Leadership Staff

Deysi2.jpegDeysi Crespo MSW, Executive Director – (please contact Administrative Assistant)

Deysi Crespo is a dedicated leader in the community with an educational background in the field of social work. She has been with Katy Christian Ministries (KCM) since 2010 and has served as KCM’s Executive Director starting in 2014. Crespo’s passion is in helping others, working with disadvantaged individuals and assisting them to reach their full potential. Ms. Crespo has worked on extensive research on how victimization affects individuals and their families as a whole with the goal of efficiently helping them through the healing process.

Crespo attended the University of Houston Clear Lake, where she earned her Bachelors of Social Work with Certificate in Women’s Studies; and The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she earned her Master of Social Work – Clinical Concentration and obtained a Specialization in Trabajo Social.

Crespo has worked with the Houston Police Department in the Victims Services Unit providing crisis intervention and support services to victims of crime, the Children’s Advocacy Center in Fort Bend providing therapy services to children and adolescents who are victims of sexual abuse or serious physical injury, and with Communities In Schools providing crisis intervention to at-risk youth students.

Crespo is bilingual in English and Spanish. She serves on the University of Houston Clear Lake Social Work Program Advisory Board. She resides in Katy with her husband and two children.

LUZ2Luz Soto, Director of Finance – (please contact Administrative Assistant)

Luz Soto has been KCM’s Director of Finance for three years. She has 10 years of experience in accounting and financial management. She graduated from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Business of Administration in Accounting. She furthered her studies in accounting by completing 150 hours of CPA requirements for Texas. Luz is a detail oriented, multi-tasking, self motivated positive professional. She is proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel and Word and in several accounting software programs, which include QuickBooks, Sage 50 Accounting, Propertyware and PR Tax Software. In addition, Luz is skilled in account payables, general ledger entries, bank reconciliations, financial reports, and several human resources functions. Luz Soto is a valuable asset to KCM.

Carolyn Chandler, Grant Officer – Carolyn.Chandler@ktcm.org

Carolyn Chandler has been a leader in the Katy community for the past 22 years. She started and managed a successful counseling practice, which provided individual, couples and group therapy. After 15 years in the counseling arena, she retired from being a psychotherapist and became the Director of Development/Chief Programs Officer for Katy Christian Ministries. Ms. Chandler managed and oversaw the day-to-day operations of 4 program areas; developed yearly Program Strategic Plans; and lead and managed development efforts to raise funds for an annual 3-4 million dollar budget. Currently, Ms. Chandler is the Grant Officer for Katy Christian Ministries. She researches funding sources, interfaces with funders, writes proposals and obtains grant funding from foundations. Chandler has been a contract Grant Writer since 2003.

Chandler attended the University of North Texas, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration and completed her graduate degree at Amberton University where she earned a Master of Arts in Counseling. She is licensed in the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Professional Supervisor for Counseling Interns.

Chandler currently serves on the Board of the National Charity League, Lady Bird Chapter, as their V.P of Patronesses and previously as the Assistant Philanthropy Chair. She is a member of the Texas Counseling Association. In addition, she has served on the Board of Katy Christian Ministries and the Katy YMCA Board. Chandler has received the Outstanding Young Women of America Award. She resides in Katy with her husband and teenage daughter.

Lily Delagarza, Social Services Director – Lily.Delagarza@ktcm.org

Lily Delagarza has been with KCM for 8 years and has a passion for helping others.  She is cross trained in all areas of the Social Services Program as well as working closely in collaboration with partnering agencies. She provides face-to-face evaluation with the client to outline goals and maximize well-being.  Also, as a Community Health Worker, she is able to provide families with Texas State Benefits.

LIZETLizet Benitez, LMSW, Counselor – Lizet.Benitez@ktcm.org

Lizet is a counselor for victims of domestic and sexual violence. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. She has experience working with survivors of interpersonal violence, providing individual and family therapy and crisis intervention. She is currently pursuing her EMDR training and Play Therapy training certifications. Her goal is to help survivors heal by helping them understand and cope with the trauma they have experienced.

KRISTINAKristina Albright, Volunteer Coordinator – Kristina.Albright@ktcm.org

Kristina has worked with Katy Christian Ministries for 7 years. She has experience in case management, customer service, public speaking, and community outreach. She was a Crisis Center Advocate from 2008-2012. She later became the Volunteer Coordinator in 2014. She enjoys community involvement and has a passion for helping others.

KatieKathrine Patterson, Administrative Assistant – Kathrine.Patterson@ktcm.org

Kathrine “Katie” Patterson joined the Katy Christian Ministries team in September of 2015. She has over 10 years’ experience working with children and family services non-profits in Arkansas, Kansas, and Texas. She holds a Bachelors in Graphic Design from John Brown University, and is the process of earning a Master’s of Executive Leadership from Liberty University.  Katie is passionate about connecting people with resources, community relations, professional growth opportunities, graphics and marketing, fundraising events and opportunities, and brand development.  In her personal time, she enjoys family, creating mixed media art, all types of music, and a good mystery read. She has recently joined a running club that is keeping her challenged and teaching her to go further than she thought was possible!  Katie is grateful for the opportunity to work among such an amazing group of people at KCM…a team that truly desires the best for clients and works hard to make a difference and transform lives.

Vanessa Schnur, KCM Resale Store Manager – Vanessa.Schnur@ktcm.org

Vanessa Schnur has 17 years experience in retail customer service, nine of those in management.  She believes her success is a direct result of her management style.  With her passion and drive, she believes a leader is one that shows appreciation; one that sets the tone of an environment by setting an example; one that believes success comes from working together as a team through encouragement, respect, honesty, and accountability.

Vanessa is a native Houstonian, and is grateful to be a part of a team that gives back to the community.  She has an eye to see God’s beauty all around her.  With her artistic vision, she sees this opportunity as God sees all of us, a masterpiece in the making.  The future of KCM is exciting and she cannot wait to see it reach its full potential.