Meet Our Team and Board of directors.

Our Team

Ron Peters is the Executive Director of Katy Responds. He is originally from Michigan but moved to Texas in 1990. Ron is happily married to his better half, Jody, and between them they are blessed with five children and six grandchildren. They currently make their home on the southside of Katy in North Richmond. Jody and Ron  own/operate their rental venue Three Strands Place where they host marriage ministry events. Prior to taking this role with Katy Responds Ron was an independent contractor as well as a sales director for an industrial supply company.

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Karl Wagner joins Katy Responds all the way from Jersey…New Jersey that is. Looking online, he saw the opportunity to work with Katy Responds and liked that he could also be close to his Texas family. Karl’s experience in working dispatch calls for emergency services as well as time spent at Home Depot have made Karl a perfect fit for his role at Katy Responds. You can find him on many Katy Responds projects, or enjoying a good meal at Local Table.

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Hannah Halbach. My husband Chris and I moved from Georgia to Texas in September of 2021 to be a part of a local (at the time) church plant here in Katy. With ministry being such a prominent part of our lives, I was excited for the opportunity to further serve my community as the client coordinator for Katy Responds. I discovered my passion for community outreach while obtaining my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and my experience as a mental health professional has prepared me well to love and serve those in my community today. When I’m not at work you can usually find me at the movies, eating sushi, napping with my dogs, or hanging out at any local coffee shop.

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Diana Carroll. I am the Volunteer Coordinator for Katy Responds. I am originally from North Carolina but moved to Texas four years ago with my three kids after my husband passed from brain cancer. When I
moved to Texas, I bought my house sight unseen; little did I know all the damage it had. I first connected with Katy Responds when they stepped in to help me and my children repair our house. It was this life-changing experience with Katy Responds that inspired me to join their team. Now I am able to be a blessing to so many families in our community that find themselves in the same situation I was in. It really is true that we are STRONGER

Our Board of Directors

Rev. Fred Willis is the senior pastor of Holy Covenant UMC on Morton Ranch Road. He has been working with non-profits and religious organizations for 30 years, serving as a Pastor with the United Methodist Church since 1997. He lives in Katy with his wife and two children. Besides working in the church, he also occasionally blogs about his cooking and life at

Chris Humphreys, Nancy (his wife of 25 years), and James and Matthew (their two sons) are Canadians transplanted to the US in 2008. For many years, his passion has centred around helping disadvantaged people, generally through the various churches of which he has been a member. After Hurricane Harvey, he became heavily involved in remediation and recovery of flooded homes, largely for uninsured members of his church and wider community. Watching the impact of this disaster, and particularly the way the community rallied around those affected, has been inspiring, and he is grateful for all of the people (victims and helpers) he’s met. He is committed to being a part of the recovery, for as long as it takes for the victims to be able to take up their lives again.

Lyl Rymer is the Volunteer Coordinator of Hurricane Harvey Relief at Current Christian Church, where she organizes volunteers, contract workers, and relief organizations to restore homes damaged by the hurricane. With a background in everything from electronics brokering to manufacturing management to tree removal to homeschooling, her penchant for taking on new challenges and her God-driven calling towards volunteer work drew her to flood relief as soon as the water receded enough for her church to put cars on the road. Though the flooding from the hurricane has long since been over, she remains dedicated to helping her community through whatever disaster come its way. She lives in Katy, Texas with her husband, Nathan, and their four children. When she isn’t working on Hurricane Harvey aid, she works part-time as a photographer.

Dennis Justus is a native of Missouri but has lived in the Katy area most of his adult life.  He and his wife, Carla, have three children and six grandchildren, all living in the Katy area.  Dennis retired at the end of 2018 from a 45-year career in finance in the oil and gas industry.  He spent 35 years with three major oil companies and his last 10 years as CFO for two private equity-backed start-up oil companies.  Dennis joined the Katy Responds board because of his strong belief in our mission and the opportunity to reach families in need across the Katy community.  Katy Responds is happy to welcome his experience to our board.