Biographies

Judge Wayne Christian
Judge Wayne Christian is a native of San Antonio and a graduate of Alamo Heights High School, Trinity University and St. Mary's University School of Law. Following law school, Judge Christian volunteered for active duty with the U.S. Army's 82d Airborne Division as an Airborne Infantry and Judge Advocate General's Corps officer. Upon leaving the active army, he continued his military career as a Special Operations Legal Advisor in the Army Reserve, serving in Panama, Thailand and Afghanistan with U.S. Army Special Forces. Retiring after 30 years of service, Colonel Christian's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and British, Thai and Canadian Parachute Badges.
Judge Wayne Christian Bio
First elected as a County Court at Law Judge in 1996, Judge Christian has disposed of more criminal cases, tried more jury trials and recovered more restitution for victims than any other County Court Judge in Bexar County history during his term in office.

Judge Christian has served for over 30 years as a Certified Texas Peace Officer, Criminal Justice Prosecutor, Criminal Defense Counsel and Texas State Judge. He has been an Adjunct Instructor at the San Antonio Police Academy and is presently an Adjunct Professor of Law and Consultant for the Center For Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Dr. Marlena M. Kelly


Marlena M. Kelly spent over twenty years in the United States Marine Corp serving both active and reserve components. While on active duty, Ms. Kelly was a Military Police serving as a dispatcher, day-watch supervisor and NCOIC of police records on several bases. As a reservist, she served as the NCOIC of legal administration. She was later assigned by the Secretary of the Navy to be the director of the Drug Education for Youth on Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Dr. Kelly is well-versed in the judicial as well as the psychological aspects of our justice and treatment system. She is a graduate of Phoenix and Walden University with an undergraduate Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and a graduate Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Marlena M. Kelly
Dr. Kelly worked for over three years as a Bexar County Veterans Service Officer, where she assisted veterans and their dependents in filing various types of claims with the Veterans Administration. In addition, she worked as a liaison for the Veterans Treatment Court.

VTC COURT MANAGER

Lieutenant Colonel Gary Masapollo (USAR, Retired)


Gary Masapollo currently serves as the Court Manager for the Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC). In that capacity, he is responsible for the screening and eligibility determination as well as the day-to-day operations of the treatment court. He served as a Civil Affairs Officer in the U.S. Army for 22 years, completing a variety of combat, peacekeeping and training missions in the U.S. and overseas; including tours in Korea, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq. He holds a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Norwich University, M.S. degree in the Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University and a Law Degree from the Southern New England School of Law.

Gary Masapollo

VTC CASE MANAGER

​HT1 (ESWS) Gilbert “Sparky” Esparza (US Navy Retired)


Gil Esparza currently serves as the Court Case Manager for the Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC). Responsible for Interviewing clients and completes required eligibility documentation. He served in the United States Navy for 18 years and served at 4 at Sea Commands, with service in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

He served as a Chemical Warfare Instructor and after leaving active duty in 1993, he attended Northern Kentucky University Majoring in Criminal Justice and Minored in Political Science. He served as an Intervention Specialist in the Education System and served as a Probation Officer for 11 years with the State of Ohio.
Gilbert Esparza

Judge Wayne Christian & the VTC Team

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