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
  • 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
  • Leshia Fisher
  • Ilene Harper
  • DeJuana Jernigan
  • Barbara Jones
  • Metoyer Martin
  • Daphne McCadney
  • Ruthanne Mefford
  • Fiona Remko
  • John Robson
  • Lynne Spiwak
  • Shannan Stavinoha

  • Farha Ahmed, Chair
  • Dallis Warren, Vice Chair
  • Sandra Sanchez, Secretary
  • Riad Ali
  • Bob Bennett
  • Mike Berezin
  • Rob Bostic
  • Doug Brinkley
  • John Colburn
  • Roy Cordes
  • Jimmy Davis
  • Charles Dupre
  • Dr. Rebecca Girardet
  • Dr. Karen Gollaher
  • Mike Harvey
  • District Attorney John Healey
  • Juli Johnson
  • Ruthanne Mefford
  • Stacey Mitchell
  • Suzy Morton
  • Fiona Remko
  • Jennifer Roberts
  • David Schultz
  • Kenny Seymour
  • Celina Shariff
  • Ashly Smith
  • James Steenbergen
  • Jonathan White
  • Kevin Williams

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.

  • Kathy Eyring, Chair
  • Margie Adolph
  • Rosalind Baldwin
  • Nancy Dale
  • Carrie Fix
  • Alexis Jackson
  • Rhonda Kuykendall
  • Priti “Patty” Parikh
  • Susan Richardson
  • Judy Ronning
  • Julia Saller
  • Alice Washington

Volunteer council members front row (L to R) are: Susan Richardson, Carrie Fix, Rosalind Baldwin, Margie Adolph and Carrie Fix. Back row (L to R) are: Keith Bauman, Rhonda Kuykendall, Kathy Eyring and Nancy Dale. Not shown is Trudy Dick.

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