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.

  • Jim Lockwood, President
  • Denny Adelung, Vice President
  • Cynthia Barratt, Past President
  • Vickie Looney, Secretary
  • Robert Culak, Treasurer
  • Betty Baitland, Parliamentarian
  • Farha Ahmed
  • Glen Austin
  • Sonal Bhuchar
  • Bob Brown
  • Monty Campbell
  • Cassandra Casey
  • Nell Ciancarelli
  • Brian Covault
  • Joe Freudenberger
  • Valerie Golden
  • Greg Haralson
  • Pat Hebert
  • Kurt Kirchof
  • Mark Magee
  • Xavier Maza
  • Jim McClellan
  • Ruthanne Mefford
  • Nancy Olson
  • Hansa Patel
  • Pat Somers
  • Robert Utter
  • Fred Williams

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
  • Pam Collins, Vice President
  • Bob Mayo, Secretary
  • Dr. Betty Baitland, Parliamentarian
  • Dr. Connie Almeida
  • Shannon Bloesch
  • Pam Collins
  • Sue Crookson
  • Felechia Hall
  • Amanda Hartley
  • Dejuana Jernigan
  • Rodney Johnson
  • Metoyer Martin
  • Daphne McCadney
  • Ruthanne Mefford
  • Karisue Nelson
  • Fiona Remko
  • John Robson
  • Dr. Ruby Shaw

  • James Steenbergen, Chair
  • Stacey Mitchell, Vice Chair
  • Brian Middleton, Secretary
  • Farha Ahmed
  • Brandon Arns
  • Bob Bennett
  • Mike Berezin
  • Doug Brinkley
  • Sunday Coffman
  • Roy Cordes
  • Justin Crocker
  • Jill Curtis
  • Charles Dupre
  • Dr. Rebecca Girardet
  • Dr. Karen Gollaher
  • Mike Hartman
  • Mike Harvey
  • District Attorney John Healey
  • Juli Johnson
  • Ruthanne Mefford
  • Suzy Morton
  • Troy Nehls
  • Fiona Remko
  • Jennifer Roberts
  • David Schultz
  • Kenny Seymour
  • Dr. Ruby Shaw
  • Jarita Wharton
  • 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.

  • Carrie Fix, Chair
  • Margie Adolph
  • Rosalind Baldwin
  • Keith Bauman
  • Fran Clark
  • Trudy Dick
  • Sylviane Hoare
  • Karen Jordin
  • Karisue Nelson

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 ($35/year) and currently has approximately 100 members. friends membership form 2017

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