Gov. Perry Appoints Six to Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed six members to the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2013. The committee works to ensure Texans with disabilities enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity and self-determination.
Joe Bontke of Houston is outreach manager and ombudsman for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Houston District Office. He is co-founder of CookingMinistry.org and vice president of the Board of Association for Conflict Resolution - Houston. He is also a past board member of the Mayor's Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities and a graduate of Leadership Houston. Bontke received a bachelor's degree from Saint Alphonsus College and a master's degree in education from Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary. He is being reappointed, and will continue to serve as chair of the board.
Daphne Brookins of Forest Hill is a human services specialist for the City of Fort Worth Community Action Partners. She is a member of the Texas Wesleyan University Alumni Board of Directors, Expanding Your Horizons, the Amon Carter Jr. Downtown YMCA, 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 a past member of the Tarrant County CHIP Coalition and Fort Worth Sister Cities Young Professional Advisory Council. Brookins received a bachelor's degree from Texas Wesleyan University. She is being reappointed.
David A. Fowler of Katy is a retired member of the U.S. Military. He is vice president of Paralyzed Veterans of America, and past president and past national director of the Texas chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. He is a member of the 82nd Airborne Association, Continental/United Airlines Accessible Transportation Access Board, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 716, Disabled American Veterans, and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center Peer Associate Partner Council. He is also a volunteer for the Houston Veterans Administration. Fowler attended Houston Community College. He is being reappointed.
Connie Sue Kelley of Humble is a community volunteer and retired teacher. She is a volunteer with Disabled American Veterans. Kelley received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education and elementary supervision from Stephen F. Austin University.
David Ondich of Fort Worth is ADA and disabilities program coordinator for the City of Fort Worth, and staff liaison to the Mayor's Committee on People with Disabilities. He is chair of the Fort Worth Return to Work Program Committee, secretary of the Fort Worth City Manager's Office Diversity Advisory Committee, and a member of the Society of Human Resource Managers. He is also past chair of the Easter Seals Business Advisory Council and a past board member of the Fort Worth Lighthouse for the Blind. Ondich received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School of Allied Health.
Shawn Saladin of Edinburg is an associate professor and interim chair of the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and coordinator of Deaf Rehabilitation in the Department of Rehabilitation. He is chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification and American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA), and a board member and past chair of the UTPA College of Health Sciences and Human Services College Council. He is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, National and Texas Rehabilitation associations, and Rio Grande Valley Deaf Club. He is also an editorial review board member of the ADARA and Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association journals, and a past member of the Rehabilitation Council of Texas. Saladin received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in industrial education from Texas A&M University and a doctorate of philosophy in special education from the University of Texas at Austin.