WHO WE ARE
Beacon 12 is a non-profit organization serving the communities in the Northwest Houston region. We operate on the perspective that when a child is diagnosed with a special need, disability or chronic illness the whole family is greatly affected. Our initiatives and programs are tailored to help restore families that face the daunting task of coping with their unique struggles. Beacon 12 believes--given the support of other families in similar circumstances, being empowered by knowledgeable specialists and having access to essential resources--families can better handle the reality of a diagnosis.
La Toya Walker
La Toya D. Walker is the founder of Beacon 12. She is an entrepreneur, a visionary and leader in her community.
Having three children with special needs she knows the challenges a family faces. She knows that answers and support for these families are not always readily available and at times absent. Because of this, and her calling to help these families, she decided to create a foundation whose purpose is to-- advocate, educate, empower, support and reconcile her community. So, in 2015 Beacon 12 was developed. By God’s grace she has amassed a talented team of dynamic specialists, board members, volunteers and other local nonprofits whose goal is to help these families not only survive their child’s diagnosis but to dare to thrive in spite of it.
OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Dr. Heather Mark
Dr. Heather Mark holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Auburn University and specializes in regulatory compliance, privacy, and data security issues in the electronic payments industry. Dr. Mark has founded information security companies and acted as a consultant to many technology firms during her career. She has also trained hundreds of individuals on issues related to information security, data privacy and other regulatory issues. She holds the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certifications. She currently serves as the Director of Compliance at a payment processing firm.
Beacon 12 operates under the supervision of a Board of Directors. The board is composed of four diversely talented, wise businesswomen.
Dr. Pamela Ogletree
Dr. Ogletree is a licensed professional counselor with over 20 years of experience in County Mental Health Services and Public School Education. She is an expert communicator with a wealth of experience in providing conflict resolutions in a work environment along with crisis intervention and behavior management skills to families and individuals. She has several years’ experience in working with community services and in the planning and implementation of community health fairs. She provided training and supervision to Master level counseling students in various counseling programs. Dr. Ogletree has also been designated to be responsible for numerous administrative and leadership roles in various educational settings. She has been a collaborative leader in working with the school administration team in the areas of Mentorship program and Community partnerships, Response to Intervention, Parent Involvement and building interviewing team.
Dr. Pamela Ogletree holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, a Masters of Education from Prairie View A&M University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Christian Counseling from Louisiana Baptist University. She is a licensed professional counselor in private practice, as well as currently employed as a school counselor.
Rekina Romes holds a Master of Science in School Psychology and is licensed in the state of Texas as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She is the founder and owner of an educational advocacy and consultation business and a partner and co-owner of a educational training company . Rekina Romes has over 7 years of experience coordinating behavioral programs, crisis intervention and foster care services and supports for a local school district. She has 17 years in education and has provided over 300 trainings in the areas of emotional behavioral supports, trauma in children and adolescents, psychological and educational supports and crisis intervention. She also advises on educational laws and rules in the state's educational agency for foster care and enjoys consistent collaboration with the Department of Family and Protective Services. Her joy is to advocate for children, youth and their parents/caregivers in the educational system while educating and supporting their visions and voice. Her love for children led to her assisting to raise three non-biological young ladies with disabilities and her loving Shit Zu, Princeton.
Kelly Krysinski Clark
Mrs. Kelly Krysinski Clark is a native Texan and 5th generation Houstonian. Upon graduating from college, and with deep roots embedded in Northwest Houston, she and her husband decided to come back and live in the same area where they grew up; establishing a colorful career and most recently starting a family.
Kelly graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelors of Administration in Marketing in 1999. She began her career in the Houston Advertising Industry by working for two of the Top 5 Advertising Companies in the world; Ogilvy & Mather and later J. Walter Thompson. Kelly worked on the account side of advertising; which included client development, building relationships and helping to develop advertising platforms in print, radio and television media for customers such as Randall's, Shell Oil, and Koch Industries.
In 2000, Kelly stepped out on a limb and began a new career in outside sales. Kelly first worked for Wenass AGS and then Wayne Enterprises, Inc. where she has flourished selling uniforms, personal protection equipment and boot allocation programs, along with ad specialty items in a male dominated industry over the last 10 years.
Four years ago Kelly and her husband Chad had their first and only child; a little girl named Zona Ann Clark. Kelly enjoys nothing more than spending time with Zona and helping to build her into a young lady. She knows that without God's grace and wisdom, along with the support of family, friends, and her church, everything she has accomplished would not be possible. As Kelly became more active in the student ministry at Faithbridge Church, and with a strong heart for mission work, she recognized and heard God's calling to do more than just be a mom to her daughter. Kelly knew first hand the demands of being a mother, let alone a mother of a child with a disability, so she followed his calling and began shepherding with Open Gates at Faithbridge Church. Kelly not only gains great satisfaction in knowing that the children’s parents have time alone with God and can relax in knowing that they had a safe haven to leave their child, but that she gets to form a lasting bond and speak God’s wisdom into that child.
Kelly herself was diagnosed with an auditory learning disability at a very young age. She understands the struggles and battles that can effect families, parents, and children when they are trying to find the correct avenues in the school system and community for help. Kelly is honored to be on the Board of Beacon 12 and brings a drive to speak throughout the community to help establish local business involvement by using her marketing and sales experience she has gained over the years.