July 26, 2018
Speaker: Chris Tomlinson
Kiwanis Leadership “I-Lead” Training
Saturday, July 28, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Houston Location TBD
Charles C. Foster is Chairman of Foster LLP (formerly Tindall & Foster, P.C.), one of the largest global immigration law firms. He is also the honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Thailand. A native of Galveston, Mr. Foster received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Texas and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Foster serves as the founding Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Section and a Board member and is past national President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chairman of the American Bar Association Coordinating Committee on Immigration law and Vice Chairman of the Houston Bar Foundation. During the 2000 Presidential Campaign, Mr. Foster served as the principal advisor to President Bush on U. S. immigration policy and was an advisor on immigration policy issues to President Bush in the 2004 campaign and President Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign. In the 2-16 campaign, he served as immigration policy advisor to Jeb Bush. He is Chairman of Americans for Immigration Reform, a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Greater Houston Partnership and the GHP’s Immigration Task Force. He is immediate past Chairman of the Asia Society-Texas Center and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. He is a past Chairman of the Houston International Festival and past President of the Houston Forum and the Houston Club. He is a Board member and serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership and is a past Chairman of its Economic Development and World Trade Divisions. He serves on the Boards of the Houston Ballet, the Hobby Center for Public Policy, KIND, Barbara Bush’s Celebration of Reading and Invest in the USA (IIUSA), is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and past Board member and officer of the Houston World Affairs Council, the Houston Holocaust Museum, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, the Institute of International Education, Mexican Institute of Greater Houston, Neighborhood Centers and the University of Texas Medical Branch. He developed and co-chaired both the George Bush and James A Baker Monuments in Sesquicentennial Park, Houston and the Robert A. Mosbacher Memorial Bridge naming and monument. He is a recipient of 4 Royal decorations from His Majesty the King of Thailand; he received the 2013 Houston Bar Association Leon Jaworski Award for community service; the 2000 Distinguished Friend of China Award; the 1996 International Service Award of the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce; was the 1998 Honoree of the American Immigration Law Foundation for Excellence in the Practice of Immigration Law; and the recipient of the 2007 American Jewish Committee Institute of Human Relations Award. He was featured in the film Mao’s Last Dancer. He was designated a ”Texas Super Lawyer” 2003-2012 by Texas Monthly magazine; the “Top Notch Lawyer in Immigration” in the Texas Lawyer“ Go To Lawyers Guide” each year published, as well as Who’s Who In American Law and the #1 Ranked Immigration Lawyer in Texas by Chambers USA 2006-2016. Mr. Foster is married to Lily Foster and they have two children.
is a Senior Vice President – Wealth Management in the River Oaks office of UBS Financial Services. He is the author of The Paper Republic: The Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas, a non-fiction work on the social and economic history of Texas from the colonial period through the annexation by the United States in 1846. He served as guest curator for the TNA sponsored exhibit “Broadsides in the Gulf” at the Texas Seaport Museum and “On the Run” at the Rosenberg Library in Galveston. His book was named as the 2010 winner of the Summerfield G. Roberts literary award by the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and as the Best Specialized book on U.S. Paper Money by the Numismatic Literary Guild at the ANA World's Fair on Money in Boston.
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Dr. Jim Ray is head of research for the Neurodegeneration Consortium. NDC is an initiative uniting MD Anderson, Baylor College of Medicine and MIT to overcome Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases of the brain. He collaborates with drug discovery scientists within MD Anderson's Institute for Applied Cancer Science to work on new, more effective therapies.
He earned a master's degree in biochemistry from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Ray has a wealth of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries where he led drug discovery programs in the field of neuropsychiatric disorders, such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism and Parkinson's.
Prior to his appointment at MD Anderson, he served as director of central nervous system research at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He also worked at Merck as a senior research biochemist and director of the Alzheimer's research unit and led multiple drug discovery projects. He was also senior director of neurobiology at Envoy Therapeutics.
He has authored numerous papers published in leading academic journals and holds several patents. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ray.
Nina Hendee is a native Texan with a passion for the history of our great state. She was born in Dallas, and developed her love of Texas history at a young age. Nina and her husband, Edd, own and operate the Taste of Texas Restaurant which is in its 38th year. The restaurant is ranked as one of the top 100 restaurants in the U.S. and has won numerous awards for their outstanding wine list, delicious menu and unsurpassed service. Nina started her speaking career with area school children sharing her love of Texas and its rich history. Approximately 13,000 Houston area students look forward to the Taste of Texas field trip each year where they hear great tales of our Texas forefathers, tour the restaurant, and enjoy a lunch, compliments of the owners.
David Thompson represents public school districts, junior colleges and other educational entities in the Gulf Coast area and across Texas. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of school law subjects at legal and educational meetings. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the NSBA Council of School Attorneys, a national organization of over 3,000 attorneys who represent public school districts.
Mr. Thompson has been actively involved in matters regarding public school funding for many years. He represented 263 school districts in Edgewood ISD vs. Meno (Edgewood IV) challenging the constitutionality of the Texas public school finance system. Mr. Thompson represented Plaintiffs in West Orange-Cove CISD vs. Neeley, and successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Texas that the system violates the Texas Constitution. He also represented the Fort Bend ISD Intervenors in the most recent Texas Taxpayers and Student Fairness Coalition vs. Morath school finance lawsuit.
Mr. Thompson serves as legislative counsel for the Texas Association of School Administrators, Houston Independent School District, other school districts and education organizations, and has been actively involved in most legislative activities affecting public education in the past 30 plus years.
Previously, Mr. Thompson worked for the Public Education Committee of the Texas House of Representatives, as briefing attorney for the Ninth Court of Appeals, as associate executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards, and as General Counsel for the Texas Education Agency. He also has been an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, University of Houston – Clear Lake, Texas A&M University, and the University of Houston – Main Campus.
In addition to his expertise concerning the general areas of school law listed above, Mr. Thompson has extensive experience in school finance matters, legislation, board/superintendent relations, contracts, conflicts of interest, nepotism, student residency and attendance, competitive bidding, school board policy development, and employment matters. Also, he and Dr. Mike Moses, former Texas Commissioner of Education, regularly assist school boards in searches for superintendents.
Mr. Thompson is a partner in the firm Thompson & Horton LLP, and previously practiced law with Bracewell, one of the oldest and most prominent law firms in Texas.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON SOCIAL
Kiwanis Club of Houston
October 11, 2018
Speaker: Stan Stanart
Topic: The Role of the County Clerk
After graduation from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology, Stan worked sixteen years in the aerospace industry. He focused his extensive computer hardware and software knowledge on technology in avionic testing, missile defense, real-time simulation and system testing for the international space station. In 1994 he joined Compaq Computer Corporation where he was a developer and advanced system architect and held numerous managerial positions utilizing his technical expertise in computer product design and development.
In 2007 Stan joined the Harris County Tax Office as Manager of Hardware Information Technology. He was instrumental in advancing the technological abilities of that office improving services for the citizens of Harris County.
Stan was elected County Clerk of the third largest county in the country in November 2010 and has made many improvements to the office which include:
Stan continues to improve the office’s technology to better serve the public. He has far too many software certifications and accreditations to mention here along with solid budgeting, negotiating, and problem solving experience. Since 1996, Stan has volunteered many hours to our local civic and political process and was re-elected in November 2014.
Dr. Albert L. Reyes is President and CEO of Buckner International, a non-profit international ministry that transforms the lives of orphans, vulnerable children, families and elders.
He is the sixth President and CEO of the 139-year-old organization based in Dallas, Texas. He previously served as President of Buckner International and President of Buckner Children and Family Services. Prior to his service at Buckner, Reyes was president of Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio.
Reyes also has served as pastor of three churches and was involved in numerous roles within the Baptist General Convention of Texas, serving as its President in 2005. He currently is a member of the Board of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO).
Reyes received a bachelor of business administration degree from Angelo State University and master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Andrews University.
He is the author of “The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption” (Believers Press, 2015). Reyes and his wife Belinda have three adult children and belong to Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.
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