Board & Councils

Board of Directors

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a diverse group of 30 business and civic leaders representing a variety of professional sectors, geographical regions, ages, genders and ethnicities.  Our Directors share a passion for impacting the lives of abused and neglected children in our community.  We are fortunate that every year, 100% of our Board Directors make a financial contribution. They are also actively involved in outreach and ambassadorship as well as serving as CASA and CAC Volunteers.

  • Betty  Baitland, President
  • James Steenbergen, Vice President
  • Nancy Olson, Secretary
  • Robert Culak, Treasurer
  • Jim Lockwood, Parliamentarian
  • Farha Ahmed
  • Eileen Akerson
  • Cynthia Barratt
  • Bob Brown (emeritus)
  • Brian Covault
  • Tom Duffy
  • Joe Freudenberger
  • Valerie Golden
  • David Johnston
  • Barbara Jones
  • Kurt Kirchof
  • Rhonda Kuykendall
  • David Lanagan
  • Vickie Looney
  • Xavier Maza
  • Jim McClellan
  • Ruthanne Mefford
  • Barkley Peschel
  • Pat Somers
  • John Vanderzyl
  • Shiroz Virani

CASA and CAC Advisory Councils

In addition to our Board, Child Advocates of Fort Bend is supported by four advisory councils. The CASA Advisory Council and CAC Advisory Council provide program guidance and expertise.  Their members are subject matter experts ranging from attorneys, law enforcement officers, medical providers, child welfare specialists, school superintendents and administrators, placement agencies and community representatives.  These program councils meet monthly to advise on programming, community outreach, outcomes measurement, and the legislative and legal issues impacting our cases.

  • Marjorie Hancock, President
  • Bob Mayo, Secretary
  • Dr. Connie Almeida
  • Rene Cannavo
  • Pam Collins
  • Carrisha Cooke
  • Casey Davis
  • Carrie Fix
  • DeJuana Jernigan
  • Barbara Jones
  • Metoyer Martin
  • Daphne McCadney
  • Ruthanne Mefford
  • Fiona Remko
  • John Robson
  • Lynne Spiwak
  • Shannan Stavinoha

  • Farha Ahmed, Chair
  • Celina Shariff, Vice Chair
  • Sandra Sanchez, Secretary
  • Riad Ali
  • Bob Bennett
  • Mike Berezin
  • Rob Bostic
  • David Clary
  • John Colburn
  • Roy Cordes
  • Jeff Craig
  • Jimmy Davis
  • Charles Dupre
  • Dr. Rebecca Girardet
  • Dr. Karen Gollaher
  • Mike Harvey
  • Juli Johnson
  • Ruthanne Mefford
  • District Attorney Brian Middleton
  • Suzy Morton
  • Jarret Nethery
  • Paul Poulton
  • Fiona Remko
  • Jennifer Roberts
  • Eric Robins
  • Kenny Seymour
  • Ashly Smith
  • James Steenbergen
  • Dallas Warren
  • Jonathan White

Volunteer Council

Volunteer Council is comprised of ten tenured volunteers representing both our CAC and CASA programs.  Members meet monthly and serve at least one year.  The Council serves as a link between our staff and volunteers to facilitate communication and provide volunteer mentorship and support.  They participate in our quarterly New Volunteer Trainings and at the New Volunteer Swearing-In Ceremonies and Luncheons.

  • Margie Adolph, Chair
  • Margie Adolph
  • Donna Anderson
  • Rosalind Baldwin
  • Nancy Dale
  • Kathy Eyring
  • Carrie Fix
  • Alexis Jackson
  • Donna Kolar
  • Rhonda Kuykendall
  • Julia Saller

Friends of Child Advocates of Fort Bend

Friends Council is an auxiliary group dedicated to direct assistance to the children we serve. Friends Council raises funds through annual membership ($40/year) and currently has approximately 100 members. Friends membership form

  • Sue Lockwood, President
  • Laura Leatherwood, Membership
  • Joyce Ericsson
  • Lynn Halford
  • Alexis Jackson
  • Peggy Jackson
  • Judy Maddison
  • Lisa Moore
  • Kristin Stiles-Janossy
  • Pat Somers
  • Laura Thompson


Our Vision:
Serve every child who has disclosed Abuse or Neglect in Fort Bend County.

Our Mission:
Provide a Voice, Heal the Hurt and Break the Cycle of Abuse and Neglect for Children in Fort Bend and Surrounding Counties.

Our Core Values:
Child-Focused, Volunteer-Driven, Community-Centered, Compassionate, Collaborative, Influencing Change