About Us

Our
Mission

To provide faith-based training and coaching for anyone who desires long-term employment.

Our
History

The WorkFaith Connection was developed in 2006 to address the challenges of unemployed men and women in Houston, who have a desire to become contributing members of society. Specific attention was focused on serving those caught in the cycle of poverty, formerly incarcerated, recovering from addiction, or transitioning out of homelessness. Based on an award-winning job skills training program called Cincinnati Works, the well-established curriculum was combined with a faith component and extensive follow-up procedures, resulting in The WorkFaith Connection. In 2007, The WorkFaith Connection launched its first "Job Readiness Workshop" as a comprehensive response to disadvantaged job seekers struggling to becoming employed in the city of Houston.

From 2007 to 2010, The WorkFaith Connection operated with one office location serving approximately 280 first time clients per year, while also serving a cumulative population of alumni as the years progressed. To meet increasing demand for the services offered, a plan for growth was developed, and in January of 2011 a second location opened, doubling the capacity of new clients served each year. A third location, was added in 2017 to expand to new regions of the city and increase capacity of clients served by 50% each year.

In 2013, The WorkFaith Connection began to offer more extensive services to the graduates of the program, such as the WorkFaith Academy supplemental classes. Employed graduates are now able to receive training in Conflict Resolution, Anger Management, Financial Coaching, and other life skills training needed to be successful in their life and job. Since inception, the staff at The WorkFaith Connection has consistently increased efforts to partner with other organizations and build long-term relationships with graduates of the program, becoming a family to them, celebrating their victories, and being supportive through their challenges.

In June 2019, we implemented a Long-term Employment Program(LTEP) to strengthen and deepen our impact in supporting transformation in our graduates.  Participating graduates commit one year to the Long-Term Employment Program. This Program creates an integrated relationship between the employer, the WorkFaith graduate, our coaching program, our church partners, and our support services. Through a one-year coaching model, enrolled WorkFaith graduates will have immediate employment options, and have access to continuing education, professional/technical skills training and certifications.  

 At the same time, our Employer Development team is building relationships with Houston businesses (Core Employers) that need labor that our graduates are eager to provide. As participating graduates commit to one year of bi-monthly coaching sessions & soft skill training, our Core Employers agree to provide vital feedback to WorkFaith concerning the employed graduate.  We believe our graduates will experience greater job stability and career advancement opportunities that will impact their earning potential, their family’s stability and improve the communities in which they live.

2006
WorkFaith developed to address the challenges of unemployed men and women in Houston.
2007
First "Job Readiness Workshop” launched
2007-2010
One office location serves approximately 280 first time participants per year.
2011
Second office location opened, doubling the capacity of new participants served each year.
2013
More extensive services offered through WorkFaith Academy
2017
Third office location, was added and increases capacity of participants served by 50% each year.
2019
Long-term Employment Program (LTEP) created to further support participants.
2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WorkFaith launches fully virtual services and programs.

Our Team

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Anna Diaz Hasselbring

Director of Human Resources
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Kirsten Dupuy

Manager of Instruction
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Elizabeth Etter

Development Coordinator
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Roxi Fam

Marketing and Media Coordinator
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Anthony Flynn

Chief Executive Officer
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Nick Hardy

Chief Program Officer
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Carrie Hazard

Controller
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Jonesy Henry

IT and Facilities Administrator
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Betty Ienna

Admissions Support
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Lois Jackson

Coach
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Matt Killian

Chief Operating Officer
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Christina Kinder

Manager of Development
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Josmery Maldonado

Program Coordinator
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Sivivian Merrick

Coach
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Ron Mitchell

Accounting Administrator
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Derrick Moore

Executive Administrator
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LaTonia Oyeniran

Director of Marketing and Community Engagement
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Rosemary P'Pool

Primary Instructor
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Sahar Rahimian

Business Systems Administrator
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Robin Scott

Volunteer Program Manager
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Romona Simon

Admissions Coordinator
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Kelly Spencer

Manager of Admissions
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Roman Zalasar

Admissions Support Specialist

Anthony Flynn

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Killian

Chief Operating Officer

Anna Diaz

HR Manager

Freda Miller

Director of Client Services

Board Members

Embry Canterbury

Chairman | Hibernia Resources, LLC

Randall Edwards

P2 Energy Services

Kelly Boots

Cadence Bank

Fred Brazelton

Platform Partners, LLC

Doug Chapman

Source Rock Resources, Inc.

Taylor Ducoff

Cadence Bank

Kevin Garland

Mountaire Farms

Sharon Paul

Kentech

Chris Winton

FedEx Ground

Our Founders & Past Board Members

Barbara Elliot

Founder

Sandy Schultz

Founding CEO | 2006 - 2019

Chris Carmouche

Post Oak Bank

Gary Dunkum

Former Board Member

Kevin Howard

Kinder Morgan Gas Pipeline

Stan Marek

Marek Brothers, Inc.

Russell Ginn

Reg Aero, LLC

John Kafka

Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing

Bob Zorich

Encap Investments