Charles is passionate about putting people first, building and inspiring high performing teams through empowerment, helping them achieve their potential to become heroes in their own story. His experiences include an active partner in PwC’s Trust practice, where he works with his clients to bring clarity to issues, and deliver collaborative solutions in a pragmatic manner. He is committed to delivering quality services, which are grounded in integrity, listening, proactive communication, making informed decisions timely and not sitting on bad news. He has established lasting relationships and does so on a foundation of trust and respect. Having the opportunity to help unlock and accelerate the growth of our future leaders is what keeps him engaged with DiscoverU.
HR BUSINESS PARTNER, CONNOCO PHILLIPS
Karly is Human Resources Professional currently working at ConocoPhillips. She provides strategic and day-to day HR support to her client groups focused on employee engagement and talent development including coaching and mentoring. Karly has over 20 years of International Human Resources and expatriate tax experience. Karly has worked in leadership roles at Ernst & Young, Deloitte, BP and Baker Hughes prior to joining ConocoPhillips. She holds Bachelor of Science from University of Kazakhstan and executive MBA from the Rice University. During her college years Karly benefited from international student exchange programs such as Freedom Support Act sponsored by US congress and APTEA sponsored by the Australian government. These programs provided Karly an opportunity to live abroad, acquire knowledge, life skills and amazing friendships. She spent an early part of her career traveling internationally and living abroad. She is passionate about continuous learning and providing various experiences that contribute to acquiring knowledge and personal growth.
PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP MANAGER, EXXONMOBIL
Lyn has over 20 years of experience at ExxonMobil in a variety of roles in sales and marketing, supply chain management, and financial planning. She has been part of the Houston community since 1998 after earning a Chemical Engineering from BYU. Her son is a Spring Branch ISD graduate now studying Actuarial Science at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her daughter is a student in Spring Branch ISD. Lyn has a rich history of volunteering in her community including serving as PTA Treasurer at both Valley Oaks Elementary and Spring Branch Middle School and currently serves as the Treasurer for the Memorial Chapter of National Charity League, as well as a leadership position in the Harris County Democratic Party. Through her volunteer experiences, Lyn has witnessed the disparity in opportunity based on background and is passionate about the work to achieve equity for all students.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Jamie is an Executive Director of Finance for Baylor College of Medicine with over 15 years of experience in providing strategic and hands-on finance and accounting leadership, including responsibilities for financial planning and analysis, reporting and financial business development. Mr. Bailey received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and an Executive MBA from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining Baylor, Jamie served as a business advisory consultant providing strategic financial solutions to complex business concepts to senior leadership and board of directors for many global clients. Jamie’s passion and enthusiasm for DiscoverU stems from the desire to help cultivate and provide growth opportunities for the underserved youth in our community.
DIRECTOR OF LEARNING DESIGN, GETTING SMART
Learning, leading, and laughing are a few of Victoria passions and her role as Learning Design Director at Getting Smart, an organization focused on accelerating and amplifying innovations in education, allows her ample opportunity for each of them. Previously, she was the Assistant Director at Westchester Academy for International Studies, an International Baccalaureate School and guided students and staff through virtual and in person learning. She also served as a Dean at Energy Institute High School, a magnet school with a project-based learning focus on energy. During her time at Energy Institute High School, Victoria was the Discover U FLO Coordinator and matched students to experiential learning trips. Additionally, she developed an internship program for multiple grade levels, coordinated field trips, and collaborated with community and business partners. Victoria finds joy in serving diverse groups, facilitating growth opportunities, holidays with her family, traveling to distant lands, and scoring vintage clothing.
DIGITAL ANALYTICS MANAGER, EXXONMOBIL
Megan is a Business Change & Improvement Manager, with an eclectic and successful 20+ year track record in facilitating the complex objectives of international oil and gas, commercial real estate, and Big 4 organizations. Megan’s professional development and contributions have been varied, with a focus on acting as a key business partner to drive a robust continuous improvement strategy, centered upon introducing world-class business processes, minimizing risk, executing numerous, often simultaneous transformations, and confidently navigating challenging situations. Megan obtained an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and studied Accounting at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Megan is passionate about education with years of experience as a volunteer tutor. Through her life experiences of traveling and volunteering, Megan is very thankful for her life broadening experiences and is dedicated to helping all interested students access Fantastic Learning Opportunities.
DIRECTOR, ENGAGED DATA SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
Andrew directs the Engaged Data Science program at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute (HPE DSI). Within the Honors College, he serves as an instructor for the Data & Society program and as an adviser for the Honors in Community Health (HICH) student organization. Prior to joining the HPE DSI and the Honors College, he directed a series of professional development programs for K-12 science and computer science teachers in the Houston area. Andrew holds a PhD in educational leadership and policy studies and conducts research in educational assessment, post-secondary student success, and K12 teacher retention. Andrew supports DiscoverU because he has seen first-hand how students attending FLOs gain social-emotional skills that set them on the path to post-secondary success.
SENIOR VICE PRESENT, PUBLICIS SAPIENT
Mudit is a Business Leader with Publicis Sapient responsible for their North American Energy and Commodities business. As a strategic and growth-oriented leader, Mudit has extensive global experience in business development, P&L management, organization building and growing new leaders. Mudit has a proven track record for leading large culturally diverse teams, creating a nurturing and productive work environment that encourages mutual respect and inclusion. Mudit holds a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore & is a forward thinker focused on building strong ties between the organization and the community, fostering the spirit of involvement and giving back amongst team members. Mudit has been an active volunteer in the public education space in Texas, drawing community and legislative attention to driving student centric outcomes. Mudit is an advocate for giving all students, regardless of their background, a well-rounded education, an opportunity to play to their potential and grow up to become responsible adults who can contribute back to society.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JP.P. MORGAN CHASE
Francis is an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in the Financial Institutions Group of the Corporate Client Banking division. With over 20 years in the financial services industry, he is passionate about the clients he banks and the people that drive the success of his team. His expertise is in business development, credit, treasury services, investment banking, and asset management for residential and commercial mortgage originators, REITs, and mortgage servicers. He also has extensive experience serving clients the in oil and gas, utilities, and commodity trading industries. Francis serves on the Commercial Banking Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council, leading employee engagement and awareness, coordinating mentorship programs, facilitating peer-group discussions, and advocating talent development and recruitment with a DEI lens.Prior to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. he provided audit and assurance services at Ernst and Young. Francis received a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance and Bachelor’s degree in Business in Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Houstonian, he lives in the Heights with his wife, son, and three dogs.
VP, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS - NATIONAL HISPANIC BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, COMERICA BANK
Sineria works at Comerica Bank as Vice-President, External Affairs Market Manager and National Hispanic Business Development Manager. In her national role, Sineria supports Comerica’s ongoing commitment to strengthening relationships with Hispanic business leaders, entrepreneurs, and communities across its five primary markets of California, Texas, Michigan, Arizona and Florida. As External Affairs, Sineria is responsible for community reinvestments with priorities in small business, economic and workforce development; affordable housing; education including financial education; and neighborhood revitalization programs benefiting low to moderate-income individuals and communities. She has experience working across different industries in Marketing and Media, Insurance, Entrepreneurship, Education, and Non- Profit. Sineria is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.A. in International Studies and has a Master of Science in Project Management from St. Edward’s University.
Strategic Planning Committee Lead
ENGAGEMENT MANAGER, MCKINSEY & COMPANY
Holly is a native Houstonian, proud Houston ISD alum, and mother of 3. She is currently a management consultant with McKinsey & Company where much of her work is in helping companies navigate culture transformations and action their Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion goals. Holly graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Economics and a BBA in Finance. She graduated from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with her MBA focused on entrepreneurship and social sector strategy. Holly was previously an Education Pioneers fellow with DiscoverU in 2016 and will be lifelong advocate for for the life-changing impact of FLOs.
OUR ADVISORY COUNCIL
EMILY SKETCH HAINES
FORMER DISCOVERU DIRECTOR
DR. SCOTT VAN BECK
CO-FOUNDER, THE EDUCATION GAME
FOUNDER, SUTTLE FREEMAN
AMBER RAMIREZ HOFFMAN
DISCOVERU ALUM PARENT
DR. BOBBI SAMUELS
FUNDER, THE SAMUELS FAMILY FOUNDATION
CHAMP WARREN III
MANAGING DIRECTOR, MERRILL LYNCH
STRATEGIC INITIATIVES MANAGER, SILA NANOTECHNOLOGIES