Kelly was president of HMYP during the pre-implementation years (2014 - 2016) when the founders were researching the needs of homeless students and possible ways in which to provide services. She is a licensed clinical social worker who is retired after working 23 years as a social worker and county officer manager for CYFD in Eddy County, Chaves County, and Otero/Lincoln Counties. Prior to her work with CYFD, she was a probation/parole officer and ultimately a district supervisor for the Corrections Department. Kelly earned a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from New Mexico State University.
Rev. Laurie Benavides - President
The Reverend Laurie Benavides is a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande. Reverend Benavides lives out her central ministry as a deacon by activating the community to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely, and by interpreting to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. Prior to ordination in 2006, she retired from a 31-year career in public education that included teaching in five different school districts in Texas. In addition to many years of teaching elementary students, she managed a Pregnancy and Parenting program at Weslaco High School, was a balanced literacy facilitator and Reading Recovery Teacher in Georgetown ISD, and a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader in charge of training Reading Recovery Teachers in Midland and Ector County ISDs. She is married to Dr. Roy C. Benavides and they have three grown daughters and two grandchildren.