Children's Commission Members 
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The Honorable Eva Guzman, Chair

Justice, Supreme Court of Texas - Place 9

Justice Eva Guzman has served at three levels of the Texas judiciary. In 2009 she was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas by Governor Rick Perry. She was elected to a full term in November 2010, when she became the first Hispanic woman elected to state-wide office in Texas. Before her appointment, Justice Guzman served for almost ...

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The Honorable Harriet O'Neill

Former Justice, Supreme Court of Texas - Chair Emeritus, Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families

The Honorable Harriet O'Neill retired from the Texas Supreme Court in 2010 after almost 12 years of service. Justice O'Neill spearheaded the creation of the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and served as its first Chair from 2007 to 2010. She began her judicial career in 1992, when she was elected to the 152nd District Court in ...

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The Honorable Rob Hofmann, Vice-Chair

Judge, 452nd District Court - Mason

The Honorable Rob Hofmann recently completed 20 years of public service for the State of Texas, having served five years as Mason County Attorney, twelve years as judge of the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country and three years as the District Judge of the 452nd Judicial District of Edwards, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch and Menard Counties. As judge, he ...

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Paula Bibbs-Samuels

Parent Representative

Paula Bibbs-Samuels joins the Children’s Commission as a parent representative from Slaton, Texas. Since 2008, Ms. Bibbs-Samuels has worked for a U.S. Bankruptcy Court as an Operations Support Specialist. Additionally, Ms. Bibbs-Samuels serves as a volunteer for the Lubbock Region 1 Parent Collaboration Group, Texas State Parent Collaboration Group, Children’s Protective Services Disproportionality Committee, Group Outreach at Lakeside Rehabilitation Center, ...

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Allison Billodeau

Ex-Officio, Policy Advisor - Governor's Office


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Kristene Blackstone

Associate Commissioner, Child Protective Services - HHSC

Kristene Blackstone has been Associate Commissioner for Child Protective Services in Texas since May 1, 2016, overseeing one of the largest CPS programs in the nation with more than 8,000 employees statewide. Ms. Blackstone was previously the Deputy Director for Field Operations for the Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division, where she oversaw the daily operations of ...

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The Honorable Darlene Byrne

Senior Judicial Advisor, Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families - Judge, 126th District Court

The Honorable Darlene Byrne has served as judge of the 126th Judicial District Court in Travis County since January 2001. Prior to her election in 2000, she practiced for thirteen years in the areas of employment, commercial and governmental entity litigation. Judge Byrne is a member of the Travis County Juvenile Justice Board, a founding team member of the Travis ...

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The Honorable Gary Coley

District Judge, 74th District Court - McClennan County

The Honorable Gary Coley was elected as Judge of the 74th District Court in 2008. He has served on numerous committees for the Children’s Commission, Texas Center for the Judiciary, and Texas College for Judicial Studies. Among other civic and professional activities, he is a member of Rotary Club, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the Judge Abner McCall ...

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Sheila Sturgis Craig

Associate Commissioner, HHSC Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities - Austin

Sheila Sturgis Craig's career spans 24 years of Health and Human Services in Louisiana and Texas. Sheila serves as Associate Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities (the Center). The Center is guided by Senate Bill 501 and Rider 87 of the 82nd and 83rd Legislatures. Sheila manages the foundational work ...

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Representative Helen Giddings

Ex-Officio member appointed by the Speaker of the House Representative, Texas House of Representatives - Desoto

Representative Helen Giddings has been a member of the Texas House of Representatives since 1993. Representative Giddings is a lifelong resident of Dallas County and has had an extensive career in business. She is a member of the Appropriations, and Business and Interest Committees. Before the legislature, she served as executive director of Leadership Development at the Greater Dallas Chamber ...

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Dr. Andy Keller

Chief Executive Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute - Dallas

Andy Keller, PhD is a psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health policy and is a recognized leader in health and human services integration, behavioral health financing, and implementation of empirically supported practices for adults and children. Dr. Keller was also a founding partner of TriWest Group, a national behavioral health systems consulting firm focused on ...

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The Honorable Lawrence Lujan

Chief Judge, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo

Since 2001, tribal Judge Lawrence Lujan has served as the Chief Judge for the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo. He is well versed in interpretation and application of the law, particularly juvenile and juvenile healing to wellness court. In the time serving his community, he has participated in review and revision of the tribe's codes of law as well as participated in ...

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The Honorable Michael Massengale

Justice, First Court of Appeals - Houston

Justice Michael Massengale was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Gov. Rick Perry in 2009. He was elected in 2010 and re-elected to a full term in 2012. Previously he was a partner in the trial department of Baker Botts L.L.P. He is board certified in civil appellate law and an elected member of the American Law Institute. ...

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The Honorable Piper McCraw

Presiding Judge

The Honorable Piper McCraw serves as presiding judge of the 469th Judicial District Court in Collin County. Judge McCraw previously served as Assistant District Attorney in Collin County until 2010, thereafter in private practice. She holds a number of memberships and affiliations including the board of directors for the Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association, and Collin County Woman Lawyer's Association, ...

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The Honorable Mary Murphy

Presiding Judge, First Administrative Judicial Region - Dallas

The Honorable Mary Murphy was appointed Presiding Judge of the First Administrative Judicial Region by Governor Rick Perry on October 2, 2013, following her retirement from the Fifth District Court of Appeals.  She began her judicial career in 1997, when she served as Dallas Count's first civil court master. She was elected to the 14th District Court in 2000 and ...

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Cindy Patrick

Senior Program Officer, The Meadows Foundation - Dallas

Cindy Patrick began her career in the nonprofit sector as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. After receiving an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, she served as a field director for an international child welfare organization in Guatemala, Central America for five years. Returning to Texas, Cindy served as the executive director of a nonprofit ...

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The Honorable Ronald Pope

Judge, 328th District Court - Fort Bend County

Judge Ronald Pope is the presiding judge of the 328th District Court (2003 – Present), in Fort Bend County, Texas. Admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974, Judge Pope is a graduate of Lamar University, and University of Texas School of Law. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi, State Bar of Texas, National Council of Juvenile and Family ...

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The Honorable Frank Rynd

Judge (ret.), General Counsel Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston

The Honorable Frank Rynd is the general counsel for the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston. Admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979, Judge Rynd is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and University of Texas School of Law. Previously, Judge Rynd served as the Administrative Judge of the 309th Family District Court in Harris County (2008-2010), Associate Judge from 2001-2010, ...

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The Honorable Peter Sakai

Judge, 225th District Court, Bexar County - San Antonio

On November 7, 2006, Judge Peter Sakai was elected with nearly 60% of the entire Bexar County vote to the 225th District Court bench and was the highest vote-getter among the contested judicial races.  In 2010, Judge Sakai was unopposed for reelection for his second term of office.  He is the first Asian-American to sit on a District Court bench in ...

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The Honorable Michael Schneider

Judge, 315th Juvenile Court - Harris County

Judge Michael Schneider has been presiding over the 315th District Court in Harris County since 2006, when he was appointed to the bench by Governor Rick Perry. Judge Schneider was appointed to serve as a Commissioner to the Texas Supreme Court Children’s Commission in 2015. Before taking the bench, Judge Schneider served as Deputy Division Chief of the Children’s Protective ...

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Vicki Spriggs

CEO, Texas CASA, Inc. - Austin

Vicki Spriggs was named chief executive officer of Texas CASA in January 2012 after serving 16 years as executive director of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission. At the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, Ms. Spriggs supervised a staff of 78 and worked with 165 chief juvenile probation officers and their staff across the state. She served as a management auditor for ...

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Luanne Southern

Senior Director, Casey Family Programs - Austin

Luanne Southern is a Senior Director for Casey Family Programs, an operating foundation focused on reducing the number of children in foster care. She previously served for 6 years as Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Department of State Health Services. Additionally, she has many years of national, state and local work experience in children's services, with an emphasis on policies ...

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Terry Tottenham

Of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin

Mr. Tottenham is Of Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright US L.L.P. and has been with the firm since 1978. His practice encompasses complex litigation in both federal and state courts throughout the United States. Mr. Tottenham is formerly the head of the pharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice group and former Partner-in-Charge of the Austin location. Terry is certified in ...

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The Honorable Carlos Villalon, Jr.

Associate Judge, Child Protection Court of the Rio Grande Valley - West Edinburg

The Honorable Carlos Villalon Jr. was appointed as Associate Judge for the Child Protection Court of the Rio Grande Valley West on June 4, 2012, and serves both Hidalgo and Starr Counties.   Judge Villalon earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Texas- Pan American in 1991; and after teaching middle school students for two-years in La ...

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Lieutenant Colonel Travis D. Walters

Lieutenant Colonel - State Public Affairs Officer, Texas Military Department

Lieutenant Colonel Travis D. Walters is the State Public Affairs Officer (Communications Director) for the Texas Military Department in Austin, Texas and the commander of the 136th Maintenance Squadron, Carswell Field in Fort Worth, Texas. He is responsible to the Adjutant General of Texas for internal and external communications for the 25,000-member department. The Texas National Guard's mission is to ...

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Senator Royce West

Ex-Officio Member appointed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick- Senator, District 23

Royce West was first elected to the Texas Senate in November 1992. Since taking office he has represented the 23rd Senatorial District on behalf of the citizens of Dallas County in the Texas Legislature. During his tenure, Senator West has been named by Texas Monthly as one of the 25 most powerful people in Texas politics, been selected for the ...

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   Physical Address
    Children’s Commission
Supreme Court Building
201 W. 14th Street, Room 104
Austin, TX 78701
   Mailing Address
    Children’s Commission
P.O. Box 12248
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-5384
(512) 463-8895