Governor Abbott Appoints Seven Individuals to Private Sector Advisory Council | Texas Governor’s Office

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September 28, 2022 | Austin, TX | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Terrance “Terry” Hlavinka, Emily Kidd, MD, Al Philippus, Jonathan Raecek, Dean Teffer, Ph.D., Chloe Wilson and An Yu to the Private Sector Advisory Council for terms expiring at the discretion of the governor. The Board advises the Governor on homeland security matters that affect the private sector.

Terrance “Terry” Hlavinka d’East Bernard is president of Hlavinka Equipment Company and a partner in the Pyek Group, operator of Typhoon Texas Waterparks and Cowabunga Vegas Waterparks in Nevada. He is past president of the Texas A&M Former Yell Leaders Association and past president of Wharton County Ag Day. Previously, he was director and president of the Southwestern Dealers Association and the East Bernard Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, and an alderman for the town of East Bernard. Hlavinka received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University.

Emily Kidd, MD of New Braunfels is the Medical Director of Acadian Ambulance of Texas and is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. She is president of the Texas chapter of the National Association for EMS Physicians and a member of the National Association of EMS Physicians, the Texas Medical Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Texas College of Emergency Physicians. In addition, she is Chair of CATRAC’s Whole Blood Task Force and sits on GETAC’s Disaster Committee and STRAC’s Board of Directors. Kidd received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and an MD from the University of Texas at Houston Health and Science Center.

Al Philippus of San Antonio is a vice president at Valero Energy. He is a member of the International Security Management Association and the American Society for Industrial Security International. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Texas Private Sector Advisory Council and the National Oil and Gas Coordinating Council. Additionally, he retired from the San Antonio Police Department in 2002, where he served for 28 years. During his last eight years at SAPD, he led the agency as Chief of Police. Philippus received a Bachelor of Arts from Southwest Texas State University and a Master of Science from Sam Houston State University.

Jonathan Raecek of Plano is General Manager of Corporate Security at FedEx Office and has 25 years of experience in corporate security, retail loss prevention and law enforcement. He is a former member of the American Society for Industrial Security and the Plano Booster Club. Raecek earned a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and OSHA Management from the University of New Haven.

Dean Teffer, Ph.D. d’Austin is Vice President of Application Engineering at IronNet Cybersecurity. He serves on the Artificial Intelligence Policy Subcommittee and the Cybersecurity Standards Association for Next Generation Connectivity Systems for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Teffer received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Tulane University and a Masters of Physics and Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chloe Wilson de Sabinal owns and operates Cattlemen’s Beef Company and is an active partner in Nunley Brothers Ranches. She is the state director of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas and a board member of the Texas Beef Council. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Trinity University.

A Yu of Houston is the executive director responsible for healthcare cybersecurity strategy at JP Morgan Chase. She has over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and technology risk management. Additionally, she has served in her community for Special Olympics, Kids Meals and previously served on the board of Mentors of Hope. Yu earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin.

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