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April 5, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
April Breakfast Dialogue-- What if Harris County and the State of Texas Did Not Lead the Nation in...
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Join us at the 2019 Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award Dinner!

Thank you to Suzan Deison, Sofia Adrogué, Leah Barton and Jerry Ashworth for leading our dialogue on: What Might Houston Become with Gender Equity in the Workplace?

Senior Fellows enjoyed connecting with one another and exploring Houston’s 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
  • Anna Mateja
    Vice President
    Texas Children's Health Plan
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Barbara Hurwitz
    Community Volunteer
    Class X
  • Larry Satterwhite
    Assistant Chief-Homeland Security Command
    Houston Police Department
    Class XLII
  • Scott Strang
    Chief Operating Officer
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Traqina Emeka
    Professor, Criminal Justice
    Lone Star College-North Harris
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Sineria Ordonez

    Class XLIV
  • Bolivar Fraga
    Community Engagement Developer
    Community Development Class 1
  • Bettye Lewis
    CEO & Owner
    Diversified Health Care Systems
    Class XII
  • Kenneth Wells
    Alken Health Resources
    Class XXI
  • Alice Valdez
    Founder & Executive Director
    Multicultural Education & Counseling through Arts-MECA
    Class VIII
  • Deborah Castelo
    Retired Branch Director
    HCCSCD, Special Programs
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Lidya Kushner Osadchey
    Owner and Principal
    Kushner Advisors, LLC
    Class XXXVII
  • Rosanna Moreno
    RGM Global, LLC
    Class XXIV
  • Pam Hellstrom
    Chief Compliance and Quality Officer
    Community Health Choice
    Class XLVI
  • Sharon Koziol
    Principal Consultant
    Koziol Strategies
    Class XXX
  • Carel Stith
    Carel Stith, Attorney At Law
    Class XXXII
  • Dave Watson
    Retired - Scientist Nat'l Space Biomed Research Inst.
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Samuel Sarabia
    Retired-Chief School Officer
    Class XXXI
  • Gregg Stephens
    Architect, Principal
    STOA Architects
    Community Development Class 2
  • Nomaan Husain
    Chair of the Litigation Group, Owner/President
    Husian Law & Associates, P.C.
    Class XXVIII
  • John Walsh
    Retired-Director, Graduate Real Estate Program
    The University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business
    Class XV
  • William Reed
    Technology for All
    Class XXVIII
  • Terry Morales
    Senior Vice President
    Amegy Bank
    Class XXXIV
  • Ericka Brown
    Harris Health System
    Class XLI
  • Ann Johnson
    Adjunct Faculty-Mock Trial Litigation Voir Dire/Jury Communication
    South Texas College of Law Houston
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Karen Coleman
    Sergeant of Campus Operations
    Alief Independent School District
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Crawford McGill
    Private Wealth Advisor/Managing Director
    Ameriprise Financial
    Class XLII
  • Terence O'Rourke
    Special Assistant
    Harris County Attorney's Office
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Jeffrey Stone
    Class XXVII
  • Shawna Morris
    Sr. VP & Executive Director
    Phoenix House
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Kevin Jefferies
    Chair, Government & Economics
    Alvin Community College
    Education Class 4
  • Eric Evans
    Tomball Regional Medical Center
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Stuart Saunders
    Managing Partner
    Mission-Heights Enterprises, Ltd.
    Class XXVIII
  • Karrie Washenfelder
    Fort Bend Employee Federation
    Education Class 3
  • Jon Lindsay
    Former Texas State Senator and Harris County Judge
    Class VI
  • Rochelle Jacobson
    Merfish Pipe & Supply / Pipe Exchange
    Class XXIX
  • Marie Yeates
    Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
    Class XXII
  • Roynell Young
    ProVision Inc.
    Education Class 2
  • Kathy Hubbard
    Hubbard Financial Services, Inc.
    Class XXIV
  • Tram Ho
    Physician - Internal Medicine
    Rudolph Medical Assoc. PA
    Criminal Justice 5
  • Judy Harris
    Chief of Staff
    Houston Health Department
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Lharissa Jacobs
    Community Development Executive Director
    YMCA of Greater Houston
    Class XLVI
  • Theola Petteway
    Executive Director
    OST/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority
    Class XXXI
  • Itze Soliz
    Attorney & Counselor At Law
    Law Offices of Itze Soliz
    Class XXX
  • Irma Diaz-Gonzalez
    Employment & Training Centers, Inc.
    Class XXVII
  • Linda Buchman
    Community Relations Officer
    Spring Branch ISD
    Education Class 2
  • Anna Coffey, JD
    The Women’s Home
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Jesus Rubio
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class VIII
  • Rahul Mehta
    Mehta Family Foundation
    Class XLVI

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