HEART Team Member
Debrah has been a passionate advocate for children's mental health issues for over 20 years. She was appointed to the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County where she served a two-year term. Debrah also served as Vice President of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society, and is a professional representative to the Asperger’s Syndrome Parent-Professional Information Exchange (ASPIE) for Houston. She helped start Houston Regional DIR®/Floortime™ network, and is collaborating with several organizations on application of research-based methodology with individuals with neurological differences. She also serves as President of Pasadena Cottages, a residential program for adults with autism. Debrah has presented at the Texas Autism Research Conference, the Texas Council for Exceptional Children Conference, the International Mind Brain Education Society Biennial Conference, and The Autism Society of America’s National Conference, among others.
Cynthia Kelly, MS
Cynthia is a special educator with 30 years experience meeting the needs of students with disabilities as a speech therapist, a teacher in resource, self-contained, and general education settings, inclusion specialist, and special education program facilitator. She most recently served as a Special Education Team Leader in a local school district where she managed a team of special education providers, implemented all aspects of the campus special education program, and facilitated the ARD process including consulting with parents and staff. She is passionate about ensuring that all students are recognized as general education students first, and that when appropriate, special education services should be provided in general education settings. Her areas of expertise include implementing successful inclusive classrooms, facilitating the special education identification process from referral to ARD, Response to Intervention, and successfully using accommodations and curriculum modifications to meet the needs of students. She has presented at professional conferences (Inclusion Works! Texas ASCD) and enjoys providing administrator, teacher, and parent trainings on successful special education practices.
Kimberly D. Schoger, Ph.D.
HEART Director and Founder
Kimberly brings over 30 years of experience to the advocacy and consulting efforts of HEART. Her passion for the education of children with disabilities originated in public school special education classrooms and continues today through her advocacy and consulting efforts. Her areas of expertise include special education law, educational programming for exceptional children, innovative inclusion practices, developmentally appropriate instruction, and research-supported interventions. She has extensive knowledge of a wide range of special populations and effective ways to address unique needs in school settings, the community and at home. Dr. Schoger is a professor at the University of Houston where she prepares students to be social service professionals through her teaching and advising efforts. Dr. Schoger has presented at conferences all over the country and is a member of COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates) and CEC (Council for Exceptional Children).
Helen Bare, MBA
HEART Team Member
Helen has been an advocate for her own child with special needs for the past 16 years. She is extremely active in her school district and community, having served on the district’s Special Education Parent Communication Council and Special Education Advisory Council. Helen is also a district Special Education Parent Liaison and has completed training with the Disability Leadership Network of Houston. Helen is incredibly knowledgeable about special education services, community services, and government benefits and is anxious to share her wisdom to help others. We are so pleased to have Helen on the HEART team. As a parent of a child with special needs, she brings a perspective to our advocacy and consulting efforts that is without equal.
Carol Haase-Greeley, M.Ed., LPC
HEART Team Member
Licensed Professional Counselor
Carol has had 35 years of experience with children and adolescents in the areas of counseling, special education, and learning and cultural differences. She has been a licensed professional counselor since 1983. Carol is dedicated to the social/emotional development of children and adolescents, treating development and mood disorders and understanding their impact on learning, relationships and coping with change. She has presented workshops and trainings in public and private settings and enjoys helping parents, teachers and counselors become more effective and knowledgeable. Carol’s interests include the use of expressive arts therapies, multi-cultural differences and developing effective strategies for home and school. She is currently in private practice in League city, Texas. Carol is a member of the Bay Area Mental Health Providers NET and the American Counseling Association.