About Us

Houston District Board History


Efforts to develop a volunteer board to support the Adult Protective Services (APS) Program in the Houston district began in 2001 by Imogen Papadopoulos, a local elder law attorney and Jan McLaughlin, the Department of Family and Protective Services lead administrator. The non-profit Houston district board was developed to improve the lives of older adults and people with disabilities through education and awareness of issues effecting those two populations of residents. The founding members of the board established goals and objectives to improve social and human services to vulnerable adults through advocacy and the development of resources to support APS caseworkers in the field. Board objectives included the development and promotion of intervention strategies with public and private sector partners designed to prevent and alleviate occurrences of abuse, neglect and exploitation to vulnerable adults.


The board officially became a 501c3 in 2003 and has worked with public and private organizations to educate the Houston community about issues effecting vulnerable adults through conferences, community presentations and outreach. The board has established seven resources rooms throughout the 13 county Houston district that provides fans, heaters, clothing, toiletries and various other items to vulnerable adults in need. Members advocate for laws, policies and services that improve the lives of vulnerable adults living in the community including healthcare, social interaction, financial stability and safety. By establishing partnerships with elder service providers, financial institutions, law enforcement, courts and other social services organizations the board has improved the ability of APS staff to provide better services to vulnerable adults.


List of Board members and organization                                                              

President                            Jason Burnett                    UTHealth Houston, McGovern Medical School

Vice President                   Claudia Gonzalez              HCPS

Secretary                           Jay Prasifka                       Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care

Treasurer                           Monica James                   Houston Hospice

Mark Black                        St. Joseph Hospital

Portia Haggerty                 Portia Haggerty PC

Kelley Lavallais                Strawberry Family Drug and Pharmacy

Josh Reynolds                   UTHealth Houston, Consortium on Aging

Suzanne Terry                   Harris County Area on Aging

Jennifer Tomasik               Houston Methodist J.C. Walter J.R. Transplant Center

Candice Twyman              BBB Education Foundation