PresidentVanessa Ousley – Attorney is licensed to practice law in Texas. Since 2000, Ousley has provided legal support to low and very low income people in her positions at Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, Housing Crisis Center and City of Fort Worth. Ousley manages and provides the legal services needed by U1R clients, assisting program participants with legal advice and representation in administrative or court proceedings related to tenant/landlord matters or housing issues. Our legal services department will hold periodic landlord/tenant workshops to inform participants of their rights and responsibilities as a tenant, as well as assist them in addressing some of the other legal challenges they may be facing, including but not limited to Class C tickets and warrants, obtaining full VA benefits, Social Security benefits, representation at administrative hearings (food stamps, etc.). The legal services department will also assist in addressing family and criminal law concerns to ensure that program participants are gaining the maximum advantage of the assistance they are receiving.
Immediate Past Board PresidentYvonne Butler obtained her Master of Social Work degree in 1977 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Her professional career since then includes many years of work in the non-profit arena, serving in most agency positions and on community committees and boards. She has worked in: • Mainstream Services • Child Welfare • Residential Treatment and • Outpatient Clinical Services. She was in private practice focusing primarily on the therapeutic issues facing today’s women. From 2000 – 2008 Yvonne served as the Executive Director of the Housing Crisis Center in Dallas. The agency serves low-income special populations who are homeless or near homeless. Yvonne was an adjunct faculty member in the UTA School of Social for ten years beginning in 1999, teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She became full time in the school in November 2008 as the Associate Director of Field Instruction, and continued to teach. In 2010, Yvonne accepted appointment as full time faculty. Her course resume includes: Human Behavior in Diverse Populations, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Community (Macro) Practice, Social Work Practice, Social Work Supervision, and Field Education Seminars. For most of her professional and personal life, Yvonne has been concerned about and involved in issues facing low income, single females and their children. As a clinician, she provided individual and group interventions for women seeking healing and direction. As a volunteer, Yvonne has supported the Models of Excellence, a group that addressed the growth of minority girls– serving as a consultant, group facilitator and board member. Most recently she has served on the Board of Safe Haven of Tarrant County, an effective provider of services to women experiencing domestic violence; and of course has been a Board member of Under 1 Roof since its inception. Yvonne has been active in similar ministries in her church where she has chaired the Sankofa African Heritage Ministry and has been a member of the Social Justice and Action Committee. Yvonne has been an active volunteer at the Women’s Museum in Dallas. The issues of diversity, poverty and social justice are important and foremost on Yvonne’s agenda.
Dr. Malauna Crivens Hogan
Board Vice PresidentDr. Malauna Crivens Hogan is a native of Memphis, TN. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Spelman College. Dr. Hogan obtained her master’s degree and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University. She was involved in smoking cessation research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a post-doctoral fellow before relocating to the Dallas metroplex. Since relocating to Dallas, Dr. Hogan has worked in chronic pain management for Productive Rehabilitation Institute of Dallas for Ergonomics (PRIDE) and The Rehab Group. She currently works as a geriatric/rehabilitation psychologist for MedOptions where she provides psychological services to residents of long-term care/rehabilitation facilities. Dr. Hogan is quite active at her church where she sings in the choir, is a member of the mental health task force, and has served as an associate lay leader. She has been married for 18 years and is the proud mother of an energetic, 7 year old son.
TreasurerBeatrice Nealy, LMSW is a licensed social worker, employed by the JPS Health Network for the past 11 years. She currently serves at the Stop Six Clinic and spent eight years at the JPS Center for Cancer Care where she initiated and supervised the UTA Social Work Intern program. She has been an adjunct professor at the UTA School of Social Work for the past five years. Prior to her tenure at JPS, she was the founder and executive director of the Do It for Me, Mom Cervical and Breast Health Awareness Program (1997-2001), Community Service coordinator for both TCU (1998-2001) and Southern Methodist University (1990-94). She received her MSSW from UTA School of Social Work in 1998 (CAP), and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1978. Ms. Nealy is very active in her church and community and has served on several local boards and committees. In addition to her professional and volunteer activities, she is the primary caregiver for her 89 year old mother. She is a native of Sumter, SC and the mother of two adult children.
SecretarySherry Mitchell is an Data Analysts, & Account Provisioning representative with a major technology company. She has supported this global company in various capacities for over twenty-five years.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Education, currently completing Teacher certifications. She aspires to become a certified teacher. She is a passionate and purposeful individual. Her favorite part of being involved in Education is building positive relationships that both influence the classroom and the community.
She is a devoted mother and wife. The things she loves most in life are her relationship with God and family.
Sheka Hart – Frost Bank
Tina R. Luke – Beazley Group
Sherry Mitchell – Computer Science Corp
Eula Richardson – Fort Worth ISD
Veronica Simmons – Pharmaceutical Data Services