Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

March 21, 2019 | Austin, Texas | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Cassandra “Cassie” Bering, Richard Dean, and Ryan Dollinger to the Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for terms at the pleasure of the Governor. The board advises the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division on programs and preventative solutions and submits recommendations regarding federal compliance issues and federal grant disbursements.

Cassandra “Cassie” Bering of Fort Worth is a contract monitor with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Private Facilities Contract Monitor Oversight Division. She is former president of Brite Divinity School Black Seminarians Union and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Bering received a Bachelor of Science in family/child development from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University Brite Divinity School.  She is currently a student in the Doctor of Ministry program at Regent University.

Richard Dean of Wolfforth is the executive director of administrative services with Frenship Independent School District. He is a founding member of the Texas Juvenile Justice Association and former president of the Texas Juvenile Detention Association and served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee to the South Palins Association of Governments. Currently, he is a member of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Texas Association of School Business Officials, and the Texas Association of School Administrators. Dean received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from Texas Tech University, a Masters in Education from Wayland Baptist University, and a principal certification from Lubbock Christian University.

Ryan Dollinger of Beaumont is a Licensed Master Social Worker at Curo Health Services. He is the NLIC Representative and past chair of the Southeast Texas Branch of the National Association of Social Workers, board member of CASA of Southeast Texas, and member of Nederland Professional Lions Club. Previously, he was the charter president of the Lamar University Lions Club. Dollinger received a Bachelor of Social Work from Lamar University, Master of Public Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Social Work from Texas State University.