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Rehabilitation Council of Texas 2015 Annual Report

RCT Member Bios

Members of the Rehabilitation Council of Texas at a committee meeting

Martha GarberMartha Garber, M.Ed., LPC-S, LMFT, Chair of Coppell is director of applied research and development and adjunct faculty in the Department of Disability and Addictions Rehabilitation at the University of North Texas (UNT). At UNT, Garber directs Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment. She is active in the professional and advocacy community serving as a board member of the North Texas Area Rehabilitation Association and a past president of the Texas Rehabilitation Association. Garber has served on the RCT since 2012 as a disability advocacy group representative. Garber was elected RCT chair in 2014 and reappointed to the RCT in 2015. She earned a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a master's degree in counseling from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Garber is also a licensed professional counselor supervisor and licensed marriage and family therapist.

Joyce Delores TaylorJoyce Delores Taylor, Vice Chair of Houston is president and chief executive officer of J's Dynamic Transformation. Taylor is a member of the Texas Workforce Investment Council, Texas Education Agency Academic Achievement Designation Council, American Psychological Association, Society of Women Engineers, National Management Association, Federation of Houston Professional Women, Society of Human Resource Management, Houston Association for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She is also chair of the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) Alumni Association Executive Council. In 2015, Taylor was reappointed to the RCT as the state workforce investment board representative, serving as the current vice chair and as a member of the Education and Membership Committee. She earned master's degrees in criminology, industrial and organizational psychology, and women's studies from UHCL.

Rene GonzalezRene Gonzalez, Ph.D., of McAllen is an assistant professor in the University of Texas-Pan American's (UTPA) Department of Rehabilitation. He is a member of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education and Learning Disabilities Association of America. Dr. Gonzalez was appointed to the RCT in 2014 as a vocational rehabilitation services recipient representative and is chair of the Policy, Procedure and Personnel Development Committee. He earned a bachelor's degree from the UTPA and master's and doctorate degrees in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Karen StanfillKaren Stanfill of Houston is an advocate supervisor for the Client Assistance Program 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) for 15 years. She is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association, the Texas Rehabilitation Association and the Houston Area Rehabilitation Association. Stanfill was reappointed to the RCT in 2015 as the CAP representative and is chair of the Policy, Procedure and Personnel Development Committee. She holds a bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University with a double major in rehabilitation counseling and business. She is also a certified rehabilitation counselor.

Mark SchroederMark Schroeder of Grand Prairie is an information technology solutions architect for the Zale Division of Signet Jewelers and associate professor at the University of Maryland University College. Schroeder is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. Schroeder was reappointed to the RCT in 2014 as a business, industry and labor representative and is chair of the Education and Membership Committee. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in business administration from Wayland Baptist University.

Joe TimsJoe Tims of Justin is the president and owner of 5 Star Sales and Marketing. He is a past president and founding member of the Justin Lions Club, serves on the Justin Business Association Board of Directors and various other boards. He served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserves. Tims was reappointed to the RCT in 2015 as a business, industry and labor representative and is chair of the Consumer Satisfaction and Needs Assessment Committee.

 

Rana AndersonRana Anderson of Snyder is a curriculum specialist for Partners Resource Network. Anderson formerly served as executive secretary and campaign organizer for the Scurry County United Way, was a former member of the Snyder Future Farmers of America Booster Club, and served as a troop leader for the Girls Scouts of America. Anderson served on the RCT as the parent training and information center representative and was a member of the Policy, Procedure and Personnel Development Committee until April 2015. She attended Western Texas College.

Brent PittBrent Pitt of Austin is a manager for the Texas Education Agency Division of Federal and State Education Policy. He is also a certified teacher of deaf and hard of hearing children. Pitt was appointed to the RCT in 2011 as the state educational agency representative and is a member of the Education and Membership Committee. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in special education from the University of Utah.

 

Yvonne BattsYvonne Batts of Abilene is President of Batts Communications LP. She is chair of the Abilene Industrial Foundation, which is an affiliate of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. She is vice chair of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, vice chair of the Central Appraisal District of Taylor County, and a director of the Community Foundation of Abilene. Batts served nine years as chair of the Goodwill of West Texas Board of Directors, has held numerous executive committee positions with Goodwill and has served as trustee of the Abilene Independent School District. Batts was appointed to the RCT in 2015 as a business, industry and labor representative and is a member of the Consumer Satisfaction and Needs Assessment Committee. She received a bachelor's degree in business from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.

John CageJohn Cage of Helotes is an adjunct instructor for the San Antonio College (SAC) Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Training. He sponsors the SAC Connection Club, co-sponsors the SAC Gleek Squad and is also a member of the Alamo Community Association of the Deaf. Cage served on the RCT as a community rehabilitation program service provider representative until February 2015. He earned a bachelor's degree from Gallaudet University and a master's degree in deaf education and studies from Lamar University.

Roger CortezRoger Cortez of Cedar Park is an advocate and congressional liaison for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Cortez served in the U.S. Marine Corps and now 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. Cortez was reappointed to the RCT in 2014 as a community rehabilitation program service provider representative and is a member of the Policy, Procedure and Personnel Development Committee. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Cheryl FullerCheryl Fuller of Austin was named assistant commissioner of DARS DRS in August 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience working in state and local government programs focused on helping Texans prepare for, gain and retain employment. Fuller joined DARS in February 2011 as the director of the agency's Center for Learning Management after serving more than 11 years as director of the Texas Workforce Investment Council in the Office of the Governor. Fuller also held positions in local employment and training programs, where she partnered with vocational rehabilitation offices to jointly serve consumers. She was appointed as the DRS ex-officio member of the RCT in 2014. She graduated from Angelo State University with a bachelor's degree in communications.

Saul HerreraSaul Herrera of Midland is the director of the Community and Senior Services of Midland, Inc.'s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. He previously served as chair of the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and is 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. Herrera is also a volunteer literacy tutor for Midland Need to Read and a lector for the Knights of Columbus Council #9215. Herrera served on the RCT as the SILC representative until January 2015. He earned a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University.

Casey D. HertelCasey D. Hertel of Abilene is a Community Integration Specialist/Relocations Follow Up staff member for Disability In Action, where he formerly volunteered. He has been a member of the Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living Consumer Advocacy Team as well as a project advisory committee member for the Statewide Independent Living Council. Hertel was appointed to the RCT in 2015 as a business, industry and labor representative and is a member of the Consumer Satisfaction and Needs Assessment Committee. He received his medical assistant certification from the Southeastern Career Institute in Midland.

Bruce H. HooperBruce H. Hooper of San Antonio is co-founder and co-director of American Blind Golf. Hooper is a World Blind Golf Champion and a seven-time United States national blind golf champion. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind. He continues to serve on the Lighthouse Events and Program committees. Hooper spent 35 years in sales and marketing in the golf industry and also served in the U.S. Air Force. Hooper was recently selected for the San Antonio Master Leadership Program. Hooper was appointed to the RCT in 2015 as a disability advocacy group representative and is a member of the Consumer Satisfaction and Needs Assessment Committee. He is a graduate of Texas State University.

Troyon MyreeTroyon "Troy" Myree of Houston is an event staff member for the Contemporary Services Corporation. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a life member of the organization Paralyzed Veterans of America. Myree is also a member of the Family to Family Network and a board member of the Barbara Jordan Endeavors Corporation. Myree was appointed to the RCT in 2014 as a vocational rehabilitation services recipient representative and is a member of the Policy, Procedure and Personnel Development Committee. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston-Downtown, a master's degree in social work from the University of Houston and an additional master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix.