IARP Texas serves rehabilitation professionals throughout the state of Texas through education, professional development and networking opportunities.

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Chapter Announcements

  • 2023 IARP Board Nominations

    It's that time of year again! IARP Texas is looking for members to fill vacant spots on the board. 

    Current vacancies include:

    1. First Vice President (President-Elect) (3 – year commitment)
    2. Secretary (2 – year term)
    3. Board Member for Austin/Central Texas (2 – year term)
    4. Board Member for Dallas/Fort Worth/North Central Texas Area (2 – year term)
    5. Board Member At Large (2 – year term)

    This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues, participate in new and upcoming events in the rehabilitation field, and aide in the decision-making process that will guide our chapter in its continued success.

    Meetings are held virtually once a month for approximately 1-hour and the commitment is 2 to 3 years depending on the position being filled.

    If you, or someone you know, are interested in joining the board, please see the attached nomination form and submit your nomination(s) by 5 PM on Friday, May 26th. Self-nominations are welcomed.

    If you have any questions, please contact Past President, Joanna Vasquez at joanna@alfvas.com or 713-783-6775.

    Nominations Forms can be found here:

  • Tom Selman 2nd Annual Scholarship Award

    It is with great pleasure that the IARP Texas Chapter will once again be offering the Tom Selman Scholarship Award!

    Please read below for more information.


    Tom Selman was instrumental in laying the foundation to Rehabilitation Counseling in the state of Texas. He was a mentor, leader, and counselor to professionals set out to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Tom stood for the Integrity of the profession and the brand of the IARP Texas Chapter. His direct, but thoughtful communication served an empowering purpose to the students who set out in this profession. His knowledge of the Rehabilitation Industry was deep and vast. The difference Tom made with people is inspiring. His consultations with top employers led others to start hiring people with disabilities. Known for his work as a Vice-President, College Teacher, dear friend, and community leader, Tom Selman never yearned for attention. Instead, he was true to himself and the life he lived.  

    The IARP Texas Board is honored to award the 2nd Annual Tom Selman Scholarship. 

    Notes to Candidates for Scholarship
    1. The Texas Chapter of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) will provide support for the Tom Selman Scholarship Recipient to help further the professional development of the graduate in the State of Texas who have demonstrated dedicated excellence to their educational programs; the field of rehabilitation counseling; and working with people with disabilities.
    2. Applicants must be a Texas resident enrolled in a current graduate student majoring in Rehabilitation Counseling, who demonstrates the commitment to working in this field.
    3. The Scholarship Recipient will receive a $2,000 check written out directly to the recipient or via electronic funds transfer. 
    4. Applicants must be an IARP Student Member at time of application. For those that are not currently a member, student membership can be attained by going to https://rehabpro.org/page/membership for a fee of $15. Student Members are encouraged to join the IARP Texas Chapter at no charge.
    5. Students are required to submit:
      1. A complete Application Form
      2. An experiential resume listing any community and school involvement, relevant work experiences, and volunteer activities,
      3. A 300-500-word essay about their motivation in the pursuit of an advanced degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, future career aspirations, plans for current and future involvement in IARP, and how earning this award will benefit them. (Specifically address information regarding personal, employment, school, and community experiences in working with people with disabilities), and
      4. An unofficial transcript from academic institution in which the master’s degree is being pursued.
      5. A signed Affirmation Form confirming that all information submitted in the application is true and accurate

    1. Must be pursuing a career in Rehabilitation Counseling
    2. Presently registered and/or attending Rehabilitation Counseling curriculum
    3. Address is in the State of Texas 
    4. Student member of IARP

    Applications must be submitted by December 31, 2022.

    Please contact IARP Texas Scholarship Committee (Joanna Vasquez or Bob Cogburn) at iarptexas@gmail.com with any questions. 
    The committee will review and evaluate all applications and determine the scholarship recipient. The Tom Selman IAPP Texas Scholarship will be announced via email and IARP Texas Chapter website on 01/16/23.
    Thank you for applying for the 2022 Tom Selman IAPP Texas Scholarship. Good luck!

    Note: A Gmail account is required to upload the resume and essay to the online application. Applicants without a Gmail account may email the required documents to iarptexas@gmail.com. Please be sure to include the applicant’s name in the title of the documents and indicate “Tom Selman Scholarship” in the subject line.

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Chapter Leadership

President: Jacqueline V. Mendez (San Antonio)

President Elect: Carolina V. Salazar (Houston)

Past-President: Joanna Vasquez (Houston)

Treasurer: Jennifer Pavlik (Houston)

Board Member - Central Texas: Andrea Bradford (Austin)

Board Member - Dallas/North Texas: Robert Cogburn (Plano)

Board Member - Gulf Coast: Blaire Pavlik (Houston)

Board Member at Large: Payam Paul Bahador (Fort Worth)

Member at Large: Calvin Turner (Austin)

Student Representative: Regan Browne (Denton)​​

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