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FAX (713)880-3811
2307 Union St.
Houston, Texas 77007


Current Staff

Danalynn Recer
Danalynn Recer began fighting the death penalty in Texas two decades ago, working initially as an investigator and later as an attorney with the Texas Resource Center. In 1995, she moved to New Orleans to work with Clive Stafford Smith at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center, nationally known for its aggressive and creative capital trial representation. While there, she participated in a dozen capital trials, secured life pleas for another 8 clients, and directed the Jefferson Parish Project, a consulting team that worked with the highest volume indigent defenders in Louisiana to reduce the number of death sentences there. In 2002, when Calvin Burdine was returned to Harris County (Houston, Texas) for retrial, Danalynn stepped in on a pro bono basis and founded the Gulf Region Advocacy, or “GRACE” in the process. Today, GRACE provides direct representation, consulting services and mitigation services to indigent capital defendants, as well as training and education to capital defenders around the country. Over the past twenty years, Danalynn has participated in the defense of over one hundred capital clients in all stages of litigation in state and federal courts in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Tennessee, North Dakota, Florida, Kansas, California and Nevada. She holds a B.A., M.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas.

Sara Rice is the Deputy Executive Director. Sara has a Master of Science in Management Information Systems and over ten years experience working in management and database administration and development. She came to GRACE as a volunteer in 2013 and stepped into the Deputy role in January 2014.

Kara McClain is the Development & Outreach Director and is also a Staff Attorney. Kara began working at GRACE as an intern in 2011 and has never left! She has a J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law and a B.A. from Southern Methodist University. She is licensed to practice law in Texas.

Quinton Bell is Associate Counsel focusing on the Retrial/Resentencing Project. He has a J.D. from Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law and a B.A. from Louisiana State University.

Samantha Kennedy is an attorney and mitigation specialist based in New Orleans.  She has her J.D. from Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law and her in B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology with a concentration in African and African American Studies from Carleton College.

Jonathan Tilbury is a Mitigation Specialist. He first came to GRACE as a Reprieve UK intern in 2011 and became a staff member in 2013. Jon has completed his training to be a solicitor in England, receiving a bachelor's degree in History, a Graduate Diploma in Law, and the Legal Practice Course.

Trang Tran is our invaluable bookkeeper. She keeps GRACE running and the lights on. Trang came to GRACE from a non-profit in Seattle.

Anna Szatkowski attends Tulane University Law School and is joining GRACE as a Mitigation Apprentice.

Carroll Bible graduated from DePauw University and is spending a year as a volunteer through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.


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