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UHV adds 5 to president's advisory board

By Victoria Advocate
Sept. 7, 2013 at 4:07 a.m.

Crystal King, uhv

A group of five area professionals with expertise in law, accounting, education and communication will provide guidance to the University of Houston-Victoria as members of the President's Regional Advisory Board.

The new voting members for the 2013-14 advisory board are Crystal King, of Victoria; Lou Anne Kellman, of El Campo; Gene Moreno, of Goliad; Kathy Oehlke, of Kenedy; and Ron Hyde, of Van Vleck.

The board is UHV's external advisory board. Its mission is to strengthen and advance UHV and its academic programs, to provide counsel on strategic directions and to stimulate external giving to the university. There are 17 voting members on the 2013-14 advisory board. The board meets four times a year.

Omar Rachid, a board member since 2008, will serve as chairman for 2013-14. Margery Loeb will continue to serve as vice chairwoman.

Rachid said the five new members will bring different experiences and knowledge that will be helpful to the board and university president.

King is the site director for the Union Carbide Corp. Seadrift Operations, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical. She is responsible for the second- largest Dow facility in Texas, occupying about 4,700 acres and employing more than 1,200 people. She has worked for Dow since 1988 and has experience in operations, supply chain management, engineering and human resources.

Kellman is a retired attorney who worked as an assistant public defender for Cook County in Chicago. She is president and chief executive officer of LAK Operations, and she is the past president of the Joseph Kellman Family Foundation. She also serves as a director emeritus of the Better Boys Foundation, a Chicago youth development agency created by Kellman's husband in the 1960s.

Kellman is an honorary board member of Hospice Support Inc. in El Campo. She served on the boards of numerous Chicago social service and cultural organizations.

Moreno is a retired telecommunications executive. He started working for Southwestern Bell in 1971. In his most recent position as executive director of regulatory and external affairs with AT&T, Moreno maintained close contact with state and federal legislators and administrators.

Moreno served on the Goliad school board for nine years and was chairman of the Victoria Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for two years. He currently serves on the Presidio La Bahia board of directors and the Goliad County Appraisal District board of directors.

Oehlke is a retired educator and owner of OK Ranch Beefmasters in Kenedy. She earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from UHV in 1977 and went back to the university to obtain her teaching certificate in 1992. Oehlke taught math and business classes for the Kenedy and Karnes City school districts from 1992 until her retirement in 2010.

Hyde is a certified public accountant who has experience in the oil and chemical industries. He retired as manager of financial services for South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co. yet still continues to work with the company as a part-time financial consultant.

Hyde has served on the Baycel Federal Credit Union board of directors for the past 22 years, including roles as treasurer and board president. He previously served on the boards of Matagorda County Museum Association and Harvest Field Community Development Corp.

Continuing voting members of the 2013-14 board are Susan Armstrong Cain, Jean Herman, Jan Jacob, Dakshesh "Kumar" Parikh, Viola Saenz, Janis Scott and Keith Williams, all of Victoria; Janet Leatherwood of Sugar Land; John Shutt of Edna; and Richard Weber of Cuero.

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