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.
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.”
Robertson is the Research Specialist of the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. Ms. Robertson previously served at the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as the Equal Opportunity Compliance Manager within the Subrecipient and Equal Opportunity Monitoring Department of the Regulatory Integrity Division. As the Equal Opportunity Manager, she worked with state and local-level staff at TWC and the 28 boards of the Texas workforce development system to ensure programmatic and architectural accessibility in programs, services and activities administered with federal funds.
Robertson is a graduate of Augusta College in Augusta, Georgia with degrees in Psychology and French. She pursued graduate studies in Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso. As an auditor, she is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). As an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) professional, she is certified as an ADA Coordinator through the University of Missouri – College of Human Environmental Sciences. In 2010 she was recognized as Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women for her demonstrated excellence and dedication within her profession.
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.