Return to EAC Elections – Fall 2016

Correctional Managed Care Candidates


Mervin Cleveland – CMC

Mervin Cleveland is a Licensed Professional Counselor, at the Huntsville Estelle Unit. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston-Downtown and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. He is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, which is an honor’s society for professional counselors. He is a past member of the Huntsville Leadership Program. He currently volunteers at the Huntsville YMCA as a mentor. He strongly believes in helping children learn, grow, and thrive, with the hope of molding them into healthy and productive citizens.

His employment with UTMB-CMC began November 2013.   He is currently employed as a qualified mental health professional (QMHP). This position is responsible for providing mental health evaluation and therapeutic intervention to patients. His job is challenging, yet rewarding, knowing he is helping people with mental illness and making a difference.   He is dedicated and dependable. He enjoys motivating and inspiring others. He represents himself, as well as CMC, with professionalism at all times.

He wants to represent and be a voice for his fellow CMC peers. Being a part of the UTMB Employee Advisory Committee, he will be able to communicate effectively, gain useful knowledge and present ideas that will be beneficial. He wants to be a part of a collective group that can make a difference at the UTMB-CMC.



Laura David – CMC

Laura David has been in correctional nursing for over 21 years and in 1999 joined UTMB CMC. She has served our patients and staff in multiple roles, including LVN, RN, Nurse Administrator, and her current role as the Cluster Nurse Manager at the Gib Lewis and Goodman Facilities. She has a consistent presence at the Polunsky and Cleveland Facilities serving as preceptor for new Nurse Managers and interim duties when position is vacant.

Laura obtained her License Vocational Nurse in 1995, Associate Nursing Degree in 2001 and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2004. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing Administration at the University of Texas at Arlington. She promotes and encourages lifelong learning of staff.

She demonstrates compassion for her patients and staff through a servant leadership role where employee contributions and patient outcomes are highly valued. She encourages input from staff on how to improve clinic productivity and patient care and she values input from all departments.

Laura was awarded this February with the Region III Nurse Manager of the Year. Her work exemplifies the core values of UTMB. She stands up for what she believes is right and advocates in the interest of patients and staff. She does not hesitate to share concerns over the implications of policy on frontline patient care and offers practical solutions as alternatives.

Laura believes in a positive and team environment. She feels that her experience working with each department would be beneficial for all UTMB in promoting and communicating employee needs with the Employee Advisory Council.



Richard Oliver – CMC

Richard Oliver works at the Hodge Unit in the Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) with patients who have intellectual disabilities that may impair their level of functioning with daily activities. As a Mental Health Case Manager, Richard helps these offenders develop skills to better negotiate the prison environment and increase their chances for success outside of prison. Many of these offenders also have a serious mental illness, making daily life more challenging. Richard enjoys working with these offenders, helping them to better understand their mental illness and learn to cope with the symptoms associated with serious mental illness.

Richard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In 2015, he was awarded the Julia Lawson LEAP Award for his work towards a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in hopes of one day becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He joined the UTMB-CMC family in December of 2012 after working for a mental health crisis center in East Texas. During these (almost) four years, Richard has been a representative on the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) committee for Mental Health. He believes in work ethic and relationships as two fundamental components for career success, and he embodies these traits as exemplified by being awarded Employee of the Year for 2013 and 2014 by his coworkers.

Richard knows all too well the challenges UTMB-CMC staff face by working in the corrections environment. He also sees on a daily basis the exceptional people that truly provide Best Care within our state’s prison system. These employees deserve a strong representative voice that will listen carefully to their concerns and make sure these concerns are addressed. Richard wants to be this representative.

Richard is excited for the opportunity to represent CMC and work with other members of the Employee Advisory Council in helping UTMB achieve Best Care.



Kendra Phelps – CMC

Kendra Phelps began her career with UTMB-CMC in September 2004. She started as a staff psychotherapist at the Jester IV Inpatient Psychiatric Facility, and then transferred to the Pam Lychner Unit in Atascocita. She continued as a Staff Psychotherapist until I was promoted to Responsible Psychotherapist (now known as Mental Health Manager) in August 2006. She has remained in that position and she loves the job she does at Lychner! She is able to do clinical work such as evaluating patients and crisis intervention, while also supervising my staff and working with our facility management team to ensure the highest quality of care for the patient population. She is a member of the Quality Council, which reviews suicides that occur within the system to ensure that quality of care was met by mental health services. She has served on the Mental Health Rewards and Recognition Committee for approximately 7 years now and is very involved in organizing days for our staff that provide valuable continuing education as well as the chance to network with peers. She is very much an advocate for the patients, and she believes that in order for the employees to do their best, we must provide them with the necessary tools to do so. One of the most important tools we can provide is understanding and advocacy for them within the UT System. With 12+ years of experience working in corrections, she is familiar with the challenges faced by CMC and would be honored to represent her coworkers on the Employee Advisory Council. She pledges to be a strong voice for her fellow corrections employees, while also striving to ensure that communication is strong between CMC and the rest of the UT System.



Madonna Rake – CMC

Madonna Rake’s 27 year tenure began with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 1989 as an Associate Degreed, American Registered Radiologic Technologist. In 1995 when UTMB took over the Health Care of the Offenders in a large portion of Texas; she became a full time employee of UTMB. During her Correctional Career she has served as the Secretary/Treasurer and President of the Texas Correctional Radiologic Technologists. She has always been an employee advocate and where ever she has worked from Rosharon to Huntsville; Dayton and Beaumont staff has come to her for advice and counsel due to her vast knowledge of P&P. She is a long time member of AFSCME(AFL-CIO) even serving as a Stewart of that union. In 2007 she was promoted to the South Regional Manager of CMC Radiologic Technologists and Radiation Safety Officer and continued in that capacity until 2011 when she retired after 22 years of state service. But 6 months later her love for her profession and state service drove her out of retirement; she rehired as a staff Radiologic Technologist for UTMB-CMC. Within two years Digital Radiology was implemented across all CMC Units and she was honored to have been asked to help with the coordination of the installs and professional input of that project. Recently she was asked to work with the IT department to gain access for CMC Radiologic Technologist to be able to acquire CE’s on line and was able to successfully accomplish that.

She would be honored to serve on the Employee Advisory Council; she believes that she can bring a lot to the table as an experienced employee advocate and can with the help of the committee bring the benefit of individual job fulfillment and help strengthen relationships and perhaps bridge the gap between staff and executive leadership.