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2019 Every Victim, Every Time Speaker Biographies
Shannon Acosta is an investigator with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. In this role, Shannon assists prosecutors various tasks related to ensuring a successful prosecution in domestic violence related cases. This includes locating and interviewing hesitant victims and witnesses and attending forensic interviews for children who have witnessed domestic violence. Shannon reviews Child Protective Services intake reports for the entire county that involve domestic violence and serves as a liaison with other law enforcement agencies in Montgomery County to ensure these cases are investigated and the families are safe. Shannon is passionate about the protecting the population of our community who are not always able to protect themselves. Shannon currently holds an Advanced Peace Officer Certificate.
Joy P. Alonzo received her BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh, her Masters of Engineering from the Penn State, and her doctoral degree in Pharmacotherapy and Pharmacy Practice from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Alonzo is a specialist in the pharmacotherapy of mental and behavioral disorders and provides clinical support to mental and behavioral clinicians and facilities across TX. Dr. Alonzo is currently Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Texas A&M Health Science Center Rangel College of Pharmacy. Director of Spring Outreach Services Mental and Behavioral Support, and a member of the Texas A&M Opioid Task Force.
Karlee has worked for the Mental Health Mental Retardation System for 19 years. Most of that time has been spent as the Texas Correctional Office of Offenders with Mental or Medical Impairments Program Director and Criminal Justice Liaison with Brazos County. She received the EVET Margaret Lalk Victim Advocacy Award in 2018 for her passion and drive for those within the mental health system. Karlee is a graduate of Texas A&M University, Class of 1999.
Ekua is a career prosecutor who has spent the bulk of her career serving the citizens of the State of Texas in East and Central Texas and was formerly a prosecutor in the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office. In doing so, she has had experience prosecuting in both rural communities and urban cities. She has a passion for a seeking justice on behalf of those who are overlooked by society. Currently, she is employed as an Assistant Attorney General with the Criminal Prosecution Division of the Office of the Attorney General. In that role, she travels Statewide assisting smaller jurisdictions with child abuse and domestic violence prosecutions. When she is not traveling Statewide on behalf of the State of Texas, Ekua is active with her local Junior League Chapter – Junior League of Austin, where she is a member of the Transfer Class. This position provides her with an opportunity to directly impact the lives of children in the Austin-Area. Ekua is a 2004 graduate of Spelman College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English. She went on to the Paul M. Hebert Law Center – Louisiana State University, where she earned her Juris Doctor and a Bachelors of Civil Law in 2007. She has been licensed with the Texas Bar since 2007.
Brian has been an assistant district attorney for over 19 years. He has worked for the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office since 2003 and is currently the First Assistant. Brian has prosecuted hundreds of felony cases including intoxicated manslaughter, sexual assault, murder and capital murder. He serves in several training roles through the Texas District and County Attorneys Association including a faculty advisor for new prosecutor training. He has also trained attorneys for the State Bar of Texas as well as past Every Victim Every Time Conferences. Brian is a dedicated prosecutor who has a heart for victims and their families.
Kimberly Benavides is a native of Bryan, Texas. She was trafficked in the Bryan/College Station area from the ages of 11 -19. During that time she was attending school in Bryan ISD and interfacing with law enforcement, CPS, and other agencies. After escaping "the life" and having the opportunity to start new, she is now a proud wife and mother to 10 children. She runs the household and homeschooling, as well as opening up her home as a safe space for women and girls to stay as refuge from abuse, exploitation, and homelessness. Kim serves in a local church and has a heart to use her story to bring hope and awareness to the issue of human trafficking so that more victims will be rescued and identified.
Bobbi has been Program Manager for the Watch UR BAC alcohol and drug awareness project since 2011. She has years of experience and specialized education in alcohol and drug education including impaired driving, underage drinking and recent trends in alcohol and drugs. In addition to her work in preventing impaired driving, Bobbi has over 10 years' experience as an educator at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on injury prevention including motorcycle awareness, distracted driving and bicycle safety. She is also a certified passenger safety technician educating adults and children on occupant protection. Bobbi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Wayne State College and received her EMT certification while working as a volunteer firefighter.
Amanda Buenger is an Attorney in the Brazos Valley specializing in Child Welfare and Family Law. She currently owns and operates her own Law Firm, Buenger Law, PLLC., where she represents children and families in child abuse and neglect cases and child custody matters. She is also the Executive Director of UnBound B/CS, an Anti -Human Trafficking organization that mobilizes local communities to fight human trafficking through prevention and awareness, professional training, and Survivor Advocacy. She has a heart for unity and collaboration in fighting for justice in our community.
Ryan is an assistant district attorney in Brazos County assigned to felony cases as the chief prosecutor of the 361st District Court. He has represented the State of Texas as a prosecutor for over 17 years – in Brazos, Denton and Dallas County. Ryan has prepared and tried over 200 jury trials ranging from DWI, assault, burglary, intoxicated manslaughter and murder – preparing witnesses and experts for their testimony in each of these cases. Ryan teaches and trains prosecutors, police officers, and criminal justice personnel all over Texas for numerous organizations including the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association of which he is a member.
Sean and his mother, Jenny Carter are the dynamic speaking duo known as “WhenSeanSpeaks”. Sean was the passenger in a single vehicle drunk driving crash in March, 2005. When Sean emerged from a 39 day coma unable to walk or talk, their story could have been buried in their tragedy but instead they are known for what they are doing to share his story - automobiles, asphalt and alcohol don’t mix. They also share their unshakable belief and immeasurable love, and that with their faith and Sean’s determination; he will lead a life of purpose and happiness. They have spoken at more than 450 venues in Texas and 10 other states, including Washington and New York. In 2013, WhenSeanSpeaks, Inc., partnered with The Watch UR BAC Program at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to deliver alcohol awareness education to youth audiences across the state. Watch UR BAC is a Texas Department of Transportation funded project to reduce alcohol related crashes and fatalities. Emphasis is on reducing impaired driving among youth, especially in rural counties. Their partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife allows them to reach even more audiences with important life-saving messages. When Sean speaks through his iPad, you can hear a pin drop in the audience. All are focused on his words and his sincere warning – “Save yourself-don’t be like me!”
Kristen has been the CHI St. Joseph Health Emergency Services Nursing Director for 4 years, with 13 years of emergency nursing experience. She attended Blinn College in 2006 and obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing, graduate from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2013, and then in 2015, she graduated with a Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration from Lamar University. She is currently a Certified Emergency Nurse.
Detective Combs is an officer with the Round Rock Police Department and has been in law enforcement for 27 years. For the past 18 years, his primary responsibilities have been the investigation of physical and sexual abuse of children. Detective Combs holds a Master Peace Officer License, Instructors License and Special Investigators License from TCOLE. He instructs the intermediate, advanced and sexual assault family violence investigators courses. (SAFVIC) Combs has presented at the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas as well as the Prevent Child Abuse conference. In 2013, he worked for the Fox Valley Technical College on curriculum development for child abuse investigations.
Kara has been a prosecutor for nearly 16 years and has spent her entire career prosecuting in the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office. She is currently the Chief of the Crimes Against Children Unit. Kara has prosecuted hundreds of felony cases including numerous child sexual abuse cases. She provides training for prosecutors and law enforcement agencies locally and statewide. She serves on the Child Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Task Force as well as the Brazos Valley Child Abduction Response Team. Through this experience, Kara has developed a passion for advocating for children in the criminal justice system.
Delgado is currently a bilingual Staff Therapist at the Center for Child Protection. Ms. Delgado provides individual, family and group therapy to children and families dealing with trauma due to child abuse or witness to violent crime. For the past two years, she has worked with vulnerable families who are dealing with multi-generational abuse, language, cultural barriers and poverty. Her specialties include sensory and experiential therapies and working with families who are in high risk environments.
Dr. Downing is an Associate Professor of Forensic Nursing for the Texas A&M College of Nursing program at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. She is a certified sexual assault nurse examiner and she has her forensic nursing graduate certificate. Before coming to Texas A&M in January 2016, Dr. Downing was an assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She is also a SANE examiner for the Johnson County Sexual Assault Response Team in Iowa City, Iowa. In 2013, Dr. Downing received the Outstanding Forensic Nurse Award from the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Jessica has been an assistant district attorney with the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office since 2007 and currently serves the office as the Chief of the Family Violence Unit. During her career, she has prosecuted hundreds of cases with a special passion for cases involving domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Jessica teaches law enforcement agencies and community groups throughout Brazos County about the role of the District Attorney’s Office and how to better prosecute criminal cases. She is the project coordinator for the Lethality Assessment Program that is currently being implemented in Brazos County. She participates in the “Cut It Out” campaign which educates salon employees and stylists on the dynamics of family violence. Jessica has prosecuted several difficult crimes against women cases including those using experts in strangulation as well as domestic violence.
Charles "Chuck" Fleeger currently serves as Assistant Chief of Police for the Administrative Services Bureau of the College Station Police Department. He oversees the Communications Division, the Holding Facility, Information Services, Support Services, and Technical Services and is responsible for a staff of over 55 personnel and a budget of approximately 5.5 million dollars. Chuck has been with College Station PD for over 28 years and has 33 years’ experience in law enforcement. He has spent time as a Patrol Officer, Narcotics/Gang Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Investigations Sergeant, Patrol Shift/Sector Commander and Public Information Officer. Chuck helped to develop his region's AMBER Alert notification plan (www.aanbv.org) and has served as its non-profit President since 2003. In 2009 Chuck helped lead efforts to develop and train a multi-county Child Abduction Response Team. This team, the Brazos Valley Child Abduction Response Team (www.bvcart.org), sought out and obtained Department of Justice certification in September 2011.
Michael J. Garza
Michael is a Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office in Edinburg, Texas. He graduated from St. Mary’s University in 1990 with a B.A. in Political Science. He graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 1993. He was inducted into the Order of Barristers and received special recognition from the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 1993. While in private practice, he was inducted into the American Board of Trial advocates and frequently lectured at CLE programs on Trial Advocacy. He left private practice for public service in 2015. In 2018, he won the prestigious Lone Star Prosecutor Award from the Texas District and County Attorneys Association for his work in the 57 year old cold murder case-- State of Texas v. John Feit.
Jason attended St. Mary’s School of Law, where he graduated in 2009. After graduating, Goss began practicing law as a prosecutor for the Bexar County District Attorney's Office and the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office. He served nine-years as a prosecutor. As a prosecutor, Goss was responsible for the reindictment of Genene Jones, known as the “Angel of Death”, a San Antonio pediatric nurse who killed 60 babies at the then Bexar County Hospital from 1980-1982. He also served as the lead prosecutor in the capital murder case of Taymor “Tay-K 47” McIntyre. Jason is certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Jason gives back to the local community by serving as a case manager for people with HIV/AIDS. He also gives legal assistance to persons affected by HIV/AIDS and Safe Harbor, a community-based program that helps parents with supervised child visitation and custody exchanges.
Herlinda has been in the criminal justice field for over 20 years. She is currently a Division Manager assigned to the Behavioral Health Unit with McLennan County CSCD and serves as the CSCD's BIPP and NIPV Program Administrator. In addition to facilitating BIPP, she is also a certified Drug Offender Education and DWI Intervention Instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Guidance, both from Texas A&M Kingsville. In addition to domestic vi9lence training, she has received specialized training in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and supervision of sexual offenders. She is an active member of the McLennan County Domestic Violence Response Team.
Debbie recently retired from her position as an education specialist for the Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas, where she provided professional development and training for district and school leaders throughout the Houston area. Before coming to Texas, Debbie served as district mentor principal for the Albuquerque Public Schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was a middle school principal. She has worked in administrative education for over 15 years. She has her Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico and she is certified professional principal in both New Mexico and Texas.
George is a former Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp who served 2 tours of duty in combat zones (Iraq and Afghanistan). George Hunnicutt is the father of two healthy, thriving children who were both falsely presented by their biological mother as ill, leading to numerous medical procedures. George Hunnicutt will share his journey through the criminal justice and family system with attendees. George Hunnicutt has co-presented on medical child abuse at the 2018 National Child Advocacy Center International Symposium on Child Abuse (Huntsville, AL) and the 2017 National Child Advocacy Center International Symposium on Child Abuse (Huntsville, AL). George Hunnicutt is currently a Project Scheduler for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
As the Director of Trauma Services at the Center for Child Protection, Jansky manages therapy services, the Protective Parenting Program, and all related trauma informed treatment to children and families. For over 25 years, she has been helping families heal from devastating traumas, providing ongoing counseling, experiential and sensory therapies, and working as the professional handler for the Center’s therapy and courtroom accompaniment dog. During her tenure at the Center, Jansky founded the Protective Parenting Program, pioneered the first courtroom dog program in Travis County, and received the 2011 CACTX Statewide Mental Health Professional of the Year Award. She is a board approved supervisor for clinical licensure through the state of Texas.
Sherry is the Director of Trauma and Perioperative Services at CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital where she has been employed since 1999. She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She is certified in Trauma with a TCRN certification and is currently President of the Texas Trauma Coordinators Forum for the State of Texas.
Niki has been a Registered Nurse since 2006 and a Forensic Nurse for the past 5 years. She currently is the Forensic Program Coordinator at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in College Station. She works alongside eleven forensic nurses to provide care to victims of violence in the Brazos Valley. Niki was awarded the Medical Professional of the year in 2016 by the Brazos County Sexual Assault Response Team. Niki educates medical professionals, law enforcement, advocates and community members on Forensic Nursing, Strangulation, and the Sexual Assault Exam. She also testifies as an expert witness in strangulation/family violence cases.
Dr. Shannon M Lane is a long-time rural researcher with studies in rural economic development, rural strategic planning, and impacts of changes in medical care in rural communities as well as rural consumer spending patterns. She is the current Executive Director of Saafe House in Huntsville, Texas that offers a full range of services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Dr. Lane is the former Research Follow at Sam Houston State University in the Center for Rural Studies and The Southern Rural Development Center as well as The Undergraduate Coordinator of Study of the Rural Sociology Department at Mississippi State University. After a long – time award winning career as a college level instructor, she returned to her roots in advocacy and community outreach efforts last fall.
Audrey was sworn in as the District Attorney for the 81st Judicial District in January, 2017. As the top prosecutor for Atascosa, Frio, Karnes, LaSalle, and Wilson counties, Audrey is responsible for overseeing that justice is done for all adult felony and public corruption cases in the over 5,000 square mile district. Her 18 year legal career has be devoted to serving communities by prosecuting for the State of Texas as an Assistant District Attorney, as well as the United States Attorney’s Office as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. Audrey’s prosecution background is varied, and includes prosecution of white-collar crime, complex fraud cases, as well as capital murders, and sexual assaults. Audrey’s passion is providing justice to victims and their families. Outside of her duties as the District Attorney, Audrey is a mother of two teenage boys who attend school in La Vernia. Audrey currently serves as Board President of the Children’s Alliance of South Texas (CAST), a Child Advocacy Center which provides no cost services to children that have suffered sexual and physical abuse in Atascosa, Frio, Karnes, LaSalle, Wilson and other surrounding counties in South Texas. In addition, Audrey received state-wide recognition for her work on the advocacy center when she was awarded the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas Volunteer of the Year in 2014. Audrey also serves on the Board of Directors for CASA of South Texas, and Safer Path Family Violence Shelter.
Jason supervises the Waco Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit. He started his law enforcement career with Waco Police in 1999 and was a patrol officer or supervisor for 15 years. Sergeant Lundquist has been assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division since 2014. Jason has a master peace officer certification, is a certified TCOLE instructor, mental health peace officer, and crime prevention inspector. He has a BA from Baylor University, is a graduate of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration’s School of Police Supervision, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice from Tarleton State University. Sergeant Lundquist is a member of the Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.
Mary serves as the Deputy Director for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division. McCaffity and the VSD serve victims and assist criminal justice professionals across the state by providing information and training about services and the rights of crime victims in Texas. She previously served as the Manager of the VSD Victim Notification Section and the Supervisor of the Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse. Ms. McCaffity received her Master’s degree from Texas State University and her Bachelor’s degree from Schreiner University.
Steve has been a federal prosecutor for over 25 years. Mellin currently works at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, where he works on capital cases and violent crime investigations. Prior to working in Houston, Mellin was a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s Capital Case Section. Before that, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he handled many terrorism related cases after 9/11, and in the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted countless homicide cases. During his tenure at the Capital Case Section, Mellin worked exclusively on death penalty cases around the country, trying several to death verdicts, including the Boston Marathon Bombing prosecution in 2015. Mellin is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas.
Kirsta Leeburg Melton is the Deputy Criminal Chief of the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section of the Office of the Texas Attorney General. From 2000-2014 she prosecuted in the Family Justice Unit of the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, combating human trafficking, physical and sexual abuse of children and family violence, and in 2012 helped establish and lead the Bexar County DA’s Human Trafficking Unit. Melton also chaired the Alamo Area Coalition against Trafficking, a regional multi-disciplinary group of law enforcement, non-profits, government agencies, business people, and academics assembled to coordinate the fight against human trafficking. She has trained more than 15,000 people across the state on human trafficking and has testified on multiple occasions before the Texas legislature on trafficking related issues. Melton graduated from Cornell University in 1993 and received her JD and Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas in 1998. In addition to prosecuting, Melton is one of the founding members of Truckers against Trafficking, a nationwide campaign dedicated to educating, equipping, empowering and mobilizing the trucking industry in the fight against human trafficking.
Mickler, Courthouse and Facility Dog Director
Mickler is a service dog providing support during criminal and civil justice proceedings since 2017 at the age of two. He escorts and remains with the child/adult victims throughout court testimony. He also provides therapeutic services by assisting in building relationships, trust and regulation activities. Born in New Mexico where he was trained as a service dog, he now resides in the great state of Texas. He is a proud member of the Child Protection Team in Travis County, and follows his predecessor, Sidney, who was the first dog in the state of Texas to be allowed on the witness stand during a criminal child abuse proceeding. Mickler's favorite hobbies are doing tricks, pulling ropes, and of course, being from Texas, line dancing.
Navarro is the Program Supervisor V over the Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse (TxCVC) within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division. Ms. Navarro has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Ms. Navarro supervises Regional Victim Services Coordinators located throughout the state of Texas who provide direct services to crime victims and who provide training to professionals who routinely work with crime victims. She also supervises all TxCVC publications, Victim Impact Statement statistics, and the Texas Victim Assistance Training (TVAT) team who are responsible for developing and enhancing the TVAT Academy, TVAT Online, webinars, and other trainings.
Amanda Elkanick Oder
Amanda is currently the Survivor Services and Training Director with Texas Advocacy Project, a non-profit law firm offering free legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Oder has been involved in the movement for the past 12 years in varying roles. She has worked as a shelter advocate, program director and policy analyst over the years. Because of the various positions she has held she brings an invaluable perspective to her work on a statewide level. She has served on many different task forces’, community planning groups, and committees that are centered on ending intimate partner violence. Oder graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2010.
Jarvis has served as the Criminal District Attorney for Brazos County since 2012. His office handles all felony cases from intake through appeal. Before being elected district attorney, he served as a trial chief in the office. Over the last 17 years as a prosecutor, Jarvis has tried all types of felony cases including three death penalty cases. He also trains law enforcement and criminal justice professionals all over Texas. Jarvis is the current president of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. He is a board member for Scotty’s House – the local child advocacy center and is active in Lion’s Club.
Karla is currently the Executive Director of Open Arms Rape Crisis Center & LGBT+ Services. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor and she teaches Psychology classes at Park University at the Goodfellow Air Force Base campus. Open Arms added the LGBT+ services in September of 2015 and it has been very successful in providing support and awareness for this population in their community. Karla is very passionate about social justice issues, equality and promoting peace.
Brian has been an Assistant District Attorney with the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office since 2007. Before he came to Bryan, Texas, he was an ADA with the Potter County District Attorney’s Office. Over his 20 years as a prosecutor, Brian has tried all levels of felony and misdemeanor crimes with over 100 felony jury trials, including Capital Murder, Murder, Continuous Sexual Abuse, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Robbery. He is currently a Trial Chief for the Intake Division, making charging decisions for the office and presenting cases to the grand jury as well as supervising trial attorneys, support staff and investigators. Brian trains law enforcement throughout the State on various courses including courtroom testimony, Code and Criminal Procedure as well as search and seizure. Brian is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law.
Paul is the Managing Partner at Beyond IT, where he assists with the management of the firm’s technical operations in areas of digital forensics, electronic discovery, and incident response. In addition to supervising forensic examiners in the performance of their duties, he maintains an active case load and conduct digital forensic investigations for civil litigation, criminal matters, internal investigations, and incident response efforts. Prior to entering the private sector as a consultant, Paul gained invaluable experience and training as a law enforcement officer, where he received certification as a Computer Forensic Examiner. Over the course of his career, he has conducted, assisted, or supervised over 1000 forensic exams for local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as law firms, corporations, and private individuals. His law enforcement background includes specialized assignments in Financial Crimes Investigation, Crime Scene, Computer Forensics, and Counterterrorism. Paul spent the last five years of his law enforcement career on assignment with the FBI working National Security matters and held a TS/SCI security clearance. He has worked on several high profile engagements including cases dealing with Intellectual Properties, Trade Secrets, Bankruptcy, Embezzlement, Fraud, Commercial Litigation, Family Law, and Criminal matters. His work requires him to identify, preserve, analyze, and document electronically stored information (ESI) from computers, servers, mobile devices, VOIP systems, and many other sources of ESI for the purposes of evidentiary or root cause analysis. Paul has been recognized and testified as a forensic expert in legal proceedings pending in both State and Federal courts.
Katie Etringer Quinney
Katie is the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the 81st Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Texas. She has held this position since January 2017, when she left her profession of over 10 years in medical marketing to pursue her passion as a victim advocate. Katie’s family was touched by trauma in 2006 when a member of her family became a victim of a crime. Upon completion of prosecution of that case, Katie began her pursuit to make a difference by sitting on victim impact panels and eventually volunteered to sit as an acting Board Member for the Children’s Alliance of South Texas, A Child Advocacy Center. Katie has been an active member of the Board of Directors of CAST since 2012. Since beginning her career as an advocate, Katie has helped numerous victims of felony crimes across the five counties of the district including the victims in recent tragedy in the community of Sutherland Springs.
Dr. Reber leads the Offices of the Dean of Student Life and provides administrative supervision for the departments of Student Counseling Service and Student Health Services at Texas A&M University. Reber coordinates all investigations into alleged violations of the University’s Student Rules including hazing and Title IX violations and co-chairs the University’s bias assessment and response team. She began her tenure as the Dean of Student Life in 2010 and continues to serve in this position while joining the Vice President’s administrative team. Prior to her leadership in Student Life, Reber served as the Director of Disability Services at Texas A&M and spent 12 years of her early career in public schools as an educator and administrator. Dr. Reber ’91 received a B.S. in Special Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo, a Master’s in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University, and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. She is the recipient of the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Student Relations, the Randy Matson ’67 Association of Former Students Award and is a Fish Camp namesake.
Marvina received a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Texas in 1990 and worked as a Child Protective Services case worker for several years. Later, she attended South Texas College of Law, receiving a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2000 then operating a private practice in Fort Worth handling family and criminal cases but primarily representing parents and children in child welfare matters. In 2008, Marvina accepted a position with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office where she represented Child Protective Services in parental rights termination cases. 2013 presented an opportunity in the Criminal District Attorney's Office for Marvina to represent private individuals in protective order cases. That work, in part, lead to her being named Chief of the Mental Health and Protective Orders Units in 2017. She supervises attorneys handling protective order cases based on family violence, sexual assault and stalking and attorney's representing the state's interest in civil mental health commitment cases. Marvina is native of Fort Worth. Her mantra: Not on my watch!
Gary is the award-winning author of seven books, including the bestsellers Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child, Please Be Patient I'm Grieving, and Heartbroken: Healing from the Loss of a Spouse. His latest book is Teen Grief: Caring for the Grieving Teenage Heart (2017). Gary’s books have been recognized as Finalists for five national awards and he has more than 500 articles to his credit. A former pastor and missionary, Gary is a popular speaker at a wide variety of venues, known for his creative style and sense of humor. Coming from a background of heavy loss and sexual abuse, he is committed to helping hurting people heal and grow. He currently serves as a chaplain and grief counselor with Hospice Brazos Valley in Bryan, Texas.
Celestina is the Senior Crime Scene Investigator with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory in Conroe, Texas. She has a Master Peace Officer’s License with 24 years of law enforcement experience. Since her promotion to the crime laboratory in 2002, she has been court qualified as an expert in latent print examination, bloodstain pattern analysis, crime scene reconstruction and shooting incident reconstruction. Cele is an Adjunct Instructor for the Texas Forensic Science Academy at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) where she teaches Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Cele is a board member of the Texas Division of the IAI where she has served since 2006 and is also currently the Secretary for the Association of Crime Scene Reconstruction and the Sergeant-at-Arms for the International Association for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Cele also serves on the OSAC BPA sub-committee.
Anna currently serves as a Psychologist with Student Health Services. This new position is responsible for developing an integrated behavioral health program and responsibility for patient care. Prior to this position Anna was a Director in Human Resources with oversight responsibilities for Employee Relations, Employee Assistance Program and Policy and Practice Review units. She has 23 years of experience within the Texas A&M University System and over 25 years of experience providing counseling services within a variety of settings. She regularly teaches educational workshops on multiple topics including workplace violence, conflict, and communication skills. Anna also provides educational programming to law enforcement officers that focus on developing supervisory skills; communication skills; suicide prevention; and crisis intervention training. She has previously served as a consulting psychologist for the Texas Narcotics Control Program Peer Counseling group providing training and support to law enforcement volunteer peer counselors. Anna has worked with violence risk assessment issues the last 15 years and as a member of the Texas A&M University Special Situations Team regularly provides consultation regarding these cases. She has previously taught counseling and educational classes at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, Anna maintains an independent psychological services practice. She is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals; American Psychological Association; Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy; and Employee Assistance Professionals Association. Dr. Satterfield is the Associate Editor for the journal, Gender and Violence, published by Mary Ann Liebert Publications. Anna has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University, a M.S. in Community Counseling, and a B.A. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Satterfield is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Texas, Certified Threat Manager and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional.
Dr. Scott was a police sergeant and instructor with the Longview Police Department from 2003-2015. During his career he has worked as an academy instructor for the department and East Texas Police Academy (ETPA) in Kilgore, Texas instructing investigations pertaining to child abuse, family violence, and sexual assault. Prior to promoting, he was a member of the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and later the hostage negotiations team. In 2008, he promoted to the rank of sergeant with the department and eventually was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division of the police department. In 2015, Dr. Scott accepted a tenured track position with the University of Texas at Tyler in the Department of Social Sciences. He continues to serve as a reserve peace officer and consultant in law enforcement for the City of Gladewater, Texas. Dr. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas. He also holds three master’s degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas. He also earned professional training credentials from Bill Blackwood Institute of Texas Leadership Command College (LEMIT), the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA), the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), and the Training and Research Institute for Professional Law Enforcement (TRIPLE). He is a certified TCOLE advanced and basic instructor for the State, a Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigators Course (SAFVIC) instructor, and Advanced Child Abuse instructor. Dr. Scott is also a Policy Coordinator for the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) working with both the Criminal Justice Division and the Office of the Attorney General on creating and training cities on the Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) initiative for the State of Texas. He has also served on the TCFV Public Policy Committee for the past three legislative sessions. Dr. Scott is an active member with FBI LEEDA, the Texas Police Association, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA), and the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA). He is currently a board member with the East Texas Woman’s Center and the Family Peace Project in East Texas. In 2018, Dr. Scott was appointed to the Texas Police Association’s (TPA) Training Advisory Committee.
Ben has been the Program Coordinator for the Watch UR BAC team since 2016. He has 28 years of experience as a law enforcement officer with the city of Bryan and was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his DWI enforcement efforts. Ben has a Texas Commission On Law Enforcement Instructor certification. After retiring from the police department, he joined MADD as Victim Service Specialist and educated the public on the dangers of impaired driving. While advocating for crash victims, he developed a passion for alcohol and drug education for adolescents and adults.
E.J. is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas/Virginia), a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and a Certified DoD Sexual Assault Victim Advocate. E.J. started her counseling career in the Brazos Valley at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC), and Rock Prairie Behavioral Health. E.J. left Texas to work as a therapist embedded with US Marine units in North Carolina and Virginia, and has written policy for Headquarters Marine Corps in suicide prevention. She has spent much of her professional career advocating for the mental health needs of all military families, and victims of interpersonal violence.
E.J. is a current member of OutServe-SLDN’s Military Advisory Council and has previously served on advisory boards for the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN), and Pride Community Center of the Brazos Valley (PCC). E.J. is a graduate of Walden University (M.S.- Mental Health Counseling) and the University of Scranton (B.A./M.S. – Philosophy/Education).
For the past 16 years, Katrina has been a leader in local, statewide, and national organizational venues as the Regional Coordinator for the Transgender Education Network of Texas. Her passion is public advocacy and education in Texas communities on GLBT topics with an emphasis on gender diversity. She engages and energizes others at the grassroots level tackling complex topics (such as gender and sexuality) with groups in ways that engender understanding. Katrina is a graduate of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. She is the Aggie Allies Award Coordinator for the Aggie Allies and she is a staff trainer for the Sexual Assault Resource Center in Bryan, Texas.
Misty is an Associate Judge and the Juvenile Referee for Brazos County. She has served in these roles since 2017, overseeing criminal felony cases as well as juvenile criminal cases within the county. Before becoming a judge, Misty was a prosecutor for 10 years. She was the gang prosecutor for the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office as well as she specialized in juvenile cases. Misty teaches on gang violence and gang prosecution throughout the State.
Micah is the Director of Outreach and Legal Advocacy for the Family Abuse Center in Waco, Texas. Since 2014, Micah has trained advocates as well as conducted outreach and awareness for the Family Abuse Center. Micah is the chair of the McLennan County Domestic Violence Response Team. He has trained law enforcement on domestic violence and protective orders and he has participated in many trainings and conference regarding stalking, human trafficking and family violence.
Investigator Weber has 34 years law enforcement experience, including 11 years as a crimes against children investigator. Weber was awarded the 2016 NCMEC Texas Hero for Children Award for the investigation of Geronimo Aguilar. Weber has investigated 16 case of Medical Child Abuse (MCA) that have led to 6 convictions. Investigator Weber has consulted with Fort Worth PD on 3 MCA cases since 2015 leading to 1 conviction. Weber co-authored the APSAC best practice guidelines on Medical Child Abuse (APSAC Advisor journal March 2018) and authored an article for the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin journal (August 2018) which addressed proper investigative techniques for investigating medical child abuse. Weber is currently assigned to investigate crimes against children for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.
Angela has worked for the Offices of the Dean of Student Life for almost 6 years. Her office, Student Assistance Services, provides support for students experiencing crisis or distress, including providing support for victims of sexual misconduct. She also manages the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), a group of staff who serve in an on-call capacity to provide support to students during crisis. Angela has worked in higher education for over 20 years - in the Department of Student Activities and for the Corps of Cadets at A&M, as well as in Student Services at Monroe College in the Bronx, NY. She also served as house mom for a sorority at A&M for several years. Angela received both a Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master's in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University.
Bill is the First Assistant in the Collin County District Attorney’s Office. Wirskye has extensive trial experience having been previously both a criminal defense lawyer and a Chief Felony Prosecutor in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas and the SMU Dedman School of Law. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law and rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Wirskye is a frequent speaker on criminal justice and trial advocacy topics. He is the past Chair of the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association (TDCAA) Training Committee and is also a member of their Editorial Committee. He is also a member of the Texas Prosecutors Society. Wirskye has received numerous awards including the Texas Department of Public Safety “Major Case Award,” the “Lone Star Prosecutor Award” from TDCAA, the National District Attorney’s Association “Home Run Hitter Award,” and the “Board of Directors Advocacy Award for Complex Homicide Cases” from the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation. His cases have been featured on TV’s First 48, Dateline, 48 Hours, and Investigation Discovery Network. Wirskye served as the lead prosecutor in the Kaufman County DA Murders where he secured the death penalty for the killer of three innocent victims.
Julie is a wife of 33 years to a retired volunteer fire chief, business & ranch owner; a mother of two sons and a grandmother to one sunshine girl. She is a Registered Nurse with 34 years’ experience primarily in the Operating Room. She has worked in the ER & and Clinic while also volunteering as a first responder. As a Christian of about 20 years currently works as Children’s Leader and has worked with youth, children, & lead women’s studies. She is a survivor of sexual abuse, breast cancer and a mass shooting wanting to share how she has been able to thrive.
Mark was elected to five terms as the Lamb County & District Attorney. He served for 20 years, prosecuting everything from death penalty cases to DWIs. During his tenure, in 2002, he was awarded the M.A.D.D. regional prosecutor of the year. He served on the board of directors for the Texas District & County Attorney’s Association, and is a member of the National District Attorney’s Association. He also is one of the founding fellows of the Texas Prosecutor’s Society. Mark is listed by the Lawyers of Distinction as one of the top 10% of lawyers in the United States, and by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys as one of the “10 Best Attorneys” for Texas. Mark graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1984. Following that, he worked as a loan officer for Dallas Federal Savings. In 1987, Mark went back to law school at Texas Tech School of Law where he graduated in 1989. At the end of 2012, Mark retired as District Attorney and travels the country giving motivational speeches regarding Burnout. He has also written and been published on the subject of Burnout. Mark’s interests include – golf, basketball, karaoke, and tropical vacations.
Ashley received her B.A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Tarleton State University and is now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She first began processing crime scenes in 2010 with the Cedar Hill Police Department. In 2016 Ashley went on to College Station Police Department as the Forensic Specialist where she oversaw the daily operations of their crime scene unit. From there she became a Forensic Death Investigator, with Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. Ashley has since returned to the Cedar Hill Police Department as the Forensics Manager where some of her responsibilities include creating and instructing courses related to criminal forensics as well as provide mutual crime scene assistance to other police agencies that are working active cases. Ashley is a member of both the International Association for Identification and the Texas Division of the International Association for Identification.