Founding Mothers 

By the female, for the female; that’s how SHE rolls.

From construction to social media marketing, our team consists entirely of women. These founding mothers were the boots on the ground team from the beginning, and are the very core of SheSpace. All of these ladies united for one mission – to inspire and encourage women supporting other women.

Stephanie Tsuru

Stephanie comes from a long line of female trailblazers. Her grandmother, widowed at 55, remained on the family farm in northern Missouri to successfully run the operation through blizzards and droughts.

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This woman even had the audacity to wear pants! She raised Stephanie’s mother, a small-town farm girl, who at the age of 22, left rural America with her new husband and flew 24 hours to live in Marrakesh, Morocco. Her parents’ wanderlust lifestyle worked out nicely for Stephanie, who was later born on the outskirts of Paris. After working her way through college in a steel mill (hard hat and steel-toed boots included) she piled her belongings into her bluebird-colored car that she purchased with her steel mill earnings and drove 1,300 miles away. (No radio or phone but lots of singing.)

As her 60th birthday approached, Stephanie decided she had the energy, passion and commitment to see another adventure through. In homage to her mother and grandmother and to leave a legacy for her daughters, granddaughters and the deep pool of women in Houston, she decided the time was right for her to launch her first entrepreneurial venture, SheSpace.

Stephanie’s mantra believes in the power of SHE. We will provide a home away from home to build a community of bold, intrepid and fearless women. We will push and lift each other to create, learn, inspire, and grow to be better tomorrow than we are today.

Katie Tsuru

Named Katherine at birth, she was quickly nicknamed Katie, which is much more in keeping with energetic personality. Her sweetness belies her sassy, strong will, which made itself evident at the age of 18 months when she decided that napping was simply not necessary when she had more important things on her agenda.

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This girl has seldom slowed down since. While all the other girls were curled up reading, Katie fell in love with numbers and basketball, and went on to get a degree in mathematics.

An original from the beginning, she was decisively thrown off balance by the way women were undervalued in the work force. Imbedded in the local Oil and Gas industry she noticed how often women were overlooked for promotions, earned less for performing the exact same jobs as men and often sank into the sunset if they took maternity leave. In her very Katie-like way, she decided enough was enough, and joined forces with her mother-in-law (yes, that is correct and not a typo, like we said Katie is an original) to create a space designed by women for women where women can bond together to reach further, faster.

Cassandra Iku

Cassandra is devoted to supporting the ambitions of women.  Her passion stems from her own struggles and triumphs as a corporate professional and serial entrepreneur.

In 2020 she launched a food delivery and co-working kitchen startup to help food businesses grow and innovate.  She also leads a freight hauling company, servicing Texas and the Midwest.

Cassandra enjoys connecting with fellow startup businesses to strategize operations, financial management, and team building.  

She is also a  proud wife, mom and foodie, who loves cake and conversation.

Kay Stuart

Kay’s professional background spans multiple industries including hospitality management, medical reception, insurance verification, and school administration. She also brings her creative talents to SheSpace with an extensive knowledge of music, performance, and acting, holding a degree in Vocal Performance as a classically trained Soprano.

Fun Facts: Kay can sing almost any Disney song on command! She loves meeting new people and hopes you stop by to chat about your favorite musical or play.

SheSpace is made up of experts across fields, from construction to marketing, tech, finance, and more. Meet a few of the amazing humans who make up the foundation of SheSpace.


Tyler Kay
Haley Bowen
Summer Lydick
Ellen Schuster
Jenn Bianco
Katie Bekham


Norgerie Rivas


Deana Day, CPA

Commercial Banker

Zsaquez Jordan

Commercial Realtors

Abby Alford

General Contractor

J Stone Construction
Theresa Turnbow – Project Manager

Graphic Design

Neiter Creative
Becky Blumberg / Jo Neiter

Interior Design

Creative Tonic
Courtnay Elias


RBM Law Group, PLLC
Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell

Social Media Marketing and Public Relations

madmeg Creative Services
Kathryn Durkin / Megan Silianoff

Web Design and Development

Nadá Khalil / Cindy Mahoney