Laura Nicholes, Account Manager for Chad Cantella
Cell: (512) 913-4113
Laura (Lori) Nicholes has 23 years of service to local government with 19 of those years in policy development and legislative relations. She has a focused expertise in an array of local issues working on behalf of each elected office at the county level while enhancing the state/local partnership. Her areas of specialization include Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, County Jails, Prisons, Probation, Parole, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, Parks and Wildlife, Border Security and Immigration. Nicholes has been an integral part of mental health legislative discussions each session since 2006 and on workgroups and advocacy teams that have successfully advocated Senate and House budget writers to appropriate more than $1.2 billion toward improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the mental health system over the last decade.
She has served as an appointed member of the Department of State Health Services - Mental Health and Substance Abuse Crisis Services Redesign Workgroup, 2006; a contributing member to the Department of State Health Services HB 3793 and Joint Committee on Access and Forensic Services, 2011-2018; an appointed member to the Collaborative Council of the Joint Judicial Commission on Mental Health established by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 2018; and an appointed member to various Rules, Standards and Policy workshops conducted by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, 2010-2018.
In 2011 Laura received the prestigious President's Award from the Sheriffs' Association of Texas in recognition of her unselfish service to the citizens of the state of Texas. In 2018 she received the only Lifetime Achievement and Legislative Service Award given by the Sheriffs' Association of Texas.
Nicholes’ prior employment includes serving as a Bexar County community supervision officer with specialized caseloads designated for domestic violence and repeat offenders; a case manager with Communities In Schools - San Antonio performing drop-out prevention, family counseling and crisis intervention services for juvenile and adult gang members; and volunteer work with a Texas Youth Commission half-way house. Nicholes grew up in Sugar Land and attended college in Austin where she received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas.