OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

IAN STEWART

Chair

CHEMIST, EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

Ian is a chemist working at ExxonMobil, who has, over the past seven years, taken on roles in research, market analysis, and project planning. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, he completed a Bachelor’s degree at the University Of Michigan, a PhD at Berkeley, and post-doctoral research at Caltech. In additional to scientific articles and patents, Ian co-authored a chemistry question-and-answer book, The Handy Chemistry Answer Book, to help bring students of all ages into the molecular world. During his formal education he routinely sought out opportunities to serve as a teacher for others; during his time at Michigan, he designed and implemented a summer chemistry curriculum for high school students. Recalling the effect of this experience on a diverse group of students drives him to advance DiscoverU’s mission today, particularly in the STEM fields. Ian recognizes that unique learning experiences were key to his pursuit of an education and career in the sciences, and is working to help provide Fantastic Learning Opportunities to Houston’s youth.

CHARLES MUNSELL IV

Vice-Chair

PARTNER, PWC

Charles Munsell is an assurance partner in PwC’s Global Energy & Mining practice. Over the past 15 years, he has served a number of high profile multinational energy and industrial products companies. Charles has extensive experience leading large, multi-national and complex teams. He is highly accomplished when it comes to sharing business knowledge with his clients and providing insights on their business issues. Charles has a wide range of experience working through challenging and complex technical accounting issues including acquisitions, disposals and carve outs, and first-year Sarbanes Oxley compliance. Charles has demonstrated a calm demeanor and pragmatism in collaborating with clients to resolve accounting issues. Charles received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Charles’ passion for helping others who, by no fault of their own, haven’t been afforded unique learning opportunities continues to keep him engaged in advancing DiscoverU’s mission.

JAMIE BAILEY

Treasurer, Finance Committee Lead

VICE PRESIDENT OF ACCOUNTING, 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.

LYN GREENWOOD

Secretary

GLOBAL PRODUCT MANAGER, EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

Lyn has over 20 years of experience at ExxonMobil Chemical in a variety of roles in sales and marketing, supply chain management, and financial planning. Ms. Greenwood has been part of the Houston community since 1998, after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. She has two children enrolled in Spring Branch ISD schools and is an active volunteer, most recently on the Valley Oaks Elementary PTA Executive Board. Lyn has sought out opportunities to mentor others, both professionally and with community involvement. Through her volunteer experiences, she has witnessed the disparity in opportunity based on background and is passionate about doing what she can to close the gap and provide equal opportunity for all students.

ERIC BARTZ

Human Resources Committee Lead

SOLE MEMBER, BIG BROTHER PROPERTIES LLC

Eric Bartz began his career in supply chain in 2005 with a focus in materials and systems.  Since then, he has held numerous supply chain roles in the offshore drilling sector with a focus on change management and team building. Eric is a seasoned fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, having surpassed the $100,000 mark in 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of St. Thomas, and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business.

KARLY BUCHANAN

Member

HUMAN RESOURCES BUSINESS PARTNER AT CONOCOPHILLIPS

Bio coming soon!

ANDREW KAPRAL

Program Committee Lead

DIRECTOR, HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DATA SCIENCE INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Andrew Kapral holds a B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University and a M.Ed. from the University of Houston (UH). He anticipates receiving his doctoral degree in higher education leadership and policy studies from the University of Houston later this year. As director of the Engaged Data Science initiative in collaboration with The Honors College, Andrew develops and implement innovative project-based programming with the goals of promoting data literacy and expanding the use of data science tools in K-12 education and community engagement. 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.

ALISON PORTER

Member

FRANCHISE OWNER, APEX LEADERSHIP CO.

Alison is the owner/operator of Apex Leadership Co, a company that provides fundraising solutions to schools and nonprofits in the Houston Area. Previously Alison spent 15 years in financial services in various positions at Sentinel Trust, Black Stone Minerals and Goldman Sachs. Alison holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Hampton University and her Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Alison, a Mississippi native, moved to Houston, TX over a decade ago and has been very active in the Houston community in addition to her professional career. Alison is passionate about education as well as helping her clients reach their financial goals which will allow them to implement programs that will help their teachers, students and staff. Her enthusiasm for DiscoverU stems from wanting all students to have access to life changing experiences despite their background.

HOLLY PRICE

Strategic Planning Committee Lead

ENGAGEMENT MANAGER, MCKINSEY & COMPANY

Holly Price is a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and focuses much of her work in the People & Organizational Performance practice, helping global companies navigate culture transformations and integrate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion goals into their daily operations. 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. She is a native Houstonian and lives in the Near Northside with her husband and two children. She joined DiscoverU’s board in 2021 and was previously an Education Pioneers fellow with DiscoverU in 2016.

DR. KIMBERLIN STURGIS

Member

DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SUCCESS, DIVERSITY RECRUITERS

Dr. Kimberlin Sturgis has over 17 years of formal and informal experience in K-12 education. She is currently the Manager of Curriculum and Evaluation at the Children’s Museum of Houston (CMH). Prior to joining CMH, Kimberlin held various positions in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) including Chemistry Teacher, Content Specialist, and Principal. Additionally, she served in the Air Force Reserves as an Environmental Chemist. Kimberlin holds degrees from Alcorn State University (B.S. in Chemistry) and Prairie View A&M University (M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership). Currently, she is completing studies to obtain an Executive MBA from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

OUR ADVISORY COUNCIL

NADIA BRUNER

FOUNDER, SUTTLE FREEMAN 

SHELLEY A. GRAHMANN

VP, SASOL

PAUL POSOLI

FOUNDER, CAREERSPRING

AMBER RAMIREZ HOFFMAN

FLO ALUMNI PARENT

DR. BOBBI SAMUELS

FUNDER, SAMUELS FAMILY FOUNDATION

MONICA PIQUET-RODRIGUEZ

DISCOVERU CO-FOUNDER

DR. SCOTT VAN BECK

RETIRED SUPERINTENDENT

CHAMP WARREN III

MANAGING DIRECTOR, MERRILL LYNCH