Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to reduce the trauma of child abuse by assisting in the investigation, assessment, prosecution, and ongoing treatment. As an organization, it is our vision that every child is entitled to a life free of violence and full of possibilities.

Hope of South Texas

About the Organization

In January 2002, the children’s advocacy component of Hope of South Texas, Inc was established. The 501 (c)(3) organization was established to assist in combating child abuse by partnering with: Law Enforcement Agencies, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services – Children’s Protective Investigations, District Attorneys, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, and Mental Health Professionals.

Hope of South Texas is a proud of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, which is the most developed statewide children’s advocacy membership association in the nation. Hope of South Texas, as an associate member of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, is on its path to becoming an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance.

Staff & Leadership

Hope of South Texas is comprised of a team of qualified professionals with a vast knowledge of child protection, child abuse identification and prevention, and child development.


Megan Burow

Executive Director

Misty Kulik

Financial Assistant

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Clinical Department

Meagen Gumm, LCSW

Director of Clinical Services

TF-CBT Certified; EMDR Trained

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Stefanie Thayer, LPC Associate

CPT Certified; TF-CBT Trained

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Alyssa Patek

Clinical Family Advocate

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Community Education Department

Ellen Vallejo, M.Ed., LPC

Director of Community Education

TF-CBT Certified; EMDR Trained

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Intake Department

Denise Angell

Director of Intake Services

MDT Coordinator

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Cesar Deleon

MDT Support Specialist

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Veronica Briseno

Family Advocate/Forensic Interviewer

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Abby Arriazola

Family Advocate/Forensic Interviewer

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Yasmin Rios

Intake Assistant

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Board of Directors

Christopher Krejci

Board Chair

CPA/Consultant/Financial Advisor

Sheriff A.J. Louderback

Vice President

Jackson Co.

Dr. Ruth Constant


Ruth Constant and Associates

Gary Worsham


Certified Financial Planner, Retired – Wells Fargo

Diane Kliem


David Coffey


Capt. Eline Moya

Victoria Police Department

Constance Filley Johnson

Victoria County District Attorney

Sheriff Justin Marr

Victoria Co.

Carol Dohmann

Prosperity Bank Center President

Felix Lopez

Manufacturing Engineer Manager, Catepillar

Monica Rodriquez

1st Community Bank, Vice President

Jill Hawkins

Investigations Supervisor, Child Protective Investigations