Staff

Christine Powell
Executive Director
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!


Kelly Keith
Senior Program Director
Kelly has a passion for helping disadvantaged individuals further their education. She has spent much of her career working as an Advisor and Coordinator for a federally funded TRIO Student Support Services Program, which serves low-income, first generation college students and students with disabilities. Her experience also includes working with students of all ages from elementary school to college.

Kelly is a Licensed Master Social Worker and has taught at the college-level in her field of practice. Kelly holds an MSW from the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University in College Station.


Joy Fairchild
Communications & Development Coordinator
Joy Fairchild recently graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication, Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. She enjoys traveling and photographing the adventure. She also enjoys making a positive impact in her community.


Rebecca Loftis
Program Coordinator
Rebecca Loftis is a recent graduate from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities. 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. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys biking, cooking, and reading.


Alicia Rios
RISE!Coordinator
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.