Lauren Richard (ri-‘shərd) comes to Project Transformation North Texas with 13 years of experience in the Dallas nonprofit sector advocating for social emotional/mental health, child and youth well-being, and victim services. She is focused on measurable, sustainable and scalable solutions that truly change lives. Joining Project Transformation North Texas combines Lauren’s commitment to serving others, to her faith and to facilitating social change.
Lauren has 11 years of leadership experience with 8 of those years in senior management roles at nonprofits such as Momentous Institute, The Family Place and New Friends New Life. Through that experience, she has developed a strong, authentic leadership style that empowers teams, engages donors and draws in key community partners. Lauren received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University, a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and holds certifications in nonprofit management, program design and development, and nonprofit executive leadership.
Lauren and her husband, John, live in Keller with their children, Jack and Grace. They are also proud parents of three adult sons.
Elspeth is a proud Project Transformation alumna, serving in 2007-2008 fresh out of college as a PT Corps Member at Casa Linda United Methodist Church. Project Transformation was the catalyst to her career focus in nonprofits as well as urban ministry. She followed her call to serve in nonprofits, both public and/or faith-based, that positively and systemically impact urban communities, such as: Salvation Army, Irving Schools Foundation, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Perkins Youth School of Theology, Tyler Street United Methodist Church, and more. She loves gathering and presenting information that connects, informs, inspires, and rallies others to action. In faith-based settings, it brings her the deepest joy to help others learn how to use the tools of the faith to grow spiritually and be active members of the body of Christ.
Elspeth received her BA in Religion from Texas Christian University with an English and Spanish Double Minor, then later earned a Master's in Church Ministry, Urban Ministry Focus, from Southern Methodist University. She grew up in Irving and Oak Cliff Texas, and she knows these very factors were pivotal in discerning and living out her calling to partner in urban communities. She is a native Texan, proud TCU Horned Frog, Spanglish speaker, and theology nerd. She loves great food and going on adventures with her husband. She has traveled to Europe and also studied there, and partnered in Missions in Mexico as well as South America. Although sitting still isn’t one of her strong suits, she loves being active right where she is at in her home community.
Jenna Babbitt comes to Project Transformation from Brighter Bites, a public health nonprofit that provides fresh produce and nutrition education to under resourced communities throughout the nation. Before that she was involved in Hillsong Church’s young adult ministry in both New York City and Sydney, Australia. She graduated from St. John’s University in Queen’s, NY with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a focus in Public Health History. She also obtained a Diploma of Pastoral Ministry from Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia.
Jenna is passionate about helping connect people within their communities including with connecting people who may not think, look or act like them. Throughout the past few years, Jenna has helped nonprofit organizations leverage social media and community engagement in new and unique ways. This includes her efforts to recruit and engage volunteers and helping to connect corporations to engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities. She is thrilled to be a part of an organization that helps churches use their resources to make their communities a more equitable place for everyone.
In her free time you will find her running (most likely walking) around White Rock Lake, eating tacos with her friends, spending time with her three nephews, reading a book about faith and spirituality, perusing an antique mall or working on her side project, a blog, The Good Neighbor Project.
Before first joining Project Transformation North Texas in 2014, Kelsey worked for Reading Partners where she recruited community members to serve as volunteer tutors in under-resourced schools in Dallas. As a volunteer tutor herself, she witnessed firsthand how a student who was once struggling could transform into a proud, confident reader. And as an advocate for early childhood education, she is adamant that reading is fundamental to every child’s academic success.
She has over 6 years of experience and a successful track record in development and community engagement within the nonprofit sector. She is passionate about connecting communities, developing creative, mutually beneficial business, but most of all, community service.
Kelsey received her Bachelor’s Degree in News-Editorial Journalism from Texas Tech University and her Master’s Degree in International Journalism with a concentration in Political Science from Baylor University. Her self-directed master’s program enabled her to volunteer at Dress for Success in Austin and serve with Teach Beyond in Germany were she helped facilitate a summer camp for German youth.
If she doesn’t have her nose in a book, you can most likely find her exploring the outdoors with her husband and daughter, Isla.
Jennifer joined Project Transformation North Texas enthusastically with a passion for youth empowerment and cultivating confidence in young humans. Jennifer completed her undergrad in Communications and Theatre at Pace University in New York City before moving to Orlando to work in entertainment at Walt Disney World. Since returning to North Texas in 2013, she has committed a large portion of her free time to volunteer for Make-A-Wish Foundation, teach youth theatre classes in local community theatre, and serve on the Kid Serve Team for her church's children's worship. Prior to aligning her career in the nonprofit sector, Jennifer worked for 9 years in the legal industry and is a Certified Paralegal with experience in estate planning and tax law. When she's not working or traveling, she enjoys running for medals with her sister, crushing escape rooms with her friends, and binge-watching tv with her husband and their two dogs.
LaDonna grew up in Marshall, Texas, and was raised in the Methodist church at both Ebenezer and Zion United Methodist. LaDonna is a third generation Wiley College graduate, where she received a BA in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Sociology. After working at Wiley College for three years as the Student Activities Director, LaDonna enrolled at Oklahoma City University and received her Master of Education in Applied Behavioral Studies with a focus in Counseling. Soon after completion of graduate school, LaDonna returned to Wiley College to transform the student life of the campus. During this time she worked as the Counseling and Career Planning Director, quickly becoming the director for Student Development, which governed Student Activities, Student Government Association, Greek Life, community service, and Student Leadership programming. LaDonna also, serves as the Vice President for her chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is a lay speaker at Ebenezer United Methodist Church.
LaDonna comes to Project Transformation with a servant’s heart, a commitment to excellence in youth leadership and development, and her passion for Christian education in the United Methodist Church. She enjoys reading, traveling, shopping with her mom, fishing with her dad, and singing with her family cover band.
Marcos is a recent graduate from The University of North Texas, graduating in May 2019. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Science with concentrations in English, Sociology and Educational Studies. Marcos has the unique experience of participating in Project Transformation’s Summer Program as a child, attending Elmwood-El Buen Samaritano UMC from grades 3rd – 4th. Since 2015, Marcos has served with Project Transformation North Texas in various program roles and at different site locations. Some of these roles included Youth PT Corps Member at Casa Linda UMC in 2015, Youth PT Corps Member at Christ’s Foundry UMC in 2016, Site Coordinator at Chapel Hill in 2017, and Spring/Summer Program Quality Coach in 2019. He is passionate about helping the community and those who are in need. During his free time, he enjoys playing sports, listening to music, and taking pictures.
Andrea served as a PT Corps member, Reading Coordinator and Site Coordinator from 2011-2014 and then as a Program Quality Coach in the summer of 2015. During her time as a PT Corps member she experienced the impact Project Transformation has on the children, churches and young adults that she served alongside. She is thrilled to be able to support PT North Texas as a staff member and is excited to continue to grow the PT legacy!
Andrea received her bachelor’s degree in Development & Family Studies at the University of North Texas (Go Mean Green!) and minored in Psychology. She is active in the Dallas community and is involved with Union Coffee’s ministries and Capes 4 Kids DFW. Andrea is an avid soccer fan and supports the U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Men’s National Team and FC Dallas! In her spare time, she enjoys running, finding new local spots, traveling and spending time with friends, family and her dog Austin and attends soccer games as often as she can!
Erin joined the staff in September of 2018 as the National Leadership Fellow working on alumni engagement. She became a permanent staff member in September 2019 when she was hired as Development Coordinator. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Strategic Communication. Formerly she served with Project Transformation North Texas in the summers of 2017 and 2018, first as a Volunteer Coordinator at Munger UMC and then as a Site Coordinator at Chapel Hill UMC. Growing up in Plano, she became acquainted with Project Transformation in her middle school years, coming down to Dallas through her church to volunteer with the reading program. She is committed to the work of this organization and hopes to grow in service alongside others to make Dallas an even better place. Erin's loves include photography, chai lattes, discovering new music, and cuddling with her family's dog.
Chrissie joined the Project Transformation team in July of 2017. Prior to that, she managed the backbone services for Serve West Dallas’ collective impact project, SOAR (Services Optimized for Academic Reach), holistically and strategically supporting Dallas ISD elementary schools in West Dallas. She brings with her a thorough knowledge of program development and evaluation including over 10 years of experience in urban educational support and youth empowerment. She has served 2 AmeriCorps VISTA terms with Reading Partners, led TAKS intervention programing for Girl Scouts, and taught 2 – 11 year olds at the Kids Cooking Company. With a lifelong love of learning and a passion for working with diverse learners, she truly believes that education is the most powerful tool in changing the future of our community.
Chrissie received her BS in Child Development and Family Studies with a focus in special education and family life from the University of North Texas in Denton, where she was a member of Alpha Phi Omega and caught glimpses of the famous albino squirrel (UNT’s unofficial mascot). She is a South Texas native, born and raised in San Antonio, a passionate Spurs fan, and a lover of all foods TexMex. She has lived in Dallas for over 8 years and loves to explore all that the DFW region has to offer with her husband, but is never one to pass up a good book, movie, or traveling with her family and friends.
Channing graduated from Tarleton State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and is a proud aluma of Project Transformation North Texas. After she graduated with her undergraduate degree, she was a substitute teacher for one school year at Stephenville ISD. She is currently working on her Teacher Certification through Texas Teachers. At PTNT, her roles have included Reading Coordinator in the summer of 2018, Site Coordinator for the Afterschool Program, and she also served as a Program Quality Coach in the summer of 2019. She is committed to serving other people and hopes to spread love and positivity through her work and to everyone that she comes into contact with. In her free time, she loves to visit coffee shops, workout (especially running), spend time with family and friends, play/write music, and go to any space that shows live music.
Renee joined Project Transformation North Texas after serving 17 years as Director of Finance and Controller for a large church in the DFW area. Under her leadership, the church received 14 consecutive unqualified audits. Renee has expertise in budget development and management, safeguarding of organizational assets, asset acquisitions, internal controls, and financial reporting. Prior to transitioning into full time ministry and the nonprofit sector, Renee worked as an Auditor for the Texas Credit Union in Austin, Texas, where she was responsible for auditing credit unions throughout the state of Texas.
Renee is a native of New Orleans, LA and graduated from Louisiana State University of Baton Rouge, LA with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Santana and they are the proud parents of three girls.