Ricky Walter, MA, MS, MA, LCPAA, LCDC, LPC Intern- Executive Director/CEO
Supervised by Sherryl Clark, MA, LPC-S
Ricky is the Founder, Executive Director and CEO of Lifeline Children and Family Services, Inc. He has earned a Master of Arts in Pre-Professional Counseling, Master of Science in Family Studies and Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. He is currently pursing a Doctorate in Professional Counseling. He is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Sherryl Clark, LPC-S. In addition, Ricky is preparing to set for his licensure exam in Marriage and Family Therapy. Ricky envisions Lifeline extending beyond its current boundaries to include: a General Residential Operation (10-17), counseling centers, independent living program, veteran services, housing partnerships, educational initiatives, and prison psychotherapy groups (to address addiction/substance abuse, maladaptive behaviors, reactive attachment disorder, re-entry and spiritual transformation).
Ricky is married to his wife Dorothy of 31 years. He is the father of six children (Ricky, Rainece, Deaniel, Ashley, Terrence, and Laporcha), grandfather to three wonderfully talented grandchildren (Joshua 8, Journi 6, and Jordan 5), and godfather to two precious girls (Pauletta 16 and Brooklyn 9).
Ricky established Lifeline on Five Core Values.
- To Honor
God with our lives, talents and resources.
- To Serve
families directed by godly principles.
- To Value
humanity, especially the widows, children, disabled and poor.
- To Eradicate
social injustices at all level.
- To champion
social change and equality for all people.
I truly believe that “touching a life, can change a destiny.”
– American Counseling Association
– Texas Counseling Association
– Association of Addiction Professionals
– Association of Marriage and Family Therapist
Sonjia B. Dickerson – Director of Advancement & Public Relations
Sonjia B. Dickerson is Pastor of the Dayspring Family Church located at 618 N. Belt Line Road in Irving, Texas, where her husband Bishop Kevin Keith Dickerson is Senior Pastor. The ministry was founded in 1994 and is designed to cross denominational, racial and ethnic barriers. The ministry is dedicated to directing families to Jesus Christ and teaching them how to be equipped and available for service in the work of the Lord.
Pastor Sonjia received her Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. The completion of her Masters Degree in Biblical Studies as well as Doctor of Ministry was at Texas University of Theology (formerly Vision International University). She has attended the Calvary Cathedral Bible School, John Maxwell Leadership Training Institute, and has attended The Joint College of African American Bishops Helpmeets’ Session for eighteen years. Pastor Sonjia is currently working on her Masters of Christian Leadership Degree at Criswell College.
She serves on various community boards and coordinates the Dayspring Women’s Conferences, which continue to impact the lives of many women each year. During her seven-year tenure at the Tarrant Area Food Bank, she served as the Kids Café Director and established more than 20 after school feeding sites for at risk children. Those sites continue to serve more than 1600 children a hot evening meal on a daily basis.
Pastor Sonjia is the Founder and Executive Director of C.L.A.S.S. Inc., (Cultivating Leaders Achieving Scholastic Success). She established C.L.A.S.S. to address the dropout rate in the state of Texas by annually applauding the accomplishments of students graduating from High School. The program provides students with leadership development training and awards a monetary scholarship to each graduate. To date, one-hundred fifty-two scholarships have been given to students.
Pastor Sonjia is the 2015 Singing Pastor of the Year for KHVN Radio in Dallas, Texas and has five music projects available: Faith For The Journey, In His Presence, Continuously Praise, and Word of God Speak, and her recent project The Best of Sonjia B. Dickerson-Music That Inspires. She also has six book releases, “Faith Through The Changes of Life”, “Magnificent Marriage”, “Prayers For A Magnificent Marriage, Speak The Promise and Not The Problem”, “Moving Forward”, “It’s Your Time” and her new book release “The Mordecai Effect”. Her music releases, preaching messages as well as her books, are available at amazon.com and sonjiadickerson.com.
She is a woman of foresight and capability, accompanied by a great love for the people of God. She maintains a busy preaching schedule and ministers with enthusiasm and captures the heart and mind of the hearer. She speaks a sound word with a lively style that allows for the move of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Sonjia’s ability to usher in the presence of God to a waiting audience is nothing less than the anointing of the Lord.
Pastor Sonjia B. Dickerson is the mother of three, Kevin II, Cherese, and Faith, and the spiritual mother to the members of the Dayspring Family Church. She has been married 34 years to Bishop Kevin Keith Dickerson, her sweetheart.
Candice Exon, MSW – Regional Program Director
Candice Exon was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She studied Sociology and Criminal Justice at Texas State University in San Marcos and graduated with a Bachelor in Science. She proceeded to work in the insurance industry, investigating automobile claims. Passionate about the law, she moved to Fort Worth and attended Texas Wesleyan School of Law, but decided it was not the right fit for her and moved back to San Antonio. In 2011, she had a beautiful son named Cameron who was born an angel. This life-changing event steered Candice to pursue her Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Through this degree and in Cameron’s memory, she hoped to be a catalyst in others parents and children’s lives. With the support and encouragement from friends and family, Candice started at Lifeline Children and Family Services in 2013 as a Case Manager. Through hard work and dedication, she is the Regional Program Director in the San Antonio area. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her toddler son, Ethan, and husband, Eric. She also enjoys reading, going to the park for picnics, and watching true crime stories. Candice lives by the motto of, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started,” by Mark Twain.
Leneisia Fletcher MSW – Regional Program Director
Hello, I am Leneisia Fletcher and I have now been an employee for Lifeline CFS, going on six years. Within that time, I have learned and grown so much as a social worker. Most importantly, I have built relationships and bonded with families, children and various treatment team members.
Education background: I received a Bachelors Degree of Social Work from Texas Woman’s University and a Masters Degree of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.
My purpose on this earth is to service others. My daily desire is that I do unto others, as I want done unto me; that I may exhibit love, compassion and understanding to all. That avail myself in anyway possible to those in need. My mission is to be a good steward over the children and families that I have been entrusted with. To ensure that all needs are met and that a positive imprint is left on the hearts of all that I encounter. I look forward to witnessing the successes of our children and families who I service.
Corey Hines, MSW – Regional Program Director/Foster Home Development Supervisor
Corey is the Regional Director for Foster Home Development for Lifeline Children and Family Services. Corey holds a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Corey has been apart of the Lifeline family since April of 2016. He is currently preparing to sit for his licensure to become a licensed mastered level social worker. Upon completing his licensure for his LMSW, he plans on pursing his license in clinical social work where he will practice therapy with children and families. While pursuing his degree at UTA Corey interned as a therapist for the Center for Clinical Social Work counseling teens and families. During that time Corey also counseled Veterans and served as Program Coordinator for the Veterans Upward Bound program at UTA. The program is geared to assist veterans returning back from service and making their transition from military life to civilian life seamless. Corey served over 500 Veterans during his time with UTA and now has the wonderful privilege of touching the lives of children and families with Lifeline.
Corey’s heart of servitude and inspiration to serve comes from watching his mother and father serve as foster parents for over 10 years. Valerie and Michael Hines still serve has surrogate parents to many and adopted a little girl, Aminta Hines, during their time from fostering. Corey’s giving heart was also cultivated from watching his grandfather Floyd Taylor devote his life to people as Senior Pastor of Heavenly Gospel Church for over 50 years. Corey now walks in his grandfather’s footsteps and is now the Senior Pastor of Heavenly Gospel Church located in Fort Worth, Texas where the mission is to love people. Before his grandfather’s passing, Floyd told Corey the greatest investment one could ever make in life is in people. This statement has fueled the passion behind Corey’s commitment and drive to serve families and children and touch as many lives as he can. Corey has a beautiful wife Renee Hines and has two gorgeous girls Myriah/Myrisa and will be accompanied by a baby brother (Corey Jr.) soon!
Sri Vivek “Vick” Satya, BFA – Marketing Director
Sri Vivek “Vick” Satya is Marketing Director for Lifeline Children & Family Services (LCFS) creating marketing content & video materials to build awareness and growth for the different aspects of the Foster Care and Adoption agency.
Vivek has a BFA in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Houston. With his background in broadcast television he is also credited as Executive Producer / Lead Creative for Lifeline Children and Family service’s original production on Fox Television affiliate My27/KDFI-TV, Strengthening the You! The critically acclaimed show provides a great example of LCFS’s creative and educational approach in reaching the masses with the agencies motto: Casting a Lifeline, one child at a time.
Rainece Walter – Administrative Assistant of Social Services
Rainece Walter has worked for Lifeline Children & Family Services for nearly 10 years. As the Administrative Assistant of Social Services, Rainece provides support for the Executive Director as well as all Regional Directors in the agency. Rainece is the proud mother of her 5 year old adopted son and is engaged to be married at the end of this year. She is also an aspiring author who is looking forward to publishing a series of children’s books in the upcoming year.
“As the daughter of the Founder and CEO of Lifeline Children & Family Services, my fathers dream has become my own. The statistics of abused and neglected children in the US are disturbing and unfortunately those numbers are steadily rising. My vision for this agency is to see it touch as many lives as it possibly can.” -Rainece Walter
Sharon Brown, BS – Case Manager
Sharon is married to her husband of 12 years and they have five wonderful children. Sharon has earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and is currently working on a Master Degree in Professional Counseling.
Sharon has had experience working with children of various ages through Henderson County Teen Court, Texas Youth Commission, Church Youth Leader, Foster Parent, and employment with Corsicana Independent School District.
Sharon has a love for children and understands the need for services to children in the foster care system. Sharon provides case management services to Foster /Adopt families and ensures the needs of each child are being met. Sharon hopes for every child to be loved, cared for, encouraged, and given every opportunity in which to reach their goals and desires.
Hillary Sullivan, BS – Case Manager
Hillary Sullivan received her B.S. in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Lifeline, Hillary began her career in a juvenile detention center where she discovered her love for the well-being of children. After working in juvenile detention for a year, Hillary decided to explore a career with Child Protective Services. It was CPS that ultimately led her to Lifeline Children and Family Services. Hillary transitioned from CPS to Lifeline in February 2016. She loves her job as a case manager for Lifeline, as her days are spent interacting with and assisting families and children, her true passion.
During her personal time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing with her dogs.
DeAmber Lane, BSW – Program Director
DeAmber Lane is a Case Manager for Lifeline Children and Family Services. DeAmber obtains a Bachelor’s of Art in Social Work from Prairie View A & M University. In 2009, she joined True Religion Brand Jeans as a seasonal worker and moved her way up the corporate ladder to become the Key Holder. DeAmber has more than 7 years of experience in the retail shopping industry. Although, she has a love for retail and shopping in 2014, she decided to seek a career in her field of social work, it was at that time when she was offered a position and became a member of Lifeline Children and Family Services. DeAmber’s passion is helping people. Her parents taught her that small acts of kindness and help can go a long way. In her free time, she enjoys shopping, traveling and hanging with friends and family.
Mercedes Smith, MSW – Foster Home Developer
Hi! My name is Mercedes Smith. I am the Foster Home Developer for Lifeline Children & Family Services in San Antonio. Before this position, I was a case manager for Lifeline. My role is to help potential families through trainings in the process to become a licensed foster home.
I have my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I also have a bachelor’s in psychology from UTSA as well. I am currently seeking my licensure for social work.
Before Lifeline, I interned at Baptist Child and Family Services. I worked in the PAL (preparation for adult living) program. In this program, I taught Life Skills Training classes to foster youth who were close to aging out of care. I have many years of experience working with children and enjoy helping them learn and grow.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to working with you and helping you on an amazing and rewarding journey to becoming licensed foster parents.
Inspirational Quote – “You have 3 choices in life: give up, give in, or give it your all!”