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

Ryan Corn

Interim VP/COO

Ryan spent 7 years serving as an Office Manager, Billing and Credentialing Coordinator for Innovative Alternatives. He maintained office services by organizing office operations and procedures and processes significant amounts of accreditation information. IA is fortunate to announce he has graciously accepted to become our Interim VP/COO.

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.

Director of Clinical Services

Eunice Contreras

Director of Clinical Services

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

Sheralyn Littles

MS, LPC, 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.

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.

Brent Rucker

LPC-Intern, Mediator

Brent is the Ministry Assistance Program Coordinator, a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and a Mediator at Innovative Alternatives. He has Masters Degrees in Theology and Biblical Counseling and works with people to wrestle with life’s challenges and overcome them. He uses his life experience living overseas, serving in the military, and working as a chaplain to connect with diverse groups of people and to provide the necessary support and help. He enjoys playing with his kids, reading, and making up new sports that can be played in the house.

 

Lee Cox

Ph.D, LPC-S

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lisa Cambiano

MS, LMFT, LPC-S
Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience in providing individual, group and family therapy.  She has worked in various settings including schools, residential treatment centers and outpatient clinics.  Lisa specializes in anxiety, depression, anger management, adjustment disorders, parenting and relationship issues.  She enjoys working with children and teenagers.  Lisa is a board approved Licensed Proffesional Counselor Supervisor.

Jesus Montelongo

MA, LPC, 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.

Gee Carey

MA, LPC-S, CMC

Gee has been working within the behavioral and physical health industry for over 25 years. She is a graduate of Houston Baptist University, TX state licensed and board approved LPC- Supervisor, with certifications in clinical case management, mediation and as a paralegal. She serves age groups  pre-teen to seniors, specializing in a client centered, multiple disciplinary approach, working with clients and families who have both physical and/or behavioral health issues.  Gee’s clinical focus is on clients and families who need assistance coping with; emotional and physical health life adjustments, terminal and/or chronic illness, trauma, end of life and palliative care and adjustment to life altering physical health diagnosis. She works closely with the client, their families, caregivers, medical providers, insurance companies and other community resources to ensure the client has a coordinated care plan.

Rose Huss

MA, LPC, LMFT-S

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.

Corinna Collins

LPC, CART, EMDR trained

Corinna Collins is a Licensed Professional Counselor certified in Anger Management and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)trained.  She graduated with a Master of Arts in Behavioral Sciences and a Master of Arts in Family Therapy, both from the University of Houston/Clear Lake. 

 Most of her experience began working with high conflict couples and families in transition in the family courts as a custody evaluator and family mediator.  Later, she worked in the medical field specifically with patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries and their families.  She works with individuals, couples, and families. and specializes in mood disorders, trauma, family dynamics, conflict resolution, parenting issues, grief and loss, depression and anger management.  Couples seeking pre-marital counseling are provided the SYMBIS assessment and counseling. Integration of spirituality in psychotherapy is available for those seeking Christian counseling. 

Theoretical Orientations/Specialities:

Family Therapy – Systemic Approach

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Anger Management
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Spirituality 

Susan Battle

Contract Therapist, LCSW

Susan works with adult survivors of trauma, including dissociation, which is usually accompanied by substance abuse or process addictions such as sex, food, or repeated toxic relationships. Survivors often feel as if their situation is hopeless, and Susan is happy to inform them that it is treatable; childhood or adult abuse/trauma doesn’t have to define their lives. Susan loves watching the progress of new clients who believe their lives will be forever limited by their trauma, and Susan is  honored to accompany them on their journey to recovery.

Susan has 28 years of very diverse experience, from working with active-duty service members and veterans from all four branches of the military, addicts, sex offenders, non-military trauma survivors, and Susan worked as clinical director of an inpatient substance abuse rehab for male felony drug offenders. Susan was trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) by the Army in 2009 and have used this extraordinary therapy for the past 11 years. And Susan has extensive knowledge of 12-step support groups.

Specialties:

  • PTSD/trauma treatment
  • Addictions
  • Military trauma (combat-related, childhood abuse and MST: military sexual trauma)

Treatment orientation:

  • EMDR therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Rational-Emotive therapy

Fun Facts, etc.

Susan’s specialty training was in EMDR and in treating Complex PTSD with and without dissociation is my superpower, and Susan will be certified in EMDR in 2021. What many people don’t know about Susan is that Susan is an animal lover/fanatic; Susan has volunteered for many years at animal shelters, rescue groups and a ranch. Susan would have loved to train both her Great Pyrenees and Mini Dachshund as therapy dogs, but they didn’t share her enthusiasm. Susan is interested in animal-assisted therapy; dogs and horses have wonderful healing abilities. Susan has worked with a program in San Antonio which trained shelter dogs as service animals and paired them with service members with PTSD, and Susan has seen many miracles happen.

 

Meghan Stang

MS, LPC, LCDC, Mediator

I am a licensed professional counselor, licensed chemical dependency counselor, and mediator.  As a psychotherapist, I have the unique opportunity to collaborate with clients throughout the therapeutic process.  I value the therapeutic relationship as it is the foundation on which change can occur.  I work with clients to recognize the potential they possess to implement the necessary changes in their lives.  I have experience in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults who experience a wide range of life struggles such as: substance use, trauma, career exploration, educational issues, social difficulties, and communication skills.

Lucy Reyes

LPC-Intern

Lucy Reyes is a License Professional Counselor-Intern from University of Houston-Clear Lake at Innovative Alternatives. She graduated with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in December of 2018. Lucy has been attending clients here at IA since the fall of 2017, working with children, teens, adolescents, and adults to help them achieve their mental wellness. Lucy is fluently bilingual. 

Lucy is empowered by the feeling of helping others and developed a strong interest in providing advice and a warm shoulder to every individual she encountered. Lucy’s main goal is to provide clients with a safe, nonjudgmental environment in which all can achieve positive outcomes, self-actualization, and overall mental health wellness.

Lucy’s personal experience in working with a variety of cultures allows her to have a wide worldview that in hand pairs with her educational knowledge in the field.

TREATMENT ORIENTATION:

-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

-Person- Centered Therapy

-Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

-EMDR Trained

 

FUN FACTS:

Lucy has a background in Criminal Justice and enjoys investigative shows. She also enjoys self-care and finds it often in comedy, socializing, and Latin Dancing (1, 2, 3 Salsaaaaa).

 

 

Kelly King

Mediator & Trainer

As a mediator and trainer with IA, Kelly’s passion is peacemaking & communication. ’Winning’ by going to court hurts businesses, families and children as they move into the future and puts a significant strain on finances for all. Her goal as a Mediator at IA is to facilitate a neutral and structured process. Alowing those in conflict to reach a fair & equitable solution that can meet the needs of all parties involved and reach a long term agreement that resolves conflict.

A native of the Texas Gulf Coast, Kelly’s degree is in psychology. She is the mother of two.

Advanced Mediation Training:

  • Family Reconciliation Mediation
  • Intervention Mediation
  • Workplace Conflict Resolution & Teambuilding Mediation

Brent Rucker

Mediator, LPC-Intern

Brent is the Ministry Assistance Program Coordinator, a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and a Mediator at Innovative Alternatives. He has Masters Degrees in Theology and Biblical Counseling and works with people to wrestle with life’s challenges and overcome them. He uses his life experience living overseas, serving in the military, and working as a chaplain to connect with diverse groups of people and to provide the necessary support and help. He enjoys playing with his kids, reading, and making up new sports that can be played in the house.

 

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.

Idalia Hernandez

Intake Coordinator

Idalia Hernandez is the first point of contact with clients as an Intake Coordinator which collects basic and important data that help counselors to prepare in advance before meeting the client. With more than 15 years of customer service of experience she enjoys to have direct contact with the public and give the best of her to them. Music is in her blood and is part of her life; always looking forward to having a great time at least playing a great piece of music or listening to one.

Vanessa Morales

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

Jose Gonzales

Intake Coordinator

Jose works in the Front Office, helping our clients have the best experience possible while visiting us. He takes pride in knowing his work contributes to an overall healthier community. His experience with this Agency over the past year has helped him provide better customer service to current and new clients.

Naarai Sanchez

Intake Coordinator

 

Toliver Hill

Training Coordinator

 

Silkia Carmona

Data Analyst

Silkia currently serves IA as our Data Analyst. Although her role encompasses providing technical expertise regarding our data models and reporting, Silkia prides herself in supporting others. She is passionate about supporting the team and being a part of a team that can change lives.

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