Abbott appoints Mission resident to state board for public accountancy

AUSTIN — Sheila M. Vallés-Pankratz of Mission is one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s five new appointees to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

The appointments were made Monday and their terms are set to expire by Jan. 31, 2027.

Vallés-Pankratz is the executive vice president of Hollis Rutledge and Associates Inc. and has recently served as chair of the Manufactured Housing Board.

Formerly president of the Mission Library Board, Vallés-Pankratz served as a commissioner for the Mission Housing Authority and was a member of both the Hidalgo County Workforce Board Planning Committee and the Mission Chamber of Commerce.

Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in political science and English from the University of Texas-Pan American (now UTRGV) in Edinburg and a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in fiscal administration from Ohio State University.

The other four appointees include Olivia Espinoza Riley from Addison, Susan I. Adams from Colleyville, Ray R. Garcia from Houston and Renee Foshee from San Marcos.

Riley is an accounting supervisor at CBRE Inc. and a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs.

Adams is a shareholder of Huselton Morgan & Maulstby P.C. and serves on the board and finance committees of The Warm Place, Child Care Associates, Bethesda Christian School and on the Accounting Advisory Board of the University of North Texas.

Garcia has over 20 years as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He’s held numerous senior leadership roles such as the U.S. Board of Partners and U.S. and Mexico Assurance Operations Leader.

Foshee is an assistant professor at Angelo State University and a member of the San Antonio and San Angelo Chapters of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy’s mission is to ensure that people who are issued certificates as certified public accountants possess the necessary capabilities, education, skill and competence to perform in the profession of public accountancy.

The appointees are subject to Senate confirmation.