Governor appoints McAllen chamber’s Cardenas to state board

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Blanca Cardenas, vice president of membership services for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, to the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, according to a news release issued Friday.

The Mission resident who serves on several committees in McAllen is expected to serve on the board through Feb. 1, 2023.

In addition to her work with the chamber, Cardenas is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the McAllen Crime Stoppers and McAllen South Rotary Club; as well as having previously served on the board of McAllen Citizen’s League, American Diabetes Association and the South Texas Youth Symphony.

She is one of six appointments made to the state board, which licenses and regulates occupational therapy services in the state, the release read.

Others appointments include Karen Gardner of Brenham and the reappointment of DeLana Honaker of Amarillo — both terms expiring in 2023 along with Cardenas’. Stephanie Johnston of Magnolia, who was appointed the presiding officer of the state board, Sally Harris King of Houston and Pamela Nelon of Fort Worth were reappointed to the board with their terms expiring Feb. 1, 2021.

Described as a “home-grown champion for her community,” Cardenas was among the honorees of The Monitor’s inaugural Women We Love celebration in 2017, which highlighted the achievements of Rio Grande Valley women who are admired in the community.