Governor Abbott Appoints Five To The Texas Workforce Investment Council

June 19, 2018 | Austin, Texas | Appointment

Governor Abbott has appointed Gina Aguirre Adams, Lindsey Geeslin, Adam Hutchison, Wayne Oswald, and Paul Puente to the Texas Workforce Investment Council for terms set to expire on September 1, 2021. The council assists the Governor and the Legislature with strategic planning for and evaluation of the Texas workforce system to promote the development of a well-educated, highly skilled workforce for Texas.

Gina Aguirre Adams of Jones Creek is the president and CEO of the Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is the vice chairwoman of the Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network and a board member of the DOW Community Advisory Panel, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, Brazos ISD Education Foundation, and Latina Women in Leadership.

Lindsey Geeslin of Waco is the executive director of the Texas Masonry Council. She is a member of the Texas Society of Association Executives, executive committee member of the Extraco Events Center, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Architecture and Construction Program of Study Advisory Committee. Geeslin received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture business and management from Texas State University.

Adam Hutchison of Elm Mott is the provost of Texas State Technical College-Waco. He is a member of the Project Management Institute, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Prosper Waco - Education Steering Committee, and the American Society for Engineering Management. Additionally, he is a board member of the Heart of Texas Economic Development District. Hutchison received a Bachelor of Science in aviation from Bob Jones University, a Master of Arts in management from Liberty University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in education from Old Dominion University.

Wayne Oswald of Houston is retired and the former executive director for the Houston Business Roundtable. He is the chair of the Heritage Oaks Community Improvement Association (HOCIA) Architectural Committee, member of the Texas Chemical Council, and member and former president of HOCIA. Oswald received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering technology from the University of Houston.

Paul Puente of Houston is the executive secretary to Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council. He is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Chapter, member of the Texas Workforce Commission’s Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Council, Houston First Corporation Board of Directors and the Gulf Coast Trades Center & Raven School Board of Directors. Additionally, he is president of the West Gulf Ports Council affiliated with Maritime Trades and a committee member of the Houston Business Roundtable, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Houston Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board.  Puente received an Associate Degree in electrical technology of applied science from San Jacinto College.