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June 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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  • Anne Koci
    Retired - Associate Professor
    Texas Woman's University College of Nursing
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Cruz Hinojosa
    Class XXVII
  • Sandra Salazar
    Managing Director - Energy Group
    PNC Financial Services Group
    Class XXXVII
  • Brock Thomas
    State of Texas/Harris County
    Criminal Justice 1
  • Charles McMahen
    Retired- Vice Chairman-Board
    Compass Bancshares, Inc
    Class I
  • Bonnie Foxworth
    Team Building and Relationships
    Foxworth Consulting
    Class X
  • Franci Crane Neely
    Community Volunteer
    Class XIX
  • Judy Le
    TakeRoot Leadership
    Class XLVII
  • Sasha McLean
    Executive Director
    Archway Academy
    Class XLIII
  • Mike Meade

    Criminal Justice 1
  • Michele Malloy
    Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors; Attorney, Chair of St. Dominic Village
    Malloy Law Office
    Class XXIX
  • Diane Lipton
    Retired - Executive Director
    Houston Maritime Museum
    Education Class 1
  • Robert McPherson
    Dean, College of Education
    University of Houston
    Class XXXV
  • Annise Parker
    Former Mayor
    City of Houston
    Class XVII
  • Laura Shuford

    Medical Community Class 1
  • Alexander Bunin
    Chief Public Defender
    Harris County, Texas
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Christina Morales
    State Representative, District 145 & CEO/President
    Texas House of Representatives and Felix H. Morales Funeral Home
    Class XLII
  • Jon Iszard
    Senior Healthcare Advisor
    Gelb Consulting, An Endeavor Management Company
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Joe Williams
    Texas Retailers Association
    Class XVII
  • Rosie Zamora
    Houston Wilderness
    Class VII
  • Devon Anderson
    Executive Director
    Harris County Drug Court Foundation
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Nancy Brainerd
    Class XIV
  • Eduardo Nunez
    Retired- General Manager Global Procurement
    ExxonMobil, Global Services Company
    Class XXV
  • Willie Alexander
    W.J. Alexander & Associates, P.C.
    Class XIX
  • Kimberly D. House
    Division Manager
    Mayor's Office of Public Safety & Homeland Security
    Class XLV
  • Florence Bonner
    Bonner & Associates
    Class V
  • Augustina Reyes
    University of Houston
    Class II
  • Nory Angel
    Executive Director
    Class XXX
  • Emilie Farenthold
    Attorney at Law
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Jerrell Purvis
    Retired - Principal/NFISD
    Advisor/Houston Can Academy
    Education Class 1
  • Marc Melcher
    Vice President
    Merrill Lynch
    Class XXXI
  • Mary Ryder
    Executive Vice President
    Cadence Bank
    Class XXXI
  • Minnette Boesel
    Retired - Mayor's Assistant for Cultural Affairs
    City of Houston
    Class XXXVI
  • Chris Vasquez
    Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
    University Health System
    Class XXII
  • Naomi Macias
    Bureau Chief of Public Health
    City of Houston Health Department
    Class XXXIX
  • Imogen Papadopoulos
    Attorney at Law
    Law Offices of I. Papdopoulos
    Class XIV
  • Minh Tran
    Class XXIV
  • Alvia Wardlaw
    University Museum -Texas Southern University
    Class XVIII
  • Daisy Mendoza
    Immediate Past President
    Latin Women's Initiative
    Class LII
  • Angela Ellis
    Associate Judge
    315th District Court
    Criminal Justice 3
  • Jeff Clarke
    Clarke & Company
    Class XV
  • Tracy Weeden
    President and CEO
    Neuhaus Education Center
    Class LI
  • Ann McGinity
    Retired - Chief Nurse Executive
    The Methodist Hospital
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Maria Elena Bottazzi
    Associate Dean & Professor
    National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
    Class XXXIX
  • Peter Beard
    Sr. VP, Regional Workforce Development
    Greater Houston Partnership
    Class XL-Workforce Development
  • Joe Fuentes
    Senior Executive- Corporate Strategy, Innovation, Development, & Implementation
    Fuentes Consulting Partners LLC
    Class XLI
  • Charles Babcock
    Jackson Walker L.L.P.
    Class XI
  • Russell Richard
    Director of Leadership & Engagement
    Center for Houston's Future
    Class XXXVI
  • Thao Costis
    President and CEO
    SEARCH Homeless Services
    Class XXVI
  • D. Mark Poag
    Founder and Managing Director
    Fitz Gate Ventures
    Class XXXVI

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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