About Our Chapter
Hi! My name is Sandi and I am the Managing Leader of Chicktime Katy. I discovered Chicktime in March of 2015 at a time when I was re-defining my life and giving much thought to the kind of mark I wanted to leave in my community. The minute I read Chicktime’s Mission Statement and learned about the girls who live in Krause Children’s Center, I knew this was where I wanted to serve.
In 2018, I moved from a co-leader position to the Managing Leader of our chapter. It is such a joy to me, spending time with some incredible girls and an enthusiastic and talented group of volunteers! I hope to continue the work at Chicktime Katy started by the amazing women who came before me. My desire is to bring joy and healing to the girls at Krause through fun and engaging monthly workshops, to grow a team of volunteers who not only serve at Krause, but also develop relationships with one another, building friendships that cross demographic lines, and empower women to share their gifts and talents with the girls at Krause by confidently leading a workshop of their design. I dream of encouraging women to develop their own leadership ability through actively participating in the Chicktime model, and to be an advocate for Krause Children’s Center in the community.I hope in learning about Chicktime that you also are motivated to join us in bringing hope and joy to the girls at Krause. I call them my Warrior Girls, because these young ladies have been through so much, but they keep fighting to grow and improve their lives. I am so very proud of them!
We would love for you to join us on our journey to add love and joy to the lives of these children. Our volunteers are what keeps our chapter going and that is why we need you too! If you’re interested in becoming a member or receiving event invitations, select the “Join a Chapter” link and then click TX- Katy.
Chicktime Katy Managing Leader
From 2016 to 2018, Chicktime Katy was led by Lorena Avillaneda. Lorena is a graduate of University of Houston and it was through Chicktime where she found her passion for our youth and her love for Nonprofits. This newfound passion allowed Lorena to enter a path of self-discovery and purpose. It was no accident that Chicktime and the Krause girls were placed on her path! Working alongside such a wonderful group of women and with an organization that truly values the powerful impact that women create was and is and honor for Lorena. Lorena believed Chicktime allowed her to serve two populations, it first serves the Krause youth, and also serves our volunteers by allowing them to share their God-given abilities and passions with the next generation of women. According to Lorena, this is our chance to look at our Krause youth in the eye and say, “I see you and you matter. You are not invisible.” Today, Lorena serves as a Co-Leader at Chicktime Katy and we are honored to have her as part of the Chicktime family!
Chicktime Katy was re-established in March of 2014 by Sarah Garay. Sarah and her husband pastor a Spanish speaking congregation in Katy, TX. Through Sarah’s work in ministry and in family therapy at the Fort Bend County Women’s Center, she found that role modeling is key to breaking the transgenerational transmission of family violence and sexual abuse Sarah had been praying and searching for ways to expose the precious survivors of trauma to healthy, loving families when she found Chicktime through her daughter, Bethany. Through Bethany’s Child and Family Development studies at Texas State University, she had learned of the Chicktime model and said, “Mom, I think you need to come see this.” Sarah did and the rest is history.