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

Ed Wolff
Beth Wolff Realty

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

Jeremy Samuels
Community Volunteer


Board Members

Susan Bishoff
Book Consultant

Judith Cruz
Community Volunteer

Allison Esenkova

Thelma Garza
Education Consultant

Erica Lee
Harris County Department of Education

Mark Manifould
The MST Foundation

Gasper Mir
MFR Group, Inc. (Retired)

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

Jeremy Samuels
Community Volunteer

Zoe Thompson

Andrea White
Community Volunteer

Advisory Board

Jonathan Day
Andrews Kurth LLP

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
Baker Ripley

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