We are excited to announce our Cultivating Families Board of Directors. Whether by profession, parenting, or a combination of both, each board member carries a deep compassion for foster and adopted children, enhancing their personal connection with our vision and mission.
Justin Flint, Chair
Justin is a Realtor and real estate attorney in Sugar Land, Texas, the town where he grew up. He loves giving back to the community that raised him and is especially interested in contributing to the improvement of the lives of children in foster and adoptive programs. As Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Fort Bend Cares, he has gained a passion for helping children and the leadership experience to go with it. He also participates in the leadership of his home church and acts as legal advisor for several other non-profit organizations.
Sarah Haider, Vice Chair
Sarah holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering and an MBA; and is a certified Project Management Professional. She brings twenty years’ experience in Engineering, Project Management, Organizational Change Management and Leadership Coaching along with a passion for helping children. Sarah is the founder of Pakistan Adoption Group, an online community of support, and adopted both her daughters from Pakistan. She served on the board of New Star Kafala, the first Muslim Adoption agency in the US, and later as Associate Director, facilitating international adoptions. Being an integral part of the Cultivating Families team, Sarah is passionate about providing sustaining support and enrichment to disadvantaged children, and their foster/ adoptive families through their faith communities. She has conducted numerous public workshops on raising awareness about foster care and adoption in the Muslim Community; and has counseled thousands of families in their journey through foster care and adoption.
Julie Halperin, Secretary
Julie has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education K-6 with an emphasis on Sociology and Psychology. After teaching elementary aged children, she became an active volunteer with Child Advocates of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Crisis Hotline, and Montgomery County Women’s Center. She utilized her teaching skills in all of these volunteer roles as she transitioned into mentoring and training new volunteers. She spoke at training sessions on the topic of suicide calls and to local civic groups representing the Montgomery County Crisis Hotline. She has remained active in Synagogues since 1971. Among other current activities, she is a member of the Social Action Committee at Beth Shalom of the Woodlands and the Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom Woodlands Circle. She has served on the CASA board for two years and the Sisterhood Board of three Synagogues over three years. Julie is also a certified Bridge teacher, having attained rank of Sapphire Life Master.
Pamela Hughes, Treasurer
Pamela is a retired Accounting Manager/Financial Analyst, spending thirty-five plus years in the corporate world at Texaco and Shell Oil Companies. Pam enjoys the feeling of reaching out to help others and knows how important it is to work with youth to coach them to a better life. Pam is a mentor at the Fort Bend Independent School system, and Fort Bend Juvenile Probation Center. Pam has a BA in Accounting from Birmingham Southern College, and her MBA from University of Houston.
Reverend Amy Bezecny, Founder/Board Member
Reverend Amy Bezecny developed Cultivating Families during a four-year fellowship at the Hope and Healing Center and Institute (HHCI). She received her Master of Divinity in 2009 from SMU, Perkins School of Theology and became an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 2012. Amy served on staff at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church for a period of 10 years, launched their Adoption Ministry, and was driven to help others do the same. Prior to ministry, Amy had a successful 15-year career in interior design, where she specialized in hospital and long-term care facility design. As a Deacon, she continues working tirelessly to open the eyes of the church to the world’s needs and the eyes of the world to the church. Where children are concerned, she believes it is important to work alongside people of other faiths. Amy’s colleagues know her as a passionate, persistent, and creative problem solver for children navigating this world alone.
Roger Vazquez, Ph.D., MA, LPB, LCDC, HS-BCP, CPS-I, Board Member
Roger received his Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas A & M, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Houston Center for Christian Counseling and an Adjunct Professor at Mid-America Christian University. His vast counseling experience includes crisis counseling, discharge planning, chemical dependency, therapist, editorial assistant, expert witness and management roles. Roger holds numerous professional memberships including American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, Texas Counseling Association, and is an Elite Graduate Program Member – Texas A & M University. His awards include the Corpus Christi’s 40 under 40 Award and Outstanding Counselor Award, Shoreline, Inc. Roger’s professional service highlights include Policy Advisor to U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke for Mental Health & Substance Abuse issues, and an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer Service Provider. He is a member of the DSM-5 Online Review Team.
Victoria Scott, Board Member
From 1981 to 1995, Victoria worked with organizations that addressed children at risk and working with the Harris County probation division. For six years she saw cases involving petty crime, drugs and assault. After working with at risk youth, she volunteered to create a room at MD Anderson for children with cancer to engage in art projects. As a member of the Junior League of Houston she was head of a committee that started a blanket program for teen mothers. Over 10 thousand blankets, made by volunteers, were issued within the first three years. Working within the community as a board member for Angela’s House, Santa Maria Rehab center, and St. Anne’s Foundation are just a few of the organizations she is passionate about. Working in the financial sector she volunteered as a controller to nonprofits who needed assistance with accounting, fundraising and grants. The path to be within a community as someone who gives time and talent to organizations has been a constant journey for Victoria.