Partner/Owner – Lee Murphy Law Firm/Erin Murphy Goodman Law Firm
Erin Murphy Goodman is a Houston-based lawyer with an extensive background in large, complex legal claims. A frequent legal seminar speaker and consultant, Erin educates attorneys on business development, case and practice management, database utilization, marketing, and issues affecting women and young lawyers in the legal profession. She also manages her law firm’s national practice.
At the national level, Erin is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of lawyers, judges and legal scholars whose careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and the highest principles of the legal profession. At the Texas State level, she is an Endowment Fund Scholar with the Texas Bar College, a Fellow of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and serves in executive and board positions for a number of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations. Erin earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.
Erin and her husband Justin R. Goodman, have one daughter – a competitive USAG gymnast – and one son. She and her husband are active supporters of the Discover Fitness Foundation and the Erin Murphy Goodman Endowment Fund at Stephen F. Austin State University, which funds scholarships and opportunities for student/athletes.
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.
Claudia quickly ascended from Program Manager to local director to the Texas and Southwest Regional Director of Civic Engagement for NALEO Educational Fund. Responsible for the development and implementation of its naturalization and voter engagement mobilization programs, she organized and lead countless citizenship and immigration forums, naturalization workshops, voter education forums, non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaigns, and voter registration drives in the State of Texas as well as in Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. In the process, Claudia presented to diverse audiences at numerous training and briefings across the country and in Mexico, on issues ranging from U.S. citizenship to the Latino vote.
Claudia’s fierce devotion to civic engagement has garnered attention and earned her various noteworthy leadership appointments and recognitions. Most recently, Claudia was appointed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve as the Co-Chair for the 2016-2018 Mayor’s Advisory Council of International Communities and Co-Chair for the 2011-2018 City of Houston’s Citizenship Month Initiative. She currently serves as Board President for Latino Giving Houston and Board Advisor for the Latino Initiatives for the Holocaust Museum. Past board and appointments include, Board Advisor for Hermann Park Conservancy, Board Executive Vice President for the League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund and 2016 Public Safety Transition team (appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Administration).
Claudia has been featured and profiled in The New York Times and Latina Lista. She has been presented the 2017 Sam Keeper Award for Excellence in Voter Services by the The League of Women Voter of Houston Education Fund, recognized as “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2016”, 2016 Changer Maker Award by the New Leaders Council-Houston and the 2015 “Community Women of the Year” by Solo Mujeres. In 2014, she was selected as one of 2014’s influential Latinos of Houston by Latino Leaders Magazine and in 2013 she received the “Congressional Recognition for Long-Term Commitment to Community Engagement” by U.S. Representative Al Green. She was also named one of “35 Houston Latinos You Should Know!” by La Voz de Houston/Houston Chronicle.
In a short time, Claudia has demonstrated a true calling for public service. She is a humble, sincere, strong and determined leader that is certain to influence the social and political landscape at all levels for years to come.
Claudia holds a Bachelor Degree in International Business from Oral Roberts University and is currently pursuing a Master of Non-Profit Management at the University of Houston-Downtown. She is married to Joshua Hogue and has 2 beautiful kids – JoJo and Eva E.
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.
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.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics – Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Kay Leaming-Van Zandt is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and an attending physician in the Emergency Centers of Texas Children’s Hospital (Main Campus, West Campus, and The Woodlands). As the Medical Director of the TCH West Campus Emergency Center, Kay has led a variety of multi-disciplinary committees and quality improvement projects designed to champion and promote a service quality environment/culture and improve the emergency center (EC) experience for patients and their families. Additionally, she has given numerous local, regional, and national lectures on physician-patient communication, relationship-centered communication, and patient satisfaction and experience. In her role as Director of Public Relations for the Section of Emergency Medicine, Kay has contributed to and been interviewed by numerous local, regional, and national media outlets on a variety of medically-relevant topics. She is one of the top physician contributors for the Texas Children’s Hospital Blog, and actively participates in a variety of community-driven and social media events.
Kay graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Biology in 1998. Upon completion of her Masters of Biological Science at MCP Hahnemann University in 2000, Dr. Leaming-Van Zandt received her M.D. from New York Medical College in 2004. She completed her pediatric residency in 2007 and pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) fellowship in 2010 at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas.
Partner/Owner – Simonton & Kutac LLP/ Frierson Sola Simonton Kutac PLLC
Frank Simonton III is a Certified Public Accountant with licenses in both Texas and California. Frank provides tax advisory and IRS mediation services to privately held corporations, partnerships, trusts, nonprofit organizations, and high net worth families. Frank’s industries of experience include commercial real estate, manufacturing, medical services, oil and gas exploration, retail and wholesale operations.
Frank is also a founder and principal owner of Texas Conserve Energy LP (www.conservetx.com), a locally based utility management consulting business. Conserve Energy serves customers living in deregulated Texas cities by actively managing their retail residential contracts to ensure consumers are paying the lowest market rates available.
Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Louisiana State University and a Master of Business Administration concentrated in Finance from The University of Houston. Frank is a member of the LSU Foundation Houston advisory council, which helps expand academic opportunities through increased philanthropic support.
Frank and his wife Colleen have two active daughters. In their free time, Frank and his family enjoy kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, and camping. Frank believes in the virtues of physical fitness and nutrition and hopes to improve the health of local children through his efforts with the Discover Fitness Foundation.
3 time Olympic Gold Medalist, 7 time World Champion
Svetlana Boguinskaia was a Soviet/Unified Team/Belarusian gymnast. Especially renowned for the drama and artistry she displayed on floor exercise, she was called the “Belarusian Swan” and the “Goddess of Gymnastics” because of her height, balletic grace, and long lines. Boguinskaia is a three-time Olympic Champion, winning an individual gold medal in Vault at the 1988, and team golds in 1988 and 1992.
Today Boguinskaia lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two children. She runs two businesses, an online gymnastics apparel retailer and a summer camp for gymnastics students, but she also considers herself a stay-at-home mother.