Our Staff

Executive Director
Bonnie Armstrong is Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Shaken Baby Alliance.  Ms. Armstrong graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tarleton State University where she received a B.S. in Education.  Bonnie taught in the public school system for over 6 years teaching both regular education and special education.  In 1996, Ms. Armstrong co-founded The Shaken Baby Alliance and in 2000 became the Executive Director of this agency where she served as the Lead Consultant for the Serious Physical Child Abuse and SIDS Advanced Investigation Program and Regional Training Institutes.  In this capacity, Bonnie led a multidisciplinary team of professionals in the development of curriculum and training programs focused on the forensic investigation of child physical abuse. From 2003 to the current date, the Texas Legislature, through the Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) made this child physical abuse investigation training program mandatory for all child abuse investigators.  In 2010, TDFPS chose The Shaken Baby Alliance and a team led by Bonnie Armstrong to develop a training program related to the forensic investigation of elder abuse.  Based on the success of this program, in 2013, TDFPS again chose The Shaken Baby Alliance/Bonnie Armstrong to develop a training program entitled Mental Health and Physical Conditions and the Elderly Population.  Both courses are now mandatory classes for all Adult Protective Service investigators in the State of Texas.  
 Ms. Armstrong has written numerous articles for regional publications related to child welfare issues and was the Lead Author of the Chapter, “The Grieving Process and Family Support” in the book Child Fatality Review, An Interdisciplinary Guide and Photographic Reference, Randell Alexander, M.D., PhD, FAAP (GW Medical Publishing Co.).  Bonnie provides case consultation services for legal personnel and law enforcement on child physical abuse and child fatality cases in all aspects of the case from offense through prosecution and lectures at various training institutes and conferences each year throughout the United States. She serves as a current member of the Tarrant County Child Fatality Review Team and formerly served as a member of the International Advisory Board on Shaken Baby Syndrome,  Tarrant County College – Department of Criminal Justice Adjunct Faculty Member, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victims Advisory Council, National Brain Injury Association - Violence and Brain Injury Institution Brain Injury and Violence Prevention Regional Trainer, and the Tarrant County Juvenile Violence Task Force as the Child Abuse Representative.  As Executive Director, Bonnie reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the day to day operations of The Shaken Baby Alliance to ensure fulfillment of program goals.  Bonnie works with the staff daily to plan, organize, and implement the goals and objectives related to training, case consultation, and victim family support.  She is the mother of three children, one of whom is a survivor of Shaken Baby Syndrome. 
Accounting Assistant
Maribel Neal earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Remington College in 1999 and worked in various positions in the education, insurance, and mortgage industries prior to beginning employment with The Shaken Baby Alliance in 2002.  Maribel began her tenure with the Alliance as a Program Assistant where she provided program support in all areas including training, case consultations, and victim family support.  In this position, Maribel arranged training and travel schedules for the multi-disciplinary training team, was responsible for the delivery and setup of all training materials, coordinated marketing and registration for all training, interfaced with the Accounting Associate to prepare accurate federal, state, and local grant billing documents, worked with investigative and legal personnel to set up case consultation appointments, and coordinated with other staff to meet the needs of the victim families seeking assistance.  In 2006, Maribel Neal was promoted to the position of Accounting Associate.  Today, Maribel continues in this position where she is responsible for all aspects of The Shaken Baby Alliance accounting system including processing of cash receipts and expenditures, reconciliations, ensuring grant and policy compliance, preparing financial reports and budgets, and completing yearly audit preparations as directed by The Shaken Baby Alliance Board of Directors, Treasurer.  
Program Director
Ronald (Ron) Kunz has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington where he graduated in 1982.  Ron began working for United Parcel Service (UPS) during college on a part time basis and served his entire career with UPS until his retirement in July 2015.  During his tenure with UPS, Ron worked in many divisions and aspects of the UPS business from pre-loading package cars to driving package cars and after college graduation being promoted up the ranks in the UPS system from Dispatcher to Package Operations Manager, Pre-load Manager, Industrial Engineer, New Operations Roll Out Team, Business Development Manager, and Package Operations Manager over the Granbury Center.  His years with UPS gave him a unique skill set that he utilized as a volunteer for The Shaken Baby Alliance beginning in 2013 where he served the agency in various capacities including building maintenance, systems management, fundraising, victim family support, and program support.  Ron now works part time for the Alliance as the Program Director where he utilizes his skill set to plan and implement all areas of the training programs including planning, marketing, materials management, arranging training and travel schedules for the multi-disciplinary training team, program record keeping, databases, and on-site training support. 

Director of Operations
Brenda joined SBA in 2019. Brenda retired in 2017 from One Safe Place having worked there since its inception in 2004 opening.  Her last four years were spent as Program Director of Training, Education and Special Projects where her responsibilities included submitting and administering federal grants totaling over $1,700,000.00. She also coordinated staffing for two National Urban Institute research projects and worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Navy to provide summer camp for high risk youth. 
Brenda serves on the Boards of the Fort Worth Police Department Texas Commission on Law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and is a, and a founding member of the North Texas Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children. Brenda’s awards include the Ellen Halbert Award for outstanding service to victims of crime, Star Award presented by the Texas Corrections Association and the William G. Faching Award  from the American Association of Probation and Parole, Santa Fe Youth Service Community Hero Award, U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Recognition Award, and Santa Fe Youth Service, “Without You We Wouldn’t be” Award. 
Program and Development Consultant 
Margaret began consulting in 2014, providing interim leadership and strategic consulting to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations including the For Love & Art, Child Abuse Prevention Center of the Treasure Coast, Apartment Angel, and the Global Children’s Fund in collaboration with GMMB.   Margaret Patterson began working with The Shaken Baby Alliance full time in May 2016 where she utilizes her development and program skills to raise funds and expand programs for The Shaken Baby Alliance.  Prior to that, Margaret was the CEO of The Child & Family Network Centers in Alexandria, Va. where she developed and implemented a strategic plan that increased number of children served by CFNC team by 50%, grew annual revenue by 44%, controlled operating expenses, and doubled net assets, including a successful $3 million capital campaign.  Previously, she was CEO and President of the Childcare Group, a $15 million childcare multiservice agency.  She also served for 17 years as the Executive Director of Child Abuse Prevention Center (now Family Compass) of Dallas, taking the agency from $40,000 to a $2.5 million budget during her tenure.  She brought the Healthy Families and Families First program to Dallas, forging new collaborations with CPS and the family courts.  She served on the Advisory Board of The Shaken Baby Alliance and Board of the Faith and Liberty Supervised Visitation Center.  She also served as Executive Director for a 24-hour emergency shelter for abused children, which pioneered therapeutic intervention.  She has administered emergency shelters for battered women and developed national programs and policies for the YWCA and United Way of America.  She became a Fulbright Program Specialist in child abuse in 2012, is a licensed clinical social worker,  and received her Master's in Social Work from Boston College.
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