Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee

Wednesday, May 20, 2009  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The committee serves Texas families who have infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays.

Mirella Garcia of El Paso is a financial representative for Premier Wealth Group. She is a board member of the Children's Disability Information Coalition and Diabetes Association. She is also a past member of the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Development Disorders, a member of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Membership Services Committee, and a participant in the Miracle League Golf Committee. Garcia received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. She replaces Teresa Peterson of Brazoria.

Barbara W. James of Austin is a project director for the Texas Homeless Education Office. She is a member and past president of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, and a member and conference chair of the Texas Homeless Network. She is also an advisor for the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless and the Regional Interagency Council for the Homeless. James received a bachelor’s degree from Loras College, and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She is being reappointed.

Diane T. Kazlow of Plano is program director of early childhood intervention services for Collin County Mental Health and Mental Retardation/Lifepath Systems. She is a member of the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health. Kazlow attended Stephen F. Austin State University and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas Allied Health Science Center at Dallas. She is being reappointed.

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