Tarrant County, and former assistant district attorney in the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section, Tarrant County Bar Association, and Governor's Criminal Justice Advisory Council, and a fellow of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation. He is also a past member of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, past board member of Thursday Boys, and past volunteer judge for the Arlington Municipal Court Teen Court Program. Catalano received a bachelor's degree from St. Edward's University and a law degree from the St. Mary's University School of Law.

Martin "Ringo" Deleon of Corpus Christi is a police officer and gang investigator with the Corpus Christi Police Department. He is president of the Texas Gang Investigators Association, a board member of the National Alliance of Gang Investigators Association, and a member of the Texas Violent Gang Task Force and Corpus Christi Police Officers Association. He is also a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi, a mentor for Corpus Christi ISD programs, and a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of Corpus Christi. Deleon attended Texas A&M University at Kingsville and is a graduate of the Corpus Christi Police Academy. He is reappointed to the committee.

Kathy C. Flanagan of Houston is a psychiatrist in private practice. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, Black Psychiatrists of America, National and Texas Medical associations, Harris County Medical Society, Houston Medical Forum, Houston Psychiatric Society, and Mary Susan Moore Medical Society. She is also a board member of the Texas Medical Board District One Review Committee, founder and chair of the Akowe Scholarship Fund, and past member of the Texas Youth Commission Advisory Board and the DePelchin Children's Center. Flanagan received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School. She is reappointed to the committee.

Trent Marshall of Burleson is an attorney at the Schneider Law Firm PC, and former commissioner of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. He is a member of the American, Texas and Tarrant County Bar associations, past board member of the State Employee Charitable Campaign Policy Committee, and a volunteer with the Mansfield Youth Baseball Association. Marshall served in the Texas National Guard. He received a bachelor's degree from Lamar University and a law degree from the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to Product 
Development and Small Business Incubator Board

Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed four members to the Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board. The board advises the Texas Economic Development Bank on the administration of the Product and Small Business Development funds.

Brett Cornwell of College Station is associate vice chancellor of technology commercialization for the Texas A&M University (TAMU) System. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the TAMU Mays School of Business, University of Texas McCombs Business School and IC2 Institute. He is member of the Association of University Technology Managers and National Business Incubator Association, and past treasurer of the Technology Transfer Society. Cornwell received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015.

Patrick Lane of Fort Worth is president and owner of Lane and Associates. He is also owner of Lane Boot Company and Mozaic Company, and former vice president of E-commerce for Southern Enterprises Inc. He is also a member of the Overstock.com Partner Council. Lane received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

David Margrave of San Antonio is chief administrative officer and general counsel for BioNumerik Pharmaceuticals Inc. He is member of the American Bar Association and State Bar of Texas, and a board member and chair of the Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute. He is also a past board member of the Stanford Associates Board of Governors and Texas Technology Transfer Association. Margrave received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. He is reappointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019, and will continue to serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

David L. Miller of Abernathy is chief operating officer of Flat Wireless, owner of Synergy Home Care, and former vice chancellor of research and commercialization for the Texas Tech University System. He is vice president of Omega Mission International, and a board member of the Texas Emerging Technology Advisory Committee and CASA of the South Plains. He is also a founder and past board chair of the National Institute for Renewable Energy. Miller received a bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University, and a law degree and Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University. He is reappointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Rathgeber as 
Commissioner of Insurance

Monday, May 27, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Julia Rathgeber of Austin as State Commissioner of Insurance for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The commissioner oversees the Texas Department of Insurance, which regulates the insurance industry and provides information and assistance to insurance consumers.

Rathgeber is currently deputy chief of staff in the Office of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. She is a past director of research for the Texas General Land Office, and a past director of the strategic assessment division for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Seton Fund Development Board, and a member of and volunteer for The Settlement Club and The Settlement Home for Children.

Rathgeber received a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually 
Impaired Governing Board

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Governing Board of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) for terms to expire Jan. 31, 2019. The board oversees the provision of all TSBVI services, budget preparation, policy adoption and appointment of the superintendent.

Bobby Druesedow of Aledo is the employment assistance specialist for the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Division for Blind Services. He is a certified teacher for the visually impaired and a former teacher at TSBVI, and a member of the Texas Rehab Action Network. Druesedow received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University.

Michael E. Garrett of Missouri City is a retired senior equities analyst. He is board chairman of the Houston Center for Independent Living and the American Council of the Blind Enterprises and Services, and an associate member of the Houston Chapter of the Chartered Financial Analyst Association. He is also a past board member of the State Independent Living Council and Lighthouse of Houston, and past chairman of the Houston Commission on People with Disabilities. Garrett received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

B. Lee Sonnenberg of Lubbock is an associate director of transportation and parking services at Texas Tech University. He is a member of the Texas Parking and Transportation Association, Midwest Campus Parking Association, American Planning Association, International Parking Institute, and National Parking Association. He is also vice chair of the NPA Public Parking Council, a member and past president of the Frenship North Ridge Elementary Parent Teacher Association, a volunteer for the University Medical Center Health System Children's Miracle Network, and a Sunday school teacher at Springs Fellowship Church. Sonnenberg received a bachelor's degree from Wayland Baptist University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Tech University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three 
to Texas Physician Assistant Board

Friday, May 10, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas Physician Assistant Board for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board establishes and maintains standards of excellence to regulate physician assistants and ensure quality health care through licensing, discipline and education.

Teralea Davis Jones of Beeville is the rural health clinic coordinator for Beeville Family Practice LLP. She is a member of the Texas and American academies of Physician Assistants, Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants, Christian Medical and Dental Associations and Alpha Eta Honor Society. She is also a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and a member of the Junior Service League of Beeville, and the Uvalde Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Jones received a bachelor's degree and completed her physician assistant certification from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She is reappointed to the board.

Michael Reis of Woodway is a physician, chief medical officer and chairman of the Scott and White Healthcare System Department of Family Medicine in Temple. He is a member of the American and Texas Medical associations, American and Texas academies of Family Physicians, McLennan County Medical Society and North American Primary Care Research Group. He is also a volunteer physician for the Mission Waco Health Clinic. Reis received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and completed his family practice internship and residency at the Memorial Hospital System in Houston. He is reappointed to the board.

Blayne Rush of Frisco is president of Ambulatory Alliance LLC and Rush Search Partners Ltd. He received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in health promotion from McNeese State University and a Master of Business Administration from Amber University Graduate School of Business.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Eight 
to Texas Medical Board

Monday, May 13, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed eight members to the Texas Medical Board. The board protects and enhances the public's health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence used in regulating the practice of medicine and ensuring quality health care for Texans.

Michael Arambula of San Antonio is a psychiatrist in private practice and an adjunct professor in the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Department of Psychiatry. He is a member of the American and Texas Medical associations, American Psychiatric Association and National Hispanic Medical Society. He is also a member of the Federation of State Medical Boards, Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, Bexar County Medical Society, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. He is a member and past president of the Bexar County Psychiatric Society, a board member of the University of Houston Law Center Health Law and Policy Institute Advisory Board, and a past board member of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments. Arambula received a bachelor's degree and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas, and a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is reappointed for a term to expire April 13, 2019.

Devinder Bhatia of Houston is a board certified thoracic surgeon and president of Southeast Texas Cardiovascular P.A. He is a former clinical assistant professor in the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Society for Vascular Surgery, and Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. He is also a member of the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society, and Houston Northwest Medical Center Executive Committee. Bhatia received a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas and a medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and completed his cardiothoracic and peripheral vascular surgery fellowships at Carolinas Medical Center. He is appointed for a term to expire April 13, 2019.

Frank Denton of Conroe is president of Denton Investment Corp. and Lube Time Inc. He is a past board member and small business chair of the Texas Association of Business and a past member of the Lone Star College-Montgomery Business and Community Council. He is a member of the Texas Forestry Association and past board chair of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Montgomery County. Denton received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University. He will serve as a public member on the board for a term to expire April 13, 2019.

Scott Holliday of University Park is an anesthesiologist at Pinnacle Partners in Medicine. He is a member of the American and Texas societies of Anesthesiologists, American College of Physician Executives, and Texas Medical Association, and a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Holliday received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. He completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is reappointed for a term to expire April 13, 2019.

Margaret McNeese of Houston is associate dean for admissions and student affairs and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is a member of the Texas Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Women's Association, Harris County Medical Society, Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Beta Biological Society, and the Texas and Houston Pediatric societies. She is a past member of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Telemedicine Advisory Committee, Statewide Health Coordinating Council Telemedicine/Telehealth Plan Workgroup, and the American Medical Association. She is also a board member of the HeartGift Foundation Community Advisory Board, a board member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association and president of the American Saddlebred Horse Association Registry. McNeese received a bachelor's degree from Mary Baldwin College and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She is reappointed for a term to expire April, 13, 2019.

Robert B. Simonson of Ducanville is past president of Physicians Emergency Care Associated, and chair of the Methodist Dallas Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine. He is also an associate clinical professor at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center and an adjunct clinical instructor at the UT Arlington School of Nursing. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, Air Medical Physicians Association, and Methodist Dallas Medical Center Executive Committee. He is a board member of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the Methodist Health Systems Corporate Board. He is also medical director of CareFlite Dallas/Fort Worth, a member of the CareFlite Dallas Medical Advisory Board, and chair of the Physicians Advisory Group for Stroke, Trauma, and STEMI's Regional Advisory Council. Simonson received a bachelor's degree from Texas Wesleyan University, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is appointed for a term to expire April 13, 2015.

Karl Swann of San Antonio is a board certified neurosurgeon with Neurosurgical Associates of San Antonio P.A. He is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Center for Neurosurgical Sciences, and past chairman of the Methodist Hospital System Department of Neurosurgery in San Antonio. He is a member of the American and Texas associations of Neurological Surgeons, Texas Medical Association, North American Spine Society, Bexar County Medical Society and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Swann received a bachelor's degree and a medical degree from the University of Michigan, and completed his neurological surgery residency at the Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is appointed for a term to expire April, 13, 2019.

Timothy Webb of Houston is an attorney with Webb and Associates, and an adjunct professor of graduate studies at the University of Houston Department of Health Human Performance. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation, American Inns of Court, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and Federation of State Medical Boards, and a fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a member of the City of Houston Independent Police Department Oversight Board, a volunteer for the University of Texas McCombs School of Business BHP Parents' Council, and past chair of the Texas Physician Assistants Board. Webb served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He received a bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University and a law degree from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He is reappointed and will continue to serve as a public member of the board for a term to expire April, 13, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Hayden, 
Reappoints Crenshaw to Texas Private 
Security Board

Monday, May 13, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed D. Wade Hayden of San Antonio and reappointed Charles Crenshaw of Spicewood to the Texas Private Security Board for terms to expire Jan. 31, 2019. The board licenses private investigation, security guard, burglar alarm, courier, armored car and access control companies, and also approves training schools for security officers and instructors.

Hayden is an attorney and managing partner of Hayden and Cunningham PLLC. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, San Antonio Bar Association and Texas Association of Bank Counsel. He received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the St. Mary's University School of Law.

Crenshaw is president and owner of Crenshaw Alarm and Signal Corp. He is past director of the Central Texas Chapter of the Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas 
Physician Assistant Board

Friday, May 10, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas Physician Assistant Board for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board establishes and maintains standards of excellence to regulate physician assistants and ensure quality health care through licensing, discipline and education.

Teralea Davis Jones of Beeville is the rural health clinic coordinator for Beeville Family Practice LLP. She is a member of the Texas and American academies of Physician Assistants, Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants, Christian Medical and Dental Associations and Alpha Eta Honor Society. She is also a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and a member of the Junior Service League of Beeville, and the Uvalde Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Jones received a bachelor's degree and completed her physician assistant certification from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She is reappointed to the board.

Michael Reis of Woodway is a physician, chief medical officer and chairman of the Scott and White Healthcare System Department of Family Medicine in Temple. He is a member of the American and Texas Medical associations, American and Texas academies of Family Physicians, McLennan County Medical Society and North American Primary Care Research Group. He is also a volunteer physician for the Mission Waco Health Clinic. Reis received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and completed his family practice internship and residency at the Memorial Hospital System in Houston. He is reappointed to the board.

Blayne Rush of Frisco is president of Ambulatory Alliance LLC and Rush Search Partners Ltd. He received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in health promotion from McNeese State University and a Master of Business Administration from Amber University Graduate School of Business.

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Gov. Perry Names Beasley Chair of 
Texas Board of Licensure 
for Professional Medical Physicists

Also appoints three to board

Friday, May 10, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry named Charles W. Beasley of Bellaire chair of the Texas Board of Licensure for Professional Medical Physicists, and has appointed three members to the board for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board regulates the practice of medical physics in Texas.

Beasley is an assistant professor of radiology and nuclear medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is a member of the American College of Radiology, American Association of Medical Physicists, Society of Nuclear Medicine, American Public Health Association and the National Chapter of the Health Physics Society. He is also a volunteer with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston House Medics Service Project, a debate judge for the Bellaire Senior High School Forensics Tournament, and a fundraiser for the Houston March of Dimes-March for Babies Walk. Beasley received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston, a master's degree in physiology from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and a Doctor of Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He will serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Geoffrey Clarke of Boerne is a professor of radiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is president of the Southwest Chapter and a board representative of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, a member of the Radiological Society of North America, American Board of Medical Physics, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Texas Radiological Society, and International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, and a volunteer judge for the Alamo Regional and ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering fairs. Clarke is past board chairman of the American Board of Medical Physicists and former secretary/treasurer of the Commission for the Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs. He received a bachelor's degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas, a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a master's degree in medical physics and Doctor of Radiological Sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas.

Douglas A. Johnson of College Station is a licensed medical physicist and radiation safety officer for Scott and White Healthcare. He is a member of the National and South Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society and the American Society of Safety Engineers, a certified Texas Professional Sanitarian and a volunteer hazardous material trainer for the South Brazos County Volunteer Fire Department. He is a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Johnson received a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a master's degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University.

John R. Leahy of Austin is a physician and radiologist with the Austin Radiological Association. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association, Texas Radiology Association, Radiological Society of North America, and Society of Nuclear Medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Radiology. Leahy received a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Slovacek to 
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Also names Walker chair of board

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Joseph Slovacek of Houston to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and named John H. Walker III of Houston as chair of the board. The board administers and enforces statutes relating to certificates of title and registration of vehicles, identifying markings on commercial motor vehicles, motor carrier registration, single state registration, motor transportation brokers, foreign commercial motor transportation, sale or lease of motor vehicles, and salvage vehicle dealers.

Slovacek is senior partner at Hoover Slovacek LLP. He is a board member of the Houston Realty Business Coalition, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Houston Office Leasing Broker's Association, and C-Club of Houston, an advisory board member of Texans for Education Reform and the University of Houston Bauer School of Business Real Estate MBA Program, and a member of the Houston Building Owners and Managers Association. He is a member of the Grand Parkway Association Board of Directors, a charter member of the Deer Park Independent School District Educational Foundation, and a past board member of the Incarnate Word Academy and Chapelwood Foundation. He is also a past member of the Bunker Hill Village City Council, and a former commissioner of Memorial Village Police Department and the Houston- Harris County Sports Authority. Slovacek received a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Houston. His appointment is subject to Senate confirmation for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015.

Walker is owner and president of J.H. Walker Trucking, chief operating officer of Superior Delivery Services, and owner of Texsix Ranch. He is a member of the American Trucking Association and a member and past chairman of the Texas Motor Transportation Association. He is also a committee member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and a member of the Texas A&M University Twelfth Man Foundation. Walker received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. He will serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Seven to Nueces River 
Authority Board of Directors

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed seven members to the Nueces River Authority Board of Directors for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board manages floods and protects the quality of water for the Nueces River.

Rebecca Bradford of Corpus Christi is executive vice president of Unique HR and Unique Employment Services. She is a board member of the Texas Self Insurance Association, a member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations and Rotary International, and a past board member of the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants. Bradford received a bachelor's degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She is reappointed to the board.

Dane Bruun of Corpus Christi is an associate attorney at Welder Leshin LLP. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Texas Young Lawyers Association, and Maritime Law Association of the United States, and president-elect of the Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and Corpus Christi Propeller Club, and a committee member of Corpus Christi Ducks Unlimited. Bruun received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Lynn Haueter of Corpus Christi is an educator. She is a past member of the California School Employees Association and former member of the Screen Actors Guild. Haueter received a bachelor's degree from The Master's College and a master's degree in education from the University of La Verne.

Joe McMillian of Dilley is executive vice president of Dilley State Bank. He received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and completed the Graduate School of Banking program at Louisiana State University.

David Purser of Karnes City is president and owner of Intervention Pro-Tech LLC, and a part-time teacher at Runge High School. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Texas Classroom Teachers Association, and a founding member of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leaders Association. He is also vice president of the Karnes County Hospital District and a member of the Karnes County Economic and Community Development Corporation. Purser received a bachelor's and master's degree in animal science from Texas A&M University.

Dina Ramirez of Karnes City is a board certified speech language pathologist and office manager for a medical practice. She is a volunteer at John Paul II Nursing Home and a member of the St. Cornelius Catholic Church Hospitality Committee. She is also a past advisory board member of the Atascosa, Karnes and Wilson County Economic Opportunities Development Corporation Head Start Committee and the St. Cornelius Catholic Church Altar Society. Ramirez received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas Pan American and a master's degree in communication disorders from Texas Christian University.

Emily Stroup of San Antonio is an attorney at Tinsman and Sciano Inc. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and San Antonio Bar Association. She is also a volunteer for the South Texas Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Stroup received a bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University and a law degree from the St. Mary's University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Four 
to OneStar Foundation

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed four members to the OneStar Foundation. The foundation furthers volunteerism and community service in Texas.

Joanie Haley of Houston is executive director of the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation. She is a member of Women in Philanthropy and the Neuhaus Education Center Advisory Board, membership committee chair of the University of Texas College of Education Advisory Council, and a volunteer with the Houston American Cancer Society. She is also a past board member of the Texas Business and Education Coalition and Texas Association of Partners in Education. Haley received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is reappointed for a term to expire March 15, 2016.

Alison Meador of Austin is a private special events coordinator and fundraiser. She is a member of the Texas Conference for Women Advisory Board and Helping Hand Home for Children. She is also a past board member of Hospice Austin, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board and the Capital of Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and past president of the Good Shepherd Episcopal School Board of Trustees. Meador received a bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama. She is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2014.

Melissa Pardue of Austin is a part-time private public policy consultant, former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former associate director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Group of Austin, and a past member of the National Association of Christians in Social Work and National Council on Family Relations. Pardue received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree in social work and public policy from Columbia University. She is reappointed for a term to expire March 15, 2016.

Brenda Swinney of Paige is owner and trustee of the Son Dau Trust in Bastrop County. She is a member of and volunteer for Texas Alliance for Life, and a past member of Altrusa International Inc. She is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2016.

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Gov. Perry Names Smith Assistant 
Adjutant General for Army

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry named Brigadier General William "Len" Smith of Austin as the Assistant Adjutant General for Army effective June 16, 2013, for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Smith is director of joint staff and commander of domestic operation for the Texas Military Forces. He is commander of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force and the Homeland Response Force, a member of the United States and Texas National Guard associations and the United States and Lone Star Chapter of the Armor Association, and a distinguished knight of the Order of Saint George. He previously served in the 36th Infantry Division G3 and as deputy commander of Kosovo Forces 7, as chief of staff of the Texas Army National Guard, and as deputy commanding general-maneuver of the 36th Infantry Division and the United States Division in Iraq. He has received a Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit award, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo and Iraq Campaign medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army and Overseas Service ribbons, the NATO Medal, Adjutant General's Individual Achievement Award, and the Texas Faithful Services Award.

Smith received a bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University, a Master of Business Administration from Touro University, and a master's degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority 
Board of Directors

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Board of Directors for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board oversees water resources for communities in its 10 county district.

William Carbonara of Cuero is an account executive at JHC Insurance Agency. He is a board member and treasurer of the Cuero Development Corporation, and a member and past board member of the Cuero Rotary Club. He is a past board member and past treasurer of the Cuero Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and Visitors Center, and a past board member of Visionaries in Preservation. He is also a board member and treasurer of the Cuero Area Soccer Association and Cuero Little Dribblers, and a member of the St. Michael's Catholic Church and Parish Advisory Council. Carbonara received a bachelor's degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word.

Darrell McLain of Gonzales is founder and chief financial officer of Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farms Inc. He is a past member of the Capital Certified Development Corporation, U.S. Department of Agriculture Mushroom Council, Golden Crescent Workforce Development Advisory Board and Gonzales Rotary Club. McLain received an associate degree from Modesto Junior College.

Don Meador of San Marcos is a retired rancher and engineer. He is a past member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and American Angus Association, and a past board member of the Texas Angus Association. He is past president of the Hays County Farm Bureau, past board vice chair of the Hays County Water Conservation District, and a former commissioner of the City of Coppell Planning and Zoning Commission. He served in the U.S. Army. Meador received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a master's degree in industrial engineering from Oklahoma State University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Five to 
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed five members to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board oversees licensing and regulation of dental care providers in Texas, and enforces Texas laws regulating the practice of dentistry.

Steven J. Austin of Amarillo is a dentist in private practice and past adjunct faculty member at the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. He is a member of the American and Texas Dental associations, Panhandle District Dental Society and Western Regional Examination Board, and a member and past president of the Panhandle Academy of General Dentistry. Austin received a bachelor's degree from West Texas State University, a master's degree in theology from the Dallas Theological Institute, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. He is reappointed to the board.

Kirby Bunel Jr. of Texarkana is president of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Northeast Texas. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and American Dental Society of Anesthesia, and a diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also a member and past president of the Texas Dental Association and Texas Dental Society of Anesthesia, and a board member and past president of the Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is a volunteer dentist for Texas Mission of Mercy in Texarkana and Atlanta, and a member of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce. Bunel received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Baylor College of Dentistry, and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Tim O'Hare of Farmers Branch is an attorney in private practice and owner of O'Hare Real Estate. He is former mayor and former city councilman for the City of Farmers Branch. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association and Alliance Defense Fund Honor Corps, and president of the Christian Legal Society of Dallas. He is also a member of the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce, a founding board member of Reclaiming Texas for Christ, and past president of the Rotary Club of Farmers Branch. O'Hare received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Lois Palermo of League City is a dental hygienist at Castille and Castille PC. She is chair of the Dental Hygiene Advisory Board, an examiner for the Western Regional Examination Board, board member and past president of the Texas Dental Hygienists Association, and a member and past board member of the Bay Area Dental Hygienists Society. She is also a past board member of the Space City Aquatic Team and a volunteer for the Bay Wind Village Convalescent Center. Palermo received an associate degree in dental hygiene from Del Mar College and a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston.

Lewis White of Humble is an attorney and corporate counsel for Innovative Paradigm Solutions. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, past president of the Fort Bend and Ector County Texas Young Lawyers associations, and a past member of Safer Dallas Better Dallas. White received a bachelor's degree from McMurry University and a law degree from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He is reappointed to the board.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Eleven to 
Trinity River Authority Board of Directors

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed eleven members to the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors. The authority oversees development and conservation of surface water resources for the Trinity River Basin.

Henry Borbolla III of Fort Worth is vice president of BB&T. He is a board member of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Community Hospice of Texas, Downtown Fort Worth Design Review Board, University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation, Tarrant County Housing Partnership Inc., Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation and Fort Worth Casa Mañana Theatre. He is also a member of the Fort Worth Rotary Club and a committee member of Catholic Charities Fort Worth. Borbolla received a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.

Amanda Davis of Buffalo is a retired school administrator in the Buffalo Independent School District. She is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association, and Texas Association of Mediators. She is also a member of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable and Texas Farm Bureau. Davis received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University and a master's degree in educational leadership and conflict resolution from Abilene Christian University, and completed her superintendent certification from the University of Texas at Tyler. She is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2017.

Valerie Ertz of Dallas is owner and president of VEE Services. She is a member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Military Order of St. John's, Texas Women's Initiative and the Southern Methodist University Alumni Association. She is also a past member of the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents. Ertz received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a master's degree in management from Troy State University. She is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2015.

Tom Fordyce of Huntsville is a retired director of the Texas Criminal Justice Agribusiness Department. He is vice president of the Lone Survivor Foundation and a board member of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Texas Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council, Kick Start for Kids and Huntsville Veterans' Affairs Advisory Board. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Vietnam War veteran. Fordyce received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.

Jess Laird of Athens is president and CEO of First State Bank in Athens. He is a member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas and Texas Bankers Association, and a board member of the Athens Economic Development Corporation and Trinity Valley Community College Foundation Board. He is also a member and past president of the Athens Rotary Club, a past board member of the of the Region VII Education Service Center, Athens Chamber of Commerce and East Texas Medical Center Board of Managers, and past chairman and past board member of the Cain Center. Laird received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler, and is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Graduate School of Banking. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.

David Leonard of Liberty is co-owner of Liberty Dayton Chrysler. He is a member of the Liberty and Dayton chambers of Commerce, a director of the Liberty Knights of Columbus, and a director and past president of the Liberty Lions Club. He is also president of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Parish Council and treasurer of the Magnolia Ridge Country Club. Leonard attended Lee College. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.

Jim Neale of Dallas is president of Quorum Energy Co. He is a member of the North Texas Commercial Real Estate Association, a board member of the Dallas Police Athletic League, and a past member of the Dallas Blue Foundation Executive Committee. Neale received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.

Amir Rupani of Dallas is president and CEO of Texas Prince Properties Inc. He is a board member of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Dallas Foundation, an executive committee member of the Pakistan Society of North Texas, and past chairman and current executive committee member of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Rupani attended City College of Karachi in Karachi, Pakistan. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.

Ana Laura Saucedo of Dallas is a retired real estate investor. She is past president of the Pike Park Preservation League, and a past member of the Dallas Mexican American Historical League and Socorro Independent School District Board of Trustees. Saucedo attended Eastfield Community College. She is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.

Dudley Skyrme of Palestine is a retired sales and construction manager for United Bilt Homes LLC. He is a volunteer for the Palestine Community Food Pantry. He served in the U.S. Navy. Skyrme received a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Arkansas. He is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2019.

C. Dwayne Somerville of Mexia is president and owner of Natural Alternatives Inc., Henderson RV Sales, Palestine RV Center, Eagle Ford RV Park, South Texas Family Housing and Wash Mart Laundry. He is a member of the Coin Laundry Association, assistant scoutmaster for the Mexia Boy Scouts of America, and a youth group leader at First Baptist Church of Mexia. Somerville attended Kilgore College. He is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Thomas to 
Texas Department of Housing and 
Community Affairs

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Robert Thomas of Austin to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2019. TDHCA addresses a broad spectrum of housing and community development issues, and oversees titling, licensing, inspection and enforcement of manufactured housing.

Thomas is an attorney, businessman and principle of Thomas Consulting Group. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Austin Bar Association, Real Estate Council of Austin, and the Greater Austin and Westlake chambers of Commerce, and is immediate past finance chair of the Entrepreneurs' Organization of Austin. He is a board member of the Northwest Austin Civic Association, and a member of the Austin Independent School District Bond Oversight Committee and Anderson High School Parent Teacher Student Association. He is also a past board member and board chair of SafePlace, and a past board member and past governance committee chair of the Austin Child Guidance Center.

Thomas received a bachelor's degree from Loyola University, a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
University of North Texas System 
Board of Regents

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the University of North Texas System Board of Regents for terms to expire May 22, 2019.

Rusty Reid of Fort Worth is president, CEO and board chairman of Higginbotham. He is a certified insurance counselor, a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, and a member and past president of the Young Presidents' Organization Fort Worth Chapter. He is also a board and executive committee member of the Davey O'Brien Foundation and All Saints' Episcopal School, a board member of the Community Foundation of North Texas, board member and past chair of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth and Casa Mañana, and past chair of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Fort Worth Sister Cities International. Reid received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas.

Gwyn Shea of Irving is retired, a former Texas Secretary of State, former State Representative for District 98, and former Dallas County Constable. She is a member of the Baylor Health Care System Board of Trustees, past president of the National Council of Insurance Legislators, a past director of the Irving Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Irving Chamber of Commerce Women's Division. She is a past member of the Texas Municipal League, Texas Association of Business, Texas Civil Justice League, and Texas Association of Concerned Taxpayers. She is also a past advisory board member of the Irving Infant Intervention Center, Irving CARES, and Professional Secretaries International. Shea attended the University of North Texas and Dallas Baptist University, and is a graduate of the Dallas Baptist University Police Academy. She is reappointed to the board.

B. Glen Whitley of Hurst is Tarrant County Judge, a member of the Tarrant County Commissioners Court for 16 years, and co-founder of the Whitley Penn Accounting Firm. He is a board member and past president of the National Association of Counties and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), and a member and past chair of the NCTCOG Regional Transportation Council. He is also a member of the Texas Association of Counties, Texas Indigent Defense Commission and the Government Accounting Standards Advisory Council, and past chair of the Texas Conference of Urban Counties. Whitley served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Nevarez 
as Judge of the 231st Judicial District Court

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Jesus "Jesse" Nevarez Jr. of Keller as judge of the 231st Judicial District Court in Tarrant County for a term to expire at the next general election.

Nevarez is an attorney in private practice. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and State Bar of Texas Family, Juvenile, Real Estate, Probate and Trust law sections. He is also a member of the Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association and Parker County Bar Association, and a past member of the Mexican American Bar Association. He served in the U.S. Air Force.

Nevarez received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a law degree from the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Names Prothro Chair 
of Texas State Board of Public Accountancy

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry named Thomas G. Prothro of Tyler as chair and appointed Robert "Bob" McAdams of San Antonio to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. The board regulates public accountants and administers the certified public accountant (CPA) exam in Texas.

Prothro is a CPA and president of Prothro, Wilhelmi and Company PLLC. He is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA), American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the East Texas Chapter of TSCPA. He is also past president of the Tyler-Rose City Kiwanis Club, and a member of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Development Board, City of Tyler Tax Abatement Committee, and Leadership Tyler. Prothro received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He will serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

McAdams is a CPA, former audit partner, and current consultant at the BDO USA LLP San Antonio Office. He is a member of AICPA and a past member of the AICPA Council, a member and past chair of TSCPA, and a member and past president of the San Antonio CPA Society. He is also past president of the TSCPA Accounting Education Foundation and a past member of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy Peer Review Committee. He is a trustee of the Oblate School of Theology Board, former national board treasurer of AVANCE Inc., past president of AVANCE San Antonio, and past treasurer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. He is also a past board member of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, former vice chair of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County Fund Distribution Committee, a past member of the St. Mary's University Board of Trustees and past president of the St. Mary's Alumni Association. McAdams received a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University. He is appointed for a term to expire Jan. 31. 2019.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
Real Estate Research Advisory Committee

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Real Estate Research Advisory for terms to expire Jan. 31, 2019. The committee advises the Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University, which conducts real estate related research based on Texans' needs.

Walter F. "Ted" Nelson of The Woodlands is president of the Newland Real Estate Group's Central Region. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and Greater Houston Partnership Real Estate Committee, and an executive committee member and past chairman of the West Houston Association. Nelson served in the U.S. Army. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas.

Stephen "Doug" Roberts of Austin is a licensed realtor at Moreland Properties. He is a member of the Austin Board of Realtors, Real Estate Council of Austin, and Platinum Top 50 Realtors of Austin. He is also a volunteer for Austin Mobile Loaves and Fishes Inc., and a past volunteer for Austin Habitat for Humanity. Roberts received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University.

C. Clark Welder of Beeville is an attorney, businessman and general counsel of Welder Exploration and Production Inc. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and Texas Landowners Council, and a board member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Texas A&M San Antonio Foundation. Clark received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the St. Mary's University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Hernandez and 
Jernigan to Peace Officers' Star of Texas 
Award Advisory Committee

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Patrick Hernandez of Leander and Allen D'Wayne Jernigan of Del Rio to the Peace Officers' Star of Texas Award Advisory Committee for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The committee advises the governor on the issuance, design and presentation of the Peace Officers' Star of Texas Award.

Hernandez is captain of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Human Resource Management and Law Enforcement Promotions System, and also serves as the DPS Award Coordinator. He is a member of the Department of Public Safety Officers Association and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Hernandez attended Texas A&I University, now Texas A&M University at Kingsville, and is a graduate of the Texas DPS Training Academy.

Jernigan is a senior advisor for the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, past deputy sheriff and cyber crimes investigator for the Maverick County Sheriff's Office, and a former Val Verde County Sheriff. He is a board member and communication committee chair of the Sheriff's Association of Texas, and a charter member of the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition and Southwest Border Sheriffs Coalition. He is a member of the National Sheriffs' Association, American Jail Association, and the Association of Former Customs Special Agents. He is also a member of the Del Rio Lion's Club, a life member of the Texas State Rifle Association, and past president of the Border Amateur Radio Society and Blue Knights Motorcycle LE Association. Jernigan received an associate degree from Cooke County Junior College, now North Central Texas College, and is a graduate of the Texas Peace Officer Academy and National Sheriffs Institute Executive Development Program.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Eight to 
Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed eight members to the Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council for terms to expire Jan. 31, 2015. The council advises the Crime Victims' Institute regarding the compilation and study of information on the impact of crime to victims, society, and relatives and guardians, and assists the institute in developing policies to prevent the victimization of society by crime.

Ana Estevez of Amarillo is judge of the 251st Judicial District Court in Potter and Randall counties. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation, Amarillo Area Bar Association, and Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee. She is also a board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Amarillo and an advisory board member of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health. Estevez received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education from Texas A&M University, and a law degree from Baylor Law School.

Ann Matthews of Jourdanton is a licensed professional counselor and mediator in private practice. She is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, San Antonio Bar Association, and Texas Counseling Association. She is also a past volunteer counselor for the Atascosa Family Crisis Center. Matthews received a bachelor's degree from Sul Ross State University and a master's degree in community counseling from St. Mary's University. She is reappointed to the council.

Geoffrey Puryear of Austin is an assistant district attorney for Williamson County and a former assistant district attorney for Travis County. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Travis County Bar Association, and Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Puryear received a bachelor's degree from Texas State University and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

Stephanie Schulte of El Paso is a registered nurse at Sierra Medical Center, a certified nurse educator, adult and pediatric sexual assault nurse, and former certified sexual assault nurse examiner. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and president-elect of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Board of Directors. She is also a past member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and a past board member of the El Paso Rape Crisis Center. Schulte received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing systems administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is reappointed to the council.

Jane Shafer of San Antonio is community services supervisor for the San Antonio Police Department. She is a member of the Texas Council on Family Violence and San Antonio Volunteer Administrators Association, and a facilitator for the San Antonio Task Force Against Elder Domestic Violence. She is board treasurer for the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative and San Antonio Resource Center Dote Foundation. She is also a past board member of the YWCA of San Antonio, past commissioner of the San Antonio Mayor's commissions on the Status of Women and on Children and Families, and past director of the Our Lady of the Lake University Center for Women in Church and Society. Shafer received a bachelor's degree from Our Lady of the Lake University and a master's degree in theology from Creighton University. She is reappointed to the council.

Mark Wilson of Brandon is a police sergeant and supervisor of the Fort Worth Police Department Recruit and Advanced Training Unit. He is a member of the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and a past board member of the Texas Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority, Brandon Irene Water Supply Corporation, and Tarleton State University Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Program. He is also a past football official for the Fort Worth Football Officials Association, Lone Star Conference and Southwest Junior College Football Conference. Wilson served in the U.S. Air Force and Texas Air National Guard. He received an associate degree from McLennan Community College and is a certified master peace officer, firearm instructor, Texas concealed handgun instructor, and National Rifle Association police pistol and shotgun instructor. He is reappointed to the council.

Stefani Carter of Dallas is the Texas state representative for District 102. She serves as a legislative member and is reappointed to the council.

Robert Duncan of Lubbock is the Texas state senator for District 28. He serves as a legislative member to the council.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Eight to 
Continuing Advisory Committee 
for Special Education

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed eight members to the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2017. The committee provides policy guidance on special education and related services for children with disabilities in Texas.

Debra D. Emerson of Pflugerville is a Child Protective Services (CPS) state director for permanency at the Department of Family and Protective Services. She is a past member of the National Association of State Adoption Programs, National Association of State Foster Care Managers and CPS State Disproportionality Council. Emerson received a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington. She is reappointed to the committee.

Julia W. Erwin of Montgomery is a community volunteer and former sales representative for West Publishing Inc. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Stewart Creek Elementary Parent Teacher Organization and Autism Speaks. She is also a volunteer for Montgomery Little League, and a past member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Erwin received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a law degree from the University of Houston. She is reappointed to the committee.

Laurie Goforth of Dickinson is director of special programs for the Dickinson Independent School District. She is a member of the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education, treasurer of the Galveston Council of Administrators of Special Education, and treasurer of ARC of the Gulf Coast. She is also a volunteer for the National Alliance for Mental Illness and a member of the Galveston County Community Resource Coordination Group. Goforth received a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University, and a master's degree in educational psychology with a specialization as an educational diagnostician from the University of Houston, and attended post graduate school at Texas A&M University.

Robin H. Lock of Lubbock is a special education professor in the Texas Tech University College of Education Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership. She is a member of the Council for Learning Disabilities and the Council for Exceptional Children, and a state committee member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She is also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lubbock Staff Parish Relations Committee. Lock received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree in special education, and a Doctorate of Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin.

Nancy Shugart of Austin is an author and professional public speaker, and a retired teacher in the Austin Independent School District. She is a member of the National and Texas Parent Teacher associations, National Education Association, Texas State Teachers Association, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Austin. She is also co-founder of the Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes program, a volunteer for Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers, and a 2010 recipient of the Barbara Jordan Media Award from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities. Shugart received a bachelor's degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas, and a master's degree in music from Sam Houston State University.

Jennifer L. Taylor of San Antonio is assistant vice president and an executive communication analyst for Bank of America's Global Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Division. She is a board member of the Dallas Mayor's Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities, and a volunteer for the Upside of Down Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Trinity Church of San Antonio Sunday School Program. She is also a past committee member of the Teacher Preparation Forum and a past member of the University of Texas Alumni Association. Taylor received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is reappointed to the committee.

Paul Watson of Flower Mound is a pilot and safety analyst with Southwest Airlines. He is a founding board member of the Greater Lewisville Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association. He is past chair of the Rise School of Dallas Parent Education Committee, and a past member of the Lewisville Independent School District Curriculum Council. He is also past committee chair and den leader for the Forest Vista Elementary School Cub Scouts and a former volunteer coach of the Greater Lewisville Area Soccer Association. Watson served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. He received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a master's degree in international relations from Troy State University. He is reappointed to the committee.

Myeshi Williams-Briley of Spring is a community liaison for the City of Houston Coast2Coast Rx Card program, and CEO of the Education, Support, Help and Intervention (ESHI) Therapy Center. She is a volunteer speaker concerning epilepsy/neurological disorders issues, a board member of A Heart Like Hers Foundation, and a past member of the Barbara Jordan Ambassador Program Health Communication and Media Partnership. She is also health and wellness coordinator at Fallbrook Church, and a board member of the Rotary Club of Northwest Houston Sunset. Williams-Briley received a bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix, and a master's degree in human services from Springfield College. She is reappointed to the committee.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to 
State Independent Living Council

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed four members to the State Independent Living Council. The council leads, promotes and advances an independent living philosophy, and advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Jim Brocato of Beaumont is executive director of the RISE Center for Independent Living. He is vice chair of the Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living, a member of the Texas Area Health Education Center East Board of Directors, Texas Health and Human Services Commission Region 5 Medicaid Advisory Committee, National Council on Independent Living and Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living. Brocato received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in human services administration from St. Edward's University. He is appointed for a term to expire Oct. 24, 2015.

John Hobgood of Lubbock is a licensed master social worker and special projects coordinator of Life Time Independence for Everyone Inc. He is a member of the City of Lubbock Special Needs Alliance, Lubbock Emergency Planning Committee, and West Texas Native American Association. He is also a past member of the National American Red Cross Disability Task Force and Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Food and Shelter Board. Hobgood received a bachelor's degree from Lubbock Christian University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is appointed for a term to expire Oct. 24, 2015.

Amy Kantoff of Austin is an independent living program specialist in the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Rehabilitation Services Division. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as an ex-officio member of the council for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Laurie Pryor of Fort Worth is an independent living program field specialist of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Blind Services Division. She is a past member of the Tarrant Area Gerontological Society, Texas Rehab Action Network, and the Senior Advocacy Coalition. She is also a past advisor for the Low Vision Network of Texas. Pryor received a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Texas. She serves as an ex-officio member of the council for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Barnes to 
Texas Mutual Insurance Company 
Board of Directors

Thursday, August 29, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed Robert "Bob" Barnes of Granbury to the Texas Mutual Insurance Company Board of Directors for a term to expire July 1, 2019. The company acts as a competitive force in the workers' compensation market to guarantee the availability of workers' compensation in Texas and to act as the insurer of last resort. Barnes will continue to serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Barnes is a restaurateur, real estate developer and owner of Multi-Concepts Ltd., Vision Asset Management Ltd., and West Texas Investments Ltd. He is also former president and CEO of Schlotzsky's Ltd. He is an executive committee member and past president of the Texas Restaurant Association, and past chair of the Texas Motor Vehicle Board. He is also a founding member of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Development Board and a past member of the Texas State Comptroller's Blue Ribbon Commission.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Ahlschwede 
as District Attorney of 452nd Judicial District

Thursday, August 29, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Tonya Spaeth Ahlschwede of Junction as district attorney of the 452nd Judicial District in Edwards, Kimble, McCulloch, Mason and Menard counties for a term to expire in the next general election.

Ahlschwede is an attorney and shareholder at Ahlschwede and Spaeth PC, and a former assistant district attorney of the 198th Judicial District in Kimble, Mason, Menard and McCulloch counties. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Texas Crime Victims Committee, and Texas District and County Attorneys Association. She is a past member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and Tom Green County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Junction A&M Club and Mason Tennis Association, and a volunteer for the Kimble County 4-H Club and Kimble County Senior Citizens Center.

Ahlschwede received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Hofmann 
as Judge of 452nd Judicial District

Thursday, August 29, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Robert Hofmann of Mason as judge of the 452nd Judicial District Court in Edwards, Kimble, McCulloch, Mason and Menard counties for a term to expire at the next general election.

Hofmann is presiding judge of the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country and former Mason County attorney. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, National Association of Counsel for Children, Child Protection Court Advisory Committee, and Texas Association of Child Protection Judges. He is also a member of the Texas Supreme Court Children's Commission and chair of the commission's Texas Blueprint Implementation Task Force. He is vice chair of the First United Methodist Church of Mason Church Council, and a leader and staff care coordinator of Mason Young Life. He is also past Texas judicial representative of the U.S. Children's Bureau Collaboration, and a community leader in the creation and organization of Bluebonnet CASA.

Hofmann received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Stith as 
Judge of 319th Judicial District Court

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed David Stith of Corpus Christi as judge of the 319th Judicial District Court in Nueces County for a term to expire at the next general election.

Stith is an attorney and partner at Cassidy and Stith, and former judge of the Nueces County Court at Law 3. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and a member and past president of the Nueces County Bar Association. He is a graduate of the Corpus Christi Citizens' Police Academy, past president of the Coastal Bend Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, a past commissioner of the Nueces County Board of Coastal Parks, and a past pro bono attorney for the Thomas More Law Center. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi and the Leadership Corpus Christi Alumni Association, and is a sponsor of Compassion International.

Stith received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law, and is board certified in criminal law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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Gov. Perry Names Darrell D. Dávila 
Director of Governmental Appointments

Friday, August 23, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry named Darrell D. Dávila Director of Governmental Appointments effective September 1. He will replace Bech Bruun, who was recently named a new full-time member to the Texas Water Development Board.

"Darrell is a trusted advisor in my appointments office and his extensive legal and policy expertise makes him ideally suited to lead this division. His leadership will help ensure we continue to appoint the best and most qualified people to build a stronger Texas," said Gov. Perry. 

Dávila, a native of Corpus Christi, most recently served as appointments manager for legal and judicial appointments for the Office of the Governor. Prior to that, he was an assistant district attorney and legislative/governmental affairs liaison for the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office in Fort Worth. He previously worked as a civil litigation attorney in Dallas and served as an assistant in the policy office of Gov. George W. Bush. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, a past member of the Tarrant County Bar Association, the College of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas District and County Attorneys' Association, and a former Tarrant County Young Lawyers volunteer Teen Court judge.

Dávila received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Marty to 
Public Utility Commission

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Brandy Marty of Austin to the Public Utility Commission (PUC), effective immediately. The three-member PUC encourages competition and customer choice in Texas, and ensures electric and telephone operations, services and rates are fair and reasonable.

"Brandy is a passionate public servant with a deep knowledge of state government and the issues critical to Texas' continued success," Gov. Perry said. "She is well respected by her colleagues and officials across state government and is known as a capable and effective leader. Her experience and skills will be a major asset to the PUC as they continue their important work for our state."

Marty most recently served as chief of staff for the Office of the Governor. She has also served as the governor's deputy chief of staff, director of the Budget, Planning and Policy Division, and as deputy legislative director as House liaison. Marty was also policy director for the governor's 2010 primary campaign. She has previously served in several capacities working for elected officials within the House of Representatives.

Marty received a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas and a law degree from St. Mary's University.

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Gov. Perry Names Robinson Chair 
of Texas State Council for Adult 
Offender Supervision

Thursday, August 15, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed and named Steve Robinson of Liberty Hill as chair of the Texas State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The council serves as an advisory body on matters concerning the interstate supervision of offenders on probation or parole who are allowed to transfer their supervision to another state. Robinson will also serve as a commissioner to the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Robinson is a criminal justice consultant at The Nakamoto Group Inc. He is a member of the Texas Probation Association and a past member of the American Correctional Association. He is also a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Team Roping USA, and the United States Team Roping Championships.

Robinson received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Public Administration from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Gordon 
to Rio Grande Compact Commission

Thursday, August 15, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed Patrick R. Gordon of El Paso to the Rio Grande Compact Commission for a term to expire June 9, 2019. The commission administers the Rio Grande Compact, an agreement between Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, to ensure that Texas receives an equitable share of quality water from the Rio Grande and its tributaries.

Gordon is a partner and president of Gordon Davis Johnson and Shane PC. He is a certified public accountant and licensed real estate broker, and is certified in tax law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and former editor of the Section of Taxation newsletter, and a member of the El Paso Juarez Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization. He is also past president of the El Paso Estate Planning Council and a past board member of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

Gordon received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, and a law degree and Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Castro 
and Hill to Texas State Board of 
Social Worker Examiners

Friday, August 09, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Maria Castro of Weslaco and Macy Hill of Fort Worth to the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. The board regulates the profession of social work in Texas.

Castro is a licensed medical social worker at Rio Grande Regional Hospital. She is also a member and volunteer of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Weslaco. Castro received a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas- Pan American. Her term will expire Feb. 1 2019.

Hill is vice president of development and public relations for the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth. She is a member of the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Foundation and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is a community stakeholder of the City of Fort Worth Mayor's Advisory Council on Homelessness. She is also a member and sponsorship vice president of the Junior Women's Club of Fort Worth, a committee member of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Mad Scientist Ball, and a board member of the Fort Worth Country Day School Parent Faculty Association. Hill received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University. Her term will expire Feb. 1, 2015.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Brown to 
Supreme Court of Texas

Thursday, September 26, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Jeff Brown of Houston as a justice of the Supreme Court of Texas for a term to expire at the next general election.

"Jeff is an outstanding and accomplished jurist whose highest priority on the bench is preservation of the rule of law," Gov. Perry said. "Jeff is a staunch defender of the constitutional freedoms our state and our nation are founded upon and he will uphold these values with honor, dignity and integrity as a Supreme Court justice. I am pleased he will continue his lifelong commitment to public service and the people of Texas by accepting this appointment." 

Brown is currently justice of the 14th Court of Appeals, a position he has held since his appointment in December 2007. He is also presiding judge of Harris County Success Through Addiction Recovery Drug Court No. 1. He is a former judge of the 55th Judicial District Court in Harris County, and a former associate attorney at Baker Botts LLP. Brown served as law clerk to Texas Supreme Court Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott. He is vice chair and past president of the Houston Law Review Board of Directors, treasurer of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and past president of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. He is a member of the American Law Institute, Federalist Society, State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charges Committee, LifeHouse Advisory Board, and Supreme Court of Texas Multidistrict Litigation Panel. He is also vice president of the University of Houston Law Alumni Association and a former adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. He is an editorial board member of The Advocate, a life member and committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, past board member of Texas Lyceum and a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XVIII.

Brown received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of 
Texas Oversight Committee

Thursday, September 26, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee. Pursuant to Senate Bill 149 of the 83rd Regular Legislative Session, the committee guides the work of the institute, which awards grants to expedite innovation in cancer research, and attracts and expands cancer prevention and treatment research capabilities.

Angelos Angelou of Austin is founder and principal executive of AngelouEconomics, and former vice president of economic development for the Austin Chamber of Commerce. He is a founding member of the Site Selectors Guild, fellow of the IC2 Institute, and member of the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council. He is also a past board member of the International Economic Development Council, and past advisory council member for the St. Edwards University School of Behavioral and Social Sciences and University of Texas Bureau of Business Research. Angelou received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree in economics from St. Mary's University. He is appointed for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2019.

Gerry Geistweidt of Mason is an attorney in private practice, and is admitted to practice law before the Texas Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Texas Bar Association, and a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is also a former member of the Texas House of Representatives, and an elder at River of Life Church in Mason. He served in the U.S. Army. Geistweidt received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. He is appointed for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2015.

William Rice of Austin is a physician and senior vice president of clinical innovation for St. David's Healthcare, and the Central and West Texas Division of the Hospital Corporation of America. He is a member of the American and Texas Medical associations, and a past member of the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation and Texas Board of Nursing. He is also a board member and corporate sponsorship committee chair of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Rice received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and surgical training at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston. He is appointed for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2017.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Frost as 
Chief Justice of 14th Court of Appeals

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Kem Thompson Frost of Katy as chief justice of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the next general election.

Frost is a current justice of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, a position she has held since her appointment in January 1999. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and appointed member of the Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court Executive Committee, a board member of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Texas Tech Law School Foundation, a sustaining member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, and a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Frost received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. She is currently pursuing a Master of Laws in Judicial Studies from the Duke University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Anderson 
District Attorney of Harris County

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Devon Anderson of Bellaire as district attorney of Harris County for a term to expire at the next general election.

Anderson is an attorney and former partner of Anderson and Thomas PLLC. She is also former judge of the 177th Judicial District Court and a past assistant district attorney for Harris County. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Houston Bar Association, and president of the Harris County Drug Court Foundation. She is a past member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals. She is also a volunteer for Houston Habitat for Humanity and the Bellaire Girls Softball Association.

Anderson received a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Texas.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints McDaniel 
and Rogers to Texas Crime Stoppers Council

Monday, September 23, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed William "Randy" McDaniel of Montgomery and Susan Rogers of Odessa to the Texas Crime Stoppers Council for terms to expire Sept. 1, 2017. The council assists in the creation of Crime Stoppers organizations across the state that help local law enforcement agencies combat crime.

McDaniel is chief deputy of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. He is a board member of the Texas Chief Deputies Association, member of the Sheriffs' Association of Texas and Texas Police Association, and past member of the American Association of State Troopers. He served in the U.S. Air Force and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. McDaniel received a bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University, a Master of Business Administration from LeTourneau University, and a master's degree in counseling and guidance from the University of North Dakota.

Rogers is executive director of Odessa Crime Stoppers. She is a member of Crime Stoppers USA and the Texas Crime Stoppers Advisory Council Education Steering Committee. She is also a past member of the Texas Crime Stoppers Association, Odessa Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Ector County Independent School District Parent Teacher Association. Rogers attended Odessa College.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Henley 
to Commission on State Emergency 
Communications

Monday, September 23, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed Terry Henley of Meadows Place to the Commission on State Emergency Communications for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2019. The commission helps cities, counties and emergency communication districts implement and maintain enhanced 9-1-1 emergency communications and poison control center services throughout the state.

Henley is a retired applications engineer for General Electric and Gexpro, and mayor pro tem for the City of Meadows Place, a position he has held for 26 years. He is president of the Meadows Place Economic Development Corporation, a board member and past president of the Texas Municipal League and Texas Association of Regional Councils, and a board member and past chairman of the Houston-Galveston Area Council. He is also a past den leader of the Boys Scouts of America Sam Houston Area Council Meadows Place Pack and past coach of the Meadows Place Little League.

Henley received a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Business Administration from the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Rodewald to 
Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Catherine Rodewald of Dallas to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017. The commission oversees the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Rodewald is the retired president of Prudential Asset Resources and retired managing director of Prudential Mortgage Capital Company. She is a board member of the Dallas International Women's Forum and Parkland Foundation, and a past member of the Mortgage Bankers Association and Commercial Real Estate Finance Council. She is also a past board member of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, Dallas Woman's Foundation, YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the Dallas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Rodewald received a bachelor's degree from Northwood University.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Three 
to Texas Commission on the Arts

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed three members to the Texas Commission on the Arts. The commission encourages appreciation for fine arts in Texas, and acts in an advisory capacity regarding the construction and remodeling of state buildings and works of art.

Dale Brock of Fort Worth is senior vice president of OmniAmerican Bank. He is a member of the Risk Management Association, American Bankers Association, Texas Bankers Association, French-American Chamber of Commerce, and Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member of Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives Inc., Downtown Fort Worth Inc., and the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center Metroplex Regional Advisory Board. He is also a board and executive committee member of the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, a member of the Fort Worth Strategic Action Plan steering committee for Plan 2023, and president of the Fort Worth Downtown Neighborhood Alliance Board of Directors. Brock received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the University of Delaware Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He is reappointed for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2017.

Alphonse Dotson of Voca is owner and president of Certenberg Vineyards Inc. He is also a private fine arts, precious gem and metals dealer and collector, and a former professional football player, teacher and juvenile probation officer. He is past president of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, past vice president of the Voca Volunteer Fire Department, and a past member of the World Football League. Dotson received a bachelor's degree from Grambling College. He is reappointed for term to expire Aug. 31, 2015.

Molly Hipp Hubbard of Houston is art director for Rice University. She is a member of Texas Women for the Arts and board member of The Houston Seminar. Hubbard received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas. She is reappointed for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2015.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for terms to expire Aug. 30, 2019. The commission ensures Texans are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement and corrections personnel through screening, developing and monitoring resources, and setting standards.

Jason Hester of Leander is a major in the Texas Department of Public Safety assigned to the Education, Training and Research Division. He is a member of the Texas Police Association, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and FBI National Academy Associates of Texas, and a current member, former district representative and past board member of the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association. He is also a volunteer den leader for the Leander Boy Scouts of America and a Sunday school teacher at Central Baptist Church. Hester received a bachelor's degree from Tarleton State University, and is a graduate of the 251st session of the FBI National Academy.

Johnny E. Lovejoy II of San Antonio is president and CEO of Lovejoy and Associates. He is chair of the Community First Health Plans Board of Directors, and a board member of the National Federation of Independent Business State Leadership Council and Bexar County D.A.R.E. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Lovejoy received a bachelor's degree, master's degree in counseling psychology, and doctorates in psychology and business administration from Robert Gordon University. He is reappointed to the commission.

Joel Richardson of Canyon is sheriff of Randall County, and former chief deputy, criminal division lieutenant, criminal investigator and special crimes investigator for Randall County. He is chair of the Potter-Randall 911 District Board, and a member of the Texas Jail Association, Texas Panhandle Peace Officers Association, American Correctional Association and United Peace Officers of America. He is a member and past president of the Texas Chief Deputies Association and Canyon Rotary Club, past chair of United Way of Amarillo and Canyon, and a past board member of the Sheriffs' Association of Texas and March of Dimes. Richardson received a bachelor's degree from West Texas State University. He is reappointed and will continue to serve as chair of the commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Carlson to 
Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Patrick Carlson of Austin to the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2015. The board adopts rules for the licensing and certification of real estate appraisers in Texas.

Carlson is an attorney at Armbrust & Brown PLLC. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Austin Bar Association, Texas and Austin Young Lawyers associations, Real Estate Council of Austin, and Capital Area Suburban Exchange.

Carlson received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to 
Specialty Courts Advisory Council

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed four members to the Specialty Courts Advisory Council. The council evaluates applications for grant funding for specialty courts in Texas, and makes funding recommendations to the Governor's Criminal Justice Division.

A. Rebecca "Becca" Crowell of Dallas is executive director and CEO of Nexus Recovery Center, and a licensed professional chemical dependency counselor. She is a member of the Governor's Criminal Justice Advisory Council, Eastfield College Social Work Substance Abuse Program Advisory Committee, Dallas County Behavioral Health Leadership Team, and the Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Task Force. She is also past president of the Association of Substance Abuse Programs. Crowell received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in counseling from the University of Florida. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

Keta Dickerson of Richardson is a program manager for Dallas County Divert Court. She is a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Dallas County Behavioral Health Steering Committee, and secretary and past conference planning committee chair of the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals. She is also past chair of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice President's Council and an advisor and founder of the association's North Texas/ Dallas Chapter. Dickerson received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is reappointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Patrick McCann of Richmond is an attorney in private practice. He is a member of the American, Fort Bend County and Houston Bar associations, and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. He is also past president of the Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Attorneys Association and Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, and a past board member of the Fort Bend County Women's Center. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. McCann received a bachelor's degree from Boston College and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. He is reappointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Ruben Reyes of Lubbock is judge of the 72nd Judicial District Court in Lubbock and Crosby counties, and presiding judge of the Lubbock County Adult Drug Court. He is vice chair and a board member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, an advisory board member of the Lubbock Independent School District Career and Technical Education program and the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, chair of the Governor's Criminal Justice Advisory Council, and past president of the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is also a member of the Lubbock Area Bar Association, past member and officer of the South Plains Family Law Association, and a past member of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section. Reyes received a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a law degree from Baylor Law School. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Baggett and 
Stavinoha to Texas Lottery Commission

Monday, September 16, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Jodie Baggett of Ozona and Katie Stavinoha of The Woodlands to the Texas Lottery Commission. The commission oversees the Texas Lottery, and ensures lottery and bingo games are conducted in a legal and fair manner.

Baggett is a partner in a family-owned ranching operation in West Texas and former elementary school teacher. She is a member of the Texas Wildlife Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Land and Mineral Owners Association, Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, National Society of Magna Charta Dames and Barons, Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas, and Friends of the Crockett County Library. She is also a sustaining member and past president of the Ozona Women's League, board member of the Crockett County Museum, and past board member of the Crockett County Hospital and Care Center Board. Baggett received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

Stavinoha is a former public affairs consultant for energy and agriculture businesses and state agencies. She is also former public affairs director for Koch Companies Public Sector, past director of public information for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, a former communications manager for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and a past special assistant at the Texas Department of Agriculture. She is an advisory board member of the Jobs and Education for Texans Grant Program and a board member of the Shenandoah Sharks Youth Swim Team. Stavinoha received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Names Hahn Chair of 
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Friday, September 13, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed and named Harold W. Hahn of El Paso chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). He has also named Robert "Bobby" Jenkins Jr. of Austin vice chair and reappointed Christopher Huckabee of Fort Worth to the board. The board sets policies and coordinates efforts to improve higher education in Texas.

Hahn is chairman and CEO of Rocky Mountain Mortgage, and currently serves as vice chair of the THEBC. He is director of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and past vice president and past director of the Yucca Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member and past director of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, a member and past president of the El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association, and a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and Paso Del Norte Group. Hahn received a bachelor's degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He is reappointed for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2019, and will serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Jenkins is president of ABC Home and Commercial Services. He is a board member of the Austin American Heart Association and Texas A&M University College of Agriculture Development Council, and a board member and past chair of the Austin Alzheimer's Association and Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. He is also past chairman of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Caritas of Austin, and Austin Independent School District Bond Oversight Committee, and past president of the Better Business Bureau of Central Texas, National Pest Management Association and Texas Pest Control Association. Jenkins received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. He will serve as vice chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Huckabee is a registered architect and CEO of Huckabee Inc. He is a member of the Texas Society of Architects, Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and Young Presidents' Organization. He is also a board member and development committee chair of the Cook Children's Hospital Medical Center, a board member of the Cook Children's Health Foundation, and vice chair of the Community Foundation of North Texas. Huckabee received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University. He is reappointed for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Names Hecht as Chief Justice 
of Texas Supreme Court

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Justice Nathan L. Hecht of Austin as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. Justice Hecht's term will be effective Oct. 1, 2013, and is set to expire at the next general election. He will serve as the 27th chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas.

"I am proud to appoint Justice Hecht as chief justice of the highest court in the state," Gov. Perry said. "I know Justice Hecht to be a man of the most upstanding character and integrity, with an uncompromising commitment to protecting the interests of the citizens of Texas. As the most senior justice on the Court, his dedication to the rule of law and wealth of knowledge and judicial experience will be invaluable as he serves in this new role."

Justice Hecht was first elected to the Supreme Court of Texas in 1988 and is the senior justice on the Court. Justice Hecht has won re-election four times. During his time on the Court, Justice Hecht has authored more than 350 opinions. He is also responsible for the Supreme Court's efforts to assure that all Texans, including those living below the poverty level, have access to basic civil legal services.

Prior to his service on the Supreme Court of Texas, he served as a justice of the Texas 5th Court of Appeals and as judge of the 95th Judicial District Court in Dallas County. He is also a former associate attorney and shareholder of Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney and Neely, PC, now known as Locke, Lord, Bissell and Liddell, LLP, and is a former law clerk to Judge Roger Robb of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Justice Hecht is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar, and the American, Dallas, and Austin Bar associations. He is a commissioner of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, a life fellow of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American, Texas, and Dallas Bar foundations, and a past member of the US Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. He served as a lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGC).

Justice Hecht received a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints De Hoyos to 
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission

Friday, September 06, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Roberto De Hoyos of Austin to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The commission oversees the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

De Hoyos is the director of institutional relations at Tenaris North America, and former principal of Ryan LLC, a corporate tax service firm. He previously served as director of the Texas Enterprise Fund and deputy executive director of the Governor's Division of Economic Development and Tourism. Prior to his work for the Office of the Governor, De Hoyos was director of Latin American business development at Starwood Trading Inc., and chief of staff and director of business development for the Mexican Consulate General in Austin. 

De Hoyos received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Technological Institute of Piedras Negras in Coahuila, Mexico.

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Gov. Perry Names Krause Chair of 
Texas Lottery Commission

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has named J. Winston Krause of Austin chair of the Texas Lottery Commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The commission oversees the Texas Lottery, and ensures lottery and bingo games are conducted in a legal and fair manner.

Krause is a tax, estate and corporate lawyer and principal partner of Krause and Associates. He is a non-practicing certified public accountant, and a member of the State Bar of Texas, Austin Bar Association and American Bar Association Section of Taxation. He is also a member of the Huston-Tillotson University Board of Trustees, past member of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, and a board member and past president of the Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council.

Krause received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Crain and 
Peterson to Texas Historical Commission

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed John Crain of Dallas and Gilbert "Pete" Peterson III of Alpine to the Texas Historical Commission for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The commission works to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological and cultural landmarks.

Crain is president and CEO of The Summerlee Foundation. He is an executive committee member and past president of Friends of the Texas Governor's Mansion, a board member of the Southern Methodist University William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, and past president and honorary life board member of the Texas State Historical Association. He is a board member and past vice president of the Historic Preservation League, an advisory director of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and an ex officio member of The Sixth Floor Museum. He is also past chairman of the Dallas County Historical Commission and City of Dallas Landmark Commission. Crain received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, a master's degree in history from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University, and certificates in arts administration from Harvard University and museum management from the University of California at Berkeley.

Peterson is the investments officer at West Texas National Bank in Alpine. He is president of the Museum of the Big Bend Advisory Board and Davis Mountains Trans-Pecos Heritage Association, vice president of Friends of the Center for Big Bend Studies, a board member of Friends of the Texas Governor's Mansion, and a board member and past president of Leadership Big Bend. He is also a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, a past board member of the Alpine Public Library, past president of the Rotary Club of Alpine, and past treasurer of the Alpine Chamber of Commerce. Peterson received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in broadcast and film art from Southern Methodist University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Brown 
as Justice of 5th Court of Appeals

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Ada Brown of Plano as justice of the 5th Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the next general election.

Brown is a civil litigator at McKool Smith PC, a former Dallas County Criminal Court judge, former prosecutor with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and former adjunct professor at the Southern Methodist University School of Law. She is a member of the National Bar Association, J.L. Turner Legal Association, the College of the State Bar of Texas, Scribes, and the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary. She is a past board member of the Texas Public Safety Commission and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, past chair of the Dallas Bar Association Criminal Justice Committee and a teacher for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She is also a member of Mensa and Connections United Methodist Church, and is a volunteer editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News.

Brown received a bachelor's degree from Spelman College and a law degree from the Emory University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Names Martin Chair 
of Family and Protective Services Council

Friday, October 25, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry named Christina Rawls Martin of Mission as chair and appointed four members to the Family and Protective Services Council. The council protects children and individuals who are elderly or have disabilities from abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Martin is president and owner of Scottie's Tours ‘n Travels. She is a member of the Frost Bank Advisory Board of Directors, chairman and founding member of the Hidalgo and Starr County Children's Advocacy Center and a board member and past chair of the McAllen Rotary Club. She is also past chair of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation, McAllen Junior League and McAllen International Museum of Art and Science. Martin received a bachelor's degree and attended graduate school at Sam Houston State University. She is appointed as chair of the council for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Lisa Hembry of Dallas is president and CEO of Literacy Instruction for Texas, and a former Dallas County treasurer. She is a member of the Literacy Texas Advocacy Committee and Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Executive Committee, and a board member of Baylor Specialty Hospital, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Southern Methodist University Archives of Women of the Southwest. She is also a past member of the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas County and District Retirement System, and Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington D.C. Hembry received a bachelor's degree and a graduate marketing certificate from Southern Methodist University. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

Krizia Ramirez of San Antonio is an academic achievement specialist for the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio. She is a mentor for the University of Texas at San Antonio Mentoring for Advancement, Development and Empowerment program and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Antonio. She is past president of Youth Alumni Initiating Advocacy and Bexar County Preparation for Adult Living, a past San Antonio representative of the Regional Youth Leadership Council, and past Texas representative of the Statewide Youth Leadership Committee and National Youth in Transition Database Conference in Washington, D.C. Ramirez received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Juan Sorto of Houston is a probation officer for the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. He is a member of the Texas Probation Association, Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Pi Alpha Alpha Public Administration Honor Society, and the Golden Key Honor Society. He is also a volunteer for the Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter and former student regent of Texas Southern University. Sorto received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston-Downtown and a Master of Public Administration from Texas Southern University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in urban planning from Texas Southern University. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Linda Timmerman of Streetman is director of strategic business at Texas Dermatology Associates, and a part-time instructor at Navarro College. She is a former board member and past president of the National Council of Instructional Administrators, Texas Community College Instructional Administrators, and Corsicana Chamber of Commerce. She is also a past board member of the Trinity River Authority, a past member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, past president of the Rotary Club of Corsicana, and a volunteer for the Navarro County American Cancer Society. Timmerman received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University at Commerce, a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a Doctorate of Education in education administration from Texas A&M University at Commerce. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Wilmot as 
Director of the Office of State-Federal Relations

Thursday, October 24, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Dan Wilmot of Big Spring as director of the Office of State-Federal Relations (OSFR). The director acts as a liaison between the state and the federal government, helps coordinate state and federal programs, and informs the governor and Legislature of federal programs that may be carried out in the state or that affect state programs. The director also provides information to federal agencies and Congress about state policy and conditions on matters that concern the federal government.

Wilmot has more than 20 years experience in state and federal government, starting his career as a congressional staffer and most recently serving as director of the Washington, D.C. office of OSFR. Before joining the Governor's Office, he served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for intergovernmental affairs for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Legislative Affairs. He was also assistant to the vice president and director of advance for Vice President Dick Cheney. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Wilmot currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and two daughters.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas 
State Technical College System Board of Regents

Friday, October 18, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas State Technical College System Board of Regents for terms to expire Aug. 31, 2019. The board establishes policies to direct and govern the Texas State Technical College System, and to assure compliance with legislative intent.

Ivan Andarza of Austin is an attorney. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Austin Bar Association and Hispanic Bar Association of Austin. He is also board chairman of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, a past fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas, past board member of the Cameron County Bar Association, past president of the Kiwanis Club of Brownsville, and a past volunteer for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. Andarza received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the Baylor University School of Law.

Keith Honey of Longview is a registered professional engineer and external affairs manager of AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company. He is a member of the National and Texas societies of Professional Engineers and the Society of Mining Engineers. He is immediate past president of the Longview Economic Development Corporation, vice chairman of the Texas State Technical College Foundation Board of Directors, and a board member of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce. He is also past chairman of the Longview Chamber of Commerce and Greater Longview United Way, and a founding board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Gregg County. Honey received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Montana Tech University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Ellis M. Skinner II of Dallas is partner of Ellis M. Skinner Company LLC. He is a member of Associated Builders and Contractors and the Dallas chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. He is a board member of the Jubilee Park and Community Center, and past chairman of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas Youth and Family Centers and the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He is also a past board member of Goodwill Industries of Dallas, the Dallas Society for Crippled Children, Hope Cottage and the Circle Ten Council. Skinner received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is reappointed to the board.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to 
University of Houston System Board of Regents

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the University of Houston System Board of Regents for terms to expire Aug. 31, 2019.

Durga D. Agrawal of Houston is president and CEO of Piping Technology and Products, and director of the Agrawal Association of America. He is a member of the National and Texas societies of Professional Engineers, University of Houston Department of Industrial Engineering Advisory, Alumni and Cullen College of Engineering Leadership boards, and the India Cultural Community and Industry Trade Advisory Committee. He is also a past member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, a member of the board of advisors and past president of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, board member of Friedman Industries, and a member and past president of India House Houston. Agrawal received a bachelor's degree from the University of Delhi College of Engineering in India and a master's and doctorate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Houston.

Paula Mendoza of Houston is president and CEO of Possible Missions. She is a commissioner of the Texas Ethics Commission and a board member of the East End Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She is past chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce and its Education Foundation, and the MD Anderson Family YMCA. She is also a past board member of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Alliance of Minority Contractors of Houston, City of Houston Affirmative Action Advisory Commission, Navidad en el Barrio, and Texas Southern University Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Community Advisory Council. Mendoza received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston-Downtown.

Peter Taaffe of Austin is an attorney with the Buzbee Law Firm. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, board member of the University of Houston Center for U.S. and Mexican Law Advisory Board, and a former adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. He is a past member of the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College and the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, a past board member of the University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association, and a founder and past president of the University of Texas Phi Gamma Delta Alumni Advisory Board. He is also a former volunteer for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Mobile Loaves and Fishes and the Westlake Youth Basketball Association. Taaffe received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Bailey as 
Justice of the 11th Court of Appeals

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed John M. Bailey of Cisco as justice of the 11th Court of Appeals, effective Oct. 31, 2013, for a term to expire at the next general election.

Bailey is a senior staff attorney of the 11th Court of Appeals. He is a former associate attorney at Glandon and Scarborough PC, and a former law clerk for Chief Justice Austin McCloud of the 11th Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and its Appellate Section, Cisco College Board of Regents, and Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys. He is also a past member of the Abilene Bar Association, past member and past president of the Abilene Young Lawyers Association, president of the Cisco Livestock Show Association, a volunteer for the Cisco Senior Nutrition Program, and past president of the Eastland County Museum Association.

Bailey received a bachelor's degree from Tarleton State University and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Balido as 
Judge of 291st Judicial District Court

Monday, October 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Jennifer Balido of Dallas as judge of the 291st Judicial District Court in Dallas County for a term to expire at the next general election.

Balido is an attorney in private practice and former judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court in Dallas County. She is also a former Dallas County assistant public defender and assistant district attorney. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and Greater Dallas Crime Commission. She is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member and past board secretary of the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, a member and past vice chair of the Dallas Bar Association Criminal Law Section, and a detective school instructor for the Dallas Police Academy. She is also a past member of the Junior League of Dallas, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Interfaith Housing Coalition Board of Directors.

Balido received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Tracy as 
District Attorney of Newton County

Monday, October 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Courtney Tracy of Newton as district attorney of Newton County, effective Oct. 31, 2013 for a term to expire at the next general election.

Tracy is an attorney in private practice and former assistant city attorney for the City of Houston. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She is also president of the Newton Chamber of Commerce and event chair of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Newton County.

Tracy received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Smith as 
District Attorney of 132nd Judicial District

Monday, October 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Benjamin Smith of Snyder as district attorney of the 132nd Judicial District in Borden and Scurry counties for a term to expire at the next general election.

Smith is the Borden County attorney and an assistant district attorney for the 132nd Judicial District. He is a former partner at Hargrove and Smith Attorneys at Law and former municipal court judge for the City of Snyder. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Texas District and County Attorneys Association, and a past board member of the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center. He is also a lay leader at First United Methodist Church of Snyder, a member of the Snyder Independent School District Tiger Dads, and a past member of the Snyder Lions Club.

Smith received a bachelor's degree and law degree from Texas Tech University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Dorfman as 
Judge of the 334th Judicial District Court

Monday, October 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Grant Dorfman of Houston as judge of the 334th Judicial District Court in Harris County for a term to expire at the next general election.

Dorfman is senior counsel at Nabors Corporate Services and a faculty member of the National Judicial College. He is a former judge of the 129th Judicial District Court in Harris County, and a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association and its Communities in Schools Committee, the Federalist Society, and Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. He is a fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation, former adjunct faculty member of the University of Houston Law Center, and a past member of the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston. He is also a volunteer coach for the YMCA of Greater Houston youth sports program and West University Little League.

Dorfman received a bachelor's degree from Brown University, master's degree in history and political philosophy from Oxford University, and law degree from Yale Law School.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Evans as 
Judge of 180th Judicial District Court 

Friday, October 11, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Catherine V. Evans of Houston as judge of the 180th Judicial District Court in Harris County for a term to expire at the next general election.

Evans is a chief prosecutor for the Major Fraud Division and former chief prosecutor for the Public Integrity Division of the Harris County District Attorney's Office. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Texas District and County Attorneys Association, Southeast Texas Mothers Against Drunk Driving Advisory Board, and 100 Club of Houston. She is also a rookie member and speaker's committee member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Evans received a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Wise as 
Justice of the 14th Court of Appeals

Friday, October 11, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Ken Wise of Humble as justice of the 14th Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the next general election.

Wise is judge of the 334th Judicial District Court, administrative judge of Harris County, and an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. He is also a former judge of the 152nd Judicial District Court in Harris County. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Houston Bar Association, life fellow of the Texas and Houston Bar foundations, and a member and past president of the Executives Association of Houston. He is also a director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Former Texas Rangers Foundation.

Wise received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas Teacher 
Retirement System Board of Trustees

Thursday, October 10, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees for terms to expire Aug. 31, 2019. The board members act as trustees for Teacher Retirement System funds, securities and other assets.

Joe Colonnetta of Dallas is a private investor. He is a board member of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation and Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board. Colonnetta received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston. He is reappointed to the board.

David Corpus of Humble is senior vice president of CommunityBank of Texas. He is chairman of the Tejano Center for Community Concerns Board of Directors, vice chairman of the Raul Yzaguirre School for Success, and a board member of the Harris County Housing Finance Corporation. He is also past board treasurer for the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, and a former adjunct instructor for the Houston Community College Systems. Corpus received a bachelor's degree and Master of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Dolores Ramirez of San Benito is an elementary school teacher in the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District. She is a member and past state president of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA), president of the San Benito TCTA, a representative of the San Benito CISD Superintendent's Advisory Council and Campus Improvement Team, and a board member and scholarship committee chairman of the Kiwanis Club of San Benito. She is also a member of the San Benito Historical Society, Rio Grande Valley Aggie Moms Club, and First Presbyterian Church of San Benito. Ramirez received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&I University, now Texas A&M University at Kingsville, and Bilingual/ESL certification from the University of Texas at Brownsville.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Beach as 
Judge of Tarrant County Criminal 
District Court No. 1

Thursday, October 10, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Elizabeth Beach of Fort Worth as judge of the Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 1 for a term to expire at the next general election.

Beach is a felony prosecutor for the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office and an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Texas Christian University. She is former chief felony prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and a former assistant city attorney for the City of Dallas. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas District and County Attorneys Association, and Tarrant County Bar Association. She is also a speaker for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association Capital Murder Seminar and a volunteer Bible teacher at McKinney Memorial Bible Church.

Beach received a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Baer to 
Office of Public Utility Counsel

Thursday, October 10, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Tonya Baer of Austin to the Office of Public Utility Counsel for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The office represents Texas residential and small business consumers in utility proceedings that come before state and federal regulatory agencies and courts.

Baer is an attorney and assistant director/special counsel for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Radioactive Materials Division. She is a former legislative liaison for TCEQ and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, former senior revenue analyst for the Governor's Division of Budget, Planning and Policy, and former staff attorney at the Public Utility Commission. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and a past member of the Governor's Task Force on Appraisal Reform and Advisory Council on Physical Fitness.

Baer received a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of South Dakota, and completed the senior management program at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Governor's Center for Management Development.

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Gov. Perry Names Rutledge Chair 
of Texas Council on Cardiovascular 
Disease and Stroke

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry named John "Neal" Rutledge of Austin as chair and appointed Suzanne Monsour of Pearland to the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. The council educates, informs and coordinates activities to reduce the human and financial toll of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Rutledge is a neurointerventional surgeon, partner at Austin Radiological Association, and an adjunct professor for the University of Texas Department of Psychology. He is a member of the American and Texas Medical associations, Texas Radiological Society, Travis County Medical Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Radiology. He is also medical director of the University of Texas Imaging Research Center and chair of the Governor's EMS and Trauma Advisory Council Stroke Committee. Rutledge received a bachelor's degree and medical degree from the University of Oklahoma. He completed his diagnostic radiology residency at Baptist Medical Center and his neuroradiology and neurointerventional surgery fellowship at the Columbia University Neurological Institute of New York. He will serve as chair of the council for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Monsour is project manager at Houston Methodist Hospital, and oversees the East Texas Stroke Initiative and Heart and Vascular Initiative, a partnership between Houston Methodist and the Memorial Health System of East Texas. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Project Manager Network, Texas Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Partnership, and Houston Women's Forum. She is also a volunteer for Houston Methodist's Stride4Stroke Awareness, and a former volunteer for the Hico Economic Development Corporation and Hico Independent School District Booster Club. Monsour received a bachelor's degree from Seton Hill University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in health policy from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Landis and 
Oakley to Texas Municipal Retirement System

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed David Landis of Perryton and Julie Oakley of Spicewood to the Texas Municipal Retirement System Board of Directors. The board oversees the Texas Municipal Retirement System, which provides a secure retirement benefit plan for more than 800 cities.

Landis is a certified public manager and the city manager of Perryton. He is a member of the International City Management Association, board secretary of the Panhandle Water Planning Group, and a member and past president of the Texas and Panhandle City Management associations. He is also a member and past president of Perryton Rotary International and a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Panhandle. Landis received a bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015.

Oakley is a certified public accountant, certified investment officer and finance director for the City of Lakeway. She is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas, and past secretary/treasurer of the Texas Association of County Auditors. She is also a volunteer coach for the Marble Falls Youth Baseball and Softball Association. Oakley received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Appoints 11 to 
Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed 11 members to the Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee for terms to expire Sept. 1, 2015. The committee makes recommendations about the contents of preferred drug lists.

Gene Adams of Frisco is the East Texas Regional Consultant Pharmacist for Advanced Healthcare Solutions. He is a member and past president of the Texas Pharmacy Association, fellow and editorial committee member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, fellow of the Texas Pharmacy Association Academy of Consultant Pharmacists, and a member of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board. He is also a past member of the American Pharmaceutical Association and National Community Pharmacy Association. He served in the U.S. Army. Adams received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska.

Mario R. Anzaldua of Mission is a physician in private practice. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association and Texas Academy of Family Physicians. He is also a past member and chair of the Texas Board of Health, past president of the Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society, and a past member of the Mission Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Anzaldua received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is reappointed to the committee.

Oralia V. Bazaldua of San Antonio is a pharmacist and associate professor in the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, a member of the North American Primary Care Research Group, and a member and past chair of the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative. Bazaldua received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. She is reappointed to the committee.

Donna Burkett of Austin is a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. She is a member of the American, Texas and Austin Area societies of Health System Pharmacists, and the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Dean's Advisory Council. She is also a past member of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and Round Rock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and a volunteer pharmacist at the Volunteer Health Clinic in Austin. Burkett received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in pharmacy administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She is reappointed to the committee.

Michelle Farmer-Driscoll of Spring is a pharmacist and district pharmacy supervisor of Walgreens for Harris, Montgomery and Walker counties. She is founder and president of the North Houston Pharmacy Association, a board member of the Texas Federation of Drug Stores and Houston Area Pharmacy Association (HAPA), and a nominating committee member and registration/recreation committee chair of the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA). She is also a member of the TPA and HAPA House of Delegates and the Houston Fights Flu Committee, and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Northwest Harris County. Farmer-Driscoll received a bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech University and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Rene Garza of Austin is a pharmacist and owner of Stonegate Pharmacy. He is a board member of the Alliance of Independent Pharmacy and Texas Pharmacy Business Council, and a member of the Texas Pharmacy Association, American Pharmacists Association, National Community Pharmacists Association, and International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. Garza received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy.

Harris M. Hauser of Houston is a physician at Hauser Clinic, and past president and CEO of Memorial Neurological Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Neurology, Texas Neurological Society, and Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians. Hauser received a master's degree in neurology from the University of Minnesota and a medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine. He is reappointed and will continue to serve as chair of the committee for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Bob Hillert Jr. of Dallas is a cardiologist at White Rock Adult Medicine. He is a member and past president of the American Heart Association Texas Affiliate, and a member of the Texas Medical Association. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, National Lipid Association, and American Heart Association. Hillert received a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University and a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He is reappointed to the committee.

Scott Schams of College Station is a board-certified pediatrician, president of University Pediatric Association, and an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the Texas A&M University Medical School. He is an advisor and past board member of the Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach Adoption Agency, a member of the Texas Medical Association, American College of Physician Executives, Wilderness Medicine Society and Texas Medical Foundation, and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also a member of the Texas Department of State Health Services Medicaid Advisory Council and American Academy of Pediatrics National Section on Administrative Practice and Management, an expert panel member of the Texas Medical Board, and a past board member and past president of the Brazos Valley Physician Organization. Schams received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, a medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine and a master's degree in applied organizational management from Tusculum College in Tennessee.

Dawnelle Schatte of Houston is an assistant professor and director of educational programs for the University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is also a member of the UTHealth Medical School Admissions and Curriculum committees. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and American Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, and an executive committee member and past president of the Houston Psychiatric Society. She is also a member of and former executive committee delegate to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a member, past secretary and president-elect of the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is past medical staff president and former executive committee chair of the Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC), and past chair of the HCPC Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee. Schatte received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and a medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine.

Carl Tapia of Houston is an assistant professor at the Baylor College of Medicine and a physician at the Texas Children's Hospital Special Needs Primary Care Clinic. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Texas Pediatric Society, co-chair of the Texas Pediatric Society's Young Physician Section, and a board member of the Texas Medical Home Initiative Project. Tapia received a bachelor's degree from Rice University, a master's degree in public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health and a medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine. He is reappointed to the committee.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Mathews 
as Judge of the 277th Judicial District

Monday, October 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Stacey Mathews of Austin as judge of the 277th Judicial District in Williamson County for a term to expire at the next general election.

Mathews is an assistant district attorney for the Williamson County District Attorney's Office and former assistant district attorney for the Harris County District Attorney's Office. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Williamson County Bar Association and Texas District and County Attorneys Association. She is a past member of the American Bar Association and Houston Young Lawyers Association and Leadership Academy, and a past editor and past executive board member of the Houston Journal of International Law. She is also a board member of the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center, and past president and co-founder of the Houston Association of Counsel for Children.

Mathews received a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, and is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Brown as 
Justice of the 14th Court of Appeals

Monday, October 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Marc Brown of Houston as justice of the 14th Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the next general election.

Brown is judge of the 180th Criminal District Court in Harris County. He is a guest lecturer on Fourth Amendment law and a former Harris County assistant district attorney. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Harris County Juvenile Probation Department Board, Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts Development Council, and Houston Downtown Optimist Club. He is also a past member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, the 2003 recipient of the Texas Narcotics Officers Association's Texas Prosecutor of the Year, and board secretary of Frisky Paws Animal Rescue.

Brown received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Kennon 
as Judge of the 368th Judicial District

Monday, October 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Rick J. Kennon of Round Rock as judge of the 368th Judicial District in Williamson County for a term effective Oct. 31, 2013 and expiring at the next general election.

Kennon has been a trial attorney for 29 years and has been in private practice for the past 24 years. He is a former assistant attorney general under Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox and a former prosecutor for the Travis County Attorney's Office. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar Family Law Section, and the Williamson County Bar Association. He is also a past member of the Austin Bar Association.

Kennon received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Tijerina as 
Judge of the 92nd Judicial District

Thursday, October 03, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Jaime E. Tijerina of Mission as judge of the 92nd Judicial District for a term to expire at the next general election.

Tijerina is an attorney in private practice and a lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps with tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also owner and managing partner of Tijerina Ranch, and is the former Kenedy County attorney, a position he was first elected to in 2001 and has held for 12 years. Tijerina is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Hidalgo County Bar Association, and a fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He is a past member and former board member of the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association and Texas District and County Attorney's Association, former panel chair of a State Bar Grievance Committee, and a former board member and past president of the University of Texas Pan American Alumni Association.

Tijerina received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and a law degree from The Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Tijerina is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Murphy as Presiding 
Judge of First Administrative Judicial Region

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Mary Murphy of Dallas as presiding judge of the First Administrative Judicial Region for a term to expire October 2017. The First Administrative Judicial Region covers 34 northeast counties.

Murphy is a retired justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeals of Texas, former judge of the 14th Civil District Court, and former civil court master for the Dallas County district courts. She is a past adjunct professor at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and former partner at Rochelle Hutcheson and Murphy LLP, and Jenkens and Gilchrist PC. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Pattern Jury Charges General Negligence Committee, and a member and former board vice chair of the Dallas Bar Association. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and College of the State Bar of Texas, life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, founding life fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and life patron fellow and past chair of the Dallas Bar Foundation. She is also a master emeritus and past president of the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, mentor for the Dallas Bar Association Transition to Law Practice Program, volunteer reading tutor and Site-Based Decision Making Committee member for the Dallas ISD Cesar Chavez Learning Center, and a volunteer for Crossroads Community Services. 

Murphy received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and civil and appellate certifications at the Texas Center for the Judiciary College for Judicial Studies.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Avila to 
Texas State Board of Examiners 
of Professional Counselors

Thursday, November 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Efrain Avila Jr. of Universal City to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The board oversees the licensing and regulation of professional counselors in Texas.

Avila is a professional counselor at Managed Health Network Government Services. He is a member of Christian Counselors of Texas, and a former member of the American Counseling Association and Christian Association for Psychological Studies. He is also a former volunteer for the Silo Food Pantry and former chaplain of the DeKalb Police Department in Illinois. He serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. Avila received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in guidance counseling from Frostburg State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Counseling from Northern Illinois University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Hahn 
and Jackson to Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee

Thursday, November 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Dale Hahn of Bulverde and Carolyn Jackson of Spring to the Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee. The committee advises the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners on matters relating to dental hygienists.

Hahn is a dental hygienist and instructor of dental hygiene at Wharton County Junior College. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, Texas Dental Hygiene Educators' Association, and Bay Area Dental Hygienists' Society. She is also a member and past president of the Texas Dental Hygienists' Association and Texas Dental Hygiene Clinic Coordinators' Association, an advisor of the Wharton County Junior College Dental Hygiene Club, and former secretary and treasurer of the council of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Sweeny. Hahn received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Jackson is a dental hygienist for a private general dentistry practice. She is a member of the American and Texas Dental Hygienists' associations, a chief examiner of the Western Regional Examining Board National Dental and Dental Hygiene Testing Agency, and chair of the John Wesley United Methodist Church Interfaith Hospitality Network. Jackson received a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Three to 
Texas Board of Professional Engineers

Thursday, November 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed three members to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for terms to expire Sept. 26, 2019. The board licenses qualified engineers, enforces the Texas Engineering Practice Act and regulates the practice of professional engineering in Texas.

Sina Nejad of Beaumont is president of Sigma Engineers. He is a member of the National and Texas societies of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Lamar University Department of Civil Engineering Advisory Council, Lamar University Foundation Board of Directors, and CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital Advisory Board. He is chair of the City of Beaumont Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment, president of the Sabine Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, director and past president of Anayat House, member and past president of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, a charter member of the Structural Engineering Institute, and a founding member of the Architectural Engineering Institute. Nejad received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in engineering from Lamar University.

Elvira Reyna of Little Elm is a former state representative for District 101. She is past chairman of the Texas House of Representatives Local and Consent Calendars Committee, and a past member of various state and national legislative committees. She is also past president of the Mesquite Community Hospital board of trustees. Reyna received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Daniel Wong of Missouri City is CEO of Tolunay-Wong Engineers. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers and University of Houston Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board. He is also a trustee of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council, past president of the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association, past board member of the Houston Council of Engineering Companies, a past member of the Sugar Land City Council, and past board member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Houston-Galveston Area Council, and University of Houston Alumni Association. Wong received a bachelor's degree, master's degree in civil engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering from the University of Houston. He will continue to serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Lewis to the 
Sabine River Compact Administration 

Thursday, November 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Mike Lewis of Newton to the Sabine River Compact Administration for a term to expire July 12, 2019. The commission is divided between two representatives each from Texas and Louisiana, and one representative from the greater U.S. The commission oversees water rights from the Sabine River, and ensures both states receive an equitable share of water from the river and its tributaries and that the provisions of the compact are adhered to.

Lewis is a retired former deputy director of the Jasper County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. He is a member and past president of the Newton County Fair Association, a member and former county ambassador of the Houston Area Go Texan Scholarship Program, and past president of the Jasper/Newton County Jaycees and Newton County Aviation Association. He is also a past member of the Texas Probation Association. Lewis served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University.

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Gov. Perry Reappoints Elliot to 
North Texas Tollway Authority Board of Directors

Thursday, November 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry reappointed William "Bill" Elliott of Ravenna to the North Texas Tollway Authority Board of Directors for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2015. The board oversees the building, maintenance and operations of turnpike projects in North Texas.

Elliott is a tax attorney in private practice. He is a member of the American and Dallas Bar associations, and a member and past board chairman of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a past member of the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors and Texas State Depository Board.

Elliott received a bachelor's degree from Southeastern State College, now Southeastern Oklahoma State University, a law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and a Master of Laws specializing in tax law from the New York University School of Law.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Garcia 
and Hunt to Texas County and 
District Retirement System Board of Trustees

Thursday, November 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Mary Louise Garcia of Fort Worth and Deborah Hunt of Georgetown to the Texas County and District Retirement System Board of Trustees. The board is responsible for the administration of the retirement system.

Garcia is the Tarrant County clerk. She is a board member of the Property Records Industry Association and Rotary Club of Fort Worth, and a member of the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks, County and District Clerks' Association of Texas, Northeast Leadership Forum and Fort Worth Hispanic Women's Network of Texas. She is also a past board member of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and All Church Home for Children. Garcia received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is appointed for a term to expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Hunt is the Williamson County tax assessor-collector. She is a member of the Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas, International and Texas associations of Assessing Officers, Texas Association of Appraisal Districts, Williamson County Investment Committee, and Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Registration and Titling Advisory Committee. She is also a board member of the Williamson Central Appraisal District, and a past member of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Property Tax Advisory Committee and North Austin Woman's Club. Hunt attended Trenton State College, now The College of New Jersey. She is appointed for a term to expire Dec. 31, 2015.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Knaggs to 
OneStar Foundation

Thursday, November 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Helen Soto Knaggs of Austin to the OneStar Foundation for a term to expire March 15, 2014. The foundation furthers volunteerism and community service in Texas.

Knaggs is owner of Knaggs and Associates, and former director of external affairs for Verizon Communications and the Verizon Foundation. She is vice chair of the Senate Hispanic Research Council, a member of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, and a board member of the Our Lady Guadalupe Church Finance Committee. She is past chair and past corporate partner representative of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, past chair of the Our Lady Guadalupe Church Pastoral Council, and a former board member of the Governor's Commission for Women under Governor Bill Clements. She is also a volunteer for Saint Louise House, the Our Lady Guadalupe Food Bank and the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce.

Knaggs received a bachelor's degree from Angelo State University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Five to 
Texas State Board of Pharmacy

Thursday, November 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed five members to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. The board oversees the licensing and discipline of Texas pharmacists and pharmacies.

Buford T. Abeldt Sr. of Lufkin is a pharmacist and owner of Abeldt's Gaslight Pharmacy. He is a member of the Texas Pharmacy Association, National Community Pharmacists Association, American College of Apothecaries and Deep East Texas Pharmacy Association. He is also past president of Kiwanis of Lufkin and chairman of the deacons of First Baptist Church of Lufkin. Abeldt served in the U.S. Navy. He received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Southwestern State College, now Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2019.

L. Suzan Kedron of Dallas is a land use attorney for Jackson Walker LLP. She is past chair of the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners. She is also a member of the Real Estate Council, Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and State Bar of Texas. Kedron received a bachelor's degree from Columbia College. She is reappointed to the board for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2019.

Christopher Dembny of Richardson is a pharmacist and president of Dembny Pharmacy Consultants. He is a member of the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society and Texas Independent ER Association, a member and past vice president of the Texas Pharmacy Association, and a member and past president of the Dallas Area Pharmacy Association. He is also a member of the Plano East Senior High School Band Booster Club and former volunteer pharmacist for the Collin County Adult Clinic. Dembny received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Kansas. He is appointed for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2017.

Bradley Miller of Austin is a registered pharmacy technician and the pharmacy technician manager at University Medical Center Brackenridge. He is a member of the Texas and Austin Area societies of Health-System Pharmacists, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Technician Advisory Panel, Capital Area Public Health and Medical Committee, Texas and Capital Area Pharmacy associations, and Virginia College Pharmacy Program Advisory Board. He is also a past board member of the Texas Pharmacy Association and PharmPAC, and a past member of the Austin Community College Pharmacy Program Advisory Board. Miller attended Austin Community College and Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University. He is appointed for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2019.

Dennis F. Wiesner of Austin is senior director of privacy, pharmacy and government affairs for H-E-B. He is a member of the Texas Pharmacy Association, International Association of Privacy Professionals, National Council for Prescription Drug Programs and National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. He is also a member of the American Society for Pharmacy Law, Food Marketing Institute Pharmacy Advisory Council, Texas Department of State Health Services Pandemic Subcommittee, Texas Blue Ribbon Task Force on Emergency Preparedness, and National Association of Chain Drug Stores Policy Council. He is a past board member of the Texas Pharmacy Foundation, a member and past president of the Texas Federation of Chain Drug Stores, and a past representative to the Texas Pharmacy Congress. Wiesner received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Texas. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2019.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Worley to 
Texas State Board of Public Accountancy

Thursday, November 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Phil Worley of Hebbronville to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2017. The board regulates public accountants and administers the certified public accountant exam in Texas.

Worley is a former dean of arts and humanities at Laredo Community College, and a former teacher and coach in the Webb and Jim Hogg County Independent School districts. He is a board member of the Texas Medical Board District Four Review Committee, a past board member of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation and past president of the Bruni Lions Club. Worley received a bachelor's degree from Texas State University and a master's degree in sociology and political science from Laredo State University.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Hamby to Texas 
Board of Nursing

Thursday, November 07, 2013 • Ausitn, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Monica Hamby of Amarillo to the Texas Board of Nursing for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2019. The board ensures licensed nurses in Texas meet the necessary requirements to practice, and oversees accreditation of schools of nursing.

Hamby is a licensed vocational nurse at the Baptist St. Anthony's Health System in Amarillo, and a former surgical nurse for the Amarillo Heart Group. She is a volunteer for Women for Orphans Worldwide. Hamby is a graduate of the Cisco Junior College Vocational Nursing Program.

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Gov. Perry Appoints Burns to 
Continuing Advisory Committee 
for Special Education

Thursday, November 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Jana Burns of Saginaw to the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017. The committee provides policy guidance on special education and related services for children with disabilities in Texas.

Burns is an assistant director at the Region 10 Education Service Center in Richardson, and leads the Special Populations Department within the Division of Instruction. She is a member of the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education and Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization for Women Educators. She is also a past member of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Burns received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and a master's degree in education administration from Texas Woman's University, and completed her superintendent certification from Tarleton State University.