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Gov. Perry Names Nine Individuals To the Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council

Flannery designated Presiding Officer

Tuesday, November 08, 2005  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the appointment of nine individuals to the Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council. The council was created to assist the executive commissioner of health and human services in developing rules and policies for the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

Timothy J. Flannery of Seabrook is vice president of business development at S&B Infrastructure, LTD, an architectural and engineering design firm headquartered in Houston. He is former vice chair of the Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention, appointed by former Gov. George W. Bush. Flannery is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He has been designated presiding officer and will serve for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2011.

Richard E. Tankerson of The Woodlands is the senior pastor at Greater Ward Chapel A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal) Church. He is the former director of community development for the Dallas Symphony Association and former executive director of Habitat for Humanity in San Antonio. Tankerson also served as board president and construction project manager for The Carver Academy. A graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and then a master of divinity degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2007.

Robert K. Peters of Tyler manages Project Level Field, a charitable fund which provides technological and educational assistance for blind persons and their family members in East Texas. He is also a news and weather reporter for KTBB Radio and a writer for TB Butler Publishing. He is an observer for the National Weather Service and is retired dean of University Studies at Tyler Junior College. Peters is a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians and the Texas State Historical Society. A graduate of Tyler Junior College and Texas Christian University, he received a master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2007.

David Coco of Austin is an outreach specialist with the Educational Resource Center on Deafness at the Texas School for the Deaf with a focus on developing grants for educational technology and providing statewide outreach and training on deaf-related issues. Coco worked as a senior research physicist at the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin for more than 20 years. He obtained a Ph.D. in space physics and astronomy from Rice University in 1981. Coco was born hard of hearing and lost the remainder of his hearing during high school. He is now profoundly deaf and uses sign language and a cochlear implant for communication. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2007.

Joseph Muñiz of Harlingen is assistant library director at the Harlingen Public Library. He is a former chairman of the Texas Commission for the Blind’s Rio Grande Valley Regional Advisory Committee. Muñiz is a former member of the State Independent Living Council of Texas and the Texas Commission for the Blind. He is president of the Valley Information Alliance, a consortium of 19 public libraries in the Rio Grande Valley. Muñiz is a graduate of Texas A&M University and studied library science at the University of Texas at Austin. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2009.

Robin Riccardi of Spring is a teacher at Teague Middle School in the Aldine Independent School District. Riccardi served on the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Advisory Board at South Western Collegiate Institute for the Deaf. She is a member of the Texas State Teachers Association and former vice president of Lubbock Community Services for the Deaf. Riccardi received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University. Her term will expire Feb. 1, 2009.

Connie Hughes of Idalou is a teacher at Lorenzo Independent School District. She is a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association and the Council for Exceptional Children. Currently she serves on TEA’s Texas Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process Committee. She also has served on the Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention, the Idalou Band Boosters and The Idalou 4-H. Hughes received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University. Her term will expire Feb. 1, 2009.

Lance L. Goetz, M.D., of Dallas is a staff physician with the VA North Texas Health Care System System and assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is a former member of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, appointed by Gov. Perry. Goetz is a member of the American Spinal Injury Association, the American Paraplegia Society and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he received a medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1992. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, with subspecialty certification in spinal cord injury medicine. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2011.

Diane Marie Novy of Sugar Land is an associate professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She also is on the faculty of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is a member of the American, Texas and Houston Psychological Associations. Novy also is a member of the American Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain. She serves on the board of directors of the alumni association of the University of Houston College of Education. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she received a master’s degree from Houston Baptist University and a doctoral degree from the University of Houston. Her term will expire Feb. 1, 2011.

These appointments are subject to senate confirmation.

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