Ron Lucey is the Executive Director of the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. Mr. Lucey, previously served as the manager of the Accessibility and Web Support Unit for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and has held several positions at DARS and its legacy agency, the Texas Commission for the Blind, which included the establishment of an statewide information and referral system and the creation of a blindness prevention program. He is a graduate of the University of Texas with degrees in government and communications. His perspective as a person with a vision disability has helped him effectively advocate for accessibility and the rights of Texans with disabilities. Lucey served as an Austin city commissioner and as chair of the Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, providing accessibility policy recommendations to the City Council and Austin’s previous five mayors. His experience with the Austin Mayor’s Committee gives him a focused perspective to support the mayors’ and county committees through GCPD, as well as disability organizations throughout the state. Mr. Lucey comes with a wealth of knowledge on disability issues as well as effective leadership skills. In 2010, in recognition of his passion and commitment to achieving full inclusion of people with disabilities in the community, he was selected as the recipient of Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities Governor’s Trophy, the highest honor awarded in our Lex Frieden Employment Awards.
Accessibility and Disability Rights Coordinator
Ms. Randi Turner is the Accessibility and Disability Rights Coordinator of the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. Ms. Turner previously served as the Communication Access Specialist of the Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and held positions at its legacy agency, the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Turner is a graduate of Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Sciences. She received the Outstanding Service and Excellence in Academics” award when she graduated. She holds Advanced level sign language interpreter certification from DARS-DHHS, and a Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Through her work with the public and private sector, from the local to national level, she became a sought out trainer on ADA issues. In addition, her work as an advocate for people who are deaf or hard of hearing earned her the honored Deaf Celebration “LBJ Award.” The award signifies her “contributions toward equality and equal opportunities for people who are deaf as exemplified by the spirit of Lyndon B. Johnson and the Deaf President Now (DPN) movement at Gallaudet University.”
Ms. Villarreal has been an advocate in the field of disability in both her personal and professional life. She worked on special education policy at Disability Rights Texas and worked with the National Federation of the Blind of Texas and the National Coalition of Latinxs with Disabilities in an effort to promote disability justice. She has experience working on mental health and healthcare access policies at the Center for Public Policy Priorities and the Office of Mental Health Coordination at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Ms. Villarreal received her Master of Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, housed at UT-Austin, in 2016. She is originally from Monterrey, Mexico and moved to Austin in 2010 to attend the UT Austin’s undergraduate program, and has since called Austin home.
Community Outreach and Information Coordinator
Ms. Zischkale has worked throughout the public mental health and developmental disability service delivery system in Texas, having previously served as the Implementation and Policy Specialist for the Home and Community-Based Services- Adult Mental Health program at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at UT-Austin, a personal care attendant in the Medically Dependent Children’s Program, a Qualified Mental Health Professional for Denton County’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Team, and as an Associate Psychologist III at the Austin State Supported Living Center.
Ms. Zischkale received her Master of Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, housed at UT-Austin. She earned her Master’s of Psychology from the University of Dallas in 2011.
Nancy Van Loan
Ms. Van Loan has provided technical support for the Executive Director, Committee members, and staff since 1995. Van Loan began her service with the State in 1991 and has been employed with Texas Department of Insurance Workers’ Compensation Division, Texas Department of Transportation and Health and Human Services Commission. She has taken undergraduate courses from Mohave and Pima Community Colleges in Arizona and the University of Central Texas. Van Loan served four years in the United States Army Signal Corps and has six years managerial experience in the grocery stores’ industry.