Two people from our area were appointed to state councils.
Dr. Patricia Kay Reyna of Liberty was appointed to the North Carolina Brain Injury Advisory Council as a family member of a person with a brain injury.
Dr. Reyna is a researcher at the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training at the University of Oregon, whose research interests focus on law enforcement officers, fire fighters, veterans, and other first responders who have sustained traumatic brain injury, post concussive syndrome, and catastrophic injury in the line of duty in the United States.
Ricky Hurtado of Mebane was appointed as a member at-large and chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. Hurtado is a former educator and non-profit practitioner, having served as an instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Education and co-founding LatinxEd, an organization to advance education equity and Latino leadership.
He is also the former state house representative for House District 63 in Alamance County, becoming the first Latino Democrat ever to serve in the North Carolina General Assembly.