FELECEIA B. BENTON, IS A PASSIONATE LOVER OF GOD, HIS PEOPLE AND OF HELPING PEOPLE THINK BEYOND THEIR COMFORT ZONES.
"Everything changes when you change your mind."
As a single momma of a little girl born with Down syndrome, Feleceia has learned to believe in the power of perspective. Beauty can be formed from the most difficult situations.
After an unsuccessful four-month search for looking for a job, she created her own.
Founded in 2012, the Zoe Communications Agency is a creative content and brand management company that builds strategic marketing solutions for cities, communities and businesses like the City of DeSoto, the City of Hutchins, RISE Clothing, and the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce.
Her love for writing inspired her to not only author her first book, Lessons from Five Fingers: 21 Life Lessons from the Book of Zoe, but also led her to found Elisia Magazine, a quarterly digital lifestyle magazine that celebrates the diverse voice of the American woman.
An accomplished award-winning singer and performer, Feleceia has performed on almost every professional theater stage in Dallas/Ft. Worth and has been featured in publications like the Dallas Morning News, Culture Map Dallas, and most recently on the cover of Thrive Magazine with her little girl, Zoe.
As a single mother of an amputee born with Down Syndrome, Feleceia still finds the time to record a weekly podcast, LifeChat Radio, where she and her co-host talk music, business, spirituality and all things life.
Ms. Benton holds two degrees from Texas Christian University, a graduate of the Leadership Southwest program, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Leadership at UNT-Dallas. She also sits on a number of non-profit boards in Southern Dallas County.
Feleceia is ultimately passionate about spreading her inspirational message of creativity, spirituality and empowerment through faith, hope and action.
Born, raised, and educated (Go Coogs!) in Houston, Betsy Assad now runs her own business, Assad Financial Group, LLC, a financial services practice in the city. Her mission in life is to make sure people are spiritually and financially secure with financial empowerment through education at heart of what she does.
Betsy has spent the last 14 years in the Insurance and Financial Services industry working to educate people on how best to take action to accomplish their financial goals. In 2010, she joined with New York Life who provides her with top-tier training and resources. Betsy is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®.
Betsy is greatly involved in ministry and volunteer opportunities throughout Houston. She leads a monthly women’s bible study, leads the Prayer Team at the Porch Houston and is a Vice-Chairman at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. She is actively involved in her church, Houston’s First Baptist. Betsy loves Jesus and her desire is that all people encounter the life-altering, heart transforming, healing love of Christ.
Dani Gantt is a mom, daughter, sister and friend who fills her days working as a HR Manager and challenging herself to be present. While HR is her jam, being a Mom to Ethan, the coolest teenager she knows, is where she thrives.
While in college at the University of Houston, Dani developed a deep love for Jesus. She has seen and continues to be blown away by the Lord’s redemptive love and faithfulness in her life. She believes the Lord has a purpose for everyone and loves connecting with women to help them discover their true identity in Christ.
Dani is the Co-Director of Polished Houston – Inner Loop, a community of diverse professional women that gather to navigate career and explore faith. She also co-leads a Be the Bridge group that is dedicated to advocating and promoting diversity, inclusion, racial justice, restoration and reconciliation.
Passionate about serving her community, Dani volunteers with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, HR Houston Gives Back, and her church family, Bayou City Fellowship.
A native New Yorker who calls Houston home, Dani loves listening to live music and traveling. She can be found on any day searching for coffee, tacos, a place to hike and the score of the game.
Melissa is still a single Mom, NOT a still single Mom but a single Mom still…(ok ok I think you guys get it). One thing you will learn about Melissa right away is that she loves to make you laugh! She loves that Jesus let’s her be funny, even more than she loves queso. Melissa has just recently moved back to Houston after a few years working in Austin and is super excited to be HOME. Her daughter, Kyleigh just graduated from the University of Arkansas and is headed down under – yep AUSTRALIA!!! Melissa tried to ground her from leaving but it didn’t work! At the first Overflow gathering, Melissa was our opening speaker and we are so so happy to have her back with us this year! She has a full time job, but would much rather be on stage making others crack up and fall in love with Jesus all over again! Melissa loves red lipstick, super fun hair styles, laughing at all the ridiculousness in life and spending precious time with her beautiful daughter.
Melissa is a Client Principal for Manpower at Caterpillar which means she manages all of the Contract-Temporary workers. 560 of them! She has been doing this type work for 22 years. In her spare time she loves to do karaoke and work out at Camp Gladiator bootcamp – and by working out she means run a little and people watch. SHE CAN flip a tire though so be careful!
A Houston native, Natalie now lives in La Grange, Texas where she is the Discipleship Director at Tejas Camp and Retreat Center. For over twenty years of a ministry career, Natalie has served on a church staff, as a missionary in East Africa, and with several nonprofits.She has found that the very best and also the hardest Kingdom work has been in being a foster momma to four vulnerable children over the last several years.
Besides mothering, teaching God's Word is her favorite thing to do wherever God call her. On a day off you can find her enjoying a good meal - home-cooked or out, catching up on TV or podcast episodes, or reading.
Over the years, God has provided many opportunities for Natalie to share her personal story and a life changing message of how God can turn a great mess into greatness! Having suffered abuse, the guilt and shame of an abortion, the loss of a child, failed relationships, homelessness, as well as dealing with the daily struggles of life, Natalie discovered freedom in Christ by unlocking the most painful parts of her life story.
Natalie is indeed an overcomer, and she is passionate about sharing real-life experiences, which do not always come in a pretty package. You will always get her loving, funny, honest self, along with the relevant and practical things she is learning from God. As single mom, Natalie has loved and guided her sweet, talented daughter, Jada to her college years. With a courageous authenticity that is brave and inspiring, Natalie uses her gift of words to bless and help us see more clearly how God deeply loves us. Natalie loves beauty, color, laughter, friends and a nice big slice of pound cake!
Ryan DeLange is a worship leader and singer-songwriter from Houston, TX. He is currently serving as a worship pastor at Bayou City Fellowship in Cypress, TX and has an incredible vision and heart for music in the church. Whether leading on Sunday mornings, or traveling and leading for youth/college conferences, Ryan has an unmistakable ability to captivate people for the sake of Christ. His raw talent is unparalleled, both vocally and as a song-writer.
Ally is an educator, choreographer, and performer in the Houston area. She has choreographed a number of musicals and events at Houston high schools, elementary schools, and community theaters. She has been a volunteer with Overflow since the first conference and loves the day spent serving and loving these Overflow families. Ally believes that the art of dance worship can bring out so much in the hearts of both the dancers and the audience. Ally teaches the girls of Talitha Cumi that a worship leader overflows from their own cup of worship (Psalm 23), invites others into communion with God (Psalm 66), proclaims the glory of God (Psalm 145), and lives the life of one who is loved by God.
Crystal Fowler has been in the Financial Professional/ Banking industry for over 10 years. Currently, she works under New York Life locally, is an Alum and teaches financial management at Prairie View A&M University. She empowers hardworking individuals and students with information to make smart financial decisions and implement strategies to meet their financial goals. A Houstonian by way of San Antonio, Crystal is passionate, dedicated, educated, and committed to helping others.
THANH THI NGUYEN
Born in Texas, Thanh is a native Texan who received a degree in Business and Finance from the University of Houston and then had a number of successful years in sales. Thanh joined the New York Life Family in 2016 and she quickly qualified for Executive Council, Executive Council Premier and President’s Council and was recognized as a top producing agent in her class. She has received numerous awards that includes Million Dollar Round Table and New Org Agent of the Year, New Org Life FYC Leader, Life Producer, Life MVP and recognized as a top producing agent in her class. Recently, she joined management as an Associate Partner.
As a woman who is parenting on her own, Thanh enjoys spending time with her daughter Julianna, cooking for her big family, reading, wine-tasting, traveling, and being active outdoors. She is highly involved in the Houston community as Ambassador of the Women’s Market, along with several Asian American societies. Thanh enjoys helping others plan for their future, educating on protecting their families in the ways she would care for her own family.
Kristi joined the New York Life Family in 2009. Her involvement with the company and passion for personal career growth led her to the Houston General Office as the Senior Director of Development in 2017.
She takes great pride in her own learning, as well as growth within her coworkers. Over the past several years she has participated in numerous pilot programs and proof of concepts to provide feedback as the company is seeking guidance in improving and developing new systems. Prior to joining the NYL team she was a middle school teacher which may explain her personal love for learning and the need to create a safe and positive learning environment for those around her.
In addition to her career, she values being active in her community. Most importantly Kristi is a devoted single mother to the one that makes everything in her life brighter, her daughter, Sky.