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Executive Committee

Timothy Axt

Board President

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 is past 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 is currently serving his community on the Kemah Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Services and Clear Lake Emergency Medical Corps boards of directors.

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

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

Kathy Trussell

Secretary

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.

Members

Kelli Becka

Board Member

Kelli and her husband, Stuart, have been married for 26 years.  They are very proud parents of their daughter that attends Texas A&M College of Engineering.  They were born and raised in the Bay Area and have been residents of Seabrook for 18 years.  Kelli learned about CASA from a dear friend and immediately wanted to volunteer.  She spent several years serving on various HOAs and is passionate about serving in her community.

Taylor Biddle

Board Member

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 and 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.

Sandra Hernandez

Board Member

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.
Kristina Lucas

Board Member

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 whose 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 their 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.

Linda Stickline

Board Member

Nicholas Viator

Board Member

Nick Viator is a Strategic Planner at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) who partners with leadership to identify and develop short and long – term strategic plans for the university. Before joining UTMB, Nick worked in similar roles at the University of North Texas at Dallas and Lamar University. Additionally, he found his love for helping others while working for Devereux of League City, the Gulf Coast Center and Communities in Schools of Southeast Texas

Nick currently resides on Galveston island with his dog Zeus. He was raised in the Beaumont area and attended Nederland High School. Nick received his bachelor’s degree from Lamar University and master’s degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. In his spare time, Nick likes to travel, exercise and hang out with his dog.