Meet the Local Good Center Staff

Posted on May 15, 2021

Meet the Local Good Center Staff

The Local Good Center aims to create good within our community by offering life-changing educational programs and additional services in health and wellness, advocacy, and job placement.

Its roots trace back to the Chase Oaks Family Center, which opened its doors in 2014. The Family Center has impacted the lives of hundreds of individuals and families each year through education programs and partnerships. Because of overwhelming demand, the center has outgrown its space and is moving to a new, larger location as the renamed Local Good Center. 

Read more about the staff who will direct the Local Good Center’s efforts, below.

Julissa Estrada – Local Good Center Director

As the former director of the Chase Oaks Family Center, Julissa is well-suited to give leadership to the expanded Local Good Center. Julissa has spent her entire life around people from a variety of ethnic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds. Her childhood experiences in Oak Cliff, Virginia, and South Dallas have shaped her commitment to love and serve others in a way that honors their dignity. She is thrilled to help create access to life-changing services which may otherwise seem unattainable and, in the process, to transform people’s perceptions of Christianity.

Julissa currently lives in Allen with her husband Albert, their three children, and their beloved Yorkie, Cesar. She loves a good laugh, a good hike, and any kind of spicy food.


Reggie Nious – Advocacy Project Director

Reggie is originally from San Antonio but now considers McKinney home. He credits his father with having a huge influence on his spiritual journey toward becoming a true Christ follower. Over the past 20 years, Reggie has worked to empower churches and ensure they have the resources they need to serve their local communities well. He is passionate about helping people to experience love and care in real, tangible ways.

Reggie is married to Vicki, the best person he knows, and together they have two children. In his spare time, Reggie can be found googling home projects to try out for himself.


Kenny Brown – Job Placement Director

Kenny still misses the beaches and mountains of North Carolina where he grew up, but he is excited to be a part of showing local business leaders that doing good can truly be good for business. Kenny views himself as a catalyst to help people achieve the dreams that they have for themselves and their families. He is constantly amazed at how a person’s life trajectory can change when someone is willing to give them a chance.

Kenny, his wife Jenn, and their four kids can often be found around town—eating pizza, having fun, and making a lot of noise in the process.


Merideth White – Wellness Director

Merideth is a DFW-area native who values thoughtfulness and relational connection. She has held many roles that have allowed her to learn from—and connect with—people from all walks of life. Merideth knows firsthand the powerful impact that one generation can have upon another. She is excited to combine those experiences with a passion for healthy living to help multiple generations take critical steps toward wellness.

Merideth and her husband Ben have two sons. When she isn’t enjoying a good nap or dreaming about international travel, she and her family are usually on the lookout for something active and creative to do.


Simret Ingram – Education Director

Simret is a true global citizen, having grown up in Djibouti and Grundy, Virginia. As an active volunteer in schools, ESL classrooms, and the children’s ministry at Chase Oaks, she is a believer in the transformational power of education. Working with the Local Good Center enables Simret to express her love of meeting and being a blessing to new people.

A true Nutella fan, Simret and her husband Dennis enjoy raising their three children (ages 12-16) in Texas but aspire to visit a new country together, every other year.


Rachel Corbitt – Project and Systems Manager

Rachel grew up in Farnborough, just south of London, and moved stateside in 2009. She finds joy in using her extensive background in project management and process improvement to serve others. Rachel has been an active volunteer at the Chase Oaks Sloan Creek Campus for years, and she hopes to inspire people to experience the joy of serving others with their gifts, as well. Rachel and her husband Nate make their home in Fairview, along with their six children ranging in age from 22 years to 15 months.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys drinking hot tea, British style, while working to refine her baking skills.

Want to get involved? Visit the Local Good Center website for more information.

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