Ricky Walter, MA, MS, LCPAA, LCDC, LPC, NCC – 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 currently pursing 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.
Audrey Williams, EDD, LCPAA, LPC – Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator
Audrey Williams serves as the Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator for the Dallas region. She completed her undergraduate degree in Merchandising and Business at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education from Texas A&M Commerce. She has been at Lifeline Children and Family Services since November, 2017. Audrey has over 25 years of experience in the social service field providing services to adolescents and adults at various agencies and schools. She worked for Child Protective Services and was co-owner and Executive Director of a foster care and adoption agency. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, she has provided individual and group counseling services to foster children in numerous settings. Audrey has dedicated her life to working with children and adults who have experienced trauma during their childhood. Her ultimate goal is to positively change the lives of abused children and youth.
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!
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.
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 Polk – Administrative Assistant of Social Services
Rainece Polk 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 has been married to her husband Bryce Polk for two years and is the proud mother of her 7 year old adopted son and beautiful baby girl Raeya. 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 – 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.
D’Edra Webb, MSW,LCPAA – License Administrator
D’Edra Webb is the Director of Social Services of Lifeline Children & Family Services. She has been working with Lifeline since 2009. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work. She is an advocate for children and youth. Hers is a passionate voice on behalf of children as she works tirelessly for those affected by abuse and neglect. The greatest moments in her professional career occur when her efforts to rescue and preserve the lives of children and youth through foster care succeed. This work affords her the opportunity to put a face to the overwhelming issues of our time and enables her to empower ordinary individuals to make a difference.
D’Edra Webb is the author of: The Fight of My Life Book. D’Edra’s experiences as a motivational speaker, youth worker, mentor for young women, and advocate for children and youth have allowed her to inspire many. Her journey through the fight of her life, her battle with breast cancer, has led D’Edra to use her story to inspire others who are up against their own fight to conquer whatever “giant” is before them. Her beliefs and desire to lead by example have encouraged many connected to her to exceed their own expectations. Her motivation to inspire began with her own son, Quintin Jordan. As a single parent, D’Edra knew the importance of instilling in Quintin the will to win in spite of one’s current situation. These traits of perseverance and determination, which she passed on to her son, allowed Quintin to achieve a bachelor’s and master’s degree amid tragic circumstances, one of them being the fight of his mother’s life. Contact D’Edra by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracie Evans, MA – Case Manager
Tracie is originally from Lake Charles, La. She moved to Baton Rouge, LA to obtain her degrees in Sociology; Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Tracie relocated to Houston, TX in 2008. She has a lengthy history of working in various sectors of social services. Her primary passion is that of working with children. Tracie has one daughter, Lily, whom is 6 years old.
Symone Brooks, BS – Case Manager
Symone Brooks is a Case Manager for Lifeline Children and Family Services. Symone obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Stephen F. Austin State University. Symone has always had hopes of having a career in the medical field as a nurse or physician assistant. However, right out college, she was hired with the Department of Family and Protective Services as a CPS Investigator; curious about social work, she found a new passion. Unexpectedly, an immediate family member fell severely ill and required Symone to step away from work for a while. While being away, she took time up with the children in her community and became an Assistant Praise Dance Instructor and Sunday School Teacher for her church. Symone knew her calling was to help others, especially children in some way, so she started her search in the social work field again. Symone was offered a position with Lifeline Children and Family Services and she is overjoyed to be a part of her new work family.
Serena Bailey, BSW – Case Manager
My name is Serena Bailey. I graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX with a Bachelor’s degree in social work. I have previous caseworker experience from my time as an investigator with Child Protective Services. I have an overall love for the social service field, but I am most passionate about working with at risk youth.
”Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi
Diana Ibarra, BA – Case Manager
Diana Ibarra is a qualified Case Manager. She holds an Associates degree in Education and Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Before joining Lifeline in 2018, Diana spent five years working for a diverse range of organizations, including Day Dreams Day School, and EZ money Loans. Diana helps foster children feel safe and loved by placing them in a loving and nurturing home environment. Diana is a mother to a wild 5 year old sweet boy, their current hobbies include collecting Jurassic World Dinosaurs and super hero action figures. To contact Diana please email at email@example.com or go to https://www.lifelinecfs.org/.
“Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.” -sophocles
Khristian K. Mitchem, BA – Case Manager
‘Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.’ –Mother Teresa
Khristian was born and raised in San Antonio. She is recently married and expecting her first child. She is a qualified case manager and holds a Bachelors degree from The University of Texas San Antonio. Before joining Lifeline in 2018 Khristian worked for several years for a diverse range of organizations including small business starts ups and non-profits. Khristian’s varied background in small business start ups and non profits provided the perfect foundation for case management. Passionate about social work and its possibilities, Khristian provides case management services that help foster families and children to transition out of the foster care system. To contact Khristian please email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Lifelinecfs.org
Michelle L. Ybarra, BA – Case Manager
Michelle Ybarra is a qualified Case Manager/Foster Home Developer. She studied Human Development and Family Studies and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Sciences from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Prior to starting in the social work industry, Michelle spent five years in sales where she expressed her communication skills. Michelle helps foster families/children to maintain safe and loving environment, which transition to being out of the foster system.Michelle likes to spend time with her family and friends in her spare time. To contact Michelle please email at email@example.com go to https://www.lifelinecfs.org/.
“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight”