Gov. Perry Appoints Five to State Independent Living Council

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the State Independent Living Council. The council leads, promotes and advances independent living philosophy and advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Peggy Cosner of Belton is a licensed social worker and executive director of the Heart of Central Texas Independent Living Center. She is chair of the Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living, board member of the Texas Rehabilitation Association, a Parent Effectiveness Trainer, and a member and past president of the Judge and Commissioners Court Committee on People with Disability for Bell County. She is also a past member of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and past president of Temple Exchange Club. Cosner received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. She is appointed for a term to expire Oct. 24, 2012.

Michelle Crain of Lubbock is executive director of the LIFE/Run Center for Independent Living. She is chair of the State Independent Living Council, a member and past president of the Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living, and a member of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living and Hold Your Horses Therapeutic Riding Center. She is a past member of the Texas Technology Access Program and South Plains Transportation Alliance, and a past peer counselor for the National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline. Crain received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in psychology from West Texas A&M University. She is reappointed for a term to expire Oct. 24, 2011.

Susie Grona of Hideaway is an adjunct faculty member at Tyler Junior College. She is a former deaf education teacher in the Corpus Christi Independent School District and past adjunct faculty member at Del Mar College-Corpus Christi. She is a board member of the Texas and National associations of the Deaf, and Texas Association of Parent and Educators for the Deaf. She is a past member of Corpus Christi Interpreters for the Deaf and a past volunteer with the MD Anderson Cancer Center Foundation, March of Dimes of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi Bayfest Organization and Corpus Christi Share Your Christmas. Grona received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. She is appointed for a term to expire Oct. 24, 2011.

Kristen E. Jones of Austin is a graduate research assistant for the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas, and a grant assistant for the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She is vice chair of the State Independent Living Council and a member of the Department of Aging and Disability Services Home and Community Based Workforce Advisory Panel. She is a past board member of National Youth Leadership Network, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission Consumer Directed Services Council. Jones received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in special education from the University of St. Thomas, and is pursuing a doctorate degree in multicultural special education from the University of Texas at Austin. She is reappointed for a term to expire Oct. 24, 2011.

Randell K. Resneder of Lubbock is founder and executive director of Disability Awareness Programs of Texas. He is a past member of the Texas Council for Exceptional Children Nominating Committee. Resneder received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Texas Tech University. He is reappointed for a term to expire Oct. 24, 2012.


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