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Our Leaders

Committed to the Cause


Dr. Gloria Okere, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Gloria Okere is the  Executive Director of L & G Mental Health Housing and Resources. As the Executive Director, Dr. Okere works to identify and develop strategic planning that includes organizational research that sets the cultural tone to illustrate the goals of the Board. She amplifies the mission and vision of L & G Mental Health Housing and Resources. She provides housing resources and mental health services that improve the lives of the individuals within her community. Dr. Okere is an advocate for reshaping the lives of individuals with a mental health diagnosis and takes on the responsibility of providing services that allow each person to regain control of his or her own life.  

Before joining L & G Mental Health Housing and Resources, Dr. Okere served as a Certified Mental Health Clinician for seven years, where she provided mental health services as well as housing and counseling resources. Previously, she worked within the school system as an at-risk juvenile and adult specialist, where she developed curriculum and provided skills training that takes on a holistic approach.  

Dr. Okere currently holds a Ph.D. in Administration of Justice,  a Master's Degree in Counseling Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism. 


 LaSheria Nance-Bush, M.S, C.J

Chief Operating Officer

LaSheria Nance-Bush is currently the Chief Operating Officer of L&G Mental Health Housing and Resources; as COO, LaSheria oversees all operational and administrative functions and oversees the functions supporting mental health training programs. She identifies and implements cost-effective ways to deliver state-of-the-art programs to clients. She develops curriculum and assessments for individual housing and resources as needed. LaSheria has demonstrated a history of working in the housing and community development sector. LaSheria has worked with the Assertive Community Team, Outpatient Competency Restoration, and Assertive Outpatient Team, all of which services help people live the life they want by finding jobs or homes, learning about their medications, and talking to their doctors to get what they need.


LaSheria Nance-Bush is currently a Ph.D. Student at the Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs in the Administration of Justice program at Texas Southern University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology and Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership Management from Sam Houston State University.


Before L&G Mental Health Housing and Resources, LaSheria was a former Master Peace Officer and Certified Mental Health Officer with more than ten years of Aviation Security and Law Enforcement experience. LaSheria Nance-Bush is the founding President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) for the Texas Southern University Collegiate Chapter and a member of several professional and educational organizations, including the American Society of Criminology (ASC), Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) and Energy Security Council.

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Board of Directors

Making A Difference

Tavis White


A native Houstonian, Tavis White is an advocate for community organization and change. He serves as the Chair of L&G Mental Health Housing and Resources in which he oversees the board and committee meetings. Tavis has a Master’s in Public Administration in which he
currently works within the City of Houston as an administrative supervisor and provides guidance as it concerns the health and safety of Houston residents. Tavis brings over ten years of expertise relating to community structure and cohesiveness. Tavis has a strong devotion to the mission L&G Mental Health Housing and Resources and is passionate about helping others
regain control of his or her life

Diana Gallego


Diana Gallego has a deep appreciation for mental health equity and awareness. Holding an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Diana has extensive experience working with adolescents, families, and adults and has devoted more than five years of working with underserved communities as it relates to providing community resources towards health, wellness, and rental assistance. Diana has an impressive array of clinical skills as she serves as the Secretary of L&G Mental Health Housing and Resources. Diana currently works within the community of Houston providing housing resources to Houston residents in the realm of real estate.


Valda Washington


Valda Washington is an individual of great trust and integrity. Valda serves as the Treasurer for L&G Mental Health Housing and Resources and devotes her time to establishing financial management policies. She has thorough knowledge and understanding of the organization’s financial reports and prepares and presents budgets for new and ongoing work. Valda hails from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she proudly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and has years of experience in the human resources realm. This includes over 25 years of experience specializing in Employee Retention and Diversity and Inclusion. She also has experience as a leasing consultant in which she prides herself on working closely with residents to maintain communication between management while assisting in a multitude of administrative tasks. Valda seeks to elevate her community by supporting and promoting the organization’s funding and resource development efforts and serving as an advocate of L&G Mental Health Housing and Resources.

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