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 Christina 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.
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.
Victoria Garcia, M.S., LPC-A
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
Victoria began working in mental health in 2008, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 2010, and earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 2020. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association and National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Supervised by Theora Noble, LPC-S, LCDC, AADC
Victoria is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Associate, and fellow autism mom. Her personal experiences as a special needs parent provide her with a unique perspective when working with individuals and their families. She’s experienced both the hardships and the joy of parenting a bright, loving, and sassy girl who sees the world through a different lens.
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 Tx. 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.
Professional School Counselor
Shemon Vaughn is a Professional School Counselor. She is the School Counselor at M.E. Foster Elementary School in Houston ISD.
She attended Southeastern Louisiana University where she received her undergraduate degree, and continued her education at Lamar University in Beaumont where she received her Master’s degree in School Counseling.
Shemon decided to pursue a graduate degree that would allow her to help children become more successful students, work with them to help them effectively deal with a variety of problems and inspire them to do their personal best in their lives. Shemon empower her students to show mutual respect and appreciation for one another, as she works closely with their families, and the community to provide a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate counseling program. She address children’s academic, career and social-emotional needs.
Support Staff Director Substitute Teacher
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.
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.