Marian Cabanillas serves as the CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community & State’s South Texas Health Plan. She is responsible for Medicaid products including the STAR, CHIP, STAR Kids and STAR+PLUS programs which generate approximately $4 billion in revenue annually. Marian leads initiatives at the health plan that result in growth through strategic relationships and innovation. Her team consists of more than 1,000 diverse employees that are responsible for provider, member, community and employee engagement. Marian is committed to addressing the issues of healthcare and disparities in the communities she serves.
Kathryn E. Hayden
Kathryn E. Hayden is a financial advisor with Raymond James and, along with Robert Wayne Jamail, Sr., created the Jamail Hayden Group. The team provides holistic wealth planning, investment portfolio construction, performance analytics, and monitoring for high-net-worth individuals and families. She has more than 35 years of experience and has held managerial, marketing, training, and consulting positions in both the broker/dealer and investment advisory industries.
Katie Jackman is a marketing professional with more than 25 years’ experience with both non-profit and corporate organizations. Currently she is the Marketing Manager for Home Service Plus at CenterPoint Energy. Previously she was an independent marketing consultant whose clients included Children’s Museum Houston, Houston Habitat for Humanity, and Jewish Family Service. She has also led marketing departments for the Alley Theatre, Lone Star Flight Museum and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Her commercial theater experience includes Clear Channel Entertainment and Cirque du Soleil. Katie also worked in Marketing Planning for Target Corporation. She also holds a Certificate of Distinction at the Leadership Institute of Non-Profit Executives at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University.
DeJuana S. Jernigan, MSW, LCCA, LCPAA
DeJuana is an avid child and family advocate who is committed to the work that she does to help people heal and ensure that children are safe and families are supported to care for them. DeJuana worked with the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services — Child Protective Services Division — for 10 years, where her last position was as a Regional Program Administrator in the Greater Houston Area. In 2006, DeJuana joined DePelchin Children’s Center as the Adoption/Post Adoption Program Coordinator and later served as the Director of Child Welfare Services (Foster Care, Adoption, & Post Adoption) from 2008-2020, in which she acted as DePelchin’s Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator (LCPAA) and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Educator. In 2020, DeJuana joined Arms Wide Adoption Services as its President and CEO where she currently leads the organization to implement its mission of transforming the lives of children in Houston and South Texas that are in need of safe and nurturing adoptive families. DeJuana also currently serves as President of the Texas Foster Care Association and is active in several DFPS/ CPS-related workgroups and community collaboratives, including host/facilitator of the Region 6 Child Placing Agency Collaborative.
John M. Lewis, JD
John M. Lewis has been a licensed attorney for over 16 years and is an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office in Houston. He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County from 2007 until 2018, where he was promoted to Chief Prosecutor. In that role, he was responsible for the prosecution of thousands of cases, including those involving children who have been traumatized. As an experienced trial attorney, John has personally prosecuted many child abuse cases, to include cases of physical abuse, sexual abuse and children who have been murdered. John currently works in the Violent Crime section of the United States Attorney’s Office where he investigates and prosecutes serious violent offenses.
Shawn Alex Nemeth (Chair)
Shawn Alex Nemeth is a gifted speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur whose life purpose is to help people become the best possible version of themselves. Shawn is also the Founding Director and CEO of Chester Street Foundation, a nonprofit he founded to shine a light on childhood trauma through education and awareness. Having suffered horrific abuse as a child, Shawn became an ordained minister and worship leader, working compassionately to help others heal while the little boy inside suffered in silence. In 2009, Shawn was hospitalized with post-traumatic stress disorder and told that severe trauma had been encoded in his brain and body during the years of abuse and neglect. But with treatment, courage and self-compassion, Shawn found the strength to recover and thrive; and with renewed clarity, he set out on a mission of providing a voice for traumatized children and educating his community about the issues of childhood trauma. In addition to sharing his inspiring story with audiences large and small as a professional speaker and through his organization the Chester Street Foundation, Shawn has also chronicled his experience with raw candor in his book, Thorns of Chester Street.
Danielle Stafford (Secretary)
Danielle Stafford is a Paralegal at Werlinger Law Group, PLLC. She has over 13 years of legal experience in both civil and criminal litigation. Danielle chose this career path after learning about the role of a paralegal in the Crimes Against Children’s division at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Texas at Brownsville. In 2014, it all came full circle when she was hired at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. She was assigned as a Paralegal in the Crimes Against Children Division where she spent more than 8 years assisting in the prosecution of cases involving abuse to Harris County’s most vulnerable victims, children. Through the prosecution of these cases, Danielle was fortunate enough to work closely with Child Advocates at the Houston Area Women’s Center and multiple disciplinaries within Children’s Assessment Center. Seeking justice for and meeting with hundreds of children over the years, she was able to see first-hand the lasting effects of childhood trauma and the realities that trauma comes in many different forms and affects everyone differently. Danielle passion is child advocacy, in whatever form that may come, as well as raising community awareness.
Meghan Tibo, M.A.
Meghan Tibo provides mental health support for students in the Katy Independent School District as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). She also serves her community as the Founder and Managing Director of The Tallest Trees, an educational consulting firm, providing parent coaching and social skills training for children with social challenges. Meghan holds a Master of Arts degree in psychology and has over 14 years of experience servicing schools and students across the state of Texas. Meghan was a contract LSSP with Specialized Assessment & Consulting and later held coordinator and director positions overseeing quality of assessment and therapy services, recruiting new clients and team members, and providing technical assistance to service providers and schools. Meghan is passionate about being a voice for students who struggle with emotional, behavioral, and social difficulties as well as educating the community about mental health conditions and their impact on society.