Meet Our Staff
Jonathan Lin Davis - Interim Executive Director - (he/him/his)
Jonathan was born in Niagara Falls, Canada and raised in the Riverside neighborhood of Fort Worth. He attended Texas Christian University for a Bachelor’s in political science, The University of Texas at Arlington for a Master’s in Public Administration and The University of Texas at Austin for a Master’s in Public Policy. His professional background is in organizational strategy, political organizing, performance management and research. Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys biking, reading, martial arts, cooking, and spending time with his partner, Kelenne, and Husky, Sani.
Margarita Alarcón - Spanish Language Fellow- (she/her/ella)
Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, Margarita earned her law degree from Universidad de las Americas. She recently relocated to Texas with her family and brought with her a strong desire to help immigrant communities and empower them to reach their full potential. Prior to HRI, Margarita practiced intellectual
Property Law in Quito, Ecuador and provided pro bono assistance to vulnerable local communities.
Outside of HRI she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling and writing. She is an avid arts and crafts enthusiast.
Evelina M. René-Bute - Staff Attorney - (she, her)
Evelina is proud to be from the Caribbean and calls Dominica, St. Lucia, and St. Thomas home. She recently relocated to Texas with her husband, twin boys, and their cat, Diego, after starting her career in Brooklyn, NY. Committed to a life of public service, she is excited to join the HRI team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (with minors in Sociology and Criminal Justice) from Seton Hall University and obtained her JD from The George Washington University Law School.
Evelina enjoys traveling, music, trying out new foods and spending time with her loved ones.
Veronica Gonzalez – Social Services Director - (she, her, ella)
Veronica is a Dallas native. She earned her bachelor’s in Social Work and minor in Spanish from Texas State University. From a young age, she knew that her heart belonged to helping others, leading her to dedicate her career to the social services sector. In her free time, Veronica enjoys spending time with friends and family, chasing her dogs, cooking, and watching reality tv.
Zeyla Gonzalez – DOJ Accredited Representative - (she, her, ella)
Zeyla, a Texas native, is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton where she studied International Studies and Spanish. Before joining the team in 2013, Zeyla was a committed HRI volunteer and translator. When she’s not assisting HRI’s lawyers and clients, Zeyla can be found immersed in the arts–having trained in ballet and modern dance for 15 years.
Lauren Hendricks - Volunteer Director - (she, her)
A Texas native, Lauren is a servant leader with a passion for helping others through community service, outreach and development. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where she studied Journalism and Leadership Studies. Driven by her passion, Lauren has sought to empower others through her work in community engagement, talent acquisition, and public relations in the technology and non-profit fields. She is thrilled to support the mission and goals of HRI and serve their clients and volunteers. Enthusiastic about mentoring youth and women and serving the community, Lauren is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated, serves on the Board of Perfect, Inc., and volunteers with various organizations. In her spare time, Lauren loves performing spoken word poetry, spending time with her family, and enjoying Dallas.
Naschaly González Montalvo – Case Management Coordinator & Legal Assistant - (she, her)
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Naschaly attended the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology. In 2019, Naschaly moved to Texas to obtain her Master of Science in Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She’s passionate about advocating for women’s rights and the rights of those who have been wrongfully convicted. Outside of HRI, Naschaly is passionate about animal rescue, and enjoys weightlifting and any activity that requires being physically active.
Kristina Morales – DOJ Accredited Representative - (she, her, ella)
Kristina is Dallas, Texas born and raised. She graduated from the University of North Texas where she received her Bachelor of Arts in General Studies in 2007 and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Women’s Studies in 2010. Kristina has always known that her heart is in non-profit work, and has served HRI clients since the fall of 2012. Kristina loves taking long walks with her dog, Lulu, and enjoys going to rallies and events that promote social justice.
Karla Moreno - Crime Victims Program Case Manager - (she, her)
Karla was born in Mexico and raised in Texas. She returned to Mexico to attend Universidad de Monterrey, majoring in International Marketing, as a way to return to her roots. Karla is a Certified Interpreter for the past 8 years. Passionate about serving the underserved, especially those who have experienced abuse, led Karla to turn her career path towards social services. She loves spending her free time with her husband, their 3 children and 5 dogs.
Carolina Pina – Case Management Coordinator & Legal Assistant - (she, her)
Carolina, a Texas native, earned her bachelor’s in Political Science and International Studies from Texas A&M Commerce. She knew that she wanted to work with immigrants because her family are also immigrants. Working for a nonprofit like HRI gives her the chance to give back and fulfill her dream of helping children. When she’s not helping the cause, you can find her traveling and going to the beach.
Antonio Reyes – G. Rollie White Trust Asylum Program Attorney - (he, him)
Antonio is a Texas native and attended the University of Texas at Arlington earning his bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He then worked in Dallas County, which pushed him towards law in order to help people. He attended and graduated from the University of Massachusetts School of Law. When not working, he likes to spend time with his dog and friends, enjoying some live music, or just exploring the city.
Liz Ternes - Co Development Director (they, them, ella)
Liz was raised in Oklahoma City where they grew up on a steady diet of Woody Guthrie and red dirt. They received their undergraduate degree in Political Science from Hollins University and their Master’s in Theological Studies from Phillips Theological Seminary. Before joining HRI, Liz worked to support refugees, people facing food insecurity, and the LGBTQAI2S+ community. Outside of the office, Liz likes to hit the trail for a hike whenever possible, never saying no to a good road trip.
Jessica Thackway – Interim Supervising Attorney - (she, her)
Jessica moved to the Dallas area in 2021. She obtained her law degree from the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Florida. Jessica brings with her a diverse legal background, having worked to support immigrants in the non-profit, private practice, and corporate sectors. Her passion lies in assisting vulnerable populations. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, biking, paddle boarding, traveling and if there is any time leftover- enjoying a good book.
Stephanie Vazquez - Office Coordinator - (she, her)
Stephanie was raised in Dallas, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Spanish Interpretation and Translation, with a minor in Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Through her legal interpreting courses, she had the opportunity to connect and help at HRI, reinforcing her motivation to be an advocate as a way to give back to the undocumented community. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys going to the movies, pampering her guinea pigs, and reading a good mystery!