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October 16 - 17, 2015
--Disparities and Inequities in the Greater Houston Region-- Retreat participants will: Bear witness to personal stories of individuals who have faced challenges and inequities through their journey in Houston Take a deep dive into a...
November 13, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Join Nancy Sims (Class XXIX), Senior Vice President, Pierpoint Communications, Inc., and Mustafa Tameez (Class XXX), Founder and Managing Director, Outreach Strategists, LLC, for a post-election discussion and analysis. Come prepared to...
November 18, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Interested in meeting with other ALFers who may not be in your class? Getting to know other ALF Fellows in a small, personal setting? If so, sign up for Reservations for Six and join 5 other ALFers for breakfast. Reservations for Six is...
December 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fellows and Senior Fellows are invited to the 2015 Annual Meeting to socialize and vote for the 2016 slate of trustees. This event is graciously underwritten and hosted by Chevron and promises to be a fun evening. Fellows and...

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Senior Fellows Retreat-- October 16 - 17
A Tale of Two Communities: Disparities and Inequities in the Greater Houston Region

Thank you to Zeph Capo, Chris Vierra, Cathy Horn, Carol Atwood and Judy Wallis for joining us at the September ALF Second Friday Breakfast to discuss: Is the STAAR Test the best way to assess school and student success?

American Leadership Forum

For three 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 better serve the public 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 Chapter
  • Bruce Coe
    Assistant Director, Development
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Class XXXIII
  • Donna Kristaponis
    Tour Guide/Food & Wine Consultant
    Chateau Ste Michelle Wine Estates
    Class XI
  • Donald Bowers
    Vice President
    Houston Branch - Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    Class XXIX
  • Gerald Wilson
    Wilson Financial Group, Inc.
    Class VIII
  • John Odam
    General Counsel
    Harris County Attorney's Office
    Class II
  • Cathy Airola
    Fall Creek Elementary, Humble ISD
    Education Class 1
  • Bonna Kol
    Executive Director
    Asia Society Texas Center
    Class XXVIII
  • Roland Garcia
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Class XIII
  • Andrea Caracostis
    Chief Executive Officer
    HOPE Clinic
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Stuart Saunders
    Managing Partner
    Mission-Heights Enterprises, Ltd.
    Class XXVIII
  • Betsy Schwartz
    VP of Public Education & Special Initiatives
    Nat'l Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
    Class XIII
  • Paule Anne Lewis
    Executive Director
    San Jose Clinic
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Sheila Jackson Lee
    U.S. Congresswoman
    United States House of Representatives
    Class IV
  • Randy Petersen
    Executive Vice President
    Cadence Bank
    Class XXXIII
  • Jose Garcia
    Vice Chairman Pediatrics
    University of TX- Houston LBJ General Hospital
    Class XXIV
  • David Chaumette
    Chaumette, PLLC
    Class XXXV
  • Thomas Meloncon
    Truth Productions, Inc.
    Class VII
  • Norma Benzon
    Class XIX
  • Matthew Barnes
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Sally Jeffcoat
    Executive Vice President, West/Midwest Group
    CHE Trinity Health
    Class XIX
  • Ivette Mayo
    Yo Soy I Am, LLC
    Community Development Class 2
  • Francis Coleman
    Attorney/Community Volunteer
    Class VIII
  • Cris Daskevich
    Senior Vice President
    Texas Children's Hospital
    Class XXXVI
  • Richard Beech
    Senior Safety Officer
    Johnson & Johnson, DePuy Synthes
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Ann Johnson
    Harris County District Attorney's Office
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Brett Binkley
    CEO/Consulting Engineer
    Binkley and Barfield Inc. Consulting Engineers
    Class XXIV
  • Holly Montalbano
    Global Communications Director
    Performance Packaging, Dow Chemical
    Class XXVII
  • Cynthia Siegel
    Former Mayor/City of Bellaire
    Class XXVIII
  • Linda Olson
    Executive Director
    Houston Hispanic Forum
    Class XXIX
  • Rosie Zamora
    Houston Wilderness
    Class VII
  • Sue Page
    Area Superintendent
    Alief ISD
    Education Class 2
  • Nicole Cásarez
    Attorney & Professor
    University of St. Thomas
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Thao Costis
    President and CEO
    SEARCH Homeless Services
    Class XXVI
  • Donna Fife
    Principal, Elm Grove Elementary
    Humble ISD
    Education Class 4
  • Susan Sclafani
    Vice President, Program Management
    Pearson Education
    Class XVIII
  • Kimberly Johnston
    VP Tax
    CenterPoint Energy
    Class XXXV
  • Laura Cano
    Class XXXIV
  • E. Ashley Smith

    Class V
  • Jo Carcedo
    Vice President for Grants
    Episcopal Health Foundation
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Cynthia Wilson
    Superintendent of Schools
    Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5
    Education Class 2
  • Charles Cook

    Education Class 1
  • Carlos Escobar
    Associate VP Business Operations & Facilities Staff
    University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Maxie Patterson
    Executive Director
    Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems
    Class XXII
  • Jerome Martin
    VP/General Manager
    KPRC-Channel 2
    Class XXXIV
  • Gwendolyn Goffe
    Chief Investment Officer
    The Brown Foundation,Inc
    Class XIV
  • Graciela Saenz
    Attorney At Law
    Saenz & Burkhardt, PLLC
    Class XIII
  • David Roschke
    Senior Pastor
    Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church
    Class XIII

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