Devon Harrison is a Program Manager at The University of MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she has worked for the past 13 years in several areas of clinical research. Currently, she runs the Universal Genetic Testing Program for patients with Pancreatic Cancer and works as a patient navigator for clinical trial enrollment. The Genetic Testing program assists patients with finding targeted chemotherapy for treatment and assists their families with resources for early detection programs. Devon has over 10 years of experience working with children in her family’s daycare business with roles ranging from camp counselor, director assistant and youth advisor. There she was able to witness the many challenges trauma played on young children and how deeply it affected them. Although Devon comes from a family of educators and has worked with children for 10 years, it was the loss of a close family member that gave her the desire to raise awareness about mental health issues and its connection to childhood trauma. Devon has an overwhelming passion to put a spotlight on these issues and eliminate the stigma of mental illness in communities of color.
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.
Laura Henderson is nurse with 25 years of experience. Currently a Research Nurse Supervisor at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Laura has been in the research area at MD Anderson for 15 years with roles as research nurse, research educator, and supervisor/manager. Prior to MD Anderson, Laura served as before that have been spent as an inpatient bedside nurse, emergency room nurse, and educator for a nursing program. She has always known she had a servant heart and started her journey involved in the PAL program in high school, completing S.A.N.E (sexual assault nurse examiner) classroom training, volunteering with women and children shelters, and has continued that journey as a nurse and parent. Laura comes from a family of educators and an attorney whose passion has been fighting for improved outcomes and support for children experiencing challenges and trauma. Through their stories, her own experiences as a child, 25 years of nursing and in management, Laura’s passion for mental health has grown and she remains committed to doing everything she can to help eliminate the stigma and create change so that children can develop into healthy and happy adults.
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.
Christine J. Lu is an attorney. She earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2014 and has pursued public service ever since. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County for almost five years. There, she prosecuted a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases, including crimes against children. It was at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office that Christine saw firsthand how childhood trauma has a lasting effect. When she volunteered to serve in the prosecutor role on the rehabilitative STAR drug court, Christine learned the stories of those battling addiction, many of whom turned to drugs after suffering severe trauma during their youth.
Megan A. Mooney, Ph.D.
Megan A. Mooney, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice, providing therapy and psychological assessments for children and adolescents. Dr. Mooney has focused on serving traumatized children and families for over 15 years and she has a specialty interest in working with LGBTQ youth who are disproportionately impacted by a variety of traumatic experiences. She has presented locally and nationally about trauma, treatments for trauma in children and families, and ways to prevent and treat trauma in LGBTQ youth. Dr. Mooney is the President for the Texas Psychological Association and is also a member of the Houston Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.
Victoria Filippov Nemeth (Secretary, Chair Elect)
Ms. Nemeth* is the managing partner at Filippov Law Group, PLLC. She also serves as General Counsel of the Houston branch of a $1.4 billion professional infrastructure and environmental services company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. She has more than 21 years of business experience and 18 years of legal experience. In her roles as a director, general counsel, chief compliance officer, and COO, Ms. Nemeth has managed the legal affairs and business operations of both private and publicly traded companies in the United States and abroad. *No relation to Shawn Nemeth.
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.
Leslie K. Taylor, Ph.D.
Leslie K. Taylor earned her doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2010. During her training, she discovered her passion for working with youth survivors of trauma and supporting them in their recovery. She has specialized training in trauma focused interventions for children and youth exposed to physical and sexual abuse, neglect, natural disasters, and other types of traumatic losses, such as death or separation from a caregiver. She has worked in several different types of child focused organizations, to include child placing agencies, schools, inpatient, and outpatient mental health clinics. Dr. Taylor is particularly interested developing family-school-community partnerships to promote child and youth well-being and resiliency. She currently serves as the Director of Clinical Operations for Child and Adolescent Services at UT Health’s Trauma and Resilience Center, forwarding the center’s research, clinical and educational initiatives.
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.