The FACE Department is dedicated to building intentional partnerships to advance student achievement by promoting a welcoming environment, honoring families, and linking activities to learning
Build TRUST with parents and caregivers
Be RESPONSIVE to family needs, questions and issues
Facilitate parent ACTION AND ADVOCACY
Establish “two-way” COMMUNICATION channels
Share KNOWLEDGE with our families proactively and in ways they can easily access.
All families have dreams for their children and want the best for them.
All families have the capacity to support their children’s learning.
Families and school/program staff should be equal partners.
The responsibility for building and sustaining partnerships between school, home, and community rests primarily with schoolstaff, especially school leaders.
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ALAA (ALLY) ABDULMAJID
Ally Abdulmajid, M.Ed is a native Houstonian and a product of Houston ISD schools, having graduated from Lee High School. Ms. Abdulmajid is an alumnus of the University of Houston where she received a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6 and holds a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. She has 11 years of experience in the Education field. Ms. Abdulmajid’s professional experience include working with parents and families within HISD’s Family and Community Engagement department as well as at the University of Houston where she supported college students’ success by developing and implementing strategic activities and workshops. Ally also served as a psycho-social coach for Na’ba Organization where she helped train case workers in crisis and trauma counseling. Her experience as an educator and counselor has allowed her to work in culturally diverse settings and with individuals of all ages primarily young children and adults.
FACE SR. MANAGER
Tyenise Blackmon has been serving students, families, and the community for over a decade. Through collaborative efforts amongst school district level leadership, campuses, and community she creates new initiatives, further develops programs, and builds relationships to ensure students have the adequate support and resources to maximize their potential. Tyenise started her career in schools facilitating parent/caregiver workshops and coordinating wrap around services for families. Through this work she began fostering relationships with non-profits, small businesses, faith-based entities, and major corporations. This led to advancing her career to district level leadership in family and community engagement at the 7th largest district in Texas. Tyenise also has vast knowledge and experience in the non-profit sector where she provided best practices on how to effectively meet the needs of diverse students bridging the gap between school districts and the neighborhoods they serve.
Tyenise is a public speaker/presenter at the state, regional and national level, served as a family engagement consultant at University of Texas, and been a part of numerous advisory boards, committees, and councils providing expertise on how to build relationships with youth and community stakeholders. She’s received numerous awards and accolades for her innovation and ability to create long-term mutually beneficial partnerships. She is also a member of The George Foundation’s 2023 Excellence for Non-Profit Leadership Program.
If not spending time with her family, she is relaxing at the beach, listening to music, watching UFC, or working out. Tyenise holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station.
Atilana Chavez was born and raised in Houston, Tx. Atilana prefers to go by Lana for short. Lana has a bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of Houston Downtown. Although new to HISD, she has been serving the community for several years as a social worker, volunteering, and in case management. Prior to Houston ISD, she worked closely with Office of Attorney General, Texas Criminal Justice Department, The Harris Center of Mental Health and IDD, Providencia, and Endeavors. When Lana is not working, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family.
FACE SR. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Ms. Kashana Granville was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She moved to Houston, Texas in 2003 to attend Texas Southern University and has since made Houston her home. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University; Majoring in Administration of Justice and minoring in Public Administration. As well a Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Creighton University. Ms. Granville has 10 years of experience in community outreach working as a parole officer successfully reintegrating exoffenders into society. She made her transition into Family and Community Engagement to continue her work as a servant leader. The trend she wishes to establish is the continued support of partnership amongst schools, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. As well as encourage families to be actively involved in their child’s education at school and be full partners in their child’s education. She loves watching cooking shows and trying out the recipes at home.
FACE ACADEMICS PROGRAM MANAGER
Elizabeth Angel was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Houston and a certification in Non-Profit Management. She joined team HISD in 2019 as a Wraparound Resource Specialist. In 2022 she transitioned to the FACE department to expand the number of families she can support as she believes that parents are their child’s first teacher. Her goal is to empower parents so that they know that they are capable to support their child at home.
Earlandra Junell Ringo was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Calling Houston home since 2009, she has worked in Fort Bend ISD, Alief ISD, and now HISD. Earlandra graduated with a double major in English and General Studies at McNeese State University. With over 15 years of experience in the education field, Earlandra worked as a behavioral interventionist, where she worked with challenging students; her goal was to let students know, despite their circumstances, they had the ability to be the best. She worked as a classroom teacher, where it was her passion to educate her students to have a love and respect for knowledge for education. She worked for Communities In Schools as a student support manager, where she not only mentored and managed employees but she also led impactful groups for students and built strong partnerships with families and the community.
She is currently a 2nd year member of the HISD Legislative Advisory Committee. She has worked and volunteered at the YMCA, The Boys & Girls Club, The National Wildlife Federation, Various Media Outlets and has worked in the political arena as well. She loves to cook, travel the world, explore different cultures, and spend time with family. Her dedication has been working with children from all walks of life. She believes family engagement is essential for a student’s overall growth and academic success, and it takes a village(community) of people from all walks of life to help our students to be well rounded, versatile human beings who have the ability to know they have everything it takes to take their lives to the next level.
Andreina Savelli, was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, she has one brother, and she is the oldest. Ms. Savelli earned a bachelor’s degree In International Studies from the “Universidad Central de Venezuela” in 1993, as well a master’s degree in International Relations from “Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, Universidad Complutense de Madrid”, Spain in 1998.
Ms. Savelli worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, she entered in 1993 by sitting the Venezuelan Foreign Service exam, ranked 9th out of 200 aspiring candidates. After induction, training was confirmed in the Diplomat rank of Third Secretary, subsequently promoted in the following ranks. Her formal career began as a Venezuelan Foreign Service Officer which lasted for over 18 years. Her first foreign post was in the Venezuelan Embassy in London, United Kingdom, as a Consul; After three years she served as the Venezuelan Consulate in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Deputy Consul. Later, in Romania, as Head (Acting Ambassador) of the Embassy of Venezuela in Bucharest.
In the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Caracas, she worked in different Departments: Human Resources, in this position prepared briefing papers for the Minister and Director regarding personnel requirements in the Ministry, Embassies and Consulates. Andreina also worked in the Protocol Department in Caracas, negotiating processes for venues, goods, and services. Additionally, she develops and maintain relationships with outside vendors, such as hotels, restaurants, and other venues, managed team, assisting with visiting foreign VIPs, accompanying them during their stay and meetings with authorities, following up on their needs and solving their requirements.
Subsequently, Andreina worked with the Vice Minister for European Affairs, dealing with all aspects (political, economic, consular, cultural, investment, tourism) of diplomatic relations between Venezuela and 26 European countries, disseminating Venezuela’s identity and cultural values, letting the world know about Venezuela’s, Foreign Policy, organizing tourism, science and technology and commercial exhibitions, other Government Activities, Official tours, State visits, and different Ceremonies.
Additionally, also assisted with Fairs, and Stands, Business Conferences and press trips. Served as a link between different Government bodies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as official institution leading foreign relations. Also worked in the Cultural Department, updated countries cultural and political profiles.
In December 2010, she arrived to the United States of America, living in Miami, Florida for four years and a half. In 2015, she moved to Houston, Texas and started to work in Klein Independent School District, as a substitute teacher, after three months she gained the Bilingual Family School Liaison position in Klein Intermediate School, starting her career in Education.
Her 7 years’ experience in this position involved engages families and school staff to better understand student needs and providing support to families. She works implementing the Family Engagement Program, planning family workshops, assist mostly immigrant parents who do not speak English fluently in all matters concerned with the schooling of their children, translating, and interpreting for administrators, teachers, and parents so that they may communicate more effectively, contributing to build a trust relationship between families and school. She supports in Parent Teacher Conferences, support in Administrator Home Visits and on the RTI implementation.
Ms. Savelli is excited about bringing her expertise, professional experience and skills to serve the diverse population in Houston and to join and grow with the FACE Department at Houston ISD. Ms. Savelli loves spend time with family and friends, love to travel and meet people from different countries also, she enjoys watching movies.
Ingrid Tuesta Ms. Ingrid Tuesta was born in Lima, Peru and raised in the U.S. A graduate of Lamar High School, Ms. Tuesta received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting from the University of Houston-Downtown. Ms. Tuesta has been part of Team HISD for 11 years, and her work has been mostly focused on developing, establishing, and engaging students and families throughout the community. In 2012, she designed and led the After-School Program at Rice School and was later hired to supervise and coordinate an After School program at Burnet Elementary. She enjoys giving back to the community through her work as a Personal Accountant Consultant and Animal Advocacy. She loves to travel and enjoys learning about diverse cultures.
As a FACE specialist, I communicate, teach, promote, and share resources with school families. I am committed to building cohesive relationships and having great leadership skills that benefit the mutual growth of our department for our student success. I have also focused on developing professional development presentations according to the needs and goals of our parents to connect with our students. Accountable for providing data to the department. Reliable to assist in any situation to meet the departmental goals. I am a proactive, tactical, and resultative leader who is on a mission to help build teams and communities by driving strategy and efficiency. I cultivate programs to be accountable, produce fast results, and empower people to become equal partners to accomplish collective goals within organizations in a variety of industries.
My colleagues would often describe me as someone who is driven, hardworking, caring, enthusiastic, and upbeat. I believe they would also describe me as someone they can call on whenever they needed assistance, someone they could rely on to help them out at short notice, and someone who has a can-do attitude and takes ownership of demanding situations. I love to be able to be a team player, a fact that I respect them and their values as well.
Armando Barros is a graduate student from the University of Houston with a BS in Human Resource Development and graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top 7.5% of his graduating class.
Armando has over a decade of experience, he has been heavily involved in community service in various roles such as a College and Career Readiness Advisor, Wraparound Specialist, licensed banker, financial coach, public speaker, strategist, advocate, and campaigner. Through these experiences he has developed the unique skill-set necessary to build rapport and trust in the community where he has served. Armando had the opportunity to live and work in Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, El Salvador, and Mexico during his international travels.
Armando has a professional philosophy statement that says: “I have made it my mission to increase family and community engagement in the campuses that I serve. I will feel deeply rewarded knowing that educators, families, and the community can bring together their expertise in a deliberate, intentional way to plan for student success. Together we can all make a difference.”
Some of Mr. Barros’ fun facts are: He is a self-taught musician, he plays the guitar, bass, and drums. His favorite food is coconut rice which is made in the coastal regions of Colombia. When Armando was in high school, he had the opportunity to play at an All-Star game on the same NBA court that the Houston Rockets play on.
Cameron Cruise was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Cameron holds a B.S. in Marketing and Management from Oklahoma State University and an M.S. in Community Development from the School of Architecture at
Prairie View A&M University. Although new to Houston ISD, she is not new to being a servant leader to students or working/volunteering in the community. Prior to Houston ISD, she worked closely with Spring, Conroe and Magnolia ISD where she mentored high school students, taught junior achievement and financial literacy. Cameron also has experience in community engagement, marketing and public relations. When Cameron is not working, she participates in numerous civil rights and community organizations, such as, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She also enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband, family and friends.
FACE SR. MANAGER
Ms. Dyan Harris was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She has been a part of Team HISD for 14years and has worked diligently in building relationships with families and students as an instructor, administrator, and family and community engagement specialist. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Prairie View A&M University. She also holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from University of Houston-Downtown. She believes that building strong relationships with families and educators creates a solid commitment to the social and academic growth for every child. She loves to read dystopian novels and spend time with family and friends.
Ms. Hamilton received her degree in Sociology from the University of Central Florida. She has served in the education field for over 6 years and comes from a Juvenile Probation background. Ms. Hamilton is active in her community and volunteers with multiple organizations. When she is not serving others; she is enjoying nature and spending time with family. Ms. Hamilton believes “Bridging the gap between student success and our community one scholar at a time” is the key to a successful education.
Coming to us from the behavioral health field with over two decades of international experience, Marisa has provided dynamic support to families and teachers across the globe as they navigated academic achievement, mental health, behavioral concerns, special needs, learning disorders, complexities of immigration, and other factors that stood in the way of students being able to access their full abilities. Marisa is also an active HISD parent and understands the dynamics of our district. She is excited to partner with you to champion the goals you have for your school and to bring meaningful engagement that will lead to improved student outcomes at your campus.
Mey-lin Alvarez is a New York native, raised in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. While new to Houston ISD, Mey-lin has worked in community engagement and project management since 2018. Mey-lin’s passion to connect and be a resource for others has led her to several opportunities within the Houston community, including, mentoring First-Generation college students at Houston Baptist University, coordinating conferences, corporate networking, and charity activities, and providing creative services to local small business owners. Growing up as the daughter of an educator, Mey-lin witnessed firsthand the impact that a strong partnership between family, school and community could have on a child’s learning experience and vowed to one day, be a part of that impact. Today, Mey-lin is honored to support families and schools as they cultivate the best academic experience for their students by establishing meaningful partnerships and empowering all parties involved. When she is not on a campus, Mey-lin enjoys keeping up with local events, exploring the community with her family and all things creative.
Xavier Rogers is a native Houstonian and is a product of Houston ISD schooling, graduating from Worthing High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts & Sciences from Midwestern State University. Her background has traditionally been in healthcare administration, mostly assisting the indigent population. Serving the community and helping children to reach their highest potential has been a lifelong passion. She believes that all children have the ability to accel when provided with the proper tools. She has spent a great deal of time volunteering at various after-school programs in the southeast part of Houston.
Her hobbies include traveling, planning/organizing events, and shopping. In her spare time, you will likely catch her baking desserts or spending time with family and friends. With traveling being a hobby, particularly to destinations with blue water and white sand, you will likely find her on a beach somewhere while vacationing. Her favorite colors are pink and red. Xavier believes that to be happy is to think positively, confidently, and optimistically.
FACE TEAM LEAD
Barbara Shelby Roberts is an accomplished and innovative educational student support collaborative, with a premier and professional drive to find and deliver resources between school campuses, students, parents, and community.
Over the course of her 20-year career, she has developed an exciting approach to directly impact a relevance to the Social Determinants of Health and Equity roles for students and parent engagement. Including community outreach, social services, and integrated service delivery. Overall, she has consistently demonstrated analytical, management and communication abilities in every aspect of her educational and professional career with a focus on Student Support roles, Non-Profit, and Student achievements.
Barbara brings to her position as a Family and Engagement Specialty, a well-established background in educational, administrative, and mental health support. She has served as CEO of operations and corporate entrepreneurship, leading, and managing as Director of her Childcare facility. Additional leadership as an Adjunct Professor of higher education at Texas Southern University, Environmental Designs focus, she has served as a member of Team HISD ACE 21st Century afterschool federal grant program for 7 years, for elementary, middle, and high school campuses. While continuing her innovative student resource efforts for Houston ISD, her dedication to children fostered as a Student Support Manager with Communities In Schools Houston to support campuses, students, and families with needed resources.
The University of Houston, Downtown and Texas Southern University has bridged her educational journey to a Master of Science degree in Human Service and Consumer Sciences and currently a Doctoral Candidate of Higher Education Administration.
She strongly believes in the work and support of students, schools, community, and parents to offer programs to benefit the HISD population with tutorials, enrichments, wellness, and leadership. Barbara serves on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Texas Fire Fighters Home, Texans YMCA, IEACF, and a member of her formidable sorority, and other service organizations, she enjoys calligraphy, traveling, event planning and family time.
Patrick Williams was born in Denver, Colorado and is the youngest of four siblings. As a youth Patrick was outspoken, honest, charismatic and very busy. At a young age Patrick became involved with various activities such as football, theater and was involved in the church choir. In 2008 Patrick graduated from Denver East High School and continued his education at Lincoln University an historical black college in Jefferson City Missouri.
In 2008, Patrick began his undergraduate in Journalism where he longed to become a sports broadcaster. However, with a natural desire to understand how to best service the individuals in his community, Patrick began working in the mental and behavioral health field. In 2012 Patrick received his bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University in Jefferson City Missouri, majoring in Journalism.
Over the course of 10 years, Patrick has impacted communities in the mental health field, participated and worked with community outreach organizations such as the Salvation Army, provided independent life skills to juvenile’s adolescents and served students in education as a Career Specialist and Guidance Counselor.
Patrick relocated to Houston in June 2022 with his two children and his wife. Patrick is a father first and enjoys time with family, mentoring youth, learning more about holistic health, studying historical text, exercise and sampling various ethnic foods. Patrick has an established background in the human service field and is excited to continue his career with HISD and is firm believer that real change begins when wisdom encounters application.
FACE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Najah Callander currently serves as Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement at Houston ISD. In this role, she is focused on growing and fostering relationships with community partners and organizations on behalf of the District. Najah leads the work on the district’s family and community engagement, community partnerships and Parent Link teams.
With more than 15 years of experience in community engagement and the non-profit sector, Najah uses her expertise in grant-making, program evaluation, program strategy/design, volunteer management, youth development and partnerships to make significant impact to students and families and support academic success.
A wife and a mom, Najah is also an active volunteer who cares about equity, education, and issues impacting youth and women. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Links, Incorporated, Junior League of Houston and several other organizations that seek to improve the community. Najah holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Florida A&M University and is a graduate of The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law.
Ms. Catalina Caicedo is a bilingual journalist and social communicator from Colombia with certifications in primary education. As a former English learner, she understands the challenges encountered as one moves to a new country and struggles to adapt to a different education system and culture while making an effort to communicate in a new language. During her six years in the United States, Ms. Caicedo has been integrally involved in knowing and supporting the stakeholders that intervene in the implementation of programs that serve a segment of the student community in Harris County, such as administrative officials, teachers, parents, and students at the Houston Independent School District. Ms. Caicedo is certain that it is possible to contribute with ethical criteria, analysis, and research in this growing school district. “I am committed to prepare, plan, and deliver language-rich and rigorous communication presentations and materials; to network with other colleagues and reflect on current practices, strategies and next steps to, not only, surpass the district’s goals but also my department’s goals and objectives and -most importantly-, advocate for the best bilingual and cross-cultural education while progress monitoring our students so they can be empowered and demonstrate mastery of the standards to reach academic success.” Ms. Caicedo is certain that through her background in communication, the skills and strategies acquired while working for the Multilingual Programs department in Houston ISD, and as a communication consultant for West Contra Costa Unified School District in California, she can make a positive impact to build partnerships that support students, families and the department and district’s strengths to reach a full potential.
OLGA E. HERNANDEZ-AYALA
FACE SR. MANAGER
Olga E. Hernandez-Ayala was born in Florida and raised in Arkansas, she has been calling Houston her home since 1995. Mrs. Ayala earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Sam Houston State University. She joins HISD with 15 years of experience in education where she has worked as a teacher, grant coordinator, skills specialist, and assistant principal. Mrs. Ayala believes partnerships with parents and the community are essential to enriching student achievement.
Olivia Lemon is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Behavioral & Political Science. Ms. Lemon enjoys all things media, Tv, and Radio. When she is not involved with that, she is somewhere helping the community. Olivia’s mission with FACE is to make sure every student, family, and community member feels supported. Being that she was once a campus FACE Specialist for North Forest High School, her love for Family Engagement runs deep. Her goal for this 2022- 2023 academic school year is for all the schools she serves as the FACE specialist to receive Gold Status or above. Her favorite thing to do in her role is to support her school’s on-campus events. A quote that she lives by is “A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t go anywhere until you fix it”.
Mrs. Laura E. Perez was born in Mexico City, Mexico, calling Houston home since she was six years old. Ms. Perez graduated from High School in 2001 and started her educator journey right after as a teacher assistant for Aldine ISD.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston in 2009. Ms. Perez is a 21-year veteran educator, who has taught various subjects in grades 1st-5th. She taught in Aldine ISD and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. She joined HISD in 2018 with over 15 years of educational experience.
Mrs. Perez is always eager to empower families in creating meaningful relationships with each other. She is a true believer that when working collaboratively with teachers and schools, can impact families and increase overall student achievement. In her free time, Ms. Perez enjoys traveling, dancing, and spending time with her loved ones.
CARLOS A. SANTA
FACE SR. MANAGER
Carlos Santa was born and raised in Colombia. He is the youngest of three siblings and the first to obtain a bachelor’s degree in his family. Carlos graduated from college as an Industrial Engineer and started working for Houston Independent School District as a fourth-grade bilingual teacher in 2000. As a passionate classroom teacher and having the desire to offer the best quality of education to his students, he was named four times Campus Bilingual Teacher of the Year and three times Campus Teacher of the Year at Bellfort Academy and Lewis Elementary. With the interest to help as many children as possible, Carlos obtained his Principal Certification and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Saint Thomas in 2012. Lewis Elementary offered him the opportunity to work successfully as the Campus Instructional Specialist for two years. Carlos continued positively impacting the lives of the students in the Houston Independent School District, and in 2014 was named Dean of Students at Fondren Middle School where he served for four consecutive years. Carlos joined the Ascending to Men Project as an Academics Program Manager in the school year 2018 – 2019 and served in this capacity during the last three school years. Before the end of the school year 2020 -2021, Carlos received the opportunity to be a Senior Manager in the Family and Community Engagement Department. In this role, Carlos is having the privilege to serve the families in our district by facilitating meaningful opportunities to promote effective partnerships with the parents and the community that will end increasing student achievement. Carlos envisions all students succeeding in life, college, and career because of serving and assisting all families with effective learning support activities and offering them effective engaging opportunities in our schools. He believes that it is the job of all educators working together to make this vision fulfilled.
Malcolm Thomas was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media and Mass Communication (with a focus on Multimedia Production), while minoring in Theatre at Texas State University. His journey with HISD began, July 2018, at Pugh Elementary School as an Associate After School Program Specialist. Thomas was able to gain knowledge in site coordinating, budgeting and much more. Once he decided that his journey as an After School Specialist was coming to an end, he decided to take his efforts to the FACE department to become a specialist. Thomas also works on multimedia projects: acting, video editing, photo editing and scene development. Malcolm Thomas believes that faith without works is dead and that we must put forth hard work to bring our HISD families, communities and staff together.
Elaine M. Wilson was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. When she graduated from high school, she was voted Most School Spirit.
Ms. Wilson earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary education from Dillard University in New Orleans. When she graduated from college, she won the School Spirit award. Elaine earned her master’s degree in human services with a specialty in Executive Leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Elaine earned her principal certification from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. She relocated to Houston in 2005 when she evacuated from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
She is a 28-year veteran educator and has taught grades 1st-8th, high school SPED support, ESL, middle school ELA and Teen Leadership.
She is the founder & director of IMANI (Individuals Making A New Impression) Girl’s Mentor Program and Mama Ruth’s Pantry. She desires to one day own and operate her own youth community center and home for runaway girls.
She only has (1) biological son, but many children through education, youth ministry & community efforts that refer to her as “mama”. Her passion & purpose is to serve youth and families.