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August 9, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
An Update from the Texas Education Agency Join A.J. Crabill, Special Advisor to the Commissioner,...
August 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Join us for great conversation and good food in stand-out neighborhood eateries across Houston! ...
August 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
We hope you'll join us for the ever-popular Chez ALF program. All participants will meet together...
September 13, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
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October 11, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
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Thank you very much to Annise Parker for joining us for our July Second Friday Breakfast dialogue and to Cyndy Garza Roberts for moderating the program.
The inaugural Class Reunion Week was a huge success!
More Class Reunion Week fun!

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston's culinary scene at Indianola at ALF's Reservations for Six program.
The 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was wonderful!

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
  • Rose Childs
    Retired - Deputy Director for Mental Health Services
    MHMRA of Harris County
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Joe Compian
    Chronic Conditions Educator & Patient Advocate
    The Jesse Tree, Inc.
    Class XLV
  • Gaynelle Jones
    Senior Consel-Hewlett Packard
    Class XIII
  • Nancy Sullivan
    Class XX
  • Ellen DeSanctis
    Vice President Investor Relations and Communications
    Class XXIV
  • Lance Black
    Medical Device Innovation Lead
    TMC Innovation Institute
    Class XLVI
  • Richard Huebner
    Retired - President
    Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
    Class XXIII
  • Mary Koch
    Workforce Solutions-Gulf Coast Workforce Board/H-GAC; TIRR Lifebridge
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Lonnie Mathews
    Alliance Financial Ministries, Inc.
    Class XLIII
  • Ashok Garg
    Allied Exports Inc.
    Class XLI
  • Gerald Wilson
    Wilson Financial Group, Inc.
    Class VIII
  • Linda Geffin
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Michael Moore
    Empowermental, Inc
    Class XLIX
  • Suzanne Syme
    Class XII
  • Henry Gonzales
    Executive Director/Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
    Harris County Juvenile Probation Dept.
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Bill Boyar
    Founding Shareholder
    Class XXVIII
  • Gail Winkler
    Retired--Supervising U.S. Probation Officer
    SD/TX, Houston
    Criminal Justice 2
  • E.W. Bill Wright III
    First Vice President, Investments
    Raymond James & Associates
    Class I
  • Tanya Debose
    Executive Director
    Independence Heights Redevelopment Council
    Community Development Class 2
  • Monica Brown-Broussard
    Chief Advancement & Administrative Officer
    Council on Recovery
    Class XLIX
  • Clay Bowman
    Court Administrator
    Harris County District Courts
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Brian Reed
    Clinical Professor
    University of Houston
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Rochelle Jacobson
    Merfish Pipe & Supply / Pipe Exchange
    Class XXIX
  • Laurie Vignaud
    Director, Single Family and Economic Development Divisions
    City of Houston, Housing & Community Development Department
    Class XLI
  • Shital Patel
    Assistant Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Class XLVI
  • Ed Wulfe
    Chairman & CEO
    Wulfe & Co.
    Class XI
  • Mona Jiles
    Deputy Director, Forensic Services
    MHMRA of Harris County
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Eric Evans
    Tomball Regional Medical Center
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Karen Niemeier
    Executive Director, Research Administration
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    Community Development Class 1
  • Susan Fordice
    Executive Director
    The Hackett Center for Mental Health
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Laura Shuford

    Medical Community Class 1
  • Harish Jajoo
    HJ Consulting, Inc.
    Class XXXIII
  • Grover Jackson
    Chairman & CEO
    Spinel Capital
    Class XIX
  • Thuy Vu
    Radio Saigon Houston - KREH 900 AM
    Class XXV
  • Charles Bacarisse
    Vice President for Advancement
    Houston Baptist University
    Class XVIII
  • Laurence Payne
    President & CEO
    The Educational Excellence Resource Group, LLC
    Class XI
  • Candelario Cervantez
    National Senior Managing Director, Latinx Alliances
    Teach For America
    Class XLV
  • Lida Woodul
    Retired - Board Member
    Cy-Fair ISD
    Education Class 3
  • Kelli Fein
    Diagnostic Radiologist
    UT Health ? McGovern Center
    Class XXIX
  • Brock Thomas
    State of Texas/Harris County
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Jacqueline Baly
    President and CEO
    Class XLVIII
  • Rebecca Kirkland
    Retired - Prof. Pediatrics, Sr. Associate Dean for Med. Ed.
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Class VI
  • Bill Teague
    Teague & Associates, Inc.
    Class XIV
  • Jack Webb
    Honorary Consul General of Ghana
    Class VII
  • Christopher Knapp
    Collaboration Capital LLC
    Class XXVI
  • Pierre Cannings
    Assistant Pastor/Professor
    Living Word Fellowship Church/College of Biblical Studies
    Class XLIX

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