Our Team

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is staffed by a highly-qualified team of 35 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 about child abuse.  Our team has a combined 143 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.

Administration


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Ruthanne Mefford
Chief Executive Officer
B.A., Psychology; M.B.A.
P:  281-344-5103
E:  [email protected]


Catherine Zapalak, CAP
Executive Assistant
P:  281-344-5171
E:  [email protected]

jane-odell
Jane O’Dell
Finance and Administration Director
P:  281-344-5101
E:  [email protected]

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Angela Lewis
Accounting & Administrative Assistant
B.A., Finance
P:  281-344-5150
E:  [email protected]

 

CASA


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Metoyer Martin
Program Director – CASA
B.A., Criminal Justice; M.A., Sociology; MSW
P:  281-344-5122
E:  [email protected]

 

Carrie Fix
Courtesy CASA
B.S., Elementary Education; M.A., Curriculum & Instruction
P:  713-854-8910
E:  [email protected]

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Leroy Hodge
WINGS Volunteer Supervisor
B.S., Sociology; M.A., Theological Studies
P:  281-344-5126
E:  [email protected]

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Karen Jordin
Program Assistant
B.S., Business Administration
P:  281-344-5258
E: [email protected]

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Renee Lukefahr
Volunteer Supervisor
A.A.
P:  281-344-5146
E:  [email protected]

 


April Shaver
N.E.S.T. Team Lead
B.S., Human Development and Family Studies
P:  281-344-5201
E:  [email protected]

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Carol Thesing
Infant and Toddler Team Lead
B.S., Criminal Justice
P:  281-344-5124
E:  [email protected]

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Aly Tomasello
WINGS Team Leader
B.A., Public Relations
P:  281-344-5174
E:  [email protected]

Jackie Townsend 
Collaborative Family Engagement Coach
M.Ed., Special Education
P:  281-923-9196
E:  [email protected]

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Krystal Vann
Program Development Coordinator
B.S., Human Development and Family Studies
P:  281-344-5130
E:  [email protected]b.org

 

 

CAC


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Fiona Remko, LCSW-S
Program Director, Children’s Advocacy Center
B.A., Psychology; MSW
P:  281-344-5112
E:  [email protected]

Stephanie Bernadac
Forensic Interviewer
B.S. Psychology, M.A., Criminology
P:  281-344-5118
E: [email protected]


Meghan Brennan, LMSW
Therapist
B.S., Social Work; MSW
P:  281-344-5120
E:  [email protected]

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Lindsey Castellanos
Forensic Interviewer
B.A., Psychology
P:  281-344-5142
E:  [email protected]


Fran Clark
Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator
B.S., Psychology
P:  281-344-5261
E:  [email protected]

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Carolina Coronel, LMSW
Bilingual Services Coordinator
B.A., Psychology, MSW
P:  281-344-5263
E:  [email protected]

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Ana Dlouhy, LCSW
Registered Play Therapist/Bilingual Therapist
B.B.S, Psychology; MSW
P:  281-344-5167
E:  [email protected]

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Joe Driver
Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator
B.S., Criminal Justice; M.S., Criminal Justice Administration
P:  281-344-5232
E:  [email protected]


Julieta Edmond, LPC
Bilingual Therapist
B.A., Criminal Justice; M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling
P:  281-344-5262
E:  [email protected]

kristy-gutierrez
Kristy Gutierrez
Forensic Interviewer
B.S., Criminal Justice; M.S., Administration of Justice and Security
P:  281-344-5134
E:  [email protected]

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Jessica Hernandez, LPC, LMFT – Associate
Therapist
M.A., Family Therapy
P:  281-344-5159
E:  [email protected]

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Melissa Johnson
Program Assistant
B.S., Elementary Education
P:  281-344-5168
E:  [email protected]

renee-johnson
Renee Johnson
Criminal Court Advocate
B.S., Social Work
P:  281-344-5132
E:  [email protected]

kaila-leake
Kaila Leake
Forensic Interviewer
B.A., Psychology
P:  281-344-5118
E:  [email protected]

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Ophelia Mok, LCSW
Children’s Services Coordinator
B.A., Social Work; MSW
P:  281-344-5116
E: [email protected]

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Purva Patel, LPC, LMFT
Associate Therapist
B.A., Journalism; B.A., Business Administration; M.A., Family Therapy
P:  281-344-5164
E:  [email protected]

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Heather Rashid, LMSW
Forensic Interviewer/Children’s Services Coordinator
B.A., Psychology; MSW
P: 281-344-5138
E: [email protected]

esperanza-velasquez
Esperanza Velasquez, LMSW
Bilingual Children’s Service Coordinator
B.A., Sociology; MSW
P:  281-344-5256
E:  [email protected]

 

Development and Marketing


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Anne Bulan
Communications Specialist
B.A., English; M.F.A.
P:  281-344-5110
E:  [email protected]

jessica-jubin
Jessica Jubin
Development Officer
B.S., Journalism
P:  281-344-5136
E:  [email protected]

lisa-moore
Lisa Moore
Marketing Specialist
B.A., Journalism
P:  281-344-5108
E:  [email protected]

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Amanda Wisian
Grant Writer
P:  281-344-5174
E:  [email protected]

irene-wisner
Irene Wisner
Development Officer
P:  281-344-5106
E:  [email protected]

 

 

Volunteer Recruitment and Training


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Casey Davis
Volunteer Services Team Leader
B.A., Business Administration
P:  281-344-5172
E:  [email protected]

lauren-jordin
Lauren Jordin
Volunteer Recruiter
B.S., Early Childhood Education; M.ED, Educational Leadership
P:  281-344-5259
E:  [email protected]