Our team consists of individuals with a wide variety of experiences. That experience includes developing and delivering quality staff development services for staff at all levels of an organization, coordinating human resource services, developing performance appraisal systems, facilitating leadership development, serving an executive coach, conducting staffing analysis, facilitating goal setting and long range planning, conducting management evaluations and/or program evaluations, coordinating planning projects, providing contract monitoring, operating community corrections facilities and probation agencies, working in law enforcement, and serving as American Correctional Association standards compliance auditors.
Mel Brown, Ph.D.
Dr. Mel Brown is a nationally recognized professional as an administrator, teacher, trainer, consultant, and author. After a successful career working for governmental agencies, he left the public sector to form his own consulting company. In addition to his work as a trainer/consultant and Executive Coach, Dr. BrownIs a Past-President of the Board of Trustees for Conroe Independent School District which has 58 campuses, more than 55,000 students, and approximately 6000 full-time employees.
Is a Past-President of the Board of Trustees for Conroe Independent School District which has 58 campuses, more than 55,000 students, and approximately 6000 full-time employees.Has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University and in the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology at Prairie View A&M University
Has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University and in the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology at Prairie View A&M University
Has written extensively for state and national publications.
Served on the Texas Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee during the terms of Republican Governor William P. Clements and Democratic Governor Ann RichardServed as a member
Served as a member on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (an accrediting body for prisons, probation agencies, parole agencies, juvenile detention facilities, jails, halfway houses and other correctional programs).Served as a member of Texas Judicial Advisory Council—appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals; and
Served as a member of Texas Judicial Advisory Council—appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals; and
Has provided expert testimony in court cases, as well as before committees of the U.S. Senate, the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives
An avid learner, he has earned five academic degrees including a doctorate and three masters degrees. His graduate studies are reflective of his diverse interests and include courses in the fields of education, criminal justice, social work, theology, psychology, counselling, and administration.
Dr. Brown’s humorous and informative presentation style has made him a popular speaker at civic club luncheons, professional conferences and retreats and organisational training events across the United States.
Mel Brown, Ph.D.
Senior Associate - Marketing and Technical Assistance
Jim Stott began his career in criminal justice in 1973 as a corrections officer with the Texas Department of Corrections. In 1976, he began his career in adult probation, where he remained for the next 38 years, retiring in July, 2014. His experience as a Probation Officer, a Probation Officer Supervisor, a Deputy Department Director and, lastly, as Department Director provided him with a wealth of knowledge related to offender supervision, personnel enhancement, budget planning and development, and the design and development of community justice plans.
As a lifetime member and Past President of the Texas Probation Association, a past board member of the American Probation and Parole Association and current President of the Texas Institute on Children and Youth, Jim strongly believes that becoming involved with your chosen profession and developing relationships is the key to a successful and rewarding career. Good planning, good people and good staff morale are paramount to a good agency. Everyone wants to feel good about what they do.
Jim can provide technical assistance on community justice planning and budget development. He can also help develop organizational needs, focusing on what is important in meeting the needs of the offenders and the agency and, at the same time, keeping the morale of the staff at an all-time high.
Jim obtained his degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 1976.
Senior Associate - Marketing and Technical Assistance
Senior Associate -- Technical Assistance and Client RelationsMike@melbrown.org
Mike Griffiths brings to the MBA team a strong background in the juvenile justice arena. Not only has he served as Executive Director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), but also as director of the Dallas County Juvenile Department (DCJD). He assumed the position at a time when the average tenure of a Director of that department was less than two years. With a quiet leadership style, a depth of experience and significant knowledge of the field of probation, Griffiths led the department for approximately 15 years.
Widely recognized in the juvenile justice arena, Griffiths served on the Governor’s State Juvenile Justice Task Force and was a member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network for the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute.
In addition to his work with TJJD and DCJD, Griffiths’ experience also includes serving as Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for Nueces County, Assistant Director for Juvenile Services for the Montgomery County Probation Department, and Program Administrator for Tarrant County Mental Health-Mental Retardation.
Griffiths’ academic credentials include a Master of Public Administration from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Sam Houston State University.
Senior Associate -- Technical Assistance and Client Relations
Joe Flores has 5 years experience as a Montgomery County Adult Probation Officer and 24 years experience as a United States Probation Officer. He began his federal career in Dallas before transferring to Houston in 1992. He has been a supervisor for the past 13 years.
He is the District Contracting Officer and has been given other responsibilities during his tenure. As the District Firearms Instructor and the District Officer Safety Instructor, Joe oversaw a team of 30 assistants who helped him train on the use of less than lethal and lethal force. In 2002. Joe's focus was to present the “Continuum of Force” interactively. He managed and developed an applied officer safety program, a firearms program and a defense tactics program and merged them into a three-day training format. This allowed for an efficient and effective way to train over 250 officers in the district semi-annually. Joe has also created two-day evidenced based practices training, one-day statute training and two-day “train-the-trainer” training. Joe was also an adjunct instructor for 7 years.
He earned his baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University. He is excellent at program planning and development.
Technical Assistance Associatebill@melbrown.org
Bill Thompson has an extensive back ground in juvenile justice.
Prior to his retirement from the field of probation, Thompson worked in various capacities with the Harris and Dallas County Juvenile Probation Departments. His last position at Dallas County was as Assistant Chief Probation Officer and his last position at Harris County was Deputy Director of Residential Services.
He has been licensed as a Child Care Administrator by the State of Texas and certified as a Drug Offender Education Program instructor and administrator.
A proud veteran of the United States Army, Thompson has served as a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (a national accrediting body for criminal justice agencies), is a lifetime member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and has served on NABCJ’s National Board of Directors and as President of NABCJ’s Houston Chapter.
Thompson’s academic credentials include three degrees from Texas Southern University--Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts (Counseling and Guidance), and Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology.
Technical Assistance Associate
Pama Hencerling is a widely recognized professional in the juvenile justice field. In addition to her experience as Chief of Victoria County Juvenile Services and Goliad County Juvenile Probation, she has been an adjunct instructor in Criminal Justice at Victoria College's Police, has served as a consultant to other organizations, is a frequent workshop presenter for conferences and training events.
She is a member of and has served on committees for a number of professional associations including the Texas Probation Association, Texas Institute on Children and Youth, American Probation and Parole Association, Juvenile Justice Association of Texas, Central Texas Juvenile Chief's Association and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
She was the 2001 recipient of the Juvenile Justice Association of Texas' award for "Outstanding Achievement in Probation." the 2004 recipient of the Texas Institute on Children and Youth's Clayton-Morrison award "for outstanding service to the children of Texas," and the 2008 recipient of Texas Probation Association's Amador R. Rodriguez Award as an "Outstanding Juvenile Probation Administrator."
Hencerling's academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Corrections and graduate studies in field of education.
Training AssociateJames@melbrown .org
James R. Bell brings to MBA a wealth of experience in the probation field. He is currently serving as Interim Branch Director for the West Region of the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department in Houston, Texas.
In addition to his current position, Bell's tenure with HCCSCD includes serving as supervisor of the Department’s “Community Partnership”. where he Bell had responsibility for oversight of four operations, including three “satellite offices in northwest Houston. He has supervise both misdemeanor and felony offenders, managed specialized caseloads, served as the department trainer and served nine years as a Court Liaison Officer
Bell pioneered the “one stop shop,” which is a new paradigm shift in Harris County following the “what works” model in “evidence based practices.” Through his collaboration wit faith-based entities and other external stakeholders, officers are repositioned within the community to office space provided by external stakeholders at no additional cost to the county. This allows court released offenders to be seen in their communities (within a 3 mile radius) by their officers. The offender attends all court ordered programs and performs their community service restitution at the same location they meet with their officers.
He has extensive experience in developing collaborative programs involving the private, government and religious communities.
He has served as a Resource Training Officer for the Texas Probation Training Academy and has been credentialed by the National Institute of Corrections as a Certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist.
Bell earned his baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University.
Tamra McGuffey's employment history includes a variety of positions in both juvenile and adult probation with experience in both institutions and community supervision. She has served as the director of Quality Development of an adult probation department and Director of a highly touted, ACA accredited, residential treatment program for substance abusing offenders. In addition, she has served as a casework manager, an intake officer, a community supervision officer and juvenile detention officer.
McGuffey has also served as a standards compliance auditor for the American Corrections Association's Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. a Resource Training Officer for the Community Justice Assistance Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and has been recognized them as a "Friend of Training" award recipient.
In addition to being certified as a trainer in numerous areas, she is a "Master Trainer" in Cognitive Reflective Communication.
Ms. McGuffey completed both her baccalaureate degree and pursued graduate studies at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She is co-author of “Evaluating Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities.”