Brittany Hebert Franklin
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Brittany Hebert Franklin never met a challenge she wasn’t prepared to face head-on. Her early years in Louisiana produced hardships from her parents’ divorce, mother’s drug addiction, father’s depression, and her family’s home burning to the ground. Through adversity, she clung to her rallying cry, “do things bigger than yourself” and has continued to raise the bar for herself each year.
At 21, Brittany was approached to raise $10,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Brittany remembered her life-changing trip only five years prior. Inspired by the challenge, Franklin contacted a few friends and hosted a sporting clay tournament in hopes of raising the $10,000. That day, they raised $50,000.
For 13 years, Brittany excelled in the Oil and Gas industry while building Sky High for Kids in her personal time. She utilized her contacts and resources within the industry to build events throughout Texas and Louisiana–raising millions of dollars to fund research projects. Sky High for Kids was officially founded in 2007 and successfully operated as a volunteer-run organization until 2014. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide comfort, fund research and save the lives of those fighting pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
In 2018, Brittany became the foundation’s full-time CEO. Today, she is leading a team raising millions of dollars to help fund pediatric cancer research. Sky High funds projects at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Texas Children’s Cancer & Hematology Center and The Ronald McDonald House Charities, Memphis among others. Brittany’s leadership and passion has led Sky for High Kids to donate more than $14 million to research institutions and causes, including $4 million in 2019 alone. In 2018, Sky High for Kids ambitiously pledged to raise $40 million over the next 15 years for Texas Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ($20 per institution).Twenty million of the commitment benefits Texas Children’s Cancer Center projects Global HOPE initiative and the first immunotherapy center solely dedicated to pediatric cancer in the U.S. In addition, Sky High has committed to a $20 million pledge to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to fund a research floor within the new 625,000-square-foot Advanced Research Center (ARC). Research conducted throughout the ARC will help move pediatric cancer survival rates forward.
Brittany is a member of the Entrepreneurship Organization of Houston and Houston Pipeliners Association. She also serves on the Texas Children’s Cancer Center Advisory Board, Global Hope Campaign Executive Committee and Leadership Committee for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Memphis. Recognitions include Houston Business Journal’s 2016 40 Under 40 and Women to Watch in Business, St. Jude Houston Region Guest of Honor as well as one of Houston Modern Luxury’s 2017 Most Dynamic Women. Through her company, BMH Performance, LLC, she consults other nonprofit organizations, oil and gas service companies, and shares her story as a keynote speaker.
Brittany lives in Houston with her husband, James Robert, and two dogs.
Director of Operations
Shauntae was born and raised in Fargo, ND and moved to Houston in 2008. She joined the Sky High Team in 2017 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and believes her mission in life is to help find the cure for pediatric cancer. When not working, Shauntae enjoys spending time with her family, finding new recipes and staying active. The Sky High Team has become her second family as she continues to live the mission as Director of Operations.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Kristina joined Sky High in 2017 and in her current role is responsible for developing marketing and communication strategies that help advocate Sky High’s efforts. This includes collateral design, social media, media outreach, branding, email & mail marketing, merchandise, videography, website management, advertising, marketing training and more.
In 2018, she led Sky High’s rebranding and website redesign.
Kristina brings 11 years marketing and public relations experience to Sky High. Prior to joining the team, Kristina worked with a private oil and gas company in South Texas and with a nationally recognized law firm handling public relations, marketing and event production.
A Texas native, Kristina 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. In her spare time, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, reading and working out.
She is an alumna of Phi Mu Fraternity, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a representative of Global H.O.P.E.’s Campaign Executive Committee and she previously served on the Forbes Communications Council.
Director of Events
Raised in Pearland, Texas, Grace is a Texas State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Relations and Business Administration. Grace joined Sky High as an event coordinator in July 2018, where she spearheaded the Lafayette and Permian Basin events before transitioning into the Director of Events role in July 2021. Grace is now using her love for the behind the scene aspect of events to streamline processes, expand regions and take our events department to the next level. Grace enjoys Orange Theory, spending time with family and friends, volunteering at her hometown church, and indulging in tacos and frozen margaritas.
Office Manager & Executive Assistant to the CEO
Megan Nunez, a native Houstonian, began volunteering with Sky High for Kids and soon after, fell in love with the mission. In 2022, she decided to make the leap and make Sky High for Kids her full time career. In her current role, she is the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Office Manager and Programs Coordinator. She manages day to day office operations, our programs division, all things Brittany as well as assisting with events and so much more! In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, trying out new restaurants, family and her husband and two cats Magnolia & Olive.
Joseph “Joe” Kern, was born and raised in Winchester, KS. Joe graduated from Sterling College December 2018 with a Sports Management degree with a concentration in Administration and soon after, moved to Houston, TX. Prior to working with Sky High for Kids, Joe worked in the event industry working large scale events like Houston Texans games, The Houston Livestock and Rodeo, and the Houston Astros games for three years .
Joe joined Sky High’s team in 2022 and is excited to bring a unique perspective and passion towards the mission to end Childhood Cancer.
In his free time, he loves to spend time at the beach, play basketball and discover everything Houston has to offer.
Director of Development
Haley Jennings comes to Sky High after six years of fundraising for the Texas A&M Foundation for the College of Education and the College of Engineering. Prior to that, Haley worked as a TV News reporter from Beaumont to Amarillo before landing in Austin where she covered the Capital, oil and gas issues as well as high profile trials. She also worked in news in Kansas and Minnesota before moving back home to Texas.
Haley knows what it’s like to have a family member diagnosed with cancer. Her little sister was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 7 and after five years of treatment, and lots of research, she was able to beat it and is thriving today.
Haley is a proud mom of two teenage daughters, two dogs and lives in the College Station area.
Noel Jones is a talented marketing professional and native Houstonian who recently graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Visualization and a minor in Communication. She is excited to begin her career with Sky High for Kid’s Marketing Coordinator, marking her first job out of university.
During her time at Texas A&M, Noel focused on interactive media and honed her skills in graphic design and UI/UX design. Outisde of her studies, she was the Director of the only improv troupe on campus and hosted her own radio show on KANM: The College Station of College Station.
She currently resides in the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas. When she’s not busy with work, Noel enjoys attending concerts and spoiling her cat, Ringo with treats and affection.