• Kyle Jennings, Chair
    American General Life Companies
  • Claire Bocchini, M.D.
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • Donald Bowers
    Federal Reserve Bank
  • Erich Canseco
    Morgan Stanley
  • David Cordúa
    Cordúa Restaurants
  • Michael Dokupil
    SFC Partners
  • Kindel Elam
    The Mattress Firm
  • Christopher Greeley, M.D.
    Texas Children’s Hospital
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • Lauren Harrison
    Jones Walker
  • E. Stratton Horres
    Wilson Elser
  • Rebecca Hove
    Greater Houston Community Foundation
  • Pam Humphrey
  • Steven Jones
  • Michelle Kelly
    Community Advocate
  • Devika Kornbacher
    Vinson & Elkins
  • Maddy Kulkarni
  • Tracy Maddox
    Community Health Choice
  • Eve McFadden
    Sysco Foods
  • Sidney Moncrief
    Moncrief One Team
  • Timmy Newsome
    Newtec Business Solutions
  • David Roylance
    Prism Energy Solutions
  • H. Benjamin Samuels
    Victory Packaging
  • Lynn Sessions
    Baker Hostetler
  • Sebastien Solar
    Bank of Texas
  • Myron F. (Buddy) Steves, Jr., M.A., CPCU
    Myron Steves
  • Brent Thomas
    Prudentia Fiduciary Partners
  • Ed Tufaro
    Memorial Hermann
  • Chris Watt
    Reed Smith
  • Larry Wisniewski
  • Robert Sanborn, Ed.D.
    President & CEO, CHILDREN AT RISK


  • Dr. Carolyn Farb, h.c.
  • Kathleen Gallagher
  • Diana Davila Martinez
  • Virginia McFarland
  • James S. Mickelson
  • Richard W. Mithoff
  • Laurence Payne
  • Rev. Joe Samuel Ratliff
  • Jack Segal, Rabbi Emeritus
  • Melissa Wilson


  • Stratton Horres, Chair
    Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker
  • Calvert Collins-Bratton
    Methodist Health System
  • Dan Hagood
    Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl, LLP
  • Maddy Kulkarni
  • Steve Love
    Dallas Fort-Worth Hospital Council
  • Shara McClure
    BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
  • Sidney Moncrief
    Moncrief One Team
  • Scott Murray
    Murray Media USA
  • Timmy Newsome
    Newtec Business Solutions
  • John Phillips
    Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
  • Byron Sanders
    U.S. Trust
  • Ron Taylor
    Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker
  • Larry Tubb
    Cook Children’s Health Care System
  • Michael Zangoei
    UMB Bank
  • Todd Ranta
    Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Kate Sudal
    Cushman and Wakefield
  • Amanda Willis


  • Michael Maher
    Presenture, LLC
  • Jeffrey Starke, M.D.
    Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Robert Zincke
    Former President, Kroger


CHILDREN AT RISK’s Law Advisory Board oversees the research and advocacy efforts of the Public Policy and Law Center. Comprised of over forty dedicated attorneys from across Texas, the board meets on a quarterly basis to discuss current issues affecting Texas’ children and the possible legal solutions to address these issues. The guidance and legal expertise provided by the Law Advisory Board has helped CHILDREN AT RISK to achieve legislative victories on human trafficking, education, juvenile justice, and health issues. With the support of the Law Advisory Board, CHILDREN AT RISK will continue to employ the law and advocacy as tools to improve the quality of life for Texas’ children.

  • Bruce Hurley, Co-Chair
    King & SpaldingLLP
  • Jennifer Tomsen, Co-Chair
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Wafa Abdin
    Catholic Charities
  • Bob Baker
    Attorney at Law
  • Sherie Beckman
    Mithoff Law Firm
  • Christopher Borrecca
    Thompson and Horton LLP
  • Melanie D. Bragg
    Legal Insight Inc.
  • Andrea Backsheider Burridge, Ph.D.
    University of Houston
  • Katherine Cabaniss
    Judge of the 248th Criminal District Court of Harris County
  • Kate Champion
    Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Judie Cross
    Pathways for Little Feet
  • Will Denham
    Attorney at Law
  • Dennis Duffy
    Baker Botts LLP
  • Linda M. Dunson
    Donovan & Watkins
  • Joshua Farkas
    Dynegy Inc.
  • Sally Green
    Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University
  • Lauren Harrison
    Jones Walker
  • Eyvette Hetherington
    Attorney at Law
  • James Holtz
    Holtz Law Firm PC
  • George Jordan
    Fullbright & Jaworski LLP
  • Ellyn Josef
    Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • Karyl M. Lawson
    Attorney at Law, Retired
  • Susan Lindberg
    Eni Petroleum Co., Inc.
  • Karen Maston
    Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
  • John Meredith
  • Silvia Mintz
    Plake and Mintz PLLC
  • Susan Pennebaker, Esq.
    Pennebaker Fifth Ring
  • Yohanna Romero Baca
    Garza & Associates
  • Lynn Sessions
    Baker Hostetler
  • Lisa Sherrill
    Attorney at Law
  • Ann Stephens
    Shell Oil Company
  • Andrew Strong
    Kalon Biotherapeutics LLC
  • Angie Truitt
    Collier Legal


The CHILDREN AT RISK Institute is an academically oriented policy and research collaborative focused on facilitating research and scholarship to promote new and innovative public policy solutions to the challenges faced by children.

  • Angelo P. Giardino, M.D., Ph.D.
    Chair of the Institute
    Medical Director, Texas Children’s Health Plan
    Clinical Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Dominic Aquila
    Vice President for Academic Affairs
    The University of St. Thomas
  • Charles Begley, Ph.D.
    Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Health Services Research
    University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston, School of Public Health
  • Ira Colby, D.S.W., LCSW-ACP
    University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work
  • Frances Deviney, Ph.D.
    Texas KIDS COUNT Director
    Center for Public Policy Priorities
  • Catherine Flaitz, D.D.S., M.S.
    University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston
  • Glenn Flores, M.D.
    Judith and Charles Ginsburg Chair in Pediatrics
    Department of Clinical Sciences
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • J. Greg Getz, Ph.D.
    Professor of Social Sciences
    University of Houston-Downtown
  • Christopher Greeley, M.D., FAAP
    Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston
  • Rick Halperin, Ph.D.
    Embrey Human Rights Program, Southern Methodist University
  • Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D.
    The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, Professor at UT School of Public Health
  • W. Robert Houston, Ed.D.
    Moores Professor & Executive Director
    University of Houston, College of Education
  • Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D.
    Rice University
  • Duncan Klussmann, Ed.D.
    Spring Branch ISD
  • Susan Landry, Ph.D.
    Director and Founder, Children’s Learning Institute
    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Linda Lloyd, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S.W.
    University of Texas, School of Public Health
  • Beth Pelz, Ph.D.
    University of Houston-Downtown, College of Public Service
  • Jean Raphel, MD, MPHBaylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • M. Douglas Ris, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
    Professor and Head, Section of Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine;
    Chief, Psychology Service, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Carroll G. Robinson, Esq.
    Associate Dean of External Affairs
    Texas Southern University, School of Public Affairs
  • Cathy L. Rozmus, Esq.
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    University of Texas Health Science Center- Houston
  • Steve Schnee, Ph.D.
    Executive Director
    The Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County
  • Keely Smith, M.D.
    Pediatric Residency Program Director
    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H.
    Chief Science Editor
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jeffrey Starke, M.D., FAAP
    Director, Infection Control, Texas Children’s Hospital
    Professor and Vice Chairman of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Lori Taylor, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Bush School of Government and Public Service
    Texas A&M University