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Gov. Perry Appoints Eight to the State Employee Charitable Campaign Advisory Committee

Monday, June 18, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed eight members to the State Employee Charitable Campaign Advisory Committee for terms to expire January 1, 2014. The committee advises the comptroller and state policy committee in adopting rules and establishing procedures for the operation and management of the state employee charitable campaign.

Jolene Miller of Huntsville is executive director of the Walker County Family Violence Council SAAFE House. She is past board secretary of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and past board president of WOMAN Inc., and has served on various committees as a local representative of the Texas Council on Family Violence. Miller received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in health education from Sam Houston State University.

Elizabeth "Betty" Protas of League City is a George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor and vice president and dean of the the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston School of Health Professions. She is a member of the United Way of Galveston Board of Directors, American Physical Therapy Association and American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and a member and past board trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is also a member of the UTMB Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Investigators and Executive Committee, UTMB Council of Deans, UTMB Strategic Executive Committee, and UTMB Institute of Translational Science Advisory Committee, and past chair of the UTMB 2010 State Employee Charitable Campaign. Protas received a bachelor's degree, master's degree in education, and a Doctorate of Education from the State University of New York.

MariBen Ramsey of Austin is vice president and general counsel of the Austin Community Foundation. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Austin Bar Association, a lifetime trustee of the SafePlace Foundation, and a board member of Con Mi MADRE and the National Council on Family Violence. Ramsey received a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Texas. She is being reappointed.

James R. Reed of San Antonio is president of the San Antonio Medical Foundation. He is board chairman of Transportation Advocates of Texas, and a board member of the University of Texas at San Antonio Development Board, Alamo Regional Mobility Authority, and United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. He is also a board member and immediate past chairman of the San Antonio Mobility Coalition, past board chairman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Rotary Club of San Antonio. Reed served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He received a bachelor's degree from Westminster College.

Leah R. Thornton of Austin is the membership manager for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. She is a member of the Texas Association of Museums and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Thornton received a bachelor's degree from McMurry University.

Homer D. Trevino of Waco is executive vice president and general manager of United Way of Waco-McLennan County, and an adjunct faculty member at McLennan Community College and Navarro College. He is a member of the Hillcrest Health System Institutional Review Board, State Board for Educator Certification, City of Waco Community Visioning Board of Directors, and Waco Rotary Club. He is also a past board member and past board secretary of the Small Business Resource Center and Heart of Texas Housing Finance Corporation, past board member of the Waco Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau, and a past member of the City of Waco Capital Needs Assessment Committee and Early Childhood Initiatives Committee. Trevino received a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University and a master's degree in political science from Baylor University.

Paul D. Urban of Kerrville is executive director of the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country. He is president of Comfort Golden Age Foundation Inc. and the Comfort Golden Age Center Advisory Board, a board member and past president of Hill Country Memorial Hospital, and an advisory board member of the Salvation Army of Kerrville. He is also a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Central Texas, Texas Council of Foundations, and the Kerrville, Comfort, Boerne and Fredericksburg chambers of Commerce. He is a past board member of the Kendall County Economic Development Corporation, past president of the Comfort Chamber of Commerce, and past board president and past trustee of the Comfort Independent School District. Urban attended Southwest Texas State University.

Bill Wilson of Hutto is director of the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance. He is a member of the American Legion and the Grant Professionals Association, and past vice president of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors. Wilson served in the U.S. Army. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, and is a graduate of the National Veterans' Training Institute and the Defense Language Institute.

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