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LCHEC Board elects new officers

posted May 12, 2015, 9:49 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]
LAMPASAS, TX (Feb. 2, 2015) – At the annual meeting of the Education Foundation of the Lampasas County Higher Education Center, held at the Higher Education Center (LCHEC) on Monday, January 12, 2015, new officers were elected. The current officers of the Education Foundation are:
  • Brian Williams, President. Brian M. Williams is an Education Counselor at the Solider and Family Assistance Center on Fort Hood. Previously, he was a Guidance Counselor at Fort Hood Education Services Division, and, prior to that, an Employment Counselor for Resource Consultants Incorporated. He earned a Master of Science in Vocational Education/Education Administration from the University of North Dakota and a Bachelor of Science in Management/Human Resources from Park University. He is a veteran who served in the Air Force for 27 years. Williams previously served as Vice President for the Education Foundation.
  • Danielle Tucker Shepard, Vice President. Danielle Tucker Shepard has an Associate of General Studies from Central Texas College, a BA in English from Tarleton State University (Stephenville), and an MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Texas (Killeen). She holds several teaching certifications and is currently Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at Manor Middle School in Killeen. Shepard served as Event Chair for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lampasas County for three years and raised over $80,000 for that organization. She is president of the GFWC/TFWC ’36 Club and served as Capitol District Chairman for Education for the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs for 2012-2014 and will again for 2014-2016.
  • Jo Ann San Miguel, Secretary. Jo Ann San Miguel is an attorney and the owner of Lampasas San Miguel Law Office, PLLC on the square. Prior to opening San Miguel Law Office, she was director of risk management/attorney for Central Texas College. San Miguel earned her B.A. at Baylor, her MBA at St. Mary’s School of Business in San Antonio, and her J.D. at St. Mary’s School of Law, also in San Antonio. She also spent a year abroad at New Mexico School of Law, Guanajuato, Mexico. San Miguel has been practicing law since 2002 and has been active in such non-profit organizations as Habitat for Humanity. She is a member of the GFWC/TFWC ’36 Club in Lampasas. 
The Foundation took time to honor outgoing founding President Judy Hetherly on Monday, February 2, with a luncheon and a commemorative plaque. As LCHEC begins its fifth year of operation, there was much to celebrate. Under Hetherly’s direction, the Foundation was established and earned its 501 (c )(3) nonprofit designation from the IRS in 2010 and a $100,000 grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Partners included the City of Lampasas (of which Hetherly was mayor), Lampasas County, the Lampasas Economic Development Corporation, and the Lampasas Independent School District. 

The Higher Education Center opened its doors for college-credit classes in fall 2010 with Dr. S. Chuck McCarter as founding Chief Operating Officer. Additional partnerships were formed with Central Texas College and Texas A&M University – Central Texas, and Express Training was brought on board to offer occupational training in allied health. Since that time, LCHEC has served close to 2,000 people through college-credit classes, occupational training, and community education. 

The Higher Ed Center received two grants of $55,000 each from the Meadows Foundation and another grant of $120,000 from the Texas Department of Agriculture. LCHEC launched its own occupational training programs in January 2013; they are now approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges and approved for MyCAA. The Higher Education Center is in the process of applying for accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
Judith McGinty,
Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM