Our Board Members

Our Mission



The mission of TPF is to encourage and provide opportunities for youth and the community through scholarship, training, and educational enhancement that facilitate healthy life choices and community development. We accomplish this mission through advocating equal access, victim services, training, educational enhancement, and integrity.

Kenneth Williams, BBA

Board Member

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Mr. Williams is fluent in Spanish and French and enjoys the Fine Arts. Kenneth has 25 years experience coordinating educational support services for diverse student populations.

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Shayne Lee, Ph.D.

Board Member


Shayne Lee is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Houston. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University and has quickly emerged as a noted interpreter of contemporary American religion and culture, appearing as guest expert on CNN, ABC, and Fox, while also providing commentary in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Atlantic, Huffington Post, U.S.A. Today, CNN.com, Christian Science Monitor, and numerous other periodicals.

Shayne is the author of three books. His first book: T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher, analyzes the rise of a prominent African American spiritual leader as a microcosm of cultural changes in contemporary American religion. His second book: Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace, co-authored with historian Phillip Sinitiere, uses theory of religious economy to add complexity and nuance to our understanding of spiritual appeal and the postmodern cultural turn in American Protestantism. Shayne’s third book: Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality, and Popular Culture, navigates the uncharted spaces where social constructionism, third-wave feminism, and black popular culture collide. His next book project is a sociological analysis of Tyler Perry’s films.

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James Goodwille Pierre, JD

General Council


Serving as General Council for the Parris Foundation, James Goodwille Pierre holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) and specializes in trademark and copyright law.

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Kristoffer Day, MBA

Board Treasurer


Master of Business Administration, American Humanics Non-Profit Management Certification, 16 years experience managing grant funded programs

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April Day, MBA

Board Chairperson


Mrs. Day currently serves as our board chairperson. She has a Masters in Business Administration, Non-Profit Leadership and Management Certification, and is completing a doctorate in Leadership Studies. April Day is the President/CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA) of Texas.

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Katherine Bacon, Ph.D.

Board of Directors


Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education, Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Professional Grant Administrator, 16 years experience working in the non-profit sector, Mother of Parris R. Gaehring

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