Meet the Team


  • Janet Lyon

    Janet Lyon

    Executive Director

    Janet Lyon is an experienced Mediator with training in Advanced / Family Mediation, Child Protective Services (CPS), Elder Care mediation and Parent Coordinator. Previously serving as a mediator for Nueces County Dispute Resolution Center, Janet is a member of the Texas Association of Mediators (TAM) and Texas Mediator Credentialing

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  • Matt Porter

    Matt Porter

    Mediation and Volunteer Coordinator

    Matt Porter serves in a pivotal roll managing the DRC’s office providing administrative support. As a mediation and volunteer coordinator he oversees intake, and mediation scheduling. He is a credentialed mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. Matt actively mediates CPS, family law and civic cases.

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Executive Board Members

  • Anthony Silas

    Anthony Silas


    Anthony (Tony) Silas has represented clients in Central Texas for over 20 years. He has had offices in Waco, Clifton, and Whitney. Tony handles a wide variety of legal matters and appears regularly in the various courts of Hill, Bosque, and McLennan Counties. His courtroom experience includes bench trials,

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  • J.T. Buice

    J.T. Buice


    J.T. Buice (pronounced Bise) is a Technical IT Director with broad competencies in all areas of IT Infrastructure including LAN and WAN networking, server architecture (UNIX & Windows), mass storage, and telecommunications.

    Since 2015, Buice has served as Director of Technology for Kainos Technologies, a managed services provider business

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  • Katie Casper

    Katie Casper

    Board Chair

    Katie Casper is the Director of Alumni Relations at Baylor Law School. She joined the law school in 2018 after leaving private practice in Waco. She is a 2007 graduate of Fordham University in NY, NY and 2010 graduate of Baylor Law School.

    Katie participates in numerous civic

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  • Michael Brown

    Michael Brown


    Michael is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a shareholder at Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell, P.C., a CPA firm in Waco. He works in the firm’s Tax Department and leads the firm’s Business Valuation, Forensic and Litigation Services practice. Michael graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in

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DRC Board Members

  • Andrea Smedshammer

    Andrea Smedshammer

    Andrea has served the Waco and the surrounding area through real estate at Greater Waco Realty over the past 10 years.  
    She lives in Lorena with her husband and six children.  Spending time with her family and watching her kids play sports gives her the greatest joy.  
    She has a passion
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  • Angela Cruseturner

    Angela Cruseturner

    Angela Cruseturner is the Assistant Dean of Career Development at Baylor Law School. She joined the Career Development Office in 2011 after serving for four years as the Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment. Angela assists students with their job search by providing counseling on career choices and opportunities. She

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  • Anna Clark

    Anna Clark

    Anna Clark-Martinez has been an advocate for children and families in Waco since the early 1990’s. Serving as a conservatorship worker and supervisor for the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (Child Protective Services) Anna learned to value the Dispute Resolution Center and its service of mediation and conflict

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  • Cindy Culp

    Cindy Culp

    Cindy was born and raised in Waco, graduating from Midway High School and then earning an undergraduate degree from Baylor University. She worked as a reporter for the Waco Tribune-Herald for more than a decade, a job that allowed her to get to know her hometown even better and saw

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  • Cris Houston

    Cris Houston

    Cris Houston, Esq. obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2004 from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2000 from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.  Attorney Houston is a licensed attorney (since 2005) and a mediator (since 2018) in Texas.

    Attorney Houston's

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  • John Palmer

    John Palmer

    John Palmer is a trial attorney, mediator and arbitrator. John’s diverse litigation practice ranges from a state law domestic and toxic tort litigation practice to federal district court cases. John serves as a mediator and arbitrator in probate, family, general civil litigation, personal injury, and employer/employee disputes at the state

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  • Jonathan Olivarez

    Jonathan Olivarez

    Jonathan Olivarez is the Home Life Manager of the Independent Living Program at Methodist Children’s Home, where he has worked since 2014. He is a 2007 graduate of The University of North Texas and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Social Work through Tarleton State University. He and his

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  • Mike Cosby

    Mike Cosby

    Michael G. Cosby was born in Houston, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Howard Payne University in 1979. After a short stint teaching high school, he received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Baylor University School of Law in 1983 and served as Articles Editor

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  • Mike Rogers

    Mike Rogers

    Board member bio coming soon

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  • Steven Thummel

    Steven Thummel

    Steven is an audit manager at Durbin & Company, LLP, a CPA firm in Waco. He has more than 15 years of experience in auditing and consulting, providing services to multiple industries, including healthcare, governmental, and not-for-profit.  Steven holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Sterling College in

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