Governor Abbott Appoints Five To Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

March 7, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kim Hayes, Hennessey Herrera, Charles Mills, Jordan Myers, and Wayne Sneed 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.

Kim Hayes of Lubbock is the chief juvenile assistant district attorney for Lubbock County. She is a member of the Texas District and County Attorney Association and the State Bar of Texas and a Board Member of the State Bar Juvenile Section Council. Hayes received a Bachelor of Science from Lubbock Christian University and a Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Hennessey Herrera of Austin is a student at The University of Texas at Austin, studying international relations. She has volunteered for Helping Hands and the Dripping Springs Community Library. She is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, was recognized by the College Board as a National Hispanic Scholar and earned numerous awards in speech and debate including qualifying for the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association Tournament.

Charles Mills of Houston is a student at South Texas College of Law Houston. He is currently the treasurer of the International Law Society and previously served as the vice president of the Student Government Association at Bentley University. Mills studied aboard at John Cabot University in Italy and received a Bachelor of Arts from Bentley University.

Jordan Myers of Pflugerville is a student at Austin Community College, pursing a degree in business administration. He has volunteered for the Williamson County Teen Court Program for the past four years, serving as jury foreman, bailiff, attorney, and for the last two years judge.

Wayne Sneed of Austin is a senior police officer and the crisis intervention mental health supervisor for Austin Independent School District. He has served in law enforcement for over 30 years, including service as a Special Texas Ranger working with the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Additionally, he is a member of the National Association of Inspector Generals and the Town & Country Optimist Club. Sneed received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas State University.