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.


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 Financial Officer
P:  281-344-5101
E:  jodell@cafb.org

Angela Lewis
Accounting & HR Manager
B.A., Finance
P:  281-344-5150
E:  alewis@cafb.org

Irene Wisner
Administrative Coordinator
P:  281-344-5171
E:  iwisner@cafb.org



Metoyer Martin
Program Director – CASA
B.A., Criminal Justice; M.A., Sociology; MSW
P:  281-344-5122
E:  mellis@cafb.org


Aly Ferrante
Advocacy Specialist Team Leader
B.A., Public Relations
P:  281-344-5174
E:  aferrante@cafb.org


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

Karen Jordin
CASA Program Assistant
B.S., Business Administration
P:  281-344-5258
E: kjordin@cafb.org

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

Lolita Robles
Courtesy CASA
B.A., Psychology; M.A., Social Work; MSW
P: 281-960-9371
E:  lrobles@cafb.org

April Shaver
Advocacy Specialist Team Leader
B.S., Human Development and Family Studies
P:  281-344-5201
E:  ashaver@cafb.org

Carol Thesing
Advocacy Specialist Team Leader
B.S., Criminal Justice
P:  281-344-5124
E:  cthesing@cafb.org

Jackie Townsend 
Collaborative Family Engagement Coach
M.Ed., Special Education
P:  281-923-9196
E:  jtownsend@cafb.org

Krystal Vann
Program Innovation Manager
B.S., Human Development and Family Studies
P:  281-344-5130
E:  khughes@cafb.org

Alli Waterwall
Advocacy Specialist
B.S., Criminal Justice
P: 346-327-3609
E:  awaterwall@cafb.org



Fiona Remko, LCSW-S
Certified PCIT Therapist
Program Director, Children’s Advocacy Center
B.A., Psychology; MSW
P:  281-344-5112
E:  fremko@cafb.org

Heather Cody
Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator
B.S., Child & Family Development
P:  281-344-5232
E:  hcody@cafb.org

Lianna Estrada
Data Specialist
B.S., Fitness & Human Performance – Exercise Science
P:  281-344-5234
E:  lestrada@cafb.org

Bethany Garay, NCC, LPC – Associate
B.S., Family & Child Development;
M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling
P:  281-344-5265
E: bgaray@cafb.org

Amanda Gentry, LMSW
Clinical Family Advocate
B.S., Sociology; M.S., Social Work
P:  281-344-5262
E: agentry@cafb.org

Misty Gomez, LMSW
Bilingual Clinical Family Advocate
B.A., Spanish and Chicano Latino Studies; M.S., Social Work
P:  281-344-5141
E: mgomez@cafb.org

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

Courtney James, LMSW
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

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

Martha Medrano, LMSW
Bilingual Clinical Family Advocate
B.A., Sociology; MSW
P:  281-344-5133
E: mmedrano@cafb.org

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

Kandece Money, LPC
B.A., Psychology; M.Ed. – Counseling
P:  281-344-5129
E: kmoney@cafb.org

Nicole Muniz, LMSW
Bilingual Therapist
B.A., Psychology; LMSW
P:  281-344-5149
E: nmuniz@cafb.org

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

Lindamarie Olson
B.S., Social Work; M.S. – Social Work
P:  281-344-5120
E: lolson@cafb.org

Jamie Pena, LMSW
B.S., Social Work; M.S. – Social Work
P:  281-344-5157
E: jpena@cafb.org

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


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Susan Richardson
Administrative Assistant
P:  281-344-5235
E:  srichardson@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

Brenda Zavala, LMSW
Bilingual Forensic Interviewer
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 Specialist
B.A., English; M.F.A.
P:  281-344-5110
E:  abulan@cafb.org

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

Lindsey Castellanos
Community Outreach Coordinator
B.A., Psychology
P:  281-344-5259
E:  lcastellanos@cafb.org


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