Officers

  • tilman

    Tilman J. Fertitta, Chairman of the Board

    Tilman Fertitta is the sole owner, Chairman, and CEO of Landry’s, Inc., one of America’s leading dining, entertainment, and gaming and hospitality companies. Landry’s is the nation’s largest privately held restaurant, entertainment and gaming company owned by one individual and…

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    Thaddeus B. Brown, President

    Thaddeus “Tad” Brown enters his twelfth season with the organization, and his eighth as Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Rockets and Clutch City Sports & Entertainment. Brown oversees the planning and execution of all facets of the organization’s business…

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    John B. Johnson, Immediate Past-President

    John B. Johnson is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and minority partner of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products.  Silver Eagle employs over 1,100 employees that serve 16 counties in Texas through…

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    Grant W. Guthrie, Vice President / Funding Co-Chair

    As President of Rainmaker Films, Grant has executive produced ten feature films, including Boy Choir, starring Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates; Heineken, staring Anthony Hopkins and Sam Worthington; and Miss Meadows, starring Katie Holmes.  He has also produced numerous documentaries…

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    Edna Meyer-Nelson, Vice President / Funding Co-Chair

    As President and Chief Executive Officer of The Richland Companies, Edna Meyer-Nelson directs all business activities for Richland Investments, Richland Brokerage, Richland Asset Management, Richland Commercial Mortgage, Richland Leasing, Richland Tenant Representation, Richland Property Management, Richland Land Development and LandRich…

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    Donald J Henderson, Secretary

    A veteran of the hospitality industry since 1972, Don arrived in Houston in August of 1994 when he accepted the position of General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Houston. He was later promoted to Vice President and Managing Director with…

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    Gary D. Becker, Treasurer

    Gary Becker is a native Houstonian, and currently resides in The Woodlands. He has two children, Morgan and Haley. After leaving PACE Entertainment, the company founded by his father, and where he worked for over 25 years, Gary has been…

Executive Director

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    Laura S. Ward, Executive Director

    It all began as a fundraiser for her own children’s school – five bucks a head for a spaghetti dinner in the high school gym of a private Christian school. Thirty-five million dollars and twenty-six years later, her drive to…

Directors

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    Daniel R. D’Armond

    Daniel D’Armond currently serves as principal architect for BMC Software’s community relations programs covering corporate headquarters as well as 12 major sites across the U.S as well as throughout Canada, Latin America, Europe, India, Israel and Asia Pacific.  He manages…

  • Darla Lexington

    Darla S. Lexington

    Darla Lexington is third generation Texan philanthropist, entrepreneur and socialite. Her great grandfather was one of the first motorcycle police in Houston and the next three generations all served with the Houston Police Department and Fire Department. She comes from…

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    Penny Loyd

    In 2009 Penny, along with her husband, created The Loyd Charitable Foundation to support numerous charities in the Houston area as well as international charitable organizations. From goodwill mission trips in American Samoa to generous donations to the Baylor College…

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    Melissa H. Juneau

    Melissa Holman Juneau was born in the Rio Grande Valley. She graduated from Texas State University with a B.S. in Education and is certified in Special Education, English as a Second Language and Early Childhood Development. During Melissa’s fifteen years…

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    DeeDee H. Marsh

    DeeDee Hooks Marsh grew up in the North Channel Area of Houston. She graduated from Texas A & M University with a degree in Environmental Design and received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law. After working as…

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    Robert A. Marsh

    Robert A. Marsh currently serves as President and CEO of eSigns.com, directing operations in Houston, Texas and Brighton, Michigan with expansion plans for Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the former President and CEO of ev1.net (Everyones Internet) and is generally acknowledged as a pioneer…

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    Dr. Lois J. Moore

    Dr. Lois J. Moore, Board of Directors – BSN, MED, LHD, FACHE, is the previous Chief Administrator of The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center served as a nurse, educator, administrator, and, first and foremost, an advocate for those…

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    Michael F. Rogers

    Michael F. Rogers is a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. His law practice primarily involves negotiating and documenting commercial transactions for a variety of clients. These transactions include sales, purchases and mergers of existing businesses, creation of new business…

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    Brian H. Teichman

    Brian H. Teichman, a native of Galveston, Texas, began fundraising at the age of 11 to protect the Old City Cemetery which had become a target of vandalism. A Texas A&M graduate, Brian serves on the board of directors of…

Advisory Board

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    J. Downey Bridgwater

    J. Downey Bridgwater is President of Comerica Bank’s Houston Market. Mr. Bridgwater has been a banker in the Houston area since 1978 and most recently served as the Chairman, President and CEO of Sterling Bank through July, 2011, when Sterling…

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    Pastor Kirbyjon H. Caldwell

    Kirbyjon H. Caldwell is Senior Pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church. Under the leadership of Caldwell since 1982, Windsor Village Church membership has increased from 25 members to more than 16,000, making it one of the largest Protestant Churches…

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    Michael C. Linn

    Michael C. Linn is the President of MCL Ventures, LLC, an investment company. He also serves as Director and Founder on the Board of Directors of LINN Energy, LLC (NASDAQ: LINE), where he previously served as Chairman, President and Chief…

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    Paul B. Loyd

    Paul B. Loyd, Jr. was formerly Chairman & CEO of R&B Falcon Corporation the world’s largest and most diversified offshore drilling company. In 2001, R&B Falcon Corporation merged with Transocean Sedco Forex. At that time, Mr. Loyd retired as Chairman…

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    John L. Nau, III

    John L. Nau, III is President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. Silver Eagle employs over 1,200 employees that serve 16 counties in Texas through operations in Houston, San Antonio,…

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    Robert E. Ogle

    Robert E. Ogle, CPA was born in St. Louis but has been a resident of Houston for 35 years. He is a well-known Certified Public Accountant and Certified Turnaround Professional. He has served as President of the Houston Chapter of…

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    Dr. David G. Poplack

    Is the Director of the Texas Children’s Cancer Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Elise C. Young Professor of Pediatric Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine.  He is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of pediatric cancer. …

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    David H. Ward

    Channel 13’s award winning news anchor, has a 51-year career in broadcasting. Born in Dallas and raised in Huntsville, Ward began his Radio-TV career while a student at Tyler Junior College in 1958. After two years with W-A-C-O Radio in…

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    James D. Woods

    Retired from Baker Hughes Incorporated and its predecessor, Baker International on January 22, 1997, after 41 years of service. Prior to Baker Hughes, Mr. Woods served four years in the United States Air Force. Mr. Woods served as President of…