2017 Capitol Connection

TxCFR feels it is very important that members of the Texas Legislature and their staff be aware of the value of family life education and the CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator) certification as they create legislation that impacts Texas families. As practitioners, family researchers, faculty, and students, it is imperative that we be the conduit for this information. On Thursday, March 23, we will be visiting our legislators at the capitol to inform them about the importance of family life education and the CFLE. To prepare for this event, a boot camp will be held on Wednesday, March 22 from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Midtown. Check-in is from 12:00-1:00 pm.  All who plan to participate in the visit to the capitol must attend the boot camp on Wednesday. The cost to participate in this event is $30. Participants must register by Friday, March 17.


The Capital Connection event is designed to be our first step in making legislators and their staff aware of our existence. We hope we can continue to interact with them on a long-term basis.

We will start with a Boot Camp on Wednesday, March 22, 12:00 pm. Boot Camp Agenda. Participants wanting to be involved in meeting with legislators on Thursday need to register and attend this event. Registration is $30.00. Register Here

Three talented professionals will serve as trainers for the Capitol Connection Boot Camp. Their experience and expertise make them uniquely qualified to prepare us to meet with our legislators and their staff.


Ellen Arnold represents non-profit entities such as Texas PTA, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Goodwill Industries of Texas before the state legislature, assisting clients with their goals to pass legislation, obtain state appropriations, and influence or impact legislation that potentially affects their organizations. In addition to representing single organizations Ellen manages projects on behalf of coalitions formed to achieve a common goal, providing strategic guidance, organizational support, and lobbying.

Ellen specializes in grassroots advocacy training, assisting organizations in their goal to more effectively participate in policy-making. Her presentations help participants to better understand the political environment in which policy decisions are made, and how to interact successfully with policy makers. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.

Ellen works as a volunteer trainer with a USAID funded non-governmental organization, in emerging democracies around the world, most recently in Mexico and Albania.

Prior to becoming a government affairs consultant in 2002, Ellen worked in the field of education for over 20 years, the last several as principal of Barton Creek Elementary School in Eanes ISD in Austin. During her tenure there Barton Creek applied for and received the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School Award, presented by the United States Department of Education.


Marlene Lobberecht

Marlene S. Lobberecht, M.S., CFLE is an active member of the Texas Council for Family Relations board initiating the Public Policy Committee. She is also active in the League of Women Voters–Texas, Marlene is the author of numerous technical articles and books, including the eBooks Texas Advocacy Playbook and Tips for Public Policy Involvement. Marlene is a nationally certified trainer with more than 30 years of experience, an educator, community/child advocate, and coach. She conducts numerous community, state, and national training sessions for community networks and professional associations. Her personal mission is to improve policy outcomes through advocacy and community involvement.

As a member of the League of Women Voters-Texas Board of Directors, Cy-Fair League Chair and early childhood issue chair, she is: an issue specialist/advocate covering multiple issues on the state or national research/consensus position. As an Issue Chair, she is the point of contact for local groups to call regarding questions on their particular issue. Between legislative sessions, the chair follows any ongoing activities, identifies major policy players statewide, monitors legislative interim committees, and builds a network of contacts and supporters. During the legislative session, the issue chair selects legislative issue priorities, writes position briefs, prepares and delivers testimony, consults with legislative members/staff and participates in coalitions and approved affiliations.


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