Flowers Davis partner Melanie Reyes-Rawls recently spoke in Houston to the Texas State Bar Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law CLE on Adverse Possession law in the State of Texas.

The Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Course is one of five major continuing legal education seminars sponsored each year by the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Flowers Davis is an East Texas based law firm whose attorneys represent individuals, businesses and public entities across the State of Texas and beyond in a broad range of legal matters. The firm’s attorneys handle business transactions and litigation matters for clients ranging from local businesses to multinational corporations, with particular emphasis in oil and gas law, real estate law, defense of public entities and insurance defense.

lufkin chiropractor appointed chair of board of education

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Lufkin chiropractor Dr. Keven Ellis chair of the State Board of Education.

Although the members of the board are elected, the governor appoints the chair from among the 15 board members. The appointment must be confirmed by the Texas Senate.

“It’s an honor to be given this position of trust,” Ellis said. “The State Board of Education plays a key role in our state’s public education system. It sets the curriculum standards, adopts instructional materials, and oversees the country’s largest educational endowment, just to name a few of our responsibilities. I pledge to work with all members and lead the board in a bipartisan fashion as has my predecessor Donna Bahorich.”

“I’m delighted to hand the gavel over to Dr. Ellis,” said Bahorich, who after four years as board chair has served the maximum time available in that leadership role. “I hope Dr. Ellis finds this role as rewarding and meaningful as I have.”

“He has already demonstrated tremendous statewide leadership during his tenure as vice chair of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, which laid the groundwork for our state’s new school funding law,” she said.

Ellis was first elected to the SBOE in 2016, after serving as board president of the Lufkin Independent School District Board of Trustees. As the SBOE District 9 member, Ellis represents about 1.7 million residents in Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

Nick elected president-elect

City of Tyler Managing Director Heather Nick, AICP, has been elected president-elect of the American Planning Association Texas Chapter. She is an award-winning planner with more than 15 years of experience. Nick is a certified planner and holds a master’s degree in public administration from The University of Texas at Tyler. She also graduated from UT Tyler summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Nick received two associates degrees in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design as well as in Information Systems from Tyler Junior College.

She has held several leadership positions within APA, including chapter communications coordinator, secretary of APA Texas as well as professional development officer and director of the East Section of the APA Texas Chapter. Nick stated that she plans to continue to build on the successes of past and present APA leadership, through the continued implementation of the chapter’s development plan; leadership initiatives; membership recruitment and retention; growing future leaders; and fostering equity, diversity and inclusivity within the planning profession and in within the organization. She said, “As planners, we consider emerging issues and offer solutions that help our communities thrive and prosper.”

She will begin her two-year term as President-Elect on Nov. 8. Afterward, she will serve an additional two-year term as President of the APA Texas Chapter.

Office Pride recognizes top franchisees

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services recently honored top-performing franchisees and those who reached sales milestones at the annual owners’ retreat in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Individual awards presented were:

Standards of Excellence Awards, which recognize promotion of the core values, sales growth and revenue retention, engagement and reporting, were presented to: David Stein, Office Pride of Tyler-Jacksonville.

Half-Million Dollar Club: Bobby Halbrook, Office Pride of Tyler-Whitehouse; and David Stein, Office Pride of Tyler-Jacksonville.

Dr. Anna Priebe joins Texas Oncology-Tyler

Dr. Anna Priebe will join Texas Oncology-Tyler on Oct. 1 as the site’s first full-time gynecologic oncologist. With the addition of Priebe, Texas Oncology gynecologic cancer patients will benefit from surgical procedures now taking place in Tyler instead of Dallas.

Priebe serves as the prime addition to an accomplished team of oncologists who are spearheading leading-edge clinical trials and robust cancer research at Texas Oncology-Tyler.

Priebe joins Texas Oncology from Jacksonville, where she served as an attending physician at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital and Orange Park Medical Center, as well as principal investigator of gynecologic oncology at Cancer Specialists of North Florida. Priebe received a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Cornell. Afterward, she conducted her graduate studies at Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland.

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