Board of Directors
Marilyn Robertson, President (Dallas)
Marilyn Robertson, Esq. is the current president of the JDP board. Ms. Robertson has been on the JDP board since 2012 and also works as a referral attorney. Ms. Robertson practices as an associate with an emphasis on healthcare entities at the law firm Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP. Ms. Robertson holds a J.D. with distinction from Cleveland Marshall School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, and a B.S. in Business from the St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas. In addition to her work with JDP, Ms. Robertson is active in the Austin and Dallas communities, having served on the community board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, as Section Leader of the Health Law Section of the Austin Bar Association, and as a pro bono attorney volunteer handling veteran’s and social security benefits appeals.
Jody Schechter, Vice President (Houston)
Jody Schechter first became involved with Jane’s Due Process as a hotline volunteer in 2008, while in law school at the University of Texas. After starting her legal career in New York, Jody transferred to Houston and was anxious to become more involved in supporting and empowering Texas minors in accessing their legal rights. She is a civil litigation attorney at Baker Hostetler LLP, and is passionate about volunteering in the fields of reproductive rights as well as asylum and human trafficking. She holds a J.D. and B.B.A. in Marketing, both from the University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, Jody can often be found exploring the great outdoors with her husband and two lovable rescue mutts.
Lynette Maddocks, Treasurer (San Antonio)
Lynette grew up in a small town in Northern Utah and led a fairly sheltered political life. In 1976, during the fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, Lynette became active in The National Organization for Women, and went so far as to boycott the LDS Church for their stand against women’s rights. It was her first taste of politics and the impact politicians can have on girls and women, especially their reproductive rights. Lynette’s working experience trained her in banking, particularly bookkeeping. Lynette went on to earn an Accounting degree.
Kate Patrick, Secretary (Dallas)
Kate Patrick has over thirteen years of experience in corporate reorganization and bankruptcy law and related litigation. Kate began her legal career in 2003, first as an associate with the law firm of Rochelle McCullough LLP and later as an associate with Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. In the fall of 2012, Kate became the founder and the managing member of the Law Offices of Kate M. Patrick, PLLC. In addition to maintaining her own law practice, Kate serves as of counsel to the Law Offices of Judith W. Ross.
Debbie Barnes (Dallas)
Debbie was born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. Debbie was a retail executive, the last 10 at Neiman Marcus in Dallas. For the past three years, Debbie has served on the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Board, serving as the Board Chair of the NTX Community Board for the past two and a half years. On the PPGT board, Debbie serves on Executive, Governance, Finance, and Development committees. In 2015, she was invited to attend the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Leadership conference. She has also chaired committees at the Greenhill School, Temple Emanu El Pre-School, and NYU and Harvard Parent associations. She chaired the Planned Parenthood Annual Awards luncheon as well as co chairing the fundraising event for the Vogel Alcove.
Marilyn Burgess (Houston)
Marilyn Burgess was raised in Louisiana and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University. Upon graduation she moved to Texas and has been here ever since. Marilyn began her career in accounting, earning her CPA license. Throughout the years she was very involved in the local and state PTA. Through her independent accounting business, she was asked to work for the Texas PTA in Austin. Marilyn spent 12 years working there with the last four spent as Executive Director. The organization’s purpose is to foster the health, education and welfare of all children.
Carla Kelman (Fort Worth)
Carla Gibbs Kelman was born and raised in Amarillo Texas. She attended College at Phillips
University from 1978-1982 and received a BS Pre-law decree before attending Texas Tech School of Law and received Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 1985. Carla worked as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Harry Hopkins for a year before prosecuting Child Protective Cases, Mental Health, Protective Orders and Misdemeanors for the Potter County Attorney’s Office as an Assistant County Attorney. She worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Support Division for the Texas Attorney General’s Office for 11 years. In January 2001 she joined a law firm specializing in Family law and remained an associate until the opening her own office in January 2009. Carla began serving the City of Fort Worth as a substitute Municipal Court Judge in March 2003 and continues to do so today.
Rhiannon Hamam (Rio Grande Valley)
Rhiannon Hamam is a Dallas native and a Cowboys fan. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2010, where she majored in political science and French. After college, Rhiannon joined Teach for America and taught reading and writing to fifth and sixth graders in the Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas. Before law school, she worked at a shelter for survivors of intimate partner violence, and in Denver’s public hospital system conducting outreach with immigrant and refugee communities. Rhiannon graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2016, and moved to the Rio Grande Valley, where she is a public defender with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. She enjoys discussions on prison abolition and racial and economic justice, activism in support of the liberation of Palestine, and nail art.
Dr. Aletha Huston (Austin)
Aletha C. Huston is the Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor Emerita of Child Development at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in understanding the effects of public policies for low-income families on parents and children. She has been on the faculties at Cornell University, Penn State University (where she helped to found the Women’s Studies Program), and University of Kansas. Her books include Higher Ground: New Hope for the Working Poor and their Children, Developmental Contexts of Middle Childhood: Bridges to Adolescence and Adulthood, and Children in Poverty: Child Development and Public Policy.
Amber Liddell Alwais (San Antonio)
Amber Liddell Alwais is a staunch advocate for clients, committed to providing highly personalized legal services in all Family Law matters, including traditional and non-traditional divorce, custody issues, property division, child support and adoption matters. Amber was named the 2003 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the Women’s Bar Association of Bexar County in recognition of her contributions to the San Antonio legal community. She also has been honored on both the Texas Super Lawyers and Texas Rising Stars listings published by Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, and regularly has been selected to San Antonio’s Top Attorneys list published by S.A. Scene Magazine.
Carlos Loredo (Austin)
Carlos Loredo has been a licensed psychologist in Texas since 1978. He is a specialist in trauma and sexual assault counseling, and has worked with the Travis County Juvenile Court and Texas Youth Commission, among others. He has published various articles and chapters on juvenile sex offenders, culturally relevant sexual abuse treatment, child abuse, and more.
John Mann (Houston)
John spent five decades of global law firm, corporate executive and board of directors service. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (A. B., Political Science; J.D.) and a member of the Texas and California Bar Associations. He has served on the board of Jane’s Due Process for five years.
Kacy O’Hare (Austin)
Kacy is a retired attorney who practiced business law in Newport Beach and then served as a deputy city attorney for the City of Los Angeles. While her family lived in Toronto for four years, she volunteered with the Royal Ontario Museum. Since moving to Texas, she has helped with fundraising for El Buen Samaritano, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Austin Speech Labs, and SafePlace, where she served on the operating board for three years and on its foundation board since 2003. She has been a hotline volunteer for three years.
Amie Rodnick (Austin)
Amie Rodnick graduated from the University of Texas with honors and from UT Law and has been licensed since 1979. She served as an assistant attorney general under Mark White for the first five years after she was licensed and has been in private practice since 1984, specializing in using alternative dispute resolution techniques in her family law practice, such as mediation and collaborative law. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Credentialed Distinguished Mediator by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association and a senior fellow in the Texas College of Collaborative Law. Amie has served on numerous charitable boards, including as president of the following: Meals on Wheels, Eanes Education Foundation, Travis County Women Lawyers Scholarship Fund, and the Verde Valley School in Sedona, AZ. She is an officer on the board of the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation, located in Houston, Texas, and has served as chair of the Family Law Section of the Austin Bar Association.
Krithika Srinivasan (Harlingen)
Krithika Srinivasan is an MD/MPH student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. As a Kleberg Medical Research Scholar she spent two years in the border communities of South Texas researching emerging arboviral threats. During her time on the border her interest in public health and primary care grew to include women’s reproductive health and access to medical care in historically undeserved communities. Krithika has a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University and an MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.
Susannah Touzel (Fort Worth)
Susannah Touzel received her B.A. from Carleton University in 1986 and her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1990. After working with the Tarrant Count District Attorney’s Office as a felony trial lawyer for 11 years, she opened her own law office in 2001. In addition to practicing law, Susannah served as president and manager of the general partner in her family’s limited partnership from its inception in 1998 through 2009 and presently serves as chief financial officer. She currently resides in Annetta North, just west of Fort Worth, with her husband, Bill Orr.
Amanda Woog is an attorney and postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at UT-Austin where she focuses on Texas criminal justice policy. She was previously policy director of the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence during the 84th legislative session, and prior to that she worked as an associate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Amanda got bitten by the Texas policy bug in the summer of 2013, inspired by Wendy Davis and the feminist army that took over the pink granite dome. She received her law degree with honors from The University of Texas School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Legal Advisory Board
Dr. Herb Brown (San Antonio)
Louise Hytken (Dallas)
Michael Lowenberg (Dallas)
Rita Lucido (Houston)
Blake Rocap (Austin)
Sarah Weddington (Austin)
Tina Hester, Executive Director
For a quarter-century, Tina Hester has been committed to social
justice and women’s health causes working on behalf of abortion rights and women’s reproductive health at both the national and state levels.
Se served as hotline coordinator for three years and, as of 2011, as executive director for Jane’s Due Process. Prior to her work with JDP, Hester has been affiliated with the following organizations: People for the American Way in Washington, D.C.; Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York City and its state affiliate in Kentucky; the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky; and the American Association of University Women, California chapter. In Texas, Hester served on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and committees at First United Methodist Church of Austin and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. Hester is from Lubbock, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.
Susan Hays, Legal Director
Susan Hays has handled cases ranging from securities fraud to civil rights, arguing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Texas, and numerous lower appellate courts. During the 75th Session of the Texas Legislature, she was a legislative aide to Rep. Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin). The following year she clerked for Justice Rose Spector at the Supreme Court of Texas. She has been Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2005. In 2000, she served on the Parental Notification Subcommittee to the Supreme Court’s Rules Advisory Committee, shortly after co-founding Jane’s Due Process. With the 2015 amendments to the bypass law, she has been asked to again serve on the committee. She has had her own practice since 2004, after working at Waters & Kraus, L.L.P. and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P. She routinely makes the Super Lawyers list for Texas. She earned her B.A. in 1992 from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. in 1996 from Georgetown University Law Center.
Amanda Bennett, Client Services Manager
Amanda recently joined Jane’s Due Process as the hotline coordinator and case manager in July 2016. Prior to joining Jane’s Due Process, Amanda worked as the Intake Hotline Coordinator for Fund Texas Choice, a practical assistance abortion fund. She also interned with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas during the 2015 legislative session. In May 2016, she earned her Masters in Global Policy Studies from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and her B.A. in 2014 from the University of Chicago.