Board of Directors

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Montgomery County CPS/Child Welfare Board works with the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards (TCCWB), a statewide network of more than 2,000 volunteers appointed by County Commissioner’s Courts.  Annually, child welfare boards in Texas contribute $20 to $30 million to help meet the needs of children. DFPS works with TCCWB and others to develop resources, programs, and strategies to enhance services for vulnerable children and families.

Montgomery County CPS/Child Welfare’s mission and focus is to provide leadership, vision, trust, confidence, enthusiasm, and successful coordination of efforts between the private sector, government agencies, non-profit private agencies, foster parent association, community leaders and the Montgomery County CPS Board.  The efforts have two common aims; 1) to improve the lives of our foster children and 2) be an example to the rest of Texas so all Texas foster children can experience similar hope and relief. 

Since 2010, the primary objective for the Montgomery County Child Welfare Board has been to support the state initiatives through enhancing county wide initiatives that help reach the goals set out by the State of Texas for Montgomery County’.  The growth and development of our community partners (the CPS Advisory Board) has allowed Montgomery County to embrace the state’s goals for serving and protecting Texas children in the care of DFPS.  

Executive Board

Executive Board

CPS Liason

Terri Jaggers is the acting President and Chairman of the Board.  Her appointment by the Commissioner’s Court in January 2009 was a natural fit for Terri after 25 years of business success and service as a community organizer, former foster parent, state and national board member, public speaker Communications Director, and 15 years as a legislative advocate for foster care issues. Terri is married to Pat Jaggers and in her leisure time is an Adjunct Professor at Sam Houston State University.  

Vice President

Dr. Frances Brandau-Brown is the current Vice President/Vice Chair of the CPS board and a Professor and the Graduate Director at Sam Houston State University for the Department of Communication Studies.  She also serves as the President of the Southern States Communication Association and brings great expertise and leadership to the Child Welfare Board.  Dr. Brandau-Brown was appointed to the board in 2009.  A mother of a six year old daughter, Dr. Brandau-Brown has aTexassized heart for children and helping young people reach their potential.


Melissa Humphries was appointed to the board in September 2010 and currently serves as the board Secretary.  Melissa is a Certified Nutritional Therapist, the owner of NOURISH Nutrition and Wellness, and author of Primitive Diva: A girl's guide to living wild in a crazy modern world.  

Additionally, Melissa currently serves as the chapter President of the Houston/Montgomery County Weston, a Price foundation, and as a volunteer for the Montgomery County SPCA.  A former Mrs. Texas, wife to Robert Humphires, and mother of three, Melissa brings to the board tremendous leadership, communication and public speaking skills. 


Michael Maisano, the current Treasurer of the CPS board, is married to his wife Stacy and lives in City of Oak Ridge North in Montgomery County, Texas.  Mike began his career in the banking industry and after 12 years, obtained his real estate license and started a custom homebuilding and remodeling business.  That business has since expanded to include remodeling multi-family complexes. In his personal time Mike enjoys playing ice hockey, golf, traveling and spending time outdoors.  Michael came to the CPS board in 2010 stating “I cannot think of a better place to volunteer my time, this is a truly worthwhile cause and I am honored to be a part of this board.”

Board Members (alphabetically)

The Montgomery County Commissioner’s Court appointed Brian Barnhart to the board in September 2010.  Brian currently is the Owner/Partner of Woodlands Elite Cheer Company, an active member of The Woodlands Church – Fellowship campus, and serves as the Texas State Director of USASF.  Brian will tell you that his crowning achievements were marrying his wife Kristen in 2005 and their daughter Presleigh. Brian brings to the board a tremendous passion to improve the lives of children, equipping them to reach their potential as young adults.

Don Carter was appointed to the board in March 2011.

R.J. D’Agostino was appointed to the CPS board in October 2010.

Carrie James was appointed to the Board in September of 2009.  She and her husband, Grady James, are both practicing attorneys in downtown Conroe handling complex family law litigation.  Carrie is confronted with the effects of child abuse on a daily basis, and has developed a commitment for the prevention of that abuse.

Carrie brings to the Board a unique perspective on the relationship between the protection of children, the vital role of the caseworker, and the legal process itself. As a mother and a grandmother, she believes that the children of our county deserve to experience a safe and happy childhood and believes “there is no excuse for abuse”. 

As a native resident ofConroe, Tommy Metcalf has held a litany of leadership roles in building the City ofConroeto be the thriving metropolis it is today.  Among the most recent achievements include being the former Mayor of Conroe, serving on the Board of Directors for Spirit of Texas Bank, the Montgomery County Community Foundation, the President’s Council forSamHoustonStateUniversity, and the Montgomery County CPS Board.  Tommy Metcalf was introduced to the CPS board as a co-sponsor of the first annual Adoption Day festivities in 2005, taking a position on the board in January of 2010.  Tommy is married to Mary Ann Metcalf and together they have three children.

Patti Thomas Rascon was appointed to the board in 2011.  She and husband Art Rascon are the proud parents of six children (+ one grandchild), and have resided in The Woodlands for fourteen years.  Patti’s love and interest in children extends beyond her family.  She has been a private voice teacher for more than 22 years as well as a Children’s Choir Director at her church.  Patti is also the President of the Spring Stake Primary Auxiliary (children 18 mo.-11yrs), in her church...serving and supporting Primary leaders of ten congregations throughout Montgomery county.

Montgomery County CPS/Child Welfare Board
2017 North Frazier, Suite C-1
Conroe, Texas 77316

Phone:  936-756-1551
Federal Tax ID:  20-0787262