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.

  • Nancy Olson, President
  • David Lanagan, Vice President
  • Eileen Akerson, Secretary
  • Jim McClellan, Treasurer
  • Jim Lockwood, Parliamentarian
  • Farha Ahmed
  • Dr. Betty  Baitland
  • Cynthia Barratt
  • Brian Covault
  • Jill Curtis
  • Carrie Fix
  • Joe Freudenberger
  • Valerie Golden
  • Barbara Jones
  • Rhonda Kuykendall
  • Bruce Longaker
  • Vickie Looney
  • Matthew Martin
  • Xavier Maza
  • Dexter McCoy
  • Ruthanne Mefford
  • Carla Mondt
  • Irfan Motiwala
  • Carlos Perez
  • Darrell Roth
  • Pat Somers
  • Patti Tuma
  • 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
  • Lynne Spiwak, Secretary
  • Dr. Connie Almeida
  • René Cannavo
  • Pam Collins
  • Carrisha Cook
  • Casey Davis
  • Leshia Fisher
  • Carrie Fix
  • Dr. Ilene Harper
  • DeJuana Jernigan
  • Barbara Jones
  • Daphne McCadney
  • Metoyer Martin
  • Daphne McCadney
  • Ruthanne Mefford
  • Fiona Remko
  • John Robson
  • Shannan Stavinoha

  • Dallis Warren, Chair
  • Sandra Sanchez, Vice Chair
  • Fran Clark, Secretary
  • Farha Ahmed
  • Riad Ali
  • Mike Berezin
  • Rob Bostic
  • Jennifer Chiang
  • John Colburn
  • Danny Cornelius
  • Jeff Craig
  • Sheriff Eric Fagan
  • Dr. Karen Gollaher
  • Vita Goodell
  • Mike Harvey
  • Alex Hunt
  • Juli Johnson
  • Ruthanne Mefford
  • Chinnu Meher-Homji
  • District Attorney Brian Middleton
  • Suzy Morton
  • Jarret Nethery
  • Paul Poulton
  • Fiona Remko
  • Jennifer Roberts
  • Eric Robins
  • Bridgette Smith-Lawson
  • Jarita Wharton
  • 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.

  • Deann Reuff, Chair
  • Donna Anderson
  • Nancy Dale
  • Kathy Eyring
  • Carrie Fix
  • Alexis Jackson
  • Donna Kolar
  • Rhonda Kuykendall
  • Julia Saller
  • Shirley Thornton
  • Sheri Walters

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
  • Alexis Jackson, Treasurer
  • Lynn Halford
  • Peggy Jackson
  • Laura Leatherwood
  • Joyce Levine
  • Judy Maddison
  • Lisa Moore
  • Pat Somers
CAFB adheres to a strict Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse Policy in our practices and operations.