Board of Directors

Kathryn E. Hayden
Kathryn E. Hayden is a financial advisor with Raymond James and, along with Robert Wayne Jamail, Sr., created the Jamail Hayden Group. The team provides holistic wealth planning, investment portfolio construction, performance analytics, and monitoring for high-net-worth individuals and families. She has more than 35 years of experience and has held managerial, marketing, training, and consulting positions in both the broker/dealer and investment advisory industries.
Christine Lu
Christine J. Lu is an attorney. She earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2014 and has pursued public service ever since. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County for almost five years. There, she prosecuted a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases, including crimes against children. It was at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office that Christine saw firsthand how childhood trauma has a lasting effect. When she volunteered to serve in the prosecutor role on the rehabilitative STAR drug court, Christine learned the stories of those battling addiction, many of whom turned to drugs after suffering severe trauma during their youth.
DeJuana S. Jernigan, MSW, LCCA, LCPAA
DeJuana is an avid child and family advocate who is committed to the work that she does to help people heal and ensure that children are safe and families are supported to care for them. DeJuana worked with the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services — Child Protective Services Division — for 10 years, where her last position was as a Regional Program Administrator in the Greater Houston Area. In 2006, DeJuana joined DePelchin Children’s Center as the Adoption/Post Adoption Program Coordinator and later served as the Director of Child Welfare Services (Foster Care, Adoption, & Post Adoption) from 2008-2020, in which she acted as DePelchin’s Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator (LCPAA) and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Educator. In 2020, DeJuana joined Arms Wide Adoption Services as its President and CEO where she currently leads the organization to implement its mission of transforming the lives of children in Houston and South Texas that are in need of safe and nurturing adoptive families. DeJuana also currently serves as President of the Texas Foster Care Association and is active in several DFPS/ CPS-related workgroups and community collaboratives, including host/facilitator of the Region 6 Child Placing Agency Collaborative.
Megan A. Mooney, Ph.D.
Megan A. Mooney, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice, providing therapy and psychological assessments for children and adolescents. Dr. Mooney has focused on serving traumatized children and families for over 15 years and she has a specialty interest in working with LGBTQ youth who are disproportionately impacted by a variety of traumatic experiences. She has presented locally and nationally about trauma, treatments for trauma in children and families, and ways to prevent and treat trauma in LGBTQ youth. Dr. Mooney is the President for the Texas Psychological Association and is also a member of the Houston Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.
Victoria Filippov Nemeth
Ms. Nemeth* is the managing partner at Filippov Law Group, PLLC. She also serves as General Counsel of the Houston branch of a $1.4 billion professional infrastructure and environmental services company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. She has more than 21 years of business experience and 18 years of legal experience. In her roles as a director, general counsel, chief compliance officer, and COO, Ms. Nemeth has managed the legal affairs and business operations of both private and publicly traded companies in the United States and abroad.
*No relation to Shawn Nemeth.
Shawn Alex Nemeth
Shawn Alex Nemeth is a gifted speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur whose life purpose is to help people become the best possible version of themselves. Shawn is also the president and CEO of Chester Street Foundation, a nonprofit he founded to shine a light on childhood trauma through education and awareness. Having suffered horrific abuse as a child, Shawn became an ordained minister and worship leader, working compassionately to help others heal while the little boy inside suffered in silence. In 2009, Shawn was hospitalized with post-traumatic stress disorder and told that severe trauma had been encoded in his brain and body during the years of abuse and neglect. But with treatment, courage and self-compassion, Shawn found the strength to recover and thrive; and with renewed clarity, he set out on a mission of providing a voice for traumatized children and educating his community about the issues of childhood trauma. In addition to sharing his inspiring story with audiences large and small as a professional speaker and through his organization the Chester Street Foundation, Shawn has also chronicled his experience with raw candor in his book, Thorns of Chester Street.
Kristie Moore, Psy.D
Dr. Kristie Moore has a passion for helping children and families. She has worked over 15 years serving educational systems in the Dallas and Houston areas as a school psychologist and district administrator. Dr. Moore joined Katy Independent School District in 2010 as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and additionally served as Instructional Officer for Psychological Services in 2018. In that role, Dr. Moore oversaw the emotional/behavioral services for both general education and special education students. In January, Dr. Moore was promoted to Coordinator of Crisis Intervention and Mental Health Support where she manages the district’s crisis response, family counseling center and mental health intervention team comprised of mental health professionals and police officers. She also programs professional development on mental health for district staff and parents. Dr. Moore is also an adjunct professor for the University of St. Thomas and Colorado Technical University.
Leslie K. Taylor, PhD
Leslie K. Taylor earned her doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2010. During her training, she discovered her passion for working with youth survivors of trauma and supporting them in their recovery. She has specialized training in trauma focused interventions for children and youth exposed to physical and sexual abuse, neglect, natural disasters, and other types of traumatic losses, such as death or separation from a caregiver. She has worked in several different types of child focused organizations, to include child placing agencies, schools, inpatient, and outpatient mental health clinics. Dr. Taylor is particularly interested developing family-school-community partnerships to promote child and youth well-being and resiliency. She currently serves as the Director of Clinical Operations for Child and Adolescent Services at UT Health’s Trauma and Resilience Center, forwarding the center’s research, clinical and educational initiatives.