Kelli Martin has a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in English and a M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has completed much of her coursework toward a PhD in Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas, with a current 4.0 GPA. Kelli received a full scholarship as a Doctoral Fellow. She has 22 years’ experience in the field of community corrections, with 11 years’ experience in management including supervising the Sex Crimes unit, Training Academy, & now the Research Unit. She conducts research for the Community Supervision & Corrections Department, the Tarrant County Criminal courts & is the official researcher for Tarrant County Veterans Pre-Trial Treatment Court.
Kelli has 11 years’ experience in academia, with the majority of that time as a professor at Texas Christian University in the Criminal Justice Department. She is a published author with works including a book chapter in Icons of Crime Fighting, a report for the U.S. Dept. of Justice, & numerous journal articles and technical reports. She is also the Editor of a state-wide journal, the Texas Probation Journal. Kelli is active in several professional organizations including the Texas Probation Association, Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee where she scores criminal justice grants sponsored through the Governor’s Office for a 16-county region in North Texas.
Kelli became a volunteer with Roll Call in 2016 and has a deep passion for the military and veterans. She has numerous family members that have served or are currently serving, including her father who is a Vietnam veteran, US Army 82nd Airborne and her grandfather who was in the US Army during WWII. She spends much of her free time calling WWII vets, visiting them at their homes and taking her 13 year old daughter with her to meet “living history.” She wants to instill in her daughter the same admiration and respect she has for our military and veterans. In December, 2016 Mrs. Martin received a challenge coin from Tarrant County Military Veterans Peer Network for her volunteer work with veterans, and in May, 2017 was appointed as President of the Board of Directors for Roll Call.