Gov. Rick Perry has appointed 12 members to the Governor's Commission for Women for terms to expire Dec. 31, 2013. The commission addresses issues affecting Texas women through outreach, education, research and referral services.
Carol Foxhall Peterson of Alpine is general manager of the Gage Hotel in Marathon. She is former owner of Foxhall and Co., and past divisional vice president of Neiman Marcus. Peterson received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a culinary arts degree from the French Culinary Institute in New York. She is being reappointed and will continue to serve as chair of the commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.
Gina Bridwell of Abilene is a community volunteer. She is a member of the Old Jail Art Center Board of Trustees, past chair of the Pastoral Care and Counseling Center of Abilene, and past vice chair of the Hendrick Hospice Care Community Council. She is also past president of the Abilene Alumni Panhellenic Association, and a past board member of the Abilene Fine Arts Museum. Bridwell received a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University. She is being reappointed.
Stephanie Cavender of San Antonio is a business manager for Monteris Medical. She is a member of the Green Hand Garden Club and the World Affairs Council, and an executive board member of the San Antonio Museum of Art. Cavender received a bachelor's degree from Salem College. She is being reappointed.
Julie Crosswell of Houston is vice president of Osborn Heirs Oil and Gas Co. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work Dean's Advisory Council, and University of Texas Fine Arts Advisory Council. She is an advisory board member of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and an executive committee member of Communities in Schools of Houston and Mental Health of Greater Houston. She is also a past member of the Saint Mary's Hall Board of Trustees, and a past board member of Bo's Place, the Houston Ballet and the Alley Theatre. Crosswell received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree in social work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, and is a licensed master social worker.
Cynthia Tyson Jenkins of Irving is vice president and a board member of CTJ Maintenance, and vice president and vice chair of the City of Irving Housing and Human Service Board. She is a member of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and Texas Optometry Board, and a past member of the Texas Motor Vehicle Board. She is also a graduate of Leadership Irving, and chief operating officer for Community Praise and Worship Church. Jenkins received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University at Commerce. She is being reappointed.
Claudia Kreisle of Houston is director of development, programs and events for Baylor College of Medicine. She is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership, Young Professionals for the Houston Ballet, Houston Museum of Fine Art, The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine, and Friends of DePelchin Children's Center. Kreisle received a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.
Lisa Lucero of Austin is on staff at the Texas Oil and Gas Association. She is a former public affairs representative for Exxon Mobil Corporation, and a former State of Texas employee with 13 years of service, holding positions in the Texas Senate, Governor's Office, Texas Racing Commission and Texas Department of Agriculture. Lucero attended the University of Texas at Austin. She is being reappointed.
Becky McKinley of Amarillo is a cookbook author, caterer and food journalist for Accent West Magazine. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, International Caterers Association and James Beard Foundation, and a board member of the Samaritan Counseling Center, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health Advisory Board, and the Women's Philanthropy Fund. She is also a past board member of the Baptist Saint Anthony Hospital Foundation, Polk Street United Methodist Church, KACV Public Television, Junior League of Amarillo, Amarillo Symphony Guild, Harrington Cancer Center, and City of Amarillo Traffic Commission. McKinley received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University. She is being reappointed.
Carmen Pagan of McAllen is a certified speech and language pathologist, and co-owner and executive board member of Milestones Therapeutic Associates. She is a member of the American and Texas Speech-Hearing associations and the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association. She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of McAllen. Pagan received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in communication disorders from the University of Texas-Pan American. She is being reappointed and will continue to serve as vice chair of the commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.
Ivy Pate of Beaumont is regional vice president of CHRISTUS Health Southeast Texas. She is a member of the American and Texas Hospital associations, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Grant Makers Alliance of Southeast Texas, and Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Government and Public Affairs Committee. She is also a board member of the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center, a member of the Rotary Club of Beaumont, past chair of the Three Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Dinner, and past co-chair of the American Heart Association of Beaumont Go Red for Women Luncheon. Pate received a bachelor's degree from Lamar University.
Teresa Rockwell of Austin is culture marketing manager for Red Bull North America. She is director of the Texas Lyceum Association and a member of the Executive Forum and Leadership El Paso Alumni Association. She is also past president of the Rotary Club of El Paso, Rotary Club of El Paso Foundation and Junior League of El Paso, and a past executive committee board member of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Advertising Federation of El Paso, and Las Palmas Hospital Women's Advisory Board. Rockwell received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Connie Weeks of Austin is president of the Beacon State Fund, the nonprofit financial arm of the Governor's Commission for Women, and illustrator of the children's book "Ocean Surprises." She is a freelance artist and former public school art teacher and department chair. Weeks received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a master's degree in reading from Hardin Simmons University.