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Houston's Opportunity: Reconnecting Disengaged Youth and Young Adults to Strengthen Houston's Economy


Throughout the project, the research was guided by an Advisory Committee that consists of researchers, service providers, business supporters, government agencies and community leaders. They provided generous support to the research team to ensure that the results meet the project’s objectives. They also reviewed the report and provided valuable input. We are very grateful for their suggestions and advice. Listed below are those who have helped with this research endeavor.

 Advisors and Contributors in alphabetical order by last name




 Nory Angel

 Executive Director & CEO

 SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc.

 Karen Bailey

 Senior Workforce Planner

 Workforce Solutions

 Adeeb Barqawi

 President & CEO

 ProUnitas Inc.

 Peter Beard

 Senior Vice President

 Greater Houston Partnership

 Sherry Bernard

 Director of Youth Development

 YMCA of Greater Houston

 Cynthia Clay Briggs

 Executive Director

 Communities In Schools of Houston, Inc.

 Ginger Carlton

 Coordinator of Accountability

 Alief ISD

 Angela Chen

 Frontline Ministry Associate

 Agape Development

 Dorian Cockrell

 Program Manager

 United Way THRIVE

 Kirk Craig

 Founder & Executive Director

 Agape Development

 Minal Patel Davis

 Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking

 Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner

 Lisa Descant

 Chief Strategic Officer

 Communities In Schools of Houston, Inc.

 Gerald Eckert

 Social Services Director

 The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area

 Nikki Godbolt

 Coordinator of Accountability

 Alief ISD

 Henry Gonzales

 Assistant Executive Director

 Harris County Juvenile Probation Department

 Ludith Gonzalez   Grant Project Coordinator of "Great Jobs=Great Career=Your Future" Program  San Jacinto College
Melissa Gonzalez Chief of Staff  Houston Community College

  Meghna Goswami

 Program Officer-Human Services

 Houston Endowment, Inc.

 Mary S. Green

 Director of Transition Services

 The HAY Center

 Sophia Guevara

 Fellow, Workforce Development

 Greater Houston Partnership

 Allatia Harris, Ph.D.

 Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives, Workforce Development, Community Relations and Diversity

 San Jacinto College

 David Head

 Field Director/TAY Initiative Manager

 Communities In Schools of Houston, Inc.

 Linda L. Head

 Associate Vice Chancellor; Workforce Education & Corporate Partnerships

 Lone Star College System

 Jane Holston

 Former Executive Director

 Literacy Advance of Houston

 Damon Hoyle

 Director of Systems Coordination

 ProUnitas, Inc.

 Kelli King-Jackson

 Senior Program Officer

 The Simmons Foundation

 Sharon D. Jones

 Director, Continuing Education

 Lone Star College System

 Catherine A. O'Brien, Ed.D.

 Associate Vice Chancellor for College Readiness

 Houston Community College

 Emilio Parker

 Recovery Coach

 Unlimited Visions Aftercare

 Jean Kegler

 Former Executive Director


 Barbara Lange

 Executive Director

 Langetree Retreat & Eco Center

 Michael Love

 Assistant Superintendent of Career Readiness

 Houston Independent School District

 Linda Lykos

 VP Financial Development

 YMCA of Greater Houston

 Natalie Martinez

 Director of Accountability

 Alief ISD

 Edwin Molina

 Attendance Counselor and Community Liaison

 Alief ISD

 Sarah Narendorf, Ph.D.

 Assistant Professor of Social Work

 University of Houston

 Melissa Noriega

 VP for Policy and Partnerships

 Neighborhood Center Inc.

 Michelle Paul

  Director of Programs and Operations

 Capital Idea Houston

 Vanessa Ramirez

 Chief Operating Officer

 SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc.

 Kristi Rangel

 Public Health Education Chief

 My Brother’s Keeper Houston

 Jessie Riggs

 Director of Women and Children

 Agape Development

 Pat Rosenberg

 Board of Directors Secretary 

 Communities in Schools Houston

 Charles Rotramel


 Houston: reVision

 Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, RN

 Assistant Professor

 University of Texas School of Nursing, Department of Nursing Systems

 Rafael Sarango

 Youth Services Program Manager

 The Salvation Army Social Service Office

 Dixie Sasu

 Grant Project Coordinator  of “Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative (THAI)”

 City of Houston-Health and Human Services

 Tonyel Simon

 Program Officer-Human Services and Education

 Houston Endowment, Inc.

 Ann B. Stiles, Ed.D.

 President & CEO


 Juliet Stipeche

 Director of Education

 Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner

 Anne Sung

 Chief Strategy Officer

 Project GRAD Houston

 Eva Thibaudeau-Graczyk

 Director of Programs

 Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County

 Don Titcombe

 Program Officer

 Rockwell Fund

 Mike Webster

 Director, Workforce Development

 Greater Houston Partnership

 Kim Williams

 Division Manager, Adolescent Health and Injury Prevention

 Houston Health Department

 Daniel Zendejas

 Education Industry Liaison

 Workforce Solutions