TJJD Board Members

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department Board is composed of 13 members with Scott Fisher of Bedford serving as the Board Chair. Pursuant to Senate Bill 653 of the 82nd Legislature, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department combines the Texas Youth Commission and Texas Juvenile Probation Commission to create a unified juvenile justice agency to work in coordination with other state and county offices to produce positive outcomes for youths, their families and communities.

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Edeska Barnes, Jr. of Jasper is the chief juvenile probation officer for the First Judicial District Juvenile Probation Department. He is on the board of directors for the Texas Probation Association, a member of Deep East Texas Council of Government, a member of the board of directors for Doches Credit Union and a facilitator for the New Chiefs Development Program for Correctional Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University. Barnes is also a past member of the Jasper Independent School District Board of Trustees. Barnes received a Bachelor of Science from Lamar University.

Committee Assignments: Programs (Chair), Executive

Term Expires: 2/1/21

e: Edeska.Barnes@tjjd.texas.gov

 

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James Castro of Bergheim is the director of Mental Health Services for Therapeutic Family Life. He was previously the president and CEO of SAMSAT (San Antonio Museum of Science & Technology) and former CEO of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home. He is licensed as a Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist and a Professional Counselor Supervisor. He currently serves on the Task Force on Improving Outcomes for Juveniles Adjudicated of Sexual Offenses. He has supported many organizations including, the Texas Alliance of Child Family Services, Knights of Columbus and Boy Scouts of America. Castro received a Bachelor of Science from Franciscan University and a Master of Arts from St. Mary’s University

Committee Assignments: Trust, Programs, Safety & Security

Term Expires: 2/1/23

e: James.Castro@tjjd.texas.gov

 

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Mona Lisa Chambers of Houston has been an adjunct professor with Houston Community College for more than 14 years in the Digital & Information Technology Department. She works as an associate teacher in K-12 schools in the Houston ISD, where she previously worked for 10 years as a secondary school teacher.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in AutoCAD technology from the University of Houston and a Master of Science in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix. She holds Texas teacher certifications in computer information systems and English.
Chambers also earned a certificate in music from Clayton Johnson School of Music and performed gospel music as a church pianist, organist, choir director, and soloist for more than 25 years.

She is a member of the Fort Bend Church, and its prison ministry and church choir ministry. Chambers also is a member of the University of Houston Alumni Association and the Emancipation Economic Development Council in Houston's historical Third Ward.

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Pama Hencerling of Victoria has been the Juvenile Chief Probation Officer of Victoria County for over 31 years. Her professional experience includes serving as former adjunct instructor in criminal justice and the Victoria Police Academy at Victoria College, a consultant to other agencies and organizations, a frequent workshop presenter for conferences and trainings, Texas Probation Association Legislative Committee past chair, past president of Texas Institute on Children and Youth, Texas Juvenile Probation Commission Advisory Board-past member, Juvenile Justice Association of Texas Legislative Committee member, Central Texas Juvenile Chief's Association member, Victoria College and University of Houston Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Criminal Justice Alumni Association Charter member- Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice, Leadership Victoria graduate and Past President of the Junior League of Victoria.

Pama helped in the planning and implementation of the first juvenile detention facility in Victoria County in 1992 and went on to expand it to the existing 72-bed facility, which opened in 1995 with then Governor George W Bush as the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony. In 2014 the facility became the first county operated in Texas to become PREA compliant.

Pama is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in Criminology and Corrections, and has postgraduate hours at UH-Victoria in Education. She holds certifications as a Juvenile Probation Officer from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Committee Assignments: Programs, Safety & Security

Term Expires: 2/1/23

e: Pama.Hencerling@tjjd.texas.gov

 

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Lisa K. Jarrett of San Antonio was appointed to the 436th District Court in September of 2009. She presides over a general jurisdiction court with a preference for juvenile matters. Judge Jarrett is board certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Judge Jarrett has over 19 years of legal experience as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney in adult and juvenile matters. In addition to her regular duties, Judge Jarrett has started a Family Enrichment Docket, focused on alternatives for juvenile offenders with a history of family violence and a Crossover Docket, which coordinates the Juvenile System and Child Protective Services to best provide for those juveniles who find themselves in both systems. Judge Jarrett also presides over RESTORE court assisting victims of domestic minor sex trafficking. In 2017, the Governor appointed Judge Jarrett to serve on the executive board of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, the state agency overseeing juvenile justice in Texas. She is the Chair of the Bexar County Juvenile Board and is a frequent lecturer on juvenile law topics. Judge Jarrett has over 19 years of legal experience as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney in adult and juvenile matters.

Judge Jarrett is a member of Friends of Communities in Schools, co-chair of the Community Justice Project and a fellow of both the San Antonio Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.

Committee Assignments: Safety & Security (Chair), Executive

Term Expires: 2/1/21

e: Lisa.Jarrett@tjjd.texas.gov

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Ann Lattimore of Cedar Park is a former educator. She is a volunteer committee chair and assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Baylor Women’s Network of Austin, and the National Rifle Association. Lattimore received a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University and Master of Arts in interior design from the SDC School of Design in Milan, Italy.

Committee Assignments: Trust

Term Expires: 2/1/2021

e: Ann.Lattimore@tjjd.texas.gov

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David "Scott" Matthew of Georgetown is executive director of Williamson County Juvenile Services, and a municipal judge for the cities of Jarrell, Granger and Bartlett. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Probation Association and Texas Municipal Courts Association. Matthew is a board member of the Georgetown Health Foundation, past board member of the Girls and Boys Club of Georgetown, Williamson County Children's Support Coalition and is an ex-officio member of the Georgetown Project. Mr. Matthew is a former Texas Governor's appointee of the Juvenile Justice Services and Facilities Transition Team, which coordinated and oversaw the transition of services and facilities during the formation of TJJD in 2011. He previously served on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for the Criminal Justice Division-Office of the Governor from 2007-2011. Matthew received a bachelor's degree from Southwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Committee Assignments: Finance & Audit, Safety & Security

Term Expires: 2/1/19

e: Scott.matthew@tjjd.texas.gov  

 

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Vincent Morales, Jr. of Rosenberg is a Fort Bend County Commissioner for Precinct 1. He was previously elected Mayor of Rosenberg and was vice president of GreenScapes Associates, LLC. He serves as president of Fort Bend PAWS, benefiting Fort Bend County Animal Services, and previously as a board member for West Fort Bend Management District, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Lamar Education Awards Foundation, and Central Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Morales attended the University of Houston.

Committee Assignments: Finance & Audit

Term Expires: 2/1/2019

e: Vincent.Morales@tjjd.texas.gov

 

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Stephanie Moreno of Beeville is the county judge of Bee County. She is a vice president of the Coastal Bend Housing Finance Corp and a member of both the Coastal Bend Council of Governments and the State Bar of Texas. Moreno received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas State University and a Juris Doctor from Western New England School of Law.

Committee Assignments: Finance & Audit, Safety & Security

Term Expires: 2/1/23

e: Stephanie.Moreno@tjjd.texas.gov

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Allison Palmer of San Angelo is the district attorney for the 51st Judicial District of Texas. She currently serves on the Task Force on Improving Outcomes for Juveniles Adjudicated of Sexual Offenses and is a member of the National District Attorneys’ Association, Texas District and County Attorneys’ Association and the State Bar of Texas. Palmer received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas and a Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s School of Law.

Committee Assignments: Trust, Safety & Security

Term Expires: 2/1/23

e: Allison.Palmer@tjjd.texas.gov

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Wes Ritchey of Dalhart is the county judge of Dallam County,  a member of the Texas Association of Counties and the Panhandle County Judge & Commissioners Association and volunteers for the Dallam County 4-H and the Dalhart Area Child Care Center as Board President. Ritchey received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University.

Committee Assignments: Finance & Audit, Executive (Chair)

Term Expires: 2/1/21

e: Wesley.Ritchey@tjjd.texas.gov  

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James Smith of Midland is a commercial realtor and former county commissioner. He chaired the Texas Juvenile Justice Board Trust Committee, was the county representative to the Midland Teen Court, and is currently a reserve investigator for the Midland County District Attorney's Office. Smith was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps.

Committee Assignments: Trust (Chair), Programs, Executive

Term Expires: 2/1/23

e: Jimmy.Smith@tjjd.texas.gov