Who was Teresa Maness?

Teresa Maness grew up in the piney woods of deep east Texas. After graduating from Rusk High
School in 1969, Teresa, went to Sam Houston State University where she earned a degree in Social
Services and Social Rehabilitation in 1972. In 1973 Teresa was the first woman to attend and complete
the training academy for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, then
known as the Texas Department of Corrections.

After a year as a correctional officer, Teresa felt her life pulling her in
another direction. An avid reader, she became intrigued with the first
draft of the Texas Family Code in 1973. The provisions relative to
protection of children inspired her to seek employment with the Texas
Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. At the time, it was
called the Texas Department of Public Welfare. As one of two public
welfare workers in Walker County, Teresa was on the front lines,
investigating accusations of child abuse and neglect, licensing foster
homes and following up on cases. After three years, Teresa was
promoted to a supervisory position and moved to the Montgomery County
office in Conroe where she received numerous awards in the 25 years she
served the abused and neglected children of Montgomery County. In 2002,
Teresa was named Region 6 Program Administrator of the Texas Department
of Protective and Regulatory Services for Montgomery, Walker, Liberty,
Chambers and Harris Counties. From 2002 until her illness prevented her from working, Teresa
managed 250 employees in providing quality, child-focused services to the children she was mandated
to protect.

Teresa died on March 19, 2005. Many children’s lives were touched by this caring, wonderful lady in
life. As a result of her generosity and vision, lives will continue to be touched through the Teresa
Maness Education Foundation.
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