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Steven Holloway

CEO, Founder 
Steven Holloway founded PACE Youth Programs in 2000 out of his desire to help youth effectively reintegrate into society after release from state juvenile detention. Mr. Holloway is passionate about providing youth positive guidance and about reaching out to help as many young people as possible. PACE offers a 12-week life skills program for youth on probation in Harris County; featuring educational training, support and life skills training. Mr. Holloway is pleased to lead an expansion of PACE. In 2016, PACE will offer a 12-month program focused on preventing juvenile delinquency. The program will directly support the children and families of the incarcerated. Included will be a 12-week life skills program, as well as leadership training, employment preparation and community work, and a parenting support group. Mr. Holloway holds an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies from The College of Biblical Studies and is pursuing a BA in Organizational Leadership. He is happily married and has the pleasure of raising five daughters.

  • Guidance Leader
  • Child Advocacy

John W. “Billy” Belk

Billy Belk served on the Board of Directors of PACE Youth from 2015-2017. In January of 2017 Billy was elected President of the PACE Board of Directors. Through his volunteerism with PACE Youth, Billy has gained a greater appreciation of the mission of the organization and the dedication and passion of Steven & Patricia Holloway, staff counselors, and volunteers. Through the Intervention Services PACE Youth helps redirect the lives of youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System through educational life-skills programs. Through the Prevention Services PACE Youth Academy offers a 12-month mentoring program helping youth deal with the stigma of having one or both parents incarcerated. After a career in law enforcement as a Homicide Detective, PACE Youth allows him to shift his focus from reactive incarceration of adults to proactive intervention and prevention of youth’s future criminal behavior. In 2009 Billy retired from the Houston Police Department after 32 years of service and established the law firm of John William Belk & Associates in Houston, Texas. He received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston – Downtown. He and his wife, Debbie, have been married since 1977 and have raised four children. He enjoys spending his free time with his grandson.

  • Law Enforcement – Legal Council
  • Child Advocacy

Brandon Drake

Vice President
I, Brandon Drake have known about PACE since July 2014. I was introduced to Steven Holloway by a previous board member and scheduled a meeting with him at a local Starbucks. I was impressed with Steven’s passion, direction, and his mission that he has set with PACE. I joined the board of directors in 2015 and have served ever since. I moved to the Greater Houston Area in 2006 to attend the University of Houston and graduated with B.S. in Psychology. I have over eight years of experience in Social Work through The Department of Family Protective Services and four years with Child Advocates, Inc. I have six years of experience in volunteer management and three years of recruitment and training. I continue to mentor and serve in the best interest of many youths in the Greater Houston Area as they are preparing for adulthood. I have a passion and calling to create better opportunities for children and families that are less fortunate. I practice having an unbiased and nonjudgmental outlook towards others. I believe this is the best way to assist people in their time of need. It is my complete pleasure and honor to serve as the Vice President of this organization, PACE Youth.

  • Volunteer Management
  • Child Advocacy – Social Work

Melody Gerard

After attending a fundraising gala, Melody was overwhelmingly impressed with the mission and work of PACE and was invited to be a member of the Board of Directors in 2014. Melody has a passion for working with youth, inspiring them to be life-long learners and always finding ways to make themselves proud. Melody is a native of Dallas, TX and alumnus of the University of Houston. She has been an educator with Houston Independent School District for over 10 years. She is also an active and proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is currently a member of its Bay Area Houston Alumnae Chapter, where she serves as the chapter’s journalist.

  • Educator-Journalism
  • Child Advocacy

Bob Pond

Emeritus Board Member
Robert G. Pond has been associated with PACE Youth Programs, Inc, since 2003 when he met Steve Holloway through a mutual friend. He joined the Board of Directors in 2004. He has a uniquely distinguished career with over 50 years experience in the tubular/oil field market. For the past 30 years, Mr. Pond has held executive positions with major oil field companies. In addition to operating his own consulting company, Mr. Pond was President and CEO for Grant Corporation, VAM PTS, and Bellville Tubular Sales Corporation. He is a founding shareholder of Energy Alloys LLC. Since retiring, Mr. Pond has been involved with MD Anderson Volunteer Services, SCORE/SBA and prison counseling services. He is married and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

  • Energy Management
  • Child Advocacy

Laurel Hyle, JD, MPH

Board Member
Laurel Hyle, JD, MPH, has been interested in the social determinants of health and the intersection between health, socioeconomic factors and the criminal justice system for years. She has worked in helping professions for her entire adult life, including being a trusted advisor to various health care institutions. In addition to being trained in law and public health, she has also participated in an internship and fellowship in bioethics. She believes strongly that what impacts one member of the human family impacts all of us and she is passionate about helping youth, families and communities create healthy, meaningful futures. She joined the PACE Youth Board of Directors because of her belief that PACE Youth provides a unique opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and she is dedicated to helping PACE extend its reach and expand its services to all in need.

  • Health Care Advisory
  • Child Advocacy

David Rougeau

Board Member 
David K. Rougeau is a police officer with better than 30 years of service in the law enforcement arena. He currently works for the Brazosport ISD Police Department but served for 27 years with the Houston Police Department before retiring in 2013. While at the Houston Police Department he served in the Patrol, Homicide and Warrant Divisions. He also worked at the Lake Charles Fire Department at the advent of his tenure in public service from 1982-85. He has worn a “number of hats” during the course of his life including a stint in the ranks of professional boxing where he competed on the George Foreman Boxing Promotion Banner. He currently serves as the Youth Pastor at Living Faith Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and has been in the Ministry of declaring the “Good News” of the “Lord Jesus Christ” for the past 22 years.He is a former student of McNeese State University located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has a “passion” to make a difference for the better, in the lives of today’s youth while encouraging the youth to “Pursue Perfection” in every aspect of their lives. His motto is to “Never Ever Give Up” (N.E.G.U.) no matter how adverse things may become during the course of this life. He has served for better than a decade with the PACE organization and considers it an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to work with such an outstanding and “Life Changing” program.”

  • Law Enforcement
  • Child Advocacy

Rev. Alexander Johnson

Board Member
The Reverend Alexander E.M. Johnson joined the board of the PACE Youth Programs, Inc. in Spring 2015 in hopes of continuing the great work of transforming the lives of young men and women and equipping them with the tools to make manifest the potential that God has placed within them. A native Houstonian, Rev. Johnson serves as the Associate Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, TX, where he is responsible for ensuring the efficacious and impactful flow of Wheeler’s four Sunday worship experiences as well as overseeing the more than 60 ministries of the church. Rev. Johnson earned a BA degree in The Comparative Study of Religion from Harvard College in Cambridge, MA, with a Secondary degree in African American Studies. He holds the Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. He is a proud member of the Harvard Alumni Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the NAACP.

  • Associate Pastor
  • Child Advocacy

Johnny G. Hollins

Board Member
Johnny G. Hollins began as a volunteer at Pace Youth Programs in February 2017. Hollins’ service at Pace was a direct extension of his commitment to the youth in our community. Hollins has a strong desire to equip young adults with productive and positive attitudes. With Hollins’ recent appointment to Pace’s Board of Directors, Hollins’ platform and passion to empower our youth will be better served. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Hollins studied at Louisiana State University before serving in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Mechanic. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Hollins made the move to Houston, Texas. Hollins utilized his background and entrepreneurial spirit to propel the development of several business ventures. Founded in 2002, JG Hollins Investments is comprised of rental properties and new home construction. In his ongoing commitment to the Houston community, Hollins partnered with the L.A.R.A. program to build and provide affordable housing in Houston’s inner city. The program has afforded many underprivileged the opportunity of home ownership. It was Hollins’ continued passion for helping others that birthed Old Yale Adult Day Care Center. Founded in 2003, Old Yale Adult Day Care Center provides a safe and productive environment for the mentally challenged citizens of our community. As a member of various professional organizations, including his recent appointment, Hollins’ passion for continuous growth and self-improvement proves to be a valuable resource for the inner-city youth of Houston. Hollins spends countless hours mentoring and fostering young African-American men to adopt his “spirit of excellence.” Hollins’ tireless service in civic engagement, organizational and community development is now actualized in the lives of the youth serviced by Pace Youth Programs.

  • United States Armed Forces
  • Child Advocacy

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