Commissioners of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Commissioner Rick FigueroaRick Figueroa, Chair
Brenham, Texas
Term Expires 02/01/2021

  • Appointed to TDLR Commission: 2016
  • Appointed Chair: 2019
  • Occupation: Managing Partner at Patron Partners
  • Texas A&M University, B.B.A., M.S.
  • Member, Texas Judicial Council
  • Member, Memorial Hermann Hospital Board
  • Member, Young Life Hispanic National Committee
  • Board Member, American Leadership Forum, Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Downtown Houston Kiwanis Club, past president
  • International Leadership Institute, past council member


Commissioner Thomas ButlerThomas F. Butler, Vice Chair
Deer Park, Texas
Term Expires 02/01/2025

  • Appointed to TDLR Commission: 2013
  • President, USI Federal Credit Union, January 2019-present
  • Chairman, TF Butler & Company, 2004-present
  • Chairman, Texas Credit Union Commission, 2005-2013
  • Director of Religious Education, St. Hyacinth Roman Catholic Church, 2010-2012
  • President, Diesel Fuel Maintenance Services Inc., 2004-2008
  • Systems Analyst, Butler & Company, 1998-2004
  • Pre-Sentence Investigator, Harris County Adult Probation, 1993-1998
  • Electrician, Brown & Root Industrial Services, 1989-1993
  • Real Estate Sales, Realty World Real Estate, 1987-1989
  • Past Board Member, Texas Community Services
  • Former Vice-Chairman, Republican National Hispanic Assembly (Harris County)
  • University of Houston: BBA - Accounting, BBA - Management Information Systems


Commissioner Helen CallierHelen Callier
Kingwood, Texas
Term Expires 02/01/2021

  • Appointed to TDLR Commission: 2016
  • Occupation: President of Bradlink, LLC
  • Prairie View A&M University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • Board Member, American Public Transportation Association Business Member Board of Governors
  • Small Business Sponsor - Women in Transportation
  • Acting Chair, Tri-County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce Procurement and Emerging Business Council
  • Board Member, Texas Association African-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Member, Asian Chamber of Commerce - Houston
  • Former Board Member, Government Procurement Connections, Inc. 501(c)3 - Houston
  • City of Houston Mayor's International Trade Development Council / Central & South American, and Caribbean


Commissioner Ray CallasGerald R. Callas, M.D., F.A.S.A.
Beaumont, Texas
Term Expires 02/01/2023

  • Appointed to Commission 2018
  • Occupation: Physician anesthesiologist and partner for Anesthesia Associates
  • Bachelor of Science in microbiology, Texas A&M University
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Member, Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees
  • President-elect for the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Vice chairman for Texas Medical Liability Trust
  • Member, First Financial Bank Board of Directors
  • Member, Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board
  • Former gubernatorial appointee and past chairman to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners


Commissioner Gary WessonGary Wesson, D.D.S., M.S.
Richmond, Texas
Term Expires 02/01/2023

  • Appointed to Commission 2018
  • Retired orthodontist
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery and a Master of Science in orthodontics from University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at Houston
  • Former assistant clinical professor at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School, Department of Developmental Dentistry
  • Retired dental officer at Veterans Administration Dental Residency Program in San Antonio
  • Member, San Antonio District Dental Society
  • Former member of the Texas Dental Association Financial Review Council
  • Former president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer for
    Nueces Valley District Dental Society
  • Retired member of American Association of Orthodontists
  • Former Vice President of Orthodontics at DentalOne Partners in Dallas
  • Former elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church in San Antonio
  • Former board member for Corpus Christi Metro Ministry


Commissioner Joel Garza
Joel Garza
Pearland, Texas
Term Expires 02/01/2021

  • Appointed to TDLR Commission: 2019
  • Occupation: Associate Attorney with Lee & Desenberg, PLLC
  • Houston Baptist University (M. Acc. 2010)
  • Houston Baptist University (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 2010)
  • J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, 2017
  • Certified Public Accountant (Admitted 2013)
  • Member of the State Bar of Texas (admitted 2017)
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Houston Bar Association


Commissioner Nora CastaƱedaNora CastaƱeda, M. Ed.
Harlingen, Texas
Term Expires 02/01/2025

  • Appointed to TDLR Commission: 2019
  • Occupation: Physician Relations Manager and Business Development, South Texas Health System
  • Texas State University, B.A. Mass Communications
  • Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, M.S. Education
  • Trustee, Texas State University Development Foundation
  • Former gubernatorial appointee, Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services
  • Former gubernatorial appointee, Texas State Technical College Board of Regents
  • Texas State Hispanic Advisory Board, 1998-99
  • Texas State Alumni Board of Directors, 1999



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