MICHAEL TOKARSKI* TXPSTA * PRESIDENT
Michael Tokarski is currently working as a criminal justice instructor at Canyon Lake High School, Canyon Lake,Texas. His background is 15 Years in law enforcement - patrol and a supervisor. He is employed with the City of Kirby Police Department and is assigned to patrol and serves as the weekend supervisor. He worked up the ranks from a Patrolman to Sergeant. He was able to get his Associates Degree in Law Enforcement, Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master of Science in Public Administration in specialty of Justice Administration and Master's Arts in Criminal Justice all from Wayland Baptist University. His future endeavor is to pursue a his PHD in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University and finally a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary's University - School of Law.
FRANK RIOS* TXPSTA VICE * PRESIDENT
Frank Rios is currently working for Mission CISD as a Criminal Justice Teacher and is in his 6th year teaching at Mission High School. He graduated from Mission High School in 1988, received his Associates Degree in Education from South Texas College and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Texas at Pan American. He has worked as a Monitor at the Judge Mario E. Ramirez Juvenile Boot Camp and as an After-Care Leader working with high risk teenage boys at the Hidalgo County facility. He also worked as a Truant Officer for Sharyland ISD. He is a certified CPR Instructor, 911 Communications Instructor, Certified Level II, Level III Security Officer and is a Security Manager for two security companies. He is an advisor in Skills USA and the South Region Rep for Texas Public Service Association. His future endeavors are to pursue a Master’s Degree in Mid Management so he can be a Principal/Asst Principal or Coordinator in CTE. He also coaches Varsity Football and Varsity Softball at Mission High School.
ASHLEY KAY-HUEY * TXPSTA * TREASURER
Ashley Kay Huey was born and raised in Georgetown, Texas. She has always had a love for Law and Order and knew she wanted to be in the Law Enforcement Field. She currently is the Advisor for the Criminal Justice Club and Co-Coordinator of the Georgetown Municipal Court TEEN Court. She is a Cheer sponsor and has been previously employed with the Texas State Board of Nursing as a Criminal Investigator. She is Certified with the NCIT CLEAR as a Basic Investigator/Inspector and Advanced Interviewing/Analysis and Report Writing. She has a BS in Criminal Justice from Texas State University and Master's in Criminal Justice.
LESLIE MCKINNEY* TXPSTA * SECRETARY
Leslie McKinney is currently working as a Forensic Science Instructor at Pearland High School. She graduated from Danbury High School, Danbury Texas and then attended Texas State University where she obtain her Bachelor’s degree. She is in her 23rd year of teaching, which she has taught Biology, IPC, Aquatic Science, Forensic Science and coached Basketball, Volleyball and Track. She spent 6 years in Louisiana, at Walker High School, teaching IPC, and Forensic Science and was Head Volleyball coach. While at Walker, she was awarded Teacher of the Year. She has been with Pearland since 2013 where she has served as the Interact sponsor, Tennis coach and was again awarded the honor of Teacher of The Year in 2016. Her passion for teaching is evident every time you walk into her room and see her engaged students. McKinney has passed her love of teaching to her son, Curtis, who is also a teacher and a coach.
TERRY HIGGINBOTHAM * TXPSTA * CORRECTIONAL CERTIFICATION COORDINATOR
Terry Higginbotham is currently working as a Law Enforcement and Correctional Officer Certification Instructor for Liberty High School in Liberty, Texas. He Graduated from Dayton High School in Dayton, Texas and then attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. on an Athletic Scholarship. In 1976 he started with Pasadena Police Department in Pasadena, Texas. He worked in many aspects of Law Enforcement with Pasadena PD such as; a Canine Handler, Canine Coordinator and Trainer, Field Training Officer, Special Operations and he worked in Administration. During his career as a Police Officer he achieved his Master Peace Officer certification, was awarded Officer of The Month multiple times and Officer of the year. He served there until his retirement in 2006 giving him 30 years of service. After retirement he had the privilege to join the staff at Liberty High School to begin the Law Enforcement and Correctional Officer Program. He has been with Liberty High School since 2007 where he has served as the Law Enforcement and Correctional Officer Certification Instructor, I.S.S. Director, Head Baseball Coach and Head Golf Coach. Combining his time with the Pasadena Police Department as a Training Officer and as an Instructor with Liberty High School he has been educating others for the past 37 years. He has had the great privilege and blessing of being married to Lanell Higginbotham since 1977 and has also been blessed with two children and three grandchildren.
JESSE ACOSTA * TXPSTA * COMPETITION COORDINATOR
RICKY CHAMNESS * TXPSTA * SERGEANT OF ARMS
Ricky Chamness began his career in law enforcement in 1982. During his career he earned a Master Peace Officer certificate as a police officer. He is a certified basic instructor and a fire arms instructor. In 2007, he was asked to teach Criminal Justice in Mount Pleasant ISD in a part time capacity and after teaching five years he honorably retired from law enforcement and began teaching full time. Ricky has grown the program from 40 students to over 225 students who are enrolled in Criminal Justice. Ricky also will tell you, he loves his kids.
JUSTIN D. HARPER * TXPSTA * REPORTER
Justin Harper. is currently working as a Law Enforcement Instructor at Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas. Most his background is in Law Enforcement, and some dabbling in Corrections and Security. He was previously employed with Irving Independent School District for 10 years as the lead Law Enforcement Instructor. He has previously been employed with Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville, Arkansas as a Deputy in the County Jail, Dallas University in Irving Texas as a Security Officer, Arlington Police Department (4 Years), Lake Worth Police Department (1 Year), Venus (Reserve Police Officer – 9 Years) and currently works for Blue Mound Police Department (Reserve Police Officer – 5 Years). At these agencies, he has worked as a patrol officer. While he was employed with Irving ISD and Grand Prairie ISD, he has been asked to be on TEKS Review Committee, Textbook Review Committee, has written Curriculum and TEKS for Forensic Science, Disaster Response and Juvenile Justice, and teaches the new CTE Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security teachers for TEA. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Sociology from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. His future endeavors is to pursue a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and teach at a university after retiring as a high school educator or becoming a CTE Coordinator. He is an advisor for Texas Public Service Association, SkillsUSA, Texas and for Grand Prairie Police Department Police Explorers Post #342.