TX BoS CoC Board

Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care Board

The Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care (TX BoS CoC) Board determines the policy direction of the CoC and ensures that the CoC fulfills its responsibilities. Additionally, the Board oversees the work of CoC committees and the CoC Lead Agency and HMIS Lead Agency (Texas Homeless Network).  Board members also stay informed about how the CoC is performing to prevent and end homelessness, and they serve as liaisons between the CoC and the counties and sub-populations they represent. The CoC Board is guided by the CoC Board Requirements Policy.

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Meet Our Board

Seat 1

Lived Experience of Homelessness

John Meier
Taylor County

John Meier serves as the Texas Homeless Network (THN) Board member in the “person with lived homelessness experience seat”; Chair of the Home Again West Texas (HAWT) Coordinated Entry Planning Entity for Taylor County; Chair of the Coordinated Entry Steering Committee for the TX BoS CoC; Chair of the Youth Homeless Steering Committee of Taylor County; former Chair of the West Texas Homeless Network (WTHN) local homeless coalition for Taylor County; and Program Manager for West Central Texas Regional Foundation (WCTRF) – Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF).  John served in the United States Marine Corps. He worked as a Math/Special Education Teacher in Texas for 8 years.  John personally experienced homelessness in 2014 that led him to seek services from the Veterans Administration and SSVF. Since that time he has pursued the goal of making homelessness, “rare, brief, and nonrecurring” for Veterans in 25 counties in the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care. John has coordinated with Community Solutions’ Built for Zero initiative since 2018 to achieve a Quality By-Name List, Functional Zero for Veteran Homelessness, and Ending Veteran Homelessness designation utilizing federal benchmarks provided by United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

Seat 2

Homeless Veterans

Anthony “AB” Bustos
all counties

AB Bustos, MPH is a proud U.S. Army Veteran, having served eight years as a Combat Medic with two deployments to Iraq (2004-2005, 2009-2010). While in the military he had the unique opportunity to serve as a subject-matter expert for ABC World News in the realm of Servicemember Policy and Equality. AB then went on to obtain his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology and then his graduate degree in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology. AB is passionate about serving fellow veterans and prior to him joining Texas Veterans Commission’s Veterans Mental Health Department, he was a Case Manager and Healthcare Navigator in one of Austin’s local non-profit organization’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program as well as the Secretary of their Staff Advisory Council. AB is passionate about providing advocacy and training on veteran-specific needs to various stakeholders including the VA on topics including cultural competency and LGBTQ inclusive healthcare services. He has additional public service experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the City of Austin’s HIV Prevention Program and as the City’s Ebola Task Force Coordinator during the 2015 Ebola Outbreak.

Seat 3

Chronically Homeless Persons

Andrea Omojola
Lubbock County

Andrea possesses a Master’s in Public Health as well as a Master’s in Divinity and daily combines her educational experience with vast work history to support those who are experiencing poverty and homelessness. Though she is a new addition to Texas and the world of homeless advocacy, she comes to the table with globally diverse experience in the non-profit sector, energy, and compassion that make her an ideal candidate for the CoC Board of Directors. Andrea is highly skilled but, more importantly, extremely open to learning with a true heart for those experiencing poverty of heart, body and situation. Andrea is married and living in Lubbock.

Seat 4

Homeless Families

Michelle Conner
Denton County

Michelle founded Grace Like Rain, now Giving Grace, in 2016 and has extensive experience in the field and in service provision to individuals and families facing homelessness. Michelle provided oversight for Wheeler House and guided the development of the Rise With Grace case management model. Michelle holds a business degree from West Texas A & M.

Seat 5

Homeless Youth

Natasha Hayden
Grayson County

My name is Natasha Hayden; I am the new Executive Director of North Texas Youth Connection (NTYC). I have been working with youth of all ages since I was 12 years old. Guiding them in different life journeys has always been a great opportunity and watching them achieve their life’s goals is a silent thank you. I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their own self-worth by professional training, room for advancement and everyday positive experiences.

I was born in Washington, DC but raised in New York City, BX. Coming from a very diverse background, with a great leadership work ethics from both my parents, I always new I wanted to run my own business but was unsure on which field to go into. With the help of my supporting parents and my Mentor, I went into the field of working with children. Attending Hebert Lehman College, in BX, NYC; graduating with my BA in Child Psychology and double minor in African American Studies and Performing Arts. Then moving on to attending school online at Strayer University, graduating with my Masters in Teacher Leadership Education with Honors.

Being able to heal from my trauma and still achieving all that I have in the time I have been in this world is a blessing to me and I would never change that, nor would I put any one in my shoes. With the help of my wonderful, supporting Husband and son I can continue striving to my ultimate achievement, which is getting a campus (Campus of Healing and Understanding or CHU) that will serve the homeless youth within that area.

Seat 6

Victim Services

Breall Baccus
all counties

Breall Baccus is a Public Policy Coordinator at Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV). Her particular work at TCFV focuses on issues including federal and state confidentiality compliance, providing services through technology safely, and survivor-centered data collection practices. Before joining TCFV, she worked as an advocate and for survivors in higher education. She lives in Austin, TX, with her partner and senior cat, Kyle.

Seat 7

Mental/Behavioral Health

Briseida Courtois
all counties

Briseida (Bee) Courtois is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Medication Assisted Treatment (CMAT) Advocate, and Trainer for CMAT with a Master of Science in Social Work who has over 27 years of experience working in various arenas including substance use treatment with a focus on Medication Assisted Treatment, prevention/intervention services, domestic violence, women’s treatment services, child abuse services, co-morbidity, and HIV/AIDS.

Bee currently serves as Program Manager of the Be Well Texas Provider Network with UTHSCSA. Bee worked for approximately 14 years with a Local Mental Health Authority, as Director of Substance Use Treatment Services. This included administrative oversight, clinical, financial direction, and coordination for supervisor staff; development of strategic partnerships with local service providers; and design, implementation, and administration of services documentation. She supervised and provided guidance to supervisory staff for services with Medication Assisted Treatment (in the largest publicly-funded MAT clinic in Texas). She has also worked in:

  • Specialized female outpatient treatment services
  • Intensive Outpatient Adult Treatment Services
  • Adult Drug Court Program
  • Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders Program
  • Outreach Screening and Assessment Program
  • Specialized Female Residential Program for Opioid Use Disorder diagnosis only and
  • Sober Living Dorm.

Bee has also served as Project Director on three projects funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and she has been a trainer with the University of Texas at Austin-Addiction Resource Institute for over three years.

Seat 8

Health/Medical

Steve Kazanjian
Nueces County

Steve Kazanjian has committed himself to ministry for more than 25 years. He has served as a hospice chaplain, a hospital and nursing care center chaplain, and a chaplain for those incarcerated in the Pennsylvania prison system. Steve has served as a youth minister, mentoring those in grade school and high-school, and taught both Scripture and World Religions to high-school students. Steve has been the driving force behind dynamic retreats for young adults and adults in both parish and high school settings. He has been involved with marriage preparation in Catholic parishes and has presented various topics to faith communities, as well as to those in healthcare, over the last 20 years. Steve has a special concern for those who are poor, underprivileged, marginalized or underserved.

Currently serving as Vice President of Mission Integration at CHRISTUS Spohn Health System in the coastal bend, Steve is responsible for Mission and Values Integration, Ethics, Spiritual Care, Community Benefit, Environmental Stewardship, Catholic Identity and Formation in the Catholic tradition. Steve formerly served as Director of Mission with Bon Secours New York Health System in the Bronx, NY from 2010-2016. Steve is a Certified Facilitative Leadership Coach and was a member of the CHA Eldercare Sub-Committee from 2011- 2016. He served as Faculty for the Bon Secours Center for Ministry Leadership from 2012- 2016 and has a great passion for adult education and lifelong formation. While serving as Mission Leader in the Bronx, Steve also acted as the Executive Champion for various local system initiatives including Engagement, Wellness, Customer Service, and Environmental Stewardship. Steve has served on the Leadership Councils for both Mission of Mercy and the American Heart Association here in Corpus Christi, and has been an active member of the Corpus Christi Advisory Council on Mental Health, Homelessness and Substance Abuse. Steve currently serves on the School Health Advisory Council for the Gregory-Portland School District, as well as the TX BoS CoC Board.

Steve received a B.A. in Health from the University of Richmond, Virginia and also has a Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology from St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Steve likewise received his M.A. and M.Div. from St Charles Seminary, and in 2016 received a Master’s in Ethics from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY.

Steve and his four children Monica, Eleanor, Isaac, and Colette live in Portland, TX.

Seat 9

Local Government

Courtney Doungdara
Denton County

Courtney is a global citizen with a passion for leading teams through data-oriented and person-centered systems improvement. She studied Sociology during her undergrad and has a master of arts in Community Organizing. Courtney has seven years of experience in community-based homelessness solutions work, and she is passionate about utilizing relational leadership to make her local community the best it can be. When she’s not working towards her goal of being a real-life Leslie Knope, Courtney likes to spend time with her husband, daughter and doggos.

Seat 10

ESG Program Recipient

Nora Vargas
Nueces County

Coming soon

Seat 11

Public Housing Agency

Arelecia Ross
Victoria County

Coming soon

Seat 12

Law Enforcement

Tracy Andrus
Harrison County

Coming soon

Seat 13

Business

Daphne Jackson
Hunt County

Daphne is a wife, mother and business owner of A Servant’s Heart-Texas LLC., which offers case management for behavioral health.

She is an active deputy registrar for Tarrant County, and an active volunteer for several non-profit organizations. She has also served on several commission boards for the City of Arlington.

Daphne loves the opportunity to serve others. One of her favorite passages to live by is “ATTITUDE” by Charles Swindoll. Her favorite scripture is Matt.6 v.33. 

Seat 14

Faith-based Organizations

Robert Hogan
Lubbock County

Deacon Rob is an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church, where his ministry includes homeless outreach. He has been on the board of St. Benedict’s Chapel, a Lubbock Homeless outreach organization, since 2015, and is a past president of the board. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Texas Tech School of Law, and is the principal of Hogan Law Firm, PC. He is licensed in the practice of law in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

 

Seat 15

TICH/State Agency

Marqus Butler
all counties

Marqus is a driven senior executive with extensive experience in holistic social services and human capital management. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a proven track record of maximizing business opportunities and consistently achieving organizational goals. He has 15 years of state level government agency experience. Twelve of his 15 years focused on creating policy and programs for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness or serious emotional disturbance. From 2009-2011 he served as chairman of the Coalition to End Homelessness in Oklahoma City. He has over 15 years of experience managing federal SAMHSA and OJJDP grants and has a good understanding of reporting requirements, outcomes and demonstrating the overall effectiveness of programming.

2021-22 TX BoS CoC Board Meeting Minutes

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