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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

Wednesday, May 30, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed four members to the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. The council educates, informs and coordinates activities to reduce the human and financial toll of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Paula Gomez of Brownsville is executive director of the Brownsville Community Health Clinic Corporation. She is a member of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the National and Texas associations of Community Health Centers, and vice president and a member of the Gorgas Science Foundation and United Brownsville. She is also a past member of the United States Surgeon General's Committee on Hispanic Health and the Cameron Works Board of Directors. Gomez received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&I University. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2013.

Suzanne Hildebrand of Live Oak is a community volunteer and past member of the Live Oak City Council. She is the founder and past president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Texas, and is a past member of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education and the Bexar County Jail Standards Commission. Hildebrand attended Texas Tech University. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2013.

Floristene Johnson of DeSoto is an adjunct instructor of Dietary Management at Tarrant County College and retired deputy director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Texas and Dallas academies of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is an alumnus of the Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society. She is also treasurer of the Coalition of Churches in Prison Ministry, a member of The Links, Inc. Trinity Chapter and Southern University Alumni Federation, and an undergraduate advisor of Paul Quinn College Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Johnson received a bachelor's degree from Southern University at Baton Rouge, a master's degree in food science and nutrition from Colorado State University, and completed her dietetic internship at the Good Samaritan Hospital. She is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

John N. Rutledge of Austin is a neurointerventional surgeon, partner of Austin Radiological Association, and an adjunct professor of the University of Texas Psychology Department. He is a member of the American and Texas Medical associations, Texas State Radiological Society, the Travis County Medical Society, Society of Neuroscience, the Radiological Society of North America, Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the American Society of Functional Neuroradiology, Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiologists, and a senior member of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery. Rutledge is also a fellow of the American College of Radiology, and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Radiology. He is the medical director of the University of Texas Imaging Research Center and chair of the Governor's EMS and Trauma Advisory Council Stroke Committee. Rutledge received a bachelor's degree and a medical degree from the University of Oklahoma, and completed his diagnostic radiology residency at Baptist Medical Center, and his neuroradiology and neurointerventional surgery fellowship at Columbia University Neurological Institute of New York. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

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