Earl Lambert


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.

Gerald Bennett

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.

Mary Fuller

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


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


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 Islas

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.


Frank Monachelli

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.

Terry Sabom

(Vice Chair/Secretary)

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 Webb

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.

Advisory Board

Chair | Gary Olander

Members | Sheri Suarez Foreman, John Hartman, Milt Hempel, Kevin Hodges, Elizabeth Killinger, Rev. Keatan King, John Van Osdall, Leslie Sinclair, Bill Stubbs, Joe Warren