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Panhandle/South Plains Fellows

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Meagan Miller
Behavioral Health Manager, Texas
City of Lubbock Health Department

Meagan Miller is the Behavioral Health Program Manager for the City of Lubbock, Texas, Health Department. Services provided by this program include prevention, case management, and treatment administration. Prior to moving to Lubbock in 2020, Ms. Miller worked in behavioral health in California for 6 years. She attended California State University, Chico, for her undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and legal studies, as well as her master’s degree in public administration. Ms. Miller grew up on her family’s cattle ranch, giving her an understanding of the diverse needs of rural communities. She has lost two loved ones to addiction, making this work personal for her.

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Debbie King
Facility Director, Texas

Debra King is the Facility Director for Cenikor Amarillo, where oversees the Cenikor programs in Amarillo, Texas, that provide a full continuum of care for individuals with substance use disorders. She works cooperatively with referral sources throughout the region to save lives. Ms. King has a master’s degree in healthcare administration and a bachelor’s degree in social work. She loves combining her two areas of expertise while doing what she loves on a daily basis.

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Ethan Noble
Officer, Texas
Lubbock Police Department

Ethan Noble is an officer with the Lubbock, Texas, Police Department. He is a mental health peace officer and a member of the Hostage Negotiator Team and currently serves on the Crisis Intervention Team, which utilizes a co-responder model. He primarily interacts with members of the community who are experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis in an attempt to provide them with the most appropriate level of care in the least restrictive manner. Officer Noble grew up in Lubbock and is passionate about serving his community.

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Federico Solis
Re-entry Coordinator, Texas
Lubbock County Detention Center

Federico Solis-Perez is a reentry coordinator at the Lubbock County, Texas, Detention Center. In this role, he supervises two case managers who work to connect inmates to community resources before they are released. His team also works to provide substance use treatment resources to inmates, including helping some individuals apply for inpatient treatment. Mr. Solis-Perez is excited about making lasting connections with various entities/organizations across the country and learning more methods of combating substance use in the community.

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Rusty Gunter, II
Chief Defender, Texas
Lubbock Private Defenders Office

Rusty Gunter II graduated from Texas Tech School of Law in 2000 and became licensed in May 2001. Once licensed, he went to work as an associate for Brian E. Murray, where he maintained a general practice, mostly criminal defense. In 2009, he opened his own firm, The Law Office of Russell I. Gunter II, where he focused exclusively on criminal defense. On July 1, 2022, he took over as Chief Defender of the Lubbock, Texas, Private Defenders Office. Mr. Gunter is a member of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, where he served twice as president. He is also a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, where he served on the board of directors.