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Our Leadership

The Montrose Center is led by pioneering leaders whose knowledge and expertise consistently drive our mission of empowering LGBTQ+ Houston.


Executive Team

Avery Belyeu (she/her)

Chief Executive Officer

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Avery Belyeu has been leading cause-related work for more than a decade. A seasoned non-profit leader with a focus on LGBTQ+ health and wellness, her career spans suicide prevention and crisis intervention, public health, civil rights, and higher education.

Ms. Belyeu’s career includes leadership at civil rights organizations like: Lambda Legal Defense and education fund where she served as a Regional Director; the federally funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention where she led strategic suicide prevention initiatives that had a nationwide impact; and The Trevor Project, the leading non-profit providing suicide prevention and crisis intervention to LGBTQ+ youth under the age of 24, where she created the organization’s education department and designed upstream prevention programs. Early in her career, Ms. Belyeu worked in public health education and promotion at the university level, with a focus on LGBTQ+ student health and wellness.

Ms. Belyeu earned a Master of Divinity degree from Texas Christian University’s Brite Divinity School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University.


Will Batts (he/him)

Chief Operating Officer

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Before joining the Montrose Center, Will has served as the Executive Director of OUTMemphis: The LGBTQ Community Center for the Mid-South.

He has served as a Grand Marshal for the MidSouth Pride Parade, received a certificate of appreciation from the City of Memphis for “outstanding and meritorious service to the community,” a Visionary Award from Focus Magazine Awards (Memphis), and a Mayoral Proclamation “to congratulate and celebrate Will Batts for his exceptional service to the people of Memphis and Shelby County.”

Will holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and has completed 67 hours of Ph.D. in Education, Counseling Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Kyle Leisher, LPC (he/him)

Chief Behavioral Health Officer

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Kyle Leisher began his time with the Montrose Center as a Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern working as a Staff Therapist in the Anti-Violence Program in late 2013. During this time, Kyle honed his counseling skills by working with victims of violence and abuse, as well as conducting outreach to communities and participating in panels focused on increasing awareness of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and hate crimes within the LGBTQ+ community.

After three years as a staff therapist, he took on the role as the Center’s Compliance and Admissions Coordinator. Kyle has a passion for quality improvement, and has spearheaded several projects at the Center that have focused on improving the quality of care provided to clients. Kyle also works diligently to ensure that the working environment is conducive to allowing staff to provide the highest levels of care to their clients. Kyle makes it his personal goal to ensure that all clients at the Center are treated in a dignified manner and can access the care they need to improve their quality of life.

Kyle holds a Masters of Counseling Psychology degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.


Jaymie Mielke Quiroz (she/her)

Chief Programs Officer

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Jaymie Mielke Quiroz has been with the Montrose Center since 2006.  Prior to serving as the Chief Programs Officer, she spent the last sixteen years as the Prevention Program Director with the Montrose Center.  During that tenure, she had the privilege of starting and overseeing various federal, state, and local grants.  These grants focused on health education, HIV prevention and navigation, suicide prevention, tobacco cessation, and recovery in both substance use and mental health. She has participated and continues to participate in a variety of state and local committees focusing on social injustices, health equity, and the HIV continuum of care.     

Jaymie holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Minot State University in North Dakota and a Masters in Sociology from the University of Houston- Clear Lake.  She also hold certifications as a CHW, RSPS, and PSS.


Joel Ferguson (he/him)

Interim Chief Financial Officer

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Joel has served as CFO or interim CFO for several large nonprofit agencies, including The Council on Recovery, Austin Recovery, Houston Area Women’s Center and the Montrose Center. He has an extensive consulting career spanning several decades, and has provided crucial financial, leadership and organizational consulting to a variety of organizations. In addition to his financial background as a former CPA and partner with national and local CPA firms, he has developed specialized expertise in individual and team leadership development and coaching and has served as neutral facilitator for a number of conflict resolution initiatives.

Joel was educated at Rice University, obtaining his BA in Economics and Managerial Studies and a Master of Accounting at the Jones Graduate School of Management. He also served as an adjunct professor at Rice, teaching an undergraduate course in Entrepreneurial Leadership.


Management Team

Christian Capo (he/him), Senior Services Program Director

Gary Powers, CMA (he/him), Finance Director

Hawk Owsley (they/them), LIFE Counseling Program Director

Heather LeGasse (she/her), Medical Case Management Program Director

Jackie Eaton (he/him), Outreach Program Director

Jenn Brock (she/her), Youth Services Director

Meleah Jones (she/her), Director of Development

Mike Ator (he/him), Recovery & Wellness Program Director

Nicole Stelivan (she/her), Intervention Program Director

Rick Musquiz (he/him), Anti-Violence Program Director

Roxanne Palmer (she/her), HIV/AIDS Counseling & Case Management Program Director

Tasha Ward (she/her), Prevention Program Director


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Board of Directors

the Montrose Center

Gary Wood, CPC, CTSPresident
Jane Robinson, JDVice President
Clark Caperton, MPATreasurer
Christopher Delphin, JDSecretary
David RamirezAt-Large
Tina Burgos
Karen Carlson, MS
Bryan Cotton 
Marvin Fuentes
Paul W. Guillory
Tara Kelly
Jani Lopez
Nancy Sims, MLA

Montrose Counseling Center Permanent Endowment

Ralph J. Herring, OD, MHAPresident
Michael Sirimaturos, PharmD, BCNSPVice President
Jason DoxeyTreasurer
VacantSecretary
Jim Bailey
George Grant
Chris Robertson
Horacio Rodriguez