Board Members

Board Members

  • Dr. Deborah Carr- Founder and Executive Director
  • Karen Ponce- Administrative Director
  • Fannie Ward- Finance Director

Chair
Denise Trahan (281)448-9767

President
Deborah Carr

Karen Ponce

Fannie Ward

Jeff Kessler

Financial Officer
Bessie Cox

Advisory Board Members

  • Denise Trahan – Parent Representative
  • Nelson Jones- Expertise: Legal and Non-profit Issues

Carlene Warren

Yvonne McCant

Nicole Hayes (former board member)

Bandana Chawla

Dorothy Stephens

Melvin Cockrell

Annie Okorie

Interim Legal Resource for HRHI and Board

Felicia Hubert

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

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.

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

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.

Bessie Cox – Financial Officer

Bessie Cox has a background in Finance and Accounting as well as Networking. She is currently an officer in an alumni association and also works with Home Run Hitters International as one of its Financial Officers. Ms Cox has supported HRHI through hands on participation in a Break Fest fund raiser and has donated and solicited others to donate also.

Elaine Bleakney

Elaine is a native Texan, a Houston resident for 65 years.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, and is now a retired IRS employee. She has a history of social services and is a member of Champion Forest Baptist Church.

Jeff Kessler

Jeff Kessler works as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Blake International Rigs, LL

His business is a Drilling Contractor

He is and has been actively involved in the International Association of Drilling Contractors (Chairman 2014-2016). He is the Sporting Clays Chairman and was the programs advisor and Dinner Dance Chairman which events help and support non- profits.

Bandana Chawla

Bandana Chawla has obtained her MEDICAL LICENSURE:Texas Medical License # K9500; Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 2001, recertified in 2011 #205304 and Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2012.

She Currently works in a Private practice in the Bellaire Clinic. She also works as Medical Director, Good Shepherd Hospice. Her past experience includes being Associate Director, Compassionate Care Hospice and a Texas Center for Drug Development, PA

Professional Organizations: Texas Medical Association (TMA), Harris County Medical Society (HCMS), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).