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Bridget Vinson-O’Neal,MS, LBSW –IPR is a Licensed Social Worker, group facilitator, presenter and is currently the Executive Director of First Choice Social Service Non-profit agency in Garland, Texas. Mrs. Vinson-O’Neal has over 20 years of experience working with diverse populations with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Mrs. Vinson-O’Neal implemented the first grass root domestic violence outreach program for women of color at The Family Place in Dallas Texas.
Jennifer King has over 32 years of criminal justice experience with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Community Justice Assistance Division (TDCJ-CJAD). Currently she is a Regional Director with the TDCJ-CJAD and is assigned to the state oversight of 42 of the 123 probation departments in the State of Texas. Additionally, Ms. King oversees the Funding and Accreditation of all Batterers Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPPs) in Texas. Ms. King has held several positions while at TDCJ-CJAD which include Director of Family Violence Intervention Programs, Assistant Regional Director, Planner, Field Services Specialist and Interstate Compact Analyst. While serving as Director of Family Violence Intervention Programs Ms. King worked on and was responsible for leading stakeholders in the State of Texas in the development of an Accreditation process for Batterers Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPP). Additionally, Ms. King has worked on several Federal initiatives with the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) which include the Safe Return Initiative as well the African American Domestic Peace Project (AADPP). Ms. King has a Masters in Criminal Justice Management and a B.A. in Criminal Justice.
Ms. Lashandra Vinson is currently the Director of Programs for First Choice Social Services, Dallas TX and has over 15 years of experience working with diverse populations with the social services community. Ms. Vinson also worked as an investigator for Child Protective Services in Collin County for over 5 years ensuring child safety.
Ms. Vinson has a bachelor in Science and a double minor in Human Services and Drug Addictions from the University of North Texas. Ms. Vinson completed her Maters program in Human Services from Capella University and is currently a certified Drug Offender Instructor with the state of Texas.
Ms. Vinson serves on several local community committees as well as being an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Ms. Vinson’s passion for the wellbeing and humanity of her community continues to serves as the driving force that enables her to provide social services to her community.