July 28th & 29th, 2021


Jason Buckner

Jason is a native Texan who returned home after serving for 5 years as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S Army. His past work history includes assignments with both the Texas Veterans Commission and the Department of Public Safety. Jason served as the state VOCA and VAWA administrator from March of 2011 to November of 2015, and has been committed to improving essential services for victims in the state of Texas. He is currently the Operations Manager with the Homeland Security Grants Division of the Office of The Governor, where he works extensively with the eGrants system. Jason continues to have great compassion for crime victims, and will always be a staunch advocate for the survivors of our great state.

Deborah Butts

Deborah is a proud employee of the Texas Council on Family Violence, working as the Finance and Administrative Technical Support Manager. She has extensive work experience encompassing budgeting, fiscal management, contract development and oversight, policy development, and implementation with federal, state, and local programs, working with elected officials, vendors, subcontractors, and community leaders, and developing and presenting financial training. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. Deborah worked for the East Texas Council of Governments for 18 years, then the Tyler Economic Development Council. In the very early 90’s she worked for the Women’s Center of East Texas as a children’s services case manager.

Krista Del Gallo

Krista Del Gallo has been working in the anti-domestic and sexual violence fields since 1994 in numerous capacities including direct advocacy with adult survivors, their children, and families, hotline advocacy, and community outreach and awareness efforts. Krista joined the Policy Team at TCFV in 2002 to address the systemic barriers facing survivors and has cultivated networks and subject matter expertise on the intersections of health, economic stability, child custody, and immigration and intimate partner violence (IPV). Balancing work and wellness is fundamental for Krista, especially teaching yoga in nontraditional settings and to advocates working in the field to end domestic violence. She has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching all levels of students for over a decade.

Dan Durst

Dan Durst has experience in various accounting and compliance issues related to government contracts. Dan’s areas of expertise include Contractor Accounting & Compliance Risk Assessments, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Cost Allowability, Cost Proposal Preparation & Evaluation, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Forward Pricing Rate Development & Internal Rate Structures, and Incurred Cost Proposal Development. Dan is also well-versed in various levels of audit support including DCAA and Inspector General audits. Dan’s industry experience includes defense, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and public sector. Dan has supervised and performed the audit of over 100 cost proposals submitted by prospective bidders for a Federal agency client. Dan completed the agreed-upon procedures which consisted of an evaluation of proposed direct labor, other direct costs, consultants, subcontractor pricing, and application of indirect rates including fee. He has assisted clients with complex cost accounting matters, indirect rate modeling, incurred cost submissions, estimating system reviews, evaluation of prime and subcontractor pricing, proposal development, audit support, and other regulatory compliance matters. Before joining Capital Edge, Dan was an audit supervisor and lead consultant for Clarke Leiper PLLC, a member of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center. He has previously held security clearances with the US Department of Defense, including U.S. DoD Secret Clearance. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Information Technology, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from George Mason University.

Elizabeth Gombash

Elizabeth Gombash is the Managing Member/CEO of G Team Communication, LLC, an education consulting company that provides grant lifecycle support services to higher education clients. In addition to grant writing and strategic concept development and planning, Elizabeth specializes in developing institutional grants management capacity to keep pace with evolving funder regulations and interpretations relating to internal control systems and compliance. She is a nationally recognized authority in grant writing and grants management, rooted in over 30 years of practical experience applying funder regulations, rules, and policies, most recently having retired as Associate Vice President of Strategic Grants Planning and Development at Seminole State College of Florida, and also having worked as a federal grants management specialist. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience, having delivered over 100 grant training workshops and conference presentations around the country and online, and she has written numerous articles as well, serving as a subject matter expert for professional grant-related publications. Grants written by Elizabeth have been funded for over $163 million by numerous federal, state, and private sources, including grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Grant proposals that she has individually written as an employee or consultant have maintained an average funding rate of approximately 70% throughout her career. She has served as a director on the national boards for the National Grants Management Association and the Council for Resource Development and currently serves on Thompson Grants’ Editorial Advisory Board.

Mark Hernandez

 Mark Hernandez, CPA, is the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault’s (TAASA) Non-Profit Finance Specialist (Finance Specialist) with 34 years in nonprofit and governmental fund accounting. He retired from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as the Division of Federal Fiscal Monitoring (FFM) Director. Mark’s other grants work was with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), starting with setting up competitive grant applications, developing the grant award process, executing grant awarded contracts, establishing the grant reimbursement process, and implementing the subrecipient monitoring process. Mr. Hernandez is a member of the Library of Congress National Register’s Who’s Who in Executive and Professionals 2005 – 2006 Edition, with 2 financial investigations airing on the national television show, Primetime Live, and providing medical financial accounting expertise for the landmark Texas legislation for Nonprofit Hospital Charity Health Care.

Gene McCleskey

Gene McCleskey is a native Texan and after graduating from Midland High School entered Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He has also received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. A career United States Marine Corps Officer, he served in a variety of infantry and staff operations positions. Many of his assignments involved operational planning of either actual combat or disaster relief operations. He is a graduate of numerous military schools and has worked with the U.S. Department of State in diplomatic security. He is a combat veteran of Desert Storm. After his retirement from the Marine Corps, he began his second career with the State of Texas Attorney General’s office in the Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program. The Texas CVC program is the largest in the nation, processing annually more than 35,000 applications from victims and making payments of more than $63 million. As division chief of the Crime Victim Services Division, Gene also assists in the management of victim services grants to non-profits and law enforcement agencies in Texas. The Division currently manages over 700 individual grants totaling over $45 million. Gene has been with the agency and Crime Victim Services Division since July 1999 (21 years). Gene has also participated as an instructor in conferences and training sessions, both in Texas and nationally, to better assist victim advocates and law enforcement with the role that Crime Victims’ Compensation plays in assisting victims. He has served on the board and as president of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards.

Tristan Pierce

After living the nonprofit-insider dream for almost a decade, Tristan joined Advisors for Change in 2016 to build financial confidence, capacity, and engagement at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Tristan approaches nonprofit leaders with the appreciation that the mission is demanding and affects positive change in ways that cannot be measured by a financial bottom line. With that in mind, he helps leaders focus on financial management as a core function to achieve and increase impact. Tristan holds a Master’s in Arts Management from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. When not in front of a spreadsheet, you may find him in front of a piano, running, biking, or swimming throughout Austin.

Jack Reagan

Jack Reagan is a Partner at UHY LLP in Columbia, Maryland, with over thirty years of experience in the audit and evaluation of federal, state, and local government and not-for-profit financial statements, internal controls, and accounting and financial management systems and operations.  He has overseen numerous projects demonstrating his extensive knowledge of accounting, financial management, auditing, and budget to include developing and revising operating policies and procedures for federal and state, and local government agencies and designing or evaluating financial reporting internal controls.  He has also conducted numerous Single Audits and Uniform Grant Guidance audits in the Washington DC area as well as nationally.  He is a widely sought-after speaker on governmental accounting, auditing, and grants management topics. 

Crystal Starkey-Garcia

Crystal Starkey-Garcia serves as the Interim Deputy Associate Commissioner for the Specialty and Family Services Section of Health and Human Services Commission. Crystal is responsible for providing vision, leadership, professional expertise, and support for seven direct service programs impacting special populations, children, and families. Program areas include Family Violence Program, Children’s Advocacy Programs (CASA and CAC), Human Trafficking Resource Center, Abstinence Education Program, Healthy Marriage Program, Alternatives to Abortion, and Umbilical Cord Blood Bank Program. With a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Administration from Texas State University, Crystal has invested her career in public service, focusing on the development of effective and efficient human service programs. Crystal has over has over sixteen years of experience working in the public sector with vulnerable populations and is committed to improving the lives of survivors of violence.

Gloria Terry

Gloria Terry joined the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) in January 2008. In her role as the CEO, she guides and directs the statewide activities of TCFV. The organization advises the Texas Legislature, establishes, and fosters statewide tactical partnerships, works with staff to provide outstanding services to programs, and strategically positions TCFV to create the influence necessary to continue serving the needs of victims and their families. Gloria came to TCFV from El Paso, Texas, where she served as the Executive Director of the Center against Family Violence (CAFV), a significant border community domestic violence program with a 1.8 million dollar budget and a staff of fifty employees. Among her major accomplishments at CAFV, she made the agency a respected and high-profile organization, obtained funding to create proactive health services, and was successful in obtaining the agency’s first transitional living center. She also served as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. Gloria, a 2003 Leadership Texas graduate, holds a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and has extensive community service experience.

Molly Voyles

Molly Voyles is a Public Policy Manager for the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and has worked at the coalition for over 14 years and in the movement to end violence for over 25. In her position at TCFV, she provides technical assistance and training on family violence program policy issues with a focus on supporting survivor-centered services models and privacy supports. She also works on systemic efforts to examine the intersection of homelessness and domestic violence to promote access to housing choices for survivors.

Virtual Conference

The Finance Conference will be continue as a vitrual conference this year. Registered conference attendees will receive information prior to the beginning of the conference with details on how to access virtual sessions.


Registration is free for employees from Family Violence Centers.

Texas Council on Family Violence
PO Box 163865
Austin, TX 78716

P 512.794.1133
F 512.685.6397

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