Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Appoints Kelly to Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities

Reappoints four to the committee
Monday, June 04, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Mackenzie Kelly of Austin and reappointed four members to the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2014. The committee works to ensure Texans with disabilities may live their lives with integrity, independence and productivity.

Kelly is an emergency management technician for the Williamson County Office of Emergency Management. She is communications officer for the City of Austin Community Emergency Response Team, and a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, International Network of Women in Emergency Management, and the Department of Homeland Security First Responder Communities of Practice. She is also a volunteer firefighter for the Jollyville Volunteer Fire Department and an advanced certified firefighter with the State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas. Kelly is pursuing a bachelor's degree from American Military University.

Aaron W. Bangor of Austin is a principal member of the technical staff at AT&T Labs. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and is board certified in professional ergonomics as a Certified Human Factors Professional. Bangor received bachelor's degrees, a master's degree and a Doctorate of Human Factors Engineering from Virginia Tech University. He is being reappointed.

Rodolfo "Rudy" Becerra Jr. of Nacogdoches is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU). He is a former library student assistant and disability consultant to the director of disabilities at SFASU, and a past member of the Nacogdoches Mayor's Committee on People with Disabilities. He is also a former volunteer with Goodwill of Central Texas. He is being reappointed.

Margaret Larsen of Austin is president and CEO of Special Olympics Texas. She is a member of the Special Olympics United States Leadership Council and American Society of Association Executives, and is a former mentor for the Texas Society of Association Executives. Larsen received a bachelor's degree from Towson University, a master's degree in education from Johns Hopkins University, and completed a post graduate fellowship of Exeter College at Oxford University. She is being reappointed.

Patty Watson of Flower Mound is a technology executive for Bank of America. She is the diversity and inclusion executive champion for Bank of America's Global Wholesale Banking Technology & Operations and is the executive sponsor of Bank of America's North Texas Disability Affinity Group. She is also an ambassador for Research Down Syndrome and a volunteer coach for the Greater Lewisville Area Soccer Association. Watson served in the U.S. Air Force. She received a bachelor's degree from Saint Mary's College at Notre Dame, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton in Ohio. She is being reappointed.

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