Board of Directors

Randy Burton
Founder, Chairman, and President
Randy Burton founded Justice for Children in May of 1987 and currently serves as President of the organization. Mr. Burton was working as an assistant District Attorney in Harris County when it came to his attention that the legal system was not doing enough to help abused children. He has been featured on many major television shows, such as ABC’s Good Morning America, Primetime Live, and CNN’s Nancy Grace Show, and has received numerous awards for his work with Justice for Children. Mr. Burton is a partner with Burleson LLP, an energy law firm that serves clients in the oil and gas industry.
D.C. Gila D.C. Gila, Ph.D. first consulted with Founder / President Randy Burton in August of 1995 and soon joined the JFC Board and Executive Committee. She has earned a B.S., M.S. and various certifications; noteworthy is her post-doctorate certification in Adlerian Psychology. Dr. Gila is a Jury Consultant who has traveled nationally and internationally in her work. She is a counselor, speaker and s a professor, she taught undergraduates, adults, and was an Adjunct Professor at South Texas College of Law.She has received the Justice for CHildren Decade Service Award, ad has been honored by the Houston Trail Lawyers Association for her may efforts in the Preservation of The Civil Justice System.
Hugh Howerton Hugh Howerton joined the Board in February 2005. Mr. Howerton is the founder of the Law Offices of Hugh Howerton, P.L.L.C. and practices exclusively personal injury tort litigation on behalf of injury victims and their families. Mr. Howerton has been voted Top 100 Texas Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.
Lee Slataper Lee Slataper joined the Board in January 2009. Mr. Slataper is currently retired, having spent 30 years in the health care industry. Mr. Slataper recently worked as Vice President at Gulfquest, LLC, the management company for Renaissance Physician Organization and Texas HealthSpring, both Houston health care organizations. Mr. Slataper also worked in hospital administration for 17 years in the greater Houston area. Mr. Slataper received his BBA from Baylor University in 1974 and his MS in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in 1976.
Michael L. F. Slavin Michael L. F. Slavin joined the Board in August 2008. Mr. Slavin is President of U.S. Emerald Energy Company, LP, an oil and gas exploration and production company he founded in 1992. Mr. Slavin has served as Vice President of Sweeney & Tebo Interests, CEO of First Title of Houston, and Executive Vice President of an independent oil company. In the U.S. Army, he served as a commander of two aviation units, Department of the Army staff member, general’s aide, and aide to the President of the United States. Mr. Slavin is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, holds an M.S. in Management from Troy State University, and is a past president of the West Point Society of Houston.
Nick Slavin Nick Slavin joined the Board in January 2012. Mr. Slavin is co-founder of Bulldog Exploration, LP, an oil and gas exploration company focusing onshore in Texas and Louisiana, and author of Investing in Oil and Gas Wells. Previously, he was a corporate attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Mr. Slavin is an investor in and advisor to early-stage energy technology companies, and writes and speaks on entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and other business topics. He holds a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Yale University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Voltaire Sterling Voltaire Sterling joined the Board in June 2012. Mr. Sterling is an actor and community leader, and from 2007-2010 was Chairman of Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a non-profit organization established by actor Hill Harper focused on empowering underserved youth. Mr. Sterling has also been an adjunct professor at West Los Angeles College, where he taught Constitutional Law and business classes, and an attorney with Loeb & Loeb LLP. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from Morehouse College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a commencement speaker, won the Dean’s Award for community leadership, and was elected Head Class Marshall.
Rev. Robert H. Tucker Reverend Tucker joined the Board in 2007 but has been a part of Justice for Children since Mr. Burton founded the organization. He has served churches as the Senior Minister in South Dakota and Houston and was Senior Minister at First Congregational Church in Houston for 28 years. In retirement, he has served as a member of the faculty of the Houston Graduate School of Theology. He also taught courses at Rice University’s School of Continuing Education and the Women’s Institute and is currently the Executive Director of the Foundation for Contemporary Theology. Rev. Tucker holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, and the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.