Staff Leadership

Sherri Clement

Amy Leggio

Chief Executive Officer

Amy Leggio joined Hope Rising as its chief executive officer in April 2021. Amy is a Certified Fundraising Executive with decades of management experience and extensive experience in Board governance. She will be laser focused on significantly increasing the service footprint in Texas for the foster care of minors who survive sex trafficking and on opening the doors of the New Caney Stabilization and Assessment Center, a unique therapeutic entity that will also serve the minor survivors of sex trafficking.

Amy is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Ashley Vargas

Ashley Vargas

Case Manager, Foster Home Development

Ashley earned her Masters of Social Work degree from UT - Arlington in 2019.  Ashley has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of foster care during her six years in the Texas Foster Care System as a child. Ashley also has experience as a caregiver and joined Hope Rising because she recognized it as an agency that cares about the most vulnerable children and truly desires to offer them a path to a bright and happy future

Shandra Reed

Shandra Reed

Case Manager

Shandra Reed currently holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and is pursing a Master’s in Social Work from Walden University to become a Licensed Clinician. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She loves to travel, cook, and try new things. She worked for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for a total 7 years, starting off in Austin and then moving home to Houston, Texas. She has experience with working for a private therapy practice, Austin Child Guidance Center and The AIDS foundation of Houston. Prior to her career in Social Work, she worked for the Vice President of Legal Affairs at UT Austin.