The American Leadership Forum (ALF) is pleased to announce the graduates of Class XXXIII. “The American Leadership Forum is very excited about the 25 people graduating from Class XXXIII,” said Jim Drew, Senior Vice President, Bowen, Miclette & Britt, Inc. and Chair of the American Leadership Forum Board of Trustees. “Class XXXIII is an outstanding blend of leaders from a variety of fields who work for positive change in our community. Upon graduating from the American Leadership Forum, Senior Fellows serve as committed catalysts in Houston, bringing stakeholders from all walks of life together to create opportunities to work together and to address urgent public concerns.”
Graduates of Class XXXIII are:
Joi Beasley- President/CEO, GOGO Business Communications
Alfred H. Bennett- Judge 61st Civil Court, Harris County
Peter Boudreaux- Partner, Curry Boudreaux Architects
David A. Brown- Founder and Director, Invest in Houston
M. Helen Cavazos- President/CEO, M. H. Cavazos & Associates
Bruce G. Coe- Assistant Director of Development, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Diane Englet- Senior Director Corporate Community Relations, CenterPoint Energy
Stephen M. Fraga- President, Tejas Office Products, Inc.
Nicole Gonzales- Assoc. Professor of Neurology, UT-Houston Medical School
Brian Greene- President/CEO, Houston Food Bank
Michele M. Hedges- Senior Counsel, Omega Protein, Inc.
John Hinojosa- Director, St. Francis Charities/Zachariah House
Harish Jajoo- City Council Member, Sugar Land
David Kim- Deputy Assistant Director, Houston Housing & Community Development Dept.
Anne McClellan- Executive Director for Growth and Innovation, University of Houston
Adrian Patterson- Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP
Randy Petersen- Executive Vice President, Cadence Bank
Dean R. Quinn- Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd.
Renee Reimer- Chief Risk & Legal Operations Officer, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Leila Sarmecanic- Partner, Rogers, Morris & Grover
Christof Spieler- Vice President, Morris Architects
Chris Tritico- Attorney at Law, Tritico, Rainey, PLLC
Audrey M. Trotti- President, Watershed Market
Evelyn V. Velasquez- Dean of Workforce & Economic Development, Houston Community College Northwest
Tandelyn Atkinson Weaver- Executive Director, The Kingdom Builders’ Center
A class of Fellows is selected from a broad range of leadership, reflecting social, ethnic, gender, geographic, political, religious and work sector diversity. Fellows are selected based on demonstrated outstanding leadership and potential for growth, integrity, professional stature, commitment to the community beyond their profession, willingness to learn, to challenge assumptions, and to increase understanding and awareness of others.
In each class, 20 to 26 established leaders from various sectors in the community are selected to participate in ALF’s yearlong, national caliber leadership development program in which leaders engage in dialogue, learn to value their differences and unique perspectives, find common ground, and build lasting relationships, elements which all contribute to a cooperative spirit and invigorated commitment to community. The program consists of monthly seminars on topical issues to stimulate inquiry, analysis and solutions for the public good. The result is a lifelong fellowship of highly connected leaders who strengthen and broaden the social fabric of the community.
The American Leadership Forum (ALF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to join and strengthen diverse leaders to better serve the public good. Since the American Leadership Forum’s founding in 1981, more than 1,000 leaders have participated in a Fellows Program. For more information, please visit alfhouston.org.