Camille Cain, Executive Director
Camille Cain was appointed the executive director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department in January of 2018. For almost 30 years, she has focused on improving and innovating government programs and has built policy experience in a broad range of criminal and juvenile justice issues as well as expertise in strategy development and implementation, process improvement, strategic stakeholder relations, technology solutions, data analytics methodologies, and grants.
Ms. Cain has served in the Administration of President George W. Bush, the administrations of five Texas Governors, and the private sector. Most recently, she was the executive director of the Criminal Justice Division within the Office of the Governor. She has served as deputy associate attorney general in the US Department of Justice, the principal deputy and acting director of the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the director of regional services for the US Department of Education. In the private sector, she worked with the Riga Solutions Group and, prior to moving home to Texas, led a practice for Deloitte Consulting focusing on program management.
Ms. Cain is a native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Emily Anderson, Chief Financial Officer
Emily Anderson has been the Chief Financial Officer at TJJD since August 2018. She joined the agency in 2014 and served as the Director of Fiscal Affairs. Anderson has deep experience in state government. Before her work at TJJD, she spent eleven years at the Texas Department of Transportation, where she worked as a lead budget analyst and a manager of business operations. A proud Red Raider, she is a graduate of Texas Tech University and worked in the Mayor's Office for the City of Lubbock for three years after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and most importantly, spending time with her 10-year-old son.
Jeannette Cantu, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director Jeannette Cantu serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. She provides administrative support to the TJJD Board of Directors and leads the agency's administrative support staff team.
Ms. Cantu joined the former Texas Youth Commission in June of 2008. She was awarded the Dedication to Excellence Award by the Texas Youth Commission Board of Directors in 2011. Ms. Cantu also worked with the Texas Attorney General's Office Division of Families and Children and the Child Support Division. She began her career at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Endangered Species Program in 1993. Ms. Cantu has over twenty-five years of state service.
Shandra Carter, Deputy Executive Director of State Services
Shandra Carter is an accomplished mental health professional with 20 years of experience in the human services field. She has dedicated her career to the field of trauma, specializing in child development, abuse and neglect, and sexual violence. She has primarily worked in residential and correctional settings, developing trauma-informed programming. Most recently she has worked with Texas area programs serving child sex trafficking victims to implement Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) as their trauma responsive model of care. Shandra has extensive experience working with both victims and offenders. She worked at the Sexual Offender Treatment Program at the Washington State Department of Corrections, recognizing that rehabilitation of offenders is pivotal for successful transition back into society. Shandra earned her Bachelor's in Psychology and Law, Societies & Justice from the University of Washington. She went on to earn her Master's in Social Work at Eastern Washington University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Supervisor in Texas as well as a Licensed Childcare Administrator. When not on the job, Shandra enjoys spending time with her loving husband, trying to keep up with her energetic 10-year-old daughter, and playing with the family's three dogs.
Seth Christensen, Chief of Staff
Seth W. Christensen coordinates TJJD's efforts to gain meaningful input from stakeholders with significant interests in the juvenile justice system, including the Office of the Governor, members of the State Legislature, other state agencies, juvenile probation chiefs, and advocacy and policy groups. Prior to joining TJJD in April of 2018, Seth served as a Policy Advisor in the office of Governor Greg Abbott, where he assisted the governor in formulating policy positions and implementing state policy on a variety of vital issues including juvenile justice, public safety/homeland security, emergency management, and the judiciary. As the governor's liaison to the Texas Division of Emergency Management, he was particularly involved in helping coordinate the response and recovery efforts for eight presidentially declared disasters, including historic Hurricane Harvey. A native of Brenham, Texas, Seth received his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law and his bachelor's degree in political science from Texas A&M University.
Mic Davis, Policy Advisor
Mic Davis serves as a policy advisor on TJJD’s executive management team. Among his wide portfolio of responsibilities, Mic is key to crafting policy and tracking legislation at the agency. Previously, he served as the criminal justice policy advisor for Senator Brian Birdwell and developed an expertise in topics such as transportation, agriculture, water, and rural issues. Mic has also worked for Congressman Lance Gooden and State Senator Dawn Buckingham. Before getting to Texas as fast as he could, Mic hailed from the great state of South Carolina, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.
Eleazar Garcia, Chief Internal Auditor
Eleazar Garcia joined TJJD in March 2009 as a Senior Auditor and became TJJD's Chief Auditor in 2013. He leads the Office of Internal Audit which is charged with developing and executing audits and programs designed to assess TJJD's operations. He previously worked as the Director of Internal Audit for Service Group Insurance from 2006 to 2009. In that capacity, Eleazar was responsible for evaluating company compliance with policies, laws, rules, and regulations and conducted operational and financial audits to assess effectiveness of internal controls, accuracy of financial records, and efficiency of operations. He also provided consultative work on the development of the agency's Fraud and Ethics policies.
Prior to Service Group, Mr. Garcia was an Internal Auditor and Audit Supervisor with Farmers Insurance Group from 1986 to 2000 where he was responsible for conducting and reporting on financial, compliance, operational, and investigative audits as well as providing consulting work on financial and operational controls. He also conducted or coordinated defalcation or embezzlement investigations, including referrals to law enforcement and developed and presented seminars to District Managers, the agency force, and their employees over financial and operational controls, ethics, and fraud.
Mr. Garcia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He earned his Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation in 1992. Eleazar received the Management Excellence Award for Farmers Insurance and completed the Internal Audit Leadership Development Program sponsored by the State Agency Internal Audit Forum in May 2012.
Sean Grove, Policy Advisor
Sean Grove serves as a policy advisor on TJJD’s executive management team. An accomplished lawyer, Sean has worked in the public sector in county-level criminal justice agencies and assisted Governor Abbott’s policy team on criminal justice issues during the 85th Legislature. Immediately prior to joining TJJD, Sean was in private practice representing governmental entities on a wide range of issues. He grew up in Dallas and received a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a B.A. in History from Kansas Wesleyan University. He earned his law degree from Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, where he concentrated on criminal law, justice, and policy issues.
Nate Jackson, Chief Operating Officer
Nate Jackson is a veteran administrator and strategic thinker with extensive experience in governmental and non-profit organizations. He has specialized in program management, strategic planning, policy development, and data analytics. He previously worked for such respected organizations as Deloitte, Bonner Group, and Master Key Consulting. He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati.
Forrest Mitchell, Chief Inspector General
Forrest Mitchell serves as the Chief Inspector General of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The OIG is charged with investigating: (1) crimes committed by department employees, including parole officers employed by or under contract with the department; and (2) crimes and delinquent conduct committed at a facility operated by the department, a residential facility operated by another entity under a contract with the department, or any facility in which a child committed to the custody of the department is housed or receives medical or mental health treatment.
Chief Mitchell previously served as a Major with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General where he oversaw the Special Investigations Unit. He had been with the Attorney General's Office since 1997. He began his criminal justice career at the Bexar County Sheriff's Department back in 1992. He is a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos with a degree in Criminal Justice, and he has attended the Leadership Command College and the FBI National Academy.
Louis Serrano, Deputy Executive Director of Probation Services
Lou Serrano has worked in the field of juvenile justice for 28 years, beginning in Deaf Smith County in 1989 as a field supervision officer. In 1990, Lou was appointed to the position of Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for Deaf Smith/Oldham Counties. While serving in this capacity, Lou was able to obtain both state and local funding to open the Deaf Smith County Youth Home, a 12-bed residential facility for male delinquent offenders. At the time, the facility was noted for its innovative and creative approach in dealing with delinquent offenders. On March 1, 2001, Lou was appointed the Director of Juvenile Services for Ector County. The department employed over 50 dedicated juvenile justice professionals, along with administrative staff. The department operations included the Ector County Youth Center, a 48 bed secure juvenile justice facility. The Ector County Youth Center "post-adjudication" program was the first of its kind in the State of Texas, opening in 1974.
Lou retired from Ector County on March 1, 2016 and was hired by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department as Regional County Program Administrator. Lou has been a past member of the Panhandle Association of Juvenile Probation Officer's, the West Texas Juvenile Chief's Association, and a member of the Texas Probation Association. Lou is a graduate of West Texas A&M University, obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 1988.
Brian Sweany, Director of Communications
Brian D. Sweany has been active in Texas media and communications for more than two decades. An alum of TEXAS MONTHLY, he started his journalism career as an intern, in 1996, and ultimately served as Editor-in-Chief until he resigned, in 2016. In his final year, TM earned two National Magazine Award nominations and nineteen CRMA nominations, more than any other title in the country. He was also named to the Folio 100 as an "Up and Coming Trailblazer" and was cited for leading "one of the highest quality regional magazines in the US, where editorial excellence is the norm."
Prior to becoming EIC, Sweany served as the magazine's chief political editor, supervising a team of writers and editors who covered the Legislature and produced print stories, digital content, and live events. A native Texan who was born on Texas Independence Day, Sweany has long been interested in politics and public policy. His father served as an election judge in Collin County, and as a boy he can remember driving to the courthouse after elections to deliver the returns. He lives in Austin with his wife Noelle, a professor at Texas A&M, their two kids, and a large golden doodle. When he's not working, he's either on a tennis court or researching aÂ book about the legendary cattleman Charles Goodnight.
Christian von Wupperfeld, General Counsel
Christian von Wupperfeld oversees the Office of General Counsel, which provides in-house legal services for TJJD. This includes providing legal counsel to the TJJD Board and management, including counsel regarding rules, policies, practices, and proposed legislation; managing the youth grievance system; disciplinary hearing findings or the findings of abuse, neglect and exploitation investigations; managing the functions of the release review panel, which makes decisions regarding release to parole, discharge from TJJD custody or extended lengths of stay; conducting administrative due process hearings for youth and employees; and overseeing any litigation involving TJJD. Prior to joining TJJD in September 2018, Christian's legal practice focused on government contracting and civil litigation emphasizing defense of governmental entities and employees. He also served as General Counsel for group of privately held companies engaged in government-funded research, data-center operations and operation of a regional airport. A career Infantryman with combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr. von Wupperfeld retired as a colonel from the Texas Army National Guard on June 30, 2018, after 35-years of Active Duty and National Guard military service. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Strategy from the United States Army War College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.