Director of Development of Avondale House
Philip Golden serves as the Director of Development of Avondale House, a Houston nonprofit organization that provides services and resources for individuals with autism. In this role, he manages all fundraising activities of the agency including annual giving, planned giving, grant applications, appeals to corporations and individuals, special events, and cultivation and solicitation of major donors. He also develops and implements Avondale’s public relations and marketing activities and coordinates the volunteer activities of the agency.
Prior to joining the staff, Mr. Golden served as a board member for almost 10 years, with three terms as Board President of this $3,900,000.00 budget United Way agency. He also chaired the agency’s “Small Miracles” Capital Campaign, which successfully raised $4,000,000.00 to build a 33,000-square- foot school and administrative facility. He also served on the building and construction committee for the new facility from its October 2006 ground breaking to January 2008 occupancy.
Mr. Golden has a degree in biochemistry from Texas A&M University and graduated from the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to entering the non-profit world, he practiced as an intellectual property law attorney for over 15 years at three large general practice law firms in downtown Houston.
Philip has served on various church committees, the board of directors at Bellaire Little League, is active with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s Speakers Committee, and in his spare time likes to umpire the occasional high school baseball game.
General Manager – Discover Gymnastics
Travis works for Discover Gymnastics, a Houston based gymnastics school and multi-sport/activity center, functions as a member of the leadership team with the responsibility for the administration, operational, and financial performance of the gym. He provides the overall leadership, direction, management, development and successful achievement of the business objectives of Discover Gymnastics.
Before relocating to Houston, Travis held the same position at a gymnastics school in College Station, Texas where he worked to develop not only the gymnastics school, but also a pre-kindergarten program, an afterschool program, and a summer camp program in total serving nearly 1200 kids on a weekly basis. He also spent four years working in a joint venture between the City of College Station and College Station ISD as a supervisor of the Kids Klub, an afterschool program consisting of nine elementary schools and two intermediate schools.
Travis attended Texas A&M University where he studied Aerospace Engineering and Colorado Tech majoring in Business Administration with a focus on Strategic Planning for the Small Business. He has made working with children his life’s work and plans to further that with his work in the foundation.
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer – Houston Trust Company
Stephanie Pollock is the CFO of Houston Trust Company. She has over 20 years of financial and accounting experience. Ms. Pollock was Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Controller of Encore Bancshares and Senior Vice President and Director of Financial Reporting for Sterling Bancshares, both Houston based, publicly traded bank holding companies. She previously was an Audit Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Houston and a Senior Auditor with an Orlando, Florida based accounting firm where she was a member of the bank audit group.
Ms. Pollock holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Houston and she is a Certified Public Accountant.
Community Relations Specialist — Texas Children’s Health Plan
Shirley Ronquillo has over 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit and community outreach sector. Shirley holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Bachelor’s of Arts in French, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Studies and Romance Languages from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.
Her passion for helping others has led her to serve on the Board of Directors for Blocks Organizing Neighborhood Defense, Rotary Club of Houston Skyline, Saving Families Worldwide, Inc. and currently Discover Fitness Foundation.
An avid world traveler, Shirley enjoys immersing herself in different cultures. She is a performer with the Fraternidad Folklórica Cultural Caporales Universitarios San Simón- Houston, a Bolivian Folkloric Dance Group. Although of Ecuadorian descent, Shirley embraces the Bolivian Caporales dance as another avenue for immersing herself in a different culture.
Immigration Attorney — Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Jill’s work with Neighborhood Centers, Inc., a large community development non-profit located in Houston, Texas, primarily focuses on the supervision of the immigration legal program which serves low income Houston area immigrants in family based immigration cases, naturalization services, refugee legal services, and humanitarian based relief
Prior to joining Neighborhood Centers Inc., Jill served as a full time Clinical Supervising Attorney at the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic, where she supervised second- and third-year law students on affirmative and defensive immigration cases and on immigration appeals at the BIA, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She also co-taught the Immigration Clinic’s substantive law component, focusing on immigration court procedure, policy issues, and complex areas of immigration law.
Jill graduated from the University Of Texas School Of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida where she was the recipient of the Robert H. Levine Award for Excellence in Latin American Studies. She has been a part of the gymnastics community for her entire life – first as a gymnast, then as a gymnastics coach, and finally as a compulsory level gymnastics judge.
Managing Director of Opportune LLP.
Deanna has over 15 years of consulting, management, and business strategy experience serving clients in the energy sector.
Prior to joining Opportune, Deanna was the Co-Founder and President of AXIA, a professional services firm that focused in financial consulting, SEC research, IPO Advisory and Risk Management. Deanna led diverse teams of consultants in developing business strategies, organizational structures, and achieving financial success.
Deanna started her career at Deloitte with a focus in the energy, manufacturing, and construction markets. While at Deloitte, she was selected to perform an international assignment with a major Russian energy company. She then expanded her international experience by accepting a position with Keystone International, where she focused on the operational control structure of various manufacturing plants located in Scotland, China and Mexico.
Deanna also spent five years with a boutique consulting firm where she led business development activities and helped clients from throughout the energy sector accomplish their organizational and talent development strategies.
A certified public accountant, Deanna received her Bachelors of Business Administration degree with honors in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin University and her MBA from Rice University. In 2013, she was awarded the Jones Citizen Award by the faculty at Rice University Jones School of Business for her commitment to serving others and exemplifying the leadership attributes of the university.
She currently serves on a Rice MBA advisory board and actively volunteers as an ambassador for the Jones School of Business. She is also a former board member of the His Grace Foundation.
President and Chief Executive Officer for Houston Financial Center
Juanita Causey has over 27 years of experience in the financial services industry with her first 5 years in the Houston Banking community where she served as a Personal Banker, Loan Officer and Assistant Branch Manager. She has spent the last 22 years as a Financial Advisor where she has received many industry and corporate awards. Juanita has many professional designations that place her among only a few advisors with her knowledge and credentials. They include CFP (Certified Financial Planner), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), AIF (Accredited Investment Fiduciary), CAP (Certified Advisor in Philanthropy) and LUTCF (Life Underwriter Training Fellow). Her achievements have placed her among the top 2% of insurance and financial advisors worldwide.
Since 2000, Juanita has owned her own independent financial planning firm (Houston Financial Center) and is the acting president.
Casualty Broker – Aon Risk Solutions
Hallie is a Casualty Broker with Aon in the Houston office. She is responsible for negotiating the pricing and terms of liability placements for clients, with a portfolio ranging from various industries including: energy, power, renewable energy, chemical manufacturing, real estate, and general industry. She works with clients to build a customized risk management approach and structure.
Prior to joining the Aon team in 2012, Hallie worked in sales, property management, and insurance. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a degree in Corporate Finance, with a minor in Marketing.
She has dedicated much of her time both within and outside of the workplace, equipping others so that they may recognize their full potential and individual value. As a founding member for the Aon Houston chapter, she assumed the role of Financial Secretary of the Women’s International Network and now serves as the President.
Hallie developed a heart for both children and gymnastics, serving for several years in kid’s ministry and growing up in the sport. She is passionate about health and wellness and has seen all of these elements come together in her time working with the Discover Fitness Foundation.
Pediatrician – Texas Childrens Pediatrics
Jamil Joyner is a pediatrician and site leader at Texas Children’s Pediatrics Gulfgate- an underserved pediatric clinic on the southeast side of Houston. She attended Rice University for undergraduate school and then Baylor College of Medicine for both medical school and Pediatrics Residency. She graduated from the Rice MBA Executive program in 2014. She currently splits her time between seeing patients and various administrative projects.
Jamil has a personal interest in fitness and the importance of exercise in children’s health in the Greater Houston community. She is excited about an organization who can provide growth opportunities for children who would normally not have access.