Transforming lives through God’s grace and the generosity of the community.

Deysi Crespo MSW

Executive Director – Info@ktcm.org

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.

Luz Soto

Director of Finance – Info@ktcm.org

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.

Edward Bussa

Human Resources & Accounting Manager – Edward.Bussa@ktcm.org

Bio Coming Soon!

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 has served on the Board of the National Charity League, Lady Bird Chapter, held the offices of V.P of Patronesses, Assistant Philanthropy Chair and Food Drive 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.

Vickie Bernal, BSW 

Social Services Director – Vickie.Bernal@ktcm.org

Vickie Bernal has over 14 years’ experience in providing social services in Fort Bend County. Vickie worked at The Salvation Army and Fort Bend County Social Services as Case Manager and Collaboration Coordinator. She also has experience in working with youth in state care as well as transitional supportive housing for homeless women and children.

She obtained a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio.  Ms. Bernal joined KCM in September of 2017 immediately following the Hurricane Harvey as a Disaster Case Manager and was promoted to Director of Social Services. As Director, Vickie oversees the day-to-day operations of the program which includes but is not limited to distribution of financial assistance, ensuring grant compliance of multiple grants, interfacing with funders, monitoring ongoing case management for both homeless prevention and disaster recovery.

Vickie’s passion is connecting families and individuals with available resources that help enrich their lives. She has lived in the Greater Houston Area for the past 14 years and has an adult daughter in College.

Lizet Benitez, LCSW

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.

Susan Hastings

Crisis Center Director – Susan.Hastings@ktcm.org

Susan Denise Hastings is the Director of the Crisis Center at Katy Christian Ministries.  She has over 15 years of experience working with victims of violent crime.  She started her professional career in business and child development.  She holds certifications through; Texas Council of Family Violence, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of State Health Services for Pastoral Crisis Intervention, the Professional Administrator Credentialing Board of Texas, the Texas Department of Human Services, and the Texas Association of Child Care Administrators.  Through-out the years she has served as a board member for various non-profit organizations.  She and her husband Bill have also owned several small businesses in Historic Katy.  She has volunteered and worked in the Katy West Houston Community for 30+ years, raising her family in Katy.  She has a huge heart and passion for the people in her community. Susan is a member of Katy Community Fellowship.

Tammi Biel

Volunteer Coordinator – Tammi.Biel@ktcm.org

Tammi Biel began working full time for KCM in October of 2017 as Volunteer Coordinator.  She started three years ago as a volunteer and participant in events after her recovery as a Domestic Violence Survivor in 2013.  She is currently working to complete her Direct Services training to help as an advocate for crisis victims.  In early years, she began as a music major at Texas Christian University and later completed schooling as a missionary, serving on staff for 6 years in Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Her past experience in church work and other non-profits adds to her skills here at KCM.

Tammi’s enthusiasm helps to encourage others who want to serve and get involved.  She likes making friends and forming connections with people and relationships within the community.  A lover of all types of music, Tammi enjoys supporting area musicians, promoting the local music scene and teaching private voice students in her spare time.

Kathrine Patterson

Director of Operations & Community Relations – Kathrine.Patterson@ktcm.org

Kathrine “Katie” Patterson joined the Katy Christian Ministries team in September of 2015. She has over 14 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.

Christina Wiggins 

KCM Resale Store Manager – Christina.Wiggins@ktcm.org

Bio Coming Soon!