Dieter Cantu was appointed Executive Director in October of 2022. Mr. Cantu most recently served as Youth Justice Director at Collective Action for Youth. Dieter holds an AAS in culinary arts, a BPA in public administration and nonprofit management from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and desires to pursue opportunities in foreign service and disaster diplomacy.
He believes housing issues do not fit into a one-size-fits-all approach. His goal is to create programs that can adapt to meet the community’s unique housing challenges. His focus is to implement research and evaluation projects to design, implement, and test a national model incorporated into evidence-based practices.
Upon completion of her MBA at Houston Baptist University, Hannah joined NestQuest in 2020. She received her BA Hons in History and BSc Hons in Educational Studies from Keele University. Hannah anticipates receiving her Ph.D. in Executive Leadership and Development in 2024.
Hannah joined NestQuest with a focus on Intake and Enrollment, she was promoted to Development and Operations Manager later that year and became Director of Development and Operations in early 2021. Hannah was elevated to Chief Development Officer in early 2022 and through her dedication and ability is leading NestQuest through its growth phase, expansion, and improving service to families in need. Her passion to support families in need stems from personal experience of housing and education instability due to a traumatic accident leaving her mother disabled and unable to work.
Hannah is an avid sports fan – from Rockets to rugby, to rock climbing…you’ll often find her surfing in Galveston. Whilst her accent is British, her heart is in Houston; with many calling her an honorary Texan.
Sade joined NestQuest in 2020, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience on how to best support the families in our Housing and Education Stability program. Sade received her MSW from Baylor University, having received her BA in Social Work from Prairie View A&M University.
Sade joined NestQuest as a Case Manager in 2020, and was promoted to Sr Family Case Manager in 2021. In 2022 Sade became Director of Social Services as a result of her commitment to NestQuest families, the impact she has on the NestQuest team, and each person we work with.
Sade’s experience working within government programs enables her to provide our families with a high level of support, and exceptional counseling and can match relevant resources to those in need. Sade is an energetic, enthusiastic, and dependable individual.
Karina joined NestQuest in 2022, after completing her Bachelor’s in Social Work at Texas State University. She has experience working with children and homeless families. She worked as an intern and as a Case Manager with Sunrise Community Church. Karina looks forward to providing NestQuest families with stability and support.
Karina’s roots are in El Paso Tx where she was born and raised. This is where she gained her passion for helping people and improving communities.
Jeanette comes from a background of working with Special Educational students, youth at risk, and the homeless community. Jeanette has an associate’s degree and Interdisciplinary studies with a minor in Human Services. Jeanette is currently enrolled in the College of Biblical Studies to earn her bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies.
Jeanette is a very family-oriented person who loves working with people and helping in whatever area she can. Jeanette is very reliable and dependable.
NestQuest Houston Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization changing the future of Houston’s children.