Passionate, dedicated, and loving, Maxwell's House of Abilities team members love their work and it shows in everything they do. Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lifes of those with Autism and there families.
Maxwell's House of Abilities Team
Executive Director & Founder
Christina Shelley, Founder and Executive Director of Maxwell's House of Abilities, formed the Nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 2019. Christina's passion for pursuing her mission in life for enriching and bringing fulfillment in the lives of children and adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder stemmed from her very own personal story as a mother. Christina’s wide knowledge and experience in the field was cultivated through parenting her son, affording her a unique perspective on the onset reality of individuals living on the Autism spectrum and life through their eyes. Christina's collective understanding merged with her own personal day to day reality with the inclusion of therapy services and special education for children on the autism spectrum. This has allowed Christina to develop a unique set of compassionate and empathetic communication skills with families whose reality mimics her own.
Maxwell's House, a dedicated team of professionals with the inclusion of teachers and therapists, place emphasis on the strengths of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Providing speech therapy, occupational therapy, Educational services and much more. Christina's dedication to provide affordable services, job opportunities, and customized plans for each family's needs brings forth the best in each individual. Enriching their experience and expanding their horizon and not that which limits them.
Cassandra Bohl, B.Ed
Director of Education
Cassandra Graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary studies. General Education EC-6, Special Education K-12 with a minor in ESL (English as a Second Language) Learners.
Cassandra was an elementary school teacher with the Tomball independent school district. She worked specifically with children who have cognitive and or neurological disorders i.e. Autism Spectrum, Emotional Disturbance, ADHD, and Asperger just to name a few. She was the teacher in a self-contained classroom grade k-5 &6. She also spearheaded what would be known as the PASS Program (Positive Approach to Student Success) where she was both a behavior coach to students progressing through a self-contained classroom to the “normal” classroom setting, to coaching teachers how to love, handle, accept, teach, and forgive said students in their classroom.
Fran Monroe, OTR, DRS, DET
Fran Graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Associated Health Professions. Fran also has SPECIAL CERTIFICATION for Driving Rehab Specialist, TDLR Certified Driving Instructor and DPS Certified Third Party Tester.
Fran has worked in many hospital settings including but not limited to Icon Hospital, Humble Texas. She was the Lead Therapist for inpatient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy services. Working in an acute setting with General Med Surgical, Neurosurgery and ICU patients with a variety of diagnosis to provide treatment for physical and cognitive dysfunction.
She is the owner of Seasons For Living is a private Occupational Therapy practice. The focus of services to promote safety and independence in driving for individuals who are challenged physically and/or mentally using comprehensive assessments and training.
Katherine Moore, B.S.
Support Staff Director
Katherine Graduated from University of Houston Downtown with a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. She also has a Lifetime Certification as a Paraprofessional in the State of Texas.
Katherine has worked in the educational system for over twenty years in both the Aldine ISD and Houston ISD school districts. Throughout Katherine’s long career in education she has worked as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher in both elementary and secondary education. Some of the schools she worked at are considered second chance for at risk students. Taking into consideration some of the children needs she has sponsored programs like The Houston Can Academy North step team (The Diamonds) that helped uplift and encourage self esteem in each student involved. The Diamonds Assisted at the Houston food bank and helped by spending time with and offering assistance to senior citizens.
Shannon Lorick, MBA
Director of HR
Shannon graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Augusta State University Bachelor of science degree in Business Administration: Accounting and Finance from University of South Carolina, and has a Certificate of Local Government Management from University of Georgia, Carl Vincent Institute of Government.
She worked as the controller for 12 year at ANIC ( Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp) a private nonprofit located in Augusta Georgia. Her duties included Oversee long-range financial planning and budget requirements for this $20 million not-for-profit development/ Construction organization. Develop and maintain operational systems for financial functions. Design and implement effective cost controls. Manage $1.6 million dollar annual operating budget. Closed $40 million dollar Lease-Purchase bond issue for a program rollout in conjunction with Freddie Mac.
Manage all human resource issues. Manage all technical issues and computer processes. Manage investment accounts and secure investments to ensure profitable returns. Financially analyze construction projects and provide budget-actual variance reports for Construction Manager and President/CEO. Financially manage two-hundred unit apartment complex owned and operated by company. Maintain systems, controls, and procedures. Assist in conflict resolutions. Review and manage all third party contracts.