Kathy Kraiza serves as the Executive Director for Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) Houston. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. Kathy completed a course of graduate studies at New York Theological Seminary and has been consecrated as a deaconess in the United Methodist Church.
Prior to coming to JFON, Kathy worked for 10 years with United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) as the Executive Director of Relief Supplies and the Director of Outreach Ministries at UMCOR Sager Brown in Louisiana. Additionally, she served churches in Washington State through youth ministries and Christian education
A 21 year veteran of the U. S. Navy, Kathy retired as a photographic officer having served aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln (CVN72), White House Communications Agency, Atlantic Fleet Intelligence Command and numerous other shore stations. The organization, management and leadership skills she developed during her naval career are vital to her work with JFON.
Joy Green is the Staff Attorney for JFON Houston. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Policy Studies from Rice University and her Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. While in college, she spent a semester abroad at the University of Havana in Cuba.
Prior to working with JFON, Joy spent four years in private practice in Dallas, Texas with a law firm that exclusively specializes in immigration law. There she gained valuable experience representing individuals across the United States with family based immigration, removal defense, naturalization, and humanitarian relief. During law school, she volunteered as a legal intern with Immigration and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities.
Joy is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Prior to starting her legal career, Joy was a lead teacher in the Houston Independent School District where she jointly taught English as a Second Language, bilingual, and Gifted & Talented students. She is proficient in Spanish.