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Hon. Jeff Brown, Co-Chair

Justice Jeff Brown was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2013 and elected the following year. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center. In his fir ...

Hon. Barbara Hervey, Co-Chair

Judge Barbara Parker Hervey was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in November 2000. A native of New Jersey, Judge Hervey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her J.D. in 1979 f ...

Hon. Bill Boyce, Vice-Chair

Bill Boyce was appointed to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in December 2007 after practicing law for 18 years as an associate and partner at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. While in private practice he argued more than 60 cases in appellate courts t ...

Camille Cain

Camille Cain was appointed the Executive Director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department in January of 2018. For almost 30 years, she has focused on improving and innovating government programs and has built policy experience in a broad range of cr ...

Hon. Brent Carr

Judge Carr has been the Presiding Judge of the Tarrant County Mental Health Court since 2003, the Presiding Judge of the Tarrant County Veterans Treatment Court, since 2010,  the Presiding Judge of the Tarrant County RISE Program (sex trafficked wome ...

Terry Crocker

Terry has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Tropical Texas Behavioral Health since 2003. He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, before going on to get his Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston Cle ...

Jerry Davis

Gerald Davis became President and CEO of Goodwill Central Texas (GCT) in 1998. His career began as an occupational therapist at St. Charles Hospital, in Toledo, Ohio. Over the next twelve years, he served as Vice President, Assistant Professor, Accre ...

Hon. Francisco Dominguez

Judge Dominguez is judge of the 205th District Court. He received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and his J.D.from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Dominguez worked in private practice through his own law firm from 2002 until his electi ...

Hon. Camile DuBose

Judge DuBose is a criminal district judge for Medina, Uvalde and Real counties. She has over ten years of experience as the Associate Judge of the Child Protection Court of South Texas. In that capacity, she has presided over child abuse, juvenile an ...

Dr. Tony Fabelo

Dr. Tony Fabelo serves as a Senior Fellow for the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute of Texas, providing strategic guidance to improve the Texas mental health system. He was formerly the Austin-based director of research at the Justice Center of ...

Sonja Gaines

Sonja Gaines serves as the associate commissioner for Behavioral Health at the HHSC. She previously served as the associate commissioner for Mental Health Coordination within HHSC. She coordinated the policy and delivery of mental health services acr ...

Hon. Ernie Glenn

Judge Ernie Glenn currently works as a Drug Court Magistrate in Bexar County where he serves as a Judge and administrative department head of Felony Drug Court, Re-entry Court, and Dual Diagnosis Court for District Courts. Judge Glenn received his la ...

Hon. Sid Harle

Presiding Judge Sid Harle was appointed by the Governor in August of 2017. Judge Harle attended the St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio Texas and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in December 1980. Before he took the bench he ...

Courtney Hjaltman, Ex-Officio

Courtney Hjaltman currently works as the Deputy Legislative Director at the Texas Office of the Governor. Previously, she served as a policy advisor to Governor Greg Abbott, and Chief of Staff at the Texas House of Representatives. She attended the U ...

Sen. Joan Huffman, Ex-Officio

Senator Joan Huffman started her career as a public servant in 1981. Upon earning her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University, she became a secretary for the Harris County District Attorney's office. It was there that she became inspired ...

Hon. Polly Jackson Spencer

Judge Spencer received a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University and a doctorate in jurisprudence with distinctions from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Judge Spencer was Probate Court Judge No.1 for Bexar County for 24 years and was o ...

Dr. Andrew Keller

Andy Keller, PhD, is the CEO of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and a psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health policy. He is a recognized leader in health and human services integration, behavioral health fin ...

Adrienne Kennedy

Adrienne Kennedy is the current President of the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) and a former member of the NAMI Board of Directors. Prior to devoting herself as an active volunteer with NAMI Austin, Adrienne was a research associate an ...

Hon. M. Sue Kurita

Sue Kurita has served as a judge for over 26 years. She is a native El Pasoan and the presiding judge of El Paso County Court at Law Number Six since 1998 when the court was created. Prior to 1998, Judge Kurita served as a Municipal for the City of E ...

Beth Ann Lawson, Lubbock

Beth Lawson is the CEO of StarCare Specialty Health System in Lubbock. StarCare is the local mental health/IDD authority for Lubbock, Lynn, Cochran, Crosby and Hockley counties. Beth has served on the Judicial Council’s Mental Health Committee. ...

Maj. Mike Lee, Houston

Major Lee has a Bachelor of Science degree in Government and History and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology. After serving the Houston Police Department honorably for 26 years and attaining the rank of Captain of Police, Major Lee’s ...

Mike Maples, Austin

Mike Maples is deputy executive commissioner for the Facilities Division where he is responsible for 10 state hospitals and 13 state supported living centers across the state. He previously served as assistant deputy commissioner for the Texas Depart ...

Dr. Octavio Martinez, Austin

A native Texan and licensed psychiatrist, Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. is the fifth Executive Director to lead the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health since its creation in 1940 at The University of Texas at Austin, where he oversees the vision, missio ...

Hon. Stacey Matthews, Round Rock

Stacey Mathews has been the judge of the 277th District Court since 2013. She was an English and Social Studies teacher for eight years, as well as an adjunct professor for the University of St. Thomas. Next, Stacey decided to return to the classroom ...

Chief James McLaughlin, Jr. (ret.), Elgin

Chief James McLaughlin serves as the current General Counsel and Executive Director of the Texas Police Chiefs Association. Police officer Longview Police Department, 1970-1975. Investigator Rusk County District Attorney, Henderson, Texas, 1975-1977, ...

Beth Mitchell, Austin

Beth Mitchell is a senior attorney with Disability Rights Texas (DRTx), the non-profit federally authorized Protection and Advocacy agency for Texas that protects and advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities. Beth is responsible for directly ...

Tom Mitchell, Houston

Tom Mitchell is the Director of Harris County Jail Diversion Services at the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD and was previously the Executive Director of U.S.VETS Houston. He served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Mitchell ear ...

Rep. Joe Moody, Ex-Officio

Representative Moody grew up in politics and became actively involved in campaigns at a young age. In 2008, he decided to take on the challenge himself and entered a Texas House race which proved to be one of the most hotly contested statewide. His e ...

Hon. Roxanne Nelson, Marble Falls

Judge Roxanne Nelson serves as Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, the Associate Judge for cities of Burnet and Granite Shoals, and served as Magistrate and Indigent Defense Coordinator for Burnet County Jail from March 2010-November 2015. ...

Hon. Robert Newsom, Sulphur Springs

Judge Robert Newsom is the Hopkins County Judge. He was previously a judge for the 8th District Court in Texas, serving from 1997 through 2012. He was appointed to the court in early 2014 and was re-elected on November 4, 2014. ...

Denise Oncken, Houston

Denise Oncken began as an Assistant District Attorney at Harris Co. District Attorney's Office in 1986. She graduated from the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer School of Business with a BBA and MBA. She then went on to South Texas College of Law. ...

Hon. Harriet O'Neill (ret.), Austin

Justice Harriet O'Neill retired from the Texas Supreme Court in 2010 after almost 12 years of service. Justice O'Neill spearheaded the creation of the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and served as its first Chair from 2 ...

Dr. William B. Schnapp, Houston

Dr. William "Bill" Schnapp is the Mental Health Policy Advisor to Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Dr. Schnapp participated in the Judicial Council’s Mental Health Committee. Schnapp is a past member of the Texas Board of Mental Health and Mental Retar ...

Dr. Brian Shannon, Lubbock

Dr. Brian Shannon is a board appointee for StarCare Specialty Health System (formerly known as Lubbock Regional Mental Health & Mental Retardation Center), where he has served for over twenty-five years and twice served as chair. Shannon is an el ...

Reginald Smith, Austin

Reginald Smith is a skilled Recovery & Reentry Advocate with four years of active experience empowering peers through mentorship in the pathways to recovery. He has a Proven track record coordinating outreach, advocacy and education activities fo ...

Hon. Cynthia Wheless, Plano

Judge Cynthia Wheless is the Presiding Judge of the 417th District Court in Collin County. Judge Wheless hears juvenile and child welfare cases and has been instrumental in many Children’s Commission efforts such as the Beyond the Bench: Law, Justice ...