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Gov. Perry Appoints Five to Crime Stoppers Advisory Council

Wednesday, May 10, 2006  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has announced the appointment of five persons to the Crime Stoppers Advisory Council, which assists in the creation of Crime Stoppers organizations across the state to help law enforcement agencies combat crime. Tina Alexander Sellers of Lufkin is news director at KTRE-TV and is being reappointed to the council. She is a member of the Radio-TV News Directors Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Minority Media Executives. Sellers also serves on the boards of the Woodland Heights Medical Center, the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce as an ex-officio member and the Women’s Shelter of East Texas as president. She is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Her term will expire Sept. 1, 2008. Nelda L. Garcia of Ben Bolt is the owner and operator of Nopalera Beefmasters. She is the program coordinator and former chair of Crime Stoppers of South Texas, Inc. Garcia is chair of the Jim Wells County Soil and Water Conservation District and vice chair of the South Texas Soil and Water Conservation Association. She also serves as secretary of the Jim Wells County Historical Commission and is a member of the Texas Wildlife Association, Amistad Community Council and Texas Farm Bureau. Garcia received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Texas. Her term will expire Sept. 1, 2008. Melvin Ray Joyner Jr. is an officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department. He is a member of the Wichita Falls Police Officer Association, the Wichita Falls Police Benevolent Society and the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. Joyner serves as president of the Wichita Falls Federal Credit Union. He attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and completed officer training at the Wichita Falls Police Academy. His term will expire Sept. 1, 2008. Dorothy Jon Flores Spinks of Burnet County, who is being reappointed to the council, is the chairman of Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers, Inc., serving Burnet, Llano, Blanco and Mason counties. She is a retired production manager in the wholesale garment industry; rancher; small business owner; and 4H leader. Spinks has served as a home-based assistant to elderly citizens for more than 10 years and has served as vice-chair of the Crime Stoppers Advisory Council for the past three years. She attended Glendale Community College and Pierce College in California. Her term will expire Sept. 1, 2009. Brian Thomas of Amarillo is police coordinator with the Amarillo Police Department, where he oversees the Amarillo Crime Stoppers, Inc., program. Thomas is being reappointed to the council. He previously served on the board of the Texas Crime Stoppers Association. Thomas earned a master police officers certificate and is licensed as an instructor by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. He attended Amarillo College. His term will expire Sept. 1, 2009. These appointments are subject to senate confirmation during the 2007 Regular Session.

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