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Meet the Team

Leadership Title  Contact
mcclainsampson.jpg McClain Sampson, PhD, LMSW
Principle Investigator
lasondrakeys.jpg LaSondra N. Keys, MSW
Program Director


(O) 713-743-1585

lourettanickerson.jpg Louretta R. Nickerson, MSW
Program Manager


(O) 713-743-9027

latashaperry.jpg LaTasha Perry, MSW
Community Action Network (CAN) Director


(O) 713-743-9669

brandimatthews.jpg Brandi N. Matthews, MA
Outreach Manager


(O) 713-743-0854

Direct Care Services/Fatherhood Title  Contact
elainehuff.jpg Elaine Huff
Coordinated Care Case Manager
shaquayafrank.jpg Shaquaya Frank
Coordinated Care Case Manager
naytrishaorr.jpg Naytrisha Orr
Coordinated Care Case Manager
s.-king.jpg Skylar King
Coordinated Care Case Manager
caljoubert.jpg Cal Joubert
Fatherhood Involvement Coordinator
Doula/Nurse Title  Contact

Reiko Boyd, PhD

Co-Investigator & Healthy Start Doula Trainee Research Lead

Catrice Harris
Doula Program Mentor

Bio »Catrice began her journey of supporting women and families with lactation and childbirth support in 1992. That evolved into childbirth and breastfeeding education, birth doula support, and eventually midwifery as the years progressed. With a focus on improving maternal and infant health and reducing disparities, she is privileged to mentor doulas and other educators in the community. Her work has included supervising the education department within the Woman's Hospital of Texas, working at a Houston area birth center, and working independently to support and educate expectant families. With a focus on holistic birth options, she believes all women deserve the autonomy to birth their babies with empowerment.


Swaá (pronounced Sway) Jackson, BA
Program Community Based Doula 

Bio » As an educated Birth Worker, I find it imperative that women are heard, respected, valued and surrounded by trusted individuals as they are in one of the most vulnerable experiences in life. With my Doula services, I ensure to provide this to every client I encounter; so they walk away with a heartwarming and empowering experience. I advocate for and support my clients based on the birth plan they choose.
IG: @rebirth.plug

Kimberly Taylor-Branch, RN, BSN
Maternal Clinical Practioner


Ciera Morgan, LVN
Program Community Based Doula

Research Title  Contact

Rachel Fulkerson
Research Administrator


Wen Xu
Research Analyst/PhD Student


Dr. Jerry Roberson, PhD
Program Evaluator

Bio » Dr. Roberson works in the maternal and child health disciplines as a High-Performance Program Evaluator and Project Coach. ​As a master policy strategist and coach, Dr. Jerry has played an integral role in the enactment and the implementation of policy on the state, and federal levels.