Elizabeth A. Henneke graduated from Yale University where she earned a B.A. in History with a concentration on race relations in the American South. At Yale, Elizabeth worked for four years in the Jerome Frank Legal Services Organization, volunteered with the Southern Center for Human Rights, and taught biology to students in the Summer Bridge program in Atlanta. She then worked as a paralegal for Mayer Brown, where she helped prepare several death penalty appeals before attending law school at the University of Texas School of Law. During law school, Elizabeth was a Rapoport Human Rights Scholar and a member of the Texas Law Review. She worked with the Texas Defender Service, investigating and preparing federal habeas petitions for individuals on Texas’ death row. She then represented Guantanamo detainees as a clinical instructor for the University of Texas' National Security & Human Rights Clinic, where she received the 2007 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award. After graduation, Elizabeth served as a law clerk for the South Africa Constitutional Court and for Judge Edward C. Prado on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. She joined Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C, where she engaged in high-stakes litigation. Elizabeth was the inaugural Audrey Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. There, Elizabeth supervised students in the Post-Conviction Justice Project, the Immigration Clinic, and the International Human Rights Clinic. She also taught first-year criminal law and a seminar on the death penalty at USC Law. Most recently, Elizabeth served as a Policy Attorney for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition with the Solutions for Youth Justice project. Elizabeth is on the Juvenile Council for the State Bar of Texas, serves on Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, OJJDP Subcommittee on LGBTQ Issues, is on the Collaborative Council for the Judicial Commission on Mental Health, and is on the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Youth Justice, and is on the drafting committee for the Juvenile Records Advisory Committee, which recently rewrote the juvenile records code for the State of Texas. In May 2017, Elizabeth received the Travis County Women Lawyers' Association Attorney Award for her work in the Public Interest
Director of Policy & Planning,
Alycia Welch completed her graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Master’s of Public Affairs with specializations in Social and Economic Policy and Nonprofit Studies and a Master’s of Science in Social Work with a concentration in Community and Administrative Leadership. She received her BA Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, majoring in Political Science and Women’s Studies. The recipient of two policy research awards from the American Society for Public Administration, Alycia has authored several reports on the need for reforming the criminal and juvenile justice systems in Texas and has presented her findings to elected officials, state- and county-level agency leaders, and other key stakeholders. For the Office of the Independent Ombudsman (OIO) of Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), Alycia designed a behavior management model to prevent violence at the agency’s state secure facilities and appropriately intervene when violence occurs. She authored the “Strategies and Best Practices for Addressing Violence in Secure Juvenile Settings” chapter of Understanding and Addressing Youth Violence in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, a report that was distributed to all members of the Texas State Legislature, the Texas Governor and Lieutenant Governor and the state’s Attorney General. The National Partnership for Juvenile Services and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention selected the chapter for inclusion in the Desktop Guide to Quality Practice for Working with Youth in Confinement, “Behavior Management” chapter, which is distributed to all local and state juvenile justice agencies across the country. Alycia’s research also informed the interim work of the 83rd Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, researching adults and youth with mental illness involved with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. Through these projects, Alycia convened a behavioral health task force to identify gaps in services and recommend reforms to reduce justice system involvement among this population. Her expertise also includes community-based practice research in the public health field. As Associate Director of Angela House, a transitional housing program for women exiting prison or jail, Alycia secured funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to conduct a program evaluation of “Healthy & Whole,” an innovative health program provided through a collaborative partnership with a local federally qualified health center for Angela House residents. Alycia partnered with the Program Manager of Health & Whole, and researchers at the University of Texas School of Public Health’s Health Science Center to design and implement the evaluation. The results could distinguish Angela House as an evidence-based program, leveraging its ability to advocate for policy reforms and expand the program to serve a greater number of women. Alycia’s policy experience also includes her work in the Offices of Former Texas State Representative Elliott Naishtat, Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Health during the 84th legislative session, and Texas State Representative Donna Howard, Vice Chair of the Committee on Calendars during the 85th session, analyzing criminal and juvenile justice, public health, and human services legislation and advancing bills that proposed reforms to the mental health and criminal justice systems, including several that were signed into law by the governor.