I work with a strong belief in the idea that what people believe will shape who they become. We are all born with a purpose. Sometimes, the way we think can get in the way of our purpose. I am highly interested in helping children, teens and adults activate their purpose by creating unique and inspiring programs, workshops, and events that empower. Seeing others live joyfully, optimistic, brave, with courageous faith in themselves is all the more reasons why I am devoted to creating opportunities that promote positive change and outcomes in the lives of children, teens, and adults.
Natasha began her career in Human Resources in 2002. Natasha worked at St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital as a Sr. Human Resource Benefits Specialist for seven amazing years. Consistently propelled toward a greater cause, Natasha devised a plan, gathered committed volunteers, and took an enormous leap of faith. Natasha resigned from her dream job to start a support group and ministry for parents who were unemployed or had low-income and needed help with dependable, safe and quality childcare. The ministry offered free childcare for parents who were unemployed and affordable childcare for parents who were struggling financially and didn't qualify for government assistance due to earning a little over the maximum amount to qualify for help. The ministry provided Spiritual support and through partnerships, offered a variety of free resources.
Natasha was eager to help parents with their children, because she understood the support that parents needed, being raised in a single-family home where access to mentors, youth development opportunities and outlets that could enhance the parent-child relationship was slim to none. Natasha's background in Human Resources, along with a strategic plan and faith left her fully equipped for success in the execution of her work in the community. Learning is a neverending journey for Natasha and she continues to seek knowledge and cutting-edge tools to aid her mission and to be a resource for others.
Natasha earned an A.A. in Religion, B.S. in Communications, an M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and is licensed by the State of Texas as a qualified Childcare Director. Natasha became a Certified Life and Career Coach with a passion for elevating those she was assigned to help. As the vision became clearer, in 2011, Natasha and her Husband, Markeith Tennison, worked together and developed new pathways to offer high-level, purpose-driven programs and workshops that brought children, teens, and adults together, while staying committed to the origin of supporting parents. Gathering Outreach Community Services (GOCS) was born and is responsible for giving hope mentally and financially to hundreds of families in the Alvin Independent School District and City of Pearland.
It's with great commitment and immense love that Natasha serves as the founder and full-time CEO of Gathering Outreach Community Services, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Conjointly, Natasha is also the founder and Executive Director of Gathering Kids, an award-winning, recognized after school mentorship program that builds self-esteem and enhances the parent-child relationship. Natasha brings her family-inspired background and talent in performing arts and scriptwriting to offer students a creative way to build their self-esteem and confidence. Gathering Kids now offers seven programs to children and teens. Natasha's work has been recognized by Pearland Chamber of Commerce and Alvin Independent School District who thought enough of her programs and organization to deem as their Community Partner.
With over 15 years of experience in community and public service, Natasha beleives in the combined power of community togetherness and love. Through many challenges along the way, Natasha has developed an approach that is both limitless and ambitious, working with a tenacity that is flexible and capable of overcoming obstacles. Natasha serves on the Board of Greater Businesses of Pearland as Treasurer and a variety of community service committees in Pearland, such as Wobble Before You Gobble Fitness health Fair and the Clean and Green community clean initiative. Natasha is always willing to serve and support great causes. Aside from her work in the community, Natasha lives in Pearland, TX and shares her love every day, as both wife and mother to her three amazing kids.