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Governor Abbott Appoints Six To The Governor’s Committee On People With Disabilities

Friday, March 31, 2017  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment
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Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Saul Herrera and reappointed Elizabeth Dickey, Marilou Fowler, Archer Hadley, Linda Millstone and Dylan Rafaty to the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities for terms set to expire February 1, 2019. The committee recommends changes in disability policies and programs and supports a network of committees on people with disabilities, issues awards to promote greater awareness, and promotes compliance with disability related laws.

Saul M. Herrera of Midland is project director for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Senior Link Midland, a private, non-profit agency that offers a variety of programs designed to meet recognized needs of the older population in Midland. He is a former gubernatorial appointee to the State Independent Living Council and the Rehabilitation Council of Texas. He volunteers for the Red Cross of the Southwest and is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Additionally, he is a former literacy tutor for Midland Needs to Read and former mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Herrera received a Bachelor of Arts in telecommunications from Texas Tech University.

Elizabeth M. Dickey, of Austin is the principal for The Rosedale School, which serves students with multiple disabilities. She is a member of the Austin Association of Public School Administrators and the Austin Independent School District (AISD) Culture and Climate Innovation Design Team, and serves as Vertical Team leader for AISD Special Campuses. She is also a former co-leader of the AISD Special Education Principal’s Council. Dickey received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies from the University of Houston.

Marilou Fowler of Katy is a caregiver and nursing student at Texas Health School. She is a volunteer and athletic coach for the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Texas Chapter and a volunteer with the national PVA Caregiver Support Program. Fowler received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in hotel, restaurant and business management from the University of San Carlos in Cibu City, Philippines.

Archer S. Hadley, of Austin is a student at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the founder of Archer’s Challenge, an organization committed to enhancing accessibility in public spaces.  Hadley is an Eagle Scout and volunteer counselor for Camp Grace and Pathways and he volunteers for Coats for Kids.

Linda Millstone of Austin oversees investigations on behalf of The University of Texas (UT) at Austin as member of the University Compliance Services Team with the Compliance and Ethics Program. She is a former associate vice president of the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and served as the ADA Campus Coordinator. She is president of the Dell Jewish Community Center and president of Central Texas Diversity Council, a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and a trained mediator. She participated in Leadership Austin and the Governor’s Executive Development Program. Millstone received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware and a Master of Public Affairs from the UT Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Dylan Rafaty of Plano is founder, president and CEO of DylanListed, LLC, a consulting and training provider focusing on serving all people with disabilities. He is a member for the Para-Taekwondo Education Committee at the World Taekwondo Federation and chairman of the Social Responsibility Committee for the International Association of Ice Cream Distributers and Vendors.