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Clay Abbott
W. Clay Abbott is the DWI Resource Prosecutor with the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. He graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 1984 with a BA in History, magna cum laude. He graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in 1986 with a JD, cum laude. He was inducted into the Order of the Coif in 1987. From 1987 until 1990 Clay was with the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, where he left as the Trial Chief of the 140th District Court. He was in solo practice in Lubbock until 1995 when he rejoined the Lubbock CDA as Chief Deputy. Clay served as an adjunct professor at the Texas Tech School of Law from 1990-1999. In 2000 he became general counsel at the Texas Municipal Court’s Education Center. He left judicial education to join TDCAA in 2004. He has trained thousands of Texas prosecutors and officers each year since 2004 at regional DWI programs. He has spoken at numerous national traffic safety events, and has taught prosecutors in a majority of the states on the topics of DWI, Prosecutor Ethics, and at Train the Trainer Programs.
Lisa Barber
Lisa M. Barber, MD is a Pediatric Pulmonologist and Sleep Medicine Specialist with Dell Children's Medical Group, part of Ascension Texas. Dr. Barber underwent medical school with The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston followed by pediatric residency with The University of Texas Dell Medical School at Austin. She completed a fellowship in sleep medicine at the McGovern Medical school and finally, pulmonology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She has a three part career goal encompassing high quality clinical care for children, the advancement of the field through research, and advocacy for the health of all children.
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Nicole Holt
Nicole Holt serves as CEO of Texans for Safe and Drug-Free Youth (TxSDY), a statewide non-profit dedicated to creating healthier and safer communities where alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs have no place in the lives of youth. During Nicole’s nearly 15 years in this role, TxSDY has expanded its ability to train and support Texas coalitions and advocate for state and local policy change. She serves as a founding member of the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance. She is also a member of Leadership Women Texas, class of 2019. With decades of nonprofit experience, Nicole began her career working for National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program. At 24, she built a national program for faith-based college students to address environmental issues.

The first college graduate in her family and a 6th generation Texan, Nicole was a Presidential Scholar at Grayson County Community College, graduating Cum Laude with an Associates degree. She then received a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis on poverty and environmental policy from Luther College in Iowa.
David Jernigan
Dr. Jernigan is best known for his action-research approach to the issue of alcohol advertising, marketing, and promotion and its influence on young people. His work has led to better advertising regulations and a clearer understanding of the evolving structure of the alcohol industry. Dr. Jernigan has been very active in translating research findings into policy and practice. He testifies regularly at city, state, and national levels around alcohol advertising and youth, alcohol availability, and taxation. He also trains advocates around the world using the best evidence.
Jeremy Jordan
Jeremy Jordan is the current Executive Director of Policy at the YMCA of El Paso. He leads the alcohol and tobacco prevention initiative otherwise known as A Smoke Free Paso del Norte and Shift +, in partnership with the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation. Jeremy is a native El Pasoan, and holds degrees in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, and Political Science, and a Master’s in Public Administration. He has worked in different staff positions for members of legislative bodies at the federal, state, and local level for almost a decade. Jeremy has trained multiple volunteer groups on Collective Impact Theory and mobilizing community groups to formally advocate for public health matters across the Southwest and in Mexico. Jeremy also served in the United States Army and serves on multiple Community Boards.
Tara Karns-Wright
Tara Karns-Wright, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the in the Division of Neurobehavioral Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Karns-Wright is a core faculty in the Motivational Alcohol Treatment to Enhance Roadway Safety (MATTERS) clinic and has expertise in alcohol monitoring, data management, and complex statistical analyses. She completed her graduate training in Life-Span Developmental Psychology at West Virginia University and her T32 postdoctoral fellowship at UT Health San Antonio. Her primary interests include the use of evidence-based practices and novel technologies to reduce harmful drinking and the implementation of evidence-based practices into community systems. In addition to her academic position, she serves as a board member for the Texas Research Society on Alcoholism and as a member of the Texas Impaired Driving Task Force.
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Sharon Kruk
Sharon Kruk is currently the Executive Director at The Coalition, a non-profit, community coalition in Angelina County that focuses on substance abuse prevention and advocacy work. Sharon graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, as well as secondary teacher certifications in English and Government. Sharon earned her Masters in Administration from University of Houston-Victoria and spent 10 years in public education as a teacher and administrator in the greater Houston area. After moving to East Texas, Sharon capitalized on her heart for community service and made her way into the world of non-profits. With a passion for advocacy and social justice, Sharon enjoys striving to make Angelina County a healthier place to work and live. Sharon has her Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist certification and is married to Brian, a high school teacher/coach; they have two children, Kellen, a freshman at Texas State University and Kaylie, a junior at Lufkin High School.
Lance Lively
Lance Lively is the Executive Director of the Texas Package Stores Association, a trade association that protects the interests of package store owners in the State of Texas.

Lance graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1989 with a degree in Political Science. He started his career at the Texas State Capitol as Chief of Staff to State Representative Clyde Alexander and later became the Chief of Staff to State Senator David Bernsen.

Lance has lobbied for various clients throughout Texas for the past 21 years with a strong emphasis on small business issues. Outside of work, Lance spends time volunteering for Rodeo Austin. He is currently the Immediate Past President of the non-profit organization. In addition, he has served on various Boards, including the Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business/Texas, and Keep Texas Beautiful. Lance lives in Austin with his lovely wife Cheryl and together they have three wonderful children and a Labrador Retriever, Colt.
Art Markman
Dr. Markman’s research has focused on four main areas. First, he is interested in the way people see things to be similar, and how they process similarity and analogy comparisons. While the study of similarity is interesting for its own sake, it is also interesting because of what it can tell us about other psychological processes. In order to look at the way that our ability to make comparisons affects our cognitive processing, he also does research on category learning and decision making. He has also gotten interested in the way that motivational factors affect learning, decision making, and cognition more generally. He currently serves as the executive director of the IC2 Institute, which is a think-and-do tank that focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship. The current mission of the institute is to explore rural and small city economic development in Texas, the US, and around the world. He also blogs for several outlets and has written a number of books bringing cognitive science to a broader audience. You can get more information about this work here. In addition he does a radio show and podcast called Two Guys on Your Head produced by KUT. Dr. Markman received a B.S. in Cognitive Science from Brown University and a PhD from the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois.
LaViza Matthews
LaViza Matthews has served as a TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist in the Amarillo District since 2016. Part of her responsibilities include ensuring travel information centers and maintenance vehicles are outfitted with human trafficking resource material, as well as giving presentations to employees, such as the traffic and maintenance conference. LaViza is also a certified victim advocate trainer for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and most currently, nationally certified as NOVA Sex Trafficking Victim Assistance. LaViza is also a certified Child Passenger Safety Tech. In addition to her certifications, she also serves as the Executive Director for the Impact Futures Drug Free Community Coalition. She is passionate about serving as a voice for those who can’t use their own.
Maria Monge
Maria C. Monge, MD is an assistant professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin. She founded and directs the Adolescent Medicine program at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, TX. The multidisciplinary program specializes in multiple physical and mental health issues impacting adolescents and young adults. Her clinical work, educational endeavors and research all involve improving care for vulnerable adolescent patients. She is an active member of the Texas Pediatric Society and the Texas Medical Association where she serves as chair of the Committee on Child and Adolescent Health.
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Paul Parent
Major Paul Parent began his career with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in October 2005. He was originally stationed as an Agent in the Houston District Office and later promoted to the position of Sergeant in the Houston District Office in September 2012. While a Sergeant in the Houston District Office, Major Parent's squad had extensive enforcement experience with licensed and unlicensed after hours locations. He subsequently transferred to the Sergeant position in the Richmond Outpost Office in September 2014. Major Parent was promoted to Lieutenant in March 2017 and was the TABC Region 5 Lieutenant based out of the El Paso Office. He was promoted to Major for the West Texas Region in November 2018 and is stationed in the El Paso Office.

Major Parent earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science – Cum Laude from the University of Houston. He possesses a Master Peace Officer Certificate and Instructor Proficiency Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Paul served honorably for 4 years in the Marine Corps, and 5 years in the Army National Guard in an Airborne Ranger unit, achieving the rank of Sergeant in both.
Shannon Peairson
Shannon Peairson, M.S. is a Senior Research Associate at the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M University. Ms. Peairson earned her Master’s degree at Utah State University in Family, Consumer, and Human Development with an emphasis in early child development in 2006. Ms. Peairson joined PPRI in 2009. Her current duties at PPRI include implementing the Texas Youth Tobacco Survey and the Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use, two ongoing assessments of students’ self-reported substance use and health-related behaviors for the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She is primarily responsible for recruiting over 800 schools across the state of Texas and managing the collection of 75,000 surveys among students in grades six through twelve on a biennial basis.
Kazique Prince
As founder and chief executive officer, Dr. Kazique J. Prince (pronounced ka-ZEE kay) is based in Austin, Texas, providing executive consultation and coaching services focused on cultural competency for individuals, teams, and organizations. Dr. Prince also serves as the senior policy advisor and education coordinator for City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler. In the Mayor’s office, education, equitable economic development, and public safety are under his portfolio as well as efforts to develop, plan, and executive strategies to dismantle institutional racism and systemic inequities, promote equity and inclusion, and meet strategic goals within the Mayor’s agenda.

Recently, Dr. Prince launched Courage Equity, a nonprofit organization to provide funding for educators on diversity & inclusion and promote cultural relevant practice. He’s also writes and produces Equity Turned Up, a blog and podcast reflecting on a variety of equity and inclusion topics. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at The University of Georgia at Athens, Ed.S. in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University, Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology at Rutgers University, and B.S. in Psychology from the Benjamin Banneker Honors College at Prairie View A&M University. He is also a Board Certified Diplomat in African Centered/Black Psychology through The Association of Black Psychologists; certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory through IDI, LLC; father of two burgeoning teenagers; and supporter of various other activities in the Austin area.
Jeff Temple
Dr. Temple is a Professor, Licensed Psychologist, and Director of Behavioral Health and Research in the department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His research focuses on interpersonal relationships, with a particular focus on adolescent
relationship abuse. His work has been funded through the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several regional and national foundations. He has over 150 scholarly publications in a variety of high-impact journals including JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, Journal of Youth and
Adolescence, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Primary Prevention and is on the editorial boards of five other scientific journals. Dr. Temple recently co-chaired the Texas Task Force on Domestic Violence and is now on the Board of Directors of the Texas Psychological Association. Locally, he is the Vice President of the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees. His work has been featured on CNN, New York Times, BBC, Savage Lovecast, and even the satirical website, The Onion.
Troy Walden
Dr. Troy D. Walden has over 31 years invested in highway safety as a law enforcement officer, crash reconstructionist, traffic safety advocate, and impaired driving traffic safety researcher. Dr. Walden received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in August of 1987. Dr. Walden received his Master of Science Degree in Education from Texas A&M University in August of 1999 and his Doctor of Philosophy from Texas A&M University in May of 2005.

He began his law enforcement career with the City of College Station (Texas) Police Department in 1988. While there, he served in the Patrol Division as a Sergeant, Recruiting and Training, Special Enforcement, and the Criminal Investigation Divisions. In January 1999, Dr. Walden became employed with the Texas A&M University System-Texas Engineering Extension Service as a Law Enforcement Training Program Coordinator. Presently, Dr. Walden is the Director of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Center for Alcohol and Drug Education Studies (CADES) that currently resides within the Institute’s Center for Transportation Safety.