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  • Louise Howell
    Retired-Executive Director
    American Leadership Forum
    Class XVII
  • Steve Schnee
    Retired--Executive Director
    Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Davna Brook
    Class X
  • Gerald Wilson
    Wilson Financial Group, Inc.
    Class VIII
  • Carra Moroni

    Community Development Class 2
  • Shelaghmichael Brown
    Board Member
    BBVA Compass
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Jay Zeidman
    Managing Partner
    Resolute Venture Partners
    Class XLI
  • Matthew Barnes
    Medical Community Class 2
  • David Mendez
    Chairman & CEO, South Region,TX, LA, OK
    JPMorgan Chase Bank
    Class XI
  • Larry Satterwhite
    Assistant Chief-Homeland Security Command
    Houston Police Department
    Class XLII
  • Laura Cano
    Class XXXIV
  • Edward Allen
    Senior Partner and Co-Founder
    Eagle Global Advisors
    Class XXXI
  • Jose Monterrosa
    Imagina Communications
    Class XLIV
  • Barbara Litchfield Anderson
    Litchfield & Willis Inc.
    Class IV
  • Ed Vaughn
    Houston Chronicle
    Education Class 1
  • Susie Crafton

    Class XXXI
  • Karla Sainz
    Director of Organizational Initiatives
    Arnold Ventures
    Class XLVII
  • Sylvia Garcia
    Retired-President Emeritus
    AVANCE, Inc.
    Class XIV
  • Patrice McKinney
    Lanier Law Firm
    Class XXXVI
  • Marina Walne
    Class XV
  • Julie Spier
    Director of Pharmacy Operations
    Randalls/ Tom Thumb/ Albertsons
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Jim Kollaer
    Managing Director
    Kollaer Advisors, LLC
    Class I
  • Jerry Ashworth
    Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer
    TIRR Memorial Hermann
    Class XLI
  • Monica Brown-Broussard
    Chief Advancement & Administrative Officer
    Council on Recovery
    Class XLIX
  • Cissy Davis
    Managing Director
    Miller Theatre Advisory Board
    Class XXX
  • Alecia Lawyer
    Founder, Artistic Director, Oboist
    Class XLIV
  • Alim Adatia
    Outreach Strategists
    Class XLIX
  • Tyrone Tanner
    Associate Professor
    Prairie View A&M University
    Education Class 3
  • Debbie McNulty
    Director-Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs
    City of Houston
    Class XXIII
  • Matt Shelton
    Deputy Director
    Harris County Juvenile Probation Dept.
    Class XXXIX
  • Stephen Williams
    Executive Director
    Houston Department of Health & Human Services
    Medical Community Class 1
  • Breaux Castleman
    Managing Director
    Castleman Group
    Class IX
  • Karen Coleman
    Retired - Sergeant of Campus Operations
    Alief Independent School District
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Brian Smith
    Brian Smith Construction Inspection, Inc.
    Class XVIII
  • Richard Celli

    Class XIX
  • Sara Youngdahl
    Owner and Managing Partner
    Youngdahl Law Firm, P.C.
    Class XLIV
  • Alan Ratliff
    The StoneTurn Group
    Class XXIV
  • Sergio Castillo

    Class XXXVI
  • Joe Russo
    The Russo Group/USA
    Class I
  • Peter Chang
    ECP Center of Texas
    Class XVIII
  • Kimberly McLeod
    Assistant Superintendent
    Harris County Department of Education
    Education Class 2
  • Ann Hollingsworth
    VP, Compensation, Benefits, HRIS and Shared Services
    Memorial Hermann
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Eureka Gilkey
    Executive Director
    Project Row Houses
    Class XLV
  • Melanie Gray
    Winston & Strawn LLP
    Class XXVI
  • Dorothy Caram
    Community Volunteer
    Class VI
  • Nancy Dunlap

    Medical Community Class 5
  • Debra Danburg
    Former Attorney and State Representative
    Class XIV
  • Frazier Wilson
    Vice President, Shell Oil Company Foundation, Director, Workforce Development & Diversity Outreach
    Shell Oil Company
    Education Class 3

ALF Senior Fellows

ALF Fellows and Senior Fellows number more than 4,500 nationwide. In Houston, they have created a network that brings together a broad cross-section of leaders committed to building a stronger community.  To date, we have now graduated forty-one General Fellows classes and eighteen Sector classes (with approximately twenty-five diverse leaders each) – five in health care, five in public education, five in criminal justice, two in community development and one in workforce development.  Fellows are selected by a committee composed of former participants in the program who are charged with recruiting a class that truly reflects the diversity of Greater Houston and who show outstanding leadership and potential, as evidenced by:

  • their achievement of positions of significant responsibility and leadership, both at work and in the community,
  • integrity,
  • professional stature, showing excellence in or contributions made to their professional or occupational field, and
  • willingness to challenge their own assumptions and increase their understanding and awareness of others.

These Fellows are drawn from the arts, nonprofits, corporations, government and politics, media, education, the professions, philanthropy and religion, and are diverse along many dimensions.  ALF Fellows apply their leadership acumen and honed skills in major corporations and small businesses, in elected and appointed positions at the local, state and national level, and in religious, cultural, and other nonprofit organizations.



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