A Mother’s Love for Her Family
By: Butch Bouchard
Krista Bouchard considers herself to be a typical wife and mother. Krista has been happily married to her husband Butch for 17 years and they have two, wonderful children, Travis a 13-year old Cornerstone Academy student and Macy an 11-year old at Crossroads School. Krista is a wonderful mother, but describing Krista as a wife and mother does not begin to describe her. Krista is a smart, capable and compassionate woman who is driven to help others. Krista is a tireless volunteer, an advocate for children with disabilities, an unofficial counselor to other moms of children with disabilities and a friend and confidante to many.
After receiving a BBA from University of Texas and an MBA from the University of Houston, Krista traveled the world working as a management information systems consultant. When their 2nd child was born, Krista retired from her career as a consultant and dedicated herself to learning as much as she could about Macy’s disabilities and how to help Macy reach her full potential. During the course of learning about the resources and options available to Macy, Krista quickly discovered that there were many disabled children and families with limited resources and unmet needs that did not know where they could turn for help.
Krista began her disability volunteer efforts by helping other parents advocate for their educational rights at school and helped start a moms group for parents of kids with special needs in West Houston. After determining that public school was not able to meet Macy’s needs, Krista homeschooled Macy learning and experimenting with the educational resources available for special needs children. Krista also served on the Board of the Family to Family Network and attended their disability leadership networking program. Because of her strong sense of empathy, Krista has always been a resource and counselor for other moms. Most recently Krista served as the chair of Easter Seals Walk With Me. In addition, Krista volunteers at Cornerstone Academy, Crossroads School and Memorial Drive UMC and with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.