Dena Petty, Founder & Executive Director

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Dena Petty originally founded Mentors Care in 2009, as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.  Everything about the program and what she hopes to accomplish is based on what Dena wished she had as a kid growing up in a very dysfunctional environment. Dena is passionate about helping young people in similar situations to realize their potential by giving them the necessary tools to do so.

Dena is best described as a cheerleader. She encourages young people to believe in themselves, to understand that each of us exists to live out our own potential and to find our own path in this world. Dena has been married to Todd Petty for 35 years. Her son, Bryce Petty, wife Jordan, and daughter Rivi, is a former quarterback for Baylor University in Texas and then the NFL’s New York Jets & Miami Dolphins. Her daughter, Lexie Petty, is an outstanding athlete in her own right as well as a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Tyler nursing school graduate and is now a critical care nurse at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Dena attended Louisiana Tech University studying fine art and interior design where she was on the ladies golf team and played on the Future’s Professional Golf Tour for two years. She was the youth pastor of Cabot United Methodist Church from 1999 – 2005 before she created and implemented Mentors Care.