Board of Directors

Executive Committee


Jana Ortega, JD

Sole practitioner and founder of Ortega, PLLC


Immediate Past Chair

Nancy Hohengarten JD

Travis County Court at Law #5 Presiding Judge


Craig Moore JD

Assistant District Attorney with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.


Douglas Smith

Policy Analyst with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition


Laura Sovine, LMSW-AP

The Sobering Center Executive Director


Margaret Gomez

Commissioner of the Travis County Commissioner’s Court, Precinct #4

Kathie Tovo

City Council Member 
Austin City Council, District 9

Andy Brown JD

Owner and founder of The Brown Law Firm, PLLC

Christopher Ziebell, MD 

Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Dell Seton Medical Center.

Stephen M. Strakowski, MD

Inaugural Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jessica Palvino

Assistant General Counsel, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Lynn Sherman

Solo Practitioner Attorney at Lynn Sherman Law Firm & Consulting

Ex-Officio Members

Roger Jefferies

Designee for Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt.

Rey Arellano

Designee for Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk

Joseph Chacon

Designee for Austin Chief of Police Brian Manley

Jasper Brown

Designee for Austin/Travis County EMS Chief Ernesto Rodriguez

Stephanie Hayden

Director of Austin Public Health Department

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