Dena Petty


I am passionate about helping young people not only realize their potential, but giving them the tools to develop their potential. I am best described as a cheerleader. I encourage young people to believe in themselves and help them understand that each person exists to live out their own potential, to find their own path in this world.

I’ve been married to Todd Petty for 30 years. My son Bryce Petty, played in the NFL as QB for New York Jets. My daughter Lexie Petty, is a nursing student and outstanding athlete at UT Tyler. I Attended Louisiana Tech University studying fine art and interior design where I was on the lady golf team and played on the Future’s Professional Golf Tour for two years. I was a youth Pastor of Cabot United Methodist Church 1999-2005 then I created and implemented Movement Toward a Future DBA, which is now Mentors Care, Inc. an official 501 (c)(3) non-profit mentoring program since 2009.

Sarah Martin, LMSW


Sarah was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota until she met a boy from Texas while attending college in 2001. She married this young man and is proud to declare herself a Texan ever since.

She graduated from John Brown University with a B.S. in Child and Family Studies. She continued her studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, earning her Master’s in Social Work. Upon graduating from UTA, she went to work for Communities in Schools while also volunteering for her local church youth group as a small group leader.

Sarah has a passion for high school students and is excited to bring her experience and knowledge to Mentors Care.

Michelle Baggett


I have lived in Maypearl for the past 3 years and am proud to call myself a Panther! I have been married to my husband, Jeff, for 15 years and we have 3 amazing children: Meagan who is 13 and in 8th grade, Garrett who is 12 and in 7th grade, and Cutter who is 7 and in 2nd grade. We attend church at First Baptist church in Maypearl and I place The Lord above all things. I have been a stay at home mom for the past 13 years, but have worked with “at-risk” kids for many years. My passion is to love, guide and mentor kids that are overlooked and struggling. I am very excited to see how God is going to use me in the coming years and I look forward to partnering with the staff at Maypearl High.

Ronn Langthorn


I retired from public schools in Texas after 31 years as a teacher, coach and school administrator!  I spent a 1 ½ as a college assistant baseball coach and adjunct professor after as well!  My wife, Julie (31 years as an elementary teacher) and I spent 13 years of our careers in Palmer and had 4 sons that we went through the Palmer school system!  We currently have 4 grandchildren attending the Palmer schools.

I graduated from Richardson High School, Stephen F Austin State University with my Bachelor Degree, and UT Tyler with a Masters degree in Educational Leadership.

I enjoy working with high school students and helping them to grow into adulthood.   In my free time I’m usually doing family things and love being involved in their activities and lives!  I enjoy fishing, hunting, sports and other outdoor activities!  I am also an associate scout for the New York Mets.  We are members of The Avenue Church in Waxahachie!

Arlene Sutton


I was born and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Upon graduating high school my life became a life of service. I had the privilege of serving our country for twenty-years in the United States Army. After retirement, I served my community through employment with Midlothian ISD, Waxahachie ISD and Ft. Worth ISD. As the Founder and Director of Momentum Youth Track Club, it’s an honor serving my community through youth sports.
I’ve earned a B.S. in Business from Tarleton State University. Intermittently I’m pursuing my Masters in Christian Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Since an early age, I’ve always seen myself as a “Cheerleader.” I have a passion to serve, encourage and motivate people. Between military service, children’s ministry, educating, chaplaincy assistant, International missions and sports—This work epitomizes my faith in God and love for His people. The greatest of any one of my accomplishments was asking Jesus to be Lord of my life. My husband Beachey and our sons; Beachey and Keion reside in Midlothian.

Sean Byars


I am from Fort Worth, Texas. I graduated from Southwest High School. After high school I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. I met my wife and best friend, Kristal and we married in 1994. After serving 4 years, I answered the call of God on my life and entered in to ministry. I served in Youth and Children’s ministry from 1997 – 2011. My family and I moved to Midlothian in 2006 and fell in love with the community. I took a sabbatical from ministry to return to school and pursue a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M-Commerce. Kristal and I have two amazing kids, Dylan and Ashlyn.

Summer Backstrom


I have more than 12 years of experience in non-profit development. I began my career in fundraising for the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support Foundation in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Followed by four years at Sunshine School & Development Center in Rogers, Arkansas, a therapeutic preschool center and nonprofit orgainzation serving adults and children with special needs. I am a co-founder of the non-profit organization serving non-traditional college students NTSO (Non-Traditional Students Organization) at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR where I receive a bachelor’s in mass media specializing in public relations.

I am married to my hero and best friend. His name is Randy but I almost always call him “Ran Ran.” I also have a 21-year-old son named Brody who will ALWAYS be my baby no matter how old he gets.

I truly love working for Mentors Care. Our mission is so honorable. Not only is it wonderful to know that your day-to-day job directly impacts kids who are hurting and confused; but it directly impacts all of our futures. When we fail our children, we fail ourselves because one day very soon they will be our leaders & major contributors to our society.

Joni Haralson

Event Planning & Administrative Assistance

Joni grew up in Amarillo, Texas. She graduated from Texas Agricultural & Mechanical University (Texas A & M) where she met her husband, Brad. They have two children in high school; Liz and Will. Work has taken their family from Flower Mound, Texas to Wichita, Kansas and most recently to Midlothian, Texas.

She has worked in pharmaceutical sales, served in her children’s schools and volunteered in church and Bible Study Fellowship.

She became involved with Mentors Care when she and her family moved to Midlothian. It is a great joy to love others, serve others and share hope with them. I’am so thankful to be a part of Mentors Care.