Over the past two decades, Jason Witchet has distinguished himself as an established leader in the technology industry. In his current position as vice president of sales with Fuze, Mr. Witchet utilizes his expertise in the areas of sales development, application performance management, professional service, security and SaaS (software as a service). He is focused on growing and developing sales teams to drive consistent overachievement of sales and professional goals.
Mr. Witchet is a graduate of Sam Houston State University.
J. Allen Provost has extensive experience in negotiation, conflict resolution, and mediation. His creative problem solving techniques have proven valuable to boards of nonprofit groups and organizations.
Mr. Provost is the former president and vice president of the North Forest Independent School District board of education, a former board member of the Northeast YMCA, and a former member of the Tri-County Black Chamber of Commerce. He is a life member of the NAACP and served as the NAACP Economic Committee chairman. As a Houston Media Source board member, Mr. Provost was appointed by former Mayor of the City of Houston Bill White and subsequently reappointed by Mayor Annise Parker and Mayor Sylvester Turner. Mr. Provost is a member of St. Peter Catholic Church.
Mr. Provost holds a master’s degree from Texas Southern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.
Alex Luster, a former HMS community producer, has more than 20 years of experience producing award-winning broadcast television programming, corporate videos, and independent films.
Released in 2011, Stick ‘Em Up! was Mr. Luster’s feature-length directorial debut, an acclaimed film that shed light on Houston’s urban art scene. Mr. Luster won a PromaxBDA award and has received numerous Lone Star Emmy awards for his work in television. He is recognized as one of Houston’s top documentary filmmakers.
Mr. Luster is the cofounder of The Storyhive, a video production firm proudly based in Houston’s historic East End. He directs a variety of short form videos for Fortune 100 firms.
Manisha Gandhi is the director of development at BakerRipley, an organization dedicated to bringing resources, education, and connection to emerging neighborhoods, allowing individuals and communities to live up to their full potential and keeping Houston a place of opportunity.
Ms. Gandhi began her career in the financial service and insurance fields before shifting her focus toward philanthropy. She has served as director of development for the southeastern United States for Akshaya Patra, a global nonprofit that provides food for children in India. Most recently, she served as director of resource development for BakerRipley where she was charged with the cultivation and stewardship of major donor relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Ms. Gandhi is a longtime Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Houston. She has been a correspondent for TV Asia USA since 2011 and is a Senior Fellow of ALF Class XL.
Phan Duy has a distinguished background in both the media and financial industries. As a broadcaster, Ms. Duy has served as general manager with Vietnamese American Network Television, producer with V-Star Television, program director with Vietnam Vision of American Network Television, a program host with Saigon Radio 900 AM, and currently show host at Saigon Network Television 51.3. Concurrently, she is a Financial Advisor with Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc./World Financial Group, whose focus on building a New Industry by providing the financial literacy to the public.
Ms. Duy is active in community service as well, as a member of Đoàn Văn Nghệ và Công Tác Xã Hội Lạc Việt, the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association, Lunar New Year Houston, and the US Census Leadership Group. Additionally, she was a Vietnamese culture teaching artist for HISD 4th graders under a grant from Houston Grand Opera and the associate producer of the world premiere musical The Tale of Kieu. Ms. Duy holds a bachelor’s degree in education.
Sylvia Cavazos has more than 20 years of experience in radio and television broadcasting and public relations. Ms. Cavazos consults on external and internal communications, media relations, and multi-cultural marketing, demonstrating particular expertise in the Latino Communities in the U.S. and Latin America.
Ms. Cavazos has worked with Fortune 500 corporations developing public relations strategies and campaigns as well as creating image enhancement programs in the Unites and internationally. In public affairs, she consults Houston business leaders in community outreach and communications for emerging markets, having assisted corporations as well as political campaigns in the Houston area.
An award-winning producer of marketing videos, television spots, and radio commercials, Ms. Cavazos also acts as a Spanish-speaking liaison and spokesperson for her clients. She is a graduate of the University of Houston.
Jesse Rodriguez has 20 years of customer service knowledge, 40 years of experience in radio media, 30 years in the entertainment business, and 20 years of management experience. In these roles, he plans, implements, executes, produces, and programs successful formats, events, and businesses. As the marketing director, general manager, and music programmer for several successful businesses, Mr. Rodriguez has created winning strategies to increase traffic, sales, and brand awareness. In his work as assistant superintendent of the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department, he supervised over 200 employees and manged over 100 parks, pools, athletic fields, and athletic programs.
As a lifelong active community member of Houston’s East End, Mr. Rodriguez has served as the board chair for Talento Bilingue de Houston, the president of the Pine Valley Civic Association, an advocate at the Knights of Columbus Council 3077, a director on the Texas Hispanic Council on Aging board, and the chair of the National Hispanic Professional Organization.
Mr. Rodriguez attended Lantrip Elementary School, Jackson Junior High, and Stephen F. Austin High School. He studied at the University of Houston and is the recipient of an honorary degree from Houston Community College for his outstanding community service and educational involvement.
Dr. Noël Bezette-Flores is a dynamic community and educational leader. In 2002, she earned her master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision at the University of Houston, and in 2010, was awarded a Ph.D. in Education Psychology and Individual Differences, also at the University of Houston.
For the last decade, Dr. Bezette-Flores has actively engaged the community with outreach, winning regional, state, and national honors for her service. She developed partnerships and supervised students in school districts and nonprofits, resulting in awards from the Texas State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. In 2001, she was appointed as Assistant Dean and Director of Advising for the College of Public Service at the University of Houston-Downtown. In 2012, Dr. Flores was appointed as Executive Director for the Center for Public Service and Family Strengths at the University of Houston-Downtown’s College of Public Service, where she oversaw civic engagement and service-learning projects. Her work in this capacity culminated in the institution attaining the prestigious Carnegie Foundation Classification for an Engaged University.
Currently, Dr. Bezette-Flores is CEO of Innovate at Work, a consulting firm for community based development, strategical reorganization, and leadership development. Dr. Bezette-Flores’ commitment to community service is well established. She co-founded Citizenship Month Houston, serves as a METRO Academy Community Partner and is active in the Mayor’s Office of New Americans, the United Nations Association Board-Houston, HGI counseling centers, and Volunteer Houston, among other organizations.