Directors Council Election Bios

Click names below for a drop down containing a bio for each nominee.

Voting: March 7-19, 2019

Rebecca Alexander '14

Rebecca graduated from EHS in 2014. She then went on to graduate from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 with a B.A. in government and minor in English. After graduation, she moved back to Houston. She currently works at Little Coterie, an event startup that specializes in highly detailed, out-of-the-box weddings, milestone birthdays, corporate events and more.In her free time, she enjoys traveling, seeing friends, volunteering for political candidates and going to Red Sox games.

John Black '91

John Scott Black is a lawyer that focuses his practice on first party insurance claims, complex commercial litigation, mass tort litigation for plaintiffs, and catastrophic personal injury litigation. He handles commercial matters in a broad array of areas, including securities fraud, contract claims, fiduciary duty matters, real estate transactions, patent matters, and institutional investor claims.

John has tried cases to jury verdict as first chair in both state and federal court for both plaintiffs and defendants, and is licensed to practice law in Texas, Kentucky, Colorado and Nebraska. John has also taken the lead role in successfully arbitrating complex cases, and arguing matters to Texas courts of appeal.

Prior to joining his longtime friend, Rick Daly, to establish Daly & Black, P.C, John was a legal intern to Justice James A. Baker of the Supreme Court of Texas in 1998. John worked at Gibbs & Bruns LLP, one of the nation's commercial litigation boutiques from 1999 to 2009; he was named partner in 2005. In 2009, John left Gibbs & Bruns L.L.P. to form Reynolds, Frizzell, Black, Doyle, Allen & Oldham, L.L.P. He is fluent in both English and Spanish with much of his family still residing in Mexico. John Scott Black helped form Daly & Black, P.C. in August 2014.

John went to the University of Texas where he was Abbot of the Friar Society, and student body president; he graduated with a degree in philosophy in 1995. Thereafter, he attended the University of Texas School of Law and LBJ School for Public Affairs from 1995-1999, receiving degrees from both. John is a 1991 graduate of EHS, and currently has one daughter enrolled at EHS as a freshman – Sophia Black. His other daughter, Ava Black, is a 6th grader at River Oaks Baptist School. In his spare time, John is Vice Chair of the Leukemia Lymphoma society, races Ironman triathlons, and is actively involved at River Oaks Country Club. Texas.

Jeff Garrett '01

Jeff Garrett is a 2001 graduate of Episcopal High School. During his time at EHS he participated in multiple sports and received the male athlete of the year award during his senior year. Following graduation, he attended the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) where he was a member of the men’s basketball team and graduated with a bachelors degree in Government and Politics in 2005.

After graduating from UTD, he attended law school at the University of Kansas School of Law where he graduated with Juris Doctor in 2008. Following graduation, he moved back to Houston and passed the Texas bar exam. In 2008, he began working in the energy industry obtaining a position in the legal department of Baker Hughes Incorporated. After a stint at Nabors Industries in Houston he joined the legal department of Pioneer Natural Resources located in Dallas in 2011.

Currently he serves as Senior Counsel for Pioneer’s integrated pressure pumping and frac sand companies with responsibility for M&A, Intellectual Property, Sales, Regulatory, Real Estate, and support Pioneer’s Permian Asset Team and Land Department.

He resides in Roanoke which is a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Michelle and their two sons Jefferson (3 years old) and Lincoln (8 months old).

Vanessa Hauser '95

Vanessa Hauser is an EHS grad from the class of 1995. She is a graduate of both Rhodes College and South Texas College of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Vanessa joined the practice of Richard Shanks and later became a named partner. Her practice specializes in Tax Law, Probate Law, Estate Planning, and Business Structuring. Outside of her legal practice, Vanessa is involved with River Oaks Baptist School, the Women’s Home and The Junior League of Houston. Vanessa is a EHS Pillars Society member and is looking forward to assisting EHS with their alumni efforts.

Moody Heard '12

Moody Heard is an investment analyst at Mercury Fund, a Houston based venture capital firm. Moody was also a 2016 Venture for America Fellow, and conducted his fellowship with a startup in Charlotte, NC after undergrad. He graduated from Washington and Lee University with a double major in Geology and Business Administration, where he was Defensive MVP of the football team and president of the Interfraternity Council. He is a big brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Houston and currently lives in a bachelor pad his two best friends from Episcopal.

Jerrien Johnson '09

Jerrien Johnson is an EHS graduate of 2009, and went on to receive his Bachelor’s from The University of Texas at Dallas in Finance and Business Administration. Following graduation, he started his career in Supply Chain Operations working for DHL Supply Chain on a polyethylene account for Dow Chemical. Since then he has consulted for a firm in Dallas, evolved operational culture at the 2nd largest distribution center for Republic National Distribution Company, and now leads all warehouse operations for a midstream oil and gas company based in North Houston. Jerrien is dedicated to his career, and the schools that got him there. He is currently serving on the River Oaks Baptist Alumni board, and will be rolling off at years end. In his role on the alumni board he is responsible for alumni integration, tracking down alumni who have not been heard from to gather contact info and let them know about current events happening at ROBS. Jerrien is excited and would be honored to serve on the EHS Director’s Council for the next 3 years if selected. Outside of work Jerrien enjoys fishing in local freshwater creeks, playing basketball, running in 5ks, and is in the infancy stages of starting his own supply chain company!

Colton Kelley '04

Colton Kelley is a graduate of the Episcopal High School class of 2004. After Episcopal, Colton attended Texas Christian University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication. His professional career has been centered on operations management and logistics. He is currently an Operations Analyst for Reliant Energy. He would love the opportunity to join the EHS Director’s Council so he can give back to the school that gave him so much!

Dakota Klaes '08

Dakota graduated from Episcopal in the spring of 2008. He then ventured off to Vanderbilt University, where he took campus by storm with his combination of charm, wit, and energy. He was the President of the Sigma Nu fraternity and served as an orientation leader for first-year students. Now a resident of NYC, Dakota works in advertising sales for a tech company, but he is most excited about his creative endeavors, which include his card game company and best selling picture book. A truly proud Houstonian, Dakota loves visiting home frequently to see family, friends, and some lasting EHS connections. To him, it’s always Knight Time.

David Lodowski '94

David Lodowski graduated from Episcopal High School in 1994, and his brother (Matthew Lodowski '97) and two sisters (Elizabeth Lodowski '99 and Sarah Lodowski Kitchen '02) all followed. After graduating from EHS, he attended Tulane University and received a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 1998, followed by a PhD in 2004 in Biochemistry/Structural Biology from the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. He met his wife, Kerrie, while in the process of getting his PhD. In 2005 they moved to Cleveland, Ohio to conduct post-doctoral research in vision in the Department of Pharmacology at the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine. While a post-doctoral research associate, they had their first child. In 2013, he was hired as an assistant professor in the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics at CWRU. That same year, they had the second of their two children, who are now nine and five years old. In addition to conducting research in visual signaling, membrane protein structure, and protein biophysics, he is the director for the Systems Biology and Bioinformatics M.S. and PhD programs where they teach analytical approaches to understanding/deriving meaning from "big data" important to human health. He serves on a number of boards and committees, including the admissions committee for the CWRU PhD graduate programs, giving him direct insight into the graduate and medical school admissions process. In addition to running an active research program, he also teaches protein biochemistry and structural biology techniques to first year PhD students. His experiences in instruction and administration in medical and graduate education, as well as his experience in balancing a career and family life, gives him excellent insight into what high school students contemplating medicine or research science as career paths should consider while pursuing a challenging career path.

Knox Nunnally '97

Knox is a partner at the litigation law firm of Ware Jackson LLP. A former U. S. Marine Corps infantry officer and Harris County Prosecutor, Knox has adapted his unique background to aggressively fight for the legal rights of his clients. He holds a wide range of litigation experience in matters involving disputes over oil and gas matters, contracts, warranties, personal injury claims, employment contract claims, and business tort claims. As lead attorney, he has taken 25 jury trials to verdict and relishes any opportunity to advocate in the courtroom. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts and has argued appellate matters before both state and federal appellate courts.

Knox has specific experience in oil and gas disputes dealing with royalty litigation, JOA disputes, title disputes, asset acquisition and divestiture disputes, mineral lien enforcement, intellectual property disputes, and trespass disputes. He has represented operators, mineral interest owners, and service providers. In addition to oil and gas disputes, Knox has represented clients across a variety of industries in contract disputes, business tort litigation, shareholder disputes, property damage litigation, personal injury litigation, non-compete/non-solicitation litigation, and products liability litigation,

Before joining Ware Jackson, Knox handled energy and commercial litigation for Bracewell LLP and McGuireWoods, LLP in Houston. He also prosecuted criminal cases for three years as an assistant district attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas.

Prior to commencing his legal career, Knox served as an infantry officer and light armored reconnaissance officer for the U.S. Marine Corps, before his honorable discharge as a captain. He completed three combat deployments to Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V, a Purple Heart, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Combat Vs.

Ann-Charlotte Proffitt '12

Ann-Charlotte is the Development and Outreach Manager for Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS), a statewide nonprofit that provides advocacy, training, consulting, and collaboration for organizations serving systems-involved and at-risk youth. In her role, Ann-Charlotte leads the organization’s efforts on fundraising, event/conference coordination, membership relations, and communications and marketing support. On behalf of TNOYS, she also serves on a number of Houston-based steering committees and work groups dedicated to improving services and outcomes for Houston’s most vulnerable youth populations.

Ann-Charlotte graduated from Episcopal High School in 2012. She received her B.A. in Plan II Honors and French from the University of Texas at Austin, and then her Masters of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. During her time in college, Ann-Charlotte participated in, and eventually became co-coordinator of, the Plan II/KIPP Partnership: Mentoring Program; served as a Plan II Peer Advisor; held leadership roles in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha; and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society her senior year. While receiving her master’s degree, Ann-Charlotte was a member of the Social Policy Network, worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Child and Family Research Partnership, and completed a summer internship at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Mindy Wooldridge Samuelson '05

Mindy Wooldridge Samuelson graduated from Episcopal in 2005. She went on to receive a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University. She immediately returned home to Houston and began her nursing career at Texas Children’s Hospital in the NICU. She now works in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, where she is a charge nurse and about to celebrate her 10th year at TCH. Mindy is actively involved in The Junior League of Houston and volunteers at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Mindy and her husband are the proud parents of their almost one year old daughter, Annie.

Laine St. Paul '11

Laine St. Paul is an graduate of the class of 2011 from Episcopal High School. Laine joined the Communications team at Plains All American Pipeline shortly after graduating from the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas in May of 2015. Now approaching her fourth year at Plains, she primarily focuses on internal communications for the publicly traded midstream oil and gas company.

Outside her dedication to her career, Laine serves on the Silver Dollar Society committee for Episcopal and is on the Alumni Committee at Annunciation Orthodox School, where she attended lower and middle school. Outside of these commitments, Laine is involved in various volunteer efforts within the greater Houston area. She additionally enjoys the outdoors and time spent outside the Houston city limits.

Madison Woodward '05

Madison Woodward is a Director and Manager of the SMID (Small and Mid) Cap Equity Portfolio at Avalon Advisors, a Houston-based investment management and advisory firm. Prior to joining Avalon, Madison was a business analyst at EquityMetrix, a Dallas-based business management and consulting company focused on the oil and gas industry. During that time, he also became a Registered Petroleum Landman. Madison graduated from Episcopal in 2005 and then from Hampden-Sydney College in 2009. He now lives in Houston with his wife, Abigail, and their son Jack.

Shelby Zimmerman '15

Shelby Zimmerman is a proud alumni of the EHS Class of 2015. Following her graduation from Episcopal, Shelby attended Baylor University where she was a member of the Lambda Pi Eta honor society and graduated with a degree in Corporate Communication. Shelby is excited about the prospect of joining the Directors Council upon her return to Houston.