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Custody & Adopt​ion Evaluators

Jessica Maldonado, LMSW, BCE# 1388

Jessica received her Master of Social Work degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas in 2010 with a concentration in services to children and families. She became a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners in April 2011. Jessica has experience in working with diverse populations including children and adolescents, adults and geriatrics. However, her primary focus has been children and adolescents and their families. Jessica is experienced in counseling services and addressing mental health needs across diverse populations, connecting families to outside agencies for resources, McKinney-Vento program, foster care, and establishing a clothing closet for a community. She also has experience in working in a variety of different settings including Child Protective Services, schools, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals.

Jessica is on the Bexar County Evaluators List maintained by the Bexar County Domestic Relations Office. She is now accepting referals for adoption evaluations nd contested custody evaluations in divorces and well as custody modifications under the supervision of Cheryl L. Shulter, LPC-S (BCE# 984).

Elvira (Vera) Marquez, MA LPC, BCE# 1419

Vera received her Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M San Antonio in 2012.  She became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors in 2014.  In addition, Vera has an Associates Degree in Legal Assisting and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Business.  Vera is presently the Director of Placement Services for ABC Adoption Agency, Inc. and has also been employed by Ronald B. Prince, Attorney at Law, for over 30 years - where she assists in the preparation of  family law legal documents. 

Vera's specialization with the adoption agency is in working with birth mothers/families and prospective adoptive parents.  She provides counseling services to both birth parents and adoptive parents on an as-needed basis and facilitates the adoptions of newborns.  She also prepares pre-adoptive home screenings for prospective adoptive parents as well as post placement supervision.

Vera is available to conduct contested custody evaluations in divorces as well as modification cases under the supervision of Cheryl L. Shulter, LPC-S (BCE# 984).

Ana Perez, LMSW, BCE# 1306

Ana Perez is a native of San Antonio and a graduate of Taft High School. She went on to earn an Associate of Applied Science in American Sign Language: Deaf Support Specialist from San Antonio College, and then Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work from Texas State University. Ms. Perez is active in a variety of organizations and causes, including holding leadership or board positions in some. Ms. Perez is on the board of Fiesta Youth, which provides weekly support for LGBTQ youth. She is the political chair on the steering committee of Human Rights Campaign San Antonio and on the Council of Political Education for the Texas State Employees Union, as well as serving as a general member of the National Organization of Women, PFLAG, Stonewall Democrats, and the American Widow Project. 

Ms. Perez was a caseworker for the Department of Family and Protective Services for seven years. Her specialization was working with deaf and hard of hearing clients, LGBTQ foster youth, as well as sex abuse and sex trafficking victims. She also has years of experience working with persons with a variety of mental health concerns, and has worked in a variety of clinical settings in not-for-profit agencies and hospitals. 

In her free time, Ms. Perez is an animal and environmental activist and parent to two children and several fur children.  

Ms. Perez is available to provide contested custody evaluations for divorces and custody modifications as well as social studies for adoption through Alamo Heights Counseling, Inc. under the supervision of Cheryl L. Shulter, (BCE# 984). 

Cheryl L. Shulter, LPC-S, BCE# 984

Cheryl received her Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio in December 2006. She began conducting custody evaluations (then called social studies) in February 2010. Since that time, she has worked with over 100 families through the Bexar County Court system. She has completed a total of seventy-four evaluations (fifty-six contested custody evaluations, four contested custody updates, and fourteen adoption evaluations).

In addition to providing custody evaluations, Cheryl is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. She provides parent facilitiation in addition to individual therapy in her office setting at Alamo Heights Counseling, Inc. where she serves as Clinical Director.

Cheryl remains on the Bexar County Evaluators List maintained by the Bexar County Domestic Relations Office and is available to conduct custody and adoption evaluations on a limited basis outside regular clinical hours, although her primary focus is in training, mentoring, and supervising new evaluators.