Members of our Board are community leaders who donate their time and money to help the kids. Our 2015-2016 Board includes:
- Independent Legal Consultant
- Al Amado has over twenty-five years of diverse trial, appellate, and business management experience both in private practice and in-house as Director of Latin America for a global fitness company. He is also a private mediator, arbitrator, and dispute resolution and trial consultant. He is currently a Consultant to the American Bar Association, Rule of Law Initiative, and was the ABA ROLI Director in Ecuador for more than five years. He is the Executive Director and Founding Director of the nonprofit Latin American Collaborative Education Project (LACEP). He holds a J.D. from Emory University and a B.B.A. and an LL.M. from The University of Texas at Austin, where his course of study focused on international law, conflict resolution, and interdisciplinary Latin American studies. He is bi-lingually fluent in Spanish and is a frequent instructor, trainer, and adjunct faculty member at diverse university courses in the United States, as well as in foreign countries.
- Bradshaw Carter
- Tripp Carter has over twenty-five years’ experience as a fundraising professional, having served as Director of Development for The Menil Collection, Executive Director of Development for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and Development Officer at Rice University. Currently, he is the co-founder and president of Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services.
- In addition to his work with Homeless Gay Kids – Houston, Tripp’s volunteer activities include serving as vice-chair of the Endowment Board of Directors and co-chair of the $15 million Building Healthy Families Capital Campaign for Legacy Community Healthcare System; member Board of Directors and Development Committee for the Houston Ballet Foundation; member Art Advisory Council for the University of St. Thomas; and member Development Committee for the Asia Society Texas Center.
- Southwest Psychotherapy Associates
- Micki Grimland, LCSW holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and English from Baylor University. She also has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work with a specialization in treatment. She has been in practice for 33 years and owns a group psychotherapy practice of nine therapists. She considers what she does to be a calling, not a job. Micki is on the Board of Houston Group Psychotherapy Society and other professional organizations. She has appeared on the Oprah show twice, discussing sexual fluidity. She came out in midlife after being married to a man for 24 years and has three adult children. She is a mental health consultant for TV Channels 2, 11, and 13 in Houston and appears regularly with Deborah Duncan on Great Day Houston. She is a level Two Gottman couples therapist,Imago trained, and has trained extensively with Pia Mellody.
- Justin Haynes has called Houston home for over 20 years, having grown up here living in Montrose for 10 of those years. While working on his degree in music at the University of Houston, which he completed in 2000, he pursued another life-long interest in Information Technology and landed in his current specialty of Information Security. He is currently a Security Consultant at Accenture, an international management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. His focus in cyber security and support of the tools that enable security operations centers has taken him to various of the Fortune 500 companies based in Houston. His professional skills include project management, solution architecture and software design, network architecture, and many disciplines in information security. While not working in technology, Justin enjoys running, swimming, biking, yoga, anything outdoors and listening to and playing music.
- The Hackett Group
- Jeff is a native Houstonian whose career in management consulting focuses on business strategy, operating model development and business process re-engineering for large, global companies. He received his BS from Tulane University and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Jeff is a former firefighter and EMT and has served on the Board of Bering Omega Community Services.
- Bill McDugald is a native Houstonian. He has been working with non-profits for over 30 years., beginning in 1985 with AIDS Foundation Houston, Bering Church, Body Positive/Houston, Greater Houston AIDS Alliance, Unity Spiritual Support Group. Center for AIDS, and is currently a board member of LIVE Consortium, and volunteer for Houston Coalition for the Homeless. He has served on fundraising and advisory committees, as facilitator, president, chairman, and as active volunteer. After attending the University of Houston for several years he graduated from Parsons School of Design and the New School for Social Research in New York with a BFA in Environmental Design. He has worked as a designer for the past 35 years, currently with his own business specializing in Lighting and Interior Design.
- El Centro de Corazon
- Marcie Mir, LCSW, is the Chief Executive Officer of El Centro de Corazon, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with three health center locations in Houston’s impoverished East End community. Ms. Mir has served El Centro de Corazon in numerous positions including Youth Program Coordinator for El Centro’s after-school program for girls and as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. In 2003, Marcie joined El Centro de Corazon’s leadership team, holding positions including: Director of Social Services, Director of Operations, Compliance Officer, Assistant Executive Officer, and Chief Development Officer. Ms. Mir received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of North Texas in 1998. In 2000, she received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Houston, and earned her LMSW and LCSW licensures in 2000 and 2003, respectively.
- Bio coming soon.
- Tony Shelton is a crisis consultant and executive communication coach. He has developed crisis communication plans for major companies and has written and directed countless crisis response drills and trainings. He specializes in consensus building and developing strategic messaging for all types of organizations to use in good times and bad.Before starting his own practice in 2014, Tony was Executive Vice President for Crisis and Training at Edelman, the world’s largest global public relations firm. He has worked with numerous major companies, government entities and non-profits in the United States and Europe. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
- Bruce Smith, DDS
- Bruce and his life partner, psychotherapist Tony Carroll, share many passions and concerns and are deeply committed to a number of charitable, civil rights, political, and educational causes at both local and national levels. Both community and political concerns are important in his life. He is involved in a number of organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, the Executive and Professional Association of Houston, The Federal Club, the Victory Fund, Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby, The Chamber, Lambda Legal Association, Winlow Place Civic Association. He is also a member of a number of other organizations including Planned Parenthood, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, American Civil Liberties Union, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Texas Freedom Network, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In addition, Bruce is passionate about art, opera, theatre, architecture, travel, and civil rights.
- Bruce R. Steffler, P.C.
- Bruce is sole practioner attorney specializing in family law. He received his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Houston and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law. Bruce is a licensed attorney, a registered professional engineer, a veteran of the U. S. Army and is board certified in family law. Bruce has served on the boards of numerous community and legal organizations.
- Jonathan Story advises on oil and gas supply chain management strategy for Chevron. He has previously held positions in finance and investment banking and has volunteered as an officer for a national 501(c)(6) professional association. He holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
- Houston Independent School District
Rick Walters is a native Houstonian. He is employed by Houston ISD as the lead elementary science teacher at Garden Oaks Montessori School, where he was named teacher of the year in 2015. He holds numerous certificates in education-related continuing education courses, including completion of the Smithsonian Institute’s Science and Technology Concepts Program for Educators. Rick continues to work for the Smithsonian Science Education Center during the summer term.He is a past co-chair of Team Houston for the Gay Games, he sat on the Organizational Planning Board of Urban Harvest, is President of his community HOA, and has worked with, and supported numerous child advocacy-related organizations throughout his teaching career.Rick attended the University of Houston-Downtown, graduating with a BA in education, and he earned a Masters of Science Education from the University of Houston in 2006.Rick enjoys listening to music, traveling and the outdoors. He is an avid cyclist and hiker. In his free time he can often be working in his garden.
T. S. Williams
- Graduate School of Social Work, University of Houston
- TS has been involved in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* equality issues for 15 years. He works with a variety of organizations and serves as a trustee for the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, focusing on issue advocacy with particular attention spent at the local and state level. Since more victories are occurring for legal equality, TS has joined Homeless Gay Kids – Houston to continue his passion for equal treatment. TS wants greater opportunities for the family units of emerging sexual minorities to acquire the tools necessary to be fully supportive.