CHILDREN AT RISK Board Members and Staff gather for our annual retreat – February 2020



Donald Bowers, Chair
Federal Reserve Bank

Erich Almonte
King & Spalding LLP

Aishwarya Bannore
Rice Board Fellow

Claire Bocchini, MD
Texas Children’s Hospital

Adam Branscum
AB Modern

Erich Canseco
Morgan Stanley

Michael Carrasco 
Alvarez & Marsal

Jason Durham

Allison Esenkova
Pariveda Solutions

Doe Florsheim
Community Advocate

Asha George 
Electronic Arts 

Deborah Gordon
Memorial Hermann Health System

Rebecca Hove
Greater Houston Community Foundation

Manon Kebodeaux

Michael Kelly, Ph.D. 
Paso del Norte Health Foundation

Devika Kornbacher
Clifford Chance

Dan Longoria
Mattress Firm, El Paso

Michelle Lopez, MD
Baylor College of Medicine 

Yves Mombeleur
Clearinghouse CDFI

Kindel Nuno
The Mattress Firm

Manish Panjwani

Amit Parikh

Chris Pedigo
Cook Children’s Healthcare

Maya Pomroy 
The Public Lead 

Jay Pasale
Salamander Solutions Inc.

Kevin Ramoutar

Jeremy Samuels
Samuels Family Foundation

Robert Sanborn, Ed.D.

Adolfo Santos, PhD
Texas A&M University, McAllen

John Seo

Alessa Serda

Jasmine Turner

Chris Wallace
North Texas Commission

Chris Watt
Reed Smith

Larry Wisniewski

Ed Wolff
Beth Wolff Realtors

Daniel Yoo
Surestone Group

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Amit Parikh, Chair

Chris Wallace, Co-Chair
North Texas Commission

Gerren Alexander
Truist Bank

Janel Barksdale
Independent Financial

Melonie Carnegie

Aidan Casey
Urban Logistics Realty

John Edmonds

Will Holtz
Holtz Law Firm

Ron Jeans

Manon Kebodeaux
Human Resources Executive

Ashley Kreklau
Landside Banks

Chris Pedigo
Cook Children’s Hospital

Todd Ranta
Price Waterhouse Cooper

Bhavin Shah
Alvarez & Marsal

LaSheryl Walker
Forest Forward

Dr. Mitzi S. Willis
Primarius Management Services, LLC



Ben Arriola
Southwest University

Ernesto Avila
Sunflower Bank

Richard Castro
Castro Enterprises

Laura Enriquez
Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson, Galatzan

Estrella Escobar
Office of the Mayor

Rosamaria Gonzalez
Grupo De la Vega

Tita Hunt
Community Volunteer

Michael Kelly, PhD
Paso del Norte Health Foundation

Dan Longoria
Mattress Firm

Leila Melendez
Workforce Solutions Borderplex

Ricardo Samaniego
County of El Paso

Kelly Tomblin
El Paso Electric




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

Philamena Baird
Community Volunteer

Pam Humphrey

Michael Maher
Presenture, LLC

David Roylance
Prism Energy Solutions


Jeffrey Starke, M.D.
Texas Children’s Hospital

Buddy Steves
Community Advocate

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
Patient Care Intervention Center

Will Denham
Attorney at Law

Dennis Duffy
Kane Russell Coleman & Logan

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.


Jayna Dave, PhD
Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Angelo P. Giardino, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Director, Texas Children’s Health Plan
Clinical Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Christopher Greeley, M.D., FAAP
Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston 

Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D.
Director, The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, Professor at UT School of Public Health

Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Rice University

Quianta Moore, M.D., J.D.
Scholar in Health Policy, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy 

Rebecca Pfeffer, Ph. D
University of Houston-Downtown

Jean Raphel, MD, MPH
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children’s Hospital

Cathy L. Rozmus, Esq.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Texas Health Science Center- Houston

Steve Schnee, Ph.D
Executive Director, Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H.
Chief Science Editor, Baylor College of Medicine


Whitney Stewart, PhD.
Assistant Professor, UT Dallas

Lori Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor and Head of Public Service and Administration Department, Bush School of Government and Public Service Texas A&M University