The Houston A+ Challenge Board of Trustees provides vision, leadership and guidance to the organization and its staff.

This dedicated team of volunteers also helps Houston A+ Challenge raise awareness of the need for community involvement and support of the Houston region’s public schools.

Members of the A+ Board come from all walks of life — they are business and nonprofit leaders, educators, philanthropists, community volunteers and parents.

Executive Committee

CHAIR
Dr. Rod Paige
U.S. Secretary of Education 2001-2005

INTERIM CHAIR/PRESIDENT
Susan Bischoff
Book Consultant

TREASURER
Thomas L. Elsenbrook
Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting LLC

SECRETARY
Celia Lin
Chevron (Retired)

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Board Members

Bill Crouch
United Airlines (Retired)

Judith Cruz
Community Volunteer

Jonathan Day
Andrews Kurth LLP

Allison Esenkova
PARIVEDA

Thelma Garza
Education Consultant

Roberto Gonzalez
Employment & Training Centers, Inc.

Jennifer Laporte
Community Volunteer

Erica Lee
Harris County Department of Education

Gasper Mir
MFR Group, Inc.

Karol Musher, M.A., CCC-SLP
Texas Children’s Hospital

Zoe Thompson
KPMG, LLP

Andrea White
Community Volunteer

Ed Wolff
Beth Wolff Realty

Advisory Board

Michael Dee
Investment Banker

Ann Friedman, Ph. D.
Community Volunteer

H. Devon Graham, Jr.
R. E. Smith Interests, Inc.

Jenard M. Gross
Gross Investments

Bolivar Fraga
Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

Mary Nesbitt
Parent Visionaries

Harry M. Reasoner
Vinson & Elkins, LLP

Victor Samuels
Victory Packaging

Yava Scott
Siebert, Brandford Shank & Co., LLC

Rosie Zamora
Houston Wilderness, Inc.

Founding Board Member

Maconda Brown O’Connor