Peace Out Kelly

Dear Friends, Partners, and Collaborators of Connections -

Connections Individual and Family Services has steadfastly pursued its purpose of empowering youth, connecting families, and building futures since 1981. I have been honored with the wonderful opportunity of carrying out the agency’s mission for the past 25+ years, and in leading the agency for over 22 of those years. In all that time, my belief in the importance of our work has only grown-what we do as a mission is so crucial to the future of our communities. I have been consistently awed by the immense talent, dedication, and passion of our team members, volunteers, and board of directors, who are truly making an impact in the lives of youth and families. I have also been humbled by and learned so much from our many friends and partners at the local, state, and federal levels. This collaboration and commitment to support and strengthen youth services not only benefits children and families in the communities we serve, but also throughout Texas. Thanks to everyone that has accompanied me on this journey and for investing in our agency mission of strengthening communities, one youth and one family at a time.

As you may know, our agency has been undergoing a gradual transition in the executive leadership role for over two years. This is an exciting time for us, so please join me in welcoming Jacob Huereca as the CEO of Connections. As a collaborative leader with extensive experience in social services, Mr. Huereca is fully prepared to take the helm and set a clear vision for enhancing our capacity and essential core services. Despite the unprecedented times our society is currently experiencing, he is ready to navigate a strong course through unchartered waters so our agency can continue to support youth and families who seek our help. I truly admire Jacob’s leadership and know that he will bring new perspectives that will drive our agency to evolve with the changing times and to set a gold standard in youth services. I also know we have a strong executive team that will stay attuned to community needs and propel our mission forward.

Thank you for the privilege of investing my time and heart in Connections and for the support you have provided not only to me, but to the agency. Please continue to “Connect” with us online. Stay tuned for more exciting things to come…   


Kellie Stallings

In appreciation of Kellie's service to our community, please consider donating to help support the vulnerable populations she continues to advocate for. Choose from a contribution to Connections or to the scholarship recently established in Kellie's honor.