Board of Directors

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Jacquie Brennan, President 

Jac Brennan is an attorney, as well as the Director of the Paralegal Certificate Program at the University of Houston. Her interest in disability law started with her nine children, five of whom are adopted and have different kinds of disabilities. She has eight grandkids, including two sets of grandtwins, and lots of other kids who call her Lollipop. Jac, her husband, and their four dogs — Liberty, Justice, America, and Independence — live in historic Eastwood. In addition to her work with A Simple Thread, Jac is also the President of the Board of Directors of Project DOCC and serves on the Board of Positively Pink Houston. She serves on the Bioethics Committee of Texas Children’s Hospital. More about Jac Brennan.


Cathy Herrington Hale, Vice President

Catherine Herrington Hale is a fourth-generation Texan and attorney in Houston. Cathy received her BA from Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium. Upon returning from abroad, she worked as a legislative aide in Washington, DC for Congressman Gene Green focusing on obtaining federal grants for Houston including funds for The Coalition for the Homeless and various arts programs. Cathy returned to Texas and was graduated from The University of Houston Law Center in 1998. She practices civil and family law in counties all over Texas and is the founder of The Herrington Law Firm, PC. When Cathy is not lawyering, she enjoys golfing, playing league tennis, practicing yoga and mountain biking. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Houston Council on Alcohol and Drugs, has represented the Texas State Bar Committee on Lawyers Assistance as Chairperson, and regularly speaks to the University of Houston Paralegal Program. She lives in Houston with her husband Hal, their son Hank, and their other loved ones, Cubby and Dezzie. She is the founder and president of Positively Pink Houston.

Melissa Wethe, Director

Melissa is a former journalist who became interested in helping the homeless after years of writing about their plight in articles for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Chronicle. After leaving journalism, she changed career paths, graduated from Jac Brennan’s paralegal course at the University of Houston and works at a prominent family-law firm as a paralegal. A native Chicagoan, Melissa moved to Dallas in 2000 and on to the Houston area in 2008. She lives in The Woodlands with her husband David, daughters Aryanna and Luci, and terrorist dog Ella.

Ariane Walden, Treasurer

Ariane is a Director at Sirius Solutions, a Houston based consulting firm, with years of accounting and finance experience. Originally from New York, Ariane came to Houston by way of Atlanta, GA. She and her husband, and their sweet son and daughter, enjoy spending time together and finding ways to help other people.

Susan Glenn, Charter Director

Susan Glenn attended Baylor University, and marriage and motherhood happily interrupted her studies. She has two lovely daughters, Jennifer and Kristin. She returned to college after raising her daughters, getting her BS in Psychology at UH-Clear Lake, (on the same night as her South Houston High School 20 year reunion!) and 2 years later, an MA in General Clinical Psychology. She didn’t particularly enjoy psychotherapy, and Susan hates to spend time doing things she doesn’t enjoy, and she now teaches psychology at Houston Community College and is the governess for her two beautiful grandchildren.

Jessica Sellers, Charter Director

Jessica Longoria Sellers is a native Houstonian and currently lives in Pealand with her husband, Justin, daughter, Andie, and sons, Barrett and Sam. She has an BBA and a MEd from Texas A&M University. Before the move to NC, Jessica was an IT consultant, as well as a high school computer teacher. Jessica’s favorite volunteer work is putting together and distributing Thanksgiving & Christmas baskets at her church, so she is very excited about A Simple Thread. In her spare time, she enjoys reading,and  participating in athletic events for various charities.

James May, Charter Director

James is a graduate of Texas Tech and an engineer at Iron Horse Tools.  He has several loves — his motorcycle, his house, all things science fiction, his grandkids, his shelties, fixing things, and of course, his amazing wife. Not necessarily in that order. The shelties would have to go first.

Cindy Brennan, Director

Cindy Brennan has a passion for helping other people, especially young children and teens.  Her career has been devoted to this passion, working with the Children’s Assessment Center, Youth Advocates, Neighborhood Centers, and The Children’s Museum of Houston.  A graduate of the University of Houston Paralegal Program, Cindy works as a paralegal for a local law firm. She lives in Houston with her husband, Sean, and children, Miles and Skyler.


Rupali Chokshi, Secretary

Rupali Chokshi is a paralegal who became involved in A Simple Thread while enrolled in Jac Brennan’s Paralegal Program at the University of Houston.  With a previous career in community service, she has been actively involved with Houston’s homeless population for many years.  Rupali lives in the EaDo area of Houston and enjoys taking advantage of the diversity in this city she is proud to call home.


Kip Hall, Director

Kip is a native Houstonian and grew up in the Spring Branch area. She currently works as the administrator for her husband’s financial company, Hall & North Financial Group, LLC. In her previous career, she was a legal assistant and continues to serve on the board of the Houston Association of Legal Professionals. Kip enjoys traveling, playing tennis, volunteering, and spending time with her family and friends.


Colin Brennan, Director

Colin Brennan works for Houston ISD as a Special Needs and Wheelchair School Bus Driver. A proud Houstonian, and a long time volunteer for our organization. Colin has always had a passion for doing things that make this city better. Since joining A Simple Thread, helping homeless Houstonians has made him want to do more. In his free time, Colin is a big fan of all Houston Sports. He loves the Rockets, and he’s proud to say he’s been to every Houston Texans home game ever.


Alison Shirley, Director

Alison Shirley is a native Texan and currently lives in the suburbs of Houston.  She works as a paralegal in Houston and learned about A Simple Thread while attending the University of Houston Paralegal Program.  After feeling an overwhelming need to serve the Houston-area homeless, she contacted Jac about volunteering with A Simple Thread.  She believes A Simple Thread is doing great work for Houston’s homeless and is excited about putting her passion for service to use for the organization.  In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, cross stitching, reading and archery.

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Troy Chandler, Director

Troy Chandler is an attorney and principal in the firm of Chandler McNulty, LLP in Houston, Texas.  As a member of the  National Crime Victims Bar Association Troy represents victims of crime who have been injured at the hands of individuals or corporations.  Troy received his J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Houston Law Center in 1998.  Troy lives in Houston with his wife Christin and their three sons, Ryan, Nicholas and Connor.  Troy proudly served as a United States Marine from 1985-1992.


Mona Mortazavi

Mona Mortazavi became involved with A Simple Thread in 2012. Admiring the nonprofit and its mission, she has helped organize volunteer events and donation drop-offs to support our homeless Houston community over the years. Local organizations, like A Simple Thread, who support local and meaningful causes is a huge passion of hers.

Mona is a native Houstonian who lives in the Heights with her husband, Dustin. She is a Project Manager and a certified PMP with a background in human resources, finance and supply chain. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She spends a lot of her free time with her family, organizing charity events and traveling.