This is our 2023 Families Helping Families Board.
Serving to advance its mission helping families in need.
I grew up in a loving and nurturing family on the south side of Houston and attended Houston Christian University. Because of HCU’s dual degree program, I selected Music Performance and Business Finance as my majors. During my tenure, I was assigned a mentor to help strengthen my spiritual and personal growth. He forever changed my life. My HCU years also led me to my devoted wife of 18 years. Shortly after we graduated together in 2005, I transitioned over to the telecommunications industry, and our family grew with the blessed additions of our bright children, Quincy II and Sydney.
One of my most memorable childhood memories with my grandparents was feeding the homeless in downtown Houston during the cold winter months. Their homemade beef stew fed so many. I witnessed the true meaning of humanity.
Although my grandparents are no longer with us, their legacy of giving back lives on through me.
In 2013, a church member’s home caught on fire and destroyed everything. I scrambled desperately to collect donated items for the family, such as household items, clothing, and shelter. We also collected nearly $800 in donations, which was used to purchase additional grocery items and delivered them to her family. That was the turning point in my life: I chose to transform our blessings into an opportunity to give back to our communities and founded Families Helping Families in Houston.
It has evolved into something greater and more impactful than I could have ever imagined. And I am eternally thankful to all those who help make it happen year over year.
Nikki Collins is a lifelong Houstonian growing up in the Alief area. Nikki comes from a large, close-knit family and lives by the mantra of “Family First”. Nikki met her husband, Quincy, while they were both attending Houston Christian University. They first connected over their shared love of music and have been friends and partners ever since. Nikki is a proud and doting mom to Quincy II and Sydney.
Nikki currently serves as Associate Director, Human Capital Management at American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc. and is committed to maintaining professional partnerships and support to business leaders to drive business results. Nikki has a master’s degree in Strategic Business Management from the University of Houston, a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurial Management from Houston Christian University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Nikki is a board member and co-founder of Families Helping Families Houston and shares Quincy’s passion for and commitment to serving her community.
John Mathew has been a resident of Houston for the past 25 years and calls the North Houston area his home. He lives in the Tomball area with his wife Maria and twin girls, Sarah and Sabrina. John has Accounting, Finance, Procurement & Contracts Management experience within the manufacturing, distribution, and O&G industry. John leads and manages all aspects of finance and procurement for Families Helping Families.
John is also actively involved in his church and has previously been in the capacity of Treasurer and Secretary of St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, in Cypress. John understands that being a part of, and volunteering for Families Helping Families is a great way to give back to the communities in the Houston area. John says, “The foundation has helped me to fulfill my lifelong passion to serve and assist those in need.”
"Be the change you want to see happen"
Dan believes in making positive investments in the communities and individuals where you can. He has a proven track record of transforming operations to empower the people that run the process and deliver results.
In his current role as Managing Director of Technology at YES Prep Public Schools, he drives strategic initiatives to enhance the teaching and learning experience of underprivileged communities to opportunities second to none in the education space.
Dan also serves as a co-chair board member on Society of Information Management Houston chapter. When he isn't working, he enjoys spending time with his spouse and 3 children. Dan has been a part of the Families Helping Families in past years as a volunteer and excited to lead it to achieve in its next chapter.
I grew up in Houston and know firsthand how nutritional shortages can affect a family. In 2017, I had the wonderful experience volunteering for Families Helping Families food distribution and the event had a profound effect on me. The importance of volunteering and giving back to the community is vital to so many.
I’m a proud graduate of the University of Houston, Class of 2000. During the day I serve the community as a commercial lender helping business owners navigate the hefty landscape in the financial markets. Home life consists of a wonderful wife and three beautiful little girls. My goal working for this organization is to ensure no one goes hungry the week of Thanksgiving.