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Gov. Perry names Reyes chair of governor's Criminal Justice Advisory Council

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AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has named Ruben Reyes of Lubbock chair and appointed eight members to the Governor's Criminal Justice Advisory Council for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Pursuant to Executive Order RP77, the council will advise the governor on the creation, staffing, operations and performance of specialty courts to ensure the rights of participants are protected.

Reyes is judge of the 72nd Judicial District Court in Lubbock and Crosby counties, and presiding judge of the Lubbock County Adult Drug Court. He is a board member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Lubbock Dream Center Advisory Board and Foundation for the Education of Young Women Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Lubbock County Bar Association, past president of the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals, a past member and officer of the South Plains Family Law Association, and a past member of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section. Reyes received a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a law degree from Baylor University.

Joel Bennett of Austin is an attorney in private practice and a judge for the Travis County Drug Court. He is a past founding board member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, a past founding board member and past president of the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals, and a trustee of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserve. Bennett received a bachelor's degree and a Master of Business Administration from North Texas State University, and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Robb Catalano of Fort Worth is judge of Criminal District Court No. 3 in Tarrant County, and a former assistant district attorney in the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section and Tarrant County Bar Association, and a fellow of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation. He is a past member of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, past board member of Thursday Boys, and a former volunteer judge for the Arlington Municipal Court Teen Court Program. Catalano received a bachelor's degree from St. Edward's University and a law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law.

Alan "Clay" Childress of Leander is a drug court officer for Burnet County Adult Probation Department. He is former assistant director of the Jefferson County Adult Probation Department, and a member of the Texas Probation Association. Childress received a bachelor's degree from Lamar University and a master's degree in criminal justice management from Sam Houston State University.

Mary Covington of Houston is special programs manager for the Harris County District Court. She is president elect of the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals, ex officio director of the Harris County Drug Court Foundation, a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and a fellow of the American Leadership Forum. She is also a member of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Services, One Voice, Houston/Harris County Office of Drug Policy, and the Houston Recovery Initiative. Covington received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas.

Becca Crowell of Dallas is executive director and CEO of Nexus Recovery Center. She is a member of the Eastfield College Social Work Substance Abuse Program Advisory Committee, Behavioral Health Leadership Team and the Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Task Force. Crowell received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in counseling from the University of Florida.

Debra "Debbie" Fesperman of Sherman is a licensed chemical dependency counselor, and program coordinator for the Grayson County Community Supervision and Corrections Department STAR Recovery and Family Court. She is a board member of the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals. Fesperman received an associate degree from Grayson County College.

Tara George of Houston is an assistant district attorney for the Harris County District Attorney's Office and a prosecutor for the Success Through Addiction Recovery Court S.T.A.R. program. She is a member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and Houston Bar Association, and a volunteer for the Houston Special Olympics. George received a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of California.

Dibrell "Dib" Waldrip of New Braunfels is judge of the 433rd Judicial District Court in Comal County. He is board certified as a criminal law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and as a criminal trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. He is also a certified Texas peace officer, a board member of the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals, founder and a volunteer judge of the "Challenge Court" probation program for Comal County, and is a founder and past president of the Children's Advocacy Center of Comal County and Youth Leadership New Braunfels. He is also a former commissioner of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a past member of the Texas Violent Gang Task Force. Waldrip received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from St. Mary's University, and is a graduate of the Alamo Area Law Enforcement Academy and F.B.I. National Law Enforcement Academy.

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