Board & Staff
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for HomeAid Houston consists of a diverse group of leaders in the Greater Houston area, who are recruited for their expertise in their field and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of those facing homelessness. Our Board members come from various industries, such as home building, finance, engineering, and marketing. Board members are extremely committed and active in their work for HomeAid Houston. Members of the Board of Directors serve on various committees in addition to participating in several fundraising events throughout the year.
If you would like to learn more about participating on one of HomeAid Houston’s committees or on the Board of Directors, please email Carole Brady, Executive Director, [email protected].
As the Customer Relations Manager for Allpoints Surveying, Kendall McDermott works to increase customer satisfaction, loyalty, and retention while growing overall market share.
Kendall has been active in the GHBA since 2016, serving on the Custom Council Board, Associate Council Board, as well as named the 2017 GHBA Young Professional of the Year. She joined the HomeAid Board in 2017 and currently sits on the executive committee as the development chair.
I enjoy working closely with HomeAid staff, supporters, and builders in creating safe environments for Houston's homeless. Being apart of this organization gives me the opportunity to help initiate change in a meaningful way within Houston's homeless community.
Board President 2023
Aimee Bertrand, executive vice president and CEO of the GHBA joined the association on January 4, 2021. She comes to GHBA from Harris County’s Intergovernmental and Global Affairs Department where she was for six years.
Prior to working for Harris County, Aimee was Director of Community Engagement and Media for the Houston Apartment Association (HAA). In that role, she not only worked to further the interests of the largest local multifamily trade association in the country, but also managed the organization’s Political Action Committee and initiated a strategic outreach program to better serve the association’s members in a 12-county region.
Aimee was hired to work at HAA after serving as Chief of Staff for then-Houston City Council Member Addie Wiseman. Aimee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi. Immediately following graduation, she worked for the Mississippi House of Representatives for the 2004 session.
She grew up in Kingwood and lives there with her husband and three children.
Greater Houston Builders Association
Bill Dalton is the Vice President of Land Acquisitions for Taylor Morrison. He is responsible for securing land and finished lot opportunities in the Greater Houston area. Bill negotiates the contracts, maintains ongoing relationships with developers, secures development financing and/or joint venture structures, and establishes development solutions and consultants that enable Taylor Morrison’s in-house development team to develop the communities.
Bill also networks with many different professionals in the homebuilding/land development industry in order to keep up with the dynamic Houston marketplace. Bill is a past-president of the HomeAid Board.
Past President 2018
Brandi Coatsworth is Director, MPC Residential Land Sales for the Houston Region of the Howard Hughes Corporation. In this role, she oversees all lot sales and contracts for Bridgeland, The Woodlands, and The Woodlands Hills. In this role, she maintains relationships with nearly every major builder in the Houston area. Prior to joining HHC, Brandi spent twelve years at Newland Communities in a similar role and spent four years each in the land departments of Perry Homes and KB Home.
Brandi is a native Houstonian and earned her degree at Sam Houston State University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, volunteering her time as a charity cosplayer for children’s causes, and traveling. After many years of supporting HomeAid through the annual HALO luncheon, she is honored to join the board for HomeAid Houston.
Howard Hughes Corporation
Brannon has been a part of the residential construction industry for over 40 years. Brannon joined DPIS (Now rebranded as Arcxis) and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Sales for Central Division and is stakeholder partner.
Brannon has been highly involved in HomeAid activities and has donated engineering, energy and site inspections services on virtually all HomeAid projects over the last 20+ years.
10 years ago, Brannon founded the fundraising event, Pinchin’ Tails Crawfish Cookoff with all proceeds donated to HomeAid. This annual event, held in April, brings in teams that cook over 5,000 lbs. of crawfish each year. This event has raised over $126,000 for HomeAid since inception.
Brannon holds a very special place in his heart for the HomeAid organization and he believes and supports in their mission to assist, educate and provide services to residents of the program.
Cecille Sangalang is President of Sangalang Development Services, a construction and consulting firm serving the Houston and Austin metroplex. She and her team assists Land Developers and Builders with their SWPPP, Postal, Site Maintenance, Dry Utility, and Solar Street Lights design/construction needs.
Cecille received her BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and has been involved in the Land Development arena for over 20 years as a design & project engineer, development manager, and consultant.
When she is not working she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends and rounds of golf. She is honored to join the HomeAid Houston Board and contribute to the organization’s mission to assist the homeless community in the Houston area.
Sangalang Development Services
Chad Stine is the URD Manager in Power Delivery Solutions Department at CenterPoint Energy. In his current role, Chad oversees the project coordination of multiple Dry Utility partner organizations and ensures the timely delivery of dry utility infrastructure in new residential communities.
Chad has 13 years of Electric Utility experience with CenterPoint Energy, with the majority of those years, collaborating with Land Developers to find solutions for complex land rights matters and determine the ideal utility infrastructure placement to serve these new residential developments now and into the future.
Chad has recent experience serving as an active board member of the Bellaire Business Administration and the East End Chamber of Commerce. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve HomeAid’s wonderful mission and contribute to the betterment of the lives of Houston’s homeless.”
Chase was born in the Denver area but moved to East Texas at a young age. He attended Texas A&M University where he graduated with a degree in Construction Science and a minor in business. Chase works as Assistant Project Manager for Stewart Development & Construction. He has a variety of commercial construction experience ranging from tilt wall buildings, to assisted living communities, and dental offices.
Outside of work, Chase enjoys spending time with friends and family in the outdoors. He founded a ministry called Revelation Outdoors Ministries that shares the gospel with college students through hunting and fishing trips. He currently serves as the Executive Director for Revelation Outdoors and is spreading this ministry to college campuses across the southeast. Chase also has a yellow lab named Crockett.
Stewart Development & Construction
Chris Hawkins, President of Bayou City Risk, has been committed to the construction industry since he became a risk manager in 1997.
Chris has been a part of the HomeAid team as a board member for 13 years. He has been HomeAid's talented "master of ceremonies" (MC) for numerous events and fundraisers and has played a key role in recruiting sponsors for HomeAid's events throughout the year.
Bayou City Risk
As the Business Development Manager for Houston’s First American Title Homebuilder Services Division, Dana Rodgers strives to provide impeccable service for homebuilders, developers and builder agencies. She prides herself on increasing market share by focusing on the most important thing in the industry – the people.
Prior to joining First American Title in 2018, Dana worked for Digital Map Products helping lead the sales and marketing efforts for a variety of real estate products to commercial brokers, builders, developers and retailers across the country. It’s that knowledge and experience that has allowed her to successfully promote the advanced technology and resources available to Houston’s homebuilders and developers through business relationships with First American Title.
Dana has been serving on several HomeAid Houston committees since the beginning of 2019. After attending her first HALO luncheon in 2018, she knew it was where she wanted to give back of her time and efforts to support both the GHBA and the community. In addition to serving with HomeAid, she is also very involved with raising awareness for Breast Cancer, championing Houston’s First American Builds Hope team for the American Cancer Society.
First American Title Homebuilder Services
With over 20 years’ experience in the homebuilding industry, Dave Barnhart has led the First America Homes team from a start up to one of the largest privately held builders in the nation. As an expert in residential construction, land acquisition, development and sales management Dave’s disciplined focus and attention to detail enabled him to quickly rise through the industry ranks.
As Division President for the past decade, Dave’s leadership has grown First America Homes into a top 25 builder in the greater Houston market. His strategic approach has expanded the homebuilder into the San Antonio/Austin region, with intended future growth into the Dallas market.
Dave holds a B.A.A in Management from Texas A&M University.
First America Homes
Doug joined the HomeAid Board in the first quarter of 2020. At Wells Fargo, Doug heads up a sales team responsible for providing a broad array of financial services to the home builder/developer community throughout the United States.
Doug gained extensive experience at Bank of America and its predecessor firms prior to joining Wells Fargo. He held a variety of positions in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas, most notably serving as National Builder Manager for Mortgage and Market Manager for builder loans in various States. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina at Coastal Carolina College and his M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina.
Community leadership has also been a part of Doug’s contribution outside of his work. He is the former Co-Chair for the FunFare Weekend and for CanCare. He was also the Youth Basketball Coach for Cy-Fair Athletics.
Wells Fargo Bank
Greg Madrey, Outside Sales Manager for Builders Post-Tension, has served in the building materials industry for more than 25 years. In his current role, Greg develops and deepens relationships with builders, concrete turnkeys, and multi-family project developers. A recipient of the 2015 Presidential Citation and 2018 GHBA Associate of the Year award, Greg has been active in the GHBA, previously serving as the 2016 Associate Vice President and the 2019 Associate Council President. In addition to the HomeAid Development Committee, Greg presently serves as a member of the Associate Council Board, Custom Builders Council Board, Montgomery County Builders and Developers Board, and Volume Builder committee.
A native Houstonian, James is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Architectural Engineering. He started in the home building industry as a builder and worked as a Project Manager, and a Division Manager before serving as Houston Region President for McGuyer Homebuilders, where he worked for 26 years. For the last three years, James has been the Region President for Empire Communities, managing the Texas operation of the Toronto based company. Prior to joining the HomeAid board, he served a three year term on the board for the Center for Hearing and Speech. James also just completed a six year term on the board for the Stratford/Westside chapter of Young Life.
Past President 2021
Jon Paul Hoelscher
Jon Paul Hoelscher is a Board Certified Construction Lawyer whose work is focused on representing the construction industry in all aspects of their business and dispute resolution throughout Texas. He is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, a national full-service law firm. Jon Paul has been recognized for his work in this area by being named to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star list and to Best Lawyers in Construction on multiple occasions.
Jon Paul earned a BA from The University of Texas at Austin and a JD from South Texas College of Law. He is actively involved in the construction law community in Houston and the State of Texas and previously served as Chair of the Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section and Houston Liaison for the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Kathleen, one of the original HomeAid Houston board members in 2004, recently returned to serve another term. In her early years, she helped lead project management and was also Board President in 2007.
Kathleen has been an active member of the Building Community in Houston since 1997 when she began a career at Suncoast Post-Tension in sales. She was later promoted to Branch Manager. During this time Kathleen became an active member of the GHBA. In 2009, she left Suncoast to help grow Eric L. Davis Engineering where she recently celebrated her 10th anniversary. Her background and experience in engineering and her industry connections have served HomeAid well over the years and the years to come.
Kathleen has also contributed to the GHBA in many ways. She has been the Membership Chair and also earned titles of Spike of the Year and Associate of the Year as well as being awarded several Presidential Citations. Kathleen has served as a GHBA Board member and is a Life Director for TAB.
Eric L. Davis Engineering
Past President, 2007
Lawrence Dean is Senior Vice President, Homebuilder Lending with Veritex Community Bank. In this role he engages with mid-sized to large volume homebuilders and land developers assisting with large scale construction lines of credit and acquisition / development financing. Prior to this role, Lawrence spent nearly a decade as the Houston Regional Director of Zonda (formerly Metrostudy), a definitive authority on the residential construction real estate and housing market. Lawrence also led a team in Metrostudy’s consulting entity advising diverse clients, including builders, developers, and investors, on specific sites and potential development programs.
Lawrence has also held management roles in land acquisition and development for some of the region’s largest builders including Ryland, KB Home, and D.R. Horton. In the real estate consulting arena, he was also Vice President of a local boutique consulting firm. Lawrence is a graduate of the University of Houston and Texas A&M University.
In addition to serving on the Development Committee and Board of Directors of HomeAid Houston, Lawrence serves as Trustee of HomePAC Houston and as a Director of Harris County Municipal Utility District #478. Lawrence and his wife Heather and two young children live in the Meyerland area and are members of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. Lawrence’s involvement with HomeAid began with providing assistance and information related to the creation of BuildAid, a HomeAid initiative in response to Hurricane Harvey, a cause near and dear to his heart as his family has been the victim of home flooding twice in recent years. Serving on the HomeAid Board gives Lawrence a continued opportunity to assist an amazing team and organization that makes such a tremendous impact on the lives of people in need.
Veritex Community Bank
McCalle Fryar is a Builder Solutions Specialist for 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty®, the largest new home structural warranty provider.
Covering Houston, Southeast Texas, Austin, Central Texas, Fort Worth and all of Arkansas, she spends her time educating home builders and home buyers on the industry, rules and regulations and the benefits of the company’s warranty products. McCalle graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communications, is a board member with HomeAid Austin along with several builders associations and is active with Houston Animal Rescue.
McCalle’s advocacy for homelessness, and her active participation in the home building industry, made HomeAid a natural fit. After her first luncheon, she knew she had to and wanted to get involved – she knew she had found her place and a way to make a difference in Houston.
2-10 Home Buyers Warranty®
Nicole Keown, Purchasing Manager for Sandcastle Homes, enthusiastically joined the HomeAid Board in 2017. As a Bauer College of Business, University of Houston Alum with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, Nicole contributes her talents to HomeAid Houston. Nicole has previously been given the opportunity to manage four HomeAid Care projects as Builder Captain for Sandcastle Homes and immediately fell in love with the mission of HomeAid Houston.
Not only is she now committed to serving the HomeAid board as the Chair for HomeAid Cares, Nicole is on the Board of Directors for the GHBA and a GHBA Certified Green Building Professional, serving as the Co-Chair for Green Built Gulf Coast Committee.
Immediate Past President
Richard is an Audit Managing Director at KPMG LLP, a leading provider of Audit, Advisory and Tax services. Richard has over eleven years of experience serving multi-national and local clients. He earned a BBA and MS in Accounting from Sam Houston State University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas.
Richard enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, playing golf, and traveling.
“HomeAid Houston is an in incredible organization making a significant impact with helping the homeless community in the Houston area. I am honored to join the HomeAid Houston Board and contribute to the organization’s mission.”
Scott was born in the Chicago area, but moved to Austin at a young age. His continuing education led him to move to Houston to attend the University of Houston where he graduated with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.
Scott worked in Sales and Marketing for Texas Tamale Company before entering the home building industry. Scott began his residential homebuilding career in 2016 in the Warranty Department with David Weekley Homes. He later moved into a Builder role and then subsequently into Land Acquisition Manager.
Scott is very active outside of work. He founded the Young Adults Ministry at Bayou City Fellowship in 2014. He has served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Bauer Young Alumni Board at C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston from 2016 – 2018. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the University of Houston Young Alumni Council since 2019 as he served as Team Leader in Kids Ministry at Bayou City Fellowship (church) since 2015.
Scott spends quality time during time off at his family’s lake house in Michigan.
David Weekley Homes
Taylor Miller is a Vice President and Private Banking Relationship Manager within Premier Wealth Management at Amegy Bank. Taylor’s primary focus is working with high net worth individuals and families, as well as professional practices and firms in the Houston area. Taylor works closely with her clients to provide solutions to help them reach their financial goals.
Prior to joining the private banking team, Taylor managed Amegy’s Banker Development Program (BDP). Taylor also spent two years as an associate within Amegy’s Energy Group.
Taylor earned a degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, sampling the cuisine at Houston’s amazing restaurants, and traveling.
The staff at HomeAid Houston have a passion for service and bring a dedicated focus to the mission of serving Houston’s homeless population. The team who executes and oversees the day to day work is a talented group of women who bring their best to the job every day.
Carole Brady came to HomeAid from Family Promise of Lake Houston in Humble, Texas. She has been with Family Promise since 1998, forming an Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), the umbrella group for the Family Promise chapters, as a Board Member in Loveland Colorado. She became Executive Director there, and began working as a part of the National Training Team forming new networks across the country. After six years, Carole took the position of Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for National Family Promise in Philadelphia.
With the desire to work one-on-one with Family Promise residents, Carole accepted the position of ED of IHN of the Main Line and was there for several years. She developed and trained a network of Directors throughout the U.S., and designed Life Skills Classes that are currently being taught at many of the Family Promise sites.
Kirsten Robbins graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Marketing degree from the McCombs School of Business. She comes from 5 years of eCommerce experience in the retail industry.
After countless years of volunteering for communities all across the Houston area, she decided to pursue her true passion for non-profit and joins us as the Development Director -- spearheading HomeAid’s fundraising efforts and growing donor relationships.
Director of Development
Rachel Dawson graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Health Fitness degree. She comes from 7 years of administrative experience in the nonprofit industry. Following her experience interning and later working for multiple non-profit organizations, Rachel is looking towards her career in which her passion for leading an effort to make an impact in the community is the ultimate goal.