• Social Media

    • Unrealistic sense of self-worth

  • Bullying

    • Low self-esteem​

  • Substance Abuse

    • Delinquency & self-destruction

 Self-motivation is key.
 Children must develop positive   interests and goals as early as   possible so they are equipped to   withstand and thrive in the face of   the negative influences, such as   delinquency, drugs, alcohol, etc.

The Problem

Break the cycle of low self-worth, low self-esteem, substance abuse and self-destructive behavior among youth by providing;


    (Positive Role Models)

  • Proven life-prep skills
    (PSC/ARISE Curriculum)

  • Training in Theater Arts
    (Acting, Singing, Dancing, Stage Design, Costumes, etc.)

  • Scholastic Incentives
    (Earning Scholarship Dollars)

Self-motivation is key!  To succeed in the face of negative influences, such as apathy, substance abuse and delinquency, youth must develop positive interests and goals as early as possible.

Our Goals

  • Increase high school graduation rates

  • Teach children valuable life-skills to prepare them for a successful adulthood

  • Increase the percentage of high school graduates pursuing continuing educations in college and vocational studies

  • Keep children out of the criminal justice system

What we offer

  • Judgement free atmosphere filled with love

  • Proven life-prep techniques

  • Theater Arts training

  • PSC Mentors

  • Fun alternatives to self-destructive behaviors

  • Development of leadership skills

  • Building self-esteem

  • Training mind, body and soul

  • Training in substance-free and productive life

  • Scholarship dollars upon graduation
    (college or vocational studies)

The Project Self Control Solution

Our Founders: Ken & Winkie Jamail

Ken Jamail

Ken Jamail was born a 3rd generation native Houstonian in 1956. He grew up working under the supervision of his father, Albert Jamail, in the family business Jim Jamail and Son’s Food Market on Kirby Drive. Being the oldest son it was assumed by all that he would follow the family heritage and be a grocery man, though little did anyone know the struggles soon to follow due to choices made in adolescence that would direct his future down a long and winding road.

Along with many of his friends and relatives, Ken experimented with alcohol and marijuana while in middle and high school. Over the years he became a living testimony that alcohol and marijuana were indeed the ‘gateway’ to heavy drinking and drugging in many of their lives.  Since childhood he has lost over sixty of these friends and relatives to an alcohol and/or drug related event.
These great losses ignited a passion within him to volunteer in working with several organizations within the City of Houston in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse.

As a volunteer for over twenty years with the Houston Mayor’s Office “Houston Crackdown Anti-Drug Division” & the “Houston-Harris County Office of Drug Policy”,  the Houston Police Department’s “Ministers Against Crime Division”, and the Federal Prison System’s “Chaplain’s Department”, Ken has come to a full realization that the stereo-typical ‘user/abuser’ that is so often seen or portrayed in the media, goes far beyond the public perception of many people. The face of the ‘user/abuser’ is often the president of a large corporation, a successful athlete, professional counselor, professor, doctor, attorney, celebrity, next door neighbor, and sometimes our own family member.

The drug and alcohol demon knows no strangers and is a core cause for many mental health issues.  Almost every person reading this has experienced the devastation caused by alcohol or drug abuse either personally, or through a close friend or family member.


How do we beat the odds...through Project Self Control.

Winkie Jamail

Having raised a blended family of five children, Winkie agrees with Madeline Hunter when she said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” Many think she was being too “warm and fuzzy” but what she meant was you are not going to reach some kids respectfully, socially or academically, until you first reach them on the “human to human” level. Sometimes the subject matter can’t compete with the “drama” in their lives. The main ingredient missing today is a “human connection with kids.” 


Winkie, a Certified Educational Consultant with "Time to Teach/CTE", and ARISE (evidence based K - 12), believes that research is clear ... when kids know you value them as a human being; they will work harder for you and themselves.   They will challenge you less. She also believes we don’t need any more theory and new, trendy programs with catchy names. Winkie believes educators, parents and guardians have the toughest job in America as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few. Winkie understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures, and that their cognitive abilities, assets and experiences are just as wide ranging. 


Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age! The “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore. Winkie also knows the biggest unchallenged assumption by many today (especially politicians) about education is that kids are coming to school willing and ready to learn. As educators, we know this is not the case. We have a generation of kids coming to our schools with very little social skills. Many students are learning behavior from violent video games, MTV, violent song lyrics and a myriad of other influences which affect the mental health of a child.


Winkie is dedicated to helping the youth develop strong mental health skills in conjunction with educators, parents and guardians.  Through motivation, inspiration, entertainment and a common-sense approach to stress management, this is achieved. Most importantly, she leaves you with many proven, practical strategies that work.

Board Members

Alice Puig

Alice has proudly dedicated 30 years serving the American public.  As a government employee, Alice worked as a bi-lingual case worker and advocate for seniors and people with serious disabilities.  In addition to her business degree from Incarnate Word College, she brings a unique blend of skills.  She has worked for the FDIC, liquidating bank assets and as a real estate agent.  She has also worked in the medical and insurance fields.  Presently, she is a network administrator and also provides training and technical systems support for blind and low vision employees.

In 2017 Alice volunteered for a medical mission in San Salvador and discovered her passion to help those who have not been as blessed as she.


She looks forward to serving as Secretary/Treasurer of Project Self Control and working with this exceptional and diverse group, whose joint mission is to help children thrive in a complicated world.

 Pei Pierce

Pei Pierce - Liberty Tax - Business Owner

Pei Pierce is an IRS Enrolled Agent and Health Insurance Agent. She has been serving the Katy and Houston area more than 10 years. She is specialized in small businesses and individual tax preparations and financial planning.



Enrolled agents, like attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs), have unlimited practice rights. This means they are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can represent clients before. 


Certified Acceptance Agent for ITIN applications.


Quickbooks Online Advanced Pro Advisor.

Jesse A Rodriguez
  "Jumpin' Jess"

Jesse Rodriguez is owner of J Latin Entertainment, Events and Etc. a one stop full service entertainment, production, marketing and promotional service company. Jesse Rodriguez is better known as DJ Jumpin Jess and is a lifelong resident of the East End. He has been in the entertainment, marketing, club and radio business for over 35 years. He has worked for companies such as the City of Houston Parks and Recreation, United Airlines, BSP Events, La Mafia, KQQK 106.5, Puro Tejano 104.9, BandidoRadio.com, AmigosRadio.com, the Island Club, Tequila’s Club, Club Rio, ZAZZ, Tejano Rodeo in Dallas and Fort Worth, Voltage Discos and Entertainment, Hollywood Records Latin owned by Disney, PlazAmericas and Latin Pointe.  When DJ Jumpin Jess is not spinning the music or emceeing for a party or corporate event, he is promoting or coordinating special events and concerts in Houston or Las Vegas through email blasts, social media network, radio and street campaigning.

For his hard work, passion and dedication to the Tejano Music industry, Jesse was inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame in 2006. For his hard work and dedication to the Hispanic athletic community, Rodriguez has been inducted to the Rusk Athletic Club Hall of Fame. The Rusk AC is a Houston based, nonprofit organization dedicated to help our Hispanic youth through athletic endeavors. The organization hosts an International Men’s Fast Pitch Softball Tournament every year to raise money for scholarships. Presently Jesse Rodriguez is serving his second term as chairperson of the National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO) Houston chapter. He serves as the vice president for the Rusk Athletic Club and the Pine Valley Civic Club.


Jesse is a graduate of the NHPO Leadership Institute. Since his graduation, Jesse has become more passionate about getting out the vote. He has been working with other community volunteers in promoting voter awareness and the importance of getting out the vote. His personal goal is to hold a political office, so he can better serve the community.

Advisory Board Members

Ray A. Andrews

Director of Houston Crackdown, the City of Houston’s anti-drug community coalition. He began his tenure with the City of Houston in June 1989 as Assistant Director and served as liaison with various community members.  He also chaired numerous anti-drug and juvenile anti-violence community wide projects. In June of 1994, he was promoted to his current position.

Ray has carefully maneuvered Houston Crackdown to be a leader in providing resources to local citizens, businesses, schools, agencies and organizations in the areas of Drug Prevention, Treatment, Intervention and Support for neighborhood programs. During his 31 years with Houston Crackdown, he has overseen the development of such program areas as:

  • Information and Referral Network

  • Grants Assistance

  • Substance Abuse Public Policy

  • Funding for local community projects

  • Public Awareness Campaigns for alcohol, tobacco, inhalant abuse, and other forms of drug abuse

  • 24 hours Community Drug Abuse Information Line

  • 1998 Houston/Harris County Drug Abuse Summit at Rice University, hosted by the Houston Mayor and Harris County Judge

  • Houston/Harris County Regional Substance Abuse Advisory Council

  • Houston/Harris County Office of Drug Policy

  • Houston Office of National Drug Control Policy Partnership Agreement

  • Coordinated and supervised numerous conferences, workshops, and community forums

  • Demand Treatment initiative

  • Community Stars Neighborhood Recognition Program

In addition, serves on many national, state, and local advisory boards, including the Partnership for a Drug Free America, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Partnership for a Drug Free Texas, Texas Association of Community Partnerships, Safe and Drug Free Communities and Schools Advisory Councils for Houston ISD, Spring ISD and North Forest ISD, and now; Project Self Control Advisory Board Member.

Gerald Busch, MD, DAPA, FAACAP


Education and Training

A.B. - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Harvard University, 1977

M.D. - University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas, 1981

Internship - Department of Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 1981-2

Research Assistant - Center for Population Research and Reproductive Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, 1982-4

Residency - Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, 1987-9

Fellowship - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, 1989-90

MPH - Milken Institute School of Public Health George Washington University 2016-2018



Diplomate - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1993

Diplomate - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1994

Added Qualification - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Addiction Psychiatry, 1994; Recertification, 2004, 2014

Added Qualification - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Forensic Psychiatry, 1996; Recertification, 2006, 2016

Medical Review Officer - Certification, American Association of Medical Review Officers, 1995; Re-certification, 2008


Professional Experience

Medical Director - Behavioral Health Division, Amerigroup, September 2005-May 2013

Medical Director - Children’s Unit, Intracare Hospital, Houston, Texas, 2004-2011

Medical Director - Dual Diagnosis Unit, West Oaks Hospital, Houston, Texas, 2001-2003

Medical Director - Chemical Dependency Services, Memorial Spring Shadows Glen Hospital, Houston, Texas, 1995-9

Medical Review Officer - Accuracy Testing Plus, 1995-8

Director - Utilization Review, Memorial Spring Shadows Glen Hospital, 1994-5

Medical Director - The Right Step Residential Treatment Center, 1993-4

Medical Director - Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Spring Shadows Glen Hospital, 1992-3

Medical Director - Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, West Oaks Hospital, 1991-2

Consultant - Children’s Treatment Center, Deer Park Hospital, Deer Park Texas 1991-3

Medical Director - Adolescent Unit, Harris County Psychiatric Center, 1991



Member - Clinical Review Committee, Texas Medical Liability Trust, 2005-2011

Chairman - Houston-Harris County Office of Drug Policy, 2004-present

Vice-Chairman - Houston-Harris County Regional Substance Abuse Advisory Council, 2001-2003

Executive Committee - City of Houston-Office of National Drug Control Policy Partnership, 1999-2000

Board of Directors - Comprehensive Provider Networks of Texas, Inc., Elected Member, July 2004

Chairman - Treatment and Research Committee, Houston Crackdown, Office of the Mayor 1996-2004

Chief-of-Staff - Memorial Spring Shadows Glen Hospital, 1995-6

Board of Directors - Memorial Hospital System, Houston, Texas 1995-6

Clinical Assistant Professor - Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, 1991

Clinical Assistant Professor - Volunteer Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, 1992-2000

Clinical Assistant Professor - Adjunctive Faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Baylor College of Medicine, 1994


Present Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine, 1992-present

Addiction Psychiatry Committee - American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 1998-2001

Fellow - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1998-present

Fellow - American Psychiatric Association, 2003-present


Professional Organizations 

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

American Psychiatric Association

Harris County Medical Society

Texas Medical Association

Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians

Houston Psychiatric Society



Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 1996

Drug-Free Leadership Award, Houston Crackdown, Office of the Mayor, 1999


State Medical Licensure 

Texas F9260

Florida ME101388

Virginia 0101245741

Colorado 48207

Jackie Aguilera


Jackie Aguilera is a proud 3rd generation Houstonian and is among the first generation of her family to attend college and graduate school. She currently is the Project Manager for the Mayor's Office for Adult Literacy.

Jackie has over 25 years’ experience in adult education and curriculum development. The former Dean of Students at EastSide University, a community based adult education and workforce readiness school in Houston’s historic Third Ward. She has taught basic literacy, English as a Second Language, college success courses, and workforce readiness skills development at the University of Houston Downtown, University of Houston, Houston Community College, and the Houston Center for Literacy.

Jackie serves on advisory boards for the Houston Center for Literacy, Allegiance Bank, and the Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Program for Family & Consumer Sciences. She is a provider member of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Connect 4 Literacy Partner Network and a member of the Alliance for Economic Inclusion adult education committee. She also is a member of the Federal Reserve of Dallas-Houston Branch Houston Money Week Leadership Committee.

Her dedication to financial education and economic empowerment as a means to break the cycle of generational poverty resulted in a financial festival model adopted by McGraw Hill, Inc., which was implemented state-wide through Literacy Texas. She is an active workshop presenter on the topics of technological integration in the adult education and literacy classroom and incorporating math, STEAM, and financial education into the ESL classroom. She spearheaded financial book clubs for low income adults in partnership with Red & Black, authors of “What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired!”, and lead parent-focused financial literacy workshops at several KIPP Academies around Houston.

Throughout her career, Jackie has assisted adults ages 17 and over with transitioning to college, vocational programs, and employment. She mentors several young adults who have graduated from EastSide University and who are currently pursuing their pathway to success. Jackie’s dedication to servant leadership is the cornerstone of her dedication and support of Project Self Control.

Project Self Control is honored to have Jackie Aguilera as an advisory board member. Thank you God for bringing her in to be a part of Your vision for the kids and their families.

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control

Against such things, there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)