MARCO PIZANA JR. * TXPSTA * PRESIDENT
Marco Pizana Jr. is currently working as a Criminal Justice Instructor at Jack C. Hays High School in Buda, Texas. His background is in Corrections. He was previously employed with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Correctional Institution Division where he worked 12 years for TDCJ. He worked up the ranks from a Correctional Officer I to Sergeant eventually reaching Lieutenant of Correctional Officers in 2010 at the Joe F. Gurney Unit. While he was employed with TDCJ he was able to get his Associates Degree, Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Pan American. His future endeavors is to pursue a Doctrine Degree at Texas State University in Criminal Justice.
MICHAEL TOKARSKI * TXPSTA VICE * PRESIDENT
Michael (Mike) Tokarski is currently working as a Criminal Justice Instructor at East Central High School in San Antonio, Texas. His background is 12 Years in Law Enforcement - Patrol and 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 all from Wayland Baptist University. His future endeavors is to pursue a Second Masters from Wayland Baptist University in Criminal Justice and his PhD in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University and finally a Juris Doctorate at St. Mary's University - School of Law.
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 is in the process of completing her Masters in CJ.
CHRIS VASQUEZ * TXPSTA * SECRETARY
Chris Vasquez is currently working as a Criminal Justice Instructor for the past 13 years, in Texas. His background is 11 Years in Law Enforcement - K9 Patrol and Gang Unit Investigations. He was able to get his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston (DT).
TERRY HIGGINBOTHAM * TXPSTA * CONFERENCE 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. He is an advisor for Texas Public Service Association, SkillsUSA, Texas and for Grand Prairie Police Department Police Explorers Post #342.