Planning Council

Our Leadership

Reggie Smith

Planning Council Chair
Reggie Smith
Community Representative

Michelle Collins

Planning Council Vice-Chair
Michelle Collins
Integral Care

Darwin Hamilton Headshot

RAP Representative
Darwin Hamilton
Community Representative

Helen Gaebler

Past Planning Council Chair
Helen Gaebler, JD
UT School of Law

Planning Council Members

Sandra Smith, Ph.D.
Via Hope

Don Tracy
Austin Community College

Louella Tate, Ph.D.
Community Representative

Kenneth Thompson
Texas Department of Family & Protective Services

Jennifer Tucker
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas

Peter Valdez, LMSW
City of Austin Community Court

Bree Williams, LMSW
Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO)

Advocacy Fellow
Laurie Pherigo

Leadership Austin Executive Fellow
Hank Perret

Meeting Minutes

Minutes are available online for monthly Planning Council meetings from the past 3-4 years:

Planning Council Member Interviews:

To Know Someone Personally Impacted Was a Wake-up Call for Me: An Interview with Laura Sovine

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 …

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Success Means Having Room to Fail: An Interview with Kenneth Thompson

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 …

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Building Alliances is Critical in a Large State like Texas: An Interview with Helen Gaebler

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 …

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