The Planning Council provides general oversight to the Reentry Roundtable and assures that the Roundtable's work is consistent with its mission and vision.
The Planning Council's functions include:
- Identifying, recruiting, and informing stakeholders
- Palnning 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
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Travis County District Attorney’s Office
Rodolfo (Rudy) Pérez, Jr.
Travis County Adult Probation
Travis County Justice Planning
Jaime Rodriguez, RAC, FBOP
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Sandra Smith, Ph.D.
Don Tracy, Ph.D.
Austin Community College
Louella Tate, Ph.D.
Texas Department of Family & Protective Services
Peter Valdez, LMSW
City of Austin Community Court
Bree Williams, LMSW
Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO)
Leadership Austin Executive Fellow
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 the Nominating Committee Co-Chairs at Jennifer.Tucker@goodwillcentraltexas.org or MLatta@trla.org 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 …