Transforming Life Center
Transforming Life Center
LaDonna Harris, M.Ed., LPC
Pastor and Founder of a non-denomination church. He has volunteered and worked in several organizations within the community, such as prison ministry, and provides counseling to wounded Vets and spouses. With over 25 years of experience as an enlisted service member, Mr. Harris completed a Master's Degree in Business and a Bachelor's Degree in Government. He is also an author of five Christian self-help books. He is serving and helping others through a true calling and passion.
Patricia Fasono, Ph.D
Dr. Fasano obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology in 2012. She also possesses a Master's Degree in Spanish, Social Work, and Pastoral Counseling. Dr. Fasano is a prior military service member serving in the US Army for several years. Consequently, she became a Spanish Instructor and a Guidance Counselor for KISD and an Adjunct Professor for CTC. Dr. Fasano wrote seven textbooks (in Spanish/English) while working as an Assistant Professor for Wesleyan University for more than a decade. Dr. Fasano specialty is working with at risk bilingual youth facing pregnancy, eating disorders, and physical and emotional abuse.
Carolyn D. Purnell
Knowledgeable in accounting with fifteen years of experience in accounting. Attained a Bachelor's in Business Administration for Accounting, Ms.Purnell is exceptionally familiar with accounting stemming from fifteen years of experience in the field. She is currently employed as an accountant for the VA and serving on the finance committee at Greater Vision Community Church of Killeen, Texas. A love of volunteering and making a difference in the lives of young individuals.
Charlene Pride RN
Charlene is very involved in the community and is passionate about helping people. Charlene currently works as a Registered Nurse. She is a compassionate woman of character who dedicates herself to serving others. Experienced in presenting and facilitating educational workshops on stress management, mentor training, budgeting, and finance classes. Charlene is a pathfinder whose impact is most evident in the lives of the youth that she mentors. Her infectious can-do spirit, determination, and unfailing support to her mentees have been essential to helping them believe in themselves and their ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Charlene continues to help young people overcome numerous personal challenges, from graduating high school to successful college entry applications, processing to go to the military, or other vocations. In addition to her mentor/volunteer efforts with Transforming Life Center, she also supports local high school community/students liaisons. Charlene is also a US Army Veteran who has incorporated community service into her life while continuing to excel as an Operating Room Nurse. Charlene’s passion as a community servant leader continues to grow, and her drive pushes her to find more ways to make a more significant impact!
Velery received her Bachelor's in Education and became a certified school teacher, Pre-K to 6th grade, in 2014. Subsequently, Velery continued her studies and received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Central Texas A&M University in 2018. She has experience working in a psychiatric hospital providing therapy services for the residential treatment center, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for adolescents. Velery has been a part of TLC for several years as a volunteer, counselor intern, and currently as a licensed professional counselor. Her biggest passion is working with the youth; however, she enjoys working with clients of all ages. Velery commits to assisting her clients in finding meaning, comfort, and happiness in their lives as they learn how to cope and overcome life's challenges.
Flora brings over ten years of administrative experience in office management, human resources, customer service, and finances. In general, Flora is the "Go-To" person. She is responsible for all office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. Flora has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Flora is a people person that goes beyond the status quo to help others. She has served in the United States Army and has volunteered and worked with different organizations. She is the friendly voice that will most likely greet you first at TLC!
Chiara's secondary educational studies entail interdisciplinary studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Chiara's journey at TLC first started as a volunteer over the years, and with pride, she has joined the TLC Team officially! Creatively meticulous and always adhering to TLC's mission, vision, and values at heart. Chiara furnishes internal & external communication with care. An essential team member in supporting the day-to-day administrative, financial, and operational tasks while collaborating with our founder and the TLC team as a whole. In addition, she coordinates our social media to connect individuals with our organization. Having meaningful connections through relationships is everything. Growing up as a military dependent herself, Chiara knows the challenges that youth face within military families and strives to create ways to mitigate and combat these challenges as she oversees operations.
Michaela joined the TLC team in June 2021 as an Office Assistant. Possessing a diverse background in customer service and public relations industries, including helping her university receive funding. Michaela is a Killeen, Texas, native and member of the Greater Vision Community Church. She attends Sam Houston State University, where she is majoring in Biomedical Science on a premedical track. Michaela also has over five years of volunteer experience and loves to give back to her community. Michaela is excited to grow with Transforming Life Center and believes strongly in its mission to mentor youth.