CEO & Founder
Brittany Hebert hasn’t met a challenge she wasn’t up for. Her first challenge was growing up with big life aspirations yet making them happen when living in a small, rural town in South Louisiana. She met that challenge head on by entering a beauty contest, which crowned her “Miss Acadiana” at the age of 14. That title offered her the opportunity to visit other states creating new relationships, some with people and places which would have a hand in her next steps in life.
While attending The University of Louisiana at Lafayette she would be faced with her next challenge; applying to law school. As if studying for the LSAT wasn’t enough, she was approached to raise $10,000 for the kids of St. Jude. She remembered visiting St. Jude on a trip to Memphis during her reign as Miss Acadiana. The memory of the children she met that day tugged at her heart and she decided she would accept the challenge to do something bigger than herself.
During the summer of 2007, on the steps of Dupre’ Library at The University of Louisiana, Hebert created Sky High, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for patients and families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis through a variety of events.
With close friends and fellow pageant queens, the magic began. Hebert’s goal of the first sporting clay shoot was to raise $10,000, but after pulling in friends and resources to join the cause, Hebert and Sky High for St. Jude earned a net profit of $50,000.
Two weeks after the tournament, one semester shy from graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in English, Hebert was offered a job with oil and gas giant, Pegasus International in Houston. Life has a unique way of throwing you curves but Hebert saw them more as adventures and packed her bags.
At 22 years old, Hebert found herself in a new city, with a new career path, and desire to expand her newly formed non-profit to Texas. Plans soon began for the first Sky High sporting clay shoot in Houston in the Spring of 2008. Hebert called upon several friends and colleagues in the oil and gas business to join her team, including sponsorships from giant corporations like Anadarko Petroleum.
During the summer of 2012, Hebert was offered a sales position for Extreme Energy Services.
Never content with “meeting goals” Hebert began looking for new ways to take Sky High to the next level. In 2012 she landed a meeting with Founder and President of The Eric Trump Foundation, Eric F. Trump. Over a handshake and a glass of ice tea at Lavo in New York City, Brittany secured a partnership with The Eric Trump Foundation. Similarly to Sky High for St. Jude, ETF hosts golf tournaments across the country to raise funds for St. Jude.
In 2013, Hebert and Sky High took the tournament to the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio where they hosted over 1,000 shooters and raised a record-breaking $750,000 net profit for St. Jude and The Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.
Her career would take a new path in 2014 when she began working with Furmanite America as one of three women on a sales team of 30 professionals that span the Gulf Coast. Hebert was the only female, and the only sales representative to cover both the midstream and upstream sector of pipeline sales.
Along with Hebert’s career, Sky High is continuously growing and evolving. To date, Hebert and her team at Sky High have raised over $6 million for pediatric cancer research.
Hebert has been named 2016 – Houston Business Journal 40 under 40; 2014 St. Jude Houston Gala Guest of Honor Her current/past board positions include: Ronald McDonald House of Memphis; Curetivity (formerly known as the Eric Trump Foundation; Ladies Night Out – Texas
Furmanite America laid me off August 26th 2016 during the energy downturn so I took the next 3 months to focus on what I really wanted. I opened BMH Performance Jan 1 2017 and began working as a Sales consultant for Weldfit Energy Group but most of all, I was named CEO of Sky High (holding a part-time contract position for the nonprofit I have built since 2007)
Jessy Deardurff was born and raised in Mason, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. Jessy joined Sky High as the Operations Director in March of 2015 and is currently responsible for event management and also maintaining relations with St. Jude, Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, the Board of Directors, sponsors, advisors, committee members and supporters. Prior to joining Sky High Jessy worked for Occidental Petroleum as a Human Resources Associate working with international employee relations. She currently lives in Midland, Texas and enjoys fitness, traveling, time with friends, family, sports and being actively involved with her church.
Marketing & Communications Director
Kristina joined Sky High in January 2017. In her current role she leads brand and logo management, manages the website and designs collateral along with other public relations and marketing efforts. In addition to leading marketing and communication initiatives, she also serves as a senior event coordinator for the organization, executing two of Sky High’s largest events. Prior to joining Sky High, Kristina worked with a private oil and gas company in South Texas and with a nationally recognized law firm handling public relations. She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio where she studied communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in business administration. Kristina enjoys reading, working out, tennis, golf and shopping.
Senior Event Coordinator
Jamie Sullivan was raised in Katy, a suburb of Houston, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of science in public relations and a minor in business foundations. After graduation, Jamie moved back to the Houston area and worked in public relations before moving into event design and coordination. Jamie joined the Sky High team in October of 2018 as a senior event coordinator and is responsible for our Ladies Who Brunch event, the San Antonio banquet, and our fundraising partnership with Buckeye. Jamie enjoys thrilling mystery novels, trivia games, podcasts and red wine.
Raised in Pearland, Texas, Grace is a Texas State University graduate with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Public Relations and Business Administration. Prior to joining Sky High, Grace worked for a South Austin Real Estate team as the Marketing and Events Coordinator, where she tuned in on her passion to create memorable events and serve others. Grace joined Sky High as an event coordinator in July 2018, and continues to fall in love with the mission. Grace enjoys fitness, reading, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering at her hometown church.
Kim grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana and graduated in 2014 from LSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders. Prior to joining Sky High, she worked as a Regional Political Director for the Republican Party of Louisiana, focusing on Grassroots and Field Operations. Kim joined the mission to end pediatric cancer at Sky High as an Event Coordinator in November of 2017 and is responsible for the development of event strategies, planning and seamless execution of events. She is currently training for the Houston Half Marathon!
Office Manager & Executive Assistant to the CEO
Shauntae was raised in an agricultural wonderland on the plains of North Dakota. Prior to Sky High, whilst home on the range, she was the Swine Festival Queen for two years straight. She studied at the University of Minnesota and yes she uses the word “Pop”. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, attend church and cook!