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State of Texas
Texas Governor's Office
News Release
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Governor Abbott Appoints Four To The Texas Historical Commission

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Catherine McKnight and reappointed Earl Broussard and Daisy Sloan White to the Texas Historical Commission (THC) for terms set to expire February 1, 2023. Additionally, he has reappointed Frank “Tom” Perini for a term set to expire February 1, 2021. The THC provides leadership and services in the field of archeologic and historic preservation to county historical commissions, historical societies, agencies, institutions, museums and individuals interested in the historical preservation of this state.  


Catherine McKnight of Dallas is associate general counsel for Children’s Health System of Texas. She is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, Texas State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association. She is a former member of the Junior League of Dallas and Junior League St. Louis. McKnight received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law.


Earl Broussard of West Lake Hills is the founder of TGB Partners. He is a member of the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the American Planning Association, and is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, where he received a Distinguished Service Award for his participation and promotion of the profession. He also served for 16 years as a city councilman in West Lake Hills. Broussard received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University.


Daisy Sloan White of Houston is a professional events consultant with over 40 years of experience in fundraising, development, communications and event planning. She is former associate director of Development at Hermann Children’s Hospital. She serves on the Advancement Board for Texas A&M University Press, Houston Maritime Museum Advisory Board, and Bo’s Place, a non-profit bereavement center for children, families and adults. She previously served as chairman of the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball, Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market, and the Komen Foundation Race for the Cure, and as a board member for the Texas A&M Health Science Center Foundation. White received a Bachelor of Science in speech and education from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in speech pathology from Southern Methodist University.


Frank “Tom” Perini of Buffalo Gap is a rancher and the owner of Perini Ranch Steakhouse. He currently serves as an honorary director of the Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, and previously served as president of both the Texas Restaurant Association and Foodways Texas.  He is a member of the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, president of the Taylor County History Center, and a board member of the Fort Chadbourne Advisory Board and the Taylor County Health Department. Additionally, he served as a board member of the Ben Richey Boys Ranch and the American Red Cross. Perini received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas.

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