Council on Sex Offender Treatment Council Information - Council Members and Advisory Committee

Per Title 3, Texas Occupations Code, Sec. 110.051, The Council on Sex Offender Treatment is composed of seven part-time members, including three members who are representatives of the general public and four members each of whom meets the Council's requirements for licensure as a sex offender treatment provider.  

Members of the Council


Aaron Paul Pierce, PhD, LPC, LSOTP-S, Chairperson
Term expires February 1, 2023 
Dr. Pierce has a BA in psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University, and an MA in psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Dr. Pierce also has a PhD. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in forensic psychology, from Capella University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and has been working in the field of forensic assessment and treatment since 1995. Dr. Pierce has a private practice for providing clinical and forensic services with offices in Temple and Waco, Texas. Dr. Pierce was previously employed as a correctional therapist with the Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center, where he designed and implemented the facility’s Program for Juveniles with Sexual Behavior Problems. He provides training to community supervision and corrections departments, and has been a contracted treatment provider working with sexually violent predators subject to Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 841. Dr. Pierce has published articles in the field of human sexual desire and arousal, and is currently involved in research with visual reaction time (VRT), and on juvenile sex offender recidivism.

Terri L. Bauer, LCSW, LSOTP-S
Term expires February 1, 2019

Charissa Dvorak, public member
Term expires February 1, 2023

Charissa Dvorak is an attorney in Dallas at Spencer Fane, LLP with a practice in institutional responses to sexual misconduct. She conducts investigations, policy audits, and training for institutions such as colleges and universities, churches, mission boards, and youth-serving organizations faced with sexual misconduct issues. Before joining Spencer Fane, Ms. Dvorak was a prosecutor for over ten years and handled a variety of criminal cases with a primary focus in child sexual abuse, adult sexual assault, possession of child pornography, and family violence. She serves on the Board of Directors for GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) and for Poiema Foundation. She has a JD from Baylor University School of Law and an MBA from Houston Baptist University.

Louis Gonzales, III, public member
Term expires February 1, 2019

Ezio Leite, LPC-S, LMFT, LSOTP-S
Term expires February 1, 2021

Mr. Leite has a Bachelor’s degree from Dom Bosco College of Philosophy in Brazil, a Master’s degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California and a Master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider. Mr. Leite has been in the field of forensic assessment and treatment since 1984. Clinically, he has provided specialized treatment for males, females, both juveniles and adults and has also treated special populations such as the intellectually developmentally delayed and clients who have been civilly committed. He has been involved in the plethysmography assessment of sexual arousal for more than two decades and has co-authored a manual for the treatment of male offenders. Mr. Leite is often called to testify as an expert in the assessment and treatment of sex offenders. He is primarily a clinician and trainer and has been involved in the multidisciplinary training of various professionals first locally as an active member and past chair of the Tarrant County Sexual Abuse Advisory Council, statewide as the past president of the Texas Association of Sex Offender Treatment Providers, and as a longtime and current clinical member of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Emily Orozco-Crousen, MEd, LPC, LSOTP
Term expires February 1, 2021

Emily Orozco-Crousen is the president of Clinical and Forensic Counseling, Inc. and provides clinical and forensic counseling and rehabilitative services to sex offenders and violent offenders.  In 1991, she began working as an Associate Psychologist IV for the Texas Youth Commission, where her duties included assessment, treatment, case management and administrative duties.  Mrs. Orozco-Crousen began working in corrections in 1993, when she served as juvenile probation officer intern with Taylor County Juvenile Probation Department.  She began working in 1997 at Coke County Juvenile Justice Center, where she served as unit director, which entailed supervising and training juvenile correctional officers, conducting assessments and intakes, psychoeducational training, group and individual counseling, crisis management and sex abuse trauma treatment.  She has developed orientation and behavioral programs for adolescents.  In 1998, Mrs. Orozco-Crousen began working for Correctional Rehabilitation Services, LLC, where she provided sex offender treatment services to parolees. In 2001, she worked for Taylor County Community Corrections and Supervision Department, where she provided sex offender services to all sex offenders probationers in Taylor County.  Since going into private practice in 2002, Mrs. Orozco-Crousen has provided treatment, completed evaluations, provided expert testimony both for the state and defense attorneys.  She is currently the contract sex offender treatment provider for Wichita Falls CSCD, Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Parole Division (Abilene, San Angelo and Wichita Falls), and U.S. Probation – Abilene. She has also worked as a contract Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider for the Texas Youth Commission, Concho Valley CSCD, Travis County CSCD, Burnet County CSCD. Mrs. Orozco-Crousen has volunteered extensively, and she is currently serving as the president on the Board of Directors of the Regional Victims Crisis Center in Taylor County.  Mrs. Orozco-Crousen was appointed to the Council on Sex Offender Treatment by Governor Abbott in 2017.

James Taylor, LMFT, LCDC, public member
Term expires February 1, 2021

Mr. Taylor received his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University, and an MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Chemical Dependence Counselor providing services in Bexar County since 1990. Mr. Taylor began providing Marriage and Family counseling services in 1990 at Trinity Baptist Counseling Center, and Chemical Dependence counseling at The Center For Healthcare Services methadone clinic that same year. In 1995 he began working with adolescents in the area of chemical dependence with Baptist Child and Family Services over the next 14 years. He is currently a sole-provider under contract with Bexar County Juvenile Probation providing in-home counseling services to Bexar County Drug Court, and Family Enrichment Court.


Interagency Advisory Committee

Per Title 3, Texas Occupations Code, Subchapter E, an Interagency Advisory Committee is established to advise the Council on administering its duties under this Act. They are:
Vacant
Sam Houston State University

Vacant
Texas Council on MHMR Centers

Judy Switzer
Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division

Jennie Barr, Ph.D.
Office of the Attorney General
Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services

Geri Engman
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Institutional Division

David Walenta
Texas Youth Commission

Christopher Dickinson
Texas Department of State Health Services

Ana Aguirre
Texas Juvenile Probation Commission

Carrie Lopez
Department of Family and Protective Services


Last updated September 25, 2018