Born and raised in Texas, Bertha Gomez moved to Houston in 1980 with her husband, Ben, and their children Karen, Paul and Sara to further their careers and business.
Working as a professional hair stylist for 40 years, Bertha has been in the service industry for a long time and has always had a passion and drive for helping others.
Bertha’s passion for giving back and connecting with people led her to begin volunteering within her local community. Bertha has previously volunteered at St. Theresa Church as Bazaar & Silent Auction Chairman, with the City of Sugar Land Seniors Program and at Gigi’s Playhouse.
Through these organizations Bertha’s love for serving in the community and working with individuals with disabilities grew, and she instantly wanted to take part in the development of the much-needed MORE Community. The vision of MORE Community evolved and with the help of like minded people, Bertha strives to bring continuing education, friendships, and resources to adults within the I/DD community through her vital role in MORE Community.
In fact, MORE Community’s pop-up shop, AMORE, wouldn’t be possible without Bertha.
As Executive Director, Bertha has always been creative and driven, and her dedication is what allows this specific part of MORE to function so well. These qualities that Bertha holds makes AMORE the fun, creative, and successful community-driven pop-up that allows our participants to flourish because of the engagement and connection they have through AMORE with Bertha.
After moving from Australia in 2015, Sarah and Mark, along with their three children, Eve, Marcus and Curtis, pursued their lifelong dream of living in Houston. All five of them share a passion of giving back to a community that has already given them more than they could have ever dreamed of.
This passion and commitment is the driving force behind Sarah and Mark’s vision for MORE Community Services and Development, and continues to impact their everyday lives as they strive to make a difference in even the smallest ways.
Sarah and Mark’s hope for MORE Community is to not only advocate for at risk youth and those adults with I/DD, but to provide resources for these overlooked individuals to succeed, and simply remind everyone that we are all equal and deserve a place of value in society. By getting all types of people involved, they hope to make an impact in the community, and inspire others to spread the kindness.
As Development and Programs Director, Sarah devotes her time to working with individuals with special needs, and after making it a family focus and passion, discovered a gap in the community that needed filling, and her vision of MORE really took off.
She has always been a strong advocate for literacy and numeracy in the community but now believes it’s time now to take it to another level. Sarah’s plan to fill these gaps is to meet the needs of the individuals by creating and developing innovative programs that see all people as a whole person. She strives to encourage others to further create meaningful connections with the understanding that learning doesn’t stop, no matter who you are or what age you are.
John and Janet Wantuch have lived in Sugar Land, Texas for the past 29 years. John is a retired chemical industry executive and has served on several non-profit boards, including the Fort Bend Education Foundation, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce as well as the advisory board of the local Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He is a graduate of the Class of 2013 Fort Bend Leadership for Non-Profit Excellence program. Janet is active in the community and church, having served as PTO president, MOPS mentor, Stephen minister and has coached multiple Special Olympic sports.
They are the proud parents of two adult children. Their son Wes is a respected educator and coach and married father of one. Their younger daughter Carrie has Down Syndrome and lives at home. She is gregarious, loves to do new things and wants to be included in all home, church and community activities. She has a smile that lights up the room and her enthusiasm is downright contagious.
John and Janet want their daughter and other persons with Intellect Development Disabilities to have opportunities to maintain and learn new skills, develop social relationships, and have purpose and meaning within their community.
These amazing individuals give so much to help MORE Community Services and Development provide opportunities and resources to the IDD community and contribute all their knowledge and skills to seeing every member of MORE foster and grow to their fullest potential.
As Village Director, Janet creates, coordinates, and facilitates a gathering place where parents and caregivers have an opportunity to take a break and be with others who understand their life. She strives to provide an environment for fellowship, open communication, sharing and laughing together or a simply taking a quiet time to just breathe.
Parents and caregivers rarely get a “me” moment. The Village provides a calm, safe, and non-judgmental environment where they can have some time to be themselves.
Kimberly Moronko was born and raised in Tennessee, before moving to Texas in the 1980’s. Though she has lived her life in the South, Kim has been able to travel around the world thanks to her husband, Jeffrey Moronko’s professional baseball career.
Kim is now a mother to three adult children, Kristin, Kassie, and Jacob, and a proud grandmother to two. Kim’s son, Jacob is diagnosed with Autism and lives at home. Jacob is a determined and kind young man, with an exuberant sense of humor that gets everyone laughing. With the help of his family and surrounding community, Jacob continues to grow every single day. After the unique experiences Kim has had raising and caring for Jacob, Kim joined the staff MORE Community, as the Operations Manager.
As Operations Manager, Kim is passionate about the connections between the families, volunteers, and participants in the MORE program. The knowledge and experiences that Kim has from her own journey as a parent of an adult with IDD will continue to be utilized in her role as Operations Manager.
Because Kim has been a caretaker most of her life, she has an immense amount of empathy, compassion and understanding, that alongside her experiences and knowledge shows that she is the prime example of the values and mission behind MORE Community.
As Kim finds her own balance in life as she works on separating her two worlds of 'Jacob’s Mom' and ‘Kim', she hopes to help others re-gain their own life balance as well. Kim would’ve given anything to have a MORE Community earlier in her life journey, and she is excited to help others as well as let parents know that she understands how they feel and give them the community she knows they need so much in their individual lives.
Carrie is a strong, confidant woman with a real zest for life and has a real passion to grow and learn. The relationships that Carrie develops are long lasting and completely authentic. She actively participates in the community and has the ability to bring others together through friendship and support.
Carrie enjoys developing deep friendships and engaging in meaningful and challenging conversations. She constantly questions life around her so that she has a better understanding of her own feelings and emotions and the feelings of others. She is driven to setting the bar high and taking her peers along for the ride. Carrie is loyal, loving, and ultimately an amazing individual who wants the very best for those in her life and will always support others, an example of what we should all strive to be like.
She is a perfect leader for others to look up to as Carrie sees her own personal growth as always evolving. It is because of Carrie that we are called MORE. Carrie told the founders that she wanted MORE from her life and that she wasn’t finished with her learning. Carrie wanted MORE, and more we will give her.
Jacob is an honorable and kindhearted gentleman who leads us all by showing that patience and hard work can allow for amazing things happen. Jacob is determined and dedicated to investing in himself, his self-confidence and growing his own emotional intelligence.
In learning and understanding about his own thoughts he has found the confidence to use his voice and further become actively engaged in every conversation he takes part. Jacob is consistently developing his independence in his daily life, knowing that he has a strong support network from the community around him. Though Jacob may sit back and observe at times, he has an overwhelming amount of empathy and that allows him to see every situation from a unique perspective.
Jacob has a stunning sense of humor and can quickly get those around him in high spirits. MORE has allowed Jacob to emerge as a real leader, he is as much a mentor as a he is a mentee. This will only grow as he explores new opportunities and engages further in the community.