Board Members

Advisory Board Members

Deborah Carr, Ph.D.

Founder and Executive Director of Home Run Hitters International Incorporated, a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of those whose disabilities affect successful communication and interaction.

Dr. Carr retired from Houston Independent School District where she worked with students with multiple impairments as a classroom teacher for 7 years and a Speech Language Therapist for more than 15 years. She also worked with students that had mild or moderate speech and language concerns in Baytown, Texas for 5 years and Madison, Florida for 1year. She is a member of Houston Association of Communication Disorders.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Special Education from Florida State University, Tallahassee Florida, 1994
Master of Science Degree in Language Sciences at University of Texas Health Science Center, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston, Texas, The Speech and Hearing Institute, 1979
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at University of North Texas in Denton, Texas 1972

Karen Ponce

Ms. Ponce received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Special Education from the University of Houston. She has 29 years teaching experience in public schools and has now retired from the Houston Independent School District. Her experience includes teaching students with multiple impairments in a self-contained classroom, directing a Vocational Program and coordinating Transitional Planning. Ms Ponce has given numerous presentations for various organizations such as MHMRA (Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority), FISH (Friends Interested in Students needing Pervasive Supports), parent groups, teachers and para-professionals on a variety of topics related to individuals with disabilities particularly for those with multiple issues. She is on the Board of Directors of Touch Everyone Ministries Incorporated, Inc. and the planning committee for Joy Ministry at University Heights Baptist Church.

Fannie Ward

Ms. Ward received her Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Southern University at Houston. Her experience includes 6 years as an Auditor with the Federal Government working with USDA, IRA and the Department of Education. She entered Private Practice in the Greater Houston Area as an Accountant, Business Advisor, and Tax Specialist. Ms. Ward currently holds the position of Board Member of Lincoln City Credit Union and is on the Board of Directors for Touch Everyone Ministries Incorporated, Inc.

Attorney Nelson M. Jones III

Attorney Jones is currently in private practice in Houston, Texas and is the acting President of the Board of Directors of the Sickle Cell Association of the Texas Gulf Coast. Prior to returning to Houston, he served as Chief Counsel and primary legal advisor to Senator Jim Webb of Virginia from December 2006 thru March 2009.

Denise Trahan

Mrs. Trahan currently works at Chevron as the IT Project Infrastructure Coordinator. She volunteers for numerous organizations including: Meals on Wheels, American Diabetes Association, Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, West University Little League, Good News Church and Excellence in Ministries. Mrs. Trahan is the parent of a son with disabilities that affect his ability to interact the people and environment around him.


Carlene Warren- Member- at- Large

Mrs. Warren is an elementary education teacher and has worked with preschoolers at Westminister United Methodist Church School for many years.  She has directed the school program and has a special heart for children.  She has also worked for 10 years with the Gathering, an Alheimer's Activity and Support Ministry, part of Inter Faith Ministries that meets at various churches in the Houston area.


Yvonne McCant

Yvonne McCant retired from her role as a Human Resource Consultant in New Jersey.  She has had extensive experience in working with individuals with disabilities as a volunteer and has personal experience as she supports a family member with special needs.  Mrs. McCant has served on several boards and has had leadership roles in her community and church.



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