MOPD Director

Angel PonceAngel Ponce is a bilingual advocacy and government professional with 11 years of experience in city government. He worked as the Senior Community Engagement Liaison at MOPD between 2014 to 2021. Ponce was co-founder of the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD) and is currently the Chair for the United Way of Greater Houston, Interagency Information and Referral Network.

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Sr. Staff Analyst

John SerranoJohn Serrano is the Senior Staff Analyst for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. He is a native New Yorker but a Houstonian at heart. Throughout his 9-year career with the City of Houston, he has managed several technology and public infrastructure projects and programs for ARA, HPD, and HPW.

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Sr. Community Outreach

Stephanie HaechtenStephanie Haechten is the Senior Community Outreach Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Her background is in special education, not-for-profit leadership, and strategic planning. She has spent the last 10 years working in not-for-profit organizations including two Houston-area special schools and most recently, a social services agency for women and their children experiencing homelessness.

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Sr. Comm. Specialist

Reynaldo HerreraReynaldo Herrera is the Senior Communications Specialist for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Serving the largest community in the heart of Houston. He has been a long-time member of working with the Deaf community for more than ten years, and has been actively building his robust skills to use.

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Community Engagement

Kayla MelchoKayla Melcho is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Her background is in community organization, public engagement, and affordable housing.

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Community Liaison

Sissel CarlsenSissel Carlsen is the Community Liaison for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Sissel is a graduate of the University of Houston, where she honed her skills and developed her passion for social justice.

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Sr. Office Asst.

Amanda BoydAmanda Boyd is a resident of Houston Texas. She is currently the Office Clerk for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. She is working towards finishing her Associates and ultimately plans to graduate with a bachelor degree in Business Administration.

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Program Assistant

Hilary PircherHilary Pircher currently serves as the Program Assistant at the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, boasting an extensive background of 8 years in the realm of non-profit administration and education. Her professional journey has encompassed a dedicated 4-year tenure focused on students with disabilities.

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Hilary's Service Dog

DataData II serves as Hilary's Service Dog, meticulously trained by Canine Companions for Independence to provide invaluable assistance with physical tasks. Demonstrating an impressive repertoire of 40 commands, Data II plays a pivotal role in enhancing Hilary's ability to navigate various aspects of daily life.

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