Gov. Perry Names Wilhelm Chair of Parental Rights Advisory Panel
Gov. Rick Perry has named Gregory Wilhelm of Midlothian chair of the Parental Rights Advisory Panel, and appointed nine members for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Pursuant to House Bill 2367 of the 82nd Legislative Session, the panel will study and provide recommendations to the Legislature regarding possession of or access to a child by a parent.
Wilhelm is principle and president of the Law Offices of Gregory E. Wilhelm P.C., and former judge of Ellis County Court of Law Number One. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American, Dallas and Ellis county Bar associations, Texas Association of Child Protection Judges, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. He is chair of the Regent University Law School Alumni Board, a founding board member of the Regent University Law School Board of Visitors, and president and a founding board member for CASA of Ellis County. Wilhelm received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, and a master's degree in public policy and a law degree from Regent University.
John P. Combs of Liberty Hill is a detective in the Round Rock Police Department. He is a member of the Texas Municipal Police Association and past secretary of the Round Rock Police Officers Association. He is also a trainer and instructor for Child Protective Services, the Children's Advocacy Center in Georgetown and Austin Community College. Combs attended Austin Community College.
Harold C. Gaither Jr. of Quinlan is a retired senior state district judge. He is a past board member of the State Bar of Texas Judicial Section and Texas CASA Advisory Board, and a past member of the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families. He is also a past board member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Gaither served in the U.S. Army. He received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.
Lois Gamble of Austin is retired and former director of accreditation for the National Association of Child Care Professionals. She is a member of the National Association for Education of Young Children, and a past member of the National Association of Child Care Professionals, the Parental Advisory Committee and the City of Austin Mayor's Task Force for Community Involvement in Child Care. Gamble received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas.
Rachel R. Logue of Georgetown is a real estate agent with Century 21 HSK and Associates. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Austin Board of Realtors and Real Estate Buyers Agent Council, and a member and past board member of the Williamson County Association of Realtors. She is also a member of the Seton Williamson Foundation Women's Development Board, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Georgetown High School Parent Teacher Association. Logue attended Austin Community College, and has received Graduate of Real Estate Institute and Accredited Buyers Representative designations.
Franklin "Scott" Spears of Austin is an attorney and partner of Arenson and Spears Attorneys at Law. He is a board member of the St. Mary's Law School Alumni Association and Lower Colorado River Authority, a member of the Austin Bar Association and State Bar of Texas, and a rotarian of the Rotary Club of Austin. He served as a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps. Spears received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law.
Jennifer Tharp of New Braunfels is a criminal district attorney for Comal County. She is a member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and Braunfels Foundation Trust, board secretary of Comal Cops for Kids, and a board member of the Children's Advocacy Center of Comal County and Sexual Assault Response Team Foundation of Comal County. She is also a graduate of Leadership New Braunfels and a past board member of the Upstarts Foundation. Tharp received a bachelor's degree from Texas Lutheran University and a law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law.
Raymond Wheless of Allen is judge of the 366th Judicial District Court in Collin County, and former judge of Collin County Court at Law Number Four. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Collin County Bail Bond Board, American Judges Association and the Specialty Courts Advisory Council. He is also a past member of the Collin County Crisis Center, past president of the Plano Metro Rotary Club, past assistant football coach for Plano Sports Authority, and past cub master for the Plano Boy Scouts of America. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Wheless received a bachelor's degree from California State College and a law degree from the University of Texas.
Cecilia M. Wood of Austin is an attorney in private practice. She is a member of the Austin and Bell County Bar associations, Travis County Family Law Advocates and Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, and is a member of and volunteer attorney for the Texas Family Law Foundation. She is also a volunteer attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund and the Liberty Institute, and is the Central Texas Legislative Liaison for Concerned Women of America. Wood received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the Baylor University School of Law.
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