Roy Wooten, MS Executive Director
Roy Wooten has over twenty years experience in social services serving primarily in senior leadership of youth and family service nonprofit ministries. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University. Roy has held licenses with the Texas Department of Protective and Family Services and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. He has served in leadership posts in civic, church and professional organizations. Roy is frequently a sought-after speaker and guest on relationship matters including marriage, parenting, fathering and family issues. He has presented at the National Association of Relationship and Marriage Educators, Texas Network of Youth Services, Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Texas Head Start Association, Texas Association of School Boards, Texas Parent Involvement Conference, Oklahoma and Texas Parent Teachers Associations and many others. He has been interviewed in print and television media from Amarillo to Houston and consulted with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Harris County, City of Houston and churches, schools and nonprofits.
Roy has been married to Devra since 1988 and has a son and daughter who are actively engaged at school, church and their community in the Northwest Houston area.Top
Barb Waldron, MS Clinical Coordinator
Barb holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Campbell University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She studied spiritual development at Asbury Theological Seminary, and is a member of the American Association for Christian Counseling. Barb’s passion is working with couples to help them create a satisfying relationship - understanding what drew them together, honoring their differences, resolving relational conflicts, and designing a future based on shared values. She is also skilled at helping clients discover their purpose in life. Barb uses dynamic forms of self-expression and expressive arts, in order to help clients uncover the boundless possibilities in their lives. She is a leader with Cleansing Stream, a life-changing worldwide ministry which helps men and women find freedom from past hurts in order to live in peace, wholeness, and joy; and create fulfilling relationships with others.
Barb has been married to Jim since 1983. They enjoy traveling, music, and theater. For exercise and relaxation, Barb practices Pilates and yoga. Top
Renee Traweek, MSW, LCSWClinical Therapist
Renee holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. Renee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a certified Administrator and Trainer of Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment Tool, and a Texas Board Certified Supervisor for LSW, LMSW, and LCSW.
Renee has over twenty-five years of extensive experience in foster care, juvenile justice and community based programs. Her experience includes inpatient and outpatient counseling services and program development and administration. She is currently a Field Instructor and an Associate Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.
Renee provides services for client with mental health or chemical dependency issues; for children with ADHD, behavioural, grief/loss, and abuse issues; for couples with marital conflicts; and for families in crisis. She is committed to the preservation of marriage and family.
Renee has been married to Bryce since 1972 and they have five children and eleven grandchildren. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, painting, and traveling with her family, especially to South Padre Island. Top
Kim Parmer, BS, LCDC Addictions Counselor
Kim holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Illinois State University. She was a small business owner and is experienced in nursing home settings, in-patient psychiatric hospitals and with pregnant women. She specializes in co-dependency, addiction, and families interacting with an addicted parent or child. Kim has a strong desire to work with addiction issues in the Christian community. She is an active member of the Waller Independent School Board, Waller Area Chamber of Commerce, and her home church.
Kim married her husband in 1988 and has two daughters, one son and two golden retrievers. Kim loves bible studies and enjoys watching her children grow and learning from them. She also enjoys baking, scrapbooking and family activities. Top
Glenda Johnson, MA, LPC Clinical Therapist
Glenda Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Talladega College and a Masters degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. Most of her career, Glenda has been an educator and more recently a school counselor. She works with children and adolescents. She also provides individual and couples counseling. Glenda belongs to the Texas Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association, Spring Creek Counseling Association and Sam Houston Area of Play Therapy Association.
Glenda married Clyde Johnson, Jr. in 1982. They live in the North area of Houston and have two grown children. Glenda enjoys reading in her spare time. Top
Pam Cosart, MA, LPC, CART Board Certified Christian Counselor
Pam holds a Business degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters degree in Counseling from Liberty University. She is a veteran facilitator of women’s bible study groups and is the co-director at Cy-Fair Christian Church’s Soul Care Counseling Ministry. Pam specializes in treatment of anxiety, depression, grief and loss; she provides individual, adolescent, children, couple and family counseling, including pre-marital and marriages in distress. She journeys with women who are navigating through transitions of life. Additionally, she is a certified anger resolution therapist. Pam is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors, and the American Counseling Association.
Pam married her husband Al in 1975. They have three adult children: Audra, Jordan and Alex. In her spare time, she likes to read and walk/jog for fitness. She enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with their first grandchild. Top
Mona Mossad, MD, LPC Counselor
Mona holds a Bachelor in Science and Chemistry and Medical Doctorate degree from Cairo University School of Medicine and a Master in Pastoral Counseling form Ashland Theological Seminary.
She has experience in various specialties including internal medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine and rural medical services. She does not practice medicine but is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She is a member of the American Counseling Association. Mona is continuing to develop a specialty in adult and teenage individual therapy.
Mona is married to Emad Mossad since 1987 and they have two children. They live near the medical center in Bellaire. Mona enjoys reading, music, traveling and volunteering in her local church when she is not counseling. Top
Chau Nguyen, LMSW Counselor
Chau holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of St. Thomas and a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Houston. Before joining Shield Bearer, Chau served as a television journalist for fifteen years. She received honors in the field as the TV News Reporter of the Year for the Houston Market and a recipient of an Emmy Award for her work in the documentary “A Return to Vietnam.” Her passion to help people grew as she covered life changing stories up close and personal. Chau works with individuals, including teens and adults, as well as couples and families. She serves on a number of local boards, including Asian American Family Services.
Chau is married, and she and her husband have a daughter and 2 dogs. Chau is an avid fitness enthusiast, having completed 8 marathons and an ironman distance triathalon. Top
Ariana Detert, MSW, LCSW Clinical Therapist
Ariana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Ariana has utilized her knowledge and experience to work with at-risk children and adolescents. Ariana has several years of experience working with young children, adolescents, young adults and families in residential centers, foster homes, community mental health centers, elementary, middle and high school settings.
Ariana married Michael Detert in 2007 and they have a Beagle/ Terrier mix dog named Bailey. Top
Annika Zielger, LMSW Counselor
Annika holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Houston. She taught at a special needs school for several years, working with children with emotional and behavioral problems. Additionally, she has experience working with adults in a community mental health center and at an outpatient psychiatric hospital. Annika enjoys working with adolescents, individuals and couples.
Annika married Bob in 2009 and they have a cat named Mooshi. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling whenever possible, and spending time with family and friends.
Graduate Student Interns
Shield-Bearer is proud to be an internship/practicum site for new professionals who desire to help us meet our mission of high quality services without regard to ability to pay. Very few applicants are selected to become a part of the Shield-Bearer family. Graduates students selected have typically been those who have life and field experience in addition to their formal education and who fit well with our values and mission. Being counseled by a graduate student provides the most current researched approaches with weekly (sometimes daily) supervision by credentialed onsite and graduate school supervisors. We are proud to have been a part of facilitating the ongoing training of new counselors in conjunction with the following graduate programs:
• Baylor University, Graduate School of Social Work
• University of Southern California, Graduate School of Social Work
• University of Texas, Clinical Social Work Department
• Sam Houston State University, Education and Counseling Departments
• University of Houston, Psychology, Education and Social Work Departments
• Texas Women’s University, Family Therapy Doctoral Program
• Houston Graduate School of Theology, Counseling Department
• Houston Baptist University, Christian Counseling Department
• Liberty University, Counseling Department
• Ashland Theological Seminary, Pastoral Counseling Department
• Seaton Hall, Counseling Department
• Argosy University, Counseling and Training Department