Governor appoints locals to state boards

Gov. Greg Abbott recently appointed Ali Zakaria of Sugar Land to the Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs and Joe Ann Clack of Missouri City to the Texas Board of Respiratory Care.

Abbott named Ruth Ruggero Hughs as chair and Steven Nguyen as vice-chair of the Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs and appointed them to terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2019 and 2017 respectively. The governor additionally appointed Lisa Hembry and Ali Zakaria for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2017, and Veronica Vargas Stidvent, Major General Juan Ayala and Bryan Daniel for terms set to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The council will advise the office of the governor on issues resulting from changes in demographics in the state.

Ali Zakaria of Sugar Land is the managing attorney at M. Ali Zakaria and Associates. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, South Asian Chamber of Commerce and the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association. He is a volunteer at the Shifa Legal Clinic and various women’s shelters.

He is a former member of the Harris County Sherriff’s Advisory Committee and is a former director of the Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Houston. Zakaria received a bachelor of arts in accounting and marketing from Houston Baptist University and a juris doctor from the South Texas College of Law.

Abbott has appointed Latana T. Jackson-Woods, Shad J. Pellizzari and Sonia K. Sanderson for terms set to expire Feb. 1, 2017, Debra E. Patrick, James M. “Jim” Stocks, M.D. and Joe Ann Clack for terms set to expire Feb. 1, 2019, and Timothy R. “Tim” Chappell, M.D., Sam Gregory “Gregg” Marshall, Ph.D. and Kandace D. “Kandi” Pool for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2021, to the Texas Board of Respiratory Care.

The governor additionally has named Joe Ann Clack as the presiding officer. The board advises the Texas Medical Board, adopts rules to establish the certification and permitting program for respiratory therapists and sets minimum qualifications for respiratory care practitioners, standards of conduct and grounds for disciplinary actions.

Joe Ann Clack of Missouri City is a retired high school educator of 40 years. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Fort Bend Partnership for Youth and Fort Bend Library Board. She volunteers with the Fort Bend Medical Reserve Corps and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Fort Bend County.

She is a former member of the State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, where she served as chairman of the Ethics Committee. Clack received a bachelor of business administration from Texas College and a master of education from Texas Southern University.

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