Board of Directors 

Board of Directors

Tim Miller – Founder and Director

Tim Miller founded Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team in August 2000 with the purpose of providing support to families of lost and missing persons. The organization is dedicated to the memory of Tim’s daughter, Laura, who was abducted and murdered in north Galveston County in 1984.  

Once a successful general contractor, Tim now spends his time coordinating with families, various law enforcement agencies, and his volunteer search teams to bring home the missing.  Tim has testified in several murder trials throughout the years helping bring justice to victims and their families.  

Tim Miller often appears on local media to bring awareness to missing persons cases and has been featured on numerous national shows such as CourtTV’s Crime Library, Geraldo At Large, Larry King Live, Fox News National, Greta Van Susteren, CNN, HLN, Nancy Grace, Glenn Beck, People Magazine, News Week, Evidence Technology, Dateline, 20/20, and Texas Horse Talk.

Tim Miller’s dedication to the organization’s mission has garnered him many local and nation awards.  He is the recipient of George H. W. Bush “Point of Light” Award, The Jefferson Award from the City of Houston,  The Director’s Community Leadership Award from the FBI, and most recently named Rotarian of the Year,  and a “Houston Treasure” by The Social Book.  He has been recognized by Crime Stoppers of Houston and received countless of other awards throughout the years, from all over the nation. 

Mr. Miller was invited by George W. Bush to attended the first conference for the National Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C. and was also present at the signing of the National Amber Alert.  He has been the keynote speaker for the National Conference for Parents of Murdered Children, and the keynote speaker at many law enforcement conferences across the country. 

But most importantly, you’ll find Tim Miller at almost every search conducted by Texas EquuSearch, providing guidance, expertise, and a God given ability to bring home the missing.  

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Debbie Drury – Vice Chairman of the Board

Debbie Drury, a native Houstonian, is the Founder and President of Market Doctors Direct, a full-service marketing and advertising agency providing impactful, data-driven solutions to their numerous clients.  Over the years, Debbie’s close working relationship with her clients have allowed her the opportunity to interact with many of Houston’s political, business, and community leaders as well as many charitable organizations. Debbie and Market Doctors Direct have contributed to numerous organizations over the years, including her 2 passion projects, Texas Equusearch and Hope Haven Children’s Home & Community Center in San Pedro, Belize.

Ms. Drury is the mother of 2 children, Bailey and Brian, as well as the grandmother of 2 beautiful grandchildren, Jordan and Lexi. Her strong faith in God and being an active member of Clear Lake Community Church  helps her balance her duties to family, community, and customers.  Ms. Drury is a member of The National Association of Professional Women and has been recognized as a leader by The Woman’s Business Enterprise Alliance. 

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Ken DeFoor - Board Member

Ken DeFoor began his law enforcement career when he graduated from the Houston Police Academy in 1958.  Retired Captain of HPD, DuFoor successfully held numerous positions including Criminal Investigator, Homicide Detective, Lieutenant of Patrol and Captain/ Division Commander and pilot of HPD’s Helicopter Patrol.  In addition, he established HPD’s Scuba Diving Team. DuFoor went on to become Chief of Police for the Dayton Police Department and now serves in the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. 

DuFoor’s private endeavors included serving as a bodyguard for the President of Exxon and running his own business as a private investigator.  When Ken wasn’t busy with his law enforcement career, he appeared in movie such as “Hope” with Goldie Hawn and “Infamous” with Sandra Bullock.  

Ken enjoys antique cars, motorcycles, camping, treasure hunting and spending time with his family.

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Andy Kahan - Board Member

Andy Kahan received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1983 from the University of Houston and has since been an outspoken advocate for crime victims.  Andy’s work has received many honors and awards, and gained national media attention.  He is the Director of Victim Services for Crime Stopper Houston and most recently appointed to the Crime Victims Institute Advisory Council by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.  In addition to being a Texas EquuSearch board member, Andy is also a board member for Parents of Murdered Children, Surviving Family Members of Homicide, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  Andy is a member of the Harris Co Law Enforcement Council, and a member/presenter of the National Organization for Victims Assistance.  Thru the years, Andy has been instrumental in enacting victim-related legislation in addition to serving as a tireless resource for victims of crime.

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Cathy Hamel - Board Member

Assistant Vice President, Banking Center Manager at Amegy Bank                                                                                  


 


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