Planning Council's Role
The Planning Council provides general oversight to the Reentry Roundtable and assures that the Roundtable's work is consistent with its mission and vision. Guests are welcome to join for monthly Planning Council meetings, held on the second Monday of each month from 12:30-2pm. To attend, please register in advance via Zoom at https://bit.ly/PlanningCouncilMeetings.
The Planning Council's functions include:
- Identifying, recruiting, and informing stakeholders
- Planning and executing Roundtable meetings and forums
- Coordinating committees and workgroups
- Developing strategies and action plans
- Identifying goals and timelines
- Ensuring outcomes are met
- Providing fiscal oversight, including identifying and securing funding and other necessary resources.
Planning Council Members
Carolyn Brown, LMSW
Travis County Correctional Facility
David Clauss, LMSW
Helen Gaebler, JD
UT School of Law
Travis County Public Defender
Mia Greer, RN, BSN, CLIA
Community Coalition for Health
Carl F. Hunter II, M.Div
Building Promise USA
Travis County Justice & Public Safety
Rodolfo (Rudy) Pérez, Jr.
Travis County Adult Probation
Capital Area Private Defender Service
Melissa Shearer, LBSW, JD
Travis County Mental Health Public Defender
Cynthia Simons, RPS, MHPS
Texas Center for Justice & Equity
Louella Tate, Ph.D.
Peter Valdez, LMSW
City of Austin Community Court
Alex Villarreal, LPC
Interested in Joining the Planning Council?
Membership in the Roundtable is open to organizations and individuals who confirm their interest in supporting our mission and work. If you are interested in membership, please contact email@example.com to learn more.
Minutes are available online for monthly Planning Council meetings from the past 3-4 years:
Planning Council Member Interviews:
Laura Sovine, Past Chair, Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable Planning Council Director of Operations, Austin Recovery What brought you to this work? While I was in graduate school to be a therapist, my mom married a man with two sons in prison; one was incarcerated in Georgia and the other was in Huntsville, Texas. My mom …
Kenneth Thompson, Member and Past Co-Chair, Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable Planning Council Fatherhood Program Specialist, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services How long have you been involved with the Roundtable and what brought you to this work? I have been involved with the Reentry Roundtable since about two years after it began. I …
Helen Gaebler, Past Chair, Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable Planning Council Senior Research Attorney, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT School of Law Tell me about your professional background. I grew up in Wisconsin and attended law school there. After graduating and clerking for a year at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, I …