About Us


MISSION: The Hope Project’s mission is to support and provide family-based services to families that will promote and empower families towards a happier and healthier lifestyle.

VISION: The Hope Project’s vision is that every family has the opportunity and tools to reach their highest potential in achieving a greater level of quality of life through inclusion and integration of all active participants.


Gloria Sanchez, LPC-1

Community Living Specialist

As a License Professional Counselor-Intern, I am passionate about helping individuals improve their mental health and pushing them to become a better version of them.  I work hard in therapy sessions to hear the client with empathy and share with them unconditional positive regard.


I am a Florida native that was reared in Austin, Texas.  I joined the United States Army in my early 20’s.  I proudly served my country for 14 years; I am a veteran with an honorable discharge.  I received a BA in Psychology from Columbia College.  I earned a graduate degree in Clinical Health Counseling (CACREP) from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with an honorary membership in Chi Sigma Iota.  I have been fortunate in having great mentors during my military career and college years.

I am the mother of three children with the youngest one in high school.  I have been married for over 20 years. My husband continues to serve proudly in the United States Army with more than 20 years in service.

As a Community Living Specialist with The Hope Project, I look forward to working with children and families in providing vital resources through collaboration and outreach services.

Tina Colvin

Mentor, Parent Coaching, Advocacy

Tina Colvin is my name and I have been working with individuals with disabilities for over 15 years. I have a younger sister that became paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 15. This was a life changer not only for her but for our entire family. It wasn't only a physical change for her but an emotional change for us all. After 6 months of being in the hospital the doctors concluded that she had a rare disease called Transverse Mylitis. When she made it home, that was my first experience with working hands-on with someone with a disability. I feel that this was the best teacher for me EVER. I was able to experience the emotional changes of an individual that was able to walk one day, and lost all lower body control the next day. Her experience changed my outlook on life and also helped me to realize that helping other individuals to be strong willed and independent is what I am passionate about doing.

Gladys Perez

Community Living Services-Bilingual

My name is Gladys Perez. I am 23 years old and have lived in Austin for 4 years. I attended the University of Texas at Austin and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. I am currently back in school taking courses so that I can start nursing school at Concordia University in 2018-2019. Some of my hobbies include traveling when I can, watching Netflix, exercising by either weightlifting or running with my dog and overall just doing anything with my dog and boyfriend. I think a big reason I like Austin so much is that it’s dog friendly so I can take my dog, Benny, anywhere and I do!

For the past 2 years, I was working for the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) at their reporting hotline, assessing for the abuse and/or neglect of children, the elderly and the disabled. The work I did for DFPS was tough, but I think the worst part was not knowing what happened with the people I was trying, to help. I am looking forward to working with The Hope Project because I want to make a direct impact on those I’m trying to help.

Alexis Harrison

Family mentoring, CLS

My name is Alexis Harrison; I am a Community Support Specialist for the Hope Project. I graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Master’s in Public Administration and a minor in Organizational Performances on June 1, 1997.  Equally important, I graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling on May 13, 2018. I have been working in the mental health field for 20 years  I am passionate to advocate and offer curriculum mental health clinical aid for people who need services to enhance their lifestyle because of maladaptive behaviors.  I know that my psychotherapeutic skills in specialized behavioral and psychological units have enhanced my knowledge regarding the structure of therapy notes, diagnosis and assessment, and actively listening to individuals’ who experienced difficult situations.  I am trained in ABA, First Aid, CPR, and Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior (PMAB).  I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to aid families in need, working in a team atmosphere; and, I am looking forward in working with Central Texas Communities to enhance the lives of those in need.

James Harrison

Community Living Services

My name is James Harrison. I am a Community Support Specialist for the Hope Project.  I graduated from Texas A&M University Central Texas with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. I also graduated from University of South Carolina with Bachelors in Business Administration.  I have a passion for working with families from all aspects of life.  I was enlisted in the army for 10 years as a Signal Support Specialist. I have been working as a counselor since 2016. I am currently working as a Transitional Age Youth Qualified Mental Health Professional in Waco, Texas. My work experience has been in various positions. I worked as a Career counselor at Workforce Solutions in Austin, TX. I also worked as a Mental Health Clinician at the Marlin Unit Prison. I have training in SAMA, First Aid, and CPR. I look forward to incorporating my skills as well as working in a team atmosphere to provide community support for families.


Community Living Services, Licensed Marriage Family Therapy Associate, Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern

I was born and raised in Shreveport Louisiana. I served in the U.S. Military from 1992-2000 as active duty until I was honorably discharged from service.  I have been married to James A. Tomlin for over 24 years. I have 8 children; one is a licensed Professional Cosmetologist, one is a licensed barber,` one is a consultant for Apple, twin boys are in high school, and three elementary school age children.
I also have 4 grandchildren. I received my Associates degree in business management from University of Maryland and furthered my education receiving a Bachelor degree in Management Studies from University of Sullivan. I got my master’s degree in Marriage and family therapy from University of Mary Harden Baylor. Prior to joining The Hope Project, I interned at Cedar Crest Hospital and Residential Treatment Center; where I counseled patients from adolescents to adults with a variety of issues. I also interned at Teach Them to Love Outreach Ministries to counsel individuals in situations of domestic violence, and alcohol abuse. Aside from working in the field of Marriage and family Therapy, I co-manage  a nonprofit organization for kids aged 5-18, that provides education through athletics. Using track and field, we provide valuable opportunities to kids in all social-economic communities building positive alternatives and encouraging discipline, direction and purpose.

Nikisha Porter

Community Living Services, Family mentoring

I am a native of Central Texas.  I enjoy working with people and do so in both my daily work and in my community. I have been employed as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for more than 10 years with both state and federal Vocational Rehabilitation programs. I have a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern University- Baton Rouge and a Bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University-Nacogdoches, Texas. I am the mother of 4.

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