Thank you to our Corporate supporters, Landry’s, Inc. | BMW of West Houston | Momentum BMW Southwest | Carlos Correa | Academy Sports + Outdoors | Bud Light | Silver Eagle Distributors | Juneau Exploration | Houston Astros | Houston Rockets | Richland Investments | The Becker Family Foundation / Markowitz Family | DJH Consulting | BMC Software | Corner Table Entertainment | Extex Companies | Jefferies | The Fant Foundation | eSigns.com | Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP | The Claro Group | Texas Children's Hospital | ABC-13 KTRK-TV| Hyatt Regency Houston | CNBC | Endemol Shine North America | Bill Truman, Truman's Fine Jewels | Neiman Marcus | Wayne Smith Jewels | Valero Houston Refinery | H-E-B | Adaptive Driving Access | Memorial Hermann | PepsiCo | U.S. Marine Corp | Houston First Corporation | George R. Brown Convention Center | The Rod Ryan Show | 94.5 The Buzz | Locke Bryan Production | Texas Mattress Makers | Taft McWhorter Art | Gil Bruvel | Coca-Cola North America | Downtown Aquarium, Houston | Northland Christian Schools | MetroNational | Office Depot Foundation | Sakowitz Furs | Sysco Corporation | Houston Dynamo Charities | AT&T | Kenwood Vineyards | Warehouse Associates | The Wright Pawn & Jewelry Co. | PrimeWay Federal Credit Union | Brittany Blake Interiors | RAG Printing | Accutek | The Loyd Charitable Foundation | The Ray C. Fish Foundation | Texas Capital Bank | Tellepsen | Helfman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Maserati | Amegy Bank of Texas | Briggs Equipment | Locke Lord LLP | Steinberg Design Collaborative, LLP | M Penner | Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. | Stewart Title | Sheey Ware & Pappas, P.L. | Lester & Sue Smith Foundation | Lesley Ann Jewels | Haynes & Boone | Citi | Deutsche Bank Securities | David Huntington Foundation | Asurion | Talbots | NES Global Talent | Mohamed Elsherbini | King Tut Tours | Houston Young Lawyers Association | Apache Corporation | Whataburger | David Weekly Homes | RadioOne | Methodist I-Care In Action | KMJC Majic 102.1 | Laidy and Ray Consulting | EnvironSystems | Borden Milk Products | Katy Furniture | D Miller & Associates| Tribune Media CW39 | Charles E. Dyer, IV,D.D.S., M.S. | HAHU | Taco Cabana | H-Town Classic | Halliburton | Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo | Kicks 4 Kids | CULINAIRE Inspired Cuisine & Events | Wendy's Old Fashion Hamburgers |    A BIG thank you to our 2016 Gala Title Sponsors, Maria Moncada Alaoui - BMW of West Houston & Tommy Kuranoff - Momentum BMW of Southwest for their unprecedented support the past 9 years!

Officers

  • Tilman J. Fertitta, Chairman of the Board

    Tilman Fertitta is the sole owner, chairman and CEO of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc., which owns both the restaurant giant Landry’s and the Golden Nugget Casinos and is recognized today as a world leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming…

  • Gary D. Becker, Vice Chairman of the Board

    Gary Becker is a native Houstonian. He has two children, both attending St. Edwards in Austin, Texas. After leaving PACE Entertainment Corporation in 2003, the company founded by his Father, Allen Becker, and where he worked for over 25 years,…

  • Laura S. Ward, CEO, President & Executive Director

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

  • Penny Loyd, Immediate Past President

    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…

  • Thaddeus B. Brown, Past President

    Thaddeus “Tad” Brown enters his thirteenth season with the organization, and his nine 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…

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

    Principal / Executive Producer of LBP Communications/Locke Bryan Productions, a digital media and video production company for broadcast television, web and live events. Grant is concurrently Executive Producer of Rainmaker Films where he executive produced ten feature films which have…

  • John B. Johnson, Vice President / Funding Co-Chair

    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…

  • Edna Meyer-Nelson, Treasurer

    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…

  • 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…

Directors

  • Rob Ball

    Rob Ball is an Executive Vice President with Texas Capital Bank with responsibility for the Bank’s private banking group in Houston. Headquartered in Texas, Texas Capital Bank is a commercial bank that delivers highly personalized financial services to businesses, executives,…

  • Daniel R. D’Armond

    As BMC Software’s Director of Community and Government Relations, 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…

  • Stacy E. Johnson

    After receiving both her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Social Work from the University of Arkansas, she continued her training with the Post-Graduate Clinical Social Work Fellowship from The Menninger Clinic, in Houston, TX.  During the 2-year…

  • Melissa H. Juneau

    Melissa Juneau is active in several charitable organizations in Houston, including Houston Children’s Charity, Texas Children’s Hospital, and The Lone Survivor Foundation. She is very interested in finding ways to assist combat veterans’ transition into civilian life, with an emphasis…

  • 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…

  • Randall K. Lowry

    Randy Lowry, Jr., graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Business Administration.  Since 1983 Randy has been an independent oil and gas operator. As the founder of Union Gas Corporation, and related entities, he has been active…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Robert E. Ogle

    Robert E. Ogle, CPA was born in St. Louis but has been a resident of Houston for 40 years. He is a well-known Certified Public Accountant and Certified Turnaround Professional. He has served as President of the Houston Chapter of…

  • 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…

  • Kristina Somerville

    Kristina Hornberger Somerville is an asset manager and Chief Investment Officer of Somerville Investments. Previously Mrs. Somerville was a relationship manager with The Private Bank at J.P. Morgan where she focused on bringing an integrated team of specialists together to…

  • Dawn Ullrich

    Dawn Ullrich grew up in a small town in northern Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, majoring in political science and business administration.  During college, she worked summers at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico where…

  • Robin L. Young-Ellis

    Personally and professionally, every one of us has defining moments in life – moments that shape and define us and often shape the lives of others in the process. Helping others has come to define my life. The work is…

Advisory Board

  • Paul B. Loyd, Jr.

    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…

  • 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,…

  • 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. …

  • David H. Ward

    His name is David Henry Ward, but to thousands of Eyewitness News viewers who wouldn’t miss Channel 13’s nightly 6 and 10 pm newscasts, he is simply known as “Dave”. Dave has been a radio and television broadcaster for 57…

  • 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…