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Madeline McClure, LMSW

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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 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.

Beth Cortez-Neavel, M.A.

Administrative Assistant + Editor

Beth is the Austin-based editor and administrative assistant for TexProtects. She has an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and is working on a second Masters in Professional Counseling at Texas State University. She has reported on the foster care system for eight years and is excited to assist in advocating for foster youth, trauma-informed care, and the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Texas. Beth also volunteers as a sexual assault advocate with the SAFE Alliance, a domestic violence, sexual assault, and child welfare help center.

Brandy Lindsey

Office Manager

Brandy is the Office Manager 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 earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice in December 2004.

Pamela McPeters

Vice President of Public Affairs
512-913-4408 (Cell)

Pamela serves as the Austin-based Vice-President of Public Affairs at TexProtects. In addition to leading the communications and public policy teams and strategy, she implements the legislative priorities of the organization, works closely with legislators and legislative staff, and presents to various organizations and groups across the state. Additionally, she manages the Child Protection Roundtable, a state-wide collaborative of child welfare policy experts, researchers, providers, and other stakeholders to leverage data, resources and coordination making a positive impact in the areas of child abuse prevention and early intervention, child protective services improvements, and preparation for adulthood for foster children and healing their trauma. Pamela has 20 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 earned her B.S. in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Austin.

Lee Nichols

Director of Communications
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.

Sophie Phillips, LMSW

Chief Operating Officer

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 received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has over two decades of experience in event management, specializing 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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