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Cynthia Clay Briggs

Chief Executive Officer

Cynthia Clay Briggs has been with Communities In Schools of Houston since its inception in 1979. Serving as the organization’s first CIS Social Worker at M.C. Williams Middle School in the Acres Home Community, Cynthia was named CIS Executive Director in 1989.

A fourth-generation native Houstonian, Cynthia has dedicated her life to ensuring children stay in school. CIS Board Member and former First Lady of Texas, Linda Gale White, states that the state and national networks took Ms. Briggs’ lead in changing the organization’s name to Communities In Schools to emphasize the partnerships between the schools and the surrounding communities. “Ms. Briggs truly embodies the mission of CIS, and the strength of the program is a result of her passion for empowering Houston’s children to succeed in school and in life.”

Cynthia earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work and completed her double major Bachelor Degree in Education and Social Work from Xavier University of Louisiana.

Cynthia has greatly influenced the direction of Houston and made a tremendous impact on its children. She believes in CIS because we position students to achieve success.


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Angelica Adams

Director of Strategic Partnerships

As director of Strategic Partnerships, Angelica plays an active role in leveraging community resources to meet the diverse needs of our students. She has been with CIS for 22 years but says it feels like it was only yesterday since she began. Angelica completed her undergraduate studies at University of Houston and then received her masters in Education Administration from Texas A&M University-College Station. It brings her joy to be able to make a difference, and she is driven by the ability to connect community partners to our campuses to meet students’ needs. When Angelica isn’t working she enjoys volunteering in the community.


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Lisa Descant

Chief Operating Officer

Lisa has been with CIS for 15 years. Since joining CIS, she has worked with students on elementary, middle and high school campuses. She has continued serving students, but in a slightly different way as she lead CIS’ Quality & Standards department, and then eventually as COO of the organization. She attended The University of Texas in Austin for undergrad and then Our Lady of the Lake University for her Master of Psychology degree. Lisa believes all students deserve to be heard, feel valued, and have easy access to the support they need. When she is not working, Lisa enjoys spending time with her three incredible children, cooking vegetarian meals, and reading spy novels.


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Shubhra Endley, LCSW

Director of Mental Health and Wellness

For 20 years Shubhra has been dedicated to the provision of school-based mental health services to children and families across the greater Houston Area, and has worked with CIS for 19 of those years. She attended the University of Texas at Austin obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Social Work. She is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and has provided supervision to emerging social workers for over 10 years. She served two terms as a board member with the Texas National Association of Social Workers advocating at state and local levels for the social work profession and mental health access. Her passion for CIS comes from her belief that school-based services provide the support students need to stay in school and have a healthy future. In her free time, Shubhra enjoys reading, walking in the park, and enjoying local art.


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Keith Labrie

Chief Financial Officer

Keith Labrie is the Chief Financial Officer for Communities In Schools of Houston. He graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting, and has worked for CIS for almost 30 years. It was a natural progression in his life that led him to CIS, because he has worked with children his whole life in one way or another and is committed to supporting Houston Area youth. Keith also enjoys sports, reading, gardening and spending time doing volunteer work.


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Aline Nahhas

Director of Quality and Standards

As Director of Quality & Standards, Aline Nahas paints a picture of CIS’ work through data collection and management. She also holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Texas Southern University. She began her work with CIS working with students on an elementary school campus, and she has cumulatively worked for CIS for 6 years. Aline believes that education is THE KEY to changing a community. She believes in a holistic approach for greater impact by targeting the community, the family and the student themselves.
She is also a world traveler with a love for international philanthropy, culture, food and fashion.


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Jessica Reyes

Director of Human Resources

Jessica Reyes is the Director of Human Resources for Communities In Schools of Houston. She graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Management, and she has worked for CIS for 16 years. She began as the Events Coordinator, and then worked as the Development Finance Officer for most of her tenure before she joined the Human Resources Department in 2016. She works for CIS because she believes that the support it provides for students and families is one of a kind and is truly making a difference in the Houston community. She enjoys reading, outdoor activities with my dog, traveling and spending time with my family.


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Sylvia Teague

Director of Field Operations

Sylvia Teague has been with CIS for 30 years, and her responsibility as the Director of Field Operations is to oversee approximately 200 staff who work with our CIS students. She attended Huston-Tillotson University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and continued her studies at St. Edward’s University in personnel management. She believes in creating opportunities for children and youth to live and grow up to their potential and beyond, which is why she believes in CIS. Sylvia is an avid reader, bingo player, and loves to ride motorcycles.


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Donna Wyatt Wotkyns

Director of Development

Donna has worked with CIS for 18 years, serving students on high school campuses for many years before becoming Director of Development. She attended Southern Methodist University for her undergraduate studies and then graduated with her masters from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Donna’s dedication to CIS comes from her love of kids, and she enjoys spending time with her four fabulous granddaughters, counseling, and swimming.