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35 Years of Celebrating Leadership
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders

Thank you to Janet Pozmantier, Sonia Corrales, Amy Smith, and Amanda Siroosian for leading the April breakfast: What is Being Done to Stop Domestic Violence?

American Leadership Forum

For three and a half decades ALF has worked very intentionally to bring together a mix of diverse leaders from virtually every sector of the Houston 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 to empower 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.

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.

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
  • Marian Davenport
    Executive Director
    Genesys Works -Houston
    Class XXIV
  • Judy Harris
    Chief of Staff
    Houston Health Department
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Catherine Burnett
    Associate Dean & Professor
    South Texas College of Law
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Grace Olivares
    Director of Community Empowerment
    Univision Houston
    Class XXVII
  • J. Michael Trevino
    Managing Director
    Trevino & Company
    Class XX
  • Sixto Wagan
    Director- Center for Arts Leadership
    University of Houston
    Class XXXVI
  • Leonel Castillo
    Deceased
    City of Houston
    Class II
  • Michael Marsh
    Commercial Manager
    Engie Gas North America
    Class XXXIX
  • Vanessa Ramirez
    Chief Operating Officer
    SER Jobs for Progress
    Class XLIII
  • Mary Koch
    Retired
    Workforce Solutions-Gulf Coast Workforce Board/H-GAC; TIRR Lifebridge
    Medical Community Class 3
  • James Soller
    Chief Executive Officer
    Rebuilding Together Houston
    Community Development Class 2
  • Jeffrey L. Boney
    Council Member
    Missouri City
    Class XLIV
  • Nicole Lievsay
    Senior Manager, Risk Adjustment
    Community Health Choice
    Class XXXVI
  • Joe Russo
    Principal
    The Russo Group/USA
    Class I
  • Carolyn Grovey-Brown
    President & Senior Consultant
    The GB Center of Solutions, LLC
    Class XVIII
  • Anna Eastman
    Trustee District 1- Secretary
    Houston ISD
    Education Class 4
  • Leslie Bourne
    Executive Director
    Covenant House Texas
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Joseph Allen
    Deceased
    Class VII
  • Aijaz Khowaja
    President
    Palms Recovery Corp.
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Jacob Monty
    Managing Partner
    Monty & Ramirez LLP
    Class XXXI
  • Sabrina McTopy
    Partner
    Walker Jackson L.L.P.
    Class XXXVIII
  • Susie Crafton
    Senior CP, Development
    Education Pioneers
    Class XXXI
  • Howard Tellepsen
    Chairman & CEO
    Tellepsen Corporation
    Class XIV
  • Nancy Sullivan
    Semi-Retired
    Class XX
  • George DeMontrond
    President
    DeMontrond Automotive Group, Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Thao Costis
    President and CEO
    SEARCH Homeless Services
    Class XXVI
  • Russell Jackson
    President/CEO
    Decision Information Resources, Inc.
    Class XVI
  • James Greenwood
    Retired / Volunteer/ Part time CEO Daniel and Ripley Foundation
    Class V
  • Gaynelle Jones
    Deceased
    Senior Consel-Hewlett Packard
    Class XIII
  • Dameion Crook
    Educator
    Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men/HoustonISD
    Community Development Class 1
  • Macey Reasoner
    Community Volunteer
    Class IV
  • Elvin Franklin
    Retired
    State Farm Insurance
    Class XXII
  • Roger Harris
    Development Specialist Manager
    Houston First
    Class XXXIX
  • Laurence Payne
    President & CEO
    The Educational Excellence Resource Group, LLC
    Class XI
  • Elexa Orrange-Allen
    Director of Business
    Michael C. Fina
    Class XLV
  • Diane Schenke
    Retired - President
    Greater East End Management District
    Community Development Class 1
  • Terry Bell
    President
    Rockwell Fund, Inc.
    Class XXV
  • Tram Ho
    Physician - Internal Medicine
    Rudolph Medical Assoc. PA
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Steve Vetrano
    Chief Executive Officer
    Avondale House
    Class XXXII
  • Marvin Marcell
    Retired --Director - Public Affairs
    Group 1 Automotive
    Class XII
  • Jack Doherty
    President & CEO
    The Doherty Group, LLC
    Class XVI
  • Michele Pola
    Retired- Chief of Staff and Chief Business & Community Relations Officer
    Houston Independent School District
    Class XXIV
  • Juanita Rasmus
    Pastor
    St. John's United Methodist Church
    Class XXIII
  • John Farrell
    President
    Midvale Enterprises and Farrell Executive Coaching and Consulting
    Class XXX
  • Judy Wallis
    Educational Consultant
    Education Class 4
  • Michael Williams
    Senior Pastor/Founder
    The Genesis Church
    Class XVII
  • Leonard Gatewood
    Retired-President and CEO
    Ashbrooke Business Consultant
    Class V
  • Sherry Merfish
    Consultant and Social Activist
    www.notalone.us
    Class XVI

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