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Rehabilitation Council of Texas 2014 Annual Report

RCT Member Bios

Rana Anderson of Snyder is a curriculum specialist for Partners Resource Network. She is past executive secretary and campaign organizer for the Scurry County United Way, a past member of the Snyder Future Farmers of America Booster Club, and past troop leader for the Girls Scouts of America. Anderson attended Western Texas College.

 

John Cage of Helots is an adjunct instructor for the San Antonio College (SAC) Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Training. He is sponsor of the SAC Connection Club, co-sponsor of the SAC Gleek Squad, and a member of the Alamo Community Association of the Deaf. Cage received a bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University and a master’s degree in deaf education and studies from Lamar University.

 

Roger Cortez of Cedar Park is an advocate and congressional liaison for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a post service officer of Veterans of Foreign Wars, a judge advocate for Disabled American Veterans, an associate member of the Texas Veterans Commission, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Cortez received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a doctor of jurisprudence from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

Martha Garber of Coppell is director of applied research and development and leader of the University of North Texas Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment and Job Fit programs. She is a board member of the North Texas Area Rehabilitation Association, a past president of the Texas Rehabilitation Association, and an active member of the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators, National Rehabilitation Association, Association of People Supporting Employment First, and National Council of Rehabilitation Educators. Garber received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Elizabeth Gentry of San Antonio is a training and professional development specialist at the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Center for Learning Management. Previously, she worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for DARS Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS). She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has worked with individuals with special needs, doing extensive work in mental health programs. Gentry received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University and her master’s degree in counseling from St. Mary’s University.

Rames Gonzalez, Jr. of Palmview is a self-employed business owner and community volunteer. He was an Americans with Disability Act student representative for South Texas Community College and a firefighter for the Palmview Volunteer Fire Department. Gonzalez received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and is a graduate of the DARS Business Enterprises of Texas program.

 

Rene Gonzalez, Ph.D. of McAllen is an assistant professor at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Department of Rehabilitation. He is a member of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education and Learning Disabilities Association of America. Gonzalez received a bachelor’s degree from UTPA and master’s and doctorate degrees in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Lori Henning of Austin is the executive director for the Texas Association of Goodwills, where she has been responsible for overseeing the statewide organization for the past 12 years; she also serves as a lobbyist for the organization. Henning has worked in the field of rehabilitation for more than 30 years. Previously,  she was an executive for Goodwill Industries of Houston, where she was responsible for overseeing all mission-related services and programming. Henning received a master’s degree in family therapy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Saul Herrera of Midland is the director of the retired and senior volunteer program for Community and Senior Services of Midland, Inc. He is chair of the Texas State Independent Living Council and a member of the National Senior Corps Association, the Texas Association of Senior Corps Directors, the 2-1-1 Texas Advisory Council, and the Permian Basin Citizens Corps Council. He volunteers as a literacy tutor for Midland Need to Read and is a lecturer for the Knights of Columbus Council #9215. Herrera received a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Texas Tech University.

Manuel Lopez, Jr. of Rosenberg is the manager of the Texana Learning Center. He is a mentor for the Exchange Club of Rosenberg and is a past member of the Lamar Little League Board of Directors. Lopez received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston

 

 

Troy Myree of Houston is an event staff member for the Contemporary Services Corporation. He serves on the board of the Barbara Jordan Endeavors Corporation. He is a life member of Paralyzed Veterans of America and a member of the Family-to-Family Network. Myree, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston- Downtown and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Houston.

 

Brent Pitt of Austin is a manager for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Division of Federal and State Education Policy. He is also a certified teacher of deaf and hard of hearing children. Pitt received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from the University of Utah.

 

Thelma Scott of Houston is the founder of the Barbara Jordan Endeavors Corporation. She is a member of the Texas Rehab Action Network and is an education committee member for the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Houston Chapter of the AT&T Community Network, AT&T Diversity Council, AT&T Pioneer Club, AT&T Disability Committee, and Women of AT&T Inc. She is a past commission member of the Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Scott received a marketing certificate from Lone Star College-North Harris County.

Mark Schroeder of Grand Prairie is an IT compliance administrator for GM Financial and an assistant professor at University of Maryland University College. He is a past member of the Information Systems Security Association, the Texas Community College Teachers Association, CompTIA, and the Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks. Schroeder received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a master of business administration from Wayland Baptist University.

Karen Stanfill of Houston is an advocate supervisor for the Client Assistance Program (CAP) at Disability Rights Texas. Her professional employment began at Goodwill Industries in the rehabilitation department, and she worked as a counselor at the Texas Rehabilitation Commission (now DARS DRS) for 15 years. She serves on the Rehabilitation Council of Texas (RCT) as the CAP representative, and is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association, the Texas Rehabilitation Association, and the Houston Area Rehabilitation Association. Stanfill holds a double major in rehabilitation counseling and business from Stephen F. Austin State University and is a certified rehabilitation counselor.

Joyce Delores Taylor of Houston is president and chief executive officer of J’s Dynamic Transformations, as well as internship coordinator and lecturer for the University of Houston-Clearlake. She is a member of the Texas Workforce Investment Council and TEA Academic Achievement Designation Council. She is past president and past vice president of membership of the Houston Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Taylor received bachelor’s degrees from Wilberforce University and the University of Dayton. She received master’s degrees in industrial and organizational psychology, criminology, and cross-cultural and women’s studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Joe Tims of Justin is the president and owner of 5 Star Sales and Marketing. He is a member of the Justin Lions Club, the Pachyderm Club of Denton, and the Justin Business Association Board of Directors. He served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserves. Tims attended the University of North Texas.

 

 

Cheryl A. Fuller of Austin is the assistant commissioner of DARS Division for Rehabilitation Services and previously served as director of the DARS Center for Learning Management. Before joining DARS, Fuller served as director of the Texas Workforce Investment Council. Fuller received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Angelo State University. Appointed by the governor, she serves as an ex-officio member of the RCT.

 

Barbara J. Madrigal of Austin is the former assistant commissioner of the DARS Division for Blind Services and has delivered and managed rehabilitation services in the field for more than 35 years. She is a former executive committee member of the National Council of States Agencies for the Blind and the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation. Madrigal received master’s degrees in counseling and human services administration from St. Mary’s University and St. Edward’s University. Appointed by the governor, she serves as an ex-officio member of the RCT.