Staff and Board


  • Brenda Sykes, Executive Director
  • Peggy Cooper,  Finance Director
  • Sybil Winters-Little, Operations Director
  • Wykesha Kelley, Deputy Director
  • Kat Clemons, Development Director
  • Corey Phillips, Grants and Compliance Director
  • Angela Y. Alderman M.S., B.S., Compliance Manager
  • Elaina Thomas, Shelter Manager
  • Bridgett Hughes, Housing Manager
  • Morgan Holman, Manager of Advocacy and Counseling Services- Chambers County
  • Naila Hairston, Counseling Services Manager
  • Yaniri Singh, Finance Manager
Other valued members of our team provide program services, program support and fund development.


Dan Garrison has served on the BATP board for about six years. He is the current Board Chair and previously served as Treasurer. Dan has spent 30-plus years as a NASA contractor and is employed by Barrios Technology. His career began in the laboratory, where he worked as a scientist in the field of planetary geoscience research in the mid-1980s. Dan received his MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in the mid-1990s, which led to a series of management positions. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Science and Exploration Department on the Jacobs/JETS contract at Johnson Space Center. In this role, Dan oversees a range of planetary science research and both robotic and manned mission science activities. He has a history of volunteering with nonprofit organizations, generally serving in administrative or financial management positions. These include roles at his church, in community government, at local schools, and on university advisory boards.

Away from work and volunteering, his interests include travel, hiking and skiing in Colorado, and endlessly working on the family house with his wife Shauna, a singer. Dan and Shauna have three grown children who are all married and off successfully living their lives much to the delight of their (empty nest) proud parents. Dan has a life-long desire to be part of solutions to tough problems and is proud to support the mission of Bay Area Turning Point
Rachel Phillips has been a member of the Bay Area Turning Point Board since September, 2020, and currently serves as Vice Chair. and I’m currently serving BATP as the Board of Directors, Vice Chair. She was born and raised in Monroe, Michigan, and has served as an Engineer and Manager in support of the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Program for the last 24 years. She has a BS in Engineering Physics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and an MBA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She is a certified Project Managment Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt.

Currently, Rachel works for Leidos as a Project Manager, supporting ISS Cargo Integration and Orion Hardware project management on the Cargo Mission Contract (CMC) as well as a Task Order Manager on the Research, Engineering, Mission Integration Service (REMIS) Contract. She lives in League City with her husband, Rob Phillips, and two children, Lyra (9) and Micah (8).

In her free time, Rachel volunteers as an early childhood Sunday School teacher at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Houston and teaches infant care classes at Anchor Point crisis pregnancy center in League City. She has a passion for using her talents and experience to support underserved women and children and to battle the impacts of racial and gender inequality in her community.
Jim Overman is an accomplished business leader with 40 years’ experience in the downstream energy sector. He retired after a distinguished career with Shell Oil Company. Jim received his BS Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Jim is a seasoned Bay Area Turning Point Board member and currently serves as Treasurer. Jim was recently elected to represent the Central Region on the Purdue Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Additionally, he volunteers with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and ESCH (Executive Service Corps Houston) advising small businesses and non-profits in developing robust business plans to achieve their goals. Jim and his wife, Diane, split their time between Houston and Galveston and have two adult children, Catherine (Chicago, IL) and Michael (New Orleans, LA).
Elaine Ybarra joined the Bay Area Turning Point Board in 2021. She is a domestic violence survivor and is excited for the opportunity to give back by aiding in the mission to end domestic and sexual violence.

Elaine grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

She moved to the Houston area to work in the oil industry, where she continues her career today. While at Texas A&M, Elaine served in several leadership positions within Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity.

Elaine is a single mom of a 14-year-old son. Her hobbies include travel, training in Taekwondo with her son, and volunteering at her church. Together with her son, she has achieved a 2nd dan blackbelt in Taekwondo.
Carla Medlenka has been a free-spirited entrepreneur much of her life working in publishing, marketing, media, and communications, and currently works for a small non-profit physician certification board. She has had a lifelong passion for helping others and has been a volunteer of some sort since elementary school – supporting individuals and small, local organizations where her resources can directly improve quality of life for people in her community.

This is the primary reason she has been involved with Bay Area Turning Point for nearly 20 years. Their small, dedicated staff and volunteers have a huge positive impact on local families suffering from domestic violence and sexual assault.

Carla has three grown kids and lives in League City with her husband, Galen; Lylah the rescue dog; Moby the old Beagle; and Eggo the barn cat.
A Bay Area/Clear Lake resident since 1978, Elaine Renola found her way to Texas first from Germany, then Pennsylvania, then Illinois, and then it became home. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree in Nursing and Administration from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas. Elaine’s employment history includes nursing administration positions at several area hospitals, chief operations officer at several hospitals, nursing faculty and director of nursing at local schools of nursing.

Currently retired, Elaine spends her time volunteering for Bay Area Turning Point, since 2015 and as Secretary; Bay Area YMCA and past chairperson; the Advisory Council for the Penn State College of Nursing; and as a Board Member for Houston Methodist Clear Lake.

Elaine is married to Gary and they moved to Seabrook in 1992. They have triplet tuxedo cats, Coco, Chloe, and Zara.
Mohamed Shalaby, MD earned his medical degree from the University of Cairo, Egypt, completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Missouri, Columbia and completed cardiology fellowship training at the world-renowned Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans – where he worked under the direction of the nation’s most esteemed cardiologists.

Dr. Shalaby is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and in private practice in Clear Lake, Texas. He lectures at the local and national level on the early detection of heart disease, weight loss and cardiac disease, exercise and wellness programs and a wide variety of cardiac health-related topics.

Dr. Shalaby is an avid volunteer in the community, and has been a friend of Bay Area Turning Point for many years, assisting with various medical needs.
Frances Love joined the Bay Area Turning Point Board in 2021. She is driven by a passion to serve others and give back to the community. She was born in Nebraska to a military family who traveled abroad and eventually settled and established Houston as home. Given her direct exposure to the impact of domestic violence on the family unit, serving for Bay Are Turning Point is her way of helping to bring awareness and help end the cycle of abuse.

Frances achieved both a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Master’s in Business Administration. She has worked as a leader in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. She currently serves as the Regional Administrator with the Houston Methodist Physician Organization leading strategies for ambulatory care in the Bay Area.

Frances enjoys traveling, gardening and DIY home improvement. She is active in her church, serving as a volunteer on the Bread of Life and Pastoral Care teams. Most important to Frances is time with family that is shared with her partner of 16 years and their son.
LaRinda Horan was born and raised in southeast Arkansas, the youngest of five kids. She graduated from Henderson St. University in Arkadelphia, AR, with a degree in music education. After teaching Choral music in both Arkansas and Oklahoma for five years, LaRinda attended graduate school at Baylor University. After graduate school, she taught high school choir for 25 years in the Houston area. The last 21 of those 25 years were spent at Clear Lake High School, where she retired in 2011.

LaRinda met her husband, Guy Cagle, through a mutual friend while singing in choir in the summer of 1988. They have three children, two son-in-laws, one daughter-in-law and seven grands. Guy is a retired minister of music and current Director of Senior Adults at University Baptist Church in Clear Lake.
Dr. Linda Brown is CEO and Senior Trainer for Brown Leadership Consulting, a firm providing training in areas of leadership skills and styles, executive coaching, team development, customer relations management, project management, strategic planning, and organizational reengineering for private, public, and educational institutions.

Dr. Brown’s career includes positions as CEO, Senior Trainer Consultant and Coach for Brown Leadership Consulting, providing services to government agencies; Associate Vice President at Miami-Dade Community College; and Associate Vice Chancellor at Elizabeth State University. She has served as professional trainer, state and federal lobbyist, fundraiser, teacher, sports coach, and various administrative positions.

Dr. Brown acquired her PhD in Leadership and Organization Structures from The University of Texas, Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Prairie View A&M University, and Bachelor of Science in Education from Southern University.
Shannon Newkirk is originally from Louisiana, and moved around a bit – to California and Canada – before making Texas home. She is a chemical engineer with an MBA and more than 20 years in the oil industry. Currently, she and her husband both work at Shell at Deer Park.

After seeing the impact of domestic violence on a close friend, Shannon developed a passion for supporting women and joined the Bay Area Turning Point Board of Directors to help women regain their strength after domestic violence and sexual assault. She currently serves on the Finance Committee.

Shannon and her husband have two teenagers at Friendswood High School who are active with Wranglerettes (FHS dance team) and Boy’s Lacrosse.

In her spare time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family traveling to new places, bike riding, and reading. Being a girl from Louisiana, there is also no better place to be than cooking and celebrating good food around the table with family and friends.
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