Elisa is a seasoned nonprofit professional with over 17 years of fundraising experience directing, implementing and managing strategic development plans. She is focused on ways to broaden mission awareness, grow organizational capacity and execute best practices. She values organizations and teams that have a meaningful purpose to serve people living in greater Houston. She has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Masters of English Literature. When not at Halo House, Elisa enjoys keeping up with her husband, three sons and two dogs, walking and other activities that bring wellbeing and happiness.
EVP & Co-Founder
At age 19, Kathleen left college to work as a TWA flight attendant, living first in New York City then San Francisco. After marriage and the birth of two sons, she went back to college, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Youngstown State University in Ohio. Kathleen began her post-college career working as a Geophysicist in Tulsa, Oklahoma before transitioning to sales.
Following an extensive career in sales of chemical engineering & plant optimization software to oil industry executives, Kathleen left the corporate world and moved into real estate when she purchased and managed a few Houston apartment complexes.
She’s always loved the outdoors and been a bit of a daredevil. Kathleen has jumped out of an airplane in Ohio, jumped off a cliff to experience paragliding in Switzerland, and jumped into the water to scuba dive in multiple places. She credits her parents with her spirit of adventure – her mother was one of only 1074 women who flew planes during WWII as a WASP (Women’s Air Service Pilot.)
As a co-founder of Halo House, Kathleen has been a driving force for the growth of the Halo House organization since its inception in 2009.
When she is not at Halo House, she loves to travel out of the country or play games with family and friends. Her family and her friends are her greatest joy. She considers herself blessed to have met so many incredible people through Halo House, some who stayed there and other wonderful people who helped make it possible.
Christina Palmer, our Operations Manager, joined the Halo House team in January of 2021. Christina is originally from Missouri City, TX. She graduated from Lawrence B. Elkins high school in 1996.
Christina followed in her mother’s footsteps and began working at a Texas Wholesale Insurance Group where she worked for 12 years until the founder passed away.
When Christina is not at Halo House, she enjoys spending time with her three daughters, husband and 3 English Bulldogs, Chevy, Harley, and Brody. On weekends, Christina and her husband enjoy spending time bowling.
Christina occasionally volunteers at The Houston Food Bank at The Well on Masters Road in Manvel, Texas.
Development & Volunteer Coordinator
Michele is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University where she received a Bachelor’s in Communication, a certificate in strategic communication and a minor in business. She joined the Halo House team just this August. Michele was born in Colorado but has spent the majority of her life in Amarillo. She attended Bushland High School where she was a varsity cheerleader, played flute in the band, and performed in multiple theater productions. When not at Halo House, Michele enjoys reading young adult fiction, binge watching true crime documentaries, baking and scrapbooking.
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