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State of Texas
Texas Governor's Office
Appointments
Friday, March 14, 2014

Gov. Perry Appoints Five to OneStar National Service Commission

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the OneStar National Service Commission for terms to expire March 15, 2017. The commission works with the OneStar Foundation to further national service initiatives in Texas and administer the AmeriCorps Texas program.

Mike Burke of Austin is an attorney at Peek and Toland LLP. He is a member of the Texas and Austin Young Lawyers associations, Travis County Criminal Defense Association and Harlan Honor Law Society, and a past member of the St. Mary's University Center for Legal and Social Justice. He is also a volunteer and donor for the Multiple Dystrophy Association and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, a volunteer attorney for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, and a past football coach for the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico. Burke received a bachelor's degree from Texas State University and a law degree from the St. Mary's University School of Law.

Larry Goddard of Tyler is a certified fundraising executive and consultant. He is member of the Tyler, Fort Worth and Austin chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and American Schools Foundation Alliance Advisory Council. He is a trainer and board member of Certified Fund Raising Executive International, a trainer for the National School Foundation Association, fundraising trainer for the National School Public Relations Association and vice president of the Texas School Public Relations Association. He is nominations and fundraising director for the Boys Scouts of East Texas Area Council and director of the Tyler Airport Advisory Board. He is also a past director of the Tyler Industrial Board and Goodwill Industries Board of East Texas, past president of Tyler Sister Cities, former volunteer for the Hispanic Family Assistance Center of Tyler and a past board member of the Texas A&M University - Commerce Association of Former Students. Goddard received a bachelor's degree, master's degree in business management and counseling, and a doctorate in business and public relations from Texas A&M University - Commerce. He is reappointed to the board.

Mary Grace Landrum of Houston is a corporate leadership and team building consultant and a former adjunct professor for the University of Houston College of Technology. She is an officer of the Houston Organizational Development Network, program chair and past president of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Houston Chapter and a past member of the ASTD National Conference Planning Committee. She is a member of the Spring Branch Education Foundation Board and the Texas and New Spring chapters of One Voice, a graduate of Leadership Houston and the American Leadership Forum Houston Chapter, past trustee of the Spring Branch Independent School District, past facilitator for the West Houston Leadership Institute and past chair and co-founder of the West Houston P-16 Council. Landrum received a bachelor's degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a master's degree in education from the University of Texas. She is reappointed to the board.

Lisa Lucero of Austin is an executive staff assistant for the Texas Oil and Gas Association. She is vice chair of the Texas Governor's Commission for Women, and a former volunteer for the Capital Area Food Bank, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, GirlStart, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Diocese of Austin, St. Michael's Catholic Academy, and St. Austin Catholic Parish. She is also a past school board member and parents association president at St. Austin Catholic School. Lucero attended the University of Texas at Austin.

Amber Wall of Pflugerville is a student at the University of Texas at Austin currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. She is a receptionist at the Summit at Westlake Hills Brookdale Senior Living Center and a past member of the National Honor and National Dance Honor societies. She is reappointed to the board.

Gov. Perry Names Cuellar Chair of Aging and Disability Services Council

Also appoints Yosowitz to council

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has named John Cuellar of Dallas chair and appointed Edward Yosowitz of Houston to the Aging and Disability Services Council. The council recommends policies to the Health and Human Services Commission to assist the elderly and disabled in Texas.

Cuellar is chairman and president of Las Tres C's Inc. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox Business School Associate Board, Austin College Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies and Friends of the Dallas Latino Cultural Center. He is treasurer and a board member of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and board chair of the Healthy Americas Foundation. He is also a board member of the YMCA of Metro Dallas, Sammons Center for the Arts, Thanks-Giving Square, North Texas Food Bank, Concilio, Dallas Senior Source, Dallas Heritage Village, Dallas Arboretum, and Friends of Fair Park. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Cuellar received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, a law degree from the SMU Dedman School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He is appointed as chair for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Yosowitz is founder and medical director of The Women's Specialists of Houston at Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women. He is a clinical associate professor at the Baylor College of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University. He is a member of the American and Harris County Medical societies, Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Fertility Society, and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. He is chairman of the Doctor Division of Houston Israel Bonds and a member of the Heron Corp. Board of Directors. He is also past board member of Congregation Beth Yeshurun synagogue, past member of the Bank of Houston Business Development Board, and past sponsor and founder of the "YOSO" Summer Extern Program. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Yosowitz received a bachelor's degree and medical degree from Indiana University, and completed his OB/GYN residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He is appointed to the council for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

Gov. Perry Appoints Seven to Texas Radiation Advisory Board

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed seven members to the Texas Radiation Advisory Board. The board advises the state on radiation issues and reviews the rules, policies and programs of state agencies that regulate radiation.

Bill Campbell of Fort Worth is office manager of Southwestern Billing. He is president of the Tanglewood Neighborhood Association and treasurer of Friends of Tillery Park. He is also past president of the Mesquite Quality of Life Board and Mesquite Parks and Recreation Board, a past member of the Mesquite Library Board and an alumnus of the Dallas County Citizens Prosecutor Academy. Campbell received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University. He is reappointed for a term to expire April 16, 2019.

Steve Harris of Bartonville is a lieutenant in the City of Dallas Fire Department and hazmat team manager for the Urban Search and Rescue Team Texas Task Force 1 in College Station. He is a member of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department Hazardous Materials Team, International Association of Fire Fighters, Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, Dallas Fire Fighters Association and Firefighters' Star of Texas Award Advisory Committee. He is also an instructor for the National Fire Academy and Collin County College Fire School, and a board member of Denton County Emergency Services District 1. Harris attended the University of North Texas. He is reappointed for a term to expire April 16, 2019.

Johnny Johnson of San Antonio is a veterinarian and owner of Great Northwest Animal Hospital. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a member and former board member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and a member and past president of the Bexar County Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a short term missionary for the Christian Veterinary Mission, a member and past president of Rotary International, and a past member of Kiwanis International. Johnson received a bachelor's degree and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. He is appointed for a term to expire April 16, 2017.

Mitch Lucas of Granbury is president of Mitch Lucas Group LLC. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a past member of the American Nuclear Society, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Women in Nuclear and the American Association of Blacks in Energy. He is also past president of the United Way of Hood County and a past member of the Glen Rose Medical Center Board of Directors. Lucas received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University. He is reappointed for a term to expire April 16, 2019.

Darlene Metter of San Antonio is a professor of radiology and family and community medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is a member, committee member and accreditation reviewer for the American College of Radiology, a committee member and councilor of the Texas Radiological Society, a board member of the Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, and chair and committee member of the American Board of Radiology. She is also a member of the National and Southwestern Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Radiological Society of North America. Metter received a bachelor's degree and a medical degree from the University of Hawaii. She is reappointed for a term to expire April 16, 2019.

Kevin Raabe of Floresville is operations manager of General Atomics. He is a registered environmental manager for the National Registry of Environmental Professionals and a member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. He is also board president of Three Oaks Water Supply Corp. and a third degree knight of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 2618. Raabe received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. He is reappointed for a term to expire April 16, 2017.

Darshan Sachde of Austin is a graduate research assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, and a past green building research intern for Austin Energy. Sachde received a bachelor's degree, Master of Public Affairs, and a master's degree in environmental and water resources engineering from the University of Texas. He will serve as public member to the board for a term to expire April 16, 2019.

Gov. Perry Appoints Five to Texas School Safety Center Board

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Texas School Safety Center Board for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2016. 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.

Mike Cox of Driftwood is a concealed handgun license instructor and cattle ranch owner. He is communications officer and an emergency medical technician (EMT) for the Disaster Medical Assistance Team TX-1, and an amateur radio operator. He is also vice chair of the Texas State Rifle Association Legislative Committee, past president of the Blanco Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors and a former Wimberley Fire and Rescue firefighter and EMT. Cox received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston. He is reappointed to the board.

Dawn DuBose Randle of Houston is an elementary school principal in the Houston Independent School District. She is the Houston area president of the Alliance of Black School Educators and a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Houston Association of School Administrators and Rotary Club of West University. She is also past president of the Rotary Club of Braes Bayou and a life member of the Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) National Alumni Association. Randle received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in counseling from PVAMU and a Doctorate of Educational Administration from Texas Southern University. She is reappointed to the board.

Garry Eoff of Brownwood is a fourth grade teacher in the Brownwood Independent School District. He is a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association and a past fourth grade teacher representative for test review items for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. Eoff received a bachelor's degree from Howard Payne University and master's degree in guidance and counseling from Tarleton State University. He is reappointed to the board.

Evan Gonzales of Giddings is vice president of Round Top State Bank and former Lee County judge. He is a board member of the Lee County Youth Center and Texas Rural Leadership Program, a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 8085, and a volunteer for the Giddings Noon Lions Club. He is a past member of the Capital Area Planning Council Law Enforcement Education Committee and a past board member of the Texas Association of Counties, Capital Area Housing Finance Corp., and Cen-Tex Regional Juvenile Board. He is also a past director of the Lee County Sheriff's Posse and Go-Texan Committee, and past president of the South Texas Chapter of the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas and the State and Regional County Judges and Commissioners Association.

Daniel R. Griffith II of Pflugerville is a corporal in the Pflugerville Police Department. He is a member of the Texas Municipal Police Association, Texas Crime Prevention Association, Law Enforcement Association of Pflugerville, Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas and First Baptist Church of Pflugerville Safety Committee. He is also sergeant at arms for the Central Texas Crime Prevention Association and Pflugerville Rotary Club. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Griffith attended Western Texas College and Hardin-Simmons University, and graduated from Leadership Command College. He is reappointed to the board.

Gov. Perry Appoints Four to Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed four members to the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. The board is licenses podiatric physicians and regulates podiatric medicine in Texas.

Michael Lunsford of Cypress is a doctor of podiatric medicine in private practice. He is a member of the American, Texas and Harris County Podiatric Medical associations. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, an associate of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and International College of Podiatric Laser Surgery. He is also a charter member of the American Academy of Podiatric Microsurgery and American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics, and a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine and American Society of Podiatric Dermatology. Lunsford received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire July 10, 2019.

Joe E. Martin Jr. of College Station is senior staff podiatrist for the Scott and White Clinic of College Station. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and past president and board member of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association. He is also a chartered organization representative to the Boys Scouts of America Sam Houston Area Council. Martin received a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine, and completed his podiatry residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire July 10, 2019.

Mike Miller of Aledo is a part-time relief desk officer and retired police supervisor for the City of Fort Worth Police Department. He is a member of the Divers Alert Network and vice president of Code Blue Citizens on Patrol Golf Charity. He is a past sergeant at arms of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association Executive Board, and a past member of the Texas Police Association, National Association of Police Organizations and Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. He is also a past safety and security supervisor for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and an advisor for the Fort Worth Police Bicycle Support Group. Miller received a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University. He is reappointed as a public member to the board for a term to expire July 10, 2019.

Chakilla Robinson of Katy is a divisional vice president for DaVita. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a graduate of Leadership Dallas. She is a past board member of the Houston division of the National Kidney Foundation, White Rock Lake Conservancy, YMCA at White Rock, Garland Road Vision Committee and Lakewood Service League. She is also a past mentor for the Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals mentor program. Robinson received a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She will serve as a public member to the board for a term to expire July 10, 2015.

Gov. Perry Reappoints Four to Finance Commission of Texas

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed four members to the Finance Commission of Texas for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2020. 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.

Stacy G. London of Houston is a certified mortgage consultant and president of Houston Capital Mortgage. She is a member of the National, Texas and Houston Mortgage Bankers associations, a member, past president and director of the Greater Houston Association of Mortgage Professionals and a past member of the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending Advisory Board. London received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Houston.

Lori McCool of Boerne is a retired principal for WoodWay Associates LLC. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, board treasurer of the Snowmass Mountain Condominium Association, and board member and audit chairperson for the Marine Spill Response Corp. McCool received bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas and a law degree from the Baylor University Law School.

Larry Patton of El Paso is president and CEO of WestStar Bank. He is a member of the Risk Management Association and past director of the Texas Bankers Association and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas El Paso Branch. He is also past chairman of the United Way of El Paso County, University of Texas at El Paso 2014 Commission, Child Crisis Center of El Paso, El Paso Club, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Education Foundation, El Paso Hospice and El Paso Hospice Foundation, and past president of El Paso Country Club. Patton received a bachelor's degree from Eastern New Mexico University.

Paul Plunket III of Dallas is an independent energy consultant. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Energy Bar Association and a member and past president of Texas Utility Lawyers. Plunket received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Gov. Perry Appoints Six to Correctional Managed Health Care Committee

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed six members to the Correctional Managed Health Care Committee. Pursuant to Senate Bill 213 of the 83rd Regular Legislative Session, the committee develops a managed health care plan for Texas prison inmates.

Harold Berenzweig of Fort Worth is executive vice president and southwest zone clinical leader of Texas Health Resources. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association, Texas Hospital Association and American College Physician Executives. He is also a past member of the American Gastroenterology Association and Fort Worth Independent School District Magnet School Advisory Committee. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Berenzweig received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine, and completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Yale University. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015.

Steff Campbell of Manvel is an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, the societies of Hospital Medicine and General Internal Medicine, and American Program Directors in Internal Medicine. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She served in the U.S. Air Force. Campbell received a bachelor's degree and medical degree and completed her internal medicine residency at Indiana University. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

Margarita de la Garza-Grahm of Tyler is a general surgeon in private practice and former chief of surgery at East Texas Medical Center. She is a member of the Texas Medical Association, Smith County Medical Society and Smith County Medical Alliance, and a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery. She is also past chair of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, a past member of the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Women's Association, Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons and Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents. De la Garza-Grahm received a bachelor's degree from Columbia College and a medical degree from the University of Autonoma de Guerrero Medical School, and completed her surgical residency at Maricopa County Medical Center. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017, and will serve as chair of the committee for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Annette Gary of Lubbock is associate CEO for programs at StarCare Specialty Health System. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and a mental health first aide instructor for the National Council of Behavioral Healthcare. She is also a volunteer for Lubbock Impact. Gary received a bachelor's degree and a Master of Science in nursing from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a Doctor of Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

Elizabeth Linder of Lubbock is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She is a member of the Texas Psychological Association and Lubbock Association of Psychologists, and past member of the American Psychological Association. She is also a past board member of the American Heart Association Lubbock Chapter, and a past volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Lubbock Rape Crisis Center. Linder received a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University, a master's degree in psychology from Texas A&M University and a Doctorate of Education in psychology. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

Edward Sherwood of Lago Vista is associate dean for strategic initiatives at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Texas Medical Association and Williamson County Medical Society. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a former lay preacher at Lakeside Christian Fellowship. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Sherwood received a bachelor's and medical degree from Boston University, and completed his internal medicine and infectious diseases residency at Boston City Hospital. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

Gov. Perry Appoints Three to State Health Services Council

Austin, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the State Health Services Council. The council makes recommendations regarding the management, operation, policies and rules for public health, mental health and substance abuse.

Carmen Pagan of McAllen is co-owner of Milestones Therapeutic Associates, a speech language pathologist and a certified neuro-developmental treatment pediatric speech instructor. She is chair of the Governor's Commission for Women and a member of the American and Texas Speech-Language-Hearing associations. She is a certified member of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) and chair of the NDTA Certification Committee. She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of McAllen and past president of the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi. Pagan received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in communication disorders from the University of Texas-Pan American. She is appointed to the council for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015.

Nancy Townes of Granbury is a retired registered nurse and former technical support representative for Medtronic. She is a former labor and delivery nurse, past clinical labor and delivery nurse instructor for Anne Arundel Community College and a volunteer for the Red Cross of San Antonio. Townes received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University. She is appointed to the council for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015.

Jay Zeidman of Houston is president and partner of PulmonaryRx. He is a founding board member of the Houston Holocaust Museum Next Generation and Memorial Hermann Hospital Foundation Heroes in Health, and a board member of the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. He is also a past member of the 2011 Texas Inaugural Committee and One Call Board of Texas, past venture fellow of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and past student body president of Texas Christian University (TCU). Zeidman received a bachelor's degree from TCU and a Master of Business Administration from the Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. He is appointed to the council for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.




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