Caren Bright, Executive Director

Through her faith in the Lord, Caren has overcome homelessness, domestic abuse, and extreme poverty. She began Pamper Lake Highlands in response to the Lord’s call to minister to local, low-income women. The ministry started with diaper distribution and has grown tremendously to include a variety of classes for both women and children, counseling, and other services.

Caren is also an author and tells her amazing life story and walk with the Lord in her book, 50 Dates with the Lord.

Lisa Riley, Family Services

Lisa Riley has been in the non-profit sector since 2003.  She has had the pleasure of managing teachers, family service workers, and health administrators under the umbrella of Head Start.  Despite her many obstacles, including being a single mother of four, she managed to obtain her A.A.S. Degree in Electronics, an A.S. in Early Childhood, a Bachelor's in Business, and a Master's in Public Administration. 

Her journey towards self-sufficiency made her more passionate about helping others find their way through similar struggles.  One of her principle aims is to link families with economic opportunities, social networks, and effective services and supports that can help them grow stronger and achieve their goals.

Niang Deih Vung, Burmese Case Manager

Niang is originally from Myanmar (Burma), where she graduated from University of Dagon with a Bachelor of Science. She worked for refugee services for 7 years in the Dallas area, and she lives in Lake Highlands area with her family. She joined Pamper Lake Highlands in August 2018 as a Burmese translator, and she supports the Family Services team. 

Niang loves the mission of PLH and the hope that it brings to the women and children impacted. 

Ghazaleh Gonzalez, ESL Director

“Ghaz” has been an educator since 2004 and her passion has always been helping students learn English. She spoke no English until second grade, and she still remembers how helpless she felt and how empowering it was once she grasped command of the English language. Ghazaleh’s goal is to track progress and growth with each of our students to ensure our ESL program is working and to help them reach their full potential.  

Kelly Musgrave, Learning Center Director

Kelly has a teaching degree from Texas A&M University and is certified to teach early childhood through 6th grade for general, bilingual, and English as a Second language (ESL) education.  She has been a Lake Highlands resident since 2007.

Kelly knows that early intervention in the lives of at-risk children living in poverty is crucial to their future academic success, and she is using her experience and training to enhance the education of the children that Pamper Lake Highlands is serving.

Courtney Starr, Visitor Care Coordinator & Donations 

Courtney truly believes God is using her story to minister and give hope to those that are lost. Since Courtney gave her life to Christ in 2012, she has continued to answer His call to  serve in ministry. From 2014-2018, she worked for Exodus Ministries, a residential program for women coming out of prison and their children. She enrolled in Eastfield College to begin her journey of becoming a Social Worker.

She is also a single mother to Caleb, and she enjoys every bit of being a mom.  She is so thankful for this job and the amazing women she gets to work with.  

Yazmin Gonzalez, Site Coordinator

Yazmin and her husband both grew up in Lake Highlands, graduating from Lake Highlands High School.  They have three children, one boy and two girls.  Yazmin met our director, Caren Bright, when she was 10 years old.  When Caren started Pamper Lake Highlands, Yazmin came on board as a volunteer and has been a faithful contributor ever since.

As Site Coordinator for PLH, Yazmin coordinates with the Children’s Ministry Director when needed.  She also oversees donations of diapers and other items, inputs data, calls students regarding attendance, and serves as English/Spanish translator.

Kaylee Danielson, Executive Assistant

Kaylee has been in Texas since she graduated from college in 2010. She joined the Pamper Lake Highlands team in July of 2018 as executive assistant and parent teacher. Kaylee worked for 6 years with at-risk youth and is now pursuing a Masters in Social Work. She is teaching trust-based parenting and working directly with Caren. Kaylee is thrilled to have to opportunity to work for such an amazing ministry that provides hope and tools for success to these families.

God is using this ministry to change the trajectory of these women and children and Kaylee feels so blessed to be a part of it.  

Melanie Elliot, Data Services

Melanie has a lifelong passion for serving children and families.  After graduating from the University of Texas with her degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, Melanie worked as a Child Life Specialist in the hospital setting for over 11 years.  Now with her Master of Public Health with a certificate in Maternal and Child Health, she is broadening her reach outside the medical setting and into the community.  Melanie and her husband, William, live in the Lake Highlands area with their two young children.  They are actively involved in their faith community at Lake Highlands UMC.

Melanie manages the research and data collection needs of PLH as the ministry continues to grow.