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State of Texas
Texas Governor's Office
Appointments
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has 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.

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

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has 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.

Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Real Estate Research Advisory Committee

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has 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.

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

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has 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.

Gov. Perry Appoints Four to State Independent Living Council

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has 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 Aging and Disability 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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