Who We Are
We are followers of Christ: professionals, business men and women, artists, teachers and supporters who believe that helping others to create pathways to career and financial opportunity is an important part of our Christian witness.
Shelaghmichael Brown serves on the Board of BBVA Compass, where she is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee and of the Risk Committee. She is the bank’s former head of Retail Banking. Ms. Brown also serves on the Board of Trust Managers for Weingarten Realty Investors (WRI, NYSE), where she is the Chair of Governance Committee. She is also a Board Member of National Senior Campuses and Board Chairman of CanCare. Ms. Brown is a Fellow of the National Association of corporate Directors and a graduate of the American Leadership Forum. She earned her B.A. from Wheaton College and her MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mary Kay Coleman
Mary Kay was a classroom teacher and administrator in the Spring Branch School District from 1962 – 1986, serving as a history teacher at Memorial High School for eight years and as Director of Public Information and Community Relations for 14 years. In 1986 she joined Criterion/Transamerica Funds as Director of Shareholder Relations and Corporate Communications. In 1994, Mary Kay joined AIM Investments where she became First Vice President for Marketing. During her professional career, she served on the boards of The Spring Branch Memorial and Galleria Chambers of Commerce and on the advisory board of Leadership Houston. When she retired in 2003, she became a volunteer for The Blue Bird Circle, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Delta Delta Delta Alumnae Philanthropies and her alma mater Southern Methodist University. Mary Kay and her husband, Coach Don Coleman, have been active members of Bethel Church for more than 30 years.
David G. Gullickson is the Chief Financial Officer of IronClad Encryption Corporation a publicly-listed company that specializes in cyber security software. During his career, he has held corporate officer positions such as CFO, Senior V-P of Finance, Treasurer and Secretary for energy companies (most have been SEC registered) that either developed or explored for domestic and foreign oil and gas or manufactured equipment used in the industry. He also served as the CFO for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, one of the wealthiest sovereign Native American Indian Nations with over $4 billion in assets and $300 million in AAA-rated bonds outstanding. He started his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young LLP after completing his Master of Professional Accounting degree at the University of Texas in Austin where he also earned his undergraduate B.A. degree in Economics.
Luiza Grandchamp is the upper and middle school art teacher at The Kinkaid School; she has been an educator, life coach and entrepreneur for the past 23 years. Luiza was the former Director of the Newspring Visual Arts Program and current visual art studio chair. Prior to joining Newspring, for 11 years she headed the art department at Post Oak Montessori School in Houston.
Over the past 15 years Luiza has continued to develop her art skills through metalsmithing and jewelry design, creating her own jewelry company to sell original designs. Luiza currently serves on the board of Houston Art Society, has served on the boards of the Blackwood Land Institute, Living Forward Alliance and the Houston Metal Art Guild.
Milt Hempel is a former planning executive at American General Corporation in Houston. His experience has included public accounting and a number of accounting and finance positions in the insurance industry. He currently serves as an elder of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church where he also manages the church bookstore. He was elected to the board of Newspring in 2011 and holds the office of treasurer. Milt is married and has one son.
Terry Sabom uses his over 40 years of experience in private law practice and as in-house counsel to help clients start new businesses, grow their enterprises to a sustaining level, and sell or pass along their companies to buyers, family members or employees. In addition to being a product of the Spring Branch schools and participating as a coach in Newspring’s Business Plan Competition, Terry acts as a mentor for Spring Branch middle school and high school students and is the president of his college fraternity’s 501(c)(3) foundation, a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, and a trustee of the MDPC Foundation. He and his wife Martha have enjoyed 48 years of a very happy marriage.
Sharon has served in a volunteer capacity for numerous non-profit organizations such as Faith in Practice, Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers, Interfaith Care Partners, and Newspring. Additionally, she has served as a mentor for many years to many middle and high school students. Sharon has been a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church for more than 20 years, where she has served as an Elder, and has been very involved with many of it’s ministry partners in various capacities. She and her husband Curt have chaired numerous fundraising galas for organizations like Faith in Practice, Urban Outreach, Inc., and Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers. Currently, in addition to Newspring, Sharon also serves on the boards of Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers and Faith in Practice. She and Curt are the parents of Erica and Lisa and the grandparents of Noah and Henry.
Robert Westheimer is the founder and Chairman of Newspring. His professional career included 28 years in the consulting practices of Arthur Andersen & Co., where he served as a Partner and Practice Director in the Business Consulting practice. Robert retired from Arthur Andersen in 2002 and also retired as a CPA in the State of Texas. He is a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church. Robert is married to LaNoe and they have two grown children and three grandchildren.
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Heather Bain CPA, CMA, MBA is the owner of Bain CPA Business Strategies, LLC, a small business management advisory firm in Houston, Texas and adjunct accounting professor for University of Phoenix Houston Campus. Bain has a variety business experience from business development roles in both corporate and family-owned businesses to finance professional for national publicly traded companies to controller for a privately-held energy exploration and production company. Bain serves on IMA’s Small Business Finance and Regulatory Affairs Committee, on the finance committee for a local not-for-profit organization and on the energy committee for the Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of CPA’s. She volunteers as an adviser for the annual Newspring/Houston Community College business plan competition, and in 2016, her team won first prize in the competition. Heather and her husband Robert have 4 children and 3 grand children who live in the Houston area. Her family’s mission is to serve God by helping others within their circle of influence.
Barbara previously served twenty-three years in the area of Christian Education. As a member of Pines Presbyterian Church she equips the Adult Education ministries, including Sunday School and weekday Bible Study Groups. She is also involved with Stephen Ministry, Pilgrimage, women’s ministry, and the Prayer Ministry. Barbara and her husband, Steve, have a blended family of five children, and find great joy serving the Lord together. Barbara received her Master of Arts degree from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and is a certified Christian Educator, a trained spiritual director, and received her Master of Divinity Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Monica Hill is a Vice President of Business Banking at J P Morgan Chase & Co. Ms. Hill has served in several Banking roles since 2011. Prior to commercial banking, Monica co-owned a real estate investment business specializing in inner loop apartment complexes, from 2002 to 2008.
Monica grew up in El Salvador, and moved to the United States in 1999. She obtained an undergraduate degree in International Business in 2004 from University of Houston. In 2006, she graduated from the University of St. Thomas with an MBA.
Over the past 12 years she has served as a volunteer at the Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Clinic, student mentor at University of St. Thomas, finance advisor for Goldman Sachs Foundation’s 10,000 Small Businesses, and most recently as a mentor at Newspring.