Jennifer Maraston


Jennifer is the founder of the organization and is responsible for the daily operations of Peace Beyond The Pain.  Jennifer works closely with each family to ensure they are being supported in the best possible way.  Jennifer has over 20 years in the mortgage and banking industry. Working for companies such as JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Ally she has a wealth of knowledge in finance and mortgage.  Jennifer graduated from Houston Community College with an AAS in Real Estate and obtained her Real Estate Salesperson License from the State of Texas.  Currently, she is working in Commercial Finance.  Jennifer is the mother of Peace Beyond the Pain Angel Jaquan Wyatt and she has 3 more children.  Jennifer has taken her grief and created a safe place for families in her same shoes.  Jennifer is dedicated to helping our families Heal After Homicide!

Willie Pelt

Director of Pastoral Services

With us since our founding, Willie is responsible for the ministry aspect of the Organization. Willie's role requires him  to listen counsel and restore people's Faith in Christ.  Willie worked in sales for over 40 years.  He obtained his Certificate of Ordination from The Christian National Church.  Willie also hold a Cetificate of Chaplancy from Lifeline School of Theology.  Willie has had a passion for serving the community and the church for many years. He also has served as the Senior Pastor of 2nd Immanuel Bible Fellowship Church for the last 7 years.  Willie held the position of Sunday School Superintendent at The Cross of Christ Baptist Church for 5 years. Willie brings years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.

Jaila Taylor

Director of Youth Services

Jaila is responsible for creating and managing programs and building lasting relationships for the youth divison of Peace Beyond the Pain. Jaila recently graduated from Lancaster High School and is currently studying at UNT Dallas majoring in Business Management.  Jaila decided to join the team after the muder of her brother in 2019. Jaila is passionate about making others feel better about their situation and believes that youth connect better with other youth.

Carolee Furukawa


Carolee  Furukawa is responsible for the organizations financial assets and liabilities. Carolee attended UC Davis and obtained her Economics degree. She later received her MBA from the University of Southern California. Carolee has worked for Bank of America as a Credit Manager & Vice President. For Toyota Motor Credit Corporation she was the Treasury Operations Manager & National Account Manager.  Currently she works for Toyota Indutries Commerical Finance as the Director of Operations/Inside Sales & Dealer Intergration Trainer.  Carolee has also served as a volunteer with the 1736 Family Crisis Center.  Carolee joined Peace Beyond The Pain with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity

Stephanie Houston

Board Secretary

Stephanie Houston is responsible for managing and maintaining the records of the board and is essential to the daily operations of the organization.  Stephanie is a mother of 3 who enjoys family, friends and life. She has over 20 + years in Customer Service/ Management. She is the Founder of The Muhlaysia Booker Foundation. Stephanie joined Peace Beyond The Pain to encourage, motivate, and love on other individuals that have lost their loved ones due to homicide.

Taneva Rhodes

Director of Community Engagement

Taneva Rhodes is responsible for our community outreach programs.  Taneva is our connection to the various neighborhoods in DFW that are high crime areas .  Taneva's role is critical to the organizations mission and goals.  She is a native of Mansifield, LA. but relocated to Dallas, Texas at an early age . She is a graduate of A. Maceo Smith High School.  Currently, she is enrolled in Cedar Valley College pursing a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Taneva has worked  in the Banking & Financial fields for 20 years. Taneva has been a longtime memeber of Friendship West Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas where she is a part of their Discover Ministry.  Loss is something familiar to Taneva. Her oldest brother Morran J. Roberson was murdered October 9, 1993.  Because of her passion for people especially, those who have lost ones due to gun violence she is the perfect person for this role.  She is also a proud mother of 2 beautiful daughters and 2 stepchildren and has been married to her husband for 16 years.

Lesha Dansby

President | Social Media Specialist

 Kalesha is responsible for bringing awareness to our organization in efforts to combat the growing rate of violence in the DFW metroplex.  She also is responsible for building and executing the organizations social media presence. Kalesha is a Dallas native, wife, and mother of three. She has worked in the mortgage banking industry for over 15 years with companies such as JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo.  Kalesha, also served as a flight attendant for America Airlines for several years.  Kalesha,  has had two immediate family members who were murdered and has firsthand experience of the grief associated with the loss of a loved one.