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.
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.
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.
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.
Thelma Jones: Executive Administrative Assistant
Thelma’s professional background is in the administrative assistant/secretarial field; having 20+ years of experience as an Administrative Assistant and Secretary. She has an Associate’s degree in English and holds a Certificate of Completion in mediation training through the Mennonite Mediation Training Center. Thelma is proficient in layout/design of newsletters and newspapers, graphic design for print and has excellent editing skills. Thelma enjoys reading, travel, Bible Study, hanging out with family and friends and watching her favorite Football team, the Houston Texans.
Maria Martinez: Director of TAPS Clubs
Maria is the Director of TAPS Clubs. She graduated May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Criminology. Maria understand sometimes we don’t all understand the circumstances of at-risk teens and the environment they live in, leaving a few individuals with faith or hope for their success.
Maria is a wife and a mother of two boys.
Jeff Mubarak: Student Intern
Jeff Mubarak is currently a senior at UHCL, graduating in December 2013 with a BS in Criminology. He has been a police officer since November 2007 and spent twenty years in the United States Army prior to joining the Pasadena PD. He also holds an Associate Degree in Psychology from San Jacinto College and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Texas College.