About Our Team

Part 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

President/CEO
Sharon Bayus is the founder, President and CEO of Innovative Alternatives, Inc., a nonprofit agency that serves our community through mediation and counseling programs.

“I do not know that my daughter would still be with us today had Innovative Alternatives not stepped up and helped. I am so grateful for everyone who helped. These people truly have a passion to make a difference and change lives.”

Christina, Mother &
Innovative Alternative Client

Cynthia Renaudo

Vice President/COO

Cynthia has over 20 years’ experience in Finance and Accounting professions, half in corporate leadership positions and over 10 years in nonprofit leadership as the founding President of Rachel’s Vineyard-Houston.  Cynthia brings strong leadership and managerial skills as a result of her extensive experience interfacing with executive management, financial institutions, managing staff, deadlines, departments and processes. Cynthia is experienced in creating, structuring, staffing and running departments, including supervision, administration, reporting and interdepartmental coordination. 

Debbie Corn

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.

Kelly King

Director of Resource Development & Mediator
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 kking@innovativealternatives.org.

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

Eunice Contreras

Interim Director of Clinical Services

Eunice Contreras is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, Employee Assistance Specialist – Clinical and a board approved LPC-Supervisor.

Ryan Corn

Office Manager

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 Wilson

MA, LPC, Mediator

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.

Connie Austin

MA, LPC-S, LPA, Mediator
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.

Cindy Bandemer

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 Montelongo

MA, LPC-Intern, Mediator
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.

Eunice Contreras

Interim 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.

Rose Huss

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 Poteet

MA, LMFT-S

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 Littles

MS, LPC-Intern, Mediator
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 McCune

MS, LPC
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.

Cindy Renaudo

MS, LPC-Intern, Mediator

In addition to Cindy’s training, her strengths include knowledge and experience in the areas of changing corporate culture, blended families and overcoming traumatic experiences.  Cindy believes that every day presents the opportunity to begin anew and that everyone is capable of finding reconciliation, joy and satisfaction in life despite hardships faced and past choices.  Her experience includes domestic violence, sexual assault, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and anger management utilizing both group and individual modalities.  Cindy approaches counseling from integrative perspective, including a solution focused, existential philosophy in which she works with all ages and populations. 

 

Preston Haynes

MA, LMFT-A, Mediator

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 Cox

Ph.D, LPC
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.

Cynthia French

M.A., LPC, LCDC, CPRP

Treating individuals, couples, and families facing a wide range of life struggles, including grief, trauma, psychiatric disorders, suicidality, phase-of-life problems, career and educational issues, social difficulties, communication skills, and more. I use a solutions-focused approach to psychotherapy, and I am committed to helping people move into action, see results, and improve their overall quality of life. I am a licensed professional counselor, chemical dependency counselor, psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, and a mediator for divorce and custody, conflict resolution, and family reconciliation. I take an eclectic approach, drawing upon various evidence-based theories, and working to sculpt treatment goals that are individualized to each client.

Jennifer Kuhl

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 Barnett

MA, LPC

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 Vazquez

Intake Coordinator & Mediator

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 Llanas

Victim Advocate

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 Guzman

Intake Coordinator

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 Ochoa

Intake Coordinator
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!

Vanessa Morales

Assistant to the Director of Finance
Vanessa Morales is a student at the UHCL pursuing her degree in Business Finance.

Cherrie McBurney

Events & Marketing Coordinator

Cherrie is creative, driven, and an outgoing soul. She is a dynamic communicator & loves mastering social media markets. She brings people together – making connections where ever she goes and believes with her whole heart in giving back to our community. As a speaker & published author, she is a natural fit as our Events & Marketing Coordinator!

Danielle Cathey

Training Coordinator & Mediator
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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