ABOUT GRAHAM CRISIS

Graham Crisis Center, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Graham, Young County Texas, is for the purpose of assisting families and individuals in crisis so that they can become independent and self-sufficient.

Our mission is to provide basic needs, both physical and emotional. We offer shelter, food, counseling, life-coaching, and benevolence so the families and individuals can start building a good foundation to thrive.

Our Staff

Janna Rasmussen

Executive Director

Hometown: Arlington, TX

Education: BBS Political Science,        Hardin-Simmons University

Family: Married to Dan for 28 years;               2 adult children: Dane and Claire

Pets: Siamese cat (Aja)                                    2 Chihuahua mix dogs (Chavo & Frida)

Favorite Candy: Hot Tamales

Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving

Dream Vacation: Greece – Crete & Santorini

Favorite Sonic Drink: Unsweet tea w/ lime

First Job: Teaching swimming lessons

Hobbies: Cooking, entertaining, reading, kayaking

Most people don’t know: I play piano & violin

Best thing someone said to me: “Honey, I’ll do the dishes!”

When I’m not at work, I love to: Go camping!

Joy Petersen

Executive Assistant

Hometown: Graham, TX

Education: Graham High School

Family: 4 children, Tyler, Aspen, Cody and Easton

Pets: Golden Retriever (Bailey)

Favorite Candy: Cinnamon Bears

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

Dream Vacation: St. Croix, USVI

Favorite Sonic Drink: Cranberry Limeaid 

First Job: Selling produce on Hwy 380/Springwood Dr.

Hobbies: Playing softball & kickball, gardening

Most people don’t know: I love Texa history

Best thing someone said to me: “Always bloom where you are planted”

When I’m not at work, I love to: Be outside or with family

Brad Partridge

Facilities Manager

Hometown: Munday, TX

Education: University of Texas at Austin

Family: Married to Cathy; 3 adult children: Heather, Mitch and Lance

Pets: The pups – Annie, Dasher, Emmie

Favorite Candy: Snickers

Favorite Holiday: 4th of July

Dream Vacation: All-Inclusive at any tropical beach

First Job: Sacker at local grocery store

Hobbies: Honey-Do’s

Most people don’t know: “Still a Secret!”

Best thing someone said to me: “I love you!”

When I’m not at work, I love to: Work on projects at the lake

Aspen Petersen

Nifty Thrifty Store

Hometown: Camp Lejeune, NC

Family: Mom, Joy, and 3 brothers

Pets: 2 cats 

Favorite Candy: Reese’s

Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving

Favorite Sonic Drink: Sweet Tea

First Job: Wendy’s

Hobbies: Running, drawing, singing

Most people don’t know: I’m a military dependent (Military Brat)

Best thing someone said to me: “Always put God first”

When I’m not at work, I love to: Clean, organize, then run

Dee Pinto-Rodrigues

Nifty Thrifty Store

Hometown: Graham, TX

Family: Husband, 1 daughter, 1 son, 2 grandsons

Pets: 2 dogs, 3 cats, 3 cows

Favorite Candy: Chocolate

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

Dream Vacation: the Beach

First Job: Wheat Truck Driver

Hobbies: Water aerobics, camping

Best thing someone said to me: I love you!

Most people don’t know: I lived overseas most of my life

When I’m not at work, I love to: be at home

Deborah O'Connor

Nifty Thrifty Store Manager

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Family: Husband and 3 adult children

Pets: 8 goats, 2 dogs, 1 kitten

Favorite Candy: Butterfingers

Favorite Holiday: Birthday

Dream Vacation: Greece

Favorite Sonic Drink: Diet Coke

First Job: Braniff Airways

Hobbies: Travel, goat herding, & thrifting, of course!

Most people don’t know: I’m a travel agent

Best thing someone said to me: “I want your hair!”

When I’m not at work, I love to: Travel, garden, hang out with family

Robin Schaffert

Food Pantry Manager

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Education: University of Nebraska

Family: Husband, 2 married daughters, 3 grandchildren

Pets: 3 doggies 

Favorite Candy: Anything chocolate, bonus if it contains caramel 

Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving

Dream Vacation: Italy, tour Europe

Favorite Sonic Drink: Diet Dr. Pepper

First Job: Dairy Sweet in high school

Hobbies: Baking, crochet, crafts, camping – when I have time

Most people don’t know: Who knows!

When I’m not at work, I love to: Chill out at home!

Stephen May

Food Pantry/Donation Center

Hometown: Graham, TX

Education: Highschool and Chef School

Family: Adult daughter in Germany

Pets: Dogs – Ling and Abby

Favorite Candy: Butterfingers

Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving

Dream Vacation: France

First Job: Sale Barn

Hobbies: Working outdoors

Most people don’t know: Where I was born

Best thing someone said to me: “You don’t look your age!”

When I’m not at work, I love to: Cook and travel

Our Board:

Mike Sipes, President
Becky Bell, Vice President

Carolyn Scott, Secretary

Michelle Allen

Matt Bussey

Enoc Espinoza

Philip Gough

Jack Little

Enoc Espinoza

Your generosity makes all the difference.

Your donations support those who need it most in our community.