MEET THE TEAM

TOMMY ROSSON

Executive Director

As the founder and Executive Director of HOUSTON RESPONDS, Tommy brings his expertise as a strategic growth, marketing, and fundraising consultant to help unite and empower churches to mobilize long-term recovery in their various communities across the Greater Houston area.

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JEFF SCHULZ

Director of Coalitions

A pastor and para-church leader, Jeff brings expertise in organizational development, ministry partnerships and team-building to the task of fulfilling the vision of 20 coalitions and 1,000 churches engaged in disaster and crisis response throughout Greater Houston.

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JENNIFER CASEY

Operations Coordinator

Jennifer relocated here from Dallas previous experience connecting churches with resources related to social needs. She also has four years of quality assurance experience, ten years of management skills, and a heart for serving others.

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THOMASINA BURNS

Director of Programs

Thomasina brings more than 15 years of experience in personal, corporate, and non-profit training and leadership development. Her strength comes through her ability to create interactive environments for growth. She is helping coalitions promote disaster readiness within their congregations through the Willing & Able program.

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SARA MOORE

Communications Director

Sara comes from an extensive background in communications, marketing, and utilizing best social media strategies. She has experience in both corporate and non-profit work, as well as online consulting. Sara is thrilled to be a part of the HOUSTON RESPONDS team and assisting the coalitions on best practices.

IRVIN CLARK

Area Developer

A respected spiritual leader, humanitarian, and community activist, Pastor Clark brings twenty years of experience to his role as an Area Developer for HOUSTON RESPONDS. He is focused on engaging and uniting congregations for crisis response especially in under-resourced communities on the. east side of Houston.  

COLLEEN HENNEKE

Director of Finance & Administration

Colleen's experience includes working over 30 years in financial management, strategic finance, public accounting and leadership. She is a CPA, has served as CFO, and brings several years of recovery experience with Bayou City Relief.

DUANE THERIOT

Communications Advisor

Duane has extensive experience developing and leading engaging communication strategies and campaigns for non-profit and corporate organizations. He is helping raise awareness and support as HOUSTON RESPONDS guides long-term disaster recovery.

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CHARLEY ELGIN

Construction Advisor

As construction advisor, Charley’s experience includes 26 years in para-church ministry. He served as the state manager for Alabama with Promise Keepers, associate staff with Campus Crusade for Christ – Military Ministry, and for the past 12 years as founder and executive director of Pathfinder Mission, a faith-based 501c3 Disaster Response Ministry. 

MATTHEW TOPPER

Coalition Advisor

Topper has worked in disaster response throughout the U.S. for over 14 years as a leader with disaster organizations such as Eight Days of Hope utilizing his skills in resource mobilization, operational efficiency, project management, communications, and marketing strategy. Topper is now with the HOUSTON RESPONDS team as a grant advisor.

COALITION LEADERS

BAY AREA & GALVESTON CO.

JOHN ECKEBERGER

4B Disaster

Response Network

MONTGOMERY

COUNTY

JEFF SCHULZ

Houston Responds:

Montgomery County

CROSBY

HUFFMAN

TAMMI SCOTT

Houston Responds:

Crosby Huffman

BRAZORIA

COUNTY

ALISON POLLARD

Brazoria

Responds

SOUTHWEST

LOUISIANA

BRAYLON HARRIS

SWLA

Responds

EAST

HARRIS CO.

TAMMI SCOTT

Houston Responds:

East Harris

NORTHEAST HOUSTON

JOHNNY GENTRY

Northeast Houston

Responds

SOUTHEAST HOUSTON

CARLOS GONZALEZ

Houston Responds:

Southeast

BRAZORIA

COUNTY

DEBBIE ALLENSWORTH

Brazoria

Responds

SPRING &

THE WOODLANDS

JEFF SCHULZ

Houston Responds:

Spring Woodlands

NORTHWEST

HARRIS CO.

GODFREY HUBERT

Hope Disaster

Recovery

SOUTHWEST

HOUSTON

GARY FLAHARTY

S.H.U.R.

Network

GREATER

BEAUMONT

JAMES W. REED III

Beaumont Disaster

Response

CENTRAL

HOUSTON

JESSICA SOMERVILLE

Houston Responds:

Central

KATY

AREA

RON PETERS

Katy

Responds

WEST

HOUSTON

TREVOR BARNETT

The Restoration

Team

NORTH CENTRAL

HOUSTON

TANYA DEBOSE

Houston Responds: North Central

CENTRAL

HOUSTON

J HILL

Houston Responds:

Central

LAKE

HOUSTON

JEFF SCHULZ

Lake Houston

Responds

BAYTOWN

AREA

TAMMI SCOTT

Houston Responds:

Baytown

LIBERTY

COUNTY

JOSH HALE

Liberty County

Responds

WHARTON

COUNTY

REV. JAMES SMITH

Wharton County

Responds

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

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JOI BEASLEY

President

GOGO Business Communications

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D.Z. COFIELD

Senior Pastor

Good Hope Missionary

Baptist Church

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TOM COMSTOCK

Operating Partner

LKCM Headwater Investments

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JIM HERRINGTON

Co-Founder

The Leader's

Journey

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HEATHER HUMPHREY

Chief Financial Officer

David Weekley Homes

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BRANDON LACKEY

Co-Founder

No Borders Houston

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TOMMY ROSSON

Executive Director

Houston Responds