Kristen Stubbs, our new Executive Director, joined the Halo House team in January of this year and has jumped into her role with both feet. As a native Houstonian, Kristen’s roots in our community run deep. She grew up with her 4 sisters and 1 brother in the Memorial neighborhood and lived in Houston until 1995 when she and her husband moved to Midland with his job. “Raising my two boys, Taylor and Cameron, in West Texas – where life was slower and people felt safer, was a wonderful experience – our sons were able to run around the neighborhood all day long with their friends, play football and baseball and truly have an idyllic childhood.” Kristen remarks.
She began her nonprofit career with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Midland as a Special Events Coordinator and fell in love with nonprofit work. Kristen remained with the Society for nearly 15 years and has also served in leadership roles with the ALS Association, JDRF, and most recently the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.
Kristen chose to apply for the ED position at Halo House Foundation for a variety of reasons but the one that was the most significant to her was wanting to give back in a way that was very personal and hit close to home. In 2015, her youngest son was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25. The fear, shock, and heartache that she felt was almost unbearable but the realization finally hit her that her family was very blessed – they lived in the city with the best cancer care in the world and where Cameron would get the best treatment and, they could stay home while Cameron was being treated. Today, her son is cancer free and a newlywed!
If you happen to be in the area, please stop by to meet Kristen. You will recognize her by the Longhorn tags on her car and the pictures of her sons and her 9-year-old Golden Retriever, Mallory in her office!