Texas Board of Criminal Justice
Patrick L. O’Daniel, Chairman
(term expires 2/2023), was appointed to the TBCJ in April 2017. Texas Governor Greg Abbott named Patrick L. O'Daniel Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice in January 2020. O'Daniel chairs the Correctional Institutions Committee and is a member of the Audit and Review, and Business and Financial Operations Committees. He has also been appointed by Governor Abbott to the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. He is a tax partner at the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law, and is a certified public accountant. O'Daniel clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He is former president of Catholic Charities of Central Texas, general counsel for Texas Review of Law and Politics, and a member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers, and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law.
Derrelynn Perryman, Vice-Chairman
(term expires 2/2027), was appointed to the TBCJ in August 2015. Derrelynn Perryman chairs the Victim Services Committee and is a member of Health Care, Human Resources and Rehabilitation and Reentry Programs committees. She is a therapist and consultant in private practice and is the former Victim Advocate Director for the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office. She also serves as an adjunct instructor for the School of Social Work and the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at the University of Texas at Arlington and the Department of Social Work at Texas Christian University. She retired from the Arlington Police Department after serving for 21 years as the Victim Services Coordinator. She is a certified peace officer instructor, trains officers and first responders, and is a member of the Critical Incident Team with the Arlington Police Department. Ms. Perryman earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Pastor Larry Miles, Secretary
Pastor Larry Miles, Secretary (term expires 2/2023), was appointed to the TBCJ in August 2014. Pastor Miles chairs the Rehabilitation and Reentry Programs committee and is a member of the Community Corrections, Correctional Institutions and Victim Services committees. Pastor Miles attended West Texas A&M University, Amarillo College, and served in the U.S. Army. He is a pastor and elder of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo. He oversees Trinity Fellowship Church prison and jail ministries for the William P. Clements Unit, Nathaniel J. Neal Unit, Jordan Unit, Tulia Unit, Wheeler Unit, Formby Unit, Dalhart Unit, Roach Unit, Baten Unit, Montford Unit, and Potter and Randall County jails. Pastor Miles is also a Certified Volunteer Chaplain Assistant (CVCA) with TDCJ.
E.F. “Mano” DeAyala, Member
(term expires 2/2023), was appointed to the TBCJ in April 2017. Mr. DeAyala chairs the Business and Financial Operations Committee and is a member of Health Care, Legal and Rehabilitation and Reentry Programs Committees. He is a partner and attorney at Buck Keenan LLP, where he serves as counsel to individuals and companies in various industries. In addition to being a member of the State Bar of Texas, he is a Solicitor licensed in England and Wales and member of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Houston Bar Association. He is a fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association. DeAyala received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Molly Francis, Member
(term expires 2/2025), was appointed to the TBCJ in November 2019. Ms. Francis is a retired senior judge with 28 years of judicial service, most recently on the Fifth Court of Appeals. She is member of the State Bar of Texas and served as chair of the Judicial Selection Committee, former board member and current member of the Dallas Bar Association, and former chair of the Texas Center for the Judiciary. She is board certified in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Francis received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Baylor University and a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School.
Faith Johnson, Member
(term expires 2/2025), was appointed to the TBCJ in November 2019. Ms. Johnson is a partner at Stanton LLP. She previously served as Judge of the 363rd Judicial District Court and as Dallas County Criminal District Attorney. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association and former member of the American Judges Association, Texas Public Safety Commission, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services Board, Violent Gang Task Force, Dallas County Juvenile Board, and the State of Texas Committee on Judicial Ethics. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Community Counseling from Georgia State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Sichan Siv, Member
(term expires 2/2025), was appointed to the TBCJ in November 2019. Mr. Siv is a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and is an author. He also served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol and a volunteer with the San Antonio Police Department. Siv received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Eric Nichols, Member
(term expires 2/2027), was appointed to the TBCJ in January 2020. Mr. Nichols is a partner with Butler Snow LLP. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas and as Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice for the Office of Texas Attorney General. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Texas Bar Foundation, and the Austin Bar Foundation, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the State Bar of Texas. He is past president of the American Inns of Court – Barbara Jordan Inn. He has served as chair of the Texas Supreme Court’s Grievance Oversight Committee and is a trustee with the University of Texas Law School Foundation. Nichols received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.
Rodney Burrow, M.D., Member
(term expires 2/2027), was appointed to the TBCJ in May 2020. Rodney Burrow, M.D. is the Director of Medical Affairs and Associate Director of Primary Care for Titus Regional Medical Center of Mount Pleasant. He is also a practicing Board Certified Family Physician at the Family Care Center in Mount Pleasant and a registered pharmacist. Previously, Governor Abbott appointed him as Chair of the Correctional Managed Healthcare Committee. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Board of Family Medicine, Association of American Indian Physicians, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Christian Medical Association, and the Texas Medical Association. He volunteers for the Pittsburg Independent School District in various roles and is the team doctor for the Pittsburg Pirates. Ordained through In His IMAGE, he is a veteran of multiple international medical mission trips. He received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, LA and a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN.