We are delighted to introduce our newest team member, Hazel Ayala! Hazel rejoined the NestQuest family in 2021 as a Case Manager after a two year hiatus. We are excited to have her back in the team! Hazel received her BS in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Houston. She began working with children as an elementary teacher in Houston Independent School District, later gained years of valuable experience as a Rehabilitation Clinician at The Harris Center for Mental Health, supporting school-aged patients. Hazel’s experience within NestQuest and the wider Houston community enables her to provide first class support and match resources to each family. Her background in finance supports our families in building their financial stability plan.
When asked “What does the NestQuest mission mean to you?” Hazel responded as follows;
“I can relate to the children we are serving on a deeper level because I had a similar upbringing living in a single parent household. Having received mental health services and support as a child, similar to most children we serve here at NestQuest, I understand their struggles. I passionately believe in our mission and in providing support for women and children who have experienced trauma and struggle with PTSD. Every child, every mom deserves a chance at success, and they deserve respect.”
Hazel brings compassion, energy and experience to the NestQuest team, providing our families with the best Case Management services available. She relates to our children on a deeper level having had similar experiences, and receiving mental health services as a child and adult. Hazel strongly believes in NestQuest’s mission, and in providing support for women and children who have been through traumatic experiences and who may be suffering from PTSD.
In her spare time, Hazel loves competing in powerlifting and Strongman competitions, and avoids frogs at all times!