We’re one of a kind.
The Grant Halliburton Foundation team is a diverse and talented group with industry backgrounds from many fields including social work, advertising, public relations, and nonprofit.
Our team is dedicated to our mission to help teens and their families recognize the signs of distress or suicidal crisis in a young person and how to lead them to help. Our growing team is always leading the way to make a difference in North Texas.
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Vanita is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Grant Halliburton Foundation. She is a frequent speaker on youth mental health and suicide prevention in schools, at professional conferences, and throughout the North Texas community. She speaks from the heart about her son’s battle with depression and bipolar disorder, his suicide at the age of 19, and the need for a collaborative and comprehensive approach to suicide prevention in our community.
Kevin is President of Grant Halliburton Foundation. He works closely with Vanita and staff to oversee day-to-day operations and future growth initiatives, with an emphasis on marketing, program services, community outreach, and development. He is an avid golfer and, in his spare time, is a golf course rater and occasional editorial contributor for Golfweek Magazine.
Outreach and Education
Sierra Sanchez, MSSW
Sierra is Director of Outreach and Education and leads the planning, development, and coordinating of educational programs and services related to children, teens, parents, and school staff. She is a frequent presenter in schools on topics such as mental health, bullying, resilience, coping skills, and suicide prevention.
Stephanie is an Outreach and Education Manager who plays a key role in the development and coordination of the Foundation’s education programs. She’s a heartfelt speaker, providing frequent interactive presentations on youth mental health throughout schools in North Texas. Stephanie has a passion for mental health advocacy and seeks to create positive change by cultivating hope and healing in the community.
Bianca is an Outreach and Education Manager, facilitating educational presentations in North Texas schools and community organizations for children, teens, and young adults. She’s a relatable and passionate speaker on youth mental health topics and believes educating the community is key to breaking negative stigmas surrounding mental health and suicide prevention.
Amy is the Thrive Strategy Manager, bringing more than 30 years of experience in education. She passionately supports the partners and educators who are committed to mental, social, and emotional health in educational environments.
Mental Health Resources
Blanca N. garcia, LCsw
Blanca is Director of Mental Health Resources and leads the Foundation’s Here For Texas program. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has worked with children, teens, and families for more than nine years as a bilingual mental health clinician. Blanca understands that navigating mental health services is a challenge and was critical in implementing the Foundation’s mental health navigation line to increase access to mental health resources in North Texas.
Connie is the Here For Texas Program Manager and leads the recruitment and coordination of volunteers for the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line. She also manages the development and maintenance of HereForTexas.com.
ashley Gordon prater, LMSW
Ashley is the Mental Health Resources Manager and works to connect North Texans to vital resources through the Foundation’s Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line. A Licensed Master Social Worker, Ashley has nearly a decade of direct practice experience working with vulnerable populations, including crime victims, persons with different abilities, veterans, immigrants, and families experiencing poverty.
T.J. is Director of Communications, leading all internal and external communications efforts for the Foundation. He coordinates print and online media, press releases, educational materials, fact sheets, media outreach, and all other writing and art projects including direct mail and email marketing content. T.J. also leads social media strategy and engagement and was the architect for the development of the Foundation’s new website.
Freddy is a Marketing Manager, working closely with the Director of Communications and Director of Events. He coordinates daily marketing tasks related to communications and event planning. Freddy manages daily social media content, branding, and some graphic design and video projects for the Foundation.
Amy is Director of Special Events, overseeing the Foundation’s fundraising events and annual mental health conference. With a background in marketing communication, writing, and design, she brings the organizational and planning skills to ensure well-run events from start to finish. As Grant’s sister, she’s passionate about youth mental health. Amy also serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Carrie is the Office Manager and is the first smile you’ll see when you walk into the Foundation. She’s commonly known as the “knower of all things” and manages a variety of tasks ensuring the office operates smoothly and efficiently. Carrie manages admin staff, donor correspondence, filing systems, as well as oversees supplies and equipment, and coordinates event and conference registrations.
Diane is the Finance Manager and manages day to day financial activities, including monitoring accounts, preparing financial reports, and processing donations and grants. She works closely with the Foundation President and Board of Directors to ensure the financial health of the organization. In her spare time, she also works as a Financial Coach to help those in need create their own financial health and stability.
Kristien is the Administrative Assistant who came to Grant Halliburton Foundation first as a mom in need of support for her child struggling with mental health issues. Passionate about the cause, she began volunteering at the Foundation weekly as a way to give back and to support other Coffee Days moms and families with their struggles. Kristien coordinates clerical and administrative tasks and supports other staff as needed for events and conferences.