Cece Cox is recognized for her longtime effective leadership and advocacy in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) civil rights movement. She serves as CEO of Resource Center, which operates one of the largest LGBTQ community centers in the United States, and provides health services and programs to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. The Center serves more than 60,000 people annually with a staff of over 50 employees and 1,100
volunteers. Cox has advocated on behalf of the LGBTQ and HIV communities for nearly 30 years. She was instrumental in the passage of the City of Dallas’ sexual orientation nondiscrimination policy, the Dallas Independent School District’s first anti-harassment policy and its subsequent anti-bullying policy. Since June 2010, over 50,000 public sector employees and a quarter-million students in the Dallas area have new or expanded LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections thanks to the Center’s advocacy.
In 2007, Cox joined the Center as associate executive director and became CEO in July 2010. Previously, she practiced commercial law and provided pro bono legal services to individuals with HIV. Cox is a member of the executive committee for SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development; the Dallas Assembly; and Dallas Summit. She is board co-chair of the national organization, CenterLink and a former board member of the Dallas Women’s Foundation. In 2016, Cox was recognized as an outstanding alumna of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, and she was named the LGBTQ Texan of the Year by the Dallas Voice. In June 2017, Cox was selected as a winner of the Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Awards.
Cox is also a former president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance (DGLA), a former co-chair of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/Dallas and a former officer of the LGBT Section of the State Bar of Texas. She is an alumna of Leadership Dallas and Leadership Lambda and was recognized with the Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Black Tie Dinner in 1999. Cox is a former professional photographer who co-authored a book chronicling the 1993 March on Washington for gay and lesbian rights. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and is a proud alumna of SMU’s Dedman School of Law. Cox is a member of the State Bar of Texas. She lives in Dallas with her partner and son. Click here to learn more about Cece Cox.
Nearly a year into her first term as an elected official, Tonya Parker made national headlines. Not for the way she cleared-out scores of dated cases in the severely backlogged court she inherited. Not for her award-winning service to the legal community. Not for breaking barriers as one of the few, at that time, African-American judges or female judges or gay judges. Instead, she was labeled “The Gay Judge” and splashed across social media for declining to exercise her privilege to officiate marriage ceremonies until all couples could wed, and later compared to Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis. In October 2016 she took the TEDxTurtleCreekWomen stage to talk about the lessons she learned from being so prominently labeled. The Talk can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plLp7mVktsM.
Since being elected to the 116th Judicial District Court of Texas, Judge Parker consistently has been recognized as a devoted community servant. In 2017 alone she received four prestigious awards: the Stonewall Award from the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission of the American Bar Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award for Judicial Service from SMU Dedman School of Law, the Maura Women Helping Women award from the Dallas Women’s Foundation, and the Trailblazer Awardfrom IGNITE. She was also named 2016 Elected Official of the Year by the Dallas County Democratic Party.
Judge Parker is also recognized at the local, state, and national levels for her work as a jurist. Her approval ratings in the Dallas Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Polls are among the highest at over 90 percent. She has also received numerous awards acknowledging her exemplary judicial service, including trial Judge of the Year from the Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Distinguished Jurist Awardfrom the African-American Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Texas, and the Honorable L.A. Bedford Outstanding Jurist Awardfrom the J.L. Turner Legal Association.
Reportedly, the first self-identifying gay African-American elected to any office in Texas, Judge Parker embraces her roles as a mentor and role model across multiple communities but the roles she holds most dearly are those of wife and mom to her son and two four-legged babies.
Sonya Parker Goode CLC, CAMS-I has been active in the field of training and education for over twenty years, focusing on teaching life skill and soft skill training programs and promoting personal development, empowerment, and healing for women and teens throughout Dallas and Collin Counties.
Merging a B.A. in English/Literary Studies from University of Texas at Dallas and over 30 hours of graduate studies in Professional Counseling at Argosy University, Sonya has successfully managed several social service and education and training programs for non-profit organizations including Catholic Charities of Dallas-Refugee and Empowerment Services, ANTHEM-Strong Families Dallas, The Salvation Army-Carr P. Collins Social Service Center, and First United Methodist Church -Crossroads Community Services. In addition, she has over 5 years’ experience teaching Grammar, Writing, Reading, and Listening and Speaking in the International Learning Community at Richland College in the Dallas County Community College District.
Sonya has been CEO, Life Coach, and Master Trainer for INSPIRE U Coaching and Educational Services for the last 10 years. In this role, she has provided education and training programs for Family Care Connection, Dallas County Truancy and Juvenile Probation Evening Reporting Center, and Viola’s House, a maternity home in South Dallas. Sonya’s most distinguished accomplishments include being selected as the grand prize winner for Capital One Bank's 'Getting Down to Business' Business Plan Competition, as well as coordinating and facilitating educational programs and services for Big Thought in Dallas, TX and Allen Community Outreach in Allen, TX.
Sonya’s passion and commitment to providing quality education and training has transcended to raising awareness about a serious issue that has not only devastated her own family at different levels, but also the lives of so many other women, youth, and families. Sonya's desire to shift the paradigm of sexual assault intervention from response to prevention is what led her to DARCC-Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center in 2017.
In her current role as Director of Prevention and Outreach, she hopes to see a culture shift amongst people as they begin to understand that sexual violence is a complex and universal public health problem that needs more awareness and intervention at all levels, including individual, relationship, community, and societal, if we intend to eradicate sexual violence. Click here to learn more about Sonya
Elyse Deleski, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed LMFT Supervisor who has been providing counseling services to individuals, couples, and families for the past 25 years. She is the founder and Executive Director of New Perspective Counseling Services in Frisco, TX. She is a recognized expert in her field, and has several specialty areas, including improving relationships, stress management, premarital counseling, grief & loss, anxiety, depression, and increasing self-esteem. Among her accomplishments,she has appeared on television in an episode of Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal on the Oprah Winfrey Network. A widely sought-after public speaker, Dr. Deleski has presented on numerous topics, including suicide prevention & intervention, self-esteem, stress management, and ways to combat emotional eating. She has been actively serving the LGBT community throughout her career, and is highly sensitive to the needs of the community. Click here to learn more about Dr. Deleski.
Rev. Erin Wyma is a Southern California native. Her background includes public school teaching, evangelical church ministry and non-profit advocacy work. She lived overseas for a year in Europe and she also spent a summer in Cambodia teaching ESL and working with local non-governmental organizations on literacy, health issues and human trafficking. She has been a guest podcaster on Homebrewed Christianity, co-led various youth camps in the United Church of Christ, and been a keynote speaker for conferences and special worship services. In 2006 she received her Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. She was ordained into the United Church of Christ in January 2011. Erin was hired in June of 2016 to be an Associate Minister at Cathedral of Hope, her dream job. She loves Dallas but misses the ocean, moderate weather and her family. She has a rescue cat named Coco Chanel who enjoys walking on the Katy Trail but does not enjoy thunderstorms. Click here to learn more about Rev. Erin Wyma.
From high school drop out to achieving an MBA, from self-harm to author of Black Girls Cut, Too, from weird to unleashed, Stacey Stevenson is a socially engaging, riveting and influential woman with charisma and power to positively influence and capture anyone who meets her.
Stacey is a technology executive and uses her educational, professional and life experiences to advise others in pursuit of their definition of success. Stacey’s belief is that success does not have the same definition for everyone and believes in coaching and mentoring others to achieve their version of success.
As a speaker, motivator and student of life, Stacey is motivated to continue to live life with passion and show gratitude for both failures and successes as necessary parts of growth. With her positive spin on negative experiences, Stacey connects with others with difficult backgrounds. To overcome poverty, anxiety, alcoholism, abuse and criticism, Stacey looked internally at the power that was already there and created her roadmap that has led her to success internally and externally.
Stacey continues to share her story with audiences as well as individuals about her struggles while motivating them to continue to stand up and define their own success. Known to talk to GED classes about their bright futures and inner-city youth, Stacey’s likeability and relatability makes her teachings inspirational to all audiences. Click here to learn more about Stacey Stevenson.
Cheralyn Stevenson and her wife Stacey are the founders of LOYT (Life on Your Terms), a movement and platform where they share their lives and learnings with others in an effort to inspire everyone to live life on their terms. Cheralyn is also a project manager for a large financial institution. She is known for her uplifting, energetic personality and big smile. Passionate about giving back, Cheralyn’s philanthropic efforts began in Elementary school when she organized a canned food drive at her school after a surprising tornado devastated the city she was born in. Since that first taste of giving back, Cheralyn has continued to coordinate and lead many volunteer efforts for causes including supervised visitations, teaching job skills to single moms and chronically unemployed people, feeding and clothing the homeless and mentoring at-risk youth to name a few.
Cheralyn has been with her wife, Stacey Stevenson, for 12 years, and they have twin 3-year-old boys. Avid about mental, financial and physical health, Cheralyn has lost over 100 pounds. Equally passionate about healthy relationships, Cheralyn focuses much of her energy on creating a healthy environment for her marriage to Stacey and often mentors and coaches others on the ingredients for a happy and successful partnership. Click here to learn more about Cheralyn Stevenson.
Dr. Janet Macpherson, better known to her friends as Fi, is the Vice President of Research for the educational publisher Benchmark Education Company, headquartered in New Rochelle, NY. She is responsible for guiding the research effort for BEC. Janet earned a BS, a couple of Masters, and a PhD. She has a diverse employment background from teaching students with special needs for 6 year, working in the private sector for about 18 years, and then returning to the education sector as a researcher. Personally, Fi has been married to Kim Macpherson for 13 years and together for 38 years. Traveling has been one highlight of our relationship, sharing business trips when we can, with the best trips including the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and a 50th Birthday trip to Kenya and Tanzania.
Kim Macpherson is originally from Kansas City, Kansas and moved to the North Texas area to pursue her Masters degree in English at Texas Woman’s University. Upon degree completion, she was employed at Xerox Corporation (twenty-two years) and after thirty years working as an accomplished sales trainer, rep and manager, she did an about face and completed her teacher alternative certification with the intent to teach middle and/or high school English within a low socioeconomic urban school. Kim is currently in her tenth year of employment teaching high school English IV and Dual Credit at Irving High School as well as Freshman English at Northlake College. On a personal level, Kim has been with the love of her life, Janet Macpherson (Fi) thirty-eight years and the two were legally married in Vancouver, BC in 2005. Kim and her wife have vast and varied interests but the common denominators in their relationship are the love they share for and with each other, open communication and their mutual desire to travel and explore all seven continents with each other.
Lorie Burch owns a Dallas law firm that primarily focuses on estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and probate. Lorie is currently running for United States Congress for the 3rd District of Texas. Lorie recently served on the Lambda Legal Dallas Leadership Committee. From 2014-2016, Lorie served on the Black Tie Dinner Board. Lorie served as the 2013-2014 National President for the Board of Directors of the American Business Women’s Association. She is also the past Chairwoman of the Board for the North Texas GLBT Chamber and was formally the Co-Chair of the DFW Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee. Lorie was honored by the Dallas Business Journal as a 2013 Women in Business. She was recognized as one of the 2010 Top Ten Business Women for the American Business Women’s Association. In 2007, Lorie was awarded the North Texas GLBT Chamber Business Person of the Year. Click here to learn more about Lorie Burch.
Kimberly Kantor is the Practice Manager at Burch Law, a Dallas law firm focused on Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, probate, immigration, and business law.
Kimberly’s true passion is volunteering for the LGBT community. In 2012, she founded Rainbow Roundup, originally a Facebook group for North Texas LGBT families that has grown to over 2000 participants. In 2015, Rainbow Roundup officially became a 501(c)(3) organization. As Founder and Executive Director, Kimberly helps to organize monthly events, connects families to resources and support, and creates an environment for individuals to develop rich networks and lifelong friendships. She also serves on the Family Equality Council’s Network Advisory Council. Additionally, Kimberly is the co-chair of the Family Pride Zone which is in conjunction with the Dallas Pride.
Kimberly received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University respectively, specializing in adapted physical activity. Click here to learn more about Kimberly Kantor.
Melanie Maine, MEd, LPC-S has been committed to her wife for the past 15 years and is the mother to three, non-Caucasian adopted children. She has been a part of public school education for 22 years as an educator and counselor and currently works full time as a high school intervention counselor. She also has works part time in Keller as a therapist with adolescents and a focus on women’s issues. In addition, she does home studies for second parent adoptions primarily in the LGBT community. Melanie has a passion to help marginalized people and enjoys being involved in advocating and educating others and is looking forward to being a part of the Lez Conference. Click here to learn more about Melanie Maine.
Jess Helene Herbst is the former Mayor for the town of New Hope, Texas and the first openly transgender elected official in the state of Texas. An avid advocate for LGBTQ rights, Jess testified before 3 public hearings over the Texas ‘Bathroom bill’ in 2017 as well as lead grassroots protests and served as an advisor to the Texas Resists group.
Born in1958 in Greenville Texas, Jess attended East Texas State University where she met and married Debbie Gray Herbst in 1980. Daughters Alexandria and Lauren were born in 1989 and 1990, 18 months apart. Jess was the VP of research at Electro Communication systems from 1988-1997 and started Herbst Technical Services in 1997 where she works as a technical consultant.
Jess moved to New Hope, Texas in 1999 and became a town Alderman in 2003. She also served the town as Road Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem. Jess was elected for a 7th term as town alderman in May 2016 and appointed mayor after the death of the previous mayor.
Jess came out publicly as a Transgender woman in February 2017, becoming the first openly transgender person to hold an elected office in the State of Texas and the second openly transgender Mayor in the United States. In 2018, Jess attended Harvard Kennedy School of government as the recipient of the David Bohnett Fellowship. Jess intends on staying active in the political arena with plans to enter the 2020 election. Click here to learn more about Jess.
Debbie Gray Herbst, was born in 1959 to Roy & Connie Gray in McKinney, Texas. Debbie attended East Texas State University where she met and married Jess Helene Herbst (then Jeffrey Paul Herbst) in 1980.
Debbie graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in business administration and has
worked at Ericsson for 25 years where she currently holds the position of Executive Assistant to the CFO.
Debbie has served as a board member of North Collin Water Special Utility District since 2005.
Jess and Debbie wrote a grant that started the Town of New Hope's Pat Fowler Park.
Debbie has also taken a role in LGBTQ rights activism and participated in the grassroots effort to kill the Texas bathroom bill.
When Rebecca Covell started practicing law, they had yet to invent the Internet. Rebecca’s firm focuses on estate planning, probate and business transactions, primarily for the LGBTQ community. Rebecca is a frequent speaker at seminars focusing on legal landmines, estate planning strategies and probate matters. She is a 9-time winner of the Dallas Voice Readers Voice award as the “Best Civil/Family Lawyer.” Outside the office, Rebecca and her partner (now spouse) of 21 years, Marty, love to travel. Additionally, Rebecca golfs, loves to read (anything not law-related) and serves her animal companions. Rebecca is often regarded as the attorney who’s not crooked or straight. Click here to learn more about Rebecca Covell.
Traci Stonum-Parker is the owner of BodyXtreme Fitness. Xtreme is defined as: to exceed the ordinary, usual or expected. BodyXtreme's mission is to push people to be Xtreme by doing something different each day that will help them to live a longer healthier life. We specialize in personal training and group fitness classes including Zumba, Boot camps, Pilates, PiYo, Kickboxing, Hip Hop and Line Dancing. These classes are designed to bring people together to reach their fitness goals in a high energy, fun and motivating environment.
Traci holds a Masters degree in Health, Kinesiology and Sports Studies and a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance. She has over 10 years experience teaching health, fitness and wellness classes. Traci currently teaches full time at Tarrant County College and part time at Southern Methodist University. She holds a group exercise certification from AFAA and a personal training certification from The Cooper Institute. Traci is also a certified Zumba, Pilates and PiYo instructor. BXF was the featured presenter for Six02's annual fitness event in 2016, and in 2017. BXF has partnered with Athleta to teach in store group fitness classes, as well as, participated in the Dallas County Health and Wellness fair.
Traci is a member of The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, where she has served as President and Board Member. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her wife and son. She also enjoys reading, listening to podcasts and spending time with family and friends. Click here to learn more about Traci Stonum-Parker.
Kimberly Taylor tries to live every day by the words of her idol, Michelle Obama: “When they go low, we go high.” “Michelle Obama inspires me in a way that’s hard to put into words,” Taylor says. “Michelle used her role as First Lady to promote positivity and self-empowerment. I miss her already!” Taylor spreads her own positivity in her work as secretary for Bunnies on the Bayou. She’s served in this role for the charitable organization for the past two years. “Being a member of Bunnies on the Bayou is tremendously inspiring,” Taylor says. “Seeing the faces of our beneficiaries at our check presentations makes all the hard work worthwhile.” Taylor, who identifies as bisexual, is also an advocate for helping to eliminate bi-erasure and bi-phobia from society. “There are still so many people who don’t believe bisexuality is a legitimate sexual orientation, or that bisexuals are confused and lying to themselves,” she explains. “Not feeling accepted by the straight or gay community can lead to higher rates of anxiety and depression in bisexual individuals. I urge others in the community to ask questions and to not minimize anyone seeking support and inclusion.”
Riley Stevenson was born and raised in the small South Texas town of Robstown, Texas. He grew up surrounded by sports, church, and family. When his daughter was 17 she came out to him. While the road to understanding and supporting her was initially challenging, Riley has become an outspoken advocate for his daughter and others in the LGBTQ community.
He has a wide array of interests including reading, meditating, weightlifting, riding his motorcycle and hunting. He holds a degree in business management and leadership.
Alison Ashford is a Sr. Professional in the Mortgage Servicing Compliance Industry and an advocate of LGBT rights and Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. As an OUT Bisexual, she's played integral roles in the leadership of LGBT focused employee networks and is passionate about sharing her personal experiences of over coming adversity in an effort to empower others. Her and her partner, Jennifer are parents to two grown children and enjoy their fur babies and being outdoors in their spare time. Click here to learn more about Alison Ashford.
Raised in a strong Catholic family and educated in parochial schools from pre-k through 12th grade, Marisa Martinez was forced out of the closet at 18 and summarily kicked out of her home. She spent years attempting to reconnect with her family and considers it a work in progress 17 years later. Marisa also spent that time coming to terms with her sexuality and reconciling her faith with her truth. She credits both her tenacious spirit and her recently-reconstructed faith with sustaining her.
Now 35, Marisa has worked in the law enforcement industry since the age of 19 and served in various capacities including grounds security, dispatch, records, legal, and crime prevention. She earned an Associates in Liberal Arts from Collin College in 2010 and a Bachelors of General Studies from Texas Woman’s University in 2015. She will earn her Masters of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University in 2018.
Candy Marcum has been counseling, training, writing, supervising, facilitating and advising people since 1981. Her passion, professionalism, enthusiasm and people skills have helped guide her in her life's work as a healer. Her tagline is: “Helping People Bring Meaning to Their Lives”. She has been a Leader in the GLBTQ Movement both locally and nationally.
Candy’s business, Stonewall Behavioral Health is a GLBTQ counseling business. Stonewall’s tagline is: “Where Our Community Comes to Talk”. Click here to learn more about Candy Marcum.
Carol Meyer is a Senior Partner of the Meyer Tosha Group within Merrill Lynch/Bank of America. Carol joined Merrill Lynch in 1981 after earning her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska and did graduate work at Wharton.She has a team of six investment professionals and one of their areas of focus is delivering financial solutions from simple to very complex. Carol and her team work with same sex couples, private families, foundations, non-profit organizations and corporations.
Carol is a straight Ally and she and her team have been very involved in the LGBT community in Dallas for almost two decades.She is a former member of Merrill Lynch’s National Diversity and Inclusion Council. She is also on the National Board of Directors of Lambda Legal and is very supportive of this great organization as well as, Resource Center Dallas, Black Tie Dinner, SMU’s LGBT Alliance, The Dallas Theater Center, The Dallas Women’s Foundation, and The Women’s Business Council, to just name a few. Click here to learn more about Carol Meyer.
Ellen Farrell is Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Head of Product Law and Head of Legal Operations for Toyota Motor North America, Inc. Ms. Farrell is responsible for overall management of the defense of product liability- and warranty-related claims and lawsuits involving Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles in North America. She also partners with various client business units to mitigate operational and product-related risks and to promote customer satisfaction. In addition, she oversees the law department’s technology and business operations functions, including its Partnering Program, one of the key goals of which is to promote diversity & inclusion among the counsel who represent Toyota. Prior to joining Toyota in 1999, she was with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles. Ms. Farrell is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Kimberly Davis is a native of North Texas and was born in McKinney, TX. She graduated from McKinney H.S. in 1991 and went on to graduate from Texas Woman's University in 1996 with a degree in Education. She started her professional career at Child Protective Services in Dallas, TX from 1996-1999. She obtained her Texas real estate license in October of 1999 and signed on with Keller Williams Realty. Since then, she has earned numerous prestigious awards and recognition within the industry including "#1 KW Agent in the Entire TX/NM Region", "#1KW Plano Agent", KW Plano Realtor of the Year" - 5 years running, "Top 1% Producer KW International" - 15 years and "D Magazine Top Realtor".
Over the years, Kimberly has become an expert at listing and selling several types of real estate in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant County including new construction, residential resale, REO or Bank Owned Real Estate (Foreclosures), BPOs, Listing direct bank foreclosures, listing Fannie Mae foreclosures via asset management companies, short sales (pre-foreclosures), ABR designated and new home construction designated. Click here to learn more about Kimberly Davis.
Sara Martínez was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. As the daughter of migrant farm workers, she learned the value of hard work and the importance of education as a pathway to success. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chicana/o Studies from Loyola Marymount University and a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Southern California School Of Law.
She serves as Justice of the Peace Precinct 5, Place 1, in Dallas County and was elected in 2014 running as an openly LGBT candidate. She presides over criminal, civil, eviction and debt matters. Prior to her election, Judge Martínez ran a successful solo law practice in the areas of criminal and family law and served as a Dallas County Public Defender.
Sara maintains an active presence in the community and was recognized for her efforts with the “Emerging Leader” award by the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as well as being inducted into the DFW Hispanic 100 organization.
Officer Amber Roman is the Dallas Police Department’s LGBT Liaison Officer working for the Office of Community Affairs. The goal of Community Affairs is to establish and maintain positive working relationships between the Police and residents of Dallas. Prior to coming to Community Affairs, Amber Roman served the Northwest Dallas community as a Neighborhood Patrol Officer. As a Native Dallasite and the youngest of four siblings Amber quickly learned, “if you want to be heard, you have to speak up." As and out and proud member of the LGBT+ community, Officer Roman is passionate about strengthening the relationship between the LGBT+ community and the Dallas Police Department through proactive relationship-building & inclusive community engagement efforts.
Victoria Neave represents Texas House District 107, which includes parts of Dallas, Mesquite, and Garland. Victoria is the Vice-Chair of the Young Texans Legislative Caucus and is also a member of the Democratic Caucus, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the Women's Health Caucus, and the Veterans Caucus. She authored legislation that will help the state address the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, protect the elderly and adults with intellectual disabilities, and designate June 12 as Women Veterans Day in Texas.Victoria also fought against discriminatory legislation, like the "Bathroom Bill," that attack the dignity of LGBTQ Texans.
Due to her work this session, Victoria was named "Freshman of the Year" by the House Democratic Caucus, to the "Top 5 North Texas Legislators" by the Dallas Observer, and "Public Elected Official of the Year" by the National Association of Social Workers, North Central Texas-Dallas Area Branch.