Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Perry Appoints Seven to Texas Human Rights Commission

Banks Named as Chair

Friday, May 07, 2004  •  Appointment

AUSTIN- Gov. Rick Perry has appointed seven individuals to the Texas Human Rights Commission. The commission, which now is a part of the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission, investigates statewide employment and housing discrimination.

Mary Banks of Houston is the national director of employee relations at Bank One. She is a member and past president of the Houston Human Resources Management Association and Leadership Houston. Banks is a board member for Spaulding for Children, the Holocaust Museum where she also serves on the executive committee. She is the author of The Multi-Faceted Woman and is a frequent speaker on women’s issues. She received a bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University and a master’s degree from Houston Baptist University. Banks will serve as chair and her term will expire Feb. 1, 2005.

C. Robert Keeney Jr. of Houston is a private practice attorney and certified mediator. He has served on the board of directors for Houston Advocates for Mental Health in Children, the Texas Commission for the Blind and is a former mayor of Spring Valley. He received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. He has trained at the Attorney Mediator’s Institute for basic and family law mediation. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2005.

Thomas Anderson of Richmond is the human resources director for Fort Bend County. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the president-elect of HR Houston, a chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Anderson is certified as a senior professional in Human Resources. He received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, a master’s from DePauw University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2007.

Nila Wipf of Harlingen is president of JNW Property Holdings. She is a member of the American and Texas Nurses Associations, the Texas Chiropractic Association Auxiliary Division and the Philippine Nurses Association of America. She is also a member of the Nature Conservatory and is a century member of the American Birding Association. Wipf is a board member of Saint Anthony School and is special projects chairman for Saint Anthony Catholic Church. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and a master’s degree from the University of the Philippines. Her term will expire Feb. 1, 2007.

Patricia Asip of Plano is the president of and private consultant for Mares Inter- Americas. She was formerly on the Governor’s Women’s Commission and was named by President George H.W. Bush to the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission. She is a member of the American Management Association’s International Council and serves on the national board of directors for the Humane Society. She has served on the board of Defense Advisory Committee of Women in the Services, the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce and as former League of United Latin American Citizens vice president for the Northeast. Asip is the co-founder of Hispanic 50 and a founding board member for the National Hispanic Corporate Council. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University de La Plata in Argentina. Her term will expire Feb. 1, 2009.

Jose de Santiago Sr. of Houston, a former Texas Human Rights commissioner, is the president of Desco Steel Erector and Concrete International. His company was named as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine. Jose has served as a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Aldine Optimist Club, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was a founding members of the Houston Northeast Chamber of Commerce. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2009.

Anwar Khalifa of Tyler is president of Pyramid Homes. He is a member of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau, East Texas Islamic Society and the Tyler Ministerial Alliance. Khalifa is also a member of the National Association of Home Builders and is a Graduate Master Builder. He received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2009.

These appointments are subject to senate approval.

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