The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has been promoting mental health in Texas since 1940, when the children of former Texas Governor James S. Hogg established the foundation with proceeds from their beloved brother Will’s estate. Will’s sister, Miss Ima Hogg, later established a separate endowment at the foundation dedicated to providing mental health services for children, youth, and their families in Houston and Harris County. The mission of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is to advance mental wellness for the people of Texas as an impactful grant maker and catalyst for change.


Rheeda Walker, PH.D
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Houston

Dr. Rheeda Walker serves as the principal clinical evaluator for the programs and their presentation, she has helped to structure and guide the process whereby the tools and methods for information dissemination have been sound and aligned with the field of Psychology. Dr. Reeda L. Walker is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston and also a licensed clinical psychologist.

She has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles primarily in the areas of suicide and resilience. For more than a decade, Dr. Walker has investigated how psychological factors such as depression and sociocultural factors such as spirituality impact suicide vulnerability in Black Americans. Her research efforts have been supported by the National institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Georgia Research Foundation, the Southern Illinois University Foundation, and the South Carolina Research Foundation.


Clinically, Dr. Walker supervises doctoral students who see psychotherapy clients as part of their doctoral training in clinical psychology.

Rev. Barbara E. Williams, LCSW, PHD
Minister of Christian Counseling
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Barbara E. Williams has played a critical role in developing the scope and work of the committee as it seeks to impact the presentation of information and the clinical application so vital to such a process. 

Rev. Dr. Williams praises God daily for giving her the opportunity to serve Him by serving his people for 45 years. She currently serves as the Minister of Counseling at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, and has been in that position for over 20 years.

Ky Wilson
Program Coordinator

Ky Wilson has significant experience in marketing and event planning, she has served as the person responsible for coordinating all committee activity as well the planning of the major event with consultation from the team.

Rev. Preston J. Allen, M.A., M. Div.
Director of Non-Profits and Community Development

Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

Rev. Preston J. Allen serves as the Director for Non-Profits and Community Development at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church (WABC). In that capacity, he is responsible for overseeing and managing three primary non-profit affiliates as the Executive Director: Wheeler Avenue Triangle Ministries Incorporated (WATMI), Wheeler Avenue Central City Comprehensive Community Center (WA5C’s), and Wheeler Avenue Inner City Visions (WAICV). These non-profits were established by WABC in an effort to address many of the social challenges associated with persons that reside in the Third Ward of Houston.


Preston has worked to serve as the administrative link and supportive force bringing the committee to provide timely and meaningful activities that impact the faith communities that have been targeted over the past 4 years. He has been responsible for ensuring that the program meets its objectives and communicates that to the Hogg Foundation through proper documentation. 

​Previously, Preston has served in several administrative and management opportunities within the Health Care industry supporting hospitals throughout the United States.


WA5C’s as a faith based social service nonprofit was awarded along with 9 other African American Faith Based institutions a three now four year grant that is designed to promote education, treatment and utilization within this community often plagued with many societal pressures. It was also intended to provide and to improve the information (database) that could be used to gain insight a issues associated with mental illness which is often underreported within the African American/black community.  

Since 2014 – The executive committee known as the Team has been responsible for developing a curriculum that can be used in seminars and workshops in both the WABC (Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church) other faith community churches that have limited resources but can benefit from this level of education. 

These workshops, seminars and focus groups have had the aforementioned stated purpose, but they are also used as opportunities to garner feedback from persons that serve in various capacities within the church from senior ministers/clergy to other congregational roles. 

The feedback and participant reaction to this work has proven beneficial to the community as a whole, and it is important to understand that problems such as depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety along with other issues are common in the larger society, and that the association of stigma must be removed in order to move this community to this helped through resources established by God to treat issues of a mental disorder. 

In addition, the grant has been expanded to provide direct one on one counseling that can impact those facing issues such as homelessness, domestic violence and trauma do to a horrific event –flooding, fire, displacement, divorce, loss of child and any other myriad of issues that all humans face at some point in our lives.

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