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June 14, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
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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July 12, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Personal Lessons Learned: Looking Back, Looking Ahead Join Annise Parker, Class XVII, CEO of the...
October 18 - 19, 2019
Continuing the Leader’s Journey Join Fellows and Senior Fellows to reconnect with...

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  • Joe Allen
    Managing Partner
    Allen Boone Humphries LLP
    Class XV
  • Adrian Patterson
    Class XXXIII
  • Sally Vernon
    Chair, Department of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
    UT - Houston School of Public Health
    Medical Community Class 3
  • Amy Smith
    Deputy Director
    Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
    Criminal Justice 4
  • Jo Ann Delgado
    Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
    Harris County
    Class XXVI
  • Mary desVignes-Kendrick
    Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
    Class XI
  • Marie Yeates
    Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
    Class XXII
  • Norma Benzon
    Class XIX
  • Gabrielle Hansen
    Executive Director
    The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship-Houston Galveston
    Class XLIV
  • Barbara Hurwitz
    Community Volunteer
    Class X
  • Alma Newsom
    Newsom Communications-President
    Class IX
  • Donald Titcombe
    Senior Program Officer
    Rockwell Fund, Inc.
    Class XLV
  • Gail Winkler
    Retired--Supervising U.S. Probation Officer
    SD/TX, Houston
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Laura Cano
    Class XXXIV
  • Marylyn Harris
    Executive Director
    Women Veterans Business Center
    Class XXXVI
  • Caroline Baker
    151st Civil District Court
    Class XXIII
  • Wea Lee
    Southern News Group
    Class XV
  • Anne Whitlock
    Executive Director
    Connect Community
    Class XLII
  • Amy Mitchell
    Mitchell & Duff, LLC
    Class XLII
  • Kathryn Whitmire
    Former Mayor
    City of Houston
    Class VI
  • Michael Downey
    Vice President Mental Health Services
    MHMRA of Harris County
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Ed Vaughn
    Houston Chronicle
    Education Class 1
  • Juanita Rasmus
    St. John's United Methodist Church
    Class XXIII
  • Walter Jackson
    Brenham ISD
    Education Class 3
  • Minerva Perez
    President & CEO
    Minerva Perez Media, LLC
    Class XXXI
  • Graham Painter
    Corp. Communications
    Class XVII
  • David Chaumette
    Chaumette Solutions, LLC
    Class XXXV
  • Sallie Rawlings
    Class XVII
  • Sue Page
    Area Superintendent
    Alief ISD
    Education Class 2
  • Leila Sarmecanic
    General Counsel
    Clear Creek ISD
    Class XXXIII
  • Michael Chou
    Quadrant Consultants, Inc.
    Class III
  • Paul Castro
    Director of School Performance
    Houston A+ Challenge
    Education Class 2
  • D. Mark Poag
    Founder and Managing Director
    Fitz Gate Ventures
    Class XXXVI
  • Dean Muths
    Retired - Director of Visual and Performing Arts
    Clear Creek ISD
    Education Class 2
  • Paul Nugent
    Trial Attorney, Criminal Defense of Individuals and Companies
    Nugent & Peterson
    Criminal Justice 2
  • Holly Birdsall
    Medical Community Class 2
  • Richard Padilla
    Retired-Vice President for Student Affairs
    University of Texas at El Paso
    Class XI
  • Sean Fitzpatrick
    Executive Director
    The Jung Center
    Class XXXIX
  • Vanessa Gilmore
    United States District Judge
    U.S. Dist. Court -Southern Dist. of TX
    Class XI
  • Ursula Hall
    Judge, 165th Civil District Court
    City of Houston
    Class XLI
  • Michael Landrum
    Landrum ADR
    Class XLVIII
  • Leslie Blanton
    Community Volunteer
    Class XV
  • Darren Asher
    Deputy Asst. Director
    Houston Dept. Of Health & Human Services
    Medical Community Class 5
  • Richard Theriault
    Professor of Medicine
    MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Medical Community Class 4
  • Jay Jenkins
    Harris County Project Attorney
    Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
    Class XXXIX
  • Theresa Kosmoski
    Kosmoski Consulting
    Class XLVIII
  • Joe Russo
    The Russo Group/USA
    Class I
  • Alan Dettlaff
    Dean & Professor
    University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
    Class XLI

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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