Craig Bowman | Common Ground Consulting, LLC
Craig’s international work began in Russia in the early 90’s when he led a group of college students on a political study tour. In the early 00’s, the U.S. State Department asked Craig to travel to Serbia to work with a group of young sexual and reproductive health and rights peer educators from across Europe. That work lead to dozens of engagements focused on those issues in countries from Kosovo to The Netherlands. In Afghanistan, he helped develop entrepreneurial opportunities for young women and girls; and in Macedonia and Uganda he’s worked with young farmers, even bringing a contingent of youth to Indiana for a Future Farmers Conference. He has provided on-site technical assistance and capacity building to organizations in 32 countries on five continents. Craig currently spends about 60% of his time providing public, private and civil society sector-development support to US government-funded projects around the world—primarily working in developing countries.
Vicki Spriggs, LLC | CEO, Texas CASA
Vicki Spriggs was named Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA in January 2012 after serving 16 years as executive director of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission. At the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, Ms. Spriggs supervised a staff of 78 and worked with 165 chief juvenile probation officers and their staff across the state. She served as a management auditor for the agency and then worked for two years as a casework manager for the Travis County Juvenile Court. She returned to the commission in 1989 as director of training and staff development and rose through the ranks before being named executive director in 1995.
Dr. Donna Beegle | Communication Across Barriers
Donna Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within 10 short years, she gained the confidence to get her GED and advance through to a doctoral degree in educational leadership. All these experiences provide Dr. Beegle with an authentic voice with which to speak, write, and train across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty.As president of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm dedicated to building poverty-informed communities that are armed with tools to break barriers, she works directly with children and adults currently in poverty, educators, justice professionals, health care providers, social service agencies, faith-based communities, business leaders, elected officials, and others who want to make a difference for those living in the crisis of poverty. For over 28 years, Dr. Beegle’s work has spread by word of mouth to all 50 states and six countries. She is also the founder of the Opportunity Community movement, which provides the foundation for a contemporary war on poverty.
Tymothy Belseth, MA| Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing
Tymothy Belseth is a research coordinator with the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing. Tymothy is passionate about foster care and the challenges older youth face during their transition from adolescence to adulthood. He has worked as an internal advocate with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and worked tirelessly to ensure that youth voice was present in policy and practice. He also facilitated youth leadership councils and empowered foster youth to find their voice and successfully advocate for change at the legislative level. Tymothy also performs consultative services for states and child welfare organizations to better understand the importance of youth voice and how to implement it to improve the foster care experience. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2012 and earned a Master’s degree in political science from Texas State University in 2016.
Dan Powers, LCSW | Children’s Advocacy Center
Dan Powers is a clinical social worker and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Children’s Advocacy Centerof Collin County in Plano, Texas. He oversees all professional services offered to victims of child abuse and family violence as well as their non-offending family members. Dan has 30 years of experience working within the field of child abuse, sex offenders and family violence. He frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts. He has also testified on several occasions before Texas legislative committees. Dan has been appointed by the governor on two occasions to state agency boards addressing sex offender treatment and violent sex offender management. He is the past chairman and current member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force and is also a member of the Texas Statewide Multidisciplinary Team. Dan is a nationally recognized expert and speaker in the areas of sex offenders, the sexual victimization of children, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. He is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse and family violence professionals.Dan lives in Texas with his wife and two sons.
Ann Johnson, LLC|Johnson Martinez, LLC
For nearly a decade, Ann has been recognized as an expert in Texas Law for the protection of victims of human trafficking. Her passion and knowledge started with the representation of a 13-year old child charged with prostitution. This led to a case of first impression, the foundation of law protecting child victims. In addition to being a founding member of prostitution related problem solving courts, Ann started and developed the Human Trafficking Section for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office from February 2013 until January 2017. The efforts of their team along with law enforcement and public and private partnerships resulted in a more balanced attack of better identifying victims, and increased prosecution of Pimps and Johns.
Ann Johnson grew up in her family’s law firm, Johnson Law Firm PC, started more than 50-years ago, where co-workers were family, and clients and their families were always welcome. “We took folks’ cases many others would turn away. They taught me to listen, work hard and treat others as you would want to be treated. It was always my greatest pleasure to watch my father stand with a client or victim and speak with twelve members of our community to determine what’s best.”
Cathy Gaytan,LCSW |CEO, El Paso Child Guidance Center
Cathy received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in various mental health settings including inpatient, outpatient, in-home and community mental health. Prior to moving to El Paso, she worked in Atlanta at the Georgia Center for Children, a children’s advocacy center for child victims of sexual abuse, as both a therapist and forensic evaluator. After moving to El Paso in 2007, she joined the El Paso Child Guidance Center as a therapist treating children and families. Starting in 2009 she served as Director of Clinical Services for five years and was promoted to Executive Director in July 2014. Her areas of clinical interest include treatment of child and adolescent exposure to traumatic stress and child abuse and neglect. She serves on numerous local advisory boards and is a member of the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium’s Child and Adolescent Leadership Council. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
Beth Senger, LMSW | CEO, El Paso Center for Children, Inc.
Though Beth’s motto is, “I’d rather be hiking,” she spends the majority of her time as an advocate for homeless youth and young survivors of complex trauma and trafficking. She is a passionate servant leader and strives to be an instrument for positive systems change at her agency and in the El Paso community, where she’s lived since her father was stationed here in 1972. Beth serves on the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force, has been an Adjunct Faculty member at UTEP, was the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso, and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Beth writes grants, bringing millions to El Paso and Texas to serve vulnerable youth populations. She has been with the Center for Children since 2016 and has secured funding to initiate a new street outreach program, a transition-aged female/LGBTQ group home and independent housing programs for homeless youth, a pilot project to provide foster homes for victims of trafficking, and a new U.S. ACYF-Children’s Bureau pilot project to build community collaborations centered on preventing child abuse.
Kathy Revtyak, LCSW | El Paso Child Guidance Center
Kathy Revtyak, LCSW-S. Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor with more than 20 years of experience working for transformational healing and positive systems change. As a clinician, she has direct service experience in a variety of practice settings, all connected to trauma healing among individuals, families, and communities. As an advocate, she has extensive teaching and training experience within the non-profit community, at the university level, and within a variety of systems working for positive change. She currently serves as the Trauma Informed Care Manager at the El Paso Child Guidance Center, where she works in the areas of training, consultation, advocacy, and evaluation. Ms. Revtyak has leadership, management, and Board service experience. In 2015, she was recognized as the Rio Grande Region “Social Worker of the Year,” and that same year, she earned the recognition of “Texas Social Worker of the Year” from the National Association of Social Workers.
Josue Lachica, MA. | El Paso Center for Children
Josue Lachica is a Project Director/Principal Investigator at the El Paso Center for Children overseeing an ACYF-Children’s Bureau pilot project to build community collaborations centered on preventing child abuse. He has been with the El Paso Center for Children since 2017 when he co-founded El Paso’s first homeless youth street outreach program. He completed his MA in Sociology at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2012 ,and a BA in Psychology in 2004. As a graduate student, Mr. Lachica received a Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center grant allowing him to explore migrant homelessness along the U.S.-Mexico border. From 2010-2013 Mr. Lachica performed research in Ciudad Juarez and El Paso exploring transnational homelessness. He has been working with homeless youth on the street level since 2003 at Lifeworks (Austin), Urban Peak (Denver), and the El Paso Center for Children. Mr. Lachica is a lecturer at the University of Texas at El Paso and Park University. He has lectured, researched and published on numerous subjects including transnational homelessness, homeless youth, poverty, place, homeless migration, and street capital.
Carlos Spector, LLC | Spector & Spector
Taylor Levy, LLC | Annunciation House
Eva Moya, Ph. D | Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
Juan Alderete, M. Ed. | Dept. Director Special Ed., ESC Region 19