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 meet with people and travel to places which would have a hand in her next steps in life.
Before applying to college, life began to hand her some serious obstacles and it started as a child when her father crashed in a helicopter which caused him to become disabled and struggle with PTSD. At age 16, her parent’s divorce caused a domino effect for numerous unfortunate experiences including her mother’s drug addiction, father’s depression, grandfather’s heart attack and house fire which she nearly escaped alive. Not to mention the fact that during her parent’s divorce and while in high school, she worked to support raising her brother and handled the day to day household responsibilities. But that didn’t stop Brittany! She kept her faith and used her work ethic to get her to the next stage 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 Children’s Research Hospital. She remembered visiting St. Jude on a trip to Memphis, TN 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.
With close friends and fellow pageant queens, the magic began. Hebert’s goal of the first fundraising event (sporting clay tournament), was to raise $10,000, but after pulling in friends and resources to join the cause, Hebert raised a net profit of $50,000! Donations were made to St. Jude and The Ronald McDonald House Charities, Memphis.
Soon after in 2007, on the steps of Dupre’ Library at The University of Louisiana, Hebert officially created Sky High, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide comfort, fund research and save lives of those fighting pediatric cancer and other life-threatening conditions.
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 like a sign from God 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 nonprofit to Texas. Plans soon began for the first Sky High sporting clay tournament 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 and never content with “meeting goals”, Hebert began looking for new ways to take Sky High to the next level. 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 kids fighting cancer.
Her career would take a new path in 2014 when she began working with Furmanite America (TEAM) as one of three women on a sales team of 30 professionals reached across the Gulf Coast. Hebert was the only female, and the only sales representative to cover both the midstream and upstream sector of pipeline sales.
On August 26th, 2016 Furmanite America laid Brittany off during the energy downturn so she took three months to focus on what she really wanted. She opened BMH Performance on January 1, 2017, and began working as a Sales consultant for Weldfit Energy Group but most of all, she was named CEO of Sky High (holding a part-time contract position for the nonprofit).
Hebert continues to raise the bar each year. Her vision is to find a cure for pediatric cancer and since launching Sky High, she has partnered with numerous celebrities to help bring awareness to the public; her nonprofit’s name is now on two oncology wings at hospitals, and Sky High donates to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Memphis and Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer & Hematology Center amongst others. Most of all, she gives the credit to the team she has built for taking Sky High where it is today and saving countless lives.
Hebert has been named 2016 – Houston Business Journal 40 under 40; 2014 St. Jude Houston Gala Guest of Honor.
Jessy Deardurff was born and raised near Cincinnati, Ohio, where her immediate family still resides. She moved to Houston after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. Jessy is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Sky High. She joined the Sky High team full time in 2015 after volunteering for four years. She is responsible for managing the overall operations of the organization including Programs, Legal, HR, Systems and Finance. Prior to Sky High for Kids, Jessy worked for Occidental Petroleum as a Human Resources Associate with international employee relations. Jessy has a passion for her faith, family, friendships, career, learning and her dog George.
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.
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!
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 Partners, L.P.. Jamie enjoys thrilling mystery novels, trivia games, podcasts and margaritas.
Senior Event Coordinator
Sarah was born and raised in Houston and graduated from Louisiana State University in 2014 with a Bachelor ofScience in General Business and a Minor in Personal Finance. Following graduation, Sarah moved back to Houston and worked as the Logistics Coordinator at Silver Stone Events. In 2017, Sarah moved into the nonprofit sector with Casa de Esperanza as the Marketing and Development Coordinator. Sarah joined the Sky High family in August of 2019 as a Senior Event Coordinator and is responsible for the Houston banquet & clay shoot and the partner event with Crestwood. Sarah enjoys gardening, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family.
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!
Leigh Ann Love
Leigh Ann Love is a born and raised Houstonian. Hailing from the Westchase District, Leigh Ann is the newest addition to Sky High. Prior to joining Sky High, she worked 3 years in the Oil and Gas industry while finishing her degree and raising her two sons. After receiving the Red Rose Scholarship for Leadership and graduating Cum Laude and from the University of Houston–Downtown, with an Accounting Degree, Leigh Ann worked for Landry’s, Inc. for seven years where she acquired her high-volume corporate accounting skills. Leigh Ann enjoys roller skating, working out, traveling and most important math. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters in Accountancy at the University of Houston.