Board of Directors

Timothy Axt – Board PresidentTim Axt New

Tim and his wife, Nora, are residents of Kemah after having lived in Kingwood, Texas for 18 years while raising their three children.  He has been with CASA in one capacity or another since 2010, serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, joining the Steering Committee in 2013 to help guide the organization out from under its former umbrella organization as a separate 501 (c) (3) corporation, and currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of CASA of Galveston County.

Tim believes that every child deserves an independent voice in the legal system; someone who can help change the trajectory of the child’s life.

A former ExxonMobil / Mobil Controller, Planning Manager and Business Associate with 35 years of accounting, finance and planning experience, Tim earned both a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Boston College,Chestnut Hill, Mass.  He has also served in the President and Treasurer capacities of his Kemah HOA for 7 years.

Tim and Nora are enthusiastic sailors and are active in St. Mary of the Expectation Catholic Church in League City, Texas.

Norma Jacobson – Board Vice-President

Bob and Norma

Norma and her husband, Robert Jacobson, Sr., (Bobby) have lived in Texas City since 1977. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Norma has a passion for children, and since retirement in 2013, became a CASA advocate as a result of another CASA advocate sharing her experience with CASA. Norma has worked for the past 30+ years in the construction industry as an office manager/bookkeeper. She has business management training and experience in office management including new business start up. Norma was a member of the steering committee that was formed while our organization was under the Resource and Crisis Center (RCC), and heavily involved with the procurement of our IRS 501(c)3 status and Application for Affiliation with Texas CASA.

Norma has been involved in children’s ministries through church where she taught 3rd/4th grade Sunday school and was director of VBS. Norma and her husband currently volunteer weekly in their church as child care providers. Both Norma and her husband serve twice a year on a prison ministry team to share their faith with incarcerated youth offenders.

 

 

Lydia Cook-Treasurer

 

Taylor Biddle-Board SecretaryTaylor

Taylor is married to a wonderful husband named David, has two step daughters, and four dog children.  She grew up in the Clear Lake area and attended Clear Lake High School.  After graduation she studied at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.  Guns up!!  She currently works as a paralegal at a litigation law firm in the Memorial area.  In her free time she enjoys volunteering, spending time with friends an family, running, and traveling.

Taylor became involved with CASA in September of 2014 as an advocate and joined the Board in June of 2015. She was interested in becoming a CASA because she wanted to make a difference for a child and be a positive influence in their life.  She learned of CASA when she lived in Lubbock and a good friend was involved in the South Plains chapter and was very passionate about the work he did.  She is also involved in the Junior League of Galveston County, City of Webster Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Board, Clear Creek Ducks Unlimited, and Susan G. Komen.

 

Katrina McGuire – Past PresidentKatrina Pic

Katrina is the mother of twin boys and a little girl ages 5, 5, and 7.  She is a resident of League City, attends Clear Creek Community Church and works as the Human Resource Manager for TDS Inc, a consulting firm to the Oil and Gas industry located in Clear Lake.  Katrina holds a Bachelor’s degree from Letourneau University in I/O Psychology and a Masters degree from UHCL in I/O Psychology- Humanities.  Katrina’s passion for children and community is what drove her to get involved with CASA.  She started with the program in 2013 as an advocate and then served on the Steering Committee that led the charge to transition CASA of Galveston County out from under the umbrella organization and onto being the independent 501c3 organization that it is today.  Katrina now serves as the Chair of the Board for CASA of Galveston County.  In addition to the work Katrina does with CASA, she has also served the community through participation on Allocation Committees for the United Way Mainland Communities.

 

 

Kristina Lucas – MemberKris

Kristina Lucas is honored to be serving on the Board of Directors of CASA of Galveston County.  This is an organization that is very dear to Kris.  Maybe it is because she is from a large family, the youngest of ten, but children hold a special place in her heart.  In 2000 she became an attorney and has made a career of working with children who are involved in the legal system, first as an assistant prosecutor in Galveston County working with Children’s Protective Services, and now, working often as an amicus attorney representing children who’s families are involved in legal disputes.

She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for almost 23 years and together they have two amazing kids.  They make thier home near the shores of Galveston Bay and spend as much time as they can in or near the water.  They love to spend time with friends, sharing a good meal and great laughs, and whenever time permits you can catch the family hitting the highways and back-roads of these great United States. Currently, Kris and her family volunteer in different capacities within their church either in helping to lead bible study groups, working with children in Sunday School, leading music, or simply just praying for others.

 

Sandra HernandezMemberSandra Hernandez

Sandra is a lifelong resident of the Galveston County community. She and her husband, Dan, have two children. 
 
Sandra is retired from the Galveston County Courthouse and has worked all areas of the Human Resources department, from new orientations to retirements. She’s been active in the Texas City High School band boosters and co-chair of 2006 Project Graduation. 
 
Sandra enjoys cooking, traveling and meeting new people. 
 
There is a never ending need for people who are willing to dedicate themselves to helping others, and Sandra is dedicated to contribute 100% to further CASA’s mission to provide trained volunteers to advocate for the children in Galveston County who are in foster homes because of abuse and neglect by their parents or guardian. Together we can make a difference.

 

Debbie Scoggins – Memberdebbie-scoggins

Debbie and her husband, Wally, live in Seabrook, Texas with their 3 standard poodles Lucy, Bentley and Rose.  They have 6 wonderful children and 11 beautiful grandchildren.   Debbie and Wally love to travel and spend time with their family.  Her hobbies include tennis, golf, swimming, cooking and playing the piano.

Debbie is a Registered Nurse obtaining her degree from Lamar University.  She worked for LifeShare Blood Centers located in Beaumont, Texas and Lake Charles, LA for over 22 years and was the Executive Director upon retiring in 2012. While working in the blood banking industry, she developed and published several abstracts and was a guest speaker for several international organizations to include the American Association of Blood Banks, America’s Blood Centers, Blood Centers of America, Gambro BCT, the Food and Drug Administration and ISBT.  While living in Southeast Texas, Debbie volunteered for several organizations to include the Service League of Orange, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Chamber of Commerce, Rainbow Room, Parent Teachers Association and as an advocate for CASA of Jefferson County.  In 2002, she helped to create the first collaborative partnership between BASF and TOTAL for the development of the first “Miracle Match for Life” golf tournament which is now in its 14th year and has raised more than $1.3 million.  The proceeds from the event continue to be used to educate the public on the need for bone marrow and blood donors and cancer screening.  In 2012, Debbie moved to the Houston area to begin a new career as a Clinical Manager for Medtronic Diabetes.  She worked with physicians and educated their patients on healthy living as a Type 1 diabetic and trained them on the use of insulin pump therapy.  In 2015, she began working for their own company as the Business Manager for Green Shield Products, LLC. After several years of living in the Seabrook area she joined CASA of Galveston County as an advocate.  Her love of family, children, community and the desire to help improve the lives of others makes CASA the perfect organization to be involved in.

By serving as an advocate for two CASA chapters, volunteering with many community organizations throughout the years and having a long career for a non-profit blood center,  Debbie feels her experience will enable her to make a positive impact as a board member of CASA of Galveston County.

 

Michael M. Warren, M.D. – Member

Dr. Michael M. (Mike) Warren graduated from Cornell University in 1959.  He earned his M.D. degree from the State University of New York College of Medicine at Syracuse.  Dr. Warren completed a Urology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

In 1971, he joined the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  In 1975, he became the Robert Earl Cone Associate Professor of Urology and Chief of the Division of Urology, obtaining the rank of Full Professor in 1979.  He is currently the Ashbel Smith Professor Emeritus of Surgery/Urology.

Dr. Warren has published approximately 80 scientific articles, and chapters in textbooks.  He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society.

He has had a long standing interest in the health and welfare of children.  In addition to CASA, caring for children’s Urologic needs, member of the Galveston County Board of Health, elected to the Galveston Independent School District for two terms, and Board member of Upward Hope Academy are some of his tangible efforts.  Rearing three children and spoiling four grandchildren have also contributed to his concern for children.

He is the author of three humorous, but authoritative books.  “Deer Dad:  A Hunter’s Guide” is a comprehensive book about deer hunting and game management – from the deer’s point of view.  “That’s Only the Down Payment:  A Survival Manual for the Father of the Bride” is required reading for all men who are, or ever will be, at the risk to hold this unenviable position.  “Surviving Your Health Care” is a must for those who will ever become ill.

Kathy Trussell – Member 

Kathy is the mother of three grown sons, and a resident of League City for 36 years. She is Vice-President of a firm that administers retirement benefits for government entities. She has a Bachelor’s degree from U of H Clear Lake, SEC license, Series 6, and General lines Insurance license.

Kathy has always volunteered her time an energy to causes from Little League to Communities in Schools in the past and learned about CASA from a dear friend. She is proud to be a member of the CASA Board and is determined to assist in obtaining the goals and awareness of CASA of Galveston.

Kathy enjoys spending time with her sons and their families, fishing, and traveling.

 

Jeff Kilgore – Member

Jeff Kilgore is a Mediator who draws on his experiences as an attorney of over 44 years. He is active in his Church, Kiwanis,and believes our future is built on the achievements of our children. He believes all children should have the opportunity to grow, learn and be safe in their home environment. Children should be nurtured, treated with respect and given the encouragement to reach their potential.

Jeff is married to Mary Russell Kilgore and has three grown children a two granddaughters.