Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Appoints Five to Task Force to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect and Improve Child Welfare

Monday, November 14, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Task Force to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect and Improve Child Welfare for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Pursuant to Senate Bill 1154 of the 82nd 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 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 member of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer of the Bexar County Children's Diversion Initiatives. Castro received a bachelor's degree from Franciscan University 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 certified 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 and Corpus Christi Pediatric societies, and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Citizen's Review Team. She is a past board member of the Nueces County Children's Advocacy Center and a past member of the Pediatric Centers of Excellence Committee of 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.

Janetta Michaels of Plano is senior vice president of operations for the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County. She is a member of the Collin County Council on Family Violence, Collin County Sexual Assault Response Team, and the Texas Municipal Police Association Curriculum Committee. She is a past member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Collin County Child Fatality Review Team, and Senator Florence Shapiro's Blue Ribbon Legislative Committee. She is also a past board member of the Collin County Committee on Aging, Plano Parks Foundation Board, and the Relief Nursery of Collin County Advisory Board. Michaels received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Pamela Russell of Clarksville is senior therapist and owner of Paris Counseling Center. She is also a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed professional counselor, and a children's book author. She is an advisory board member for the Downtown Food Pantry and is a past member of the Little Ark Center for Learning Advisory Board, Goodland Children's Home Board of Trustees, the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards, and Texas A&M University-Commerce Social Work Advisory Board. She is a 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 at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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