Governor-Appointed Council Members
Mary Durheim, Chair
Mary Durheim is an educational consultant. She has served as the national president of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) and as chair of the CHADD national Public Policy committee for several years. Durheim is co-founder and co-author of CHADD’s Parent to Parent: Family Training on ADHD program. Durheim is a former parent liaison for the Hidalgo County Community Resource Coordination Group. She received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.
Rebecca Hunter Adkins
Rebecca Hunter Adkins is a volunteer and non-profit spokesperson. She is a volunteer for Ride on Center for Kids, SIRE Therapeutic Equestrian Center, and Texas Hearing and Service Dogs. She is a volunteer facilitator and mentor for the Texas Youth Leadership Forum, and an ambassador for the Ms. Wheelchair Texas Foundation. Hunter attended Austin Community College.
San Antonio, Texas
Kristine Clark is a sales associate with Smith and Nephew, Inc. She received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Kristen L. Cox
El Paso, Texas
Kristen L. Cox is founder and president of Checkpoint Services Inc, a technology company in El Paso. She is a board member of the El Paso Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center Foundation, Texas Association of Historically Underutilized Businesses, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas and the Austin Regional Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Cox received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and master’s degree from The University of Texas at Dallas. She is president of the El Paso A&M Club; as well as a graduate of Partners in Policymaking, Leadership El Paso and Leadership Texas.
Andrew D. Crim
El Paso, Texas
Bio coming soon.
Stephen Gersuk of Plano is a business developer for Quantum3D Inc. He is past president of the Denton State Supported Living Center Family Association and a chair of the DSSL Volunteer Services Council. Gersuk received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech University.
Cedar Park, Texas
Scott McAvoy is Vice-President of Operations for Marbridge Foundation, which provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. He is a member of LeadingAge Texas and the American Network of Community Options and Resources — and is a founding member of the Texas Culture Change Coalition. He was appointed as a representative of local, nongovernmental organizations.
Dana Smith Perry
Dana Smith Perry is an advocate for people with disabilities. She is a member of The Arc of Brownwood and previously served as a board chairperson for the Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas. Perry also has served as a volunteer coach for Special Olympics. She graduated from Partners in Policymaking in 1996.
Richard A. Tisch
Richard A. Tisch is responsible for new sales growth in Texas and Oklahoma for PayFlex, an Aetna Insurance Company subsidiary. He is a graduate of the Texas Partners in Policymaking program. Tisch is a basketball coach for Special Olympics. He received a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of Texas at Austin.
Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Amy Sharp
Dr. Amy Sharp is the Executive Director of the Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she served as the Associate Director of the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University from 2008-2015. Dr. Sharp has also been the Director of the Family Support Network since 2002. She taught 2nd and 3rd grades as well as serving as a Diagnostician in Texas schools. She is involved in numerous organizations and professional groups. Dr. Sharp has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston; a master’s degree from Angelo State University; and a doctorate in special education leadership and interagency collaboration from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Nina Zuna
Dr. Nina Zuna is the Associate Director of the Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She has over 20 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and their families in a variety of roles, including professor, researcher, certified special education teacher, and in-home/in-school behavioral skills trainer. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas. Her research and community service interests include family quality of life, individual and family supports across the lifespan, community inclusion, and transition from high school to postsecondary education and/or the workforce.
Texas Education Agency — Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Dr. Justin Porter
Dr. Justin Porter holds a Doctor of Education degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and has had a lengthy career working with at-risk populations, including students with disabilities, in a variety of school districts across the state of Texas. His leadership experience began at the campus level and then moved into supervisory roles in varied central administration positions where he worked extensively with programs to serve students in special populations, as well as general curriculum and instructional programs. Currently, Dr. Porter serves as the Texas State Director for Special Education at the Texas Education Agency.
Keith Swink is the Manager of Dispute Resolution at the Texas Education Agency.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission — Older Americans Act
This position is currently vacant.
This position is currently vacant.
Texas Department of State Health Services — Title V Maternal & Child Health
Katlyn Le is the Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs Director for the Department of State Health Services, where her work focuses on improving systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs in Texas. Previously, she was a Manager in the Newborn Screening Program at DSHS, managing a team of Registered Nurses and Public Health Prevention Specialists responsible for care coordination of newborns with abnormal genetic screening. Prior to that, Le worked as a Program Manager for the City of Austin Public Health Women, Infant, and Children Program. She’s a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Le is also a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ivy Goldstein has been a Program Specialist with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program since December 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University and is a graduate of Partners in Policymaking. Goldstein represents DSHS on the Consumer Direction Workgroup, the Texas System of Care Consortium, Texas Respite Coalition, Children’s Policy Council, and the Community Resource Coordination Groups State Work Group. Prior to her position with DSHS, Goldstein worked at Disability Rights Texas (formerly Advocacy, Inc.) supporting a self-advocate and she continues to be actively involved in community efforts to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.