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Gov. Perry Names Durheim Chair of Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Also appoints two members to council
Tuesday, February 28, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has named Mary Durheim of McAllen chair of and appointed two members to the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities. The council works to ensure all Texans with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to be independent, productive and valued members of their communities.

Durheim is an educational consultant for the Educational Rights Information and Consulting Center. She is a member and past national president of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and a member of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association Southern Region. She is also a past member of the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, Learning Disabilities Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Federation of Families, and a former parent liaison for the Hidalgo County Community Resource Coordination Group. Durheim received a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University. She will serve as chair for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

David Taylor of El Paso is a retired master trainer for the U.S. Army Recruiting Company. He is founder and executive director of the Autism Community Network of El Paso, a child advocate for Court Appointed Special Advocates of El Paso, and a member of the Socorro Independent School District Health Advisory Council and Bond Accountability Committee. He is a member of the Omar Bradley Masonic Lodge 1028, American Legion Post 615, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9231. He is also a past board member of the Children's Disability Information Coalition and a past member of the El Paso Independent School District Special Education Advisory Council. He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. Taylor attended Ohio State University, and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

Scott McAvoy of Cedar Park is vice president of operations for The Marbridge Foundation. He is a member of the American Network of Community Options and Resources, and LeadingAge Texas, and a founding member of the Texas Culture Change Coalition. McAvoy received a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015.

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