LODD Family Coordinator
Wife of Officer Ronny Cortez. Officer Cortez was shot and paralyzed on February 28, 2017. Ronny and I have made it our mission to help other law enforcement families in similar situations. We know all to well the emotional stress that comes from being IOD. We hope to help make a difference, however small, in the lives of our fellow blue family.
She is the wife of a Senior Officer out of the SRG division. He has been on the department since November 2000. He was a patrol officer from Shepherd before going to SRG full time. She runs the HPD Sisters of the Thin Blue Line, the National LEOW Leaders, and a member of the TBL Motorcycle Club.
She is the mother of 4 children. Her daughter is 23 and currently in attending college and Jordan wants to get her TCOLE and Tactical Paramedic certification to work with HPD alongside her father, her oldest son is 13 and twin boys are 11 years old. Their family enjoys traveling and showing the children the natural beauty that our country has to offer. She is passionate about the Houston Police Family Support Unit and making this organization successful.
James Williford is an HPD FTO/Evaluator. Prior to HPD he served in the U.S Army and Texas National Guard. James was stationed in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom where he became a combat veteran. He has a passion for his profession and assisting his blue family.
James is the husband of Letti Celeste, a realtor with Keller Williams who is also a director of the HLEOFSU. They enjoy competitive shooting as one of their main hobbies and Jr. drag racing with their son. James is also volunteer with Spring ISD and active in the PTO at his son’s school.
Letti Celeste, a Realtor with Keller Williams, has also been a volunteer with Spring ISD for 13 years. She serves on several district committees & is currently the PTO president of her son's middle school. Letti shoots competitively in USPSA matches. She is the wife of James, an FTO/Evaluator and US Army Veteran. Their 13 year old son races Jr. Dragsters & has a passion for cooking. He has been accepted into a culinary arts program for high school in the fall. Letti spends her free time with friends & family. She is a Director for the Houston LEO Family Support Unit, which she feels continues to unite & strengthen the Blue Family.
Who We Are
Assistant Chief Wendy Baimbridge is a 25-year veteran of the Houston Police Department and is currently assigned to the Patrol Region 3 Command. Region 3 consists of six divisions: Northwest, Westside, Midwest, South Gessner, and Southwest Patrol Divisions and the Mental Health Division.
Jordan is the daughter of a Senior HPD officer stationed out of SRG. Her father has been on the department for 17 years and has been one of her biggest supporters in life. Jordan is currently in one of the best paramedic programs in the area and is set to finish in August. She is also one of the Presidents of the Emergency Medical Services Student Association and participates in training the EMT Basics. Jordan would like to get her TCOLE and Tactical Paramedic certification and work with HPD alongside her father. Jordan’s future career goal is to be a Flight Paramedic with Memorial Hermann’s Life Flight Program.
LODI Care Coordinator
Houston Police Family Support Unit
President: Jennifer Bates
Prior to her recent appointment to Assistant Chief, she was the Captain of the Mental Health Division. In this capacity, she commanded and managed the division’s multi-faceted response strategy for individuals with behavioral health problems, which includes oversight of several programs that train and enable Houston’s police officers to respond as professionally, humanely, and safely as possible to individuals in serious mental health crisis.
Prior to MHD, Assistant Chief Baimbridge commanded the Vehicular Crimes Division (VCD), which involved management and oversight of all fatality and FSGI crash investigations that occurred within the city of Houston.
As a Lieutenant, she was assigned to the Auto Dealers Detail that involved oversight and regulation of the automotive industry in the city, which encompassed 6,000 plus businesses. She was also assigned to the Juvenile Division wherein she was responsible for the Juvenile Offenders Unit, the Missing Persons Unit, and the Juvenile Intake Section.
As a sergeant, Assistant Chief Baimbridge was assigned to the Jail Division and the Grants Section, the latter of which involved searching and applying for grant funding related to technology and the recruitment of additional officers. Lastly and relative to assignments in patrol/field operations, Captain Baimbridge served as an officer, a sergeant, and lieutenant in the Central, Southwest, and Westside Divisions.
In regard to education, Assistant Chief Baimbridge earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston (1989), and her Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Houston – Clear Lake (2004).
Wendy is married to an HPD Captain – Larry Baimbridge – and she has an 18-year-old son – Aaron – who is looking forward to college next year. She is proud to be a wife, mother, and police officer. She is grateful to be part of such a noble profession and considers serving the public a privilege.
Jennifer is the wife of a SOLO Motorcycle Officer and mother of 2 children. Her son is 14 and her daughter is 9. She is employed as an Estate Planning and Probate Attorney. Previously she was an HPD Officer assigned to the Identification Division. Jennifer and her family live in the Friendswood area. They enjoy taking road trips and spending time together outdoors. Jennifer is excited to be a member of an organization that provides support for Law Enforcement Officers and their families.
Board of Directors
Chaplain Andrea Schmauss has been an active volunteer and supporter of law enforcement officers since 2006. She is a graduate of the HPD, DPS, Sheriff’s Office and FBI Citizens Police Academy Classes. She also sits on the local MADD Advisory Board and Chairs the ‘Take the Wheel Committee’ which includes everything law enforcement related.
She took her training with Crisis Chaplaincy of Harris County in 2014 and recently attended the International Conference of Police Chaplains and Crisis Intervention Stress Management training. In her life outside of volunteering, she is an IT Administrator at a law firm where she has worked for over 26 years.
I joined the U.S. Army after graduating from high school (1987) and after basic training, I went to military police school for a total of 17 weeks of training at Ft. McClelland, Al. I was first stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga. where I patrolled the base until going under cover with the Drug Suppression Team (Narcotics). I was later sent to S. Korea where I continued my under cover assignment for another year and a half. I came home and was released from the Army in 1990. I took some college courses while serving and continued that after being released. I applied to several different police agencies and was contacted first by HPD and began the long application process. Once accepted, I started the academy in August of 1991 and have now been here for more than 25 years. Like everyone, I started in patrol but I have spent the majority of my career assigned to a specialized unit such as a tactical or warrant team. I have had numerous undercover assignments within HPD and was also assigned to our proactive internal affairs unit where we investigated criminal complaints against our own police officers. I am currently assigned to the Investigative & Support Operations Division.
I have one daughter who is currently attending Texas A&M University and she is 19 years old. She is my world and I enjoy spending time with her, be it at the gun range, traveling or just hanging out and cooking at home. She should graduate from college in 2018 or maybe just a little later. Once she has graduated, I will most likely retire from HPD and begin a new chapter in my life.
Our organization was founded for the purpose of providing assistance when an officer is involved in a line-of-duty injury. When these incidents occur, the officer's income, and that of the family, are greatly reduced while the officer is on leave from the department. This is where our organization, the Houston Police Family Support Unit, may provide assistance.
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