Sherri Kendall, Chief Executive Officer
Sherri Kendall is AVDA’s Chief Executive Officer and has been with AVDA since 2002. Kendall has over 30 years of professional experience in the domestic violence field, spending much of that time in specialized work with domestic violence abusers in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Kendall also served as Interim Shelter Director in Oklahoma prior to her move to Texas. Kendall is also a survivor of domestic violence.
Kendall has served as AVDA’s Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) Director, as well as Deputy Director, and became its CEO in 2012. She is currently Area Director of Region 7 for Texas Council on Family Violence. She serves on various local and statewide task forces, including the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and its Adult Fatality Review Team; the Public Policy Committee of Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV); Project SAFE (a collaborative effort of TCFV and the Department of Family and Protective Services); as well as the Fort Bend Crime Victims Response Team.
She holds a Masters of Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria and a Masters in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Maisha Colter, Director of Legal Advocacy Program
After returning to AVDA in March of 2012, Maisha Colter was named Director of Litigation and now directs the agency’s Legal Advocacy Program. She has dedicated her professional life to advocating for the needs of children and families in crisis.
After attaining a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Public Policy as well as a Masters in Social Work from New York University, Colter became a licensed social worker in Brooklyn, NY, where she tirelessly worked with children and families involved with the Child Protective Services.
After a few years, she pursued her law degree from Rutgers University and graduated in 2001. In 2003, she moved to Texas, learned about AVDA, and reached out to the Executive Director to volunteer and was instead hired as the agency’s only staff attorney in 2004. She remained with the agency for almost four years and returned in 2012 to lead a staff of attorneys and paralegals who are in charge of fighting on behalf of victims of abuse in Harris County.
Pamela Dickson, Managing Attorney
Pamela Dickson received her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Houston and thereafter earned her law degree from the highly-accredited Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. She has been with AVDA since 2013.
A native Houstonian, Dickson brings to AVDA extensive years of experience in representing the underserved community. She worked for Dallas Legal Aid, Legal Services of North Texas and other legal clinics representing the poor, the elderly and the terminally ill. Dickson also worked for the Office of the Attorney General and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to ensure that the children of Texas are supported and protected. Her wealth of experience and two-plus decades of practicing law in every capacity guarantee AVDA’s clients a source for excellent advocacy and knowledge about family law matters. Dickson has dedicated her career to helping others, and her continuance of that dedication is seen in her commitment to AVDA.
She now manages AVDA’s staff attorneys and provides expert legal advice for the agency, as well managing her own case load.
Chastidy Patterson, Director of BIPP
Chastidy Patterson is Director of AVDA’s Battering Intervention and Prevention Program, where she conducts BIPP groups, oversees BIPP staff and facilitates domestic violence seminars across the state.
Patterson has been with AVDA since 2009. A Beaumont, Texas, native, she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After completing her undergraduate studies, she pursued an advanced degree from Texas Southern University, earning a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in May of 2008. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has experience in administering social and coping skills training, behavior and symptom management, crisis intervention, anger management, medication-related education, parenting and family skills training and resiliency and disease management.
Lourdes Carrillo, Director of Advocacy & Counseling Services
Lauren Summerville, Director of Development
Marie Jacinto, Director of Communications
Nicole Franklin-Jones, Director of Outreach
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