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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Rehabilitation Council of Texas

Thursday, January 12, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas. The council partners with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to advocate for people with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process.

Roger Cortez of Cedar Park is an advocate and congressional liaison for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a post service officer of Veterans of Foreign Wars, a judge advocate for Disabled American Veterans, membership coordinator for the Veterans Service Officer Organization, and an associate member of the Texas Veterans Commission. He is also a volunteer with the American Red Cross, and a former tutor and youth counselor for Bea's Kids in Carrollton. Cortez served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law. He is appointed for a term to expire Oct. 29, 2013.

Elizabeth Gentry of Schertz is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a regional rehabilitation training specialist for DARS. She is a member of Texas Rehab Action Network and San Antonio Area Rehabilitation Association. She is a past volunteer with the Boys Scouts of America Alamo Area Council and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Texas. Gentry received a bachelor's degree from Our Lady of the Lake University and a master's degree in counseling from St. Mary's University. She is appointed for a term to expire Oct. 29, 2013.

Brent Pitt of Austin is a manager in the Texas Education Agency's Division of Federal and State Education Policy. He is also a certified teacher of deaf and hard of hearing children. Pitt received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in special education from the University of Utah. He is appointed for a term to expire Oct. 29, 2014.

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