About Our TeamPart of what makes IA great is the amazing staff that help you each step of the way. From our Intake Coordinators to the Directors, each member plays an important role to making sure you get the service you need.
Sharon Bayus is the founder, President and CEO of Innovative Alternatives, Inc., a nonprofit agency that serves our community through mediation and counseling programs.
Janet served as undergraduate and graduate faculty at major universities and colleges for 20 years. She directed a nonprofit management program that was a joint project between the Freeman School of Business and the Graduate School at Tulane in New Orleans.
Director of Regional Services
Cindy received her Masters of Science in Counseling from University of Houston-Clear Lake and received her BBA from University of Houston- Central Campus in 1990. She has more than 10 years experience in lay counseling in the area of post abortion healing.
Director of Finance
When I came to IA over 8 years ago I was lost and in need of a miracle. It seemed everywhere I looked there was sadness and hurt. God knew exactly what I needed. I needed to see and experience miracles first hand. A young person came to IA and I remember thinking to myself, this child will never survive this kind of hurt and I was so fearful I would hear they had taken their life. After a few months of counseling at IA this broken child walked into the waiting room one day with the biggest smile on their face and head raised high. I had my miracle and this child is only one of many that IA has helped become survivors. This is the reason I love IA and will always be a part of this place where miracles do happen and hope is a phone call away no matter what time it is.
Director of Resource Development
I believe in connecting people & resources to a cause we can all believe in and get behind. Innovative Alternatives (IA) stands for those that are struggling to find their voice, those that have lost their ‘happy’ and still others who cannot resolve conflict on their own. IA is also equipping the next generation to solve life’s toughest people problems through their innovative training and educational division. These life transformations cannot happen without resources that require time, talent and treasure. I love this part of the job, connecting people and organizations to opportunities that are changing the world one person at a time! If you or your organization would like to be a part of the solution, please contact me at email@example.com.
Kelly enjoys spending her free time serving others, she leads a small group at her home church, volunteers as a recovery group leader for women struggling to cope with the after-effects of sexual abuse, and she serves on the PR team for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo as a photographer.
Director of Clinical Services, MSW, LCSW
Evangelina Hammonds is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Trauma Specialist, who earned her Master’s degree from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her 23 years of clinical practice includes conducting behavioral health counseling, medical social work, emergency department psychiatry, and clinical supervision services in hospital and clinic settings.
Ryan spent 5 years serving as an Office Manager, Billing and Credentialing Coordinator. He maintains office services by organizing office operations and procedures and processeses significant amounts of accreditation information.
Jamee has been with the agency since 2007 and is a full-time staff therapist. Her clinical experience includes working with survivors of crime, sexual abuse, domestic violence, as well as, those experiencing anxiety, depression and grief.
MA, LPC-S, LPA
Connie has provided counseling and assessment services to individuals and families for over 20 years. She specializes in trauma, adult survivors or sexual and physical abuse, and domestic violence.
MA, MPH, LPC
Cindy is a practitioner of Trust-Based Relational Intervention and specializes in adults and teens with PTSD, anxiety and depression, and life transitions. She also works with children of all ages struggling with troubling and confusing emotions and behaviors.
Jesus has worked with clients of ages ranging from 4-60 years old. He works with diverse ethnic backgrounds and various issues such as anxiety, anger management, PTSD and relationship issues. He is also fluent in English and Spanish.
Director of Clinic Services
Eunice Contreras is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, Employee Assistance Specialist – Clinical and a board approved LPC-Supervisor.
MA, LPC, LMFT
Rose has extensive years of experience providing individual, group, couples and family therapy. She is fluent in Spanish and English and enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults from all ethnic backgrounds.
Jacquelyn has acquired over 10 years experience working in various settings including outpatient clinics, residential treatment centers, and schools. She specializes in addressing blended families, trauma, abuse, self-harm, and parenting issues.
Sheralyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children, adolescents, teens and individuals to help overcome victimization issues. She specializes in depression, anxiety, self-harm, abuse, trauma, and crisis intervention.
Harriet has been conducting anger management groups in high schools for the last 9 years. She provides individual, marriage and family counseling at IA and her clinical interests include abuse, trauma, depression anxiety, substance abuse and relationship issues.
Tom’s areas of expertise are mood disorders, behavioral problems, PTSD, trauma resolution, stress management and domestic violence issues. He has trained in Play Therapy and Music Therapy and is a specialist in Early Childhood Development.
Preston has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from UHCL. He’s worked with a variety of people with most of his work being teens with ADHD. His approach to counseling focuses on meeting individuals where they are and helping them achieve the change they desire.
Lee currently teaches the Masters of Science counseling program at UHCL and provides counseling to families and children in learning and school related issues. Her specialties include grief and loss, depression and relationship issues.
Eddison is one of our Licensed Professional Counselor Interns who has many hours of experience working with clients at Innovative Alternatives, Inc. He has a passion for people and wants to help facilitate change in their lives.
MA, LPC, RPT
Jennifer is a member of the American Counseling Association and provides individual, group and family therapy. She specializes in depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, wellness, grief and abuse issues. She is also a play therapy specialist.
John has worked with Innovative Alternatives, Inc. for 18 years providing individual and family therapy as well as facilitating anger management groups and Critical Incident Stress Debriefings.
Al is an Intake Coordinator and Mediator at Innovative Alternatives. He has a bachelor’s degree in Fitness and Human Performance from UHCL and is working on a Master’s degree in Health and Science with a specialization in sports medicine.
Ambar offers victims information, emotional support, and helps find resources and fill out paperwork. She may also accompany victims to court and contact organizations, such as criminal justice or social services agencies, to get help or information for victims.
Marlene currently works as an Intake Coordinator performing a variety of duties both clinical and clerical. She is also responsible for the admission and registration of incoming patients, and she is the first employee a patient encounters.
Erica is an intake coordinator here at IA. She’s been here since Sept of 2016. As an Intake coordinator she can assist you with making your appointments & making sure you are scheduled with some of our wonderful providers who are here to help you reach your therapy goals!
Assistant to the Director of Finance
Vanessa Morales is a student at the UHCL pursuing her degree in Business Finance.
Danielle is the Training Coordinator of Innovative Alternatives, Inc. She is currently planning all the trainings that IA does throughout the community at United Way facilities, schools, business and other local areas.
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