Meet Our Team and Board of directors.
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.
Chelsea Lucas joined Katy Responds in December of 2018. Working alongside Tom Pretti as Director of Administration, Chelsea wore all the hats for over 9 months until funding allowed for others to lighten the load. She came to Texas as a manager with Trader Joe’s from California. God pulled on her savvy business heart to use her talents to help organize the high demands flowing between office and fieldwork. Chelsea has two amazingly precious and precocious daughters and is very active in her small group.
Mike Ajamiseba joined Katy Responds first as a volunteer in the midst of the 2020 Covid lockdowns then hired on with KR as a site supervisor after learning more about the team and its mission. He now serves as Director of Operations applying his 16 years of oilfield technical and management experience toward serving those in need. Mike moved to Katy in 2012 with his wife and 3 children from New Orleans. Having lost his first home to Katrina in 2005, Mike knows first hand the struggle to recover and rebuild from a natural disaster. He also knows how to boil crawfish and loves to share!
Curtis Wilkins joined the Katy Responds team in July of 2019; having a career steadily consisting of maintenance work and non-profit organizations, this was the perfect union. Curtis is one of our Field Operations Supervisors and his motto for life is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” He lives these words daily through his interactions with our volunteers, contractors and homeowners. Curtis has been with his wife Stacie-Marie since 2004 and together, they have four children. Originally from California, if Curtis is not working on a site, you can find him introducing the rest of the Katy Responds staff to In-N-Out.
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.
Madison Peters was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Graduating from Foster High school, she is an avid songwriter and has performed in Katy and the surrounding areas. During Covid-19, Mady lost her job. She heard about Katy Responds need for a Volunteer Coordinator. Feeling led to help, Mady could not believe that people were still in homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Having a heart and an artists ear, Mady loves helping people and listening to their stories. Sometimes the best songs tell stories such as these.
“I’m so excited to lend a hand in bringing people together to create a more loving and whole community. I feel blessed to work with such an amazing group of people. “
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 www.lifeatmytable.com.
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.