Leadership Team

 

Founding Investors

David & Bonnie Weekley
Robert & Janice McNair
Rusty & Paula Walter

 

Staff & District Coordinators

Allie Kretsinger
Klein ISD District Coordinator

allie@lovinghouston.net

Allie grew up in the Klein area and is the Kids Minister at Champion Forest Baptist—North Klein. She is heavily involved in her community and loves Klein ISD. She has been married to Kyle for 23 years and has three daughters.

B.J. Ramon
Houston ISD District Coordinator

bj@lovinghouston.net

B.J. loves Houston and joining God’s ongoing mission to bring shalom to the city. He believes that kids in schools are the center of that effort. B.J. is married to Shanna and together they have three kids: Isaac, Iliana, and Gabriel.

Brittani Davis
Humble ISD District Coordinator

brittani@lovinghouston.net

A native Houstonian, Brittani has served as an educator to Houston-area students for over 12 years. She also co-leads the women’s ministry at Higher Expectations Church in Humble, TX. Being the Loving Houston Humble ISD District Coordinator gives Brittani the opportunity to exercise both her passions for education and ministry.

Diane Woods
Loving Brazosport ISD Director

lovingbisd@gmail.com

After 40 years of experience in education in Hempstead and Brazosport, Diane retired but felt God’s call to bridge her passions of ministry and education by helping to start Loving BISD. Nearly every school in Brazosport ISD now has a church partner thanks to Diane’s faithful pursuit of church partners and the district’s enthusiastic partnership in this work.

Marilyn Lee
Executive Director

marilyn@lovinghouston.net

Marilyn has education, corporate, nonprofit, and ministry experience, a BA from Rice University, and an MBA from the University of San Francisco with a focus on nonprofit management and development economics in order to mobilize churches around community development. Marilyn and her husband Andy love to travel, play sports, and spend time with friends and family.

Melissa Emerson
Director of Operations

melissa@lovinghouston.net

Melissa has a psychology, sociology, and human development undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, a Masters of Divinity degree with an emphasis in intercultural ministry, and experience as a church minister and a nonprofit event coordinator. Melissa enjoys exploring Houston and its diverse cuisine with her husband Anthony and daughter Zoe.

Melissa Toon
Lamar CISD District Coordinator

melissa@partners4good.com

Melissa has 20 years of experience working in education, ministry, and nonprofit spaces. Her heart for seeing people connect and having that connection impact communities is the driving force behind her work at Loving Houston. Melissa enjoys life with her husband Travis and their two daughters on their farm in Needville.

Tawana Goodwin
Fort Bend ISD District Coordinator

tawana@lovinghouston.net

With a caring heart and 20 years of serving in ministry, Tawana has been a pioneer in connecting businesses, churches, and organizations to support children and youth. She has dedicated her life to helping youth grow academically, socially, physically, and economically as they utilize their God-given gifts and talents.

 

Board of Directors

Dr. Tom Billings

Former Executive Director of Union Baptist Association. Enjoys teaching, training, photography, golf, and retirement!

Kelly Handel

Certified Public Accountant. Enjoys tutoring second grade students in reading and math, reading, traveling, and serving in various leadership roles at her church and local organizations.

Harry Holmes

Native Houstonian and recognized leader in the Houston real estate industry. Enjoys mentoring at Spring Woods Middle School, serving as a grief facilitator, and providing leadership on several local boards.

Mike Malkemes

Marine Corps Desert Storm veteran, former Charles Schwab senior business development broker, and founding director of Generation One. Enjoys spending time with his wife and two adopted children.

Evelyn Ogletree

Executive Pastor of First Metropolitan Church. Former teacher and daycare owner. Enjoys mentoring, coaching, counseling, speaking on women and teen girl issues, and facilitating marriage workshops.

Parris Patrick

Founding pastor of Agape Community Bible Church. Founder and Executive Director of Alief Coalition for the Homeless.

Dr. Dave Peterson

Loving Houston Board Chair. Director of Community Outreach Programs with the McNair Foundation. Pastor Emeritus of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. Enjoys writing, serving on local boards, and spending time with his 7 grandchildren!

Terri Wang

Board and committee member of multiple local nonprofits. Enjoys volunteering with refugee kids, studying the Bible with BSF and CBS, and dividing her loyalties between her children’s schools: UT Austin and Texas A&M!

 

Advisors

Lawrence Allen, Jr.

Member of the Texas State Board of Education, and the Community Relations Liaison overseeing Faith-Based Partnerships in Houston ISD.

Scott Brown

Managing Director of Volant Energy Partners with local and national experience with youth, inner city, and leadership ministries.

Neil Bush

International businessman, co-chair of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, and chair of the Points of Light board of directors.

Steve Capper

Lord of the Streets Vicar and Founding President of For Houston’s Kids, with expertise in leadership development, spiritual formation, and community transformation.

Chad Clarkson

Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Houston Church Planting Network, a network of church networks working together to reach the city.

Rick Figueroa

First Vice President with UBS Financial Services Wealth Management Group with extensive community leadership experience.

Peter Forbes

Founding President of National Christian Foundation Houston. Former Board Chairman of Loving Houston, and former Financial Executive.

Brian Gowan

Executive Director of Pray Houston! with 35 years of pastoral and community transformation leadership throughout Houston and currently in Fifth Ward.

Dr. Jim Herrington

Founding Executive Director of Mission Houston, Co-Founder of Faithwalking, and Co-Founder of The Leader’s Journey: Coaching for Wholehearted Leadership.

Dr. Scott Jones

Bishop of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Former Professor at Perkins School of Theology.

Dr. Ruth Lopez Turley

Founder and Director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, Associate Director of the Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Professor of Sociology at Rice University.

Kevin Palau

President of the Luis Palau Association. Provides leadership for CityServe, a movement that mobilizes churches, businesses, and city leaders to love and serve their cities.

Scott McClelland

President of H.E. Butt Grocery Company’s Houston and Central Market division. Provides leadership for the Greater Houston Partnership, Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Houston Food Bank, and Brighter Bites.

Girien Salazar

Director of the Faith and Education Coalition for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Former Associate Professor and member of the Naval Reserves.

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