Board of Directors

TIFA Board of Directors

Kate Sauer Pumarejo – Board Chair

Ms. Pumarejo is a staff attorney at the Travis County Mental Health Public Defender, which serves the needs of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Before that she represented death-sentenced individuals in state and federal habeas proceedings, both at the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs in Austin and in private practice. Ms. Pumarejo started her legal career as the Assistant Public Defender in Willacy County in South Texas, with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.  

In 2013, Ms. Pumarejo received 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 Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee. 

Tiffany L. Quick– Secretary

Ms. Quick, a retired Realtor, has been a member of TIFA since 2016. She is also involved with TIFA’s Advocacy Team. Ms. Quick has a loved one who is currently in TDCJ.

Ms. Quick is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She is a certified leader for NAMI’s Family to Family class. Ms. Quick has been active in volunteerism for many organizations or causes for over twenty-five years. Some areas Ms. Quick has advocated for include abused women, the deaf, and for the mentally ill.

Bill Cook – Treasurer

Bill has invested much of his life in volunteering with and mentoring youth and adults. Many have
experienced absent parents and the lack of positive adult role models, which opened the door to being a
surrogate Father figure in many lives. An abundance of data suggests, these young people, without
healthy home environments and financial stability, seemed more likely to experience a life in and out of
incarceration. Bill’s desire for resources to help those he had developed mentoring relationships with
led to his joining TIFA in 2013, first as a member, then Chapter Chair and Sr. Chapter Chair. Now he has
the privilege to serve on the TIFA Board as Treasurer. Bill is a CPA, working in industry and public
accounting over the past 40 years. He has experience in petroleum, banking, real estate, hazardous
waste along with commercial and residential construction. Bill is proud of his two adult daughters who
also serve others through education, currently as a teacher and librarian.

Nabil E. Valencia

Ms. Valencia is an Administrative Investigator with the Travis County Public Defender’s Office where she is part of a holistic defense team serving indigent residents with a variety of legal issues. Her grassroots organizing and community building experience has led her to work in spaces such as the Connecticut Probate Courts, The Texas Civil Rights Project and the Forensic Project (a unit of CAPDS). As a post-conviction investigator she has traveled throughout the state visiting several TDCJ facilities working on cases where convictions resulted from unreliable DNA evidence held at the Austin Police Department’s crime lab.

Nabil received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and later obtained her MSc in Latin American Development from King’s College London. She has served on several boards and commissions and continues to be involved in the community in different capacities. Nabil is first-generation American and is fluent in Spanish having grown up with Guatemalan/Colombian parents.

Emma Hilbert

Emma Hilbert is a Senior Attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project. There, she works in TCRP’s Voting Rights Program, which uses litigation, advocacy, and community lawyering to dismantle systems that suppress the vote. Prior to coming to Texas, Emma worked as an intern and fellow at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Richmond, Virginia, where she advocated for clients in both LAJC’s Economic Justice and Youth Justice Programs. Emma is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law and Haverford College, where she majored in anthropology.

Faith N. Castillo

Ms. Castillo currently serves as an Election Protection Legal Fellow at Texas Civil Rights Project. She is a St. Edward’s University graduate with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Criminal Justice. She later graduated from the SMU Dedman School of Law.

Faith has worked as a Project & Research Assistant at the Buried Alive Project and also as a student attorney at the
SME Dedman School of Law Innocence Clinic.
Faith has a rich background in volunteer work including trips to Peru and South Africa working on projects in the areas of poverty, education, and HIV/AIDS.

J. Bailey McShane IV  J.D., M.B.A.

Bailey McShane is an assistant public defender with the Far West Texas Regional Public Defender Office that serves indigent clients in Brewster, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, and Presidio Counties. He was previously an associate attorney at the Pastrano Law Firm in San Marcos, Tx.

Bailey graduated from Texas A&M with a B.A. in History and after graduating served as a logistics officer in the US Marine Corps with a combat-ready Marine Expeditionary Unit where he spent time in Japan, Thailand, Australia, and the Republic of the Philippines.  After the Marine Corps, Mr. McShane completed a dual degree program with the Texas Tech School of Law receiving a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and a Doctor of Law (J.D.)

TIFA Staff

 

Sharon McKinney – Director of Programs

Sharon is the Director of Programs for the Texas Inmate Families Association.  She teaches the New Family Workshop for families whose loved one is entering the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and the Parole Workshop for families whose loved one is approaching parole eligibility.

Sharon was previously incarcerated, having spent seven years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  Sharon is a Certified Mental Health Peer Specialist and a Certified Reentry Peer Specialist.

Tracy P. Williams – Director of Outreach

Mr. Williams is currently on staff at TIFA as the Director of Outreach, a role he has filled since
December 2020. Previously he was incarcerated for twenty-five plus years in the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice. However, within prison he found purpose, matured, and went on
to make use of his time by achieving two Associate degrees from Trinity Valley Community
College and a Bachelor’s in Science from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
(SWBTS), graduating summa cum laude.

After graduation from SWBTS in 2015, Mr. Williams was a part of the inaugural class of Texas
Field Ministers, a program championed by Lt. Gov Dan Patrick, state Senator John Whitmire,
and sponsored by Grove Norwood and the Heart of Texas Foundation. As a Field Minister, Mr.
Williams had unfettered access at the largest unit in Texas. There he ministered to men in
restrictive housing, mentored, facilitated classes, and created a workplace skills class for
returning citizens. Meeting Jennifer Erschabek and Sharon McKinney in 2015 while still in
seminary, he later invited them to be guest at a Parole Forum he organized at Coffield in 2016
and 2018.

Being released in 2020, Mr. Williams is tasked with creating, organizing, and facilitating a
successful reentry initiative for TIFA. His invaluable knowledge of the criminal justice system is
helpful in supporting fellow returning citizens, educating families of the incarcerated, and
advocating in Austin for the bills that matter to us.

Tracy is Certified as a Reentry Peer Specialist.