2017 Board of Directors
President: Mr. Maurilio “Moe” Flores Sanchez is an accountant with Apex CAES, LLC, a Texas-based company created to develop, construct, own and operate compressed air energy storage (CAES) plants. As an avid outdoors enthusiast and CPA, Moe is very excited to be using his professional skills while serving with the CEC to further environmental efforts in the local community. Moe lives in Montrose, has volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House & Junior Achievement, commutes via an electric motorcycle (weather permitting), and has two rescues – Remy, an Australian Cattle Dog mix, and Luna, a Lab mix.
Vice President: Alex Chua works at Ecolab Inc. as a Manager in Finance Planning and Analysis. Previously, he worked at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in a variety of accounting roles. Alex began his non-profit experience at various organizations including College Houses in Austin, Junior Achievement, The Woodlands Marathon, The Houston Rodeo, and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston as a part of his MBA. As a kid, Alex developed a love of chess and became a chess master. He enjoys guitar, travel, and healthy eating. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from Rice University. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters in Professional Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. Alex is a certified public accountant in the state of Texas. His current interests include issues related to civil rights, independent journalism, and government oversight. Joined November 2016.
Secretary: Lynn Henson has worked in planning for more than 20 years. She is currently with the City of Houston’s Planning and Development Department where she has worked on projects which include community planning, neighborhood and housing redevelopment, neighborhood character protection, planning education, and development of the City’s first general plan – Plan Houston. Her volunteer project work with the Last Organic Outpost, Houston Arboretum, Houston Urban Gardeners, and the Mayor’s Go Healthy Houston Task Force meets her interests in health, nutrition, composting, and gardening. Joined May 2016.
Treasurer: Sylvie Bauerova is a Director of Affiliate Finance and Administration at Baylor College of Medicine. Graduated from Hunter College the City University of New York in 2006 with bachelor’s degree in Economics. Sylvie has 12 years’ experience non profit finance. Originally from the Czech Republic, she has moved to Houston over a year ago from the New York City area with her daughter. She enjoys cycling, the outdoors, cooking and art. Joined November 2016.
MaDiana Diaz is a consultant with Freedom Enhancements, offering project accounting and management and entrepreneurial services consulting. She is an active volunteer with the Harris County Sheriff Office (where she serves as the district lead/crisis chaplain), Last Organic Outpost, and Houston Access to Urban Sustainability (HAUS). MaDiana has also volunteered with Gulf Coast Mensa and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Katie Donovan is a 10th grade Chemistry instructor with YES Prep Public Schools at the East End Campus, where she works to help bring a college-prep education to students in underserved communities. She created the career exposure program that connects 10th grade students with a variety of careers and professions to better prepare them for what they might want to do in college and beyond. Katie also worked with the UTHealth Medical School to develop the first-ever program that connects high school students interested in careers in medicine with current medical students. The program is a three year mentorship where high school students develop skills and connections within the medical field. Katie has also served on YES Prep East End’s High School Leadership Team as the 10th grade chair since 2013. Katie graduated from Rice University with a degree in Linguistics and English. Joined November 2016.
Alex Drummond is excited to have finally returned to his native Houston. Since arriving, he has worked passionately to cultivate a culture of outdoorsmanship and an appreciation of Nature’s fragile bounties–especially efforts to educate our youth and community newcomers. He brings a mixed skillset of graphic design, community outreach and policy analysis to bear on the issues of the day: including a primer on environmental economics with Houston Wilderness. He is always ready to geek-out over discussions of hyper-local food chains, sustainable landscaping practices and multi-modal transit. Alex recently completed his bachelor’s in Community, Urban & Regional Planning at Harvard University. Joined November 2016
Past President: Linda Foss is an active community volunteer and has been involved with the Wildlife Center of Texas, Transition Houston, Houston Food Policy Workgroup, Native Plant Society of Texas-Houston, Last Organic Outpost, Houston Urban Gardeners, and Urban Harvest. Her education and experience includes technical writing, business analysis, project management, software and database design, instructional design for children and adults, marketing, television, travel, science, and more. Linda has a Masters of Education in instructional technology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a B.S. in professional writing from the University of Houston.
Colley Hodges is an architect, LEED AP, and one of the first in the country to earn the WELL Accredited Professional designation from the Green Business Certification, Inc. — a credential that demonstrates extensive knowledge of factors that impact health and wellness in the built environment. As a sustainability consultant at Kirksey Architecture, Colley has been responsible for the certification of millions of square feet under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. He is co-facilitator of Kirksey’s post-occupancy evaluations, specializing in metrics related to air quality and the presence of toxicants in the built environment. Colley is a regular contributor to local design publications and has spoken before both professional and academic audiences on topics such as climate-responsive design, ecological restoration, and material health. Colley is an organizer of the annual AIA Houston Gulf Coast Green conference, serving as chair in 2017. He is also a member of the User Advisory Panel of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative and serves on the 2017 Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group of the US Green Building Council. Joined November 2016.
Asha John, CSR-P, is a global business woman who specializes in sustainability and accounting business solutions. She has worked with multi-national companies and non-profit organizations. Her skills range from creating sustainable business strategies to supply chain analysis to preparing financial statements and schedules to monitoring budgets and forecasts. Areas of interest include the Triple Bottom Line, child poverty and waste management. Hobbies include travel, music, art/design and yoga. Joined May 2016.
Rebecca Luman, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, is a native Texan and environmental consultant whose career has taken her across the country and abroad, where she has assessed and cleaned up contamination in our environment, helped prevent industry from further contaminating our Earth, and interpreted regulations to protect worker health and the environment. She formed Healthy Tweaks to educate consumers and businesses on the importance of conserving natural resources and reducing the impact of chemicals in the natural and built environment, enabling them to make choices to improve their health and reduce their ecological footprint. The mother of two, she uses her background, experience, and passion to help her children and others understand their connection to our Earth so that they choose to make a positive impact on the environment. She actively participates in her children’s school’s sustainability program, and mentors students on the importance of math and science, integrating real-world experiences in her discussions to inspire them to excel in STEM subjects. She is also involved in a number of professional organizations with similar missions to educate our youth and inspire them to appreciate and protect our Earth. Joined May 2015.
Sarah McKenney, P.E., is a first year MBA student at Rice University and was selected as part of the Rice Board Fellows program to join the CEC board as a non-voting member. She is currently working as an Engineering Supervisor at an EPC firm and has been working in the Oil & Gas industry for over 10 years. Her career has taken her all over the country and abroad since she graduated with her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, so she has participated in various volunteer events, but has not stayed in a place long enough to continually participate in any organization. She is very excited to be joining the CEC, because volunteering and the environment are two very important causes, and she looks forward to helping further environmental awareness in the community. Joined November 2016.
Kathryn E. Rose is an MBA student at Rice University and was selected as part of the Rice Board Fellows program to join the CEC board as a non-voting member. She currently works at a project cost estimator for Praxair in the Woodlands. She is a mechanical engineer with experience in project management and capital project execution. Assignments have included capital projects focused on process improvements, and leading compliance activities focused on Process Safety Management. She has a B. S. in Mechanical Engineering with Minor in Math Southern Methodist University. Joined November 2016.
Kelly White is an award-winning educator with over seven years of experience designing, developing, and delivering innovative curriculum in and out of the classroom. Currently a middle school earth science teacher, Kelly is passionate about teaching children and adults about the wonders of nature, environmental consciousness, and how to protect, sustain, and make positive changes to our local, national, and global environments. Outside of work and volunteer endeavors, he is interested in hiking, canoeing, traveling, birding, baseball, singing, and counted cross-stitch.