TYLA Officers


Rebekah Steely Brooker, President


Dustin M. Howell, Chair


Sam Houston, Vice President


Baili B. Rhodes, Secretary


John W. Shaw, Treasurer


C. Barrett Thomas, President-elect


Priscilla D. Camacho, Chair-elect


Kristy Blanchard, Immediate Past President

TYLA Directors


Amanda A. Abraham, District 1


Sharesa Y. Alexander, Minority At-Large Director


Raymond J. Baeza, District 14

    Aaron J. Burke, District 5, Place 1

Aaron T. Capps, District 5, Place 2


D. Lance Currie, District 5, Place 3


Laura W. Docker, District 10, Place 1

    Andrew Dornburg, District 21
    John W. Ellis, District 8, Place 2
    Zeke Fortenberry, District 4

Bill Gardner, District 5, Place 4


Morgan L. Gaskin, District 6, Place 5

    Nick Guinn, District 18, Place 1

Adam C. Harden, District 6, Place 6


Amber L. James, District 17


Curtis W. Lucas, District 9

    Rudolph K. Metayer, District 8, Palce 1

Laura Pratt, District 3

    Sally Pretorius, District 8, Place 2

Baili B. Rhodes, District 2


Alex B. Roberts, District 6, Place 3

    Eduardo Romero, District 19
    Michelle P. Scheffler, District 6, Place 2

John W. Shaw, District 10, Place 2

    Nicole Soussan, District 6, Place 4
    L. Brook Stuntebeck, District 11

C. Barrett Thomas, District 15

    Judge Amanda N. Torres, Minority At-Large Director

Shannon Steel White, District 12

    Brandy Wingate Voss, District 13
    Veronica S. Wolfe, District 18, Place 2

Baylor Wortham, District 7

    Alex Yarbrough, District 16


Justice Paul W. Green, Supreme Court Liaison


Jenny Smith, Access To Justice Liaison


Brandon Crisp, ABA YLD District 25 Representative


Travis Patterson, ABA/YLD District 26 Representative


Assistant Dean Jill Nikirk, Law School Liaison


Belashia Wallace, Law Student Liaison


TYLA Office

Tracy Brown, Director of Administration
Bree Trevino, Project Coordinator

Michelle Palacios, Office Manager
General Questions: tyla@texasbar.com

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 12487, Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711-2487
(800) 204-2222 ext. 1529
FAX: (512) 427-4117

Street Address

1414 Colorado, 4th Floor
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 427-1529


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BREAKING THE SILENCE:   Helping Texans Identify Mental Health Needs So That They Can Seek Assistance
By:  Erin O'Driscoll

Do you, a family member, a friend, or a co-worker have questions about mental health issues?  Are you having trouble coping with stress in your life, but you don’t know where to turn for help?  The TYLA Low Income Texans Committee is teaming up with experts from around Texas to provide resources to help you get the answers you need.  Our experts are filming podcasts on discrete topics that will be downloaded to the TYLA website in December 2011.  We are reaching out to educate Texans and address a variety of mental health issues such as:  depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, bullying, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, and suicide awareness and prevention.  Our goal is to provide resources to a broad audience such as, veterans, individuals who are unemployed, persons struggling with custody issues, parents of adolescents, individuals suffering from chronic illness, and family members of those coping with mental illness.

The podcasts will be available on the TYLA website, as well as other forms of social networking and media formats.  The Committee will also film a Public Service Announcement that will air throughout Texas in May 2012 in recognition of Texas Mental Health Month.  Lastly, the Committee will roll-out the project at Devereux Texas, a non-profit in the Victoria, Texas community that treats children and adults with severe psychological, behavioral, and/or developmental problems.

TYLA is striving to break the silence surrounding mental health issues and provide resources to promote self-awareness and understanding about the challenges those with mental illness face each day.  If you or someone you know needs help, the resources you may need are just a click away.  If you would like to get involved with this project, please contact Erin O’Driscoll, Kristy Piazza, or Kim Smith.

The TYLA Low Income Texans Committee members are:  Robert Booth, Rebekah Brooker, Melissa Cook, Lance Currie, Dustin Howell, Clint Harbour, Sam Houston, Erin O’Driscoll, Kristy Piazza, and Kim Smith.