Governor Names Durheim TCDD Chair, Appoints 2 New Members


Gov. Rick Perry named Mary Durheim of McAllen chair of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities and appointed two Council members, David Taylor and Scott McAvoy. Durheim succeeds Brenda Coleman-Beattie who led the Council for three years and resigned because of family commitments. Coleman-Beattie was appointed to the Council in August 2002 as the sibling of an individual with a developmental disability and became chair in December 2008.

Mary Durheim, Chair

Durheim is an educational consultant for the Educational Rights Information and Consulting Center. She is a member and past national president of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and a member of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association Southern Region. She is also a past member of the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, Learning Disabilities Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Federation of Families, and a former parent liaison for the Hidalgo County Community Resource Coordination Group. Durheim received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. She will serve as chair for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

David Taylor, El Paso

David Taylor is a retired master trainer for the U.S. Army Recruiting Company. He is founder and executive director of the Autism Community Network of El Paso, an advocate for children for Court Appointed Special Advocates of El Paso, and a member of the Socorro Independent School District Health Advisory Council and Bond Accountability Committee. He is also a past board member of the Children’s Disability Information Coalition and a past member of the El Paso Independent School District Special Education Advisory Council. He served in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Taylor attended Ohio State University, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.

Scott McAvoy, Cedar Park

Scott McAvoy is vice president of operations for The Marbridge Foundation. He is a member of the American Network of Community Options and Resources, and LeadingAge Texas, and a founding member of the Texas Culture Change Coalition. McAvoy received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015.

In other TCDD news, the Council elected John Morris for a second consecutive term as Council Vice-Chair. The Council also elected Hunter Adkins to a second term as Consumer Member-at-Large to the Executive Committee. Joe Rivas is currently Chair of the Public Policy Committee and Kristen Cox was selected as Vice-Chair. Susan Vardell continues to chair the Project Development Committee.

View the full list of Council members.