David Gutiérrez is the Presiding Officer, Chairman, to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Mr. Gutiérrez brings to the Board over 40 years of experience in the criminal justice system. He began his criminal justice career in 1977 with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Gutiérrez began in the jail and transferred to the Patrol Division. His promotions include Captain, Assistant Jail Administrator, Chief Administrator, Assistant Chief Deputy and Chief Deputy. Mr. Gutiérrez was elected Sheriff of Lubbock County in 1998. Sheriff Gutiérrez resigned his position as Sheriff in 2009 to accept an appointment by Governor Perry. Throughout his law enforcement career, Mr. Gutiérrez also served as Chairman of TCOOMMI, and the Chairman of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. He has received such prestigious recognitions as the Attorney General Outstanding Service & Leadership to State of Texas Award in 1992. Since his transition to the Board of Pardons and Paroles as Presiding Officer, Mr. Gutiérrez continues to express enthusiasm, interest and concern for the direction of the agency and staff. He works and collaborates with stakeholders to ensure public safety and the transition of offenders to their families back into their communities.
Bill Hammond became involved in politics when he campaigned as a young man for Barry Goldwater. Since then, he has been a small business owner, Texas State Representative for four terms, Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, and CEO of TAB for 19 years. Texas Monthly named Hammond one of the top 25 most powerful people in Texas politics in 2011. Campaign & Politics magazine recognized Hammond in 2010 as one of the state’s Top 10 Most Influential Figures in Politics and Government. Prior to leading TAB, Hammond served for three years as the Commissioner Representing Employers on the Texas Workforce Commission and was appointed Chairman of the Commission by then-Governor George W. Bush.
Elizabeth A. Henneke is on the Juvenile Council for the State Bar of Texas and is an Advisory Member of the Juvenile Justice Committee for the Texas Judicial Council. She serves on Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, OJJDP Subcommittee on LGBTQ Issues and was on the drafting committee for the Juvenile Records Advisory Committee, which recently rewrote the juvenile records code for the State of Texas. Elizabeth is also on the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Youth Justice. In May 2017, Elizabeth received the Travis County Women Lawyers' Association Attorney Award for her work in the Public Interest. In August 2017, she formed the Lone Star Justice Alliance and serves as the Executive Director.
Haley Holik is an attorney with TPPF. She serves as a policy analyst for the Center for Effective Justice and focuses on advancing smart juvenile justice reforms. Holik earned her J.D. from Regent University School of Law. She hosted an on-campus radio show dedicated to politics and world events. She clerked for the American Center for Law and Justice during law school and participated in the Civil Practice Clinic as a student-practitioner, advocating on behalf of clients in need of legal services. As a staff member of Regent University Law Review, Holik’s note placed first in the national Hassell Writing Competition. As a native Texan, she is grateful to be in the Lone Star State.
Lauren Johnson currently works for the ACLU of Texas as their new Criminal Justice Outreach Coordinator. Lauren has been an advocate for a wide variety of local and statewide policy changes and is credited by other advocates as being the driving force behind policy change to lift the lifetime ban on people with drug felonies to access assistance with SNAP (food stamps). She was part of a coalition of formerly incarcerated individuals working to create a fair chance hiring ordinance in Austin, and she helped pass the first law preventing the spread of video visitation as a replacement for face-to-face visits. Lauren was awarded the Texas Observer Rabble Rouser award. Lauren is a native Austinite and mother of three boys, the first of which she had during an incarceration. Lauren is a board member and participant of Conspire Theatre, and an alumnus of Just Leadership USA Leading with Conviction, and Leadership Austin.
Jesse Kelley is a government affairs specialist and a criminal justice manager with the R Street Institute. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing R Street’s efforts in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Furthermore, she supports R Street’s criminal justice experts at the state and federal level by working with lawmakers to implement effective public policies related to juvenile justice, post-conviction life and other related topics. Jesse joined R Street in January 2018, having previously served as legislative counsel at the Marijuana Policy Project. At MPP, she led the development and implementation of state advocacy initiatives and saw decriminalization and legalization successes across the country. Earlier in her career, Jesse was an indigent criminal defense attorney practicing in Alabama. She has a bachelor’s in English literature from Troy University and a juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi, with a concentration in international law from Cambridge University. While in law school, Jesse worked with the Mississippi Innocence Project on post-conviction issues, specifically investigating cases where convictions relied heavily on forensic evidence.
Lindsey Linder received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Louisiana, and went on to receive her Juris Doctorate with honors from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2016. Lindsey interned with UNICEF in Tel Aviv, Israel, drafting a report on Israel’s implementation of the UN treaty Convention on the Rights of the Child. Lindsey spent the 84th Legislative Session as a Policy Associate with TCJC and continued to support TCJC while completing law school. Lindsey officially joined the TCJC team to support the organization's policy research and outreach efforts in the areas of juvenile justice, women’s justice, and pretrial reform.
B. Randall, is an author, director, host, poet, producer, and visionary. She is the host of Poetry Smash at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters and Verse & Rhythm at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. B. Randall is host/producer of “In The Words Of A Sistah” the longest running all female cast poetry show of its kind as well “In The Words Of A Little Sistah,” featuring pre-teens and teens. In 2012, Randall launched her first touring show, “Poetry Is My Praise,” an inspirational, motivational, and spiritual poetry show. Randall was commissioned by the Multicultural Alumni Association of Texas A&M Commerce to present a poem commemorating the 50th Anniversary desegregation. In May 2017, B Randall was invited to present at the National Day of Prayer Luncheon Celebrating the 40th year anniversary of Thanks-Giving Square. She has been the featured artist in Young Leaders Strong Cities, Mothers Against Police Brutality, and the featured poet in Burning Woman. Currently B Randall is member of the Board of Director of WordSpace. B Randall’s mission is to encourage artists and to produce works that “Touch, Move and Inspire.”
Penny Rayfield is the CEO and Majority Owner of OnShore Resources, an electronics assembly services company located in the secure facility in Lockhart, Texas. OnShore Resources has operated within the guidelines of the Prison Industry Enhancement program and currently employs incarcerated females providing them job training and real work experience preparing them for immediate employment opportunities when they return to their families and communities. Penny is a social entrepreneur with equity positions in start up businesses focused on making a positive difference. Since 1998, she has been an active volunteer and advocate supporting many community organizations including the C-Cubed Institute, New Directions in Corrections, Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable and the Crime Prevention Institute. Penny is a member of the Texas Smart on Crime Coalition representing the Texas Association of Business and currently serves on the Austin Can Academy Development Committee. Penny has advocated at state and local levels in Texas for effective criminal justice policies that help break the cycle of crime with a focus on evidence-based practices, employment readiness skills and vocational training. Penny is a Texas Association of Business Board Member and currently serves as the Chair of TAB’s Criminal Justice Reform Committee.
José Rodríguez was elected in 2010 to represent Texas Senate District 29 (SD 29), which includes the counties of El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, and Presidio. He represents both urban and rural constituencies, and more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. Prior to his election to the Texas Senate, Sen. Rodríguez served as the El Paso County Attorney for 17 years, where he established an unparalleled record of achievement, improving public safety, enhancing legal services to protect vulnerable citizens, promoting education, increasing County revenues and funding for jobs and economic development, and strengthening community health and environmental quality. That level of service to his community continues today as a member of the Texas State Senate. Sen. Rodríguez is a staunch advocate for those in need. He has proven himself as an effective voice for SD 29, passing more than 200 bills during his four sessions in the Texas Senate. This includes legislation addressing education, health care, economic development, renewable energy, criminal justice reform, public safety and the courts, ethics and government transparency, and veterans. Of note, Sen. Rodríguez passed legislation transforming the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso from a branch of the Lubbock-based health sciences center to an independent, standalone university component of the Texas Tech University System as well as a series of bills to address cheating and accountability in standardized testing in our schools. Sen. Rodríguez currently serves as the Chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus (SDS), and as a member of the Senate Committees on Natural Resources & Economic Development, Transportation, Veteran Affairs & Border Security, and Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs. Prior to leading the SDS, he served as the Chairman of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus for nearly two years.
Lillian Tillman is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the mother of four and a parent advocate for Juvenile Justice reform. She is a graduate of Ashford University, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. Lillian has a passion to help others and advocate on behalf of her son who was arrested for the first time at the age of 16, and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. For the past 7 years she has been involved with local and national Juvenile Justice Organizations, learning about juvenile justice reform, restorative justice practices, and community outreach. She has hosted a Juvenile Justice Awareness event, to bring awareness to communities about youth incarceration, during October YJAM with CFYJ. She's had opportunities to attend the Supreme Court hearing on the Miller case and speak on a panel at the FCC Building in Washington, D.C. concerning the disparities with prison phone rates. Lillian has met with Senators, Representatives, Legislators and law makers concerning the disparities of extreme sentencing for juvenile offenders.
Dr. Jeannie Von Stultz is the Deputy Chief - Mental Health Services Division for Bexar County Juvenile Probation and a licensed psychologist. She provides administrative oversight for the probation supervision of specialized populations including juveniles with mental health needs, substance use difficulties, sexual offense histories, as well as those juveniles who require residential treatment. Dr. Von Stultz also identifies, develops, and coordinates the provision of community-based mental health services within the department.
Dr. Linda L. White was an adjunct faculty member at Sam Houston State University in the department of Psychology and Philosophy for a number of years, where she taught upper level college courses in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy, and occasionally in Criminal Justice. Today she volunteers with Bridges to Life, a victim-offender encounter project that brings crime victims and offenders together inside prison walls, and the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth.