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May 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Joining Senior Fellows AND Celebrating Houston's Culinary Diversity Join us for great conversation...
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Growing Up in Houston- How Are Our Children Doing? An Examination of Children at Risk's 15th...
June 17 - 23, 2019
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October 18 - 19, 2019
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The 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner was wonderful!

Thank you very much to Margaret Wallace Brown, Sanjay Ram, George Levan, and Rebecca Reyna, who led a dialogue on The Impact of Densification in Houston.

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houstonís culinary scene at Neo Baguette at ALF's Reservations for Six program.
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
  • Janice Coggeshall
    Former Mayor of Galveston
    Class VI
  • Jeffrey L. Boney
    Council Member
    Missouri City
    Class XLIV
  • Anne Koci
    Retired - Associate Professor
    Texas Woman's University College of Nursing
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Remmele Young
    Associate Vice Chancellor, Governmental & External Affairs
    Houston Community College
    Class XLIV
  • Ann Best Scott
    Chief Development Officer-HISD and Exec. Dir.
    HISD Foundation
    Class XLII
  • Karen Dupont
    Houston Fire Department
    Class XXIX
  • Rebecca White
    Former President and CEO
    Houston Area Women's Center
    Class XXIX
  • Joe Fuentes
    Founder/Chief Executive Officer
    AVENUE 360 Health & Wellness
    Class XLI
  • Steven Capper
    Vicar/Exec. Dir.
    Lord of the Streets (LOTS)
    Class XXX
  • Michael Landrum
    Landrum ADR
    Class XLVIII
  • Steve Rosencranz
    Retired Founder
    The Woods Project, Inc.
    Class XXXII
  • Gail Winkler
    Retired--Supervising U.S. Probation Officer
    SD/TX, Houston
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Michael Jhin
    Chief Executive Officer
    Harbor Sky LLC
    Class XIX
  • Eric Evans
    Tomball Regional Medical Center
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Grace Butler
    Hope Through Grace, Inc.
    Class XII
  • Oliver Luck
    Commissioner and CEO
    Class XXII
  • Anton Sinkewich
    Executive Director
    East Downtown Management District
    Community Development Class 1
  • Kathleen Ownby
    Executive Director
    SPARK School Park Program
    Class XXXVI
  • Shelly Power
    Executive Director
    Pennsylvania Ballet
    Class XXXIV
  • Catherine Burnett
    Associate Dean & Professor
    South Texas College of Law
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Rebecca Kirkland
    Retired - Prof. Pediatrics, Sr. Associate Dean for Med. Ed.
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Class VI
  • Rene Solis
    Senior Vice President
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Randy Petersen
    Executive Vice President
    Cadence Bank
    Class XXXIII
  • Terry Bell
    Rockwell Fund, Inc.
    Class XXV
  • James Dixon, II
    The Community of Faith Church King's Dome
    Class XVIII
  • Lida Woodul
    Retired - Board Member
    Cy-Fair ISD
    Education Class 3
  • Ernest Lewis
    President and CEO
    Adult Learning Center
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Leslie Smith, II
    Change Happens Community Development Corporation and Change Happens Ministry
    Class XXVI
  • Kathy Hubbard
    Hubbard Financial Services, Inc.
    Class XXIV
  • Charlene Slack
    Executive Director
    Wayne Duddlesten Foundation
    Community Development Class 2
  • Clarissa Stephens
    Sr. Manager, Applied Technology Services
    Harris County Budget Mgmt.
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Patricia Kerrigan
    190th District Court, Harris County Texas
    Class XXVIII
  • David Lopez
    Vice President, Government Relations & Policy for the Texas State Alliance of YMCAs
    Class XXVI
  • Orin Covell
    The George Foundation
    Class V
  • Carla Kuaiwa
    Founder, Managing Director
    CK Cross Consulting, Inc
    Class XLIV
  • William Bryant
    Senior Staff Analyst / Special Asst. to the Director
    Houston Health Department
    Class XLVI
  • Gabrielle Hansen
    Executive Director
    The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship-Houston Galveston
    Class XLIV
  • Pamela Potter
    Director Practice Operations
    Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Kenneth Guidry
    PKF Texas, P.C.
    Class XXXVII
  • Ismael Hernandez
    VP- Global Marine
    Buckeye Partners, LP
    Class XXXV
  • John Duman
    Premier Edu
    Class XLIII
  • Susan Pennebaker
    Principal and COO
    Pennebaker, Inc.
    Class XLI
  • Vivian King
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Vivian King Law Group
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Samuel Jacobson
    Supervisor, Office Services
    Class XLV
  • Theresa Kosmoski
    Kosmoski Consulting
    Class XLVIII
  • Joe Russo
    The Russo Group/USA
    Class I
  • John Huff
    Chairman of the Board
    Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Class XI
  • Yolanda Navarro
    Owner-Consultant- YBN Consulting Strategies
    Class XII
  • Collin Cox
    Yetter Coleman LLP
    Class XLII

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