Hurricane Harvey- How you can help

The eye of the storm has passed, but Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak its havoc across south Texas. Some people have lost everything. But in the midst of devastation and loss, Texans have responded in the way they know best- with love, a helping hand, and prayer. If you are looking for ways to get help with Hurricane Harvey Relief, there are several organizations that are accepting donations right now:

If you are willing to volunteer some time to help with aid, restoration, or recovery, you can email me at to receive more information on where you can help. 

Most importantly, continue to pray for those who have been impacted by this horrific storm. 

May God Bless Texas,


Governor Abbott Announces Appointment Of Three To Texas Commission Of Licensing And Regulation

Governor Greg Abbott has announced the reappointment of Mike Arismendez and the appointment of Helen Callier and Rick Figueroa to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation for terms set to expire February 1, 2021. Arismendez will continue serving as chair. The commission oversees the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Mike Arismendez of Shallowater is a certified public manager and formerly worked for the City of Lubbock and the City of Littlefield. He is a member of the Texas City Management Association, International City Management Association and the Texas Association of Sports Officials.  As a member of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and Littlefield Chamber of Commerce, he is an active volunteer in the community and is a former member of the Texas Tech University Hispanic Task Force and Chairman of the Lubbock Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Arismendez received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.

Helen Callier of Kingwood is president of Bradlink, LLC. She is a board member of the American Public Transportation Association Business Member Board of Governors, a small business sponsor of the Women in Transportation and acting chair of the Tri-County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce Procurement and Emerging Business Council. Additionally, she is a board member of the Texas Association African American Chamber of Commerce and business member of the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Houston. Callier received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and is a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and SBA Emerging Leaders Programs.

Rick Figueroa of Brenham is first vice president of UBS Financial Services and partner with the Caton Figueroa Group. He is a member of the Texas Judicial Council, Memorial Hermann Hospital Board and the Young Life Hispanic National Committee. He is an ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership and chair of the Houston UBS Region Community Engagement Board and Hispanic Impact Panel and board member of the American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter. Additionally, he is past president of the Downtown Houston Kiwanis Club, past council member of the International Leadership Institute and a past member of the Escape Family Resource Center Executive Committee, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Houston CPA Society. Figueroa received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science from Texas A&M University.