Board of Directors
Douglas L. Foshee has spent over thirty years in the Energy Industry and is founder and owner of Sallyport Investments, LLC. Foshee is former chairman, president, and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation, which owned North America’s largest natural gas pipeline system and one of North America’s largest natural gas producers prior to its merger with Kinder Morgan, Inc. in 2012, one of the largest mergers in Energy Industry history.
Foshee earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Jesse H. Jones School at Rice University in 1992 and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1982. He is also a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
Foshee has been actively involved in civic and philanthropic endeavors for many years. He founded and is a director of NextOp Vets, a non-profit organization that provides job placement assistance, mentorship, support, and education for Veterans. Additionally, he founded Houstonians for Great Public Schools, a nonprofit that seeks to increase public understanding of the roles and responsibilities of school board members and to hold members accountable for high performance. He served on the board of Small Steps Nurturing Center, a faithbased preschool for underprivileged children for over a decade. In addition, Foshee currently serves on KIPP’s board of trustees, Rice University’s Board of Trustees, and the Council of Overseers at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University. Foshee and his family have founded and continue to support scholarship programs at Rice University, separately at the Jones School at Rice University, at Baylor University, at Texas State University and at the Texas Business Hall of Fame, primarily but not exclusively for underprivileged students and military veterans.
In addition, the Foshee Family founded and funds a summer institute at Texas State University for KIPP students and provides support to Genesys Works, Cristo Rey Jesuit School, and SEARCH Homeless Services.
Mr. Greenberg received a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University in 1983, and a Masters in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986.
Mr. Greenberg is Chief Executive Officer of Alta Resources, L.L.C., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company he founded in 1999. Alta is an industry leader in development of North American shale oil and gas resource plays. Over the past thirteen years, Alta has played a leading role in the development of the Fayetteville Shale play in Arkansas, the Marcellus shale play in Pennsylvania and the Duvernay shale play in Alberta Canada.
Mr. Greenberg is a Board member and Chairman Emeritus for YES Prep Public Schools, a system of high performing charter schools serving more than 11,000 low income students in Houston. Mr. Greenberg also serves on the Board of Contango Ore, Inc., the Houston Board for Teach for America and on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board for Yale Business School.
Ramon Manning is the founder and CEO of Partners Energy North America (PENA), a leading power and natural gas supplier. Partners Energy supplies commercial and industrial customers and assists in formulating plans and customizing solutions to manage energy costs and risk in today’s deregulated marketplace. A native Houstonian, Manning earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Marketing concentration from Texas Southern University in 1997.
Manning is a member of the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA), the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), Young Professionals in Energy (YPE), the National Energy Services Organization (NESO), the Greater Houston Partnership, and the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Manning is also a Leadership Houston graduate, Class XXII. He remains actively involved in business and charitable organizations in the Greater Houston community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Gulf Coast Rail District, The Children’s Assessment Center and The Friends of Emancipation Park. He also served as a trustee on the Board of the Houston Municipal Employee Pension System and was a member of the investment committee and currently serves as a trustee for the Texas Southern University Foundation. Manning has also served on the board of the Urban League Young Professionals, and is currently active with the Houston Area Urban League.
Linda is a native Houstonian and has served the nonprofit arena as a servant leader for over 31 years, and has a diversified background. She has helped large nonprofits like, University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Alley Theatre and HoustonPBS. She has also served Children at Risk and now the Houston Hispanic Forum. Linda serves on the Early Matters Steering Committee, Mayor Turner’s Hispanic Advisory Committee, Coalition for Great Houston Schools, and the HoustonISD Hispanic Advisory Committee. She also serves on the UH-Downtown Nonprofit Management Advisory Board and The Rose Advisory Board. Linda is a Center for Houston’s Future Graduate and a fellow of the American Leadership Forum Class (ALF) XXIX, where she serves on the ALF Board and co-leads the ALF COPE (Collaboration on Public Education) committee. She is married to Michael Olson and together they have a spunky pre-teen, Maya. Linda wakes up each day delighted to continue her journey to become a life-altering agent for at-risk children.
Rev. Leslie Smith II is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Change Happens! (formerly FUUSA), a 501(c)(3), community-based, social service organization, whose mission is empowering people to help themselves. Rev. Smith is a graduate of Southern University, in Baton Rouge, LA, where he received BA degrees in Management and Marketing.
Rev. Smith has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition, including the WB 39 Unsung Hero Award (2001), the Charles A. Bonjean Spirit of Collaboration Award (2003), named a “Community Star” by the City of Houston, awarded the “Victory Against Hunger Award” by the Congressional Hunger Center (2004), and received Honorable Mention for Excellence by the Better Business Bureau (2004). Rev. Smith has been recognized by Mayor Bill White’s office and Houston City Council, in April 2009, for “Outstanding Community Leadership & Service, and was recognized by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as a 2010 Black Heritage Honoree and Comcast for Outstanding Community Leadership & Service, Ladies of Distinction Community Leadership Award by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (2012), The Drum Major Award by The North Houston Frontiers Club (2013) and The Jaguar of the Year Award by Southern University Alumni (2014). He presently serves as a Board Member for Yes Preparatory Public Schools and Mental Health America of Greater Houston ; and is a graduate of Project Blueprint of the United Way (Class VII), Leadership Houston (Class XVII), and American Leadership Forum (Class XXVI).