Western Hemisphere Treasurer – Schlumberger Limited
Alejandro earned a graduate degree from Rice University (MBA for Executives, 2013) and an undergraduate degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires (Licentiate in Economics, 1997). Alejandro has spent 15 years in international assignments with Schlumberger, the world’s leading oilfield services company. He began his career in 1996 in his home country of Argentina, and first relocated to Houston in 1998 to work as Financial Analyst. He later held several other financial roles with increasing responsibility in Europe, South America, and North America. Read more…
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.
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.
Keri Chadwick joined the Discover Fitness Foundation in October 2011. She is the Special Needs Director at Discover Gymnastics and also the Head of Delegation for the Discover Gymnastics Special Olympics Team.
She is very passionate about promoting gymnastics and fitness not only in the special needs community, but amongst all youth. As an instructor for special needs gymnastics, she believes gymnastics is an excellent addition to different types of therapy that children face. Read more…
Chris Anderson Campbell earned an undergraduate in QMSC from the University of Houston and has attended Rice University’s Executive Management program.
Chris began a 30 year career in Geophysics in 1979 joining Shell International as a seismic processor. In 1992 after a 10 year career with British Petroleum, which included 3 years living in London, Chris joined a small 15 person geophysical startup company, GX Technology. As part of a small company Chris wore many hats, technical operations, sales and management. In 2004 GX Technology was sold to ION Geophysical and has grown to 200+ personnel. Chris continues to manage a large innovative team at GX Technology. Read more…
Texas State Director – National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund
Over a decade ago, Claudia Ortega-Hogue joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, the nation’s leading non-profit, non-partisan organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process. Claudia’s bright, tenacious spirit’s impact on the NALEO Educational Fund was immediate.
Claudia displayed her leadership potential by taking existing NALEO Educational Fund ad hoc relationships and restructuring them into formal strategic partnerships which facilitated assistance to thousands of legal permanent residents trying to achieve the dream of becoming U.S. citizens. Additionally, skillfully and steadily, she promoted the Fund’s programmatic activities using her innate communication know-how to raise the organization’s profile in previously uncharted social and media networks.Read more…
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.
Shannon Harlan joined the Discover Fitness Foundation in February 2014 and is the Development Officer for the DFF. She has over 14 years experience working in the non-profit sector with a passion for making a difference in the lives of others. Professional experience includes working with special needs individuals, program development, volunteer management, fundraising campaigns, and event planning.