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Upcoming Events

August 9, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
An Update from the Texas Education Agency Join A.J. Crabill, Special Advisor to the Commissioner,...
August 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Join us for great conversation and good food in stand-out neighborhood eateries across Houston! ...
August 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
We hope you'll join us for the ever-popular Chez ALF program. All participants will meet together...
September 13, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
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October 11, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
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Thank you very much to Annise Parker for joining us for our July Second Friday Breakfast dialogue and to Cyndy Garza Roberts for moderating the program.
The inaugural Class Reunion Week was a huge success!
More Class Reunion Week fun!

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston's culinary scene at Indianola at ALF's Reservations for Six program.
The 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was wonderful!

American Leadership Forum

It’s no coincidence that Houston’s growing recognition as one of America’s great multicultural cities for more than 30 years parallels the growth of the American Leadership Forum. Since 1980, ALF has worked very intentionally to bring together a multicultural mix of extremely diverse leaders from virtually every sector of Houston’s community not to debate, but to co-create new possibilities. Characterized by a strong belief in the human capacity for collective intelligence, the ALF program focuses on the principles of a different kind of leadership that empowers Fellows to envision effective solutions and take coordinated action to address the community’s pressing issues.

The fundamental principles of the American Leadership Forum (ALF) assert that when individuals suspend judgment and allow themselves to truly hear meaning and context from others without the interference of cultural and ideological filters – this potential is unlocked to serve the common good.

This commitment to community and cooperative spirit is nurtured through a yearlong program in which ALF Fellows engage in dialogue, learn to value their differences and unique perspectives, find common ground and build lasting relationships.


Senior Fellows from the Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Lida Woodul
    Retired - Board Member
    Cy-Fair ISD
    Education Class 3
  • Suzette Jones
    Managing Member
    Training Resources Consulting, LLC
    Class XXXII
  • Sonia Corrales
    Chief Program Officer
    Houston Area Women's Center
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Jeffrey Stone
    Class XXVII
  • Sharon Owens
    Retired- Vice President Corporate Community Relations
    CenterPoint Energy
    Class IX
  • Patrice McKinney
    Lanier Law Firm
    Class XXXVI
  • Joe Allen
    Managing Partner
    Allen Boone Humphries LLP
    Class XV
  • Marilu Garza
    Chief Development Officer
    The Center for Pursuit
    Class XLI
  • Anna Mateja
    Vice President
    Texas Children's Health Plan
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Rolando Trevino
    Chief School Officer- East Area
    Houston Independent School District
    Class XXXVI
  • Sherry Merfish
    Consultant and Social Activist
    Class XVI
  • Stephen Glazier
    UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center
    Class XLVI
  • Bryce Kennard
    External Affairs Manager
    Class XLVII
  • Hector Monterroso
    Bishop Assistant
    Episcopal Diocese of Texas
    Class XLVII
  • Frank Donnelly
    Kensinger Donnelly LLC
    Class XLIV
  • Darryl King
    The Principle Partnering Group, LLC
    Class XIV
  • Christopher Greeley
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Texas Children's Hospital & Baylor College of Medicine
    Class XLIII
  • Martha Macris
    President and CEO
    Memorial Assistance Ministries
    Class XXXIX
  • Kelly Zuniga
    Chief Executive Officer
    Holocaust Museum Houston
    Class XXXIV
  • Susie Crafton

    Class XXXI
  • Miguel Hernandez
    Refinery Maintenance Field Execution Supervisor
    Shell Oil Products Company, LLC
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Sofia Adrogue
    Diamond McCarthy LLP
    Class XX
  • Joseph Allen
    Class VII
  • Antoinette Jackson

    Community Development Class 1
  • Scott Strang
    Chief Operating Officer
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Melanie Gray
    Winston & Strawn LLP
    Class XXVI
  • Louise Howell
    Retired-Executive Director
    American Leadership Forum
    Class XVII
  • Charles Bacarisse
    Vice President for Advancement
    Houston Baptist University
    Class XVIII
  • Anne Koci
    Retired - Associate Professor
    Texas Woman's University College of Nursing
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Willie Alexander
    W.J. Alexander & Associates, P.C.
    Class XIX
  • Mary Ryder
    Executive Vice President
    Cadence Bank
    Class XXXI
  • Carlos Escobar
    Executive Director /CEO
    VA Caribbean Health System, Dept. Of Veterans Affairs
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Shawn Collier
    Writer/Strategist/Team Builder/Entrepreneur
    Class XXIX
  • Alan Dettlaff
    Dean & Professor
    University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
    Class XLI
  • Michael Williams
    Senior Pastor/Founder
    The Genesis Church
    Class XVII
  • Stephen Costello
    Chief Resilience & Chief Recovery Officer
    City of Houston
    Class XXX
  • Andrea Hodge
    Outgoing Executive Director, REEP
    Rice University
    Education Class 4
  • Kelli Fein
    Diagnostic Radiologist
    UT Health ? McGovern Center
    Class XXIX
  • Irma Diaz-Gonzalez
    Employment & Training Centers, Inc.
    Class XXVII
  • Jacqueline Bostic McElroy
    Assistant District Attorney
    Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office
    Class XLVIII
  • William Dudley
    Director Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    University of Houston-Downtown
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Gregory Jones
    Attorney at Law
    Law Office of Gregory N. Jones
    Class XXVIII
  • Janice Coggeshall
    Former Mayor of Galveston
    Class VI
  • Ann Johnson
    Adjunct Faculty-Mock Trial Litigation Voir Dire/Jury Communication
    South Texas College of Law Houston
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Suzanne Syme
    Class XII
  • Dean Muths
    Retired - Director of Visual and Performing Arts
    Clear Creek ISD
    Education Class 2
  • Zinetta Burney
    Justice of the Peace, Pct 7-2
    Class XIV
  • James Dixon, II
    The Community of Faith Church King's Dome
    Class XVIII
  • Eduardo Nunez
    Retired- General Manager Global Procurement
    ExxonMobil, Global Services Company
    Class XXV

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