Board of Directors


TCADP 2014 Board of Directors and Staff


Angelle Adams, President. Angelle received her Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters in Education from the University of Houston. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s University in 2006. Angelle is also an active member of Amnesty International and participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Angelle joined the TCADP Board in 2010, served as Secretary 2011-2012, and was elected President in 2013.



Estrus Tucker, Vice-President. Estrus Tucker is an independent consultant and keynote speaker specializing in small and large group facilitation, and in designing and leading conversations and retreats across the country in support of personal and professional development, community renewal, conflict transformation, healing and reconciliation, appreciation of cultural diversity and strategies of inclusion.  Estrus is a seasoned practitioner of the Circles of Trust, Social Change for Leadership Development and other models of civic engagement. For the past fourteen years, he has served as President & CEO of Liberation Community, Inc., a social justice network, and Past President & Moderator of the Minority Leaders & Citizens Council hosting a weekly live audience, Cable & Radio Leadership Forum that encouraged dialogue & action. He has also served as President & CEO of the Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of United Way of Tarrant County. Estrus’ current volunteer service includes Commissioner and Chair of the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission, member of the Tarrant County Workforce Development Board, International Assoc. Of Human Rights Agencies Board, the National Center for Courage & Renewal Board, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation Tarrant County Steering Committee. He is a Vietnam-era Veteran and an ordained minister active in interfaith and ecumenical initiatives, and has served congregations in Baptist, Presbyterian and nondenominational Churches. Estrus is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Arlington, Leadership Fort Worth and the John Ben Shepherd Texas Public Leadership Forum. His mission is to inspire courage and life-giving values that promote community, nonviolence and justice, in service of a world that works for all. Estrus joined the board in 2012. 

Richard Woodward, Ph.D., Treasurer. Rich Woodward is a professor at Texas A&M University in the Department of Agricultural Economics. His research and teaching is in the general area of environmental and resource economics. A founding member of the Brazos Valley chapter of TCADP, Rich has been vocal about his opposition to the death penalty for over a decade.



Les Breeding, Secretary. Les Breeding has worked with political issues and the Texas Legislature for the last 25 years. He has served as the director of a peace group located adjacent to Pantex, the country’s nuclear weapon assembly plant (Peace Farm); as a legislative aide and as legislative director for members of the Texas House of Representatives (John Hirschi and Lon Burnam); and as a state and national board member of the country’s largest grassroots peace organization (Peace Action). He is currently a college instructor (Virginia College) and owns a consulting firm where he has conducted legislative research for litigation attorneys for the last 13 years (Capitol Research).


Helene Burns. Helene Burns is a Registered Nurse with a certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.  She is a Murder Victim Family Member.  Her father brutally murdered her mother in 1985 and she worked with the local District Attorney’s office (in Los Angeles, CA) in preparing the case and in testifying at the trial.  Although it was a capital case, Helene did not wish death for her father.  As a Christian Jew, she also does not think it is for us to decide that fate for any human in a court of law.  Helene’s father was convicted and is currently a “lifer” in the California prison system. Helene has worked with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office as a volunteer with Victim Services 10 years, and is currently a member of the Sheriff’s Department Critical Incident Stress Management Team where she debriefs  first responders following traumatic events.  Helene has co-authored an op-ed about the death penalty, which was recently published in the Sacramento Bee Newspaper and her story was recently highlighted in both the MVFR and TCADP newsletters.  Helene considers herself to be a political conservative and so approaches legislators with a conservative to moderate point of view.

Kay Duffy-Taylor is a former criminal defense attorney from California. She specialized in defending serious felonies and murder cases including death penalty cases. Kay received her BA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. Kay has also worked for two Members of Congress both in the legislative and campaign capacity and as a Litigation Counsel for the PETA Foundation – fighting against animal abuse in the courtroom. Kay moved to San Antonio when her husband retired from the Navy in 2010 and accepted a position with CPS Energy.


Mary Heartlein. Mary Heartlein has 20 years experience managing volunteers and raising funds for Houston’s nonprofit community. Working for Volunteer Houston and now at the John P. McGovern Museum of Medical and Health Science(The Health Museum), Mary is dedicated to the nonprofit sector as a means to build community. Mary values Houston’s diverse population and is committed to raising awareness of, and harnessing resources for, the under-served. Her interest in furthering public awareness of social justice issues has grown through her work with teens as a religious education instructor, as a volunteer at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and through creating volunteer opportunities that target minority teens at Volunteer Houston and The Health Museum. Mary’s interest in the death penalty was nurtured by following the work of criminal defense attorneys in the cases of Clarence Brandley and Kerry Max Cook, and their subsequent freedom from Texas Death Row.

jeff hood -cropRev. Jeff Hood. A theologian, historian, & bioethicist by academic training, Rev. Jeff Hood is a graduate of Auburn University, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, the University of Alabama, Creighton University & is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Practical Theology at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.  Jeff’s ordination rests within the Southern Baptist Convention.  A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Jeff lives in Denton, Texas, where he serves as the pastor of a space called Prism Denton. As a spiritual activist & organizer, Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, as the North Texas area director for Pastors for Texas Children, on the Board of Directors for Hope for Peace and Justice & as the editor & field organizer for the North Texas Fellowship of Reconciliation & on the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.  In 2013, Jeff’s work as a spiritual organizer and activist was recognized by PFLAG Fort Worth’s Equality Award.  Jeff is the author of two books & the compiler of one.  Jeff is married to Emily & is the father of three young sons, twin toddlers, Jeff & Phillip, & newborn, Quinley Mandela.  Jeff also maintains a close friendship to Texas Death Row prisoner Will Speer.  In all of these things, Jeff prides himself on being “a committed activist theologian, visionary writer & radical prophetic voice to a closed society.”  Jeff writes regularly at

Pat Monks. Pat, a native Houstonian, has practiced law as a criminal defense attorney for 27 years in Houston and Dallas, Texas. Pat has argued 5 cases before the Texas Court of Criminal appeals and is the founding member of the Municipal Justice Bar Association of Texas. Pat is a board member of the American Prepaid Legal Services Institute, which is a branch of the American Bar Association. Pat has been associated with the Republican Party since birth – his father Gerald Monks was a long-time Republican Chair in Harris County dating back to the time George H.W. Bush was the county chair. Pat has been the chair of Precinct 718 of Harris County for the past 8 years. He has attended almost all of the precinct, senatorial, and State Republican Conventions for the last 20 years and currently serves on the Judicial Candidate Selection Committee of Harris County. Members of his family have run for office many times as judge, district attorney, city council and school board member. He is a firm believer of getting involved in politics. Pat Monks is a conservative Republican who believes the death penalty is fundamentally flawed: “I don’t see how, we as a people, can legislatively give another man the right to kill in God’s name.”

mike-renquistDr. Mike Renquist is an author, keynoter and change agent, serving in the areas of training and human and organization development.  Originally educated as a Presbyterian minister, he has a degree in Speech and Theatre from Austin College, in Sherman, Texas, and a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas.  After serving numerous churches in Texas and Missouri, he successfully transitioned to business consulting and training, both as an internal and external consultant.  In 25 years, he has served as consultant or trainer in over 165 different corporations, many singular locations and settings, domestic and international, including manufacturing (Takata), construction (MetroMont, BCCI), process industries (Gulf-Chevron), high-tech (LAN International), data-telecommunications (Cisco Systems, HP) and public utilities (TXU). His emphasis in leadership development with upper and middle management is on the “whole molecule of change”, a systemic approach supported by Emotional Intelligence that leads to greater accountability, innovation and sustainability.  He is a certified practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming, and his specialty in training is presentation and communication skills, having brought new competencies to thousands in the last twenty-five years.  Married to a United Methodist minister, The Rev. Dr. Georjean Blanton, Associate Pastor of St. John’s United Methodist in Austin, TX, they have three adult children, and immensely enjoy their two grandsons.

aftabAftab Siddiqui.  Aftab has been actively involved with the Dallas Peace Center for the last 10 years, serving as Co-Chair of the Save Pakistan Committee, which is working to stop drone attacks in Pakistan, and currently as Co-Chair of the Human Rights at Home Committee, which works on a host of issues including civil liberty and immigration reform. He is the Chair of the Muslim Community Center for Human Services, a nonprofit that provides charitable health and social services.  Aftab also volunteers with the United Way of Tarrant County and sat on the Cabinet and Health Impact Council. He is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Tarrant County Democratic Party and played a key role in organizing the Ballot Box Barbecue (2002) and Civil Rights Conferences (2003, 2004, and 2005); he is currently the President of the Muslim Democratic Caucus of Texas. Prior to migrating to the United States in 1993, Aftab played a key role in establishing an Amnesty International Chapter in Pakistan, where he was involved in campaigns against human rights violations and the death penalty.

Aftab worked for 16 years at American Airlines until his retirement in 2012; he was deeply involved with the Diversity Initiative at work. He is currently working with Dallas County Schools as a Routing Specialist. Aftab also worked in production management and taught as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Business Administration at the University of Karachi. He has completed his BS (Elect), MBA, and MPA (UT Arlington). He lives in Arlington and joined the TCADP Board in the fall of 2013.