Keynote Speaker

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.

Keynote Speaker

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.

Keynote Speaker

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, Esq.|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.” 

Jerry Milner, D.S.W. | Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau

Jerry Milner is the Associate Commissioner at the Children’s Bureau, and the Acting Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. During this workshop, Commissioner Milner’s comments will focus on the Children’s Bureau’s priorities of strengthening protective capacities of families to care for their children in safe ways. Additionally, he will discuss the role of primary prevention and the critical role of empowering communities to create the conditions for healthy, thriving families where children are free from harm.

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

Carlos Spector, a native of El Paso, Texas, received his Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas in 1986.  He has been practicing immigration law in El Paso, Texas for 30 years, specializing in Mexican asylum claims.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Spector worked for U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (Houston-D) as a special assistant handling immigration and labor issues. Mr. Spector served as Texas State Chair of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Immigration Task Force under President Jose Garcia de Lara, 1988-1990.  Mr. Spector was also co-founder of the National Network for Immigrant Rights and currently serves on the Board of the Border Network for Human Rights in El Paso, Texas.  Mr. Spector strongly advocates for Mexican exiles seeking asylum and currently is representing over 80 Mexican families in their asylum claims. He has co-founded the non-profit group Mexicanos en Exiliowhich seeks to help Mexican asylum seekers in their search for justice both in Mexico and in the United States.  He won one of the first Mexican asylum claims in 1990 and continues specializing in Mexican asylum claims.  He is also a founding member of the Texas Latino Jewish Leadership Council. The Texas LJLC, launched in November 2018, is comprised of 26 prominent Texas-based Jewish and Latino leaders who advocate together on issues of common concern and defend values cherished by both communities.  It is the first affiliate of the national Latino Jewish Leadership Council, established by American Jewish Committee (AJC) two years ago.

Taylor Levy, Esq.| Taylor Levy Law

Taylor Levy is a graduate of the hybrid program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and an immigration attorney in El Paso, Texas. Ms. Levy was previously the Legal Coordinator at Annunciation House, a migrant and refugee house of hospitality located on the U.S.-Mexico border. During the summer and fall of 2018, Taylor worked with dozens of pro bono attorneys who traveled to El Paso from across the U.S. to provide free legal representation to immigrant parents separated from their minor children through the “zero-tolerance” policy enacted by the Trump administration. Attorneys volunteering with Annunciation House have provided legal consultations and pro bono reunification and immigration representation to more than 400 separated families. Though the official family separation policy ended, Ms. Levy continues to work occasionally with several families that remain separated, along with newly-separated families.

Eva Moya, Ph. D | Associate Professor, Department of Social Work

Eva M. Moya, Associate Professor of the Department of Social Work at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from UTEP and a MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow. Her research include Tuberculosis, stigma, women, U.S.­ Mexico border health, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, intimate partner violence and community-based participatory research approaches like the Photovoice method. She established the first partnership between Social Work and the Opportunity Center for the Homeless creating experiences grounded on social justice through first off-campus macro course creating a community of practice to serve homeless populations.

Dr. Sylvia Chavez-Baray | UTEP Dept. of Social Work & College of Health Sciences – Lecturer / Post Doctoral

Silvia M. Chavez-Barayhas a Ph.D. on clinical psychology. She is adjunct faculty and Post Doc Fellow in the Department of Social Work at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a mental health advisor of the Mexico Section of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission. She is the founder of the psychoeducational group “Breaking the cycle of violence” for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence. She served as the Coordinator for the Ventanilla de Saud of the Mexican Consulate in El Paso, and advisor for the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior on gender studies. Her research focuses on migration, TB, violence, health inequalities.

Myra Garcia, LCSW | El Paso Child Guidance Center

Myra Garcia, LCSW is a psychotherapist at the El Paso Child Guidance Center and has been with the center since April 2016 after moving from New York City. Myra received her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters in Social Work from New York University. During her time in New York City, Myra provided psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults with a broad range of mental health issues. She also served as a Program Manager for a therapeutic program that provided services to victims of gun violence in the East Harlem area. While at El Paso Child Guidance Center, Myra has begun to work on a collaboration with YISD to provide mental health services in the schools. Myra is currently in training for Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).

Carla Canales, Esq. | Gordon, Davis, Johnson & Shane P.C.

Carla Canales is an associate with Gordon, Davis, Johnson, & Shane P.C. and her practice focuses on immigration and nationality law. She received her B.S. at Trinity University and J.D. at DePaul University College of Law. Carla joined the Firm in 2016. Carla is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves as a consulting attorney to the Mexican Consulate in El Paso, Texas. During the summer and fall of 2018, Carla volunteered extensively with Annunciation House to provide free immigration law mentorship to dozens of pro bono attorneys representing separated parents and children. Carla’s motivation to serve immigrants stems from her own history with immigration. As the only member of her family to be born in the U.S., Carla watched her parents and family personify the American Dream after emigrating from Mexico. Their story reinforces Carla’s desire to help others pursue their dreams.

Angela Barraza, M. Ed. | El Paso Child Guidance Center

Angela Barraza received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Biology and her Master of Education in Guidance & Counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso.  She has experience working in schools and non-profit organizations.  Ms. Barraza has many years of experience working with survivors and offenders of domestic violence.  Angela has skills in teaching, coaching, training, individual therapy, therapy groups, psychoeducational groups and facilitating battering intervention and prevention groups.  She has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Screening & Brief Motivational Interventions, Trauma Informed Care, Domestic Violence education, intervention, prevention and non-violence group facilitation.  Angela is currently the Trauma Informed Care Specialist at the El Paso Child Guidance Center.  She works in the areas of training, consultation, outreach, advocacy, and evaluation.  Ms. Barraza is currently involved in many community collaborations in El Paso to help improve services for the El Paso community.  Angela is striving to make a positive change in everyone’s life by planting seeds of growth through one individual at a time. 

Janine Gallinar, LCSW-S | El Paso Child Guidance Center

Janine Gallinar is a clinical social worker with 18 years of experience providing direct services and administrative oversight in the areas of community mental health and integrative care, social work education, project management and advocacy. The focus of her clinical work includes serving individuals and groups managing a broad range of mental health conditions ranging from trauma and anxiety-related disorders to depressive and schizophrenia-spectrum conditions. She has extensive experience with individuals, children and groups. Her approaches to care include a strengths-based perspective and recovery-oriented practice. She is trained in multiple evidenced based and evidence informed interventions and models to include TF-CBT, EMDR, recovery-oriented practices, Capacitar Multicultural Wellness practices, MI and trauma informed care. Janine utilizes her various skills to empower those she serves to grow and heal in mind, body and spirit to advance recovery and wellness in our region. Janine has many years of experience as a clinician, administrator, educator and trainer at the University level, in non-profit settings, integrative-care settings and with other community networks advocating for culturally competent/humble, evidenced-based and accessible health and mental health care services.

Albert Villa, M. Ed. | ESC Region 19

Albert Villa is the Project Manager for Behavior, Discipline, and Mental Health at the Education Service Center – Region 19. He was a special education classroom teacher, primarily working with students with emotional and behavioral disorders at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for over ten years, which was followed by another eight years as an instructional specialist in the Socorro Independent School District. Prior to working in public schools, he was a case manager who worked directly with adult, child and homeless populations of mentally ill in El Paso County. He assisted these individuals in accessing outpatient services and treatment that would allow them to live and work in the community with minimal inpatient treatment.

Wes Temple, M. Ed. | ESC Region 19

Wes Temple is a Project Manager for Positive Behavior Support in the Department of Special Education at Education Service Center – Region 19. He has worked as a special education classroom assistant, teacher for students with emotional disturbance, a district-wide special education mentor teacher and a project manager. In his current position he is a behavior consultant and trainer for school districts in the El Paso area and works collaboratively with other agencies in Texas.  He currently provides training on school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), School Climate, Classroom Management, and Restorative Practices.

Daniely Gutierrez, M. Ed. | ESC Region 19

Daniely Gutierrez is the Family and Community Engagement Specialist with The Education Service Center – Region 19 in the Special Education Department.  Daniely was the social worker with the Migrant Education Program, some of her functions were to help clients handle everyday life problems, address clients who have issues caused by neglect, abuse, domestic violence, legal issues, mobility (because of migrant work), mental health and parental substance abuse. She also worked as an At-Risk-Youth-Counselor with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Agency.   She would provide intervention services for youth, perform orientations based on program expectations, conduct intake and assessment interviews, develop academic plans for out of school youth, document attendance, monitor progress and adjust service plans as needed.  

Julie Priego | Aliviane, Inc.

Ms. Julie Priego has 20 years of experience in the area of substance use prevention/intervention services. Her primary area of focus has been Prevention/Intervention services with a main focus on the state’s 3
prevention strategies to reduce underage drinking, marijuana use, and prescription medication abuse in El Paso County, Hudspeth, Culberson, Presidio, Brewster, and Jeff Davis Counties. During this time she has
served in many different roles and has been able to obtain the perspective of how Substance use prevention is a necessary role in identifying risk factors that affect many different populations, as well as the detrimental health issues and associated impact on society.

Antonio Martinez | Aliviane, Inc.

Mr. Antonio Moises Martinez currently serves Aliviane, Inc. as Regional Evaluator, and in this role, he is responsible for collecting data, building collaborations, providing resources, and compiling the Regional Needs Assessment. His educational background consists of a Master of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences. Before serving at Aliviane, Mr. Martinez served the Latino Alcohol & Health Disparities Research Center (LAHDR) as Program Manager where he supervised all
grant activities, co-developed research plans, assisted in event planning, fostered collaborations with organizations, and assisted with training dissemination.

Rosie Callender | Suicide Prevention Advocate

Rosie is a native El Pasoan, a graduate of El Paso High School and a former UTEP Miner.  She joined the Army in 1990, served on Active Duty until 2003, and continued her service to our nation as an Army Civilian.  Ms. Callendar works in far east Ft. Bliss as a mentor and trainer preparing Military Intelligence Soldiers for their deployments overseas. She has her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of Maryland University College Europe.  Rosie married the love of her life in 1999, and they have two beautiful daughters, one in Heaven and one here on earth.   Tragically, they lost their older daughter to suicide on April 29, 2018.  Emily was just 13 when she took her own life; she was a beautiful, talented, smart, athletic, caring young lady. 

Manuel Castruita | EPISD Director of Counseling and Advising Services

Manny has been involved in the field of education since 1988. He has been employed throughout this period with the Ysleta and El Paso Independent School Districts. In addition to having been in the classroom as an English and History instructor, Manny has also served as a Writing Center instructor, Drop-Out Recovery Coordinator at Ysleta High School, and an
academic and social counselor at Bel Air High School, Ysleta Middle, and Del Valle High. Mr. Castruita is truly dedicated to the education profession and has served as a mentor, role model, counselor, and friend to many fellow educators and students.

Alejandra Dozal, M.Ed., LPC | Registered Play Therapist

Alejandra Dozal is a Licensed Professional Therapist in the State of Texas and a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy.  Alejandra is a native El Pasoan and is currently working with El Paso Child Guidance Center where she services a variety of populations, in its majority sexually abused children, utilizing a client centered, trauma informed care approach.  With an Associate in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor in Psychology and a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling and an extensive education on child development and play therapy, Alejandra currently serves as the president for the Far West Texas Association for Play Therapy Chapter and dedicates her life advocating for the safety and wellbeing of children and her values are founded in honesty, respect, and genuiness and the communion between mind, body and spirit.  Alejandra likes to spend her time at home creating art, by heart she is a little hippie and a little hood.

Martha Terrazas | FBI Special Agent

Prior to  becoming a Special Agent with the FBI, SA Terrazas was an Assistant Principal with El Paso Independent School District.  She has been an Agent for 15 years and has worked a variety of violations to include:  White Collar Crime, Terrorism, Intelligence, Violent Crimes Against Children, and is now the Recruiter and Applicant Coordinator for the El Paso Field Office.

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