Melva Henderson, a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce, was recently appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the State Independent Living Council. The council, founded in 1989, is tasked with partnering, developing and monitoring a comprehensive state plan that develops goals and funding for independent living services in Texas. Other roles of the Texas State Independent Living Council are systems advocacy and public education on disability-related topics. Henderson earned her master’s degree in social work from A&M-Commerce. She and three other appointees will serve on the council until October 24, 2023.