Board of Directors

Biographies

Chase Untermeyer, Chair

Chase Untermeyer is chairman of the Qatar-America Institute, which aims to increase understanding of the important Qatari-American relationship in security, education, and energy. He was born in New Jersey but came to Houston at the age of two. He is a 1968 graduate of Harvard College with honors in government. During the Vietnam War, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy aboard a Pacific Fleet destroyer and as aide to the commander of U.S. naval forces in the Philippines. Returning to Houston, Untermeyer was a political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and executive assistant to the county judge (chief executive) of Harris County, Texas. In 1976, he was elected as a Republican to the first of two terms as a member of the Texas House of Representatives from a district on the west side of Houston. He resigned his seat to go to Washington in 1981 as executive assistant to then-Vice President Bush. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. During the first Bush Administration, he was assistant to the President for presidential personnel and director of the Voice of America. From 2004 to 2007, he served as United States ambassador to the State of Qatar, on appointment of President George W. Bush. He currently serves on the board of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of three volumes of diary-based memoirs of the Reagan-Bush era: When Things Went Right, Inside Reagan’s Navy, and Zenith: In the White House with George H. W. Bush. He has also published How Important People Act: Behaving Yourself in Public.

Michael L. Klein, Vice Chair

Michael L. Klein is engaged in independent oil and gas exploration and production in Midland. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in petroleum engineering in 1958 and an LLB in 1963. While attending law school, he worked summers as a petroleum engineer with Continental Oil Company and later served as an attorney for the company. He divides his time between Houston, Austin, and Santa Fe. He serves as chair of the University of Texas Press Advisory Council. He is a member of the Longhorn Foundation and is on the development board of The University of Texas at Austin, the board of trustees of The Contemporary Austin, and the Blanton Museum of Art National Leadership Board. He has previously served on the SITE Santa Fe board of directors, as a member on the board of trustees for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC); the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Chinati Foundation (Marfa); the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City); the Cate School (Carpinteria, California); and as the chair of the board at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

Becky McKinley, Treasurer

Becky McKinley is a professional caterer and owner of Dining by Design, a catering company through which she dedicates a portion of her time serving not-for-profit functions in the Amarillo area and working with culinary arts programs at local high schools. She is also an author and food journalist, and, in addition to her regular contributions to Accent West magazine and other online and print publications, she is currently working on a cookbook about beef. Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the Texas Governor’s Commission for Women, where she is presently serving her fifth term. She was also appointed by First Lady of Texas Anita Perry to the Advisory Council for the Texas Conference for Women. She was honored in 2010 as Silent Samaritan of the Year and is the recipient of the 2010 Amarillo Area Women’s Forum Distinguished Service Award and 7 Who Care Award. She serves as a board member of the Samaritan Counseling Center, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health Advisory Board, and Women’s Philanthropy Fund. She has previously served as a board member of the Baptist Saint Anthony Hospital Foundation, Polk Street United Methodist Church, KACV Public Television, Junior League of Amarillo, Amarillo Symphony Guild, Harrington Cancer Center, and City of Amarillo Traffic Commission. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Texas Tech University.

Sean P. Cunningham, Secretary

Sean P. Cunningham is associate professor and chair of the Department of History at Texas Tech University. He teaches broadly in twentieth-century U.S. history while specializing in the history of post-1945 American political culture, Texas history, and the history of the modern Sunbelt. Cunningham received his BA, MA, and MEd from Texas Tech University and his PhD from the University of Florida. His first book, Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right, was published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2010 and won the Texas Tech University President’s Book Award in 2012. His second book, American Politics in the Postwar Sunbelt: Conservative Growth in a Battleground Region, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. His current research explores the dynamics between the FDR White House and state and local campaign politics during the 1930s and early 1940s. He also serves on the board of directors for the Texas State Historical Association and is a member of the editorial board for Texas Tech University Press. He lives in Lubbock with his wife and two daughters.

Carlos Kevin Blanton

Carlos Kevin Blanton is a professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies and department head of history at Texas A&M University. Prior to moving to College Station in 2001, he taught at Portland State University. He is the author of The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas, 1836–1981 (TAMU, 2004), and George I. Sánchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration (Yale, 2014) and he has recently edited A Promising Problem: The New Chicana/o History (University of Texas Press, 2016). Blanton’s work has been honored with the Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History (2005), the Bolton Cutter Award for Best Article on Borderlands History (2010), and the National Association of Chicana-Chicano Studies Best Book Award (2016). He has also published in the Journal of Southern History, Pacific Historical Review, Western Historical Quarterly, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Teachers College Record, and in other history and interdisciplinary journals. Blanton received his PhD from Rice University in history under Dr. John Boles.

Caroline Castillo Crimm

Caroline Castillo Crimm is a retired professor of history from Sam Houston State University. She was born and brought up in Mexico City, Mexico, and came to the United States in 1963, finishing her BA at the University of Miami and her MA at Texas Tech University before earning her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in Latin American History with Dr. Nettie Lee Benson. She taught at the high school level before starting at Sam Houston State University in 1992, where she won both local and statewide teaching awards, including the prestigious Piper Award as one of the best teachers in Texas. She has published De León: A Tejano Family History (University of Texas Press, 2004); The Hoffman Collection: San Diego at the Turn of the Century with Sara R. Massey (University of Texas Press, 2003); and Cabin Fever: The Roberts-Farris Cabin, A Campus, A Cabin, A Community, (as editor, Texas Review Press, 2002). She has also published numerous introductions and chapters on Texas women, blacks, and Hispanics. As a retiree she is working on historical novels that deal with Spanish and Mexican Texas during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She recently founded the company Historic Tours of Texas to provide one-day, three-day, and international tours.

Elizabeth Crook

Elizabeth Crook is the author of five novels, including The Night Journal, which received the Spur Award from Western Writers of America; Monday, Monday, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2014 and winner of the Jesse H. Jones Award from The Texas Institute of Letters; and The Which Way Tree, currently in development for film. Elizabeth has written for The Southwestern Historical Quarterly and Texas Monthly and is co-writer, with Stephen Harrigan, of the screenplay for The Which Way Tree. She lives in Austin with her family.

Thomas DiPiero

Thomas DiPiero is dean of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he is also a professor of English and French. He oversees sixteen departments and fourteen centers, programs, and institutes that span the humanities, social sciences, and mathematical and natural sciences. Dedman College offers thirty-eight undergraduate majors, fifty-six undergraduate minors, seventeen master’s degrees, and fourteen PhD degrees. He received a BA in French and an MA in romance languages and literatures from The Ohio State University and an MA and PhD in romance studies from Cornell University. His research focuses on two principal areas: European fiction of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and literary and cultural theory. He is the author of two books: Dangerous Truths and Criminal Passions: The Evolution of the French Novel, 1569–1791 (Stanford University Press) and White Men Aren’t (Duke University Press). He served as an editor of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies from 2005–2013. Prior to joining SMU, he taught at the University of Rochester, Reed College, and the University of Paris.

Edwin Dorn

Edwin Dorn teaches defense policy and courses about the relationship between race and immigration policy at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs. He was dean of the LBJ School from 1997 to 2005. Prior to that, he spent twenty years in Washington, DC, working on civil rights and education policy in the Carter administration and serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness in the Clinton administration. Dorn was a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for West African Studies at the University of Birmingham, England. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he completed his PhD in political science at Yale University. Dorn’s major publications include Rules and Racial Equality (1979, Yale University Press) and “What We Have Learned About Race,” which he wrote for the Austin-American Statesman in 2009. He is chairman of the board of the Kettering Foundation and serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Seton Family of Hospitals.

John Morán González

From the border town of Brownsville, Texas, John Morán González is the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. He attended Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude with an AB in English literature in 1988. At Stanford University, he earned an MA degree in 1991 and a PhD in 1998, both in English and American literature. He currently serves as director of the Center for Mexican American Studies and on the advisory board of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage project. He has published in journals such as American Literature, American Literary History, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Western American Literature, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and Symbolism: An International Journal of Critical Aesthetics. He is the author of two books: Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican-American Literature (2009) and The Troubled Union: Expansionist Imperatives in Post-Reconstruction American Novels (2010). He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature (2016). He is co-editor with Laura Lomas of The Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature (2018), which was selected as a 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title. In addition, he is a founding member of Refusing to Forget, an award-winning public history project dedicated to critically memorializing state violence in the South Texas borderlands.

Andrea C. Holman

Andrea C. Holman serves as an associate professor of psychology at Huston-Tillotson University. She also serves as the liaison between Huston-Tillotson and Dell Medical School, where she works with the associate dean of the Division of Community Engagement and Health Equity to work to reduce racial health disparities in east Austin. She was recently appointed co-chair of the health and wellness group for Mayor Steve Adler’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities. She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master’s and doctoral degree in educational psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. After completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in community mental health, she began to focus her career in academia. She primarily engages students in the classroom and conducts research understanding the complexities of racial identity and cultural mistrust and their impact on interracial interactions. She also conducts trainings and participates in speaking engagements around the city about race, racism, and privilege and their impact on interpersonal relations. She also uses her expertise to assist foster/adoptive parents pursuing interracial adoption through the local foster agency through which she and her husband are currently licensed foster parents. They have two biological sons, ages 5 and 1.5.

Jenni Hord

Jenni Hord is co-manager of Vanderpool Management, a commercial and residential property development and leasing firm. She is also president of the Hord Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations. Among other involvements, she is currently serving in leadership positions as the co-chair of the Young Life Texas executive council committee, vice-president of the Midland Memorial Hospital Forum, and board member of the Midland Polo School. She is currently helping start a hippotherapy program in Midland. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and business management from Baylor University.

Sibyl Avery Jackson

Sibyl Avery Jackson is an executive producer, screenwriter, and member of the Writers Guild of America, West. She has vast experience as a writer, editor, researcher, and public and media relations specialist in the corporate and private sectors, as well as in public television and radio. Her background also includes being a researcher and editor at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, and a spokesperson for one of the largest wireless service providers where, in addition to public and media relations, she also developed and managed government relations and corporate giving. The latter experience inspired her to write an award-winning suspense/thriller novel, Degree of Caution. Most recently, she is an executive producer of the award-winning feature film The Retrieval. She has been active for many years in securing funding for various projects and has served on several boards, including the Be An Angel Fund and the Houston Museum of African American Culture. She has a BA in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and currently lives in Houston with her husband, Alfred, a University of Texas graduate and managing partner in a private equity firm.

Blair Labatt

Blair Labatt is president of Labatt Food Service, the tenth-largest broadline foodservice distributor nationally. Labatt Food Service distributes food and related products to food-away-from-home establishments in six states. He is a graduate of Princeton (BA English) and Oxford University (MA English) and earned a PhD in English at the University of Virginia. Before joining Labatt Food Service, he was an assistant professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, he published Faulkner the Storyteller, a book of literary analysis on plot in the novels of William Faulkner. Since 1983, he has conducted the Princeton Book Prize, an annual city-wide contest to choose the most outstanding high school juniors in San Antonio. He served on the executive committee of the Alumni Council of Princeton University and the advisory council of the Princeton Department of English. He has also been chairman of the board of San Antonio Academy, a trustee of Texas Lutheran University, chair of the San Antonio Medical Foundation, and founder of the Wellness Coalition of San Antonio. He is chair of Opera San Antonio and a trustee of Houston Grand Opera. He is an inducted member of the Philosophical Society of Texas.

Orenthia D. Mason

Rev. Orenthia D. Mason is a native of Tyler having retired as a Tyler ISD elementary school principal and Texas College and Jarvis Christian College professor and administrator. She is the presiding elder of the North Tyler District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Mason is an active community volunteer, serving as vice president of the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees for fifteen years, as well as on the Smith County Appraisal District Board, the Texas College Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Tyler Park Board, the City of Tyler Catalyst 100 Leadership Team, and the Leadership Tyler Class 2 Alumni. Past memberships include the City of Tyler Mayor’s Round Table, chaplain for the Rose City Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., chaplain for the Texas College National Alumni Association, Tyler Area Partnership for Education, City of Tyler Municipal Court Advisory Committee, President of the Tyler Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and regional chaplain for the Southwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has been honored as an Outstanding Leadership Tyler Alumni, Tyler ISD Hall of Fame, Pillar of the Community, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Outstanding Woman in Tyler, Outstanding Woman Clergy, and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Texas College. She is a proud honor graduate of Texas College, Stephen F. Austin State University, and has completed other work at UT Tyler and the University of St. Thomas. She has a twin brother, Oland, and an older brother, Cleveland.

Reba Cardenas McNair

Reba Cardenas McNair is a Brownsville businesswoman and civic leader who currently serves as president of two Brownsville land development corporations. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree of journalism. She then went on to receive an MS from Columbia University. She is the 2017–2018 board chair for IDEA Public Schools and is a member of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Business Advisory Board and the UTRGV Development Board. She is a recent recipient of the Preservation Award from the Brownsville Historical Association.

Virginia Mithoff

Virginia “Ginni” Mithoff received her BS in elementary education from The University of Texas at Austin and attended the University of Houston for graduate school. After retiring from her teaching career, she began volunteering and serving on boards for various organizations, including the Houston Ballet Guild, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Harris County Hospital District Foundation, and many others. She currently serves on the School of Education Foundation Advisory Council of The University of Texas Development Board and The University of Texas School of Public Health Advisory Council of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Development Board. She is the 2019–20 chair-elect of UTHealth Houston and will begin serving as chair of that organization in 2021–22. Ginni and her husband Richard have lived in Houston for forty-five years. They have two children—Michael and Caroline—and five grandchildren.

Jay Moore

Jay Moore is a teacher, author, speaker, and public historian from Abilene. He taught at Abilene High School for twenty-eight years and now serves as director of the Stone Owl Institute. In 2013, Moore was selected as a Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching Award winner. He earned both his BBS in political science and history and his MA in history from Hardin-Simmons University. He is the creator of History In Plain Sight, a DVD series documenting the history of Abilene, and has authored books about the city, including Abilene History In Plain Sight (Abilene Christian University Press). He is the producer and presenter of Our American Past, a lecture series aimed at reacquainting adult audiences with American history. Jay and his wife Laura have three daughters.

Nancy Painter Paup

Nancy Painter Paup manages and directs business, real estate, and ranching interests in Texas. She received a gubernatorial appointment to the Board of Regents of Texas Woman’s University (TWU-Denton, Dallas, and Houston), the largest public university primarily for women in the United States, and was elected vice-chair during her tenure. She is an elected member of The Philosophical Society of Texas. She currently serves on the advisory council of the Jane Nelson Institute of Women’s Leadership (TWU) and the executive advisory committee of The Handbook of Texas Women and is founder of The Paup Lecture Series at TWU. Formerly, she served on the board of directors of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) at The University of Texas at Austin, the board of trustees of Schreiner University, and the advisory board of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University and was a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2003. Her academic degrees include master’s and bachelor’s degrees from TWU. Post-graduate work includes attending Dartmouth College, Harvard University, The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, and receiving certifications in development, strategic leadership, and private wealth management, respectively. She has raised funds throughout Texas for the arts, higher education, and historical preservation. She spearheaded the membership and corporate development programs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, was involved with the completion of a $50 million capital campaign at Schreiner University, and was co-chair of a previous state-wide campaign for TSHA. She and her husband, Ted, have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Ellen K. Ramsey

Ellen K. Ramsey is a partner of Ramsey Petroleum, LP, and civic volunteer. She currently serves as a board member for the Midland Chamber of Commerce, City of Midland Hotel/Motel Tax, Midland County Republican Party, and Midland Inspires. She serves on the Center’s “Center Stage” and Gingerbread Haven event committees and is a Junior League of Midland Sustainer. She was the 2018 recipient of the “Ibby” award for service in her community. She previously served as a board member for the Midland County Public Library Foundation, George W. Bush Childhood Home, Pink the Basin, and I-20 Wildlife Preserve and is a former district director for State Senator Kel Seliger. Ramsey attended Baylor University and earned a BA in sociology from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She and her husband, Midland County Commissioner Scott Ramsey, have two children, Rachel and Tucker.

Hector Retta

Hector Retta serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Economy Cash & Carry, a wholesale grocery enterprise based in El Paso. He previously served as president, chief executive officer, and vice chairman of Capital Bank in El Paso from July 2010 until June 2017. He was executive vice president and regional president of Wells Fargo in Orange County, California, from 2009 until 2010 and senior vice president and regional president of Wells Fargo Border Banking from 2005 until 2009. Prior to his association with Wells Fargo, he was a managing director of Private Client Services with JPMorgan. He currently serves on the board of the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation and as chairman of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation Board. He is a native of Dallas and earned a BBA and an MS in economics from Baylor University. He is married to the former Lorez Curlin of El Paso.

Todd Romero

Todd Romero received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his MA and PhD from Boston College. He is an associate professor of history and serves as associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston (UH), where he researches and teaches early American, public, and food history. Devoted to public education, he served as the faculty director for five Humanities Texas summer teacher institutes on his campus. For his work in the classroom, Romero won the 2012 UH Provost Core Teaching Excellence Award and the 2016 Ross M. Lence Teaching Excellence Award. In addition to several articles, Romero is the author of Making War and Minting Christians: Masculinity, Religion, and Colonialism in Early New England (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011). His research has been supported by fellowships or grants from the Newberry Library, John Nicholas Brown Center for American Civilization at Brown University, Huntington Library, American Philosophical Society, Massachusetts Historical Society, and National Endowment for the Humanities. Reflecting his commitment to public history and interest in food studies, Romero co-directs both the Gulf Coast Food Project and Resilient Houston: Documenting Hurricane Harvey oral history project at UH.

Ricardo Romo

Ricardo Romo earned a BS degree from the The University of Texas Austin; a MA degree in American history from Loyola University Los Angeles; and a PhD in American history from the University of California Los Angeles. A recognized urban historian, he has taught and published in the field of civil rights, Mexican American history, and urban history. His book, East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio, is in its 9th edition. He served as the fifth president of The University of Texas at San Antonio from 1999 to 2017. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Southwest Research Institute, Brackenridge Park Conservancy, and Humanities Texas. He is a member and past vice president for The Philosophical Society of Texas. He is also active as the cultural and political writer and editorial board member for La Prensa Texas, a bilingual newspaper in San Antonio. Among the awards and recognition that he has received are Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at Stanford; the Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education from the University of California-Berkeley; the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the United States Army North; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas Exes Alumni Association; and the Isabel la Catolica award, the highest award given to non-Spanish subjects and bestowed by King Juan Carlos of Spain. His national appointments include the White House Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, U.S. representative to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization; vice chair for the San Antonio Branch of Federal Reserve Bank; chair for Southwest Research Institute Board of Directors; and vice chair for Air University. He earned All American Honors in Track in 1966 at UT Austin and was the first Texan to run the mile under four minutes. He and his wife Harriett have been active in Latino art philanthropy for over twenty years.

John Phillip Santos

San Antonio native John Phillip Santos is a freelance filmmaker, producer, author, and journalist. His articles on Latino culture have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, and the San Antonio Express-News. He is writer and producer of more than forty television documentaries for CBS-TV and PBS-TV, two of which received Emmy nominations. He has authored three books, including Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation: A Memoir, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. After receiving his BA degree in philosophy and literature at Notre Dame, Santos became the first Mexican American Rhodes Scholar and thus had an opportunity to earn his MA in English literature and language from St. Catherine’s College at Oxford University. In 1997, he joined the Ford Foundation as an officer in the Media, Arts, and Culture Program. After living in New York City for twenty years, he returned to his hometown in 2005. Santos has served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. He is presently a University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies in The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Honors College and was the recipient of the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts for Literary Arts.

Katharine Schlosberg

Katharine Schlosberg grew up in a military family living in Virginia, Germany, France, Spain, and, ultimately, San Antonio where she spent her high school years. She has been involved in public education for over forty years as a teacher, counselor, school administrator, and university professor. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Rapid City, South Dakota. As a school counselor in Aurora, Colorado, she worked with students on issues of school, family, self-esteem, and peer relationships. Additionally, she served as a board member of the Colorado School Counselor’s Association. Upon moving to California, she taught high school mathematics and subsequently was named Director of Studies at Westridge School, where she was responsible for academic counseling and faculty mentoring. Recently retired after teaching at the University of the Incarnate Word for ten years, she now directs her energy to organizations that focus on supporting underprivileged students. She is a past board member (vice-chair) of Communities In Schools of San Antonio and a founding member of Friends of Communities In Schools. She served on the board of Children Now, a California based policy and research organization focused on agencies that support children’s education, health, and welfare. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors of Trinity University, the Board of Visitors of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, and the KLRN Foundation board. She holds an EdD in Education Administration from UCLA, an MEd from Trinity University, and a BS in Mathematics Education from the University of Missouri. She is married to Dick Schlosberg and has two grown children and five grandchildren.

Gina Spagnola

Gina Spagnola is President and CEO of The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. In that capacity, she has helped develop and lead a strategic planning process that transformed the Chamber, played a critical role in the rebuilding of the City of Galveston’s business community following Hurricane Ike, and created an education committee within the Chamber to discuss educational priorities in the community. This committee is the one venue representing every school and education-based organization in the Galveston area, from the University of Texas Medical Branch to East End Preschool. Gina serves as the County Director of Lemonade Day Galveston County, in addition to her service on the national board of directors. She helped create Galveston’s Celebrating Women: Mind Body Spirit Conference to celebrate, inspire, and motivate women to strive for the best in both their personal and professional lives. Gina serves on Galveston ISD’s Educational Foundation Board as chair, The Grand 1894 Opera House Board, and the Port of Galveston’s Port of Call Committee. She’s a recipient of the Christie Mitchell Beachcomber Award, recognizing individuals and entities who promote Galveston Island, the Grand Opera House’s Community Enrichment Award, and the Paul Harris Fellow, Distinguished Award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Stephanie Tucker

Stephanie Tucker graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in speech communications. Stephanie is a community volunteer in Houston. As a mother of a special needs son, she has spent the past fifteen years raising awareness and fundraising for the Brookwood Community in Brookshire, Texas. Brookwood is an educational and residential community for adults with disabilities. She is also a strong advocate for Special Olympics Texas. Stephanie is an active supporter of the Rienzi Society, Texas Children’s Hospital, Chi Omega Alumni, and the United Way of Houston Women’s Initiative. Stephanie is a former member of the Zoo Friends of Houston and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston. She and her husband Brad have three sons and reside in Houston.

Alan Tully

Alan Tully is Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor of American History at The University of Texas at Austin and was chair of the history department at UT Austin from 2002 until 2014. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University. A scholar of early American history, he has authored and co-edited several books including William Penn’s Legacy: Politics and Social Structure in Provincial Pennsylvania 1726–1755 (Johns Hopkins University Press), Forming American Politics: Ideals, Interests, and Institutions in Colonial New York and Pennsylvania (Johns Hopkins University Press), and, with Professor Bob Olwell, Cultures and Identities in Colonial British North America. He is currently working on a book on the politics of declamation in early America. Alan and his wife, Deborah Bennett, have two grown daughters.

Amy Warren

Amy Warren is a devoted philanthropist. She was among the first employees of Energy Transfer Company, where she worked as an executive assistant for over twelve years. Prior to that, Warren worked as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines for over a decade. She currently serves on the board of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Warren co-founded Cherokee Crossroads, an organization whose proceeds support various children’s charities and public service organizations across Texas. She has been involved with Amica Rockwall, a non-profit organization that raises funds for scholarships and other local needs. She has also been involved with and supportive of the Ronald McDonald House and the Roatan Hospital. She currently serves on the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Advisory Board and the board of Family Gateway of Dallas. Warren studied business management at Texas Tech University.