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SECC giving surpasses projected goal yet again in 2008

TDCJ employees continue to surpass projected goals by giving to preferred charities through the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). Employees contributed approximately $805,830 to benefit hundreds of charities across Texas and the nation in 2008. The amount surpassed last year’s giving by almost 12.5 percent. And the number of agency employees participating in the payroll deduction option rose to more than 6,900, in addition to thousands of employees who give each year through cash donations. Since 1996, TDCJ employees have exceeded each year’s goal, reflecting an increasing awareness that they can make a difference through donations to the SECC.pile of money

TDCJ’s support of SECC includes numerous employees who participate in Local Employee Committees, which oversee the campaign in their areas. These individuals provide the momentum to make SECC successful. The committees ensure that all local participating charities meet the guidelines established by the state and that each employee has confidence that their donation will be received by the selected charity. Unit and department coordinators attend training that enables them to answer any questions that employees might have about the SECC, including how to complete the payroll deduction form.

Units and departments begin their campaigns by training for their respective areas and planning fundraising events such as bake sales, barbecues and golf tournaments. The months of September and October are designated solely for SECC activities. Local Employee Committee members and unit and department coordinators spearhead the enthusiasm and spirit of each year’s SECC.

SECC provides a secure and affordable way for employees to make a difference, not only locally, but also on a statewide and national level. A donation of as little as $2 per month through the payroll deduction option or support of other fundraising efforts assists in meeting the needs of thousands of people annually.

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Mission businesswoman appointed to Texas Board of Criminal Justice

portrait of Carmen Villanueva-Hiles
Carmen Villanueva-Hiles
Governor Rick Perry in March announced the appointment of Carmen Villanueva-Hiles of Mission to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ). She replaces Gregory S. Coleman of Austin on the nine-member board which oversees the operations of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Villanueva-Hines, owner and chief operating officer of A+ Therapy, LLC in Mission, was appointed to a term ending on February 1, 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in communications disorders from the University of Texas Pan-American. She is a member of the American and Texas Speech-Language Hearing associations, the Valley Network of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and the Outpatient Independent Rehabilitation Association, Inc.

Gov. Perry also announced the reappointment of TBCJ Chairman Oliver Bell of Austin and of member Janice Harris Lord of Arlington. Their new terms also expire on February 1, 2015.

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