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NEWS: Snare appointed president of American Leadership Forum

The Board of Trustees of the American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter (ALF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel W. Snare as its new president.

"Dan is uniquely qualified for the position. He has decades of experience growing non-profit organizations, helping them with outstanding programming, and an impressive track record in fundraising," said Paula Arnold, ALF board xhair and chair of the search committee. 

Snare comes to the American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter from Bering Omega Community Services, one of Houston’s premiere charitable organizations providing a continuum of care for low-income individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, where he served as its top executive. Prior to Bering Omega Community Services, he served as the CEO of Community Health Charities, a national workplace involvement organization that raised more than $64 million annually for many of the country’s leading health charities.  

Snare has more than 30 years of experience in non-profit management and community development, including 14 years spent with the American Diabetes Association in Texas, California and Pennsylvania.  Snare received his bachelor of science degree in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin.  He is a Senior Fellow of ALF’s Medical Community Class 5.

Snare has assumed responsibilities held by Harriet Wasserstrum, who retired recently after 11 years leading ALF. 

Snare said he is honored to have the opportunity to lead the organization. 

"We have the ability to enhance and continue to build this vital organization where leaders convene and collectively make meaningful differences in the wellbeing of our community," he said.

NEWS Mayor Parker ties the knot


Mayor Annise Parker and her long-time partner, First Lady Kathy Hubbard, were joined in marriage today in a sunset ceremony held at a private home in Palm Springs, Calif.  A small gathering of family and friends, including the mayor’s mother and Hubbard’s sister, were on hand for the exchange of vows, which were presided over by the Reverend Paul Fro mberg, a family friend from San Francisco. Two other close friends from Houston, Judge Steve Kirkland and Mark Parthie, served as the attendants and formal witnesses. Mayor Parker and the First Lady selected January 16 for their wedding because it marks the 23rd anniversary of the start of their lives together. 

“This is a very happy day for us,” said Mayor Parker.  “We have had to wait a very long time to formalize our commitment to each other.  Kathy has been by my side for more than two decades, helping to raise a family, nurture my political career and all of the other ups and down and life events that come with a committed relationship.  She is the love of my life and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life married to her.”

Hubbard has other insurance options available to her and will, therefore, not participate in the new policy granting city health insurance benefits to the spouses of legally-married city employees.

NEWS Rodeo Houston surpasses $350 million in overall commitment to Texas students

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has reached another milestone — surpassing the $350 million mark in overall educational commitment to Texas students since 1932.

“For more than 80 years, the how has provided financial support for the youth of Texas in a remarkable way,” said Joel Cowley, president of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “Reaching the more-than-$350-million mark in educational commitment is a great testament to the passion of this organization and its dedicated volunteer corps, which stands 28,000-plus strong — it truly is ‘The Show With a Heart.’”

After a record-breaking year in 2013, with more than 2.5 million people visiting the three-week event, the show is able to commit more than $23 million in support for the 2014 show season. This commitment is comprised of: scholarships to high school seniors, and college juniors and seniors who are current Show scholars; graduate assistantships for students at 11 different Texas universities; educational program grants for a variety of organizations; and support for Houston Livestock Show junior show exhibitors and calf scramble participants.

The new educational commitment brings the show’s overall scholarship count for 2014 to 735, for a total of $12,418,000. This includes 615 four-year $18,000 scholarships for students all across the Houston area and throughout the state.

New for 2014, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is contributing to Comp-U-Dopt,  Harris County Hospital District Foundation, Houston Area Women’s Center, Former Texas Rangers Foundation, Rise School of Houston, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Houston, Texas A&M University – Bush School of Government & Public Service, United Way and the YMCA of Greater Houston – Camp Cullen.

Additionally, the show will continue its support of the American Festival for the Arts, The Center for Hearing and Speech, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy, Small Steps Nurturing Center,  Teach for America – Houston, Theatre Under the Stars and other local and statewide educational programs.

In 2013, the show committed funds to the Children’s Museum of Houston; Greater Houston Partnership – Opportunity Houston, UTHealth School of Nursing and Texas A&M University Equine Initiative. While these organizations are still being supported by the show through multi-year grants, the funds are not included in the 2014 educational commitment.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. The 2014 Show will run Tuesday, March 4 through Sunday, March 23For more information, visit www.rodeohouston.com.



NEWS Phillips 66 awards $1.5 million grant to Rice's School of Literacy and Culture

Phillips 66, an energy manufacturing and logistics company, is awarding a $1.5 million grant over three years to Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture project (SLC) to help improve literacy among children in the Houston area.

SLC, a part of Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, and Phillips 66 are partnering to solve the problem of illiteracy among youths in the Houston area by developing the Early Literacy Leadership Academy. This new center for expert teaching will help teachers gain expertise as innovators who promote higher-order thinking skills, second-language learning and relationships that impact children’s self-regulation and autonomy.

The Early Literacy Leadership Academy will consist of 40 teachers identified through an intensive application and interview process; they will participate in two-and-a-half years of intensive classroom and seminar-based education and leadership training designed to help them become innovative thinkers, learners and leaders on their own campuses and within the Greater Houston community.

“We look forward to coupling Rice University’s long-standing tradition of excellence in education with Phillips 66’s commitment to community as we create this innovative forum for developing early childhood teacher leaders,” said Karen Capo, director of Rice’s School Literacy and Culture project. “Together we will think critically about educational practices serving our community’s children, teachers and families and explore ways to make them more effective.”

SLC marked its 25th anniversary at a celebration this evening at Rice Memorial Center's Grand Hall, 6100 Main St. The grant and creation of the Early Literacy Leadership Academy were recognized during the event. 

“Phillips 66 is committed to improving lives through a deep commitment to the communities where we live and work,” said Karen Tripp, Phillips 66 vice president of communications and public affairs. “Through our partnership with Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture project, our efforts to support literacy will provide Houston-area teachers with the skills needed to develop the highly talented workforce of the future.”


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