Governor Abbott Appoints Litzinger And Villarreal To Continuing Advisory Committee For Special Education

May 13, 2019 | Austin, Texas | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Amy Litzinger and Laura Villarreal to the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021 and February 1, 2023, respectively. The committee provides policy guidance on special education and related services for children with disabilities in Texas.

Amy Litzinger of Austin is a public policy specialist with the Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P). She is a member of Texas ABLE Act Advisory Committee, and a former member of the Health and Human Services Commission Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) System Redesign Advisory Committee, Texas Children’s Policy Council. Additionally, she is the former membership chairman and governing board member of National Youth Leadership Network and former executive committee vice chairman and policy workgroup chairman of The National Council on Disability Youth Advisory Council. Litzinger received a Bachelor of Arts in English and political science from Southwestern University and a Master of Arts in theological studies from Austin Seminary.

Laura Villarreal of Universal City is a program specialist for transition services for the Texas Workforce Commission, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Villarreal received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Purdue University and a Master of Education from The University of Texas (UT) at Austin, and is currently pursuing a degree in behavioral therapy from UT at San Antonio.