Sandra Horne, Attorney
Sandra is Legal Counsel for Blinn College District. She has served on the CASA for Kids of South Central Texas Board since 2016. Prior to her work at Blinn, she was general counsel for a small chemical manufacturer in Texas, and served as an Assistant Attorney General. Sandra received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her law degree from SMU’s Dedman School of Law. Sandra and her husband live in Brenham.
Christine Huff, Business Owner / Financial Professional
Christine Huff was born and raised in Anahuac,Texas. She attended Texas A&M University where she received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her work in this field first exposed her to the foster care system, where she began education work with both children and administration within this system. Christine also met Ryan, her husband and native of Bellville, at Texas A&M. She and Ryan eventually made their way back to Bellville, where they adopted three boys in 2015. Christine joined the CASA Board of Directors in 2017. Apart from her work with CASA, Christine invests in her community as a financial professional and as co-owner of Huff Brewing Company.
Walter Smith, Business Owner
Mr. Smith is a native Texan, living in the Houston region since 1971 when he began his studies at Rice University. He holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering and owns a civil engineering and land surveying firm headquartered in Tomball. He is married with seven children and soon to be sixteen grandchildren. In 2012 he and his wife, Toye, moved from Spring to Waller County, near Hempstead. He has experienced the blessings of the CASA program and was interested in becoming a member of the Board when approached in 2016. As a representative from Waller County, he is trying to spread the message of the good things that CASA does and recruit both volunteers and future board members.
Bryan Jody, Director of Student Ministry, Bellville United Methodist Church
Bryan Jody serves as the Youth Ministry Director at Bellville United Methodist Church. Originally from inner city Houston, Bryan spent much of his childhood in Pasadena, TX, and was active in sports, school, and church activities. He attended Blinn College and Texas A&M University as he pursued his paramedic license. During college, Bryan worked as an EMT in both Harris and Washington counties, an experience that exposed him to the horrors of child abuse and left him with a lasting desire to serve people.
While attending Texas A&M, Bryan received his call to ministry and enrolled at Lon Morris College where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Religious Studies. After completing his studies, Bryan served for five years as the Director of Youth Ministries at Flower Mound United Methodist Church in Flower Mound, TX. He and his wife Sarah married in 2015 and moved to Bellville in 2016 to be closer to their families.
Kathleen Townzen, AVP Lending Assistant, The First National Bank of Eagle Lake – Columbus Banking Center
Kathleen and her husband, Shalor, came on board as Court Appointed Special Advocates in the Fall of 2011. Shalor continues to be a CASA Advocate while Kathleen will join the CASA board as one of our newest members.
Born and raised in Texas, Kathleen and Shalor have two sons and five grandchildren. She is employed with The First National Bank of Eagle Lake, Columbus Banking Center as an AVP Lending Assistant. She is involved in several Columbus organizations and attends the Milam Street Church of Christ. Faith and Family are Kathleen’s number one priority and she appreciates being part of an organization such as CASA – working to help children by taking a part in their lives as they transition from a difficult place to a permanent home; bringing the child stability and confidence to succeed in life.
Past jobs with district court as a court coordinator and employment as a city secretary allows Kathleen the experience from having worked in a judicial and governmental atmosphere. Working on the Colorado County Habitat for Humanity board and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce board; being a CASA, along with experience in marketing, communications and public relations has her prepared to be a part of the CASA for Kids of South Central Texas Board of Directors.
Vicki Ward, Assistant Vice Chancellor Business & Finance at Blinn College
Mary Mattingly, Retired Educator
Mary has lived in Columbus, Texas for the past 31 years and is a retired mathematics teacher. After graduating from high school in Tyler, Texas, she attended Texas A&M and graduated with a degree in Education. She and her husband have been married 42 years, have four grown children and nine grandchildren. Though this is her first experience working with CASA, she has been on the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors for Colorado County, the Nesbitt Library Board of Directors and was a volunteer with the National Runaway Hotline. Whether in the classroom, in church organizations or in extra-curricular activities, working with young people as a teacher and mentor have all been opportunities she values.
Maren Eberhard, Licensed Clinical SW / Psychotherapist
Marion Clark, Registered Professional Land Surveyor & Business Owner
Marion Clark became licensed as a Registered Professional Surveyor in Texas in February, 1976 (RPLS No. 1881) and established Clark Surveying in April, 1977 with one employee and himself. Through organic growth and several acquisitions, grew to over 150 employees in three offices in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio up until 2009. He sold his business, contracts, and assets in January 2010 and began as the Houston Office Manager for a national surveying and mapping firm. He is experienced in starting up and expanding new firms. Client relations, Business Development and Marketing are areas of proficiency that enhance successful business growth, and which he currently enjoys. Through over 30 years of being a self-employed professional, he has acquired an extensive education in General Business experience learned “on the job”, such as employee and client relations, staff training and education, human resources, customer service, invoicing and collections, general insurance requirements, indemnifications, warranties and certifications, and important financial metrics.
Honorary Board Member
John Paget, Business Owner
John Paget has more than 25 years CEO and senior executive leadership experience. He has run 6 multi-billion dollar public companies as either President or CEO. Paget serves leaders who invest in developing themselves, their executives, and their companies. He is the Founder of Plumbline Consulting, LLC, a CEO Advisement Consultancy. He serves clients as a CEO consultant, senior executive coach or consultative advisor. In his corporate career, he has led dozens of acquisitions, completed scores of turnarounds, and sold many entities. He has orchestrated several rollups and regularly led merger and acquisition integrations, large and small. He draws on this experience to provide executive coaching to CEOs and senior executives. He also provides advisory services to Boards of Directors and heads of organizations from Fortune 100 corporations, VC and PE-backed companies, to non-profit entities.
An early adopter of executive coaching, Paget first hired an executive coach in 1989 and has continued to use coaches since. He’s coached high-potential executives in many of his organizations and twice hired a coach for his entire executive team. He believes that those who get good coaching become good coaches and that coaching powerfully speeds up the growth of executives, their teams, and everyone in the organization. John was the founding CEO for Pivot Acquisition Corporation where through a series of acquisitions and organic growth grew Pivot to $1.2b in 2009 and 2010. From 2007 to 2009, Paget was Global President of Avnet Technology Solutions Group, responsible for $7.5 billion in revenue across 39 countries, and led acquisition actions for over $4 billion. For three years before that, he was President and COO of Synnex Inc., with over $6 billion in revenue.
As a senior executive with General Electric from 2000 to 2004, his roles included senior VP and General Manager of their Technology Financial Services, where he was responsible for over $4 billion in volume and 1,000 employees, and President and CEO of General Electric Access, a $3.4 billion global distributor. For two years before that, he was their Executive VP, leading a $2.9 billion business unit. From 1997 to 1998, Paget was President and CEO of CIC Systems, a $400 million turnaround which he sold to CompuCom. He led North American service for Compaq Computer from 1995 to 1997. From 1992 to 1995, he was a senior VP with Digital Equipment, where he headed the Americas Services organization, a $1.6 billion division with 7,500 employees.
Paget’s first turnaround was from 1989 to 1992, as President and COO of Intelogic Trace. From 1969 to 1989, he held leadership roles with Xerox, the last as a General Manager with profit and loss responsibility and 1,450 employees. Paget earned a Bachelor of Administrative Sciences in 1975 from Pepperdine University, School of Business and Management.
John Paget passed away unexpectedly on June 30, 2018. CASA for Kids is grateful for the knowledge and guidance he brought to us in the short time he was a part of the CASA family.
A special thank you to the Steering Committee and all past Board Members for their time and service!