Child Builders - Preparing. Protecting. Empowering

ChildBuilders Team

Amanda Siroosian, MPH

Executive Director

Amanda Siroosian has over 20 years of non-profit experience in prevention and public education. She served as ChildBuilders’ Program Director from October 20, 2007 until September 1, 2017 when she assumed the role of Executive Director. In her role as the Program Director, Amanda oversaw all program training, implementation, evaluation, curriculum development and grant management. She was also instrumental in fundraising, fiscal management, and other ChildBuilders’ operational activities. Amanda has been training and managing staff, interns, volunteers, and contractors for over 20 years in various non-profit organizations. She has led the development of ChildBuilders’ safety and social and emotional learning programs, Stand Strong • Stay Safe™ and Build to Nurture. These, along with other ChildBuilders’ programs, Parents Under Construction and Relationship Smarts PLUS ensure that all children are respected, nurtured, and protected. In 2016-2017, under Amanda’s leadership these programs reached over 80,000 students in 16 school districts and 211 schools and head start centers. Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Ohio State University with an emphasis in Health Behavior and Health Promotion.


Joy Davis, MEd

Program Manager

Joy Davis received her Master of Education from Texas State University, completed her Principal Certification at University of Houston and studied The Art of Leadership at Harvard University. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of education, with a well-rounded background as a campus administrator and teacher in several Texas school districts. Working with all grade levels has enabled her to understand what students need in order to be successful in today’s society. Her work in the community and at ChildBuilders continuously promotes the idea that all children should be respected, nurtured and protected. Joy has been part of the ChildBuilders team since 2016.


Kelly Kelley

Executive Assistant

Kelly has been providing administrative and program support to ChildBuilders since November 2016. As a mother to five children, Kelly has a devotion to nurture and provide children with the tools they need to flourish. Her passion to see children and families thrive has been the driving force of her extensive volunteer work throughout various organizations over the last decade before joining the ChildBuilders team.


Gretchen Lash, LMSW

Curriculum Developer

Gretchen Lash received her B.S. in Education from the University of Vermont in 2003. She taught 5th and 6th grade for two years in Vermont Public Schools before moving to Houston to pursue her Masters in Social Work, which she received from The University of Houston in 2008. Gretchen specializes in the development, implementation, and evaluation of curricula that bring social and emotional learning to K-12 classrooms. She first joined the team as a Social Work intern in 2008, and has contributed to ChildBuilders’ curriculum since that time, including Parents Under Contruction, Build to Nurture, and Stand Strong • Stay Safe™.



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