At the January meeting of the TYLA Board of Directors, the Nominations Committee interviewed directors to ascertain interest and qualifications for officer positions. The committee recommended two candidates for each position, which were unanimously approved. The nominees are listed here in alphabetical order. TYLA directors elect these officers. CHAIR-ELECT OF THE BOARD Cameron Cox is an attorney in Elsey & Elsey in Denton. His community service includes being a “Pillar of Justice” with the United Way, chair of Leadership Denton, and vice chair of Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. Cox has served as cochair or vice chair of TYLA’s Local Affiliates, Community Education, Family Law, and Online Member Services committees. He has co-authored eNews; The Little Voice: Recognizing Child Abuse & Your Duty to Report It; The Unconscious Truth: Physical and Legal Effects of Underage Binge Drinking; and Probate Passport: A Guide to Probate and Estate Planning in Texas. Lacy Durham handles compensation and employee benefits matters for Deloitte Tax, L.L.P. in Dallas. She co-chairs the Family Law Committee and co-drafted Peace of Mind: A Guide to Supporting Special Kids with Special Needs and The Little Voice: Recognizing Child Abuse and Your Duty to Report It. Durham also organized several TYLA diversity dinners. She coordinated TYLA’s team during the 2011 Prevent Child Abuse Texas’ 20-mile Walk to Action. Durham received a 2011 TYLA President’s Award of Merit. She serves on the State Bar Local Bar Services Committee and is an ABA Business Law Section Fellow. VICE PRESIDENT Alfonso Cabañas is a staff attorney in the office of financial counsel with the Texas Deparment of Insurance. He received a TYLA President’s Award of Merit in 2008 and the Joseph M. Pritchard Inn Outstanding Director Award in 2009. Cabañas currently serves as TYLA chair. He has served as chair of the Diversity, Local Affiliates, and Law Student Outreach committees. Cabañas has translated numerous TYLA projects into Spanish as well as co-produced various TYLA projects, including Vote America: Honor the Fight, Exercise Your Right! and Healing the Wounds: Navigating the Legal Process after Surviving Domestic Abuse. Sarah Kownacki Rogers is a Dallas partner in Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P.’s Casualty Litigation Section and currently serves as TYLA secretary. She oversees the committee that produced The Unconscious Truth: Physical and Legal Effects of Underage Binge Drinking. Rogers has served on the TYLA Board of Directors since 2009 and co-created Office in a Flash, a free resource for new sole practitioners. In 2009, 2010, and 2011, she received a TYLA President’s Award of Merit. Rogers also serves as president-elect of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. SECRETARY Keith L. Krueger is an associate of West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C. in College Station. He has served as chair or vice chair of the Law Focused Education, Local Affiliates, Community Education, and Member Services committees. Krueger drafted the Facing Foreclosure and Occupational Licenses pamphlets and currently serves as course director for the Success Strategies for Young Lawyers CLE. He received a TYLA President’s Award of Merit in 2010. Krueger is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and has served as president of the Brazos Valley Young Lawyers Association. Victor Villarreal is a founding partner in Villarreal & Romero, P.L.L.C. in Laredo. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and mediation. Villarreal serves on the Local Affiliates, Diversity, Marketing, and Long Range Planning committees. He led the initiative to invite the Texas Supreme Court to hold oral arguments in Webb County. Villarreal was instrumental in using social media to communicate with TYLA members. He serves on the State Bar District 12, Panel 1 Grievance Committee and is immediate past president of the Laredo-Webb County Bar Association. TREASURER Rebekah Steely Brooker is an estate planning and probate attorney with Passman & Jones in Dallas. She currently serves as a vice chair of TYLA’s Community Education, Low Income Texans, and Online Member Services committees. Brooker was instrumental in the development and creation of TYLA’s Probate Passport. Prior to joining the Board in 2011, she served as a member of TYLA’s Family Law Committee and assisted in creating the Dealing with Dementia pamphlet and updating Seniors & the Law: A Guide For Maturing Texans. Brooker was awarded a 2010 TYLA President’s Award of Merit and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Sam Houston practices with the Ford Firm in San Antonio and is board certified in civil appellate law. As a member of the TYLA Board of Directors, he has been involved in projects such as Partnering for Pro Bono and has made contributions to various TYLA publications. Most recently, Houston co-chaired the Law Student Outreach Committee, which created a “tip card” on job search strategies that will be distributed across the state. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar and San Antonio Bar foundations. Houston has served as president of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association.
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