Dr. Ricky Walter, DPC, LCDC, LPC, NCC, HDHA-CCSP, CBTC, DDTC CCATP,LCPAA – Executive Director/CEO
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 a Doctorate in Professional Counseling. He is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. 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 33 years. He is the father of six children (Ricky, Rainece, Deaniel, Ashley, Terrence, and Laporcha), Grandfather to three wonderfully talented Grandchildren (Joshua 10, Journi 8, Jordan 7, Riley 1, and two new arrivals Raeya and Alainah.), and two precious Godchildren (Pauletta 18 and Brooklyn 11).
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
Ann Perry – Board Member
Ann has been in ministry over 35 years serving as Bible teacher, ministry leader, prison ministry coordinator, and radio show host. She was employed 28 years by the Texas Workforce Commission. Ann attended East Texas State University and International Seminary. Over the years, she has served on various advisory boards. She is married to Czar Perry, Jr. and they live in Fairfield, Texas.
Katrina Williams – Board Member
Katrina is a Commercial Insurance Account Executive with USI Insurance Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has over 17 years in the insurance industry, working with manufacturing, real estate, transportation and construction companies. She is licensed with the State of Michigan in Property and Casualty insurance and has a Certificate Insurance Services Representative (CISR) designation.
Katrina and her husband Jonathan are the parents of two adult sons and one teenage daughter. She is passionate about working with families of children with special needs. As the mother of a Deaf and legally blind son, she understands the unique educational, medical and financial challenges parents encounter. She has been active as a Family Leadership Trainer and has worked with the Michigan DeafBlind organization, offering family support, providing advocacy and instruction to families of children with special needs. She has regularly volunteered with her Church, Girl Scouts of Michigan and Habitat for Humanity. She is excited to join in taking an active role with Lifeline Fellowship Children and Family Services.
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.
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.
Sharon Brown, BS – Program Director of General Residential Operations Program (GRO)
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.