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Affected Families and Incarcerated Individuals Support Department 

Family Mediators

At TPCA, we know that navigating the TDCJ system can be sometimes confusing and difficult. Our Volunteer Family Mediators are volunteers who are here to help affected families mitigate Prison Condition issues with their loved ones within the TDCJ units. They accomplish this by educating the affected family members and acting as liaisons between affected family members, unit wardens, and various TDCJ administrative personnel under the direction of TPCA Family Mediator Director, Tatiana Santollo. Our Family Mediators are focused on the units within a given TDCJ region and are instructed to guide family members along the process of advocacy for your incarcerated loved ones, so prepare yourself to learn.

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Director of Family Mediators and Facebook Unit Support Groups

Tatiana Santollo, MA, MSL
tatiana.santollo@TPCAdvocates.org
  • Byrd Unit (Huntsville)

  • Ellis Unit (Huntsville area)

  • Estelle Unit (Huntsville area)

  • East Texas Treatment Facility (Henderson) 

  • Ferguson Unit (Midway)

  • Goree Unit (Huntsville)

  • Lewis Unit (Woodville)

  • Polunsky Unit (Livingston)

 Region I Mediator
Melissa Riana
melissa.riana@TPCAdvocates.org
  • Wynne Unit (Huntsville)

  • Duncan Unit (Diboll)

  • Goodman Unit (Jasper)

  • Holliday Unit (Huntsville)

  • Huntsville Unit

  • Wainwright Unit (Lovelady)

 Region I Mediator
Kayla Hartness
kayla.hartness@TPCAdvocates.org
  • Beto Unit (Palestine)

  • Coffield Unit (Palestine area)

  • Hodge DDP Unit (Rusk)

  • Johnston SAFPF (Winnsboro)

  • Moore, C. Unit (Bonham)

  • Skyview Psychiatric Unit (Rusk)

  • Telford Unit (New Boston)

Region II Mediator
Melissa Compton
melissa.compton@TPCAdvocates.org

  • Boyd Unit (Teague)

  • Cole State Jail (Bonham)

  • Hutchins State Jail (Dallas)

  • Michael Unit (Palestine area)

  • Powledge Unit (Palestine)

Region II Mediator
Lashae Greene

lashae.greene@TPCAdvocates.org
Region III Mediator
Jennifer McMahon
jennifer.mcmahon@TPCAdvocates.org
Region III Mediator
Raquel Romo
raquel.romo@TPCAdvocates.org
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  • Briscoe Unit (Dilley)

  • Connally Unit (Kenedy)

  • Cotulla Unit (Cotulla)

  • Dominguez State Jail (San Antonio)

  • Garza West Unit (Beeville)

  • Lynaugh Unit (Fort Stockton)

  • Sanchez State Jail (El Paso)

Region IV Mediator
Rebeca Alvarez
rebeca.alvarez@TPCAdvocates.org
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  • Fort Stockton Unit (Fort Stockton)

  • Glossbrenner SAFPF (San Diego)

  • Lopez State Jail (Edinburg)

  • McConnell Unit (Beeville)

  • Ney Unit (Hondo)

  • Segovia Unit (Edinburg)

  • Stevenson Unit (Cuero)

  • Torres Unit (Hondo)

Region IV Mediator
Alicia Bevel
alicia.bevel@TPCAdvocates.org
  • Allred Unit (Wichita Falls Area)

  • Dalhart Unit (Hartley)

  • Formby State Jail (Plainview)

  • Jordan Unit (Pampa)

  • Montford/West Texas Hospital (Lubbock)

  • Wheeler State Jail (Plainview)

Region V Mediator
Patrick Capps
patrick.capps@TPCAdvocates.org
  • Clements Unit (Amarillo)

  • Daniel Unit (Snyder)

  • Roach Unit (Childress)

  • Smith Unit (Lamesa)

  • Montford Psychiatric Unit (Lubbock)

  • Wallace Unit (Colorado City)

  • Mechler Unit (Tulia)

Region V Mediator
Meli Mata
imelda.mata@TPCAdvocates.org

  • Robertson Unit (Abilene)

  • Alfred Hughes Unit (Gatesville)

  • Luther Unit (Navasota)

  • Middleton Unit (Abilene)

  • Pack Unit (Navasota)

 Region VI Mediator
Lucy Gonzalez
lucy.gonzalez@TPCAdvocates.org
  • ​Havins Unit (Brownwood)

  • Sayle SAFPF (Breckenridge)

  • Travis Co. State Jail (Austin)

  • Hamilton Unit (Bryan)

 Region VI Mediator
Loratta Fisk
loratta.fisk@TPCAdvocates.org
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  • Crain Unit (Gatesville)

  • Halbert SAFPF (Burnet)

  • Henley State Jail (Dayton)

  • Hilltop Unit (Gatesville)

  • Hobby Unit (Marlin)

  • Marlin Unit (Marlin)

  • Mountain View Unit (Gatesville)

  • Lane Murray Unit (Gatesville)

  • Plane State Jail (Dayton)

  • Woodman State Jail (Gatesville)

  • San Saba Unit (San Saba)

  • Carol Young Medical Facility (Galveston)

Women's Units Mediator
Laura Garcia
laura.garcia@TPCAdvocates.org

 
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  • Bell (Cleveland)

  • Bradshaw (Henderson)

  • Bridgeport (Bridgeport)

  • Coleman Unit (Lockhart)

  • Diboll (Diboll)

  • Estes (Venus)

  • Kyle (Kyle)

  • Moore, B. (Overton))

  • Lindsey (Jacksboro)

  • Willacy County (Raymondville)

Private Facilites Mediator
Donna Gail 
donna.gail@TPCAdvocates.org

 

Mediators for
Incarcerated Individuals

Under the direction of TPCA Director of Mediators for Incarcerated Individuals, Kathy Dunbar,  our Mediators for  Incarcerated Individuals team assists with the advocacy needs of incarcerated individuals via our mail correspondence. This team of volunteer Mediators often assists by acting as liaisons between incarcerated individuals, unit wardens, and various TDCJ administrative personnel, providing our available resource documents, and offering referrals to incarcerated individuals who reach out to us. Our Family Mediators are focused on the units within a given TDCJ region.
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Director of Mediators for
Incarcerated Individuals
Kathy Dunbar, MA
kathy.dunbar@TPCAdvocates.org

Ms. Kathy Dunbar is passionate about advocating for changes to the inhumane conditions in Texas prisons, along with reforming the Law of Parties and abolishing the death penalty. She is willing and able to speak up for people who feel they have no voice. Her work in advocacy spans over 5 yrs and her previous volunteer advocacy includes working on a variety of topics. Prior to her work with TPCA she volunteered for other organizations from 2018 to early 2021. Kathy began her efforts with TPCA as a member of the social media team and assisted in a variety of projects and continues to work tirelessly in her current role as Director with TPCA where she develops resources for currently incarcerated individuals and supervises letter responses and assists in developing curriculum and training for affected family members.

Ms. Dunbar has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Open University and obtained her Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Coventry. Kathy's heart for marginalized individuals is seen in her advocacy and in her work as a health care professional in a residential unit for individuals with intellectual disabilities. 
In her free time, Kathy spends time with her horse, Buddy.