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MEET

THE TEAM

The Greater Houston Community Foundation team consists of our highly experienced and skilled professionals and a board and council that consists of knowledgeable and experienced philanthropists. Together we work to provide superior service to our donors to expand their philanthropic impact.

Leadership Staff

Stephen D. Maislin

President & CEO

Steve Maislin is responsible for leading efforts to evolve the organization’s continuing focus on serving its donors and honoring their charitable intent. Steve came to GHCF in 2001 after an eighteen year career as an estate planning advisor to high net worth families. He works with GHCF donors and their professional advisors to develop and administer charitable plans that meet family financial and giving goals and help to expand philanthropy in our community. Steve is a frequent speaker on charitable planning, donor advised funds, and the power of the community foundation platform to grow philanthropic impact. Steve graduated from St. John’s School in Houston, and received a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his JD from the University of Texas School of Law.

Mike Pawson

Chief Financial Officer

Mike Pawson is responsible for providing critical financial insight and strategic support to ensure excellent service to donors and clients. He came to GHCF in 2016 after thirteen years of experience as a nonprofit CFO and prior to that was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company. Mike is a frequent speaker on the financial management of nonprofit organizations and is an instructor in Rice University’s Nonprofit Finance Certificate Program. Mike received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Mike has earned the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) designations.

Renée Wizig-Barrios

Senior Vice-President and Chief Philanthropy Officer

Renée Wizig-Barrios leads the foundation's efforts to provide its donors with opportunities to participate in high-engagement, high-impact philanthropy. She leads a dynamic team of professionals dedicated to helping individuals, families, businesses, and foundations achieve their charitable goals by providing resources including programming, research, convening, and consulting. Renée is a frequent speaker on philanthropy for leading local and national philanthropic associations and audiences. She joined the organization in 2010 after serving as Lead Organizer for The Metropolitan Organization. She brings more than 20 years' experience in the nonprofit sector, with experience in leadership development, community engagement, cross-cultural partnerships, program management, fundraising, and public policy to her role. Renée is a summa cum laude graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

LaTanya Flix

Donor Engagement Director

LaTanya Flix manages a portfolio of donor relationships, leads the Youth Homelessness Fund, and develops resources that help donors deepen their learning, engagement, and giving. LaTanya is committed to increasing equity, access, and opportunity for marginalized communities. For more than 20 years, she has held executive positions solely in the nonprofit sector and has repeatedly guided innovation and growth to accomplish shared goals. Prior to GHCF, LaTanya worked for several community based nonprofits and City Year and as a consultant to United Way, LISC, Casey Family Programs, and other organizations. She is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy & International Affairs and completed her summer institute at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. LaTanya holds a Master of Public Affairs from The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, UT Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University.

Rebecca Hove

Senior Director of Strategic Philanthropy

Rebecca Hove is responsible for business development and consulting with private foundations, families, and corporations. She leads the Anti-Human Trafficking donor working group and lends her expertise to the Next Gen Donor Institute and other key philanthropic initiatives. Rebecca holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and Spanish, a certificate in Markets and Management from Duke University, and brings 15 years of experience in global and community impact via philanthropic strategy and implementation, organizational development, and relationship management.

Jennifer Touchet

Senior Director of Family Philanthropy

Jennifer Touchet creates donor programming, curriculum, and learning engagements for the foundation’s major donors, as well as leads the Next Gen Donor Institute and Youth Philanthropy efforts. She specializes in multigenerational and strategic giving. She has presented at workshops both locally and nationally on Next Gen donor programming, multigenerational giving and is a member of the National Advisory Council for the Community Foundations Initiative of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Jennifer is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania, holds a Master’s degree in Oral History, and brings over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Susan Zarich

Director of Advisor Relations

Susan Zarich is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Marketing. Susan’s primary responsibility at the Greater Houston Community Foundation is to facilitate long-term growth objectives through development and maintenance of key relationships within the financial and professional advisory community, including wealth managers, trust and estate attorneys and accountants. Prior to joining GHCF in 2014, Susan had 16 years of experience in relationship building, marketing, sales and management of high-profile client initiatives within the financial services industry.

2017 Governing Board

  • Martha Z. Carnes

    Chair 
    Retired Partner
    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Bruce R. Bilger

    Immediate Past Chair
    Senior Advisor
    Lazard Freres & Co. L.L.C.

  • Michael R. Dumas

    Chair Elect
    VP & Chief Financial Officer
    Intermarine LLC

  • J. Murry Bowden

    Chairman & CEO
    The Hanover Company

  • Ben S. Brown

    Broker
    Baker Katz, LLC

  • William J. Bryan

    Orthopedic Surgeon
    Houston Methodist Hospital

  • Ernie D. Cockrell II

    Managing Director
    Pinto Realty Partners

  • Lacey Fluor Goossen

    Director of Finance
    Texas Crude Energy, LLC

  • Paul C. Gregory

    CEO
    Gregory & Cook, Inc.

  • Ron Hulme

    Chief Executive Officer
    Parallel Resource Partners, LLC

  • Laura R. Jaramillo

    Senior Vice President
    Wells Fargo

  • Terri Lacy

    Partner
    Andrews Kurth LLP

  • Leo Linbeck III

    President & CEO
    Aquinas Companies, LLC

  • Barry H. Margolis

    Managing Partner - Houston
    RSM

  • Dave Pruner

    Partner
    Heidrick & Struggles

  • Kim A. Ruth

    Managing Director
    Apex Partners, LLC

  • Elizabeth A. Tilney

    Marketing Consultant

  • Chris Weekley

    VP of Central Living & Innovation
    David Weekley Homes

Staff Members

  • Luz Acevedo

    Donor Services Associate

  • Eileen Alexander

    DonorHouston & Nonprofit Liaison

  • Stephanie Blair

    Senior Philanthropic Services Manager

  • Natasha DeCell

    Philanthropic Services Executive Assistant

  • Hunter Edmondson

    Accounting Manager

  • Krystle Folse

    Donor Services Manager

  • Andrea Ford

    Accountant

  • Anne H. Fried

    Family Philanthropy Manager

  • Kolby Gilbert

    Donor Services Associate

  • Allison Hale

    Administrative & Program Associate

  • Nelson Hernandez

    Assistant Controller

  • Lydia Hickey

    Foundation Services Manager

  • Diane Higginbotham

    Scholarships Manager

  • DaMon Jackson

    Accounting Associate

  • Stephanie Lopez

    Accounting Associate

  • Nancy Mikolajczhak

    Senior Executive Assistant

  • Michelle Morrison

    Donor Services Associate

  • Ed Padar

    Controller

  • Allison Sullivan

    Operations Associate

  • Michael Trout

    Senior Accountant

  • Leah Wade

    Senior Foundation Services Associate

  • Jenna Whyte

    Donor Services Associate

  • Rachel Young

    Marketing & Communications Associate

Council Members

  • Martha Carnes (Chair)

    Retired Partner
    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Dorothy M. Ables

    Retired Chief Administrative Officer
    Spectra Energy Corp.

  • John Arnold

    President
    Centaurus Capital, LP

  • J. “Scotty” Arnoldy

    Chairman, President & CEO
    Triten Corporation

  • Frances Nelson Arnoult

    Community Volunteer

  • Ellen Bachmann

    Community Volunteer

  • Richard H. Bachmann

    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Enterprise Products Company

  • James V. Baird

    Managing Director & General Counsel
    Quantum Energy Partners

  • Bruce Ross Bilger, Jr.

    President
    Longmont Capital

  • Jack S. Blanton, Jr.

    Vice President
    The Scurlock Foundation

  • Leslie D. Blanton

    Community Volunteer

  • J. Downey Bridgwater

    President - Houston Market
    Comerica Bank

  • Sandy Bryan

    Co-Owner
    Just Her Sports

  • Gale E. Burkett

    Chairman & CEO
    GB Tech

  • Ric Campo

    Chief Executive Officer
    Camden

  • Chip Carlisle

    Retired President - Southwest Region
    Wells Fargo

  • John T. Cater

    Retired Chairman
    BBVA Compass Bank, Houston

  • Ann Cazalot

    Community Volunteer

  • Don Childress

    Managing Director
    Stifel Financial Corporation

  • Joseph A. Cleary, Jr.

    President
    Harvey Cleary Builders

  • Gus Comiskey, Jr.

    President
    Comiskey Kaufman Consulting

  • Michael Cordúa

    Founder & CEO
    Cordúa Restaurants

  • Emily Attwell Crosswell

    Community Volunteer

  • Emily Burguières Dalicandro

    Community Volunteer

  • E. Ted Davis

    General Partner
    Davis/Chambers & Company, Ltd.

  • Peter C. DeLongchamps

    Vice President
    Group 1 Automotive, Inc.

  • Stephanie Donaho

    Partner
    Locke Lord LLP

  • Krista J. Dumas

    Community Volunteer

  • Robert D. Duncan

    Chairman
    Transwestern

  • John Eads

    President
    Sierra Resources, LLC

  • Mary Lane Eads

    Community Volunteer

  • Gary W. Edwards

    Retired Senior Executive Vice President
    Conoco, Inc.

  • Peggy Edwards

    Community Volunteer

  • Kristi N. Elsom

    Attorney
    Fizer Beck Webster Bentley & Scroggins

  • C. Richard Everett

    Principal
    Everett Interests

  • Jose-Pablo Fernandez

    President & CEO
    Superate y Triunfa

  • Rob Galtney

    Attorney
    The Galtney Law Firm

  • Dan Gilbane

    Senior Vice President - Regional Manager
    Gilbane Building Company

  • Martyn E. Goossen

    President
    JP Morgan Chase & Co.

  • Jill Gracely

    Behavioral Health Specialist
    Baylor College of Medicine

  • Maureen Graf

    Community Volunteer

  • Bob Graham

    Community Volunteer

  • Melanie Gray

    Partner
    Winston & Strawn LLP

  • Saundria Gray

    Senior Counsel
    Shell Oil Company

  • Jennifer C. Gregory

    Community Volunteer

  • Kelly Hackett

    Managing Director - Family Office Services
    Tectonic Advisors, LLC

  • Maureen Hackett

    Community Volunteer

  • Joseph A. Hafner, Jr.

    Retired Chief Executive Officer
    Riviana Foods Inc.

  • Bernard A. Harris, Jr., M.D.

    CEO & Managing Partner
    Vesalius Ventures

  • Bob Harvey

    President & CEO
    Greater Houston Partnership

  • Philip J. Hawk

    Executive Chairman
    Team Industrial Services

  • Charles H. Herder

    Co-Chairman
    Colliers International

  • Harold G. Hidalgo, Sr.

    Retired Director
    LaPorte, CPA’s

  • Jeff Hildebrand

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
    Hilcorp Energy Company

  • Lee W. Hogan

    Co-Chairman
    Anglican Health Network

  • B.B. Hollingsworth, Jr.

    Chairman
    BBH Capital

  • Rick Jaramillo

    Regional Executive
    Bank of America

  • Jill F. Jewett

    President
    Jewett Consulting

  • Stephen M. Kaufman

    Chairman
    Comiskey Kaufman Consulting, LLC

  • Jack Kendall

    President Emeritus
    Westside Lexus/Northside Lexus

  • Carla Knobloch

    Partner
    Owners Advisory LLC

  • Yolanda C. Knull

    Partner
    Ytterberg Deery Knull LLP

  • K. Terry Koonce

    Retired President
    ExxonMobil Production Company

  • Janiece Longoria

    Chairman
    Port of Houston Authority

  • Katherine Lorenz

    President
    Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation

  • F. Allen Lyons

    Vice President of Investments
    Houston Trust Company

  • Stan Marek

    Chief Executive Officer
    The Marek Family of Companies

  • Leslie Margolis

    Parenting Coordinator
    Parenting Partnerships

  • Rodney H. Margolis

    Principal
    Margolis Interests

  • George Martinez

    Chief Executive Officer
    Allegiance Bank Texas

  • Anne C. Mendelsohn

    Community Volunteer

  • Steven L. Miller

    Chairman & President
    SLM Discovery Ventures, Inc.

  • William C. Montgomery

    Managing Director
    Quantum Energy Partners

  • Paul B. Murphy, Jr.

    President & CEO
    Cadence Bancorp LLC

  • Keith Oden

    President
    Camden Property Trust

  • Sandra Oden

    Community Volunteer

  • W. Jeffrey Paine

    Vice President
    Goldman Sachs & Co.

  • Carrin Patman

    Chair
    Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

  • Julie Payne

    Community Volunteer

  • Leon Payne

    President
    BND Interests, LLC

  • Sue E. Payne

    Retired Manager Global Geoscience
    ExxonMobil Corporation

  • Will Penland

    Community Volunteer

  • Mrs. William E. Penland, Jr.

    Community Volunteer

  • Mary Tere Perusquia

    Community Volunteer

  • Ricardo Perusquia

    Managing Director
    Global Financial Services, LLC

  • Hector A. Pineda

    Associate General Counsel
    Shell Oil Company

  • Gloria M. Portela

    Senior Counsel
    Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

  • Alexandra Pruner

    Chief Financial Officer
    Tudor Pickering Holt & Co.

  • Beth Robertson

    President
    Cockspur, Inc.

  • Will Robertson

    President
    Quintana Infrastructure & Development LLC

  • Ali Saberioon

    President/Chief Executive Officer
    Sabco Oil & Gas Corporation

  • C. Park Shaper

    Chief Executive Officer
    SEIS Holdings

  • Mary Eliza Shaper

    Community Volunteer

  • Peter Shaper

    Partner
    Genesis Park

  • Tom Simmons

    Global Energy Practice Leader
    Spencer Stuart

  • Gavin H. Smith

    President
    GHS Investments

  • Joel Staff

    Chief Executive Officer
    Scipio Interests, LLC

  • Mary Martha Staff

    Community Volunteer

  • Deborah Stavis

    Chief Executive Officer
    Stavis & Cohen Financial

  • Caren Sweetland

    Attorney/Community Volunteer

  • Schuyler Tilney

    Executive Vice President
    Select Energy Services

  • Leticia F. Trauber

    Community Volunteer

  • Lori Vetters

    President & CEO
    Houston Technology Center

  • Lane Ward

    Vice Chairman
    Amegy Bank of Texas

  • Carol Warley

    Partner
    RSM US LLP

  • Mark L. D. Wawro

    Partner
    Susman Godfrey L.L.P

  • Rob Wilson III

    President
    The John M. O’Quinn Foundation
    Wilson Investments, Inc.

  • Don M. Woo

    President/CEO
    Mission Constructors, Inc.