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TexProtects: The Texas Association for the Protection of Children

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Madeline McClure, LMSW

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
madeline@texprotects.org
469-399-6900

After a successful career as a financier on Wall Street, TexProtects founder and Executive Director Madeline McClure turned her problem solving skills to the issue of child abuse and healing victims. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work and practiced six years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing therapy to child victims. It became clear to her that healing one child, one neighborhood, one community at a time - while necessary - was an insufficient response in proportion to the child abuse epidemic. Madeline shifted her energies to working on a macro scale for greatest impact, leading others for over 15 years in successful child advocacy. She has a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College, Rutgers University.
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Dana Booker, Ph.D.

Director of Research
dana@texprotects.org
469-399-6900

Dana Booker holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Human Development and Family Science from the University of North Texas. Specifically, Dana has focused on child advocacy practices, prevention, parent-centered education and military family research. Dana has received evaluation training from the American Evaluation Association and also worked as the program evaluator for the Texas chapter of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY). It was this opportunity that increased her passion for prevention and intervention work. Originally from Albuquerque, Dana received her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Educational Psychology from the University of New Mexico. Dana is married to her best friend and is a proud mom of three amazing boys.

Megan Harrison

Vice President of Development
megan@texprotects.org
469-399-6900

Megan Harrison is the Vice President of Development at TexProtects and is responsible for building relationships with charitable foundations and other private funders in support of TexProtects’ research, advocacy, and outreach efforts. She has many years of experience serving as a frontline fundraiser, leading fundraising strategy and developing new initiatives. Most recently, Megan served as the Vice President of Sponsorship and Annual Giving at Klyde Warren Park, managing all sponsorship and annual giving programs at the park, including the park’s first annual giving campaign. Megan has also served as the Director of Development for the Dallas Zoo, and was an integral part of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s Capital Campaign team, serving as the Museum’s Director of Corporate Giving. Megan holds a Bachelors in Marketing and Management from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. She has lived in Dallas since 2003 and keeps gas stations in business running her two sons between various activities.

Shanler Hoover

Development Associate
shanler@texprotects.org
469-399-6900

Shanler is the Development Associate at TexProtects. Shanler's responsibilities include grant writing, fundraising, and building relationships with funders to further TexProtects' mission. Her passion for helping children started when she first volunteered at an agency for abused children with special needs in her hometown of San Antonio. While attending college, Shanler volunteered at The Genesis Women’s Shelter and The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. She has expanded her work in child welfare by becoming a child advocate in the community. Shanler received her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Southern Methodist University.

Nazia Hussain, M.A.

Associate Director, Prevention Policy & Research
nazia@texprotects.org
469-399-6900

Nazia Hussain holds an M.A. in Applied Medical Anthropology from Southern Methodist University. Through her graduate research on women in substance use recovery, she developed a great interest in child and family welfare. Working as an injury prevention researcher at Children’s Health prior to joining TexProtects, Nazia began to focus on understanding the parent-child interaction as related to child physical abuse. Her research interests include child abuse prevention, substance use recovery, and women’s health. Beyond research, she is passionate about enacting change and helping to implement policy that can improve the lives of families. Nazia earned her B.A. in Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin. She is married and loves to explore new cuisines and cook in her spare time.

Brandy Lindsey

Office Manager and Executive Assistant
brandy@texprotects.org
469-399-6900

Brandy is the Office Manager and Executive Assistant at TexProtects. Brandy most recently worked in the private business sector and prior to that she was a police officer for five years. A native of Dallas, she attended the University of North Texas and received a B.S. in Criminal Justice in December 2004.

Pamela McPeters

Director of Public Policy
pamela@texprotects.org
512-913-4408 (Cell)

Pamela is the Austin-based Director of Public Policy at TexProtects. She implements the legislative priorities of the organization, works closely with legislative staff in Austin, organizes the Child Protection Roundtable, and presents to various organizations and groups across the state. Pamela has 15 years of legislative and public policy experience. She has served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Policy Analyst for both Texas House and Senate members. She has also worked for the House Committees on Child Protection and Public Education. She has been an active member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the LIFT Alliance and an officer of the Board of Directors for Strong Start. The LIFT Alliance assists the survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Strong Start provides services to prevent the cycle of child abuse and neglect through early intervention. She earned her B.S. in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Austin

Lee Nichols

Director of Communications
lee@texprotects.org
512-796-9877 (Cell)

Lee is the Communications Director at TexProtects. Lee previously held the same position for state Senator Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, working in her Capitol office 2011-15. Prior to that, he spent 15 years as a reporter and editor for The Austin Chronicle. Lee received a B.A. in History from The University of Texas at Austin, where he worked for the acclaimed student newspaper, The Daily Texan. Lee lives in Austin with his wife and two wonderful daughters.

Dimple Patel

Senior Policy Analyst
dimple@texprotects.org
214-929-2922 (Cell)

Dimple has 9 years of experience navigating the Child Protective Services system in Texas and most recently was an investigative supervisor in Dallas County. Dimple also spent 3 years as an investigator housed at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, where she investigated some of the most severe cases of abuse and neglect including child fatalities. Dimple received her B.A. in Political Science from The University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Sophie Phillips, LMSW

Chief Operating Officer
sophie@texprotects.org
469-399-6900

Sophie is the Chief Operating Officer for TexProtects. In addition to managing the daily operations of the organization, Sophie also focuses her efforts on the evidence of child abuse prevention programs, such as family support home visiting, and engages in public policy and research efforts to increase investments in such programs in Texas. Additionally, she manages the Texas Home Visitation Consortium, a collaborative of home visiting providers, funders, researchers and state agency resources to raise awareness of the increasing need of home visiting in Texas and to coordinate legislative efforts. She received her B.A. in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Kristine Schwope, CTA

Annual Fundraiser Event Planner
kristine@texprotects.org

Kristine received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She has over two decades of experience in event management and specializes in the nonprofit sector. She worked as a Director of Marketing and Events for International Business Development for the Dallas Regional Chamber and in national hospitality sales prior to serving as the contract event planner for TexProtects.

 

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Our mission is to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect through research, advocacy and education. We effect change by organizing and educating our members to advocate for increased investments in evidence-based child abuse prevention programs, CPS reforms, and treatment programs to heal abuse victims. Learn more about the work we do. You can help protect Texas children from abuse & neglect. Find out how you can help.

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