Board of Directors

TIFA Board of Directors

Jaymi Furniss-Jones, Cedar Park : Chair
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Jennifer Erschabek, Austin : Executive Director
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Patti Kassel, New Braunfels : Treasurer
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TIFA Board of Directors – 2019 

 

Jaymi Furniss-Jones – Board Chair 

 

Ms. Furniss-Jones studied Spanish and Social Work with an emphasis in trauma at Baylor University. In Waco, Ms. Furniss-Jones placed infants and children of incarcerated women into temporary foster homes and worked to maintain visitation and bonding opportunities for mother and child. She worked with foster families to develop relationships with biological families and prevent termination of rights of the incarcerated parent. In Washington, D.C., Jaymi worked as an Employment Specialist for homeless individuals with a criminal record.  

Outside of her professional capacity, Ms. Furniss-Jones volunteered as Accountability Team Leader for individuals accused of crime in a Transformative Justice Project. This project served as an opportunity for both accused and victim to learn, heal and grow outside of the formal criminal justice system. As Chairperson for the Coalition of Housing and Homeless Organizations Transitional Team, Ms. Furniss-Jones wrote comprehensive reform recommendations on citywide policy for the homeless population of Washington D.C.  

 

Ms. Furniss-Jones is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management and is a Licensed Social Worker in Texas. 

 

Patti Kassel – Board Treasurer 

 

After her son’s incarceration in 2008, Ms Kassel became an advocate for families and has been involved with TIFA since 2011. Ms Kassel has been a TIFA board member for 5 years and previously served as Board Chair. Before her retirement in 2015 she worked as a project manager for Forestar Group and Temple Inland 

 

Ms Kassel’s professional affiliations include being a member of the Project Management Institute and co-founder of the Central Texas Job Seekers Network. This ministry provides a network of resources to help minister to the needs of individuals and families dealing with the physical, spiritual, and emotional impact of a job loss, job search and career change in the community. 

 

Kate Pumarejo – Board Secretary 

 

Ms. Pumarejo is a criminal defense attorney who currently represents death-sentenced individuals in federal habeas proceedings. She also served as a Post-Conviction Attorney in Austin and prior to that worked at the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid as an Assistant Public Defender. 

 

In 2013 Ms. Pumarejo receive the State Bar of Texas Warren Burnett Award for “extraordinary contributions to improving the quality of criminal legal representation to indigents in Texas” from the State Bar’s Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee. 

 

Erin McGann – Board Member 

 

Ms. McGann is currently employed with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) where she has developed state wide trainings and organized criminal justice meetings. She has taught over 1000 law enforcement officers in Texas on trauma affected veterans. Ms. McGann has also facilitated the creation of 10 veteran’s treatment courts. Prior to the TVC Ms. McGann was employed by the TDCJ as a Parole officer, Mental Health parole officer, HIV coordinator, TCOOMMI auditor, Case Manager Supervisor, Veterans program. 

 

Ms. McGann’s professional affiliations include the American Parole and Probation Assc, the National Assc of Drug Court Professionals. Ms. McGann is also a Board Member for the Texas Reentry Advisory Council and the American Parole and Probation Assc. 

 

Bryan Bartley – Board Member 

 

Mr Barley currently works at Home Depot as a Sr. IT Security Governance Analysts where he manages a risk portfolio of store systems. Prior to Home Depot, Mr Bartley worked at Indeed as an IT Compliance Analyst where he designed and implement access, change management and GDPR reviews. 

 

Mr Bartley is a member of ISC^2, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium and an ISACA Member, an organization that provides practical guidance, benchmarks and other effective tools for all enterprises that use information systems.