Our Leadership


Dr. Everette B. Penn: TAPS Co-founder and Associate Professor of Criminology at University of Houston – Clear Lake

As a criminologist, Dr. Penn has numerous publications and international presentations on youth, crime prevention, race and crime. He is the co-author of the book Race and Juvenile Justice and author of Texas Juvenile Justice. He brings the academic rigor and practical community crime prevention experience to lead TAPS Academy as Founder and Principle Investigator.

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Assistant Chief Brian Lumpkin (Ret.): TAPS Co-founder,  East Patrol Command, Houston Police Department

A 30 year veteran of the Houston Police department, Assistant Chief Lumpkin (Ret.) is assigned to East Patrol Command which oversee the patrol operations at four patrol stations. His career and leadership in law enforcement is vital in managing the law enforcement mentors of TAPS Academy-Houston including personnel and participation. Chief Lumpkin’s leadership has been instrumental in launching the TAPS Academy program.


Chief Vicki King (Ret): Director of Advancement and Development.

As a veteran police commander, my mission was to develop and deploy the most effective police response to combat crime and criminality in the city of Houston. As I took up a second career in academia, I was introduced to TAPS and discovered a paradigm shifting approach to our current policing model. TAPS serves to enhance police effectiveness through increased awareness of the risk factors and thought processes of at-risk youth. Pairing officers and juvenile offenders sets both groups on a path of greater understanding and life altering dialogue. Far from a feel-good program, the interactions between officer and offenders are often gritty and raw. The power and potential is only now being realized. She am honored to join this ground-breaking initiative. TAPS holds the promise of profoundly altering police-youth relations.

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Dr. Chenelle A. Jones: Director of Research

Dr. Chenelle A. Jones is Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Ohio Dominican University.  Dr. Jones has spoken at national conferences on issues of policing, disproportionate minority contact (DMC), and comparative issues in criminal justice.    Her research interests include policing, race and crime, juvenile delinquency and the administration of justice.

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Lieutenant Jason Giuffre: Police Liaison, TAPS Houston

Lieutenant Jason Giuffre is the day shift commander of patrol operations for the Houston Police Department’s Clear Lake Division.  There he oversees twenty-five police officers and five sergeants.  As the Officer in Charge of the TAPS Academy, Lt. Giuffre coordinates the police mentors and is the administrative liaison between the Houston Police Department and the University of Houston – Clear Lake.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and holds an M.A. in Criminology from the UHCL.


Megan Reynolds: Communications Director – Houston

Megan Reynolds recently received her Bachelors of Science in Criminology degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She plans to return in the Fall of 2014 to pursue her Graduate degree. She is part of the Criminal Justice Honors Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, and The National Society for Leadership and Success.

Shannon Davenport: Assistant Director

Shannon is the Assistant Director of TAPS Academy. She graduated May 2013 with a Master of Arts in Criminology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of Houston-Downtown. Shannon is currently in pursuit of her PhD. in Criminal Justice with the concentration of juvenile delinquency.