Alumni Election Bios
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Voting: April 3-16, 2017
- Elizabeth Adkins ‘09
- Bryan Athon ’04
- Hadley Walker Black ’06
- Maria Tapia Cavanaugh ’08
- Anne Louise Conway ’03
- Ben Cravens ’08
- Becca Davison ’03
- Morrow Evans ’94
- Kimberly Foster ‘10
- John Kerns ’06
- Taylor Kopycinski ’08
- Riley Mundinger ’07
- Joseph Sharman ‘05
- Sarah Pennington Tropoli ’91
- Margaret Hurn Wolfenberger ’98
- Christian Zaleski ’00
"I am so honored to be nominated for the EHS Alumni Directors Council. I have many great memories from my days at EHS and I give credit to EHS for guiding me to be the person I am today. At EHS, I was involved in Students of Services where I discovered my passion for helping others. I graduated from EHS in 2009 and went on to the University of Texas to earn both my bachelor's and master’s degrees in social work. I participated in many service events through Kappa Alpha Theta at UT as well. Now, back in Houston I am a social worker at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I would love the opportunity to give back to the EHS community, as it has done so much for me. GO KNIGHTS!"
Bryan was in the EHS class of 2004 and graduated from TCU in 2008. He is married to Lauren Kemble Athon and they have an 18 month old son, Weston. His father-in-law currently teaches and coaches at EHS. Bryan is an Associate at Fieldstone Partners, a Houston merchant banking firm focused on specialized financial advisory services for corporate clients and private equity investments across a broad range of industries.
Hadley Walker Black graduated in 2006 from Episcopal High School. In 2010, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, in the Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Honors Program at Southern Methodist University. After graduation, Hadley moved to New York City to pursue a career in the book publishing industry. Hadley worked at Random House from 2010-2011 and has worked at Simon and Schuster from 2011-present. Currently, Hadley serves as Director of the Simon and Schuster Speakers Bureau in which she arranges paid speaking engagements for Simon and Schuster authors. Hadley works with a wide variety of authors, including Pulitzer Prize winners and #1 New York Times best sellers, who speak on a wide range of topics: business and finance experts, medical doctors, neurosurgeons, top chefs, historians, technology experts, bestselling novelists, and celebrity authors. After five years in New York City, Hadley moved back to her hometown of Houston, Texas in June 2015 and wed Johnny Black in October 2016. Hadley continues to work remotely for Simon and Schuster from Houston.
Maria Tapia Cavanaugh graduated from Episcopal High School in 2008 and went on to attend the University of Houston. Maria is the first in her family to graduate from college. After college, Maria became a bilingual elementary teacher in public school. She taught Latino students from immigrant families and low socioeconomic status- similar to Maria. Maria has a heart for teaching these students and is glad that she is able to give back to the community and make an impact in her students’ lives. Maria was born in Mexico but considers herself a native Houstonian because she’s lived in Houston since she was two years old. Maria is married to John P. Cavanaugh and is a stay at home mother to their one year old daughter, Elena. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, crafting, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.
Anne Louise joined Old Republic Title in 2011. She engages in the support of the commercial sales activities, including marketing and developing new business. Anne Louise started at Old Republic Title as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for the company’s residential operations in Houston. She has a very high-energy, can-do personality, and gladly makes herself available at all times for the convenience of her customer. As part of her personal dedication to customer satisfaction, Anne Louise makes it a point to get to know each of her clients individually. She recognizes that real estate represents a tremendous investment for any individual, company or institution, and takes great pride in providing support to help clients successfully achieve their objectives.
Anne Louise earned a Liberal Arts degree in Government, along with a Business Foundations Certificate from the University of Texas. She then moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for a United States Congressman and furthered her political career working for Ogilvy Government Relations, a bi-partisan lobbying firm.
Anne Louise is an active member of NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Women, and the Urban Land Institute where she serves as co-chairman of the Development of Distinction Awards Committee. She currently serves as President of the Episcopal High School Directors Council, a member of the St. Francis Episcopal Day School Alumni Board, and is serving on the Legacy Council for the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Ben is a fully licensed and registered Financial Advisor for The Cravens Group at Morgan Stanley. Their team provides comprehensive and personalized wealth management solutions, specifically focusing on their client’s ongoing needs and goals. Prior to becoming a Financial Advisor, Ben provided financial planning solutions to Morgan Stanley advisors as a Wealth Advisor Associate. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Business Administration in 2013. Outside of work, Ben is involved in the Central Houston CCA Chapter and currently sits on the Advisory Council for Houston’s Stewards of the Wild Chapter. In his free time, Ben enjoys getting the opportunity to hunt, fish, and playing golf, with his friends and family.
Becca Davison is a Managing Consultant within IBM Global Business Services. She has led projects across IBM's business units related to strategy, data & analytics and change management. Prior to IBM, Becca spent six years providing consultative HR advisory to managers in the financial services industry. She lived in New York City for 8 years after college and recently moved back to Houston, where she lives with her husband and 17 month old daughter. Becca is also co-inventor of a small tool to help parents or grandparents unbuckle a child's car seat. The patent-pending product, UnbuckleMe was recently funded on Kickstarter and is currently being manufactured. Becca holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BA from Vanderbilt University.
Morrow Evans joined the Lime Rock Resources team in 2009 to lead the finance function and is now Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Evans plays a lead role in the team’s acquisition analysis, financial reporting, fund accounting, oil and natural gas price hedging, and debt and preferred equity execution efforts. Prior to joining the team, he spent the previous five years of his career at Goldman Sachs E&P Capital Group, as a Vice President for most of that time. While there, he led the analysis, execution, and structuring of various financings for oil and gas companies throughout the United States. Earlier in his career, Mr. Evans was in the treasury department of Cabot Oil and Gas and in the energy investment banking group of Bank of America. Mr. Evans is a graduate of Texas Christian University (B.A.).
Kimberly is a Tex-Mex lover, a George Straight junkie, and a sales rep. After studying Allied Health at Texas A&M, she began her career as a sales representative at Zimmer Biomet South Texas; an orthopedic medical device company that carries products for trauma, total joint, and sports medicine surgeries. Kimberly specializes in her company’s sports medicine and biologics product line, covering the west and southwest part of Houston. The types of cases she covers range from rotator cuff tears to hip core decompressions. Kimberly credits her interest in sports medicine to the Anatomy & Physiology gene she got from her mother, Karen Foster. Outside of work, Kimberly volunteers with Church Under the Bridge, working with her church to help provide a worship service and hot meal for Houston’s homeless and hungry. Kimberly is also a volunteer for the Rodeo, serving on the Ladies’ Go Texan Committee. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and always looks forward to breakfast on Sundays at Goode Co Taqueria.
As a Financial Advisor I help people invest their money. I am not only just an investor but also a financial planner; from helping fund college, to saving and investing for retirement, I help people build financial plans to accomplish a wide array of goals. My days are always different, which is something I love about my job. I may be meeting with existing clients in my office, at a lunch, or on the golf course, or I might be trying to drum up new business by looking for new clients. I also might be in the office all day doing market research, building out a plan, or making trades.
Taylor Kopycinski is a certified and licensed SpeechLanguage Pathologist at The Carruth Center at The Parish School. She treats children ranging from 12 months to 12 years old. Taylor provides therapy in an individual setting along with group settings. Her areas of focus pertain to the support of language development in the young, non-verbal child, speech development of children presented with speech coordination and articulation difficulties, and families seeking a comprehensive approach to the individualized and group development of social/pragmatic skills. Taylor began her career at The Carruth Center after receiving her master’s in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2014. Taylor also received her bachelor’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University in 2012.
Riley works on a sales account team for Wood Mackenzie which is a full service energy research and consultancy firm. She focuses on Wood Mackenzie's investment banking clients in major energy banking hubs all over the world, specializing in Client Engagement. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Riley worked at Halliburton on a team that focused on Halliburton's internal pricing practices. Riley graduated with a Liberal Arts degree in Government, along with a Business Minor from the University of Texas. Recently married she and her husband, Beau Landry, have moved to the heights area. In their spare time they enjoy spending time with friends, trying new restaurants, playing with their brand new puppy, Stella, and traveling. Recently, Riley has been involved in planning the Class of 2007's 10 year reunion. She has stayed closed with many of her classmates and is excited to give back to EHS by getting more involved.
Joseph Sharman is the Chief Operating Officer of A&B Valve and Piping Systems, LLC, serving since January 2016. Prior to joining A&B Valve, Mr. Sharman held multiple operational and financial leadership positions at Bayou Well Services in Houston, TX. He has been involved in opening, operating and expanding oil & gas related entities in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, and California. Mr. Sharman received a B.A. in Finance from Texas Christian University and completed the Advanced Management Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Sharman is active in the community as a member of the Alumni Board at River Oaks Baptist School, a committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and is involved with several local charitable organizations.
Sarah Pennington Tropoli is a lifelong Houstonian. After graduation, she attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN where she graduated in 1995 with a BS in Human and Organizational Development and Minor in Art History. She also attended Rice University’s Professional Human Resources Program.
After graduation Sarah returned to Houston to start a career in Political Science. Sarah began her career at the City of Houston in the Office of the City Controller and later she served as Chief of Staff for two Houston City Council Members and as Deputy Agenda Director for the Mayor of Houston. After working at the City of Houston Sarah formed a consulting firm concentrating on fundraising, campaign strategy and campaign management working on numerous city and state races including her father Councilmember Oliver Pennington’s Campaigns. Sarah is a member or past member of the following organizations: Advisory Board Member Hermann Park, Board Member/ Advisory Board member of the Health Museum Houston, ROCC Women’s Association,, Young Friends of Depelchin, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Magic Circle Club- Recording Secretary and Chair of the Heritage Society Home Tour. Sarah is married to Peter Tropoli COO and President of Luby's/Fuddruckers Restaurants.
Sarah and Peter have three children Alexandra (12), Luke (11) and Peter (8). All three children attend The Kinkaid School where Sarah is active on the Parents Association leading the parents Teacher Appreciation Program along with many other volunteer roles at the school.
Sarah is also a Brownie/Girl Scout Troop leader for her daughter’s grade and Active Member of the Girl Scouts of
America and is a member of National Charity League- Post Oak Chapter and is also appointed to River Oaks Elementary School’s Shared Decision Making Committee. Sarah and Peter live in Avalon Place and attend the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
Margaret works on the Fuel Services Sales Team for Gilbarco Veeder-Root which represents the leading brands of solutions and technologies that provide convenience, control, and environmental integrity for retail fueling and adjacent markets. Her primary focus is on the Insite360 FuelQuest suite of software and services, which provide solutions to manage and optimize fuel supply chains from the rack to nozzle. Margaret earned a Liberal Arts degree in Government accompanied by a Business Foundations Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin. Margaret is an active member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a non-profit organization that continues to be the biggest scholarship program in Texas. She also supports Candlelighters – Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, an organization that provides emotional, practical, and educational support to children with cancer and their families. Margaret is married to Tommy Wolfenberger, the Director of Golf for The Houston Golf Association, and they are enjoying building a life together. During her free time, Margaret enjoys exercising, traveling, finding and trying new restaurants and spending time with family and friends.
Christian is currently Head Coach of the Episcopal Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse team and coaches for multiple local youth lacrosse club teams, including Pin Oak Middle School and the Houston Lacrosse Club. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Youth Lacrosse Association. A native Houstonian, he is the youngest of five siblings, all of whom are Episcopal alumni. Christian played Knights football, soccer, and lacrosse and graduated with the class of 2000. He attended Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In 2006, Christian became a member of the lacrosse coaching staff and has been actively involved with the Episcopal community ever since. He proudly still bleeds blue and white, and is excited for the opportunity to give back to the school that has given him so much as a student, an athlete, and a coach.