Introduction

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department Board has 13 members, with Wes Ritchey of Dalhart serving as the Board Chair. Pursuant to Senate Bill 653 of the 82nd Legislature, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department combined 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.

Board Members

Wes Ritchey

Photo of Wes RitcheyWes Ritchey of Dalhart is the county judge of Dallam County and a member of the Texas Association of Counties and the Panhandle County Judge & Commissioners Association. Judge Ritchey 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

Edeska Barnes, Jr.

Photo of Edeska BarnesEdeska 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

James Castro

Photo of James CastroJames Castro of Bergheim is the Director of the behavioral health division for Renewing Family Strength and is the CEO of The Divine Mind, LLC, a company he co-founded with his wife. In March 2017 Governor Abbott appointed Castro to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s Board of Governors.

This appointment follows a long career in public and community service. Governor Abbott appointed him to the Texas Task Force on Improving Outcomes for Juveniles Adjudicated for Sexual Offenses in 2015. That same year he participated in the San Antonio FBI Citizens Academy. Previously he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas State Task Force to Reduce Child Abuse & Neglect. He has also served as the Co-Chair of the Bexar County Blue Ribbon Task Force. He served six years on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and he also served on the Board of Mental Health America of Texas. His commitment to children and families includes serving as the Chair for the Bexar County Community Resource & Coordination Group (CRCG) from 2002 to 2008, as one of the initial leaders for the Bexar County Children’s Diversion Initiative and also serving the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission as a member of its Models for Change initiative.

A former CEO for St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home (St. PJ’s) in San Antonio, his prior professional work includes having served as the Director of Children’s Operations at the Center for Health Care Services (CHCS). While there he transformed the children’s division into a community partner and leader in assisting children with mental health needs. As a member of the Texas State Children’s Directors Consortium he was instrumental in bringing innovative programs to Bexar County through CHCS. He volunteered for Catholic Television of San Antonio for six years as a host of one of their longest-running programs, Catholicism Live.

Castro earned a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University and has since become a leader in Texas promoting children and family’s well-being. He currently holds licenses as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and recently joined his local fire department as a community volunteer.

Committee Assignments: Trust, Programs, Safety & Security

Term Expires: 2/1/23

e: James.Castro@tjjd.texas.gov

Mona Lisa Chambers

Mona Lisa Chambers PhotoMona 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.

Committee Assignments: Programs, Trust

Term Expires: 2/1/25

e: Mona.Chambers@tjjd.texas.gov

Pama Hencerling

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

Hencerling 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.

Hencerling is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Corrections, and has postgraduate hours at the University of Houston-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

Lisa Jarrett

Photo of Lisa JarretLisa 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 and has nearly two decades 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 provides for juveniles who find themselves in both the juvenile justice system and the Department of Family and Protective Services. In 2017, Governor Abbott appointed Judge Jarrett to serve on the TJJD board. She also serves as the Chair of the Bexar County Juvenile Board and is a frequent lecturer on juvenile law topics. 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. 

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

Ann Lattimore

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

Melissa Martin

Photo of Melissa MartinMelissa Martin of Deer Park is a career and technology teacher for the Deer Park  Independent School District. She is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, advisor for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America, and a former advisor for the Texas Association of Future Educators. She was previously appointed to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance. Martin received a Bachelor of Science in family and consumer science and a Master of Education in education administration from Lamar University.

Committee Assignments: Finance & Audit, Programs

Term Expires: 2/1/25

e: melissa.martin@tjjd.texas.gov

David "Scott" Matthew

Photo of David "Scott" MatthewDavid "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 (Chair), Safety & Security, Executive

Term Expires: 2/1/25

e: Scott.Matthew@tjjd.texas.gov

Vincent Morales

Photo of Vincent MoralesVincent 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 is a past board member of the 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

Allison Palmer

Photo of Alison PalmerAllison 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

James Smith

Photo of James SmithJames 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 deputy for the Midland County Sheriff’s Department. 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

Board Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

September 2020

September 25: 9:00 AM. Virtual Board Meeting
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October 2020

October 22: Committee Meetings
October 23: Public Board Meeting

Recent Meetings

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July 10, 2020: Board Meeting
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May 15, 2020: Virtual Board Meeting
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January 23, 2020: Committee Meetings
January 24, 2020: Public Board Meeting
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