Tue Nov 10, 2009
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)
Ms. Rissie Owens currently serves as the Chair of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles where she has been a member since 1997. She was originally appointed to the Board by then Governor George W. Bush. She was appointed as Chair in 2003 and reappointed in 2009 to a 6-year term by Governor Rick Perry. Prior to her employment with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, she served 15 years in numerous positions in the field of Criminal Justice and Education, including Court Coordinator, Case Manager, Social Worker, Probation Officer, Drug Prevention Coordinator, Associate School Psychologist and several positions within the Texas Department of Corrections.
Ms. Owens received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts degree in Behavioral Science (Psychology) from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She has complemented her formal education with other professional licenses, including Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW).