Christine Powell is a passionate advocate for social equality and has devoted her career to helping the underserved in her community.
Before joining the Women’s Resource of Greater Houston, Christine began her career with the YMCA working her way up to an Executive Director. While with the YMCA, she had the unique opportunity to work on a national pilot project with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and Stanford University challenging attitudes and beliefs around health and wellness in underserved communities. She also opened one of the organization’s first apartment outreach sites at the Vista Del Sol Apartments in Pasadena, Texas. This model of outreach proved to be successful and has been replicated in several of the city’s most disadvantaged apartment communities. Most recently, Christine worked with the Houston Area Women’s Center as the Director of Corporation, Foundation, and Government Relations, where she led the growth of both private and government funding for the state’s largest domestic and sexual violence agency.
In 2013, Christine was honored for her work in the non-profit sector with the prestigious American Association of University Women scholarship. She returned to school to pursue a Masters in Public Health and will graduate from the University of Texas School of Public Health in May 2015.
Christine is the proud mother of two boys, Ryan, 13, and Joshua, 12. When she is not working, she’s watching her youngest son skate board and her oldest son play football. In her down time, she can be found at CrossFit letting off a little steam and also enjoys reading, cooking, running, and occasionally just relaxing!
Senior Program Director
Kelly believes in the power of education and has dedicated her career to ensuring Houstonians have access to the support and education they need to achieve their goals. Since joining The Women's Resource, Kelly has been excited to expand the YourLife Programs and RISE! to increase impact and further meet the needs of the women and girls served.
Before coming to The Women's Resource in 2011, Kelly worked for TRIO Student Support Services, serving low-income, first generation college students and students with disabilities. She has experience teaching classes to high school students as a part of TRIO Upward Bound and teaching Introduction to Social Work to college students.
Kelly is a Licensed Master Social Worker and holds an MSW from the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station.
Rebecca Loftis was trained as a financial coach through the United Way THRIVE financial coaching network. Before joining the Women's Resource of Greater Houston, Rebecca worked as an Americorps College Access Coach through Project Grad Houston, informing students from low income HISD schools about applying for and financing their college education. She graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys biking and challenging herself to cook new recipes.
Alicia strongly believes in the importance of helping others reach their full potential through education, advocacy and support. She began her helping career teaching 7th and 8th grade Art in both public and private schools. She then spent many years at The Salvation Army Family Residence working with homeless women and families as the Case Management Supervisor. During her time there she grew even more passionate about helping women and children by building their self-esteem and helping them to see that they are capable of having the life they desire.
Alicia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, creating art, cooking and traveling.
Communications & Development Coordinator
Joy joined The Women's Resource in the fall of 2014. She has a passion for making her hometown, Houston, a better place in her position that allows empathy, creativity, and an opportunity to connect with those around. Prior to joining our staff, Joy managed a small retail wine store. She graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Joy enjoys spending time at the park with her dog, exploring the world of wine, and hosting potluck dinners.
Allie Conzalez came to The Women's Resource as a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelors of Science in Geosystems Engineering with a minor in International Business. Allie has a deep appreciation for how non profits seek to improve the quality of life in our community, one program at a time. Currently she works with our administrative volunteers and our multi-program data system. Allie loves to code and see the connection our numbers and data have in crafting programs to better serve our community. In her spare time she enjoys jogging, painting and gardening.