Board of Directors


TCADP 2014 Board of Directors and Staff


Angelle Adams, President. Angelle is a practicing civil litigator in Houston.  She received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters in Education from the University of Houston. She received her J.D. from St. Mary’s University in 2006. Angelle joined the TCADP Board in 2010, served as Secretary from 2011-2012, and was elected President in 2013.  She has served on the board of the African-American Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Lawyers Association.  Angelle is also a member of Amnesty International and participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Contact her at



Estrus Tucker, Vice-President. Estrus is an independent consultant and keynote speaker specializing in facilitating, designing, and leading conversations and retreats in support of personal and professional development, community renewal, conflict transformation, healing and reconciliation, and strategies for engagement and inclusion.  He is a seasoned practitioner of the Circles of Trust, Social Change for Leadership Development and other models of civic engagement. For 14 years, Estrus served as President & CEO of Liberation Community, Inc., a social justice nonprofit network. He also has served as President & CEO of the Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, VP of United Way of Tarrant County, and Commissioner & Chair of the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission. Estrus’ current volunteer service includes: Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University Board of Visitors; member of the Tarrant County Workforce Development Board; Chair of the National Center for Courage & Renewal Board; and member of the Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation Board (University of Mississippi). He is a Vietnam-era Veteran and an ordained minister active in interfaith and ecumenical initiatives. Estrus is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Arlington, Leadership Fort Worth, and the John Ben Shepherd Texas Public Leadership Forum.  He is the 2012 Recipient of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies’ Award for Individual Achievement. Estrus joined the TCADP Board in 2012 and was elected Vice President in 2013. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Contact Estrus at

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Les Breeding, Secretary. Les has worked with political issues and the Texas Legislature for the last 25 years.  He served as the director of Peace Farm, a peace group located adjacent to Pantex, the country’s nuclear weapon assembly plant in Amarillo; as a legislative aide and legislative director for members of the Texas House of Representatives; and as a state and national board member of the country’s largest grassroots peace organization, Peace Action.  He is currently the Lead Instructor for Business Studies and General Education at Virginia College and owns a consulting firm, Capitol Research, where he has conducted legislative research for litigation attorneys for the last 17 years. Les, who lives in Austin, Texas, has been active in TCADP since 2002 and has served on the board since 2009.  He served as Vice President of the board from 2012-2013 and was elected Secretary in 2013.  Les is also a member of the TCADP Lobby Corps. Contact him at


Helene Burns. Helene is a Registered Nurse with a certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.  She is also a member of Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation.  After her father brutally murdered her mother in 1985, she worked with the District Attorney’s office in Los Angeles, California to prepare the case and testified at the trial.  Although it was a capital case, Helene did not wish death for her father, who was convicted and is currently a “lifer” in the California prison system. Helene has volunteered for 10 years with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office – Victim Services and with the American Red Cross – Disaster Mental Health.  She is currently a volunteer with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office – Critical Incident Stress Management Team, where she debriefs first responders following traumatic events. Helene joined the board in 2011.


Mary Heartlein. Mary has 20 years of 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), she 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 the creation of volunteer opportunities that target minority teens at Volunteer Houston and The Health Museum.  Mary has served on the board since 2010 and chairs TCADP’s major donor outreach initiative.

jeff hood -cropRev. Jeff Hood. A theologian, historian, and bioethicist by academic training, Jeff is a graduate of Auburn University, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, the University of Alabama, and Creighton University.  He 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, he currently lives in Denton, Texas, where he serves as the Executive Director of Center for Theological Activism, on the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and as a spiritual advisor on Texas’ death row. He joined the board in 2013. 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. He has argued five cases before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and is the founding member of the Municipal Justice Bar Association of Texas. He is a board member of the American Prepaid Legal Services Institute, a branch of the American Bar Association. Pat is a lifelong member of the Republican Party and served as chair of Precinct 718 of Harris County for more than 10 years. He has attended nearly every precinct, senatorial, and State Republican Convention for the last 20 years and served on the Judicial Candidate Selection Committee of Harris County.  Pat has served on the TCADP Board since 2010 and is an active member of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.  He lives in Houston.




Dr. Mike Renquist.  Mike is an author, keynoter and change agent, serving in the areas of training and human and organizational 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 transitioned to business consulting and training, both as an internal and external consultant.  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 25 years.  Mike lives in Austin and joined the board in 2013.  He is a member of the TCADP Lobby Corps.

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 board in 2013.