Gov. Greg Abbott recently appointed three Fort Bend County residents to serve on state boards.
Abbott has reappointed George “Dave” Scott III of Richmond to the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council, Kristen K. Tassin of Missouri City to the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education, and Charles “Pat” McDonald of Richmond to the Texas State Technical College System Board of Regents.
Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council
Abbott reappointed Scott and appointed Gilbert “Gilly” Riojas to the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council for a terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2023. The council’s duties are to advise and assist the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program (TFRLCP) with administration of the program and to select applicants to receive grants. The goal of the TFRLCP is a conservation of working lands with high values for water, fish and wildlife, and agricultural production.
Scott is a rancher and retired executive vice president of Port City Stockyard Company. He is chairman of the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors and past president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He is also a board member of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and Western States Water Development Board. He served in the Texas National Guard. Scott attended the University of Houston and Sam Houston State University.
Gilbert “Gilly” Riojas of Hebbronville is the ranch manager for East Foundation.
Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education
Abbott appointed Tassin and Shemica S. Allen, Teresa A. Bronsky, Jo Ann Gama, Stephanie Y. Martinez, and Jana C. McKelvey, and reappointed Erin S. Wilder to the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2019. He also appointed Karen W. Beasley, Elizabeth A. “Beth” Donaldson, Rachel A. Dreiling, Kristine H. Mohajer, Agata K. “Agatha” Thibodeaux, and Jo Ann Garza Wofford and reappointed Jana S. Burns, Julia Wesley Erwin, Robin H. Lock, and Laurie Goforth Rodriguez for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2021. The committee provides policy guidance on special education and related services for children with disabilities in Texas.
Tassin is an attorney at Dry & Tassin, PLLC and is co-founder and director of the charitable organization, Father’s Joy. She is a trustee for the Fort Bend Independent School District, member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, and a fellow of the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation. She was also the founding president of the Heritage Rose Elementary Parent Teacher Organization and has served on the Heritage Rose Campus-Based Leadership Team, FBISD Parent Advisory Council, FBISD Steering Committee for Facilities Planning, and FBISD Educational Futures Conference and chaired a local legislative district advisory team on education. She has been a FBISD student mentor since 2013. Tassin received a Bachelor of Science in quantitative business analysis from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University Law School.
Texas State Technical College System Board of Regents
Abbott has reappointed John Hatchel and appointed Charles “Pat” McDonald and Tiffany Tremont to the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2023.
McDonald of Richmond is president and CEO of the Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation. He is a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and a director of the Morton Cemetery Association and the Winston Foundation. Additionally, he is a former trustee and chair of the George Foundation. McDonald received a bachelor of science in agriculture economics from Texas A&M University.
Hatchel, of Woodway, is retired after serving 33 years in municipal administration in various cities in Texas. Tremont, of New Braunfels, is founder, president, and CEO of Silotech Group, Inc.