Governor appoints locals to state boards

By Theresa D. McClellan
For the Star



Two local lawyers and a Missouri City chiropractic veterinarian received state appointments from Gov. Greg Abbott recently.

Ricky Raven of Sugar Land, a partner at Reed Smith, and Stuart Stedman of Houston, a member of the state Bar of Texas and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute Advisory Board, were both appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on March 9.

The board provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system.

“Texas is a phenomenal place to be educated. We want to make sure we provide the best form of education to the citizens of this state,” said Raven, who is no stranger to serving on boards. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and he sits on the boards of the Houston Community College Foundation, the University of Houston Alumni Association and the Yellowstone Academy. Raven received a bachelor of science and juris doctor from the University of Houston. In addition, he is a fellow of the Texas and Houston Bar Foundations and member of the Houston Police Officer’s Civil Service Commission.



“It does require time but it’s good to give back. I’ve been incredibly blessed. The city and the state have been good to me and education is something I am passionate about. I am excited about where we are in the state of Texas with education,” said Raven.

His fellow board member Stedman, shares that passion for education. Stedman, president of Stedman West Interest, Inc., serves on the board of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute. He is also serves on three boards at his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. Stedman is the vice chair of the Liberal Arts Advisory Council and a member of the Development Board and the Blanton Museum National Leadership Board at the University of Austin.

Stedman received his bachelor of arts, juris doctor and master of business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

“I have an interest in higher education and I am eager to learn more about the issues. The issues are meaty and complex in higher education such as affordability and excellence. Not every college is for every person and that is one of the reasons you have different colleges,” said Stedman.

“The coordinating board attempts to lay in and rationalize how resources are allocated, that is more of my impression,” said Stedman.

In addition to strengthening the college boards, Abbott called on Lynn Criner, owner of Texas Equine and Pet in Missouri City, to serve on the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for the next five years.

The mission of the board is to establish and enforce policies to ensure the best possible quality of veterinary and equine dental provider services for the people of Texas, according to a prepared statement from the governor’s office.



Criner, a former partner at Hoof and Paw Animal Hospital, served as a relief work veterinarian at various clinics and hospitals in the Houston area. She is certified in animal chiropractic from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and she holds a category II accreditation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Criner received a bachelor of arts in communication from Texas Southern University, a bachelor of science in veterinary medicine and a doctor of veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University. She is also a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

“This is quite an interesting adventure and I look forward to doing something outside of my comfort zone. This will be an opportunity to give back,” said the veterinarian who has a solo practice in a mobile setting. “This will allow me to apply my knowledge,” she said.

Abbott also appointed Jessica Quillivan, the president and medical director of the Shady Brook Animal Hospital of Magnolia, Roland Lenarduzzi of Alvin and attorney Keith Pardue of Austin to the veterinary board.

The board positions for Criner, Raven and Stedman expire in August of 2021.

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