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.
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.
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.
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
Ron Mora currently serves as the Veteran’s Treatment Court Manager. He directs and manages cases and oversees all case management functions performed by assigned staff. Conducts case management quality and ensures compliance with social services policies and procedures.
Mr. Mora attended and graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a B.A. in Political Science and History and a Post- Graduate degree in Legal Assistant Program. From 1999 to 2017, Mr. Mora worked in the criminal justice field with the adult probation office(s) in Hays and Bexar County. For 13 years, Mr. Mora, worked in the Gang Unit along with SAPD Gang Unit, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit and with federal agencies.
Joshua Childers (Air Force Veteran)
VTC CASE MANAGER
Joshua Childers currently serves as the Court Case Manager for the Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC). He is responsible for interviewing clients, determining client’s eligibility for the VTC program and assisting clients with required documentation. He served on active duty for eight years as a Personnel Officer in the United States Air Force. As a Personnel Officer he served in various capacities including as a Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Officer-in-Charge, as a Protocol Officer at Air Combat Command Headquarters, and as a Staff Officer at the Air Force Personnel Center.
Joshua was stationed overseas for five years with assignments in Guam, Germany, and two deployments in Afghanistan. After separating from the Air Force in 2014, he enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program at UTSA, graduating in 2017. In addition to his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, he holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from North Carolina State University and a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration.