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.
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.
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.
Gerald has been an executive in various phases of the Oil and Gas industry for more than 40 years. Developing strategies and building capabilities for emerging and changing industry conditions are his strengths. He has served on a number of corporate and industry boards, most recently as chair of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, along with many notable non-profit and educational boards. Gerald received both a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Oklahoma State University. Gerald and Sandy, his wife of more than 53 years, are native Oklahomans and over 50 year residents of Texas and Houston. They have two daughters, Shannon and Amber, and three granddaughters. They are long-time members and leaders of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.
Just ten years ago, Mary Fuller, a former bank executive, could not have described herself as she does today: Bible study teacher, artist, author, speaker and retreat leader. An avid lover of scripture, Mary’s mission is “To help others discover, or rediscover, the joy and wonder of God’s Word through art, teaching and music.” Her first book, The SheepKeeper Waits, brings a new dimension to her teaching. Mary loves watching students’ artistic talent blossom at Newspring and is excited to join the board of this dynamic organization.
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.
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.
Juan has been a lifelong photographer and professional for more than thirty years. Twelve years ago he began EV1-Pro, a professional photography and design business. EV1-Pro offers video and graphic design services making it easy for clients to get projects done with one service provider. Several years ago Juan began volunteering for Newspring as a photographer and as a professional mentor to middle and high school kids. He presents photography as a career to several classes each year. Juan loves the opportunity to share his experiences and give back to the community.
Rob has over thirty five years’ experience as President, CFO, COO and VP Sales/Marketing for multiple companies including seven years as a Senior Manager with KPMG. He has experience in oil and gas, manufacturing, retail management, advertising and software companies. Rob owned and operated his own company for ten years. Rob specializes in leading teams to improve under performing organizations focusing on the overall group or the individual operations, finance or sales and marketing teams.
Earl has more than 45 years of experience in the information technology industry. He began his career as a programmer for the Federal Reserve Bank in New Orleans. In 1979, he joined Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) Information Technology consulting practice and rose to the partner level. Over the past twenty-five years he served as the senior Information Technology executive for several companies in the energy industry and Chief Technology Officer for the City of Houston. Currently, Earl is assisting clients with the challenges of using big data and advanced analytics tools to operationalize visionary change. Earl and his wife, Susan, are members of Chapelwood United Methodist Church. Earl and Susan have two children and three grandsons.
Frank is currently the Finance director for the Commercial and Wealth line of business at BBVA Compass. He joined the bank in 2003 and has served in a variety of finance capacities including finance director for the Corporate & Investment bank. He received an MBA in finance from the University of Rochester in 1995 and has completed additional executive education at both the Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He and wife, Ashley, have three sons and are active members at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Frank is also a member of the University of Rochester’s Texas Cabinet, an alumni organization dedicated to fundraising, outreach and education for the University.
Jennifer leads a select group of elementary and secondary schools as one of three community superintendents for the Spring Branch Independent School District. Her focus is on developing new Professional Learning Communities, and strengthening collaboration among all school leaders. Additionally, she is a kind of one-stop shop for principals seeking out ideas, advice or credible answers on a topics ranging from instruction and curriculum to streamlining services. Jennifer was Spring Woods High School principal for three years, has taught across SBISD for many of her 26 years in education.
Jennifer was instrumental in the beginning of Newspring when she served as Principal at Landrum Middle School. She highlighted the need for the arts and services to help the at-risk students in the district to have a chance at changing their lives for the better.
Rev. Barbara Retzloff
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.
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.
Arti has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, and in her career of more than 20 years, she has worked for companies including Brown and Root, Halliburton and Environmental Resources Management. Currently, she is owner and curator of Shangrila Art, an art gallery that presents original art from around the world. She has volunteered and participated in projects for the Center for Houston’s Future, Literacy Advance and the Galveston Bay Foundation. Arti got involved with Newspring in 2011 and has enjoyed volunteering for the art auctions and summer camps. She joined the Visual Arts Committee last year and is excited to become even more engaged with Newspring.