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Thank you to Charlene Slack, Adeeb Barqawi, Mikael Floyd, Jeff Reichman, Ravi Sandill and all of our guests for joining the American Leadership Forum to explore what the leadership landscape might look like in 2027.

Special Message from ALF President, Daniel W. Snare, regarding Hurricane Harvey Support Efforts

Our thoughts are with our Senior Fellows and the entire Houston/Gulf Coast region as you all take steps to respond to the most pressing needs in your lives after Hurricane Harvey - for you personally as well as for your families, friends and neighbors and for your businesses and organizations. 

As we all create plans to move forward, I am writing to offer the American Leadership Forum as a resource to share and link needs and opportunities in our community.  The ALF website (Hurricane Harvey Resource List) has proven to be valuable forums for sharing such information.  Please continue to send us updates from your organization (click here).

To share needs in our community - Please clearly identify:

The organization or entity name and needs (i.e. specific items and estimated number needed, etc.  Be as specific as possible so that others will know exactly how they might be able to help.)

For volunteer opportunities be specific about tasks that need to be performed.

Contact name, e-mail, phone number and website – please provide all that are available.

To share resources available – please indicate:

Organizations, groups or individuals available to help and what you are able to offer.

Contact name, e-mail, phone number and website – please provide all that are available

Please try to help us keep these identified needs and resources current so that we can all stay informed about the most pressing needs and those that have been met.

There are, of course, many ways Senior Fellows can support one another in the coming days, including providing direct financial support for recovery efforts.  Each of our Senior Fellows has organizations that are near and dear to your hearts that will undoubtedly need and appreciate donations of any kind.  Some organizations that are collecting funds for institutions across the region include Mayor Turner’s Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, United Way, and Red Cross.

Over the past week it has been heartening to see literally hundreds of e-mail messages of caring and support among so many ALF classes and across our entire ALF network.

  • We know that several Fellows in our ALF family suffered flooding of their homes and businesses and our thoughts are with each of them and their families. It was humbling to see the responses, support and direct assistance that their ALF classmates provided to them in so many cases.
  • We are deeply grateful to so many of you, your organizations and your businesses that have done simply incredible things to serve and support your neighbors and our communities. These countless examples of selfless servant leadership, large and small, inspire us all.

Our office did not sustain any damage during the storm and thankfully all of ALF’s staff and their families are safe and dry. 

We know that there is a long road ahead, however, we also know that our powerful network can come together as we know best—across disciplines to brainstorm ideas, share resources and lend each other a hand.  We send strength and support to you all.

In solidarity and with resolve to join and strengthen diverse leaders to serve during this time of incredible need.

         Daniel W. Snare, Medical Class 5 and President, American Leadership Forum


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
  • Barbara Crews
    Mayor of Galveston
    Class XVII
  • Deloyd Parker
    Executive Director
    Shape Community Center
    Class VI
  • Marvin Marcell
    Director - Public Affairs
    Group 1 Automotive
    Class XII
  • Diane Lipton
    Retired - Executive Director
    Houston Maritime Museum
    Education Class 1
  • Lillie Fontenot
    Development Consultant
    Accent Management
    Class V
  • Omer Ilahi
    Orthopedic Surgeon
    SouthWest Orthopedic Group
    Class XXXVIII
  • David Roschke
    Clergy, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    Class XIII
  • Bettye Lewis
    CEO & Owner
    Diversified Health Care Systems
    Class XII
  • Ed Allday

    Class V
  • Jane Cummins
    Executive Director
    The HEART Program
    Class XXV
  • Carole Riggs
    Attorney/Vice President
    Campbell & Riggs, P.C.
    Class XII
  • Margaret Guerriero
    Guerriero + Spuhler Consulting
    Class IV
  • Thomas Jones
    McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP
    Class XVII
  • Karen Farber
    Executive Director
    UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
    Community Development Class 2
  • Tim Schauer
    Senior Vice President
    Cornerstone Government Affairs
    Class XLI
  • Nory Angel
    SER Jobs for Progress
    Class XXX
  • Sheri Williams
    Superintendent and Regional Vice President
    Lighthouse Academies
    Education Class 3
  • Pete Garcia
    Pete Garcia International, Inc.
    Class XXXV
  • Melinda Little
    Director of Government Affairs
    Class XLII
  • Traqina Emeka
    Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
    Lone Star College-North Harris
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Richard Beech
    Senior Safety Officer
    Johnson & Johnson, DePuy Synthes
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Stephen Trauber
    Vice Chairman & Global Head of Energy
    Citi-Investment Banking
    Class XXI
  • Howard Tellepsen
    Chairman & CEO
    Tellepsen Corporation
    Class XIV
  • Laura Jaramillo
    Senior Vice President, Regional Community Development Manager
    Wells Fargo
    Class XXVII
  • John Walsh
    Retired-Director, Graduate Real Estate Program
    The University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business
    Class XV
  • Ida Eng
    Special Projects Coordinator to Independent Agent
    Class XVII
  • Can Dogan
    Associate Professor of Economics, Chair of the Business Administration Department, MBA Program Coordinator
    North American University
    Class XXXI
  • Rick Ngo
    General Surgeon
    Southwest Surgical Associates
    Class XXXIV
  • Pattie Dale Tye
    Segment VP & Humana Foundation Interim Director
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Nicole Gonzales
    Associate Professor of Neurology
    UT Health
    Class XXXIII
  • Paul Colbert
    Class VII
  • Terence O'Rourke
    Special Assistant
    Harris County Attorney's Office
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Winell Herron
    Group VP, Public Affairs, Diversity & Environmental Affairs
    Class XXIV
  • Steve Rosencranz
    Retired Founder
    The Woods Project, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • E. Ashley Smith

    Class V
  • Bonnie Foxworth
    Team Building and Relationships
    Foxworth Consulting
    Class X
  • Vanessa Sola
    Frierson Sola Simonton & Kutac PLLC
    Class XXXII
  • Yolanda Green Barnes
    Director of Community Investment
    Comcast Houston Region
    Class XXXVIII
  • June Christensen
    Chief Executive Officer
    Society for the Performing Arts
    Class XXXI
  • Maria Jackson
    339th State District Court, Harris County, Texas
    Class XXXVII
  • Rosie McStay
    Director, Government & Community Relations
    Texas Children's Hospital
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Jane Meyer
    Head of School
    St. Agnes Academy
    Class XXV
  • Terry Bell
    Rockwell Fund, Inc.
    Class XXV
  • Lisa Malosky
    Lisa Malosky Productions
    Class XXV
  • Meredith Wedin
    Educational Consultant
    Education Class 3
  • Karen Becerra
    Chief Operating Officer/Principal
    The Principle Partnering Group, LLC
    Class XVI
  • Alexander Green
    U S House of Representatives
    Class VI
  • Mary Vitek
    Chief Executive Officer
    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
    Class XXI

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