HAWC draws upon the strengths and expertise of a diverse group of leaders to guide our work of ending violence in the community.

Learn more about the individuals who are dedicated to making this happen.


  • Cindy Deere Chair, Finance Executive – Retired
  • Jessica Ludwig Bertuccio Chair Elect, Finance Professional
  • *Tom Fitzpatrick Director at Large & Chair of Site + Facilities, RCOO Southwest Region / Houston Branch Manager – Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
  • Cynthia Williams George Chair of Development, Public Relations Professional
  • Charic Daniels Jellins, Secretary, Retired Tax Attorney
  • Kristin Midgett Chair of Board Engagement, Communications Professional
  • Tana Pool Chair of Finance, Executive Vice President – Legal – TGS


  • Ann Al-Bahish, Partner – Haynes Boone
  • Valencia Amenson, Chair of Compensation, Vice President of Human Resources – CenterPoint Energy
  • Vineet Bhatia, Partner – Susman Godfrey
  • Mindy Davidson, Executive Director – Houston Bar Association
  • Jim Grace, Founding Partner – Grace & McEwan Consulting
  • Greg Harper, Independent Director – Sprague Resources
  • Jeff Kaplan, Executive Vice President, Legal & Public Affairs – LyondellBasell
  • Qusai Mahesri, CEO – Xpediant Solutions
  • Debra Ibarra Mayfield, Senior Legal Counsel – Enterprise Products
  • David Rose, Retired Aerospace Professional
  • Jamie Wright, Sr. Management and Program Analyst – Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Elizabeth Wyman, Senior Counsel – Yetter Coleman LLP, *Past Board Chair

Advisory Council:

  • Deborah Duncan, Chair, Host for Great Day Houston – KHOU TV
  • Rhonda Arnold, HAS Community Relations and Business Affairs Officer – Houston Airports
  • Shannon Buggs, Director – Houston Complete Communities Initiative
  • Len Cannon, Anchor – KHOU TV
  • Twila Carter, Executive Director – Astros Foundation
  • Ellen Cohen, Former Mayor Pro Tem – City of Houston / Former CEO – HAWC
  • Sarah Davis, Houston Attorney / Former Texas State Representative
  • Bill Fulton, Director – Kinder Institute at Rice University
  • Ed Gonzalez, Sheriff – Harris County
  • Elizabeth Gregory, Dean – University of Houston WGSS & IRWGS
  • Diana Hudson, Former Board Chair – HAWC / Retired Partner – Andrews Kurth
  • Melanie Lawson, Anchor – ABC NEWS KTRK TV
  • Phyllis Mandola, Ninfa Foundation
  • Jerry Martin, General Manager – KPRC TV
  • Linda McCollum, Philanthropist / Former Board
  • Carrie Potter, Financial Advisor in Sports – Carrie Potter Group / Former Board Chair
  • Shawn Raymond, Partner – Susman Godfrey / Former Board Chair
  • Sandra Salazar, Former Board Chair
  • Angela Shippy, Chief Quality Officer – Memorial Hermann
  • Nikki Van Hightower, Author / Former HAWC CEO
  • John Whitmire, Senator – Texas Senate District 15
  • Gene Wu, Representative – Texas House District 137

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