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.
Victim Advocate Counselor
Bernadette P. Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #67671) and a Crime Victim Advocate who provides individual, couples, and family therapy. Among her areas of expertise are death/dying, grief, stress management, crime victim compensation, anger management, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, and self-esteem.
Bernadette is a Doctoral Candidate in the Counselor Education program at Texas Southern University. During the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, she was awarded the Doctoral Fellowship for the Department of Counseling. She is currently an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University and teaches master level counseling courses. Additionally, Bernadette has provided consulting work and presented at conferences and to organizations on topics such as stress management, counseling approaches, and college readiness. Bernadette is a native Houstonian and attended the University of Houston where she received her bachelor’s degree. She obtained her M.Ed. in Counseling from Texas Southern University, and she anticipates graduating with her Doctorate in December 2015.
Milton Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #71578) who works with children, adolescents and adults, in individual settings as well as groups and families. His experience in higher and secondary education helps facilitate great communication among children and parents/adults.
Executive Director / Founder
Following the murder of her son, Parris, Dr. Katherine Bacon founded the Parris Foundation and currently serves as Executive Director. Katherine has served victims and the community for more than 16 years and is an active foster care alumna. Dr. Bacon is a Licensed Professional Counselor board approved supervisor (LPC-S) in Texas (#20032) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) (#70862). Currently she also serves as Region D Coordinator for the Texas Victim Services Association (TVSA).
Clinical Supervisor / Victim Advocate
Natasha Young is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC#70090). She serves as the Clinical Supervisor and is a Crime Victim Advocate at The Parris Foundation. Natasha is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). She provides individual, couples, family and group therapy, where she uses cognitive behavior therapy to help clients process grief, depression, stress and anxiety and behavior concerns. She has provided counseling in various academic settings, including counseling in the public school system as well as in higher education. She has experience working with students who have special educational needs and disabilities.
A former corporate trainer, Natasha enjoys sharing information and uses her knowledge at the Parris Foundation to provide CE training for other mental health professionals. In addition, she provides supervision for graduate level counseling interns.
Executive Director / Founder
Rebecca Quantz is a Certified School Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #70597) who works with children, adolescents and adults, in individual settings as well as groups and families. She specializes in anger management, behavioral and school concerns, depression, family conflict and grief and loss. Life circumstances will be addressed to provide assistance in overcoming challenges.