CKW LUXE is delighted to announce its Top 20 Impact Makers Honorees for 2019. We invite you to read about their many accomplishments here.
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Saturday, January 5, 2019
The Ballroom at Bayou Place
Host Committee: Ralph Burch, Gayla Gardner, Brigitte Kalai
Jano Nixon Kelley with Cameron Management and Vicki West
Susan and Dan Boggio are well known in the Houston community for their deep compassion toward animals and children. Due to their lifelong dedication to assisting suffering animals and their numerous contributions to the Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) Capital Campaign, for its new animal shelter and other ongoing projects, the shelter’s welcome center was named after them. As well, a school building in Piyali Junction, India will soon be named in thei
Honorable Theresa Chang and Dr. Peter Chang are active members of Houston society. Both believe deeply in giving back to the community through service to venerable charitable organizations and have been, and continue to be, involved in campaigns to create positive change at the local, state, and federal levels. They have been married for 35 years and are the proud parents of two sons.
Judge Chang has been
Mary and Dr. Mark D’Andrea are passionate about helping individuals battling cancer. Mary is the director of marketing for the University Cancer Centers and assists Mark, the medical director, with marketing, opening, and managing new cancer and diagnostic centers throughout the state. Currently, there are five University Cancer Centers in Texas.
Teresa and Dr. William H. Reading have a reputation for getting things done. As physician and nurse, they work together to operate The Offices of William H. Reading, MD, Recovery, Psychiatric, and TMS services, a neuropsychiatric practice in Stafford, Texas. They share a family of four sons, their spouses, and granddaughter, Kaylee. Teresa and Dr. Reading have selflessly given of themselves for over twenty years in service to the Fort Bend community and surround
Liz and Jack met in a UCLA research laboratory as both were developing an interest in cancer research. They soon developed an interest in each other and are now celebrating their fortieth wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, Johanna and Katherine, and recently welcomed their first grandchild.
Lisa Morris Simon and Jerry Simon choose to make a difference in the world by giving back to their community. They are the proud parents of two successful children, Camella Clements and Glenn Clements, Jr. Lisa and Jerry also have four wonderful grandchildren.
Betty and Jess Tutor are active leaders, volunteers, and responsible citizens in the Houston community. In every activity with which they become involved, the couple express extraordinary creativity, hands-on leadership, and appreciation for the opportunity to get involved. The time and energy they devote to family takes equal precedence in their lives.
In 2015, seventh-grader Jordan Fein and her mother, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, partnered with Gina Gaston Elie and her daughter, Lauren Elie, to found Flower Power Gives. The nonprofit salvages florals from luncheons, galas, and weddings to donate to civic groups, charities, shelters, and other worthy causes. Since its inception, Flower Power Gives has salvaged over $500,000-worth of flowers.
Farida Abjani is the CEO and co-founder of Shining Nightingale, INC, a home health agency that has license to work throughout the state of Texas. Born and raised in Karachi Pakistan, Farida moved to Chicago when she was nineteen years old. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in arts from Grand Canyon University.
Donna Fujimoto Cole is president and CEO of Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc., which provides chemical sales and chemical supply chain management solutions to many different industries, including customers such as BP America, Colgate, Exxon Mobil, and Toyota. When she began the company in 1980, Donna was a divorced single mother. Managing an enterprise while bringing up a child on her own wasn’t easy, but Donna, with the help of her supportive parents and friends, persevered
Leisa Holland-Nelson, a fifth-generation Houstonian, is partner, vice president, and CMO of ASTOUNDZ, an organic SEO and responsive website development company. She studied sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. After college, Leisa began a career in fashion as a buyer for Neiman Marcus in New York City. She went on to initiate product development areas for Federated Department Stores Inc. and then to lead such companies as Outlander and Evan Picone. It wasn’t long
Linda Lorelle is CEO and executive producer of Lorelle Media, a company known for its masterful video storytelling for corporate, broadcast, and online distribution. The company also offers presentation coaching and media training for C-Suite executives, with an emphasis on storytelling. The Emmy award-winning journalist founded the company in 2009 following a 20-year career in broadcasting, 17 years of that at KPRC-TV, Channel 2. In addition to running Lorelle Media, Linda serves
Dr. Laura Murillo is a strong and respected leader of the community. Born to Mexican immigrants, Dr. Murillo has lived in Houston all her life. She says this of her parents: “I am the beneficiary of two extraordinary parents who instilled in me that anything is possible in this great country.” She holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a PhD from the University of Houston. Her top priority is being the proud mother of her daughters Marisa and Mia.
Dr. Susan Snider Osterberg has devoted her professional career to the field of communication. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication from Northwestern University and graduate degrees in the same field from Southern Illinois University and the University of Houston. She has been associated with the Nina Vance Alley Theatre as well as the Elementary School for Creative and Performing Arts where she authored and directed plays, taught, and coached performer
Warner Roberts is a prominent Houston figure who has enjoyed a number of successful careers throughout her vibrant life. She has been a fashion model; an award-winning television journalist; an actress; a talk-show host; an inspirational writer and speaker; and most importantly, a wife, mother, and grandmother. During her time as host of the long-running Warner Roberts Show, Warner had the opportunity to interview many of America’s most celebrated personalities. Of her career as a
Sybil Friedenthal Roos began dedicating herself to community service throughout Houston upon moving to the city in 1975 with her late husband, Henry. She is a devoted patron of the arts, a strong supporter of education, and an advocate for children’s causes.
Alicia Smith proudly wears many hats: those of wife, mother, entrepreneur, volunteer, and philanthropist. Born in Venezuela and raised in Port Neches, Texas, Alicia is president and CEO of Innovative Legal Solutions, a full-service litigation support and document management provider serving clients from various walks of life, including oil and gas, engineering, small business, law, and government. Innovative was originally founded in 1992 as Associated Video Services, Inc.—the first
Elizabeth Stein grew up in a home where honesty, trust, compassion, and work ethic defined you. These were qualities that couldn’t be attained with financial wealth; they required a conscious daily commitment and they required work. These are the characteristics she has looked for in the people she has surrounded herself with throughout her life.
Beth Wolff is chairman and CEO of Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living. Her Houston roots extend back to the late 1800s when her great grandparents arrived in the city and made a life here for themselves. She graduated from The Bellaire School in her junior year and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Her first position was as a teacher at T. H. Rogers Junior High.
Honorable Clarease Rankin Yates was appointed to the U.S. Immigration Court in 1990. She is the first African-American woman in the United States to hold that office. Originally from Philadelphia, Judge Yates received her bachelor’s degree and her Juris Doctorate from Temple University. She is married to Cary P. Yates, former senior vice president with Wells Fargo. She and Cary have been recognized as a power couple for community service by several organizations.