Board of Directors and Advisory Board


Board of Directors 2019 


Gina Carroll, Houston President Author, Lawyer 

Drucie Chase, Houston Community Volunteer and Arts Advocate 

John Guess IV, Houston Senior Finance and Portfolio Analyst - COH Controller’s Office 

Ursula Hall, Houston Attorney and Judge 

Winell Herron, Houston Group VP of Public Affairs & Diversity, H-E-B Grocery Company 

Jeffrey Jackson, Washington, DC Retired USAID VP 

Kathleen Jameson, Austin Arts Consultant, former Director The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC 

Melanie Lawson, Houston KTRK 13 Television Anchor 

Marc Melcher, Houston VP, Merrill Lynch 

Cindy Parris, Houston Financial Advisor, ING Financial Partners 

Elmer Rogers, Houston Area Urban League 

Keith Sparks, Houston Clean Line Energy 



The Honorable Sheila Jackson-Lee, MC 

John Guess, Jr., Chief Executive Officer 


Advisory Committee 

Lauren Anderson, Houston Retired Prima Ballerina Houston Ballet 

Najee Dorsey, Columbus, Owner Black Art in America 

John Franklin, Washington, DC Senior Manager, Office of External Affairs at NMAAHC at the Smithsonian Institution 

Jonathon Glus, Sacramento Director, Cultural and Creative Economy, Sacramento Arts Commission 

Freda Lewis Hall, New York EVP and Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer 

Benito Huerta, Dallas Artist, Professor UT Arlington Director/Curator The Gallery at UTA 

Bernard Kinsey, Los Angeles Owner of the Internationally Renowned Kinsey Collection 

Eleanor Merritt, Sarasota Artist 

Elliot Perry, Real Estate Investor, Art Collector, Minority Owner Memphis Grizzlies 

Sam Smoots, Houston President, Crown Jewel International 


Founding Supporters 

Annette Bracey, MPH, Consultant 

Robert Galloway, MD, Physician 

Ellena Huckaby, Retired Counselor, Educator and Consultant 

Irene Johnson, Human Resource and Placement Consultant 

Eileen Lawal, Group VP, CAMAC International Corporation (retired from Board end of 2017) 

The Rev. William Lawson, Pastor Emeritus, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church 

 100% financial participation from Voting Board


John Guess Jr. - Chief Executive Officer

Davinia Reed - Administrative Director

Dominic Clay - Exhibitions Manager

Tereasa Doss - Administrative Assistant

Charles Hunter - Facilities Manager