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35 Years of Celebrating Leadership
Celebrating 35 Years of Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders

Thank you to Juliet Katherine Stipeche, Class XXXI, Director of Education, City of Houston, for moderating the January Second Friday Breakfast: The Action After—We All Care So Much About Educating Kids in Poverty, So Now What Can We DO?

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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
  • Joe Bill Watkins
    Retired
    Vinson & Elkins
    Class I
  • Harry Gee
    Principal
    Law Office of Harry Gee, Jr. and Associates PLLC
    Class XVII
  • Joni Baird
    Manager, Houston Policy, Government and Public Affairs
    Chevron
    Education Class 1
  • Christy Poisot
    Sr. Info. Risk Mgmt. Practices Analyst
    Shell Oil Company
    Class XXXVII
  • Sylvia Garcia
    Texas State Senator, District 6
    Texas State Senate
    Class V
  • David Collins
    Civil Engineering Consultant
    FCM Engineers, PC
    Class VIII
  • Melanie Flowers
    Attorney
    Flowers Firm, P.C.
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Janelle James
    CEO and Superintendent of Schools
    Southwest Schools & Young Learners School
    Education Class 1
  • Cara Rudelson
    Chief Operating Officer
    Memorial Park Conservancy
    Class XXXV
  • Celina Ridge
    CPA Retired
    Class X
  • Mandy Kao
    President
    Titan Management
    Class XXXVIII
  • Cynthia Colbert
    President
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Class XXXVI
  • Michelle Barnes
    Executive Director
    Community Artists' Collective
    Class XXII
  • Janice Hale-Harris
    Senior Learning and Leadership Development
    Waste Management
    Class XXXII
  • Wanda Fowler
    Attorney
    Wright & Close
    Class XXVI
  • Frazier Wilson
    Vice President, Shell Oil Company Foundation, Director, Social Investment
    Shell Oil Company
    Education Class 3
  • Donna Cole
    President & CEO
    Cole Chemical & Distributing Inc.
    Class XXV
  • Vernus Swisher
    Chief Executive Officer
    Career & Recovery Resources, Inc.
    Class XV
  • Becky Korenek
    VP Contracting Strategies
    UTMB Health
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Dale Trevino
    President
    The Trevino Group
    Class XXII
  • Kirbyjon Caldwell
    Senior Pastor
    Windsor Village U. M. C.
    Class VI
  • Geoff Carleton
    Principal
    Traffic Engineers, Inc.
    Community Development Class 2
  • Grace Butler
    Founder/CEO
    Hope Through Grace, Inc.
    Class XII
  • Roland Garcia
    Shareholder
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Class XIII
  • Richard Celli

    Class XIX
  • Maria Quintero-Conk
    IDD Authority Psychologist
    Tri-County Services
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Brock Thomas
    Judge
    State of Texas/Harris County
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Sultana Mangalji
    Community Volunteer
    Class XXVII
  • Deborah Castelo
    Retired Branch Director
    HCCSCD, Special Programs
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Bettye Lewis
    CEO & Owner
    Diversified Health Care Systems
    Class XII
  • William Taylor
    President & CEO
    The Council on Recovery
    Class XXIX
  • Andy Weiner
    President and Founder
    RockStep Capital
    Class X
  • Jane Cummins
    Executive Director
    The HEART Program
    Class XXV
  • Anne Tucker
    Retired-Curator Emerita
    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    Class IX
  • S. Shawn Stephens
    Partner, Appellate Law Specialist
    King and Spalding LLP
    Class XXIII
  • John Kajander
    Strategic Consultant- Life Sciences
    HoustonFirst Corporation
    Class XXXV
  • Charles Gregg
    Attorney & Counselor
    Class XVII
  • Sally Jeffcoat
    Executive Vice President-Growth, Strategy & Innovation
    Trinity Health
    Class XIX
  • Kym King
    Vice President of Public Relations & Community Engagement
    Goodwill Houston
    Community Development Class 2
  • Linda Trevino
    Stakeholder Affairs Manager/Community Outreach
    Metro
    Class XX
  • Peter Chang
    President
    ECP Center of Texas
    Class XVIII
  • Minh Tran
    Attorney
    LUAT, PLLC
    Class XXIV
  • Paula Goodhart
    Judge
    Harris County Criminal Court at Law #1
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Ranvir Mohindra
    President, CEO
    HMVS Management Team
    Class XVIII
  • Betsy Schwartz
    VP of Public Education & Strategic Initiatives
    National Council for Behavioral Health
    Class XIII
  • Joni Vollman
    Bureau Chief
    Texas Attorney General's Office
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Jennifer Holmes
    Director- The Corporate College@HCC
    Houston Community College
    Class XXVIII
  • Edward Bernacki
    Director Div. of Occupation Medicine
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    Class III
  • Donna Fife
    Principal, Elm Grove Elementary
    Humble ISD
    Education Class 4

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