Executive Vice President and 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 is 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.
Joining the Halo House team in June 2023, Taffney brings an impressive track record of dedication and an unwavering commitment to serving others. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Houston, Texas, Taffney's journey toward community empowerment began during high school. There, she discovered her innate ability to connect with people on a profound level and inspire action, setting the stage for her remarkable career ahead.
Fueled by her desire to make a difference, Taffney pursued her studies at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication with a specialization in Public Relations.
For over a decade, Taffney has dedicated herself to serving others through the non-profit sector. She focuses on the development of robust systems, creating innovative strategies, and establish efficient structures. Taffney understands that sustainable success requires appropriately diversified funding, and she leaves no stone unturned in ensuring the financial stability of the organizations she supports.
Director of Operations
Chrisy Palmer 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.
She 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 Chrisy is not at Halo House, she enjoys spending time with her mother, daughter and grandson. She occasionally volunteers at The Houston Food Bank at The Well on Masters Road in Manvel, Texas.
Chrisy loves her job because she is able to meet new people and hear their stories. She goes above and beyond to make sure residents are safe, comfortable and supported.
Community Relations Specialist
Sage Peyton joined the Halo House team in August of 2022. Sage was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Allied Health with a certification in social media management.
Previous to joining Halo House, she ran her business as a Doula in Lafayette, Louisiana while completing her degree. Lifting up and helping others has always been her greatest passion in life.
She worked with three nonprofits as an administrative volunteer in Louisiana and simply enjoys working in the non-profit world. After learning about the work being done here, she "knew that Halo House was the perfect fit."
Development Operations Specialist
Sydney Ybarra joined the Halo House team in April 2023. Sydney is a born and raised Houston native. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Marketing from the University of Houston.
After working in the beauty industry as a salon coordinator for the past four years, she decided to make the career shift to a non-profit. Growing up watching her parents help house people coming to The Texas Medical Center for treatment, Sydney knew Halo House was truly a perfect fit. Being able to have a job where she can help others is something she has always been passionate about.
When she is not at Halo House, she enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, Bailey & Sadie!
Alcira joined Halo House in 2019 providing exceptional cleaning and kindness to residents, staff, and volunteers.
She has been married for 39 years to her sweetheart. They share two children and nine grandchildren in Pasadena.
She is often spotted smiling, singing Spanish, and teaching Spanish to staff and volunteers.
She is an integral part of the Halo House family providing a spotless and comfortable environment for cancer patients and their families to focus on healing.