BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Juan Alexander

Si Environmental, LLC

Other Community Roles and Interests: Youth in Philanthropy, Boys & Girls Club, Casa de Esperanza, Texana, Central Fort Bend Chamber-Foundation Committee.

Chris Breaux, Chair

Partner-CPA, Whitley-Penn LLP

Other Community Roles and Interests: Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Richmond/Rosenberg Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bend YMCA, Achieve Fort Bend, Fort Bend P-16 Math Collaborative, Texas 200 Sailing Club, Fort Bend Youth In Philanthropy.

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: Fort Bend Cares presents an outstanding opportunity to assist the disadvantaged children and youth in Fort Bend County that can very easily slip through the cracks even as our community continues to diversify, grow and prosper.

Phillip Butler

Lagniappe Ventures, LLC

Other Community Roles and Interests:  Past School Board Member at St. Laurence Parish Catholic School, Board of Governors Member at Sweetwater Country Club, Fort Bend Cares Grants Committee Team Leader, Fort Bend Cares Doggone Fun Run Course Logistics Lead, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Gatekeepers Committee, Commonwealth Improvements Committee

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares:  I Support Fort Bend Cares because its grants make a dramatic difference to the many organizations that serve the disadvantaged youth in Fort Bend County.

Lisa Carroll-Davis

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

Other Community Roles and Interests: Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Attack Poverty, Friends of North Richmond, and Houston Baptist University.

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: Fort Bend Cares provides a unique opportunity to help a wide variety of non-profits, both small and large, doing amazing work to help the disadvantaged youth across our County. The impact we have together on the lives of so many children improves their present circumstances and makes our community’s future brighter.

Jonathan Chapman

WJ Interests, LLC

Other Community Roles and Interests: Current: Skeeter’s Baseball Foundation-Board Member; Parks Youth Ranch-Board Member; Manager and Coach for youth baseball and basketball teams in Fort Bend County

Past: Advisory Council Member for Fort Bend Cares; Member of West Sugar Land Little League – Past Board Member; Member of Junior Achievement – Past Teacher and Mentor

Lisa Cohen

Registrar, Ridge Point High School

Other Community Roles and Interests: Commonwealth Improvements Committee, Fort Bend Cares Grants Committee

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: I believe Fort Bend Cares can make a difference in my county. I can’t solve world hunger, but I can definitely look and see what’s going on in my local community.

Drew DeFoor

Signarama

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: Through its Grants Program, Fort Bend Cares is able to make a positive impact upon the needs of disadvantaged children in the county. My time as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts brought me into contact with many of the youth that are served by the organizations supported by Fort Bend Cares. The great variety of these organizations means that Fort Bend Cares can help address a broader scope of needs in the community.

Dr. Charles E. Dupre

Superintendent of Schools, Fort Bend ISD

Other Community Roles and Interests: Member of the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Council and Sugar Land Rotary, and former Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: I deeply care about serving the young people in our community and am proud to align my interests with those of Fort Bend Cares to serve the economically disadvantaged children and youth of Fort Bend County.

Billy Euell

Retired

Other Community Roles and Interests: I volunteer now for Fort Bend Cares (Grants Committee), Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Safety Committee), City of Sugar Land, and Houston Center for Photography. Previous community involvement includes youth soccer coach, summer swim team board, YMCA Y-Guides leader, Shell Eco-Marathon volunteer, and MS 150 rider/volunteer.

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: I believe that every person should have the opportunity to grow, be happy, to love, and be loved. For some children and young adults, circumstances beyond their control negatively impact that opportunity. My desire to help aligns well with the mission of Fort Bend Cares to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth. The unique approach of Fort Bend Cares – fundraising for area charitable organizations, combined with verification of the use of those funds – aims to ensure maximum benefit for every dollar donated. I have been a supporter of, and volunteer in, Fort Bend Cares for many years and I have seen firsthand how the organization helps youth throughout our community.

Grayle James

Fort Bend ISD Trustee

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: The non-profits of Fort Bend County do a great job supporting our community. I support Fort Bend Cares because this organization gives targeted support to existing non-profits who serve children. Children’s basic needs are being met through the work of Fort Bend Cares!

Mary Joyce

Former City of Sugar Land Council Member

Other Community Roles and Interests: Board Member of the Imperial Redevelopment District, Co-chair of the Land Use Advisory Committee for the City of Sugar Land and volunteer for K-9 Angels Rescue group. I enjoy participating in activities to improve our community.

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: Fort Bend Cares has done an excellent job in supporting various nonprofit organizations which benefit children in need in our community. This approach allows these wonderful organizations to spend more time fulfilling their mission. A great organization!

Susan Martinez

Attorney, Martinez Nestor Marinacci 

Other Community Roles and Interests:  Fort Bend Cares Grants Committee, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2012.

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares:  Fort Bend Cares is an incredible organization that makes a direct impact on the children in our community.  Being on the Fort Bend Cares Grants Committee has allowed me to get to know many of the non-profit organizations in our community that serve the disadvantaged youth of Fort Bend County.

Gail McClendon

Nurse, Village Family Practice | Fort Bend

Other Community Roles and Interests: Christ United Methodist Church, leading a mission to feed the homeless in a Houston park, Home Group to increase Christian study.

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: As a nurse I see the whole person and their various needs. Fort Bend Cares provides the vehicle to address the whole person through granting money to various organizations who can address either a single need or multiple needs.

Vinay Mehta, Finance Chair

Vice President-Technical Excellence & Innovation, Fairmount Minerals Ltd.

Other Community Roles and Interests: Board member of Fairmount Foundation (based in Cleveland) and active member of Share & Care Foundation of New Jersey. These involvements allow me to devote myself to causes of the children such as their well-being, education and health.

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: Fort Bend Cares appeals to me as it is a testimonial to the power of local, collective team spirit and self-less volunteerism. Everyone involved is doing their best to support those in Fort Bend County who deserve a little helping hand and heartfelt care

Terri Nieser

Previously – Senior Audit Manager, Ernst & Young

Other Community Roles and Interests:  Road Trip Co-Chair 2017 & 2018, Road Trip Food Committee Chair, Grants Committee.  Prior volunteer positions:  CASA ticket sales chair, Clements HS VIPS coordinator, Fort Settlement PTO President & Treasurer, Christ UMC Administrative Board Chair and Staff/Parish Relations Chair, Hightower Band Booster Board, Gamma Phi Beta Province Financial Director (7 Years), Sweetwater Tennis Committee President

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: I believe in Fort Bend Cares because we support the incredibly hard-working non-profits in our community who make a difference in the lives of children. It offers a great way to learn about and financially support many different organizations who do amazing work.

Dennis Olheiser

Reef Industries, Inc.

Other Community Roles and Interests: Trustee – Mostly involved with Boy Scouts in various roles throughout the last 20 years.   Currently serving as the Sam Houston Area Council Activities Chair.  Involved with Fort Bend Cares for a number of years serving on the grant committee and as a grant committee Chair.

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: The focus of Fort Bend Cares when formed was on the youth of Fort Bend County and they have continued to direct their support towards youth.  I  enjoy being involved and seeing the impact they have made to so many organizations in Fort Bend County.

Apurva Parikh

Other Community Roles and Interests: Fort Bend Cares Volunteer, Fort Bend Economic Development Council Board Member, Eldridge / Energy Corridor Rotary Club, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce.

Jim Rice – Founder

President, Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc.

Other Community Roles and Interests: Trustee – Fort Bend Independent School District, Vice Chairman – Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Member – Fort Bend Regional P-16 Council, Director and Legislative Committee Chairman – Texas Association of School Boards, Committee Member – Boy Scout Troop 441.

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: Fort Bend Cares was founded on the premise that one person can make a positive difference in the life of a child. For the past decade, all of the many people who make up Fort Bend Cares have worked hard to do just that – make a positive difference in the life of an under privileged child. I am proud to be associated with the hundreds of volunteers who have made Fort Bend Cares the unique, caring, servant leadership organization that it is.

Patty Ward – Grants Chair

Community Volunteer

Other Community Roles and Interests: Former FBISD PTA member, as well as youth soccer and basketball coach. Active in Church programs, including as a past deacon and Apartment Ministry. I now spend most of my volunteer time with Fort Bend Cares, serving on various committees.

Why I Support Fort Bend Cares: Getting to know the hard working, caring people at Fort Bend Cares has been a wonderful experience for me. While serving on the Grant Committee, I’ve had the opportunity to visit and get to know some of these charities. Knowing that we are helping by providing needed monetary assistance has been very gratifying.

STAFF

Angel Tapia

Executive Director

Angel Tapia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a background in event management, volunteer satisfaction and third-party partnerships. As a 15-year veteran of the nonprofit sector, she also has a passion to work with community groups and businesses to make a difference in the world. Angel moved from California to Texas 10 years ago and lives in Katy with her daughters Celeste 21 and Daysha 14.

Kim Icenhower

Administrator

Kim Icenhower has worked with Fort Bend Cares as its Administrator since 2008. She works closely with the Executive Director on administrative and financial functions, as well as in other important capacities.

Kim Icenhower, FSMPS, CPSM is President of Icenhower Consulting, LLC, a Marketing and Campaign Consulting firm in the Houston area with over 35 years of experience. She is a Fellow and a Certified Professional Services Marketer in the Society for Marketing Professional Services and has a BS in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is married and has two sons.

Fort Bend Cares Advisory Council

  • Subodh Bhuchar
  • Michael Bornstein
  • Scott Breeze
  • Bob Brown
  • Tammy Brown
  • Aaron Clark
  • Robert Coffman
  • Jill Curtis
  • Alycia Curtis
  • Mary Favre
  • Jay Flint
  • Himesh Gandhi
  • Bruce Gingrich
  • Terrie Gorney
  • Greg Haralson
  • Pat Houck
  • Allyson Huth
  • Scott Icenhower
  • Harish Jajoo
  • Jim Kij
  • Ellie Knauss
  • Dee Koch
  • Kevin Kohl
  • Crystal Moya
  • Carol Papso
  • Apurva Parikh
  • Gail Parker
  • Kevin Patton
  • Jonathan Pursch
  • Teresa Reading
  • Linda Schoonmaker
  • Dylan Smith
  • David Timmermeyer