Governor Abbott Appoints Payton And Marino To Texas Commission On The Arts

February 14, 2019 | Austin, Texas | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Sean Payton and Deborah “Debbie” Gray Marino to the Texas Commission on the Arts for terms set to expire on August 31, 2021 and August 31, 2023, respectively. The commission fosters the development of a receptive climate for the arts that will culturally enrich and benefit state citizens in their daily lives and attract outstanding artist to become state residents.

Sean Payton of Killeen is a pastor and serves as the Chaplain of the Texas State Guard. He was trained in classical piano performance and plays percussion with The Gospel Travelers and The Devine Messengers. He is on the board of the Arts Committee for the City of Killeen and is a member of the Military Order of Foreign Wars. Payton was honorably discharged from the United States Army and received a degree in theology from the American Bible Institute and Seminary. He was previously appointed by Governor Abbott to serve on the Governor’s Committee to Support the Military.

Deborah “Debbie” Gray Marino of San Antonio is the senior vice president, corporate relations for SWBC. She is a member of the Spurs Sports and Entertainment non-profit Silver and Black Give Back and is chair elect of the United Way-Women United Committee. She also serves on the executive board for the Witte Museum and is the vice chair for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the Commission on the Status of Women-San Antonio and the Texas Education Agency Accountability Policy Advisory Committee. Marino received a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Texas A&M University. She was previously appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors.