This is an experiment in creating HAP Conference sessions that you can experience anytime, anywhere. When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston just before our event was scheduled, the conference co-chairs and coordinator accepted that the best course of action was to cancel the event. However, along with our Houston Arts Partners member organizations and school districts, we realized that educators would need resources to help them meet the needs of students recovering from a natural disaster. Fortunately, in Houston, we have many people who can provide insights that can help us do this. This is part of what we’re calling the post-Harvey Toolkit, though we know and hope it may be valuable to people recovering from other events as well.

Interview with Tom Bracy

"Music saved my life a number of times."

About the speaker:

Tom Bracy is Director of Urban Education and Educational Support Manager for the Central Region of the U.S. In this dual role, Tom assists urban districts nationwide with their arts plans while also supporting Conn-Selmer's educational initiatives throughout the Midwest. Tom began his career as a band director for the Archdiocese of Chicago. While continuing as a band director for nearly 30 years, he also worked in other capacities throughout the Chicago area. These positions included a 13-year tenure with Merit School of Music, a Chicago-based community music school. While at Merit, Tom served as executive director, faculty member, director of operations, acting director of development, director of human resources and chief operating officer. Before joining Merit, Tom was executive director of the Association for Catholic Music Education and also worked for the Chicago Park District as an area manager for North Side neighborhood parks.

Interview with Rafael Sarango

"There's a power in being able to retell our own story, in a way where I gain control of the way the story is told, or the way the story ends."

About the speaker:

Rafael Sarango is the Housing Programs Manager for the Social Services Office of the Salvation Army, managing Young Adult Programs for youth age 18 - 25 experiencing homelessness. He helped create the Young Adult Resource Center (YARC) that is offered through Social Services, and serves as the YARC Manager. Mr. Sarango has ample experience in education from elementary to high school students as a math teacher, a science teacher, and an administrator. Mr. Sarango has worked with G/T students and is the founder and Science Department chair for HISD Liberty High School for newly immigrant youth. Mr. Sarango became state and national teacher trainer on best teaching practices for students in poverty. Mr. Sarango has worked for over 7 years with the Salvation Army's Social Services Office and young adult housing programs.

Interview with Diane Vines, MA, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S

"All the skills you need to be a successful adult, you learn during play."

About the speaker:

Diane Vines is a Fellow at The ChildTrauma Academy and a clinician in private practice.  She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Houston - Clear Lake in 1999.  Ms. Vines is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Supervisor and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the state of Texas and is also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.


Ms. Vines provides individual and family therapy as well as clinical supervision.  She has worked, trained, and specialized in the area of child sexual abuse, incest, and childhood trauma since 1998. Ms. Vines provides community trainings, and case consultations. Ms. Vines has formerly worked at the Houston Child Advocacy Center (Children’s Assessment Center).  She has also served on Houston Association for Marriage and Family (HAMFT) board and the Kids & Youth Protecting Other Kids (KYPOK) board.


In addition to private practice work, Ms. Vines serves as The ChildTrauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model in Therapeutics Program Coordinator.  In this role, she provides both clinical and program-related support to Neurosequential Model in Therapeutics Individual and Site Certification participants throughout the training process. 

Interview with Lindi Yeni and Lerato Lipere

"This country has been politically free for 23 years, but not enough people are feeling that this is a free country. A lot hasn't changed from the times of apartheid."

In this podcast, HAP Conference Coordinator Troy Scheid talks to Lindi Yeni, a longtime Young Audiences of Houston teaching artist who is now bringing arts education to at-risk children in South Africa, and Lerato Lipere, who collaborates with Lindi to bring the arts into every subject at her school. 

About the speakers:

Born in South Africa, Lindi Yeni founded and served as executive director of Kuumba House, Inc., an arts organization active in Houston from 1982 - 2011. Kuumba House Dance Theater toured to Mexico and Africa, and throughout the United States, introducing audiences to South African culture. A Young Audiences of Houston teaching artist for more than 25 years, Ms. Yeni developed and delivered arts-in-education performing arts programs, curricula, workshops and residencies for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Her current initiative in South Africa is Sidewalk Academy, an arts organization that focuses on at-risk youth. Ms. Yeni has received numerous awards of recognition for her community involvement. She has served on both Mayor Lee P. Brown’s and Mayor Bill White’s International Affairs and Development Council – Africa. She is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum Class XVI in Houston, Texas. 


Lerato Lipere is the Artistic Director of Amandla Dance Company. She has over 10 years of extensive performing experience worldwide, including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Canada. Lerato's education included dance and social sciences (including sociology, economics, politics, and philosophy) at the University of East Anglia, The University College London, and London Contemporary Dance School.  She gained an apprenticeship with Tavaziza Dance Company and went on to perform with many other groups. In 2012, she was named Best Dancer of the Year by South Africa's KZN Dancelink, in recognition of her ethic of service, honesty/honor commitment, and devotion to the arts.  

Interview with Grant Experts

"The good news is: you got a grant! The bad news is: you got a grant."

HAP Coordinator Troy Scheid leads a conversation with Gayla Rawlinson-Maynard, Stacey A. Smith, and Olivia Smith-Daugherty about steps to be aware of when writing grants for arts-in-education projects for K-12 classrooms and arts organizations, and about how Hurricane Harvey recovery may affect available funding. 

About the Speakers: 

Gayla Rawlinson-Maynard is the director of Center for Grants Development at Harris County Department of Education (HCDE). She holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master's degree in sociology/social research from Sam Houston State University. Before joining HCDE in 1999, she was manager of the Funding Source at University of Houston. Rawlinson-Maynard's achievements and accomplishments include establishment of the Southeast Texas chapter of Grant Professionals Association. Her professional affiliations include Women Professionals in Government.


Stacey A. Smith serves as the Program Director of Resource Development for Aldine Independent School District. During her time years as Program Director, she has assisted Aldine educators in being awarded millions of dollars in funding. As an educator, Stacey was awarded $138,000, and implemented and managed the grant programs at her campus. Stacey currently serves as President of the Grant Professionals Association Southeast Texas Chapter. Stacey is actively involved in the community, including the Optimist International Chapter in Aldine. She volunteers with the Aldine Education Foundation and partners in education with the East Aldine Management District. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music and has a Master of Education Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. Prior to serving as Program Director of Resource Development, Stacey served as a music educator for twenty-one years.


Olivia Smith-Daugherty, GPC: Olivia, the Executive Director of Grants for Pasadena Independent School District, holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas State University and a Master of Education in Administration from Lamar University. She is a credentialed grant professional who has worked in the grants field since 2000 in the areas of grant implementation, grant management of multiple projects, and proposal development for local, state and federal funding opportunities for the K-12 sector.  As the past president of the Southeast Texas chapter of the Grant Professionals Association and current secretary of the Grant Professionals Foundation, she works nationally to advance the field through awareness and collaboration.

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