April 2, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 57 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
RECOGNIZING THE RETIREMENT OF RAMONA THOMAS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 57
(Extensions of Remarks - April 02, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E391] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING THE RETIREMENT OF RAMONA THOMAS ______ HON. K. MICHAEL CONAWAY of texas in the house of representatives Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Mr. CONAWAY. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the career of Ramona Thomas and celebrate her upcoming retirement on June 3, 2019. Ramona has dedicated 29 years to serving the Permian Basin. Ramona began her tenure with Permian Basin Community Centers, now known as PermiaCare, as a Staff Accountant in 1990, and almost twenty- nine years later, she will be retiring as the Chief Executive Officer, a position she's held since November of 2014. PermiaCare provides integral mental health, intellectual and developmental disability, and substance-abuse disorder services, and Ramona's leadership in the organization has attributed to their ability to expand into the leading expert in behavioral health and development disability services in the Permian Basin. In addition to being an integral leader in PermiaCare, she has also served through various capacities in numerous professional organizations. Ramona has also gone above and beyond as an active leader in the community. She regularly volunteers with the Rotary Club, Leadership Midland, the Midland Behavioral Health Leadership Team, and the United Way of Midland. I worked directly with Ms. Thomas during my time on the Board of Directors for Permian Basin Community Centers, during which time she was the Chief Financial Officer. I found her to execute her work precisely, and she led her agency to be ranked consistently as one of the best in Texas. I'll always remember Ms. Thomas' personable demeanor, unquestionable talent, and as a joy to work with. On behalf of the 11th District of Texas, congratulations to Ramona Thomas on her retirement. I look forward to seeing what she will accomplish in this next chapter. ____________________