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Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston's culinary scene at Kiran's Houston at ALF's Reservations for Six program.

Thank you very much to A.J. Crabill for joining us for our August Second Friday Breakfast dialogue to share a very timely and relevant update on educational issues that affect the Houston area.
The inaugural Class Reunion Week was a huge success!
More Class Reunion Week fun!

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
  • Kathryn McNiel
    Theater District
    Class XXXII
  • Melaney Linton
    President and CEO
    Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
    Class XXXI
  • Julia Guajardo Barrow
    VP Operations
    Camelot Education
    Education Class 3
  • Manson Johnson
    Shepherd - Teacher
    Holman Street Baptist Church
    Class XI
  • Laurence Payne
    President & CEO
    The Educational Excellence Resource Group, LLC
    Class XI
  • Teresa Harris
    Financial Advisor
    Morgan Stanley
    Class XXXIV
  • Kevin Collins
    St. Eugene de Mazenod Catholic Church
    Community Development Class 1
  • David Smith
    SLA Studio Land, Inc.
    Class V
  • Susan Pennebaker
    Principal and COO
    Pennebaker, Inc.
    Class XLI
  • Kenneth Li
    Southwest Realty Group
    Class XLII
  • Sheila Briones
    Director of Community Development and Shared Services
    Houston Community College
    Class XLIX
  • Sonia Corrales
    Chief Program Officer
    Houston Area Women's Center
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Rick Lowe
    Project Row Houses
    Class XVI
  • Cheryl Peters
    Executive Director, Honors and Weekend College
    Houston Community College
    Education Class 4
  • Frank Rossi
    Our Lady of the Pines
    Class XVI
  • Siva Kumari
    Director General
    International Baccalaureate
    Education Class 1
  • Michael Marsh
    Commercial Manager
    Engie Gas North America
    Class XXXIX
  • Michelle Lyn
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Antonio Tillis
    Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
    University of Houston
    Class XLVII
  • Connie Boyd
    Chief Development Officer
    Holocaust Museum Houston
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Valerie Bergeron
    Senior Vice President
    Fidelis Senior Care
    Class XXII
  • Ericka Brown
    Harris Health System
    Class XLI
  • Anna Eastman
    Trustee District 1- Secretary
    Houston ISD
    Education Class 4
  • Eric Coleman
    Deputy Head of Schools
    KIPP Houston Public Schools
    Class XXXVI
  • Jane Meyer
    Head of School
    St. Agnes Academy
    Class XXV
  • Kelly Zuniga
    Chief Executive Officer
    Holocaust Museum Houston
    Class XXXIV
  • Martha Wong
    Texas House of Representatives
    Class X
  • Joseph Icet
    CEO/Urban Farmer
    Last Organic Outpost
    Community Development Class 2
  • Elneita Hutchins-Taylor
    General Counsel
    HISD Legal Services
    Education Class 3
  • Cynthia Colbert
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class XXXVI
  • Judith Finkel
    Past Chair
    Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Region
    Class XXXV
  • June Christensen
    Retired- CEO
    Society for the Performing Arts
    Class XXXI
  • Robert Corder
    Principal & Partner
    The Dini Partners
    Class X
  • Willie Alexander
    W.J. Alexander & Associates, P.C.
    Class XIX
  • Jonita Reynolds
    Chief Executive Officer
    Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Inc.
    Education Class 2
  • Steven Halpert
    Juvenile Division Chief
    Harris County Public Defender's Office
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Yolanda Londono
    Vice President, Global Social Responsibility
    Tupperware Brands Corporation
    Class XXI
  • Susanne Theis
    Programming Director
    Discovery Green
    Class XXXII
  • Jessica Diaz
    Assistant Director Of Constituent Relations at the LLILAS Benson- Latin American Studies and Collections
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Community Development Class 1
  • Winell Herron
    Group VP, Public Affairs, Diversity & Environmental Affairs
    Class XXIV
  • Mary Jo May
    Retired Executive Director
    El Centro de Corazon
    Medical Community Class 1
  • John Odam
    General Counsel
    Harris County Attorney's Office
    Class II
  • Cynthia Briggs
    CEO Emeritus
    Communities In Schools of Houston, Inc.
    Class XVII

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