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  • Tom Fitzpatrick

    Chairman

    Tom is Senior Vice President and Branch Manager of the Houston branch for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies (Chubb.) Tom has enjoyed a 26 year career with Chubb after graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a BA in History. Tom has served on the Board of Directors for Making It Better since 2011. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Houston Symphony, the Advisory Council of the University of Houston-Downtown’s Insurance and Risk Management Center, and the Board of Directors of the Insurance Council of Texas.

  • Gonzalo Anderson

    Board Member

    Gonzalo is the Owner and Director of Alliance Tennis Academy, a tennis academy for kids that he started in 2008. After receiving an MBA from Rice University in 2014, he launched Cuclie Baby, an exclusive baby clothing line sold in many boutiques across Texas and Louisiana. Gonazalo received a BA in Economics from Texas A&M and joined the Making It Better Board of Directors in 2015.

  • Scott A. Bayley

    Board Member

    Scott is the founder and President of Accumyn Consulting, an independent financial and economic consulting firm.  During his thirty year career he has specialized in forensic accounting, financial and economic damage claims analysis, valuation services, and providing expert testimony to the legal profession and clients. Scott received a BBA-Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified public accountant.  Scott joined the Board of Directors of Making it Better in 2016.  He previously served on the Advisory Board of Texas Parents and is a past president of the Forensic Expert Witness Association-Houston Chapter.

  • McStephen Dadzie

    Board Member

    McStephen currently works as a Financial Analyst for AIG.  He graduated from Baylor University in 2010 with an Accounting degree and now attends Business School at the University of Texas. McStephen joined the Board of Directors for Making It Better in 2014 and has enjoyed sharing his passion with his network of family and friends. His mother always stressed the importance of education and the opportunities it brings and he feels that Making It better is an excellent organization that provides our local youth with access to academic advantages.

  • Ilene Eckert

    Board Member

    Ilene is a Commercial Business Development Officer for Stewart Title. Prior to her position with Stewart Title, she was the Member Services & Special Event Coordinator for The West Houston Chamber of Commerce. Ilene joined the Making It Better Advisory Board in 2011; and the following year, was asked to join the Making It Better Board of Directors.  Since then, Ilene has created the Making It Better Young Professionals group (MIBYP). Ilene also serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Young Professional, Real Estate Committee and is a member of Women Driving Business Committee.

  • Trealla Epps

    Board Member

    Trealla has been an educator for 23 years, all with the Houston Independent School District. In 1993, Ms. Epps earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Houston.  She later received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership also from the University of Houston. She taught for six years at Longfellow Elementary and then served as Instructional Coordinator and Assistant Principal at the same campus.  Ms. Epps was principal of Gordon Elementary for five years and most recently Bruce Elementary for four years before becoming principal at Roberts Elementary.

  • Monsterville Horton, IV

    Board Member

    Monsterville is the owner Monsterville’s Wines and Monsterville’s Catering and Events. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was introduced to the exciting world of wine. He has been privileged to visit, study and live in every major wine region in the world and has taught wine education and appreciation in both Europe and North America. His career to date has included sommelier, wine consultant, wine educator/lecturer, wine buyer and wine judge. He has been active in the wine industry for sixteen years and has spent the last seven years in Houston. Monsterville has served on the Making It Better Board of Directors since 2009.

  • Paul LeBlanc

    Board Member

    Paul is an attorney with the Texas law firm Winstead PC where he practices banking and real estate structured finance law. He graduated from Westside High School in 2003, the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 with a B.A. in Philosophy, and the University of Houston Law School, magna cum laude, in 2011. Paul has served on the Making It Better Board of Directors since 2013. “As someone who has always enjoyed reading and who understands the incredible power that knowledge holds, I am proud to support an organization like Making It Better that puts such a strong emphasis on literacy initiatives. 

  • Laurie Schmid

    Board Member

    Laurie is the owner of L Interiors, a design business for both commercial and residential clients. She has a B.S. in finance from the University of Southern California and an A.A.S. in Interior Design from Houston Community College. Prior to entering the field of design, Laurie was a Vice President in commercial lending at both Bank of America and City National Bank in Southern California.  She has also enjoyed serving as the president of Grace School’s Parent Club in Houston for two years and as Making It Better’s Guild President for the last two years.  Laurie has served on the Making It Better Board of Directors since 2016.

  • Andrew L. Waite

    Board Member

    Andy is Co-President of SCF Partners. He began a more than 25 year career in energy after earning a BSc degree in Civil Engineering from England’s Loughborough University of Technology and an MS degree in Environmental Engineering Science from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He also attended Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA with High Distinction and was elected a Baker Scholar. Andy has served on the Board of Directors for making It Better since 2010. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Family Services Foundation and the Board of Trustees for the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

  • Bret West

    Board Member

    Bret joined Wells Fargo’s Energy Group in 1998 managing a lending portfolio of oilfield service companies, manufacturers and drilling contractors. In 2000, he assumed the role of Manager of the Energy Services & Equipment Division of the Wells Fargo Energy Group, which provides financial service solutions to companies that participate in all facets of the oil and gas field development cycle. He holds a BA in Finance from Louisiana State University. He is an active member of the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association (PESA), National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), Association of Services Companies (AESC) and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) and recently been named Treasurer of NOIA. Bret has served on the Making It Better Board of Directors since 2011.

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