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Abbott Appoints Five to State Independent Living Council

Abbott Appoints Five to State Independent Living Council

Gov. Greg Abbott recently appointed Heisha Freeman, Michael Garrett, David Lunt and Janet McSorley, and reappointed Joseph Rogers to the State Independent Living Council for terms set to expire in 2024. The council develops the state plan for independent living, and serves as a resource to state and local organizations on independent living and related issues for persons with disabilities.

Freeman is executive vice president and chief customer officer for MoveCenter. She is the founder of Special Needs Parents of North Texas.

Garrett is a retired senior equities analyst for J.P. Morgan Chase. He is first vice president of the American Council of the Blind of Texas, board chairman of the American Council of the Blind Thrift Store and board president of the Houston Center for Independent Living.

Lunt is a senior supplier diversity manager at Fidelity Investments LLC. He is a member of the Disability:IN North Texas Board and the Fort Worth Mayor’s Committee on Persons With Disabilities.

McSorley is vice president of accessibility for assessments at Pearson and was previously a K-12 Educator and assistive technology specialist for 26 years.

Rogers is CEO of Panhandle Independent Living Center. Previously, he served as a member of the Amarillo commission on People with Disabilities.

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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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