Gov. Perry Appoints Five to Task Force to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Task Force to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Pursuant to House Bill 1041 and Senate Bill 2080 of the 81st Legislative session, the task force establishes strategy for reducing child abuse and neglect and for improving child welfare in this state.
Annette Burrhus-Clay of Lockhart is executive director of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. She is a board member of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, National Foundation to End Sexual Violence, and the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network Advisory Board. She also is a board member of G.R.A.C.E. Burrhus-Clay received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in political science from Sul Ross State University.
James Castro of Bergheim is executive director of the St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home, a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. He is a past board member of the Texas chapter of Mental Health America and is a past member of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. He is also a volunteer for Catholic Television of San Antonio, the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and Bexar County Children’s Diversion Initiatives. Castro received a bachelor’s degree from Franciscan University of Stephenville, Ohio and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University.
Nancy Harper of Corpus Christi is medical director of the CARE Team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, board-eligible in child abuse pediatrics, and a member of the Ray E. Helfer Society, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and International Professional Society on Child Abuse and Neglect. She is also a member of the Texas Pediatric Society, Corpus Christi Pediatric Society, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Citizen’s Review Team, and a past member of the Pediatric Centers of Excellence Committee for the 79th Legislature. Harper served as a general pediatrician for the U.S. Navy. She received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, a medical degree from Dartmouth University Medical School, and completed her forensic pediatrics fellowship at Brown University School of Medicine.
Pamela Russell of Powderly is an author and president and co-owner of Paris Counseling Center. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a past member of the Little Ark Learning Center Advisory Board, Goodland Children’s Home Board of Trustees, Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards, and Texas A&M University-Commerce Social Work Advisory Board. She is also a past founding member of the Paris Pregnancy Center and Life Anew Adoption Agency. Russell received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and pursued a doctorate degree in marriage and family therapy from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Yuri Solomon of Houston is senior pastor at the New Life Baptist Church and a teacher at the South Side Ministers Alliance. He is president of the South Area Fellowship and chairman of the Jesus is Alpha and Omega Ministry Advisory Board. He is also secretary of education and chairman of the scholarship committee for the Union Baptist Fellowship Inc., and a member of the Houston Baptist Ministers Association and Ark of Love District Association. Solomon received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Biblical Studies at Houston.
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