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Laverne Dierschke Knezek, American mental health services professional. Certified teacher elementary, secondary and business, Texas.


Knezek, Laverne Dierschke was born on November 13, 1935 in Rowena, Texas, United States. Daughter of Otto William and Annie (Halfmann) Dierschke.


Bachelor of Business Administration, Texas Technology University, Lubbock, 1957. Master of Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Texas, Denton, 1972.


Project supervisor, research associate New England Board Higher Education and Ohio State University, Wellsley and Columbus, 1972-1974. Faculty Franklin University, Columbus, 1973-1974. Assistant professor Institute Behavioral Research, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, 1975-1979, associate professor, 1979-1983.

Director Women and Work Research and Resource Center University Texas, Arlington, 1985-1988. Director research DARCO Drug Services, Dallas, 1989-1991, Mental Health Mental Retardation Tarrant County, Fort Worth, since 1991. Member Fort Worth Area Comprehensive Human Immunodeficiency Virus Services Planning Council Consortium, since 1992.

Coordinator Institutional Review Board Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County, Fort Worth, since 1993. Consultant national study of gifted students Sid Richardson Foundation, Fort Worth, 1982-1984. Evaluation coordinator national study of the homeless with severe mental illness Center Mental Health Services, Rockville, 1993-1999.


Member alcoholism and drug abuse advisory committee North Central Texas Council Governments, Arlington, Texas, 1977-1983. Member Tarrant County 2000 Task Force, Fort Worth, 1987-1989. Commissioner Planning & Zoning Commission, City of Arlington, 1989-1995, member landmark preservation committee, 1990-1997.

Member League of Women Voters, International Association Social Science Information Services and Technology, Southwest Social Science Association, National Work Group for Computer-Based Behavioral Health and Human Services Records (executive committee), Sigma Xi, Delta Pi Epsilon.


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Married Robert Alois Knezek, August 23, 1958. Children: Kenneth Wayne, Brenda Kay Knezek Reed, Melinda Jo Knezek Chiselbrook.