2023 Board Officers

Jeannie Gardner, Chair

Jeanie Gibbs, Vice Chair
Read King Commercial Real Estate

Tara Agen, Co-Treasurer

Alex Calicchia, Immediate Past Chair/Governance Chair
Hive Partners

Kara Byrne, Secretary
Baker Hughes

Nida Khan, Co-Treasurer
Quarterback Advisory Services

2023 Board Members

Tara Agen

Najah Callander
Houston Independent School District

Nicole Soussan Caplan
Reed Smith

Susan Carson
RGP Consulting

Sarah Carter

Laura DiStefano

Una Dowey
ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants

Esther Flores
Tax Tech

Cecilia Garcia 
Ameriprise Financial Services


Arquella Hargrove 
Epic Collaborative Advisors

Karina Moreno
LJA Engineering 

LeDacia Osei
Houston Dynamo

Katherine “Kat” Pressly
Compass RE

Maria Velasco

Alicia Wade

Carolyn Whiteman

Ann Louise Broostin (non-voting, Rice Board Fellow)
Southwestern Energy

Honorary Directors

Margaret D’Onofrio
D’Onofrio Consulting Partners
Caroline Baker Hurley
295th Civil District Court
Treopia Cannon
Chief Executive Officer

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Hilary Pircher
Executive Administrator

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Rebecca Cox
Chief Program Officer
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Shannette Prince
Development & Community Engagement Director

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Suzanne Mobarak
Director of Program Operations & Compliance
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Marlena Grooms
Advocacy and Policy Manager
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Simone Williams
Digital Marketing Manager

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Alexandria Gomez
Grant Manager
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Louis Guerrero
Accounting Assistant

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DeDe Doakes
Program Operations Specialist
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Danielle Ponquinette
High School Program Specialist
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Mutakale Ayoyi
Middle School Program Specialist
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Kayla Dillard
Elementary School Program Specialist
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LaShaun Shipp
High School Program Facilitator
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Denise Garcia
Elementary School Program Facilitator
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Jacziry Jaramillo
Elementary School Program Facilitator
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