On October 9, Ed Reyna received an SHSU Distinguished Alumni Award. His favorite saying, "making a difference today for tomorrow," characterizes his personal life as well as his professional career. He has been a public servant for more than 35 years, working with the Texas Department of Corrections, Dallas Juvenile Department, and the U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services Office for the Northern District of Texas. He was one of the first federal probation officers to implement pretrial services for the Federal Court System. He helped create and implement many programs that are still use today, including a mobile Pretrial Services unit, education services for families of incarcerated individuals, and a guide used for setting bail.
Mr. Reyna, a qualified Family Law mediator, has provided pro bono mediations for citizens of Dallas County and taught English to third world refugees. He lives with his wife, Carla, in Dallas and they have three children - Courtney, Blake, and Sara. Originally from Mission, TX, he graduated from SHSU in 1971. He earned a master's degree from Southern Methodist University and attended the Harvard University JFK School of Government.