Board of Directors

Executive Committee


Thomas Munoz
President

Thomas Munoz is an Emergency Manager and Homeland Security Director with 26 years of first responder and emergency management experience. As the Emergency Manager and Homeland Security Director for the City of Texas City, he is responsible for the safety of all its citizens along with managing the crisis communication plan with local industry and major stakeholders. Texas City is home base for 19 low-to-high risk chemical plants. The Port of Texas City is the 7th busiest port in the country. Tom also responded to the Santa Fe ISD shootings where he served as the Liaison and Logistics Officer during this event. He has testified in front of the Senate Select Committee and the House of Representatives on Violence in Schools and School Security.

Prior to his arrival to Texas City, Tom was a 24 year member of the Houston Fire Department in which he achieved the rank of Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Planning. Part of his duties included planning for major city events, which included the NCAA Finals, Presidential and Dignitary visits, the Houston Marathon and the Olympics Marathon Trials. He was also the Human Relations Chairperson for the International Associations of Fire Chiefs

Tom served in the United States Coast Guard Reserves and retired as Commander. During his time in the United States Coast Guard, he served as the USCG Deputy Incident Commander for Hurricane Katrina-New Orleans Vessel Removal Project, the Texas City Y Spill as a Liaison Officer and most recently served as the Hurricane Maria Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer in San Juan, PR. Tom also served on the Commandants Diversity Advisory Council.

Tom is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston-Downtown where he teaches Safety, Emergency Management and Crisis Communication.

Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management and is currently working on his second Masters in Homeland Security from American Military University. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Houston. Tom completed the Executive Leadership and Management Certification Program from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business. He is also a graduate from the Naval Postgraduate Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program as well as the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

Patrick McDonald
Vice President

Patrick McDonald is proud to be serving on the Board of Directors for CASA of Galveston County. His mother retired from CPS after 45 years and that passion for helping neglected children was passed down to him. Needless to say, CASA has been a part of his life for a very long time.

In 2018 he started his volunteer career where he served on two cases before joining the Board.

He studied finance and business at Texas Tech University. During college he volunteered at the Lubbock Children’s Home. He has since been involved with a number of organizations including DePelchin Children’s Center and SEARCH Homeless Services.

Patrick is a Portfolio Manager and Wealth Advisor for Merrill Lynch in Galveston. He and his family are members of Bay Harbor Methodist Church in League City. In his free time, you’ll find Patrick coaching his children’s sports activities or when there is a sliver of free time, on the golf course.

Lydia Cook
Treasurer
Linda Stickline
Secretary

Linda is married and the mother of two grown children. She and her husband, Greg, have lived many places as Greg’s job in the energy industry has taken them around the country. Although they are Colorado natives they have resided in Galveston, TX for 11 years.

Linda has always been an advocate for children. Wherever they lived Linda worked in education servings in various teaching and administrative capacities in socioeconomically disadvantaged, Title I schools. She and Greg have also served as CASA volunteers and are very active in their church community.

“Being a part of CASA of Galveston County is an honor and a privilege. What CASA does is such important work. Volunteering gives life meaning and purpose and working on the board to advocate for the best interests of children and be their voice in the court system is critical for the community, life-giving for the children and inspirational for those who experience it.”

June Dempsey
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

June has served as a CASA for 5 years and she is dedicated to serving CASA as a Board member. For over 40 years June has worked as a Speech Pathologist in Houston and League City, with a few raising-family gaps along the way. She grew up in El Paso where she received her BA in Speech Pathology from the University of Texas at El Paso. After graduation she moved to Houston with her husband and went on to receive an MA in Speech Pathology at the University of Houston. June lived in Europe for 8 years then returned to Texas with her expanded family in 1988.

Her work for over 30 years since returning from overseas has been primarily as a self-employed speech therapist specializing in very young children with special needs. She has worked with hundreds of families facing life-changing challenges caring for their children. Sharing these challenges with so many families has forged her commitment to empathy for children in troubled circumstances.

June’s other passions include forming and leading Stephen Minister groups for over 20 years. This is an organization associated with churches of various denominations that is comprised of care providers for people who are in crisis. June has also volunteered in helping resettle Afghan refugees in the Houston area and for 15 years with Sailing Angels, taking veterans and disabled persons sailing on Galveston Bay.

June has a daughter in League City, a son in New Zealand and recently celebrated her 51st wedding anniversary. She has lived in League City since 2006.

Members


Rose Lazo
Board Member

Rose Lazo is more than honored and excited for the privilege to serve CASA of Galveston County. Rose has been serving Galveston County for the greater part of 13 years. Rose attended University of Texas San Antonio studying Early Childhood Education. After college she accepted a position in a local shelter, later, working directly as a Child Advocate/ Case Manager. She became passionate after seeing the dire need for advocacy on behalf of abused and neglected children. Rose has partnered with many local nonprofits and schools as a preventioneer and educator, speaking on body safety, bystander intervention, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She has a huge, beautiful and hard beating heart for her community, especially children, the abused, and marginalized. She has an incredible drive and determination to make the world better around her in any way she can.

Rose Lazo is an accomplished advocate, preventioneer and educator; however now she is also an accomplished businesswoman. Rose is the Co-Founder and Development Director of Aveo Creative, a local content creating company and co-host of Launching Us Podcast.

She and her husband, Juan Lazo, currently reside in La Marque with their 2 incredible children John Texas and Sophia Rose. In her down time, Rose loves to cuddle up on the couch with her family to watch movies and eat popcorn.

Dan Butler
Board Member

Dan Butler is happy to rejoin the Galveston County CASA Board of Directors. He has a lifelong passion for causes that support vulnerable children. After serving CASA as an advocate, he joined the newly-formed CASA of Galveston County Board of Directors in 2012 and helped shepard the organization through its early growth phase.

In 2014, Dan’s son Sullivan was diagnosed with brain cancer which prompted him to step away from charity work. Dan is enthusiastic about supporting CASA’s mission once again.

Dan graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and earned an MA in Humanities and MBA from University Houston – Clear Lake. He has spent his career supporting NASA’s human spaceflight efforts. Dan enjoys traveling with his family and volunteers his time with CASA and several pediatric cancer foundations.

Dan lives in League City with his wife, Jen, and their three sons, Sullivan, Cashel, and Finneas.

Rebecca Pitman
Board Member

Rebecca Pitman is the mother of two children, five dogs and a cat. She is a part-time Galveston resident along with her husband Lee. She is grateful for the opportunity and respects the privilege of volunteering as a Board Member of CASA of Galveston County. She strongly believes in being the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, providing support systems for children, and defending the needs and rights of children.

“Children are the future, and every child deserves their best chance. Volunteer advocates give children in inequitable situations hope. Every child matters, deserves to be seen and deserves hope. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.””

She holds various degrees and certifications, speaks Spanish, and enjoys learning. Currently she works full-time as a Controller in the Energy sector.

Erin Callahan
BOARD MEMBER

Erin Callahan is thrilled to serve as a Board Member of CASA of Galveston County. Erin is an attorney who owns and operates The Law Office of Erin C. Callahan, PLLC, a small law firm based in League City, Texas, focusing on wills, estate planning, and probate. Erin is passionate about volunteering and giving back to the community. She has served on several Non-Profit Boards, including the Atlantic Housing Foundation, the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, and the Ms. JD Board.

Before practicing law, Erin graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in International Studies. She went to law school and graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law. At SMU she received numerous accolades, including serving as the Student Bar President and the Women in Law President. Erin is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, the Houston Association of Women Attorneys, the National Association of Women Lawyers, and Ms. JD.

When Erin is not helping clients, she enjoys spending time with her family and participating in community events. Erin is a League City resident and enjoys the slower pace of life when given the chance. Her favorite activities include trying new restaurants, traveling, reading, searching for the best pot of tea, and spending time on the water.

Michael Miller
Board Member

Michael “Mike” Miller is honored to serve on the CASA Board and help support its mission. He first learned about CASA just a few years ago at a community event in Galveston. After shepherding his own special needs child into adulthood (sort of) and recognizing that not every child has the support they need, he felt called to CASA’s mission.  

 

Mike moved to Galveston three years ago to become the Executive Director of the Rosenberg Library in Galveston. Prior to coming to Galveston, he served as the city archivist for the City of Austin and manager of the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, and prior to that he worked at the Dallas and Carrolton Public Libraries. He has a BA in history from St. Edward’s University and an MA in history and MS in information science from the University of North Texas. He is also president of the Texas Hockey History Society and working on his 5th book, Pucks on the Prairie: 100 Years of Ice Hockey in Texas, scheduled to be published by Texas A&M Press in December 2025. 

Meg Winchester
BOARD MEMBER

Meg Winchester is honored to be serving on the Board of Directors for CASA of Galveston County.

Meg was introduced to CASA in 2011 through the state CASA association when she was working as the Director of Visit Galveston and was working to bring their state convention to Galveston. Upon hearing of the amazing work done by CASA, she became a CASA in 2013 and worked with 3 cases.

Meg served as the President and CEO of Visit Spokane from 2019-2023. Prior to joining Visit Spokane in 2019, Meg held the position of Director at Visit Galveston for 13 years. Since 2023 she had held the position of Senior Advisor with Fired Up Culture.

Meg has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

During her free time you will find Meg looking forward to her next travel adventure, riding her bike, reading, and enjoying time with friends and family.

Marc Renjard
BOARD MEMBER

Marc is the General Manager at Mac Haik Toyota league City. He and his wife Emily moved to the area in June 2020 from Colorado Springs. Marc and Emily have 3 children, and recently in August of 2023 they had their first grandchild. Marc is honored to serve as a board member and support CASA’s mission here in Galveston county. Giving a voice to the children who cannot speak for themselves is of great importance to Marc.

Marc was born and raised in Scotland and moved to the United States in 1988. Marc came to the USA to train as a figure skater at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. What began as a 6 month endeavor turned into the rest of his life. Marc graduated from the University of Colorado in 1994 with a BSBA in Accounting. After a brief time in public accounting he found himself in the Automotive business and has enjoyed a 28 year career that has led him here to the Houston area.

Marc loves golf, wine, and cooking in his spare time. He enjoys traveling and meeting new and interesting people.