Journey 4ward Staff

Founder - President

Cathy Taylor is the Founder and Executive Director of Journey 4ward. As the Executive Director she is responsible for the overall management and direction of Journey 4ward in accordance with its vision and mission. She has worked in Executive office roles, including Project Management roles for over 30 years.


Cathy Taylor is a lifelong resident of the DFW area and mother of 3 as well as Mimi (Grandmother) to 5.

After losing her son to gun violence in 2013 she found herself advocating and supporting other families that had lost loved ones to gun violence. She spends many hours speaking, supporting others who have lost loved ones to gun violence and advocating for common sense gun laws.


Cathy is a supporter and volunteer with Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, Planned Parenthood of North Texas, Moms Demand Action, Life Gift and Bridges to Life.

As a part of her healing process she has authored and published a book “Real Grief: My Journey of Loss to Healing”.

Chief Financial Officer

Charles serves as Journey 4wards Chief Financial Officer and has extensive experience in a wide range of leadership, management and advisory positions. In the role of Chief Financial Officer, he provides executives with timely and accurate financial statements, ongoing cash flow projections, oversight over accounting and finance operations.


Charles received his Associates in Applied Science and has served as a paramedic, firefighter and engineer driver with the City of Dallas Fire Department for over 30 years. Charles has a strong background of protecting lives and property through his dedicated service.


Charles has volunteered in numerous youth organization programs coaching football, basketball, track, and baseball. Charles is a lifelong resident of Texas and the father of 3 children and Papaw to 5 grandchildren. Because of the personal loss of his son Corey to gun violence he brings to Journey 4ward the understanding and compassion to help others along their journey of grief.

Director of Counseling & Education

Sherri Mata is a full-time faculty member at Tarrant County College and Tarleton State University, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and serves as the Director of Counseling & Educational Outreach for Journey4ward.


Sherri has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in professional counseling, and is working towards a doctorate in clinical psychology that leads to licensure as a psychologist in the state of Texas. 


As an instructor, Sherri teaches general psychology, psychology of adjustment, lifespan/human growth and development, educational psychology & APA writing. As a counselor, Sherri has worked with the felony population, victim population, and college student population. As a director of counseling and education, Sherri advocates for a community of non-violence working with city officials, local independent school districts, and various coalitions representing the Victim’s Coalition and the Criminal Justice System.


Sherri’s current research includes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for victims of violent crimes as well as a disorder that is being researched and considered for the next edition of the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Desired (Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder).

Director of Community Relations

Sed Lacy received his Bachelors of Science in Business Psychology from Texas Wesleyan University and has held career advising positions for students at Texas Wesleyan University. Sed’s certifications include Job Coach/Job Skills Trainer, Job Placement Specialist, Support Employment Specialist, and Community Rehabilitation Program Director Certification for the Department of Disability and Addictions Rehabilitation. Sed works with Tarrant County College teaching court ordered parenting classes for Lee’s Counseling Services as well as other technical courses.


Sed is a Leadership Counselor for the City of Fort Worth’s Rising Stars Leadership program and a soft skills instructor/coordinator for the City of Fort Worth’s Adult Education programs. Sed is currently a CRP Director, Nurturing Skills Trainer, and a Job Coach for Creative Achievements Job placements and Support Employment program. These positions allow Sed to work with youth and with individuals with disabilities. He has/is volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club and various community centers in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sed Lacy currently holds the Director of Community Relations position with Journey 4ward. With the skills he has and the work that he does in the community, he makes a great Director of Community Relations for Journey 4ward.

Traumatic Grief Counselor

Sarai has worked successfully in the corporate world in sales management and funds management.  Sarai holds advanced certification in the LIFE Languages™ & Couples Coaching™ and Prepare & Enrich™ and is fluent in English and Spanish.

 Sarai earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, but her expertise and training are largely a result of her prolific military career. Sarai served honorably for 12 years in the United States Army. While serving her country, Sarai had the opportunity to perform crisis intervention and traumatic grief counseling, as well as conduct numerous professional and personal development seminars, workshops, and retreats world-wide. Journey 4ward is excited to have Saria as one of our Counselors and with her experience she will be able to help our victims journey through the loss of their loved one.  


Steven Buster is a full-time administrative office assistant with the Academic Outreach & Student Services team, a division of TCC Connect Campus and serves as a Community Educator for Journey 4ward.  He has worked in multiple roles with TCCD for the past 6 years, and, including his 2-year tenure with the Marketing and Public Relations sector with DCCCD, has served a total of 8 years in higher education.

He is also a two-timed published author of the books entitled, Product of the Storm, and A Pale Face for a Collar: Testimonials of an Office Rat.  He is also the author at, a platform where Steven strives to utilize the power of the language arts to empower the hearts and minds of the community. 

In addition, he engages in community initiatives, as an anti-racism strategist, an independent news provider, a pro-literacy advocate, an advocate for non-violence, a relationship strategist, and a lifestyle guidance blogger.  Steven’s compassion for all of these issues helps with communicating with the youth in Journey 4ward’s youth programs. His ability to bring about conversation with the youth is awesome and Journey 4ward is lucky to have him as a volunteer Educator.



Tammy Mayo is a registered nurse working with pediatric patients. Tammy received her Registered Nursing Degree from Hill College.  Early in her career she worked in pediatrics at Lake Granbury Pediatrics in Granbury, Texas. Tammy went on to work for one of the best children’s hospital in the state of Texas, Cook Children’s Medical Center.

Tammy’s love for children made this the perfect field for her to pursue. As a pediatric nurse she not only cares for the children, she cares for the families. While nursing the children, Tammy educates new parents with the knowledge they need to take care of their newborn baby.

Tammy is an active member in Providence Church’s youth group, has volunteered as a child advocate in Hood County, and was an active volunteer during hurricane Harvey. Tammy has also been a source of support for her various political elections including Hood County Sheriffs election and Joshua, TX Chief of Police election.

Tammy’s personal experience, as a victim of violent crime, brings passion to Journey4ward’s cause. Tammy is an active victims’ advocate and she has worked with Crime Victim Services for several years.

Tammy experience is a huge asset to Journey 4ward. Tammy’s journey through her own grief of losing her mother to gun violence helps allows her to help the families of Journey 4ward with the journey they have ahead. Tammy spent over 20 years advocating to keep the defendant that killed her mother in prison. After many years of advocating to keep the defendant in prison she went on to move through the process of meeting the defendant one on one while he was still incarcerated. Tammy brings a wealth of knowledge of the grief process and Justice system with her to Journey 4ward. We are excited to have Tammy as our Family Advocate here with Journey 4ward.


Journey 4ward is looking for a volunteer with experience in marketing and/or fundraising.

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Journey 4ward needs volunteers that enjoy working with youth. Must be willing to volunteer on evenings and weekends.

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