About Us

Affected Families and Incarcerated Individuals Support Department 


Vice President of Support for Affected Families and Incarcerated Individuals
Kathy Dunbar

Ms. Kathy Dunbar started volunteering as a prison reform advocate with TPAA in 2020 as a member of the social media team and continues to work tirelessly in this role with TPCA. She recently became an administrator of the TPCA Facebook social media group, where she works with affected family members. Ms. Dunbar became the Vice President of Support for Affected Families and Incarcerated Individuals in January of 2022.

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.

Ms. 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. In her current role as Vice President of Affected Families and Incarcerated Individuals Support, Kathy is working in conjunction with our Director of Family Mediators, Tatiana Santollo, and her team of family mediators. Kathy works with the resource department to develop resources for currently incarcerated individuals and supervises letter responses. She assists in developing curriculum and training for affected family members and is TPCA's liaison with TDCJ's executive staff concerning system-wide issues and policy. 

In her free time, Kathy spends time with her horse, Buddy.

Family Mediators

Family mediators are volunteers who are here to help 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.
Director of Family Mediators
Tatiana Santollo MA, MSL
 Region I Mediator
Melissa Riana

Byrd Unit (Huntsville)

Duncan Unit (Diboll)

Ellis Unit (Huntsville area)

Estelle Unit (Huntsville area)

Ferguson Unit (Midway)

Goodman Unit (Jasper)

Goree Unit (Huntsville)

Holliday Unit (Huntsville)

Huntsville Unit

Lewis Unit (Woodville)

Polunsky Unit (Livingston)

Wainwright Unit (Lovelady)

Wynne Unit (Huntsville)

    Region II Mediator
Talena Butters

Beto Unit Northside (Palestine)

Boyd Unit (Teague)

Cole State Jail (Bonham)

Hutchins State Jail (Dallas)

Michael Unit (Palestine area)

Powledge Unit (Palestine)

    Region II Mediator
Melissa Compton

Beto Unit Southside (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 III Mediator
Jennifer McMahon

Clemens Unit (Brazoria)

Gist State Jail (Beaumont)

Hightower Unit (Dayton)

Hospital Galveston

Jester III (Richmond)

Memorial Unit (Rosharon)

Scott Unit (Richmond)

Vance Unit (Richmond)

Region III Mediator
Jessica Williams

Hospital Galveston

LeBLanc Unit (Beaumont)

Lychner State Jail (Humble)

Ramsey Unit (Rosharon)

Stiles Unit (Beaumont)

Stringfellow Unit (Rosharon)

Terrell Unit (Rosharon)

Young Medical Facility (Dickinson)

Region IV Mediator
Rebeca Alvarez

Briscoe Unit (Dilley)

Connally Unit (Kenedy)

Cotulla Unit (Cotulla)

Dominguez State Jail

(San Antonio)

Fort Stockton Unit (Fort Stockton)

Garza West Unit (Beeville)

Glossbrenner SAFPF (San Diego)

Lopez State Jail (Edinburg)

Lynaugh Unit (Fort Stockton)

McConnell Unit (Beeville)

Ney Unit (Hondo)

Sanchez State Jail (El Paso)

Segovia Unit (Edinburg)

Stevenson Unit (Cuero)

Torres Unit (Hondo)

Region V Mediator
Patrick Capps

Allred Unit (Wichita Falls Area)

Clements Unit (Amarillo)

Dalhart Unit (Dalhart)

Daniel Unit (Snyder)

Formby State Jail (Plainview)

Jordan Unit (Pampa)

Mechler Unit (Tulia)

Montford Psychiatric Unit (Lubbock)

Roach Unit (Childress)

Smith Unit (Lamesa)

Wallace Unit (Colorado City)

Western Regional Medical Facility-Montford (Lubbock)

Wheeler State Jail (Plainview)

 Region VI Mediator
Lucy Gonzalez
  • Havins Unit (Brownwood)

  • Robertson Unit (Abilene)

  • San Saba Unit (San Saba)

  • Sayle SAFPF (Breckenridge)

  • Travis Co. State Jail (Austin)

 Region VI Mediator
Kelly Riley
  • Hamilton Unit (Bryan)

  • Hughes Unit (Gatesville)

  • Luther Unit (Navasota)

  • Middleton Unit (Abilene)

  • Pack Unit (Navasota)

 Private Men's Facilities &
Women's Units 
Amy Rodriguez
  • Bell (Cleveland)

  • Bradshaw (Henderson)

  • Bridgeport (Bridgeport)

  • Coleman Unit (Lockhart)

  • Diboll (Diboll)

  • Estes (Venus)

  • Kyle (Kyle)

  • Moore, B. (Overton))

  • Lindsey (Jacksboro)

  • Willacy County (Raymondville)

  • Crain Unit (Gatesville/Female)

  • Halbert SAFPF (Burnet/Female)

  • Henley State Jail (Dayton/Female)

  • Hilltop Unit (Gatesville/Female)

  • Hobby Unit (Marlin/Female)

  • Marlin Unit (Marlin/Female)

  • Mountain View Unit (Gatesville/Female)

  • Murray Unit (Gatesville/Female)

  • Plane State Jail (Dayton/Female)

  • Woodman State Jail - (Gatesville/Female)