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Gov. Abbott Appoints Three To TSUS Board Of Regents (4/29/15)

(AUSTIN) - Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Veronica Muzquiz Edwards of San Antonio, Alan L. Tinsley of Madisonville and reappointed David Montagne of Beaumont to the Texas State University System Board of Regents for terms to expire on February 1, 2021.

Veronica Muzquiz Edwards is the owner and CEO of InGenesis, a premier supplier of workforce management and talent acquisition services. Before founding InGenesis in 1998, she served as an executive at a Fortune 100 telecommunications company.

Edwards has been widely recognized for her accomplishments in business, finance, and human resources. In honor of her leadership and national impact, Hispanic Business magazine named Edwards as one of the 50 most influential Hispanic business leaders in the country, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected her as the National Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year. In addition, Edwards was selected as an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist; one of the top 100 middle market CEO’s in the nation by Chief Executive Magazine; and one of America's Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine.

Edwards received her baccalaureate degree from Texas State University, which recently recognized her exemplary leadership with the Texas State Distinguished Alumna Award. She obtained a master of business administration from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), where she is currently pursuing a doctorate of business administration. Her research interests include global disaster preparedness and workforce planning for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) events.

Alan L. Tinsley graduated from the South Texas College of Law in 1983 and went on to obtain his Masters of Laws (L.L.M.) from the Bates School of Law at the University of Houston in 1989.

For over 32 years, Tinsley has practiced law, not only in Texas courts, but also in Federal Courts such as the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. In addition to holding Board Certification in both Tax Law and Probate and Estate Planning, Tinsley specializes in business entities, real estate, oil and gas, contracts and civil and commercial litigation.

Tinsley was appointed to the Probate and Estate Planning Commission by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and served previously as Chairman of the District 2C Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas.

David Montagne is general manager for the Sabine River Authority of Texas, for which he has worked since 1986. He is responsible for operations, finance, engineering, planning and environmental services.

From 1989 through 1994, Montagne received the Financial Reporting Achievement Award presented by the Government Finance Officers Association. Since 1992, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Texas Water Conservation Association Risk Management Fund and has served as a delegate of the Western States Water Council since 1993.

Montagne began his career in 1974 with Texaco, Inc., as a senior accountant with responsibilities in cost accounting, material accounting, and property/equipment accounts. He was at Texaco for 10 years. In 1984, he worked as an auditor for the Comptroller of Public Accounts, State of Texas – Beaumont Office. Prior to his involvement with the Sabine River Authority, he worked as the executive director for the Housing Authority of Orange County.

Montagne has been involved in a number of charitable and civic activities, including past board membership on the Lamar State College-Orange Foundation, the Orange County Red Cross, and the Orange County American Heart Association. He received the Paul Harris Fellow award from the Orange Rotary Club and is a past treasurer for the club.  He is a board member for the Lamar University Cardinal Club.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.