Christina attended James Bowie High School where she graduated from in 1993. She then attended Southwest Texas State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. While attending college, she worked at the City Of Austin Municipal Court for four years.
In February of 1999, Christina began her career with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. She started her career in Del Valle Building Three. Christina stayed at Building Three for about a year and half then transferred to Complex Security where she served some of her tenure as an FTO. Christina attended BPOC and successfully completed BPOC in 2002 to receive her Peace Officers License. She then transferred from Complex Security to Transportation. Christina served as an FTO 5 years of her 7 year tenure at Transportation.
Christina earned both her Master’s Jailer and Master’s Peace Officer Certificates.
Christina promoted to Sergeant in July of 2010. She was assigned to TCJ upon promotion and is now a Sergeant at the Central Booking Facility.
Christina is also an avid participant in community service. Her volunteer services include singing the Pan Am Thanksgiving National Anthem and then serving food to members of the community afterwards, sponsoring children through the BAIR Foundation, Brown Santa, Shattered Dreams and the Austin Children’s Shelter Halloween event and several other events.
Christina has been a TCSOA board member for approximately 6 ½ years. She strives to help the members of TCSOA. Christina has served as a board member, Secretary and is currently serving as Vice President of the TCSOA Board of Directors and is ready and willing to serve the members of the Travis County Sheriffs Officer Association.
Melissa Duran Melissa Duran
Melissa began her career with the Travis County Sheriff's Office in January 1995. She was assigned to Records in Del Valle from January 1995 - February 2000, when she promoted to Officer. After promotion, Melissa was assigned to Building 3 where she completed 2 1/2 years.
In January 2001 Melissa attended BPOC through the Sheriff's Academy where she successfully completed her training and obtained her Peace Officers License. In 2004 Melissa was assigned to ISD/Work Release where she completed 2.5 years before being reassigned back to Building 3. At this time Melissa completed another 2.5 years at Building 3. In April of 2008 after a boarding process Melissa was accepted to the Prisoner Transport section, and in May 2013, after completing 5 years of faithful service in Transportation, Melissa was reassigned to bulding 3.
Melissa received officer of the year award from CLEAT region 8B for her outstanding work in recruiting over 100 members in 2009 and for her dedication to the association.
Melissa currently holds both an advanced Jailers and Peace Officers certification. Melissa has faithfully been serving as Treasuer for TCSOA for the last 7.5 years and has been a faithful member of the Travis County Sheriff's Officer's Association and CLEAT for the past 16 years.
Melissa along with her family take pride in volunteering in their community.Melissa volunteers weekly at her sons school, PTA, and Champions Way Taekwondo. Melissa is a proud parent of a wonderful 10 year old young man.
Ed Williams Ed Williams
Jacob was raised in Buda, TX where he graduated from Jack C. Hays High School. He began his career with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office in 2001. Jacob began his career as a Security Coordinator assigned to TCJ. He was soon promoted to Corrections Officer. He was assigned to ISD in Del Valle for nearly five years. While assigned to ISD, Jacob attended BPOC at the TCSO academy, where he earned his Peace Officer Certification in 2006. He was a FTO in ISD on multiple occasions. Jacob was a faithful member of the TCSO Honor Guard for six years.
During his time at ISD, Jacob began playing football for the Central Texas Wolfpack of the National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL). He also married his high school sweetheart Rhonda in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Jacob and Rhonda are expecting their first child, a girl, named Avery.
In 2009, Jacob transferred to the Prisoner Transportation section where he is currently assigned as a FTO. He holds an Advanced Jailers Certification. Jacob has been awarded numerous awards for his dedicated service to TCSO.
For his dedication and contributions to the Prisoner Transportation section, Jacob was awarded the 2012 Field Training Officer of the Year by the TCSOA.
Jacob is an active volunteer with the Wounded Warrior Project group out of San Antonio and believes in the motto, “When they come back, We give back.”
Jacob Bentura has been a member of the TCSOA/CLEAT since 2004.
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Debra (Debbie Diaz) Galloway was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Lanier High School in the top 10% of her class, she attended St. Edwards University after earning an Academic scholarship. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She has received her Master Peace Officer Certification and Master Jailer Certification. Debbie is a tenured officer with over twenty-nine years experience. She began her career with TCSO in December 1981. Her assignments are diversified, as an officer she worked Bldg 4, TCJ, Recreation Officer, Transportation. She promoted to Sergeant in May 1989 and as a Sergeant, she supervised Building 2, Bldg 3, Complex Security, CORE (first female Sergeant,) Central Booking and Receiving and Discharge. She promoted to Lieutenant in April 1996. Her assignments as a Lieutenant have included Buildings 5-9, Complex Security, Auxiliary Lt (Records, Classification & Work Release) TCJ, Bldg 2, Transportation (first female Lieutenant) and her most recent assignment as bldg 2 & 3 Lieutenant.
She has been affiliated with TCSO Honor Guard since 1989 and is currently the Lieutenant of the Honor Guard. She is active in numerous other committees within the Sheriff's office, to include: Training Advisory Board, Operation SOS (founding member,) WIP, Cultural Committee, Brown Santa 5K, Recruitment Team and the Volunteer Appreciation Committee.
She is also an active volunteer in the community dividing her "free" time between the Texas Performing Arts Center, Zachary Scott, Paramount and One World Theaters. She volunteers at Central Market Cooking School, Keep Austin Beautiful, Sustainable Food Center, Texas Wine & Food Foundation and KLRU yearly fund raising events.
When not spending time expanding her cultural awareness and appreciation of the arts, she enjoys hiking, camping, dragon boat racing, fly-fishing, dancing, beading, bowling and exercising. She is a member of the Texas Outdoor Women's Network, Texas Women's Fly-Fishing Federation, Central Texas Trail-Tamers, Colorado River Walkers, and the Austin Bead Society.
Debbie married her soul-mate & best friend, Vincente Galloway and together they embarked on their first priority, FAMILY. They shared the joy of raising five children between them but now relish in the happiness of being grandparents. Upon retirement, they both look forward to traveling and seeing their dream "farm" come to fruition.
Frank was born and raised in the Republic of Panama and after graduation from high school he enlisted in the US Army. Frank served in Viet Nam amongst other choice assignments and not so choice assignments. Culminating his assignments was with the Army Air Defense Command in Germany and Israel during Dessert Storm, then retiring after 24 years with the rank of Master Sergeant. Frank did a short one year term with Burns International Security Service Company as a Security Personnel Specialist, previous to his employment with the Travis County Sheriff's Office.
Frank started out as a Cadet Corrections Officer working in Building 1, 2, 3 and 4, to include "Tent City", then moved to the Convicted Offenders Re-Entry Effort (C.O.R.E.) as a Corrections Drill Instructor for approximately 4 years, concurrently serving as an Adjunct Instructor at the Travis County Sheriff's Office Training Academy. Frank then transferred to the Transportation Section, still serving as an Adjunct Instructor at the academy. Frank then transferred to the Travis County Sheriff's Office Training Academy as a Staff Instructor and COBRA Coordinator. In that capacity he received numerous instructor certifications, taught and instructed many COBRA classes.
Currently Frank is serving with the Travis County Sheriff's Office Crisis Intervention Team (Previously known as the Mental Health Unit) and also a founding and current member of the Travis County Sheriff's Office Hostage/Crisis Negotiation Team. Frank also continues to be an Adjunct Instructor with the TCSO Training Academy and also the Capital Area Council of Governments Law Enforcement Academy. Frank holds a Master Jailer Proficiency Certification and an Advanced Peace Officer Certification. Frank has been a member of the Travis County Sheriff's Officers Association, CLEAT and still proudly serving the Travis County Sheriff's Office for the past 15 years.
Nate graduated from John H. Reagn High School and went on to attend Temple Junior College where he received his Certificate of Completion and Associates of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. He moved on to Langston University and Southwest Texas State University and continued his studies in Criminal Justice. He was named to the Dean's List for Academic Excellence and to "Who's Who Among College Students in America." He is currently attending the Leadership Command College (LCC) sponsored by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute at Sam Houston State University.
He began his career with the Travis County Sheriff's Office in 1988 at TCJ where he worked for approximately 5 1/2 years. He moved to ISD for a short time and then promoted to Sergeant in 1994. That same year, Nate took his vows and created a Marriage Covenant with the love of his life, Karen (Heggins) Gillespie. With this union came two very gifted and talented children, Lil Nate and Terra.
His first assignment as a Sergeant was in Building 4 / Honors. He received his Basic Peace Officer Certification in June of 1996. He also obtained his Master Jailers Certification. In addition to Building 4 / Honors, he has also served as a sergeant in ISD, Complex Security, Central Booking, Transportation and is currently assigned to the Travis County Jail. He was certified as a FTO Coordinator / Program Builder in June of 2004. He has been appointed and served on several committees including the Training Advisory Board, the Vehicle User's Committee, the Corrections Oral Board Team, the Commissary Review Committee and as a FTO Coordinator. Nate was promoted to Lieutenant on January 1, 2012 and is currently assigned to Building 12.
He was appointed to TCSOA Place 1 in September 2009 and was elected to Place 3 in November 2010. In March he was appointed to fill the vacant Secretary position. He was elected as Secretary in November 2011.
He is active in the Community and has participated / contributed to projects such as, "Granny's House", Shattered Dreams, Feed the Children, the BAIR Foundation, Amateur Athletic Union and Mid-America Youth Basketball as a basketball coach and many other community service organizations and events.