Our Team - Child Advocates of Fort Bend
Our Team

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is staffed by a highly-qualified team of over 50 professionals including clinicians, social workers, advocacy specialists, licensed therapists/mental health experts, and forensic experts specially trained to implement trauma-focused, evidence-based practices.  Our team of marketing, development, public relations specialists, and trainers strive to raise awareness and funding in the community to help strengthen families and combat child abuse/neglect. Our team has a combined 307 years at Child Advocates of Fort Bend and over 380 years of professional experience in the field of child development, child abuse identification and treatment, advocacy, education, development and management. Our professionals have obtained degrees in psychology, child development, early childhood education, criminal justice, social work and management, with 50% earning one or more Masters Degrees.  As lifetime learners, the staff participates and presents at industry conferences and workshops every year to remain current in the latest modalities.


Ruthanne Mefford
Chief Executive Officer
B.A., Psychology; M.B.A.
P:  281-344-5103
E:  rmefford@cafb.org

Catherine Zapalac, CAP
Executive Assistant
P:  281-344-5175
E: czapalac@cafb.org

Jane O’Dell
Chief Administrative Officer
P:  281-344-5101
E:  jodell@cafb.org

Luisa Bowers
Human Resources Generalist / Development Analyst
B.A., Economics; A.A.S, Computer Science, Information Systems
P:  281-344-5174
E:  lbowers@cafb.org

Angela Lewis
Financial Administrator
B.A., Finance
P:  281-344-5150
E:  alewis@cafb.org

Metoyer Martin
Senior Director of Strategic Programs & Services
B.A., Criminal Justice; M.A., Sociology; MSW
P:  281-344-5122
E:  mellis@cafb.org






Aly Ferrante
CASA Program Director
B.A., Public Relations
P:  281-344-5174
E:  aferrante@cafb.org

Makayleigh Adams
Advocacy Specialist
B.A., Government, Philosophy of Law
P:  281-960-9371
E:  madams@cafb.org

Heather Cody
CASA Program Assistant / Quality Assurance Specialist
B.S., Child & Family Development
P:  281-344-5232
E:  hcody@cafb.org

Stevie Irby, LMSW
Courtesy CASA Lead
B.A., Sociology; MSW
P: 832-600-7665
E: sirby@cafb.org

Snehal Johnson
Trauma & Wellbeing Advocacy Specialist
M.S. Counseling; B.A. English
P:  281-330-9744
E: sjohnson@cafb.org

Renee Lukefahr
Advocacy Specialist
P:  281-344-5146
E:  rlukefahr@cafb.org

Louanne Munden, LCSW
Courtesy CASA
B.S., Social Work; M.S., Social Work
P: 281-344-5102
E:  lmunden@cafb.org

Maxi Schultz
Advocacy Specialist
B.S., Child & Family Studies
P:  281-830-1189
E: mschultz@cafb.org

April Shaver
Collaborative Family Engagement Program Manager
B.S., Human Development and Family Studies
P:  281-344-5201
E:  ashaver@cafb.org

Carollynn Thesing
Court Advocacy Manager
B.S., Criminal Justice
P:  281-344-5124
E:  cthesing@cafb.org

Allison Waterwall
Trauma & Wellbeing Advocacy Manager
B.S., Criminal Justice
P: 346-327-3609
E:  awaterwall@cafb.org



Kristy Gutierrez
Director of Program Services
B.S., Criminal Justice; M.S., Administration of Justice and Security
P:  281-344-5134
E:  kgutierrez@cafb.org

Jheri Walters, LCSW-S
Clinical Director, Children’s Advocacy Center
B.A., Psychology; MSW
P:  281-344-5231
E:  jwalters@cafb.org

Kimberly Bautista, LMSW
Bilingual Clinical Family Advocate
B.S., Human Development & Family Studies; MSW
P:  281-344-5163
E: kbautista@cafb.org


Megan DeYoung, LMSW
Clinical Family Advocate
B.S., Psychology & Social Work; M.A., Social Work
P:  281-238-8459
E: mdeyoung@cafb.org

Amanda Diaz, LMSW
Bilingual Therapist
B.A., Psychology; M.A., Social Work
P:  281-344-5129
E: adiaz@cafb.org

Kizzy Francis, LMSW
B.S., Health & Behavioral Science;
M.S., Social Work
P:  281-344-5135
E: kfrancis@cafb.org

Courtney James, LCSW
Clinical Family Advocate
B.S., Child Development and Family Living; M.S.W.
P:  281-344-5162
E:  cjames@cafb.org

Melissa Johnson
Program Assistant
B.S., Elementary Education
P:  281-344-5168
E:  mjohnson@cafb.org

Renee Johnson
Criminal Court Advocate
B.S., Social Work
P:  281-344-5132
E:  rjohnson@cafb.org

Natatia Koktavy
Data Specialist
P:  281-344-5234
E:  nkoktavy@cafb.org

Ashton Lejano, LMSW
B.S., Social Work; M.A., Social Work
P:  281-238-5186
E:  alejano@cafb.org

Stephanie Helton, MSW
MDT Coordinator
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies; M.A., Social Work
P:  281-344-5105
E:  shelton@cafb.org

Maggie McDougle
Forensic Interviewer
B.A., Sociology; M.S. Human Services
P:  281-344-5142
E:  mmcdougle@cafb.org

Sandra Meza,
B.A., Psychology ; MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling
P: 281-344-5111
E: smeza@cafb.org

Ophelia Mok,
Clinical Family Advocate
B.A., Social Work; MSW
P:  281-344-5116
E: omok@cafb.org

Lizbeth Ocampo
Bilingual Forensic Interviewer
B.A., Criminal Justice; M.S., Victim Services Management
P:  281-344-5118
E: locampo@cafb.org

Amanda Penney, LCSW
Clinical Family Advocate
B.S., Sociology; M.S., Social Work
P:  281-344-5262
E: apenney@cafb.org

Heather Rashid, LCSW
Manager of Family Advocacy
B.A., Psychology; MSW
P: 281-344-5138
E: hrashid@cafb.org

Erin Rollinson
Forensic Interviewer
B.S., Criminal Justice; M.S., Criminal Justice
P: 281-344-5232
E:  erollinson@cafb.org

Sasha Soileau
Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator
B.S., Criminal Justice
P:  281-344-5261
E:  ssoileau@cafb.org

Claudia Sorto
Bilingual Criminal Court Advocate
B.B.A. – Accounting
P:  281-344-5256
E:  csorto@cafb.org

Anisa Vargas, LMSW
B.S., Victim Studies/Psychology; M.S., Social Work
P:  281-344-5120
E:  avargas@cafb.org

Brenda Zavala, LCSW
Bilingual Therapist
B.S., Psychology
P:  281-344-5161
E:  bzavala@cafb.org


Development and Marketing

Lisa Moore
Development Director
B.A., Journalism
P:  281-344-5108
E:  lmoore@cafb.org

Anne Bulan
Communications & Graphics Specialist
B.A., English; M.F.A.
P:  281-344-5110
E:  abulan@cafb.org

Jenetha R. Jones
Grant Writer
B.S., Professional Writing
P:  281-344-5135
E:  jjones@cafb.org

Tarina Sheridan
Events Specialist

P:  281-344-5109
E:  Tsheridan@cafb.org




Community Engagement




Casey Davis
Community Engagement Director
B.A., Business Administration
P:  281-344-5172
E:  cdavis@cafb.org

Jennifer Brown
Volunteer Coordinator
B.S., Human Development & Family Studies
P:  281-344-5123
E: jbrown@cafb.org

Dana Mersiovsky
Senior Training Specialist
B.A., General Studies
P:  281-344-5106
E:  dmersiovsky@cafb.org