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Thank you to Rogene Calvert, Brandon Rittinghaus, Sam Mar and Nick Lampson for joining us for Part 3 of our Fall Series on Election Reform with a dialogue on Voting.

Diversity of Thought: Building Together--2018 Annual Report

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
  • Olivia Dear
    Dear Healthcare Consulting
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Al Calloway
    Class VIII
  • Ronald Kapche
    TEI Staffing-President
    Class XI
  • Theopolis Holeman
    Spectra Energy Crop
    Class XIV
  • Gerald Merfish
    Merfish Pipe & Supply
    Class XIX
  • Kelly Young

    Class XLVI
  • Alfred Leal
    Retired - Attorney at Law
    Leal & Associates
    Class XII
  • Allison Booker Brooks
    Chief Program Officer
    Northwest Assistance Ministries
    Class XXXVIII
  • Kevin Dancy
    Community Development Advisor
    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas/Houston Branch
    Class XLIX
  • Anne Clutterbuck
    Chair of the Board of Trustees
    Harris Health System
    Class XLVII
  • Melaney Linton
    President and CEO
    Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
    Class XXXI
  • John Baker
    John H. Baker Interests
    Class II
  • Robert Mock
    Chief of Police
    Houston ISD Police Department
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Frederick Baldwin
    Founder - Chairman
    FotoFest International
    Class XI
  • Jodie Jiles
    Director of Business Development
    Class IX
  • Stephen Klineberg
    Professor of Sociology, Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
    Rice University
    Class X
  • Michelle Lyn
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Sara Youngdahl
    Owner and Managing Partner
    Youngdahl Law Firm, P.C.
    Class XLIV
  • Kathryn Stripling
    H.I.S.D. Superintendent
    Class XXI
  • Lemel Jones
    I Am A Legacy Builder
    Class XXXVII
  • Gail Winkler
    Retired--Supervising U.S. Probation Officer
    SD/TX, Houston
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Frances Castaneda Dyess
    Houston East End Chamber of Commerce
    Class XXVII
  • Rafael Alvarez
    Founder & National Board Director
    Genesys Works
    Education Class 1
  • Jeff Clarke
    Clarke & Company
    Class XV
  • Paul Charles
    Executive Director
    Neighborhood Recovery Community Development Corporation
    Class XLI
  • Sharron Cox
    St. Mary's Episcopal Church
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Tandelyn Weaver
    Executive Director
    Kingdom Builders' Center
    Class XXXIII
  • Julie Boom
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Bruce Leslie
    Retired - Chancellor Emeritus
    The Alamo Colleges
    Class XXII
  • Umair Shah
    Executive Director
    Harris County Public Health
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Davna Brook
    Class X
  • Sylvester Turner
    City of Houston
    Class XX
  • Lois Stark
    Stark Productions, Inc.
    Class VI
  • Siva Kumari
    Director General
    International Baccalaureate
    Education Class 1
  • Tina Peterman
    Masterson Advisors
    Class XXXVI
  • Karen Farber
    Executive Director
    UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
    Community Development Class 2
  • Christy Poisot
    Sr. Info. Risk Mgmt. Practices Analyst
    Shell Oil Company
    Class XXXVII
  • Cheryl Peters
    Executive Director, Honors and Weekend College
    Houston Community College
    Education Class 4
  • Nicole Hare-Everline
    Wellness Director
    City of Houston
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Sandra Olson
    Executive Director
    The Coalition of Behavioral Health Services
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Dionel Aviles
    Aviles Engineering Corporation (President)
    Class XV
  • Leila Sarmecanic
    General Counsel
    Clear Creek ISD
    Class XXXIII
  • Risha Jones
    Deputy Director
    Houston Health Department
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Rosie Zamora
    Houston Wilderness
    Class VII
  • Bettye Lewis
    CEO & Owner
    Diversified Health Care Systems
    Class XII
  • Donald Briscoe
    Clinical Associate Professor/ Director, LPCC
    University of Houston-College of Medicine
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Paule Anne Lewis
    Associate VP, Business Operations
    University of Houston - College of Medicine
    Medical Community Class 4

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