Weslaco Chamber Announces 2017-2018 Board Chair, New Board Members

The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce announced that Johnny Bautista was voted in as the board chair for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The Chamber also welcomed three new board members, each serving their first term on the Board of Directors.

Bautista grew up in Weslaco and graduated from Weslaco High School.  Currently, he is Director of Operations for Friends Health Care Services, Inc. Bautista has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Weslaco Economic Development Corporation and currently serves on the Weslaco Housing Authority Board. Johnny is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and is a parishioner of San Martin de Porres Catholic Church.

“The mission statement of the Weslaco Chamber reads that we’re dedicated to promoting, supporting and advocating for our members,” remarked Bautista. “I look forward to making sure that the Weslaco Chamber continues providing the support our members need to be successful in all their business endeavors.”

New board members include Troy Gearhart, Corina Humphreys and Ruben Villanueva. Weslaco Chamber board members serve three-years term.

Corina Humphreys is the Chief Operating Officer at Weslaco Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, and has been a Licensed Master Social Worker since 2000. In addition, she works as an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at the Our Lady of the Lake RGV Campus.  Humphreys currently serves on the board for the Weslaco Rotary Club and has previously served on the boards for the Rio Grande State Center in Harlingen, the Infant Family Nutrition Services of Brownsville and the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio.

Born in Weslaco, Ruben Villanueva is the General Manger for Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Weslaco. In addition, he owns and operates a bartending school, and is a realtor.  Villanueva currently serves on the board for Frontera Audubon Society, and is a member of the Weslaco Rotary Club and the Texas Association of Realtors.  He is a graduate of Leadership Mid Valley Class X and serves as chair of the Leadership Mid Valley Steering Committee.  Villanueva also serves on the City of Weslaco Hotel Occupancy Tax Advisory Committee.

For more information on the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, call 968-2102 or visit

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