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CACTX Announces New Board Officers & Board Members

CACTX is excited to begin FY 2017 with a new slate of board executive officers. Lasse Wagene (Houston- Ambrose Resources) will serve as the incoming CACTX President, joined by President Elect Jeff Jeter (Austin- UT Arlington), Vice President James Kimbell (Houston- Strasburger and Price, LLP), Secretary Revlynn Lawson (Austin- Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson), and Treasurer Gina DeBottis Metts (Houston- Retired, Special Prosecution Unit).

Together, this officer team works to promote the CACTX mission "to restore the lives of abused children by supporting local children's advocacy centers in partnership with local communities and agencies investigating and prosecuting child abuse."

New FY 2017 board members include Blaine Brunson (Austin- Morgan Stanley), Julie Evans (Fort Worth- Alliance for Children), Cleve Glenn (Houston- Seyfarth Shaw), Tracy King (Austin- AT&T), and Jessica Mahaffey (Houston- Direct Energy).

After celebrating 20 years since the inception of CACTX under FY 2016 Board President Joe Cosgrove, Jr., the CACTX team is poised to move forward with a new vision of providing the full array of professionally recommended services, at the highest standard of care, to all children within the case acceptance criteria of Texas CACs.

The services CACTX and CACs provide may be difficult to talk about given the sensitive subject matter of its services - helping children that have been victims of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. But CACTX is inspired by the passion of our board members, both past and present, who recognize that society cannot afford to ignore the issue or enable it by silence.

Bolstered by the support of the Texas Legislature, Governor and Federal Partners, CACs try to minimize the impact of the legal system on children by helping coordinate the investigation and support of law enforcement, prosecutors, medical, social services and mental health professionals. CACs offer ongoing counseling support to the child and families as well.

Approximately 40,000 children come through the doors of a Texas CAC each year but sadly, 66 out of 254 Texas counties remain unserved. Local centers are being asked to do more by growing victim categories and an increased caseload. We are confident that the new CACTX leadership will enable all Texas CACs to continue working until EVERY child victim is identified, assisted, and restored.

Did you know:

Out of 43,000 child victims served at a CAC in Texas each year: 67%

of these children are female.

Report Suspected Abuse
Call 1-800-252-5400 or 9-1-1
www.txabusehotline.org