Our Accomplished Board

Anna Eastman, Board Co-Chair

Anna Eastman is a committed leader in the Greater Houston community and a twenty-year resident of the Heights. She has served as Texas State Representative for District 148 and two four-year terms as District I Trustee on the Houston ISD Board of Trustees. More

Mike Marsh, Board Co-Chair

Michael Marsh is an Insurance Agent at Momentum Insurance. He was previously employed by ENGIE Gas North America, a Paris-based energy firm, in shipping logistics within the LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) division. More

Courtney Hoyt, Board Secretary

Courtney Hoyt is the Manager of Volunteer Services at Ben Taub Hospital, and serves on The Woods Project Board as an ex-officio member through The Junior League of Houston’s Outside Board Representative Program. More


Kathleen Milazzo Johnson, Board Treasurer

Kathleen Milazzo Johnson is an Executive Director at JP Morgan Securities LLC, where she is a member of the firm’s leveraged finance team. She is a graduate of Rice University.  More

Jacqueline Alvarenga Gerber

Jacqueline Alvarenga Gerber is a Partner at Mayer LLP where she practices as a civil litigation defense attorney. She serves on The Woods Project Board as an ex-officio member through the Junior League of Houston’s Outside Board Representative Program. More

Jared Caplan

Jared Caplan has over two decades of multi-faceted experience in the
construction, oilfield, and financial services industries. He has represented
clients in litigation and transactions throughout the U.S.


Phil Cool

Phil Cool is a Vice President, Senior Credit Manager at HSBC Bank. Prior to joining HSBC, Phil accumulated over a decade of experience working in industry, consulting, and banking for the energy industry. More

Rody Grant 

Rody Grant has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and Talent Acquisition and currently serves as a Senior Account Executive for Akedis, L.L.C., a boutique firm offering permanent and contingent staffing for a diverse and growing client base. More

Jessica Gregg

Jessica Gregg is a Community Volunteer and mother of two daughters. As a member of the Post Oak Chapter of National Charity League, Jessica has volunteered throughout Houston and served in various leadership roles More

Anastasia Lindo Anderson, Ph.D.

As an educational systems leader, Anastasia Lindo Anderson specializes in school turnaround and building high-performance cultures in ethnically diverse urban environments. 
Anastasia’s tenure in education began as a middle school English teacher through Teach for America Inc. More

Mark Mey

Mark Mey is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Transocean Ltd, which he joined as CFO in May 2015. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Atwood Oceanics. More

Mary Rivera Tysor

Mary is a community volunteer and has served in various volunteer roles throughout the Houston community.  She is currently the Treasurer of the Civic Association in her neighborhood. More

Jeremy Samuels

Jeremy Samuels is a Community Volunteer. Jeremy is a director of his family’s charitable foundation and is very active in the community. He has held numerous roles at the Evelyn Rubinstein Jewish Community Center More

Dr. Heidi Schwarzwald

Heidi Schwarzwald currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Aetna Better Health of Texas and Regional Chief Medical Officer for the Western Region of Aetna Better Health. More

Cindy Tessler

Cindy Tessler serves as the Vice President of Programs and Operations at Avenue, a nonprofit real estate developer engaged in comprehensive community development. More

Julie Vitek

Julie Vitek is Vice President of Communications for ENGIE North America. In this role, she is responsible for leading external and internal communications activities to promote all of the key activities More

Our Esteemed Advisory Board

Pat Buckley, Business Development Director and Financial Advisor/Retirement Plans, Saxon Financial Group
Gabe Castaneda, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, Frost
Lorena Chavez,
Assistant Vice President, Woodforest National Bank
Devon Graham, Vice President, Commercial Lending, Amegy Bank
Tom Hughes, Realtor, Keller Williams
Steven Sheldon, Director and Senior Wealth Advisor, Mariner Wealth Advisors
Victor Tekell, Executive Vice President, Texas Capital Bank
Kim Traylor, Director of Client Services, G&A Partners
Whitney Walsh, Community Leader