Janice Wheeler, Ed.D., serves as Executive Director of Project Joy and Hope which she founded in 2000. Inspirational speaker, author, and educator, Dr. Jan Wheeler is a woman who can make a personal connection with families whose children are diagnosed with life-threatening conditions. Jan cared for her teenage daughter, Valerie Grace, for twenty-eight months after her initial cancer diagnosis. She also understands this issue from a professional perspective. Her research at Texas Children’s Hospital in cooperation with Baylor College of Medicine adds insight into the barriers that families face when their child receives a difficult diagnosis.
Advocating for children with special health care needs and their families, Dr. Wheeler is a co-author of chapters in the textbook, Palliative Care for Infants, Children, and Adolescents: A Practical Handbook, published in 2004. Dr. Wheeler has been honored as the 2006 Champion by Texas Partnership for End of Life Care and was the 2004 recipient of the International Diana Award for Philanthropy, whose distinguished list of recipients includes former First Lady Barbara Bush.
Board of Directors
Officers & Governing Members
Chairman of the Board Howard Lederer, CEO, ATEC, Inc.
Secretary Nell Turk, Office Administrator, Southeast Texas Housing Finance Corporation
Treasurer James D. Brown, Associate General Tax Counsel, Entergy Services, Inc.
Founder & Member Janice H. Wheeler, EdD, Executive Director
Advisory Board Chair & Member Bryan Aaron, President, AA Properties
TPPCC Chair & Member Melody Brown-Hellsten, DNP, APRN-BC, PNP, Texas Children’s Hospital
Member Carol Arnold, Vice President, Stratford Properties
Member Sandy Tate Stokes, CFO, Contemporary Family Medicine
Member Ron Williams, Executive Director, SETH & Former President, National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies
Jordan Adams, Crockett & Company
Audrey Anderson, Mass Mutual
Raji Athuru, PinnacleART
Jonathan Davis, Family Heritage
Randy Haddox, Community Health 1st ER
Vanessa Hart, PinnacleART
Whitney Mather Davis, Family Heritage
Natalie Mouton, Registered Nurse
Sarah Jean Peterson, Community Volunteer
Charlene Slack, The Duddlesten Foundation
Keith Smith, Pastor
Bryan Smith, Mass Mutual
Jessica Stark, Realtor, MHWRE
Ayshe Tayfun, Houston Methodist Hospital