Governor Rick Perry has appointed Venus Strawn of Austin to the Humanities Texas Board of Directors. Strawn is a civic leader and retired nurse. She is a committee member of the St. David's Community Health Foundation W. Neal Kocurek Scholarship Program, the Women's Fund of Austin, and the Rise School of Austin Steering Committee. She is also a co-founder and past co-chair of the Dancing with the Stars Austin event benefiting the Center for Child Protection. Strawn attended Fordham University and received a nursing degree from the Roosevelt Hospital School of Nursing.