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Join us at the 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner!

Thank you to Wesley Wright, Cindy Hartman, Ann Hollingsworth and Victoria Bryant for leading our dialogue-- Prepare to Care--Managing the Healthcare of Aging Family Members.
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders
Chez ALF 2.0 was a grand success!

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
  • Clark Lord
    Bracewell LLP
    Class XXXVI
  • Juan Alonso
    Regional Vice President
    Class XXXVI
  • Don Briscoe, MD
    Program Director, Methodist Hospital FM Residency
    Medical Director, Vecino Health Centers
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Carrie Potter
    Owner and President
    The Carrie Potter Group, LLC
    Class XXXIV
  • Edward Allen
    Senior Partner and Co-Founder
    Eagle Global Advisors
    Class XXXI
  • Deborah Castelo
    Retired Branch Director
    HCCSCD, Special Programs
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Stephen Glazier
    UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center
    Class XLVI
  • Ed Vaughn
    Houston Chronicle
    Education Class 1
  • Linda Buchman
    Community Relations Officer
    Spring Branch ISD
    Education Class 2
  • George Yang
    CEO & Chairman
    Asia Chemical Corp.
    Class XIV
  • Ronald Oran
    Foley Gardere
    Class XLII
  • Jeffrey Stone
    Class XXVII
  • Janiece Longoria
    Ogden Gibson Broocks Longoria & Hall, L.L.P.
    Class X
  • Larry Veselka
    Founding Partner
    Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP
    Class VIII
  • Leon Collins
    Arts Administration Management
    Class XIII
  • Ann McGinity
    Chief Nurse Executive
    The Methodist Hospital
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Manuel Marini
    The Original Marini's Empanada House, Since 1971
    Class XII
  • Minnette Boesel
    Retired - Mayor's Assistant for Cultural Affairs
    City of Houston
    Class XXXVI
  • Ann Campbell
    Juvenile Defense Attorney
    Solo Practice
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Matthew Barnes
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Ursula Hall
    Judge, 165th Civil District Court
    City of Houston
    Class XLI
  • Robert Ball
    Executive Vice President-Houston Private Banking Manager
    Texas Capital Bank
    Class XXIX
  • Linda McCarty
    President and CEO
    Faith In Practice
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Armando Perez
    Senior VP, Houston Region
    Class XXVII
  • Ann Stern
    President and CEO
    Houston Endowment Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Zeph Capo
    Houston Federation of Teachers
    Education Class 2
  • Rebecca Udden
    Artistic Director
    Main Street Theater
    Class XVII
  • Francis Cook
    Cook Worldwide LLC
    Class XXIII
  • Audrey Trotti
    Founder and President
    Watershed Market
    Class XXXIII
  • Stephen Costello
    Chief Resilience & Chief Recovery Officer
    City of Houston
    Class XXX
  • Gary Brock
    Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
    Fondren Orthopedic Group
    Class XXVI
  • Catherine Than
    Business Attorney
    Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
    Class XLI
  • Aida Tello
    Asst. Prin./Counselor
    Lamar HS/HISD
    Education Class 4
  • Mary Covington
    Special Programs Manager
    Harris County STAR Drug Court, Veterans' Treatment Court & Responsive Interventions for Change
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Daisy Morales
    VP Community Affairs
    Community Health Choice
    Medical Community Class 5
  • John Rolfe

    Class XLI
  • Maconda O'Connor
    Social Worker
    Class XII
  • Kristi Rangel
    Public Health Education Chief
    City of Houston Health Department- My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Houston
    Class XXXV
  • Eric Goodie
    Director of Asset Acquisition & Management
    Houston Area Urban League
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Lois Stark
    Stark Productions, Inc.
    Class VI
  • Steve Rosencranz
    Retired Founder
    The Woods Project, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • Lisa Helfman
    Real Estate Director
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Ron Franklin
    McGuireWoods LLP
    Class IX
  • Kimberly House
    Division Manager
    Mayor's Office of Public Safety & Homeland Security
    Class XLV
  • Roopa Gir
    President & CEO
    Class XLIII
  • Tyrone Tanner
    Associate Professor
    Prairie View A&M University
    Education Class 3
  • Sophia Smith
    Payload Software Engineering & Integration
    Class XXXIV
  • Craig Wessels
    SVP Business Banking
    Amegy Bank of Texas
    Class XLV
  • Dorothy Caram
    Community Volunteer
    Class VI
  • Debra Stewart
    Retired-Manager, Supplier Diversity and Diversity Outreach
    Shell Oil Company
    Class XXXVI

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