2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
Emancipation Park Conservancy
Lucy J. Bremond a humanitarian, community leader, philanthropist, volunteer extraordinaire, non-profit strategist with specific interest in assisting non-profit leaders with long-term, big-picture projects that strengthen their capacity to effectively meet community needs.
Lucy currently serves as the first executive director of Emancipation Park Conservancy and gained extensive experience in community engagement and non-profit management while working as an executive leader for General Electric Corporate Citizenship and later working in the Department of Strategic Partnerships at the Houston Independent School District.
Lucy wears countless community volunteer hats and has extensive volunteer and service accolades that she uses to fuel collaborative change in communities.
Volunteer Community Service
Elizabeth Lyons Ghrist, president of Liz Ghrist & Associates Inc., was always a pioneer in the areas of politics, community service and business. Her deep, long-standing commitment to her community and her tireless civic and volunteer efforts make her a pillar of strength, integrity and leadership to those around her. She worked hard helping those in need, while at the same time maintaining a strong commitment to her own family.
She serves on a number of boards including the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) Board, Entex Inc., Chase Bank of Texas, and the Texas Medical Center. She serves as a trustee of Hermann Hospital and a regent of the University of Houston. She is a former Harris County commissioner.
The honors and awards Mrs. Ghrist received reflect her pioneering enthusiasm to create and foster a brighter future for her community and the world.
Linda Padon is General Manager of Corporate Affairs for Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, working to ensure Chevron continues to be a valued and trusted member of the communities in which it operates. After almost 40 years in the energy industry, Linda has seen firsthand the economic and societal contributions that her company has made on multiple continents.
Linda has served on local, national and global boards, including the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
She is serving as a leader advisor to Chevron’s Houston Women’s Employee Network, is active in Chevron’s Executive Women’s Group, sponsors the Chevron Advocacy Network and serves on the board of Chevron’s political action committee.
Laurel D’ Antoni
Laurel was born in San Diego, CA and grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She attended the University of Washington where she majored in Communications and was recruited as a fashion model. While working in Milan, Italy she met her husband Mike who was a professional basketball player. Laurel left the fashion world to work in the sports and television world.
After 17 years in Italy, she moved when her husband was hired to coach in the NBA. Laurel created the Houston Rockets Women’s Organization whose main priority is to work with the families of the Houston Rockets Basketball Operations department and help the new families integrate into Houston and get involved in the community.
As a result of her husband’s job, she has dedicated her time to leveraging sports to bring visibility to those who may need a voice. She has chaired many events for non-profits in the cities they have lived and has been recognized for her volunteer activities.
As Office Managing Partner (OMP), Tandra’s responsibilities include helping to lead the growth and success of the firm’s audit, tax and advisory practices in Houston, as well as ensuring that KPMG’s clients receive exceptional service from the firm and that partners and employees view KPMG as a great place to work and build their career.
In her role, Tandra coordinates KPMG’s community involvement activities and ensures the firm’s professionals are “paying it forward” in their communities. She is a member of KPMG’s African American Network National Advisory Board. Tandra has spoken at forums such as: KPMG’s Global Energy Conference, KPMG Insights, National Women’s Council Houston Conference, Rice University Women Leadership Conference, Texas Society of Women CPAs, and the Women in Leadership Symposium
She serves on a number of charitable boards contributing to the health, education and wider economy of her fellow citizens.
Volunteer Community Service
Rosemary is a non-profit organization strategist, marketer and finance professional. Her expertise is in fundraising and stakeholder engagement. After earning a BS degree from Penn State University and MBA from the University of Houston, Rosemary spent 15 years working for Williams Gas Pipeline. Now, the mother of two says that her bubbly personality and high-energy level are applied to her commitments as volunteer, board and executive committee efforts with the March of Dimes for two decades. She chaired the 2015 March of Dimes record-breaking Best Dressed luncheon which led her to be on the inaugural flight of the United Airlines – March of Dimes plane. Rosemary serves on advisory boards for Child Advocate Inc., Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Rosemary describes herself as a “full-time mom, philanthropist and fundraiser.”
Marilyn DeMontrond serves on the board of the Child Welfare League of America. She also serves on the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards and was formerly the chairman, and currently serves on the Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults board. She organized a fund raiser for “Go Blue day” where the theme was Stick Out Your Tongue against child abuse. Attendees used blue lollipops to turn their tongues blue. She then filmed a commercial to create awareness with the DeMontrond Auto Group employees and donated $50 for every car sold. In addition, she gave a check to the Child Welfare Board in each of the three counties they have a dealership.
Marilyn is a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where she was a founding member and currently serves on the Junior Rodeo Committee as well as the International Committee. Marilyn has received numerous awards including St. Pius X High School, Del Sarto Humanitarian Award, Children’s Defense Fund, Beat the Odds Award, HLSR, Trailblazer Award and Volunteer of the Year from the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards.
Dr. Karen Lu
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dr. Lu is Professor and Chair in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine and holds the J. Taylor Wharton Distinguished Chair in Gynecologic Oncology. Her main clinical interests include the surgical and medical treatment of women with ovarian and endometrial cancers, as well as the management of women at genetically high risk for these cancers.
She leads a research team that aims to apply laboratory-based findings to improving the care of gynecologic cancer patients. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and has served as a visiting professor at many academic institutions. She serves on the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Cancer Prevention Committee, the NCI PDQ Editorial Board for Cancer Genetics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Gynecologic Practice Bulletins. In addition, she takes pride in having mentored many clinical fellows and trainees and has been awarded an MD Anderson Outstanding Educator Award. She has consistently been featured as one of America’s Top Doctors.
PhD Center for Success and Independence
Marylou Erbland, Ph. D. is the Executive Clinical Director and co-founder of the Center for Success and Independence, a residential and intensive outpatient treatment center for youth 12- 17 years of age with emotional, mental health, behavior, and addictive disorders since 1999.
Her love for children manifested itself early in her career. Working first as a special education teacher and then as a school psychologist, she helped children with behavioral and learning differences. She also has extensive experience working in inpatient hospital settings and treating clients with severe psychiatric and neuropsychological disorders.
She also serves as the Clinical Director for TCSI’s GIFT and Boost Programs at Harris County Juvenile Probation Department’s (HCJPD) Youth Village, HCJPD’s residential post-adjudication facility in Seabrook, TX. These mental health initiatives have made a tremendous difference on the outcomes of juvenile justice involved youth in Harris County.
Asset Management Advisors
Lynn Mathre is President and Founder of Asset Management Advisors, Inc. (AMA). Lynn has focused her professional career on the application of tax aware wealth management methods, and has provided comprehensive wealth management to professionals, executives and retirees since 1983. Prior to establishing AMA in 1986, she served as Managing Partner of a financial planning firm and has more than four years of tax practice in public accounting, including the international tax practice at Arthur Andersen.
Lynn has been profiled by Business Week, Journal of Accountancy, Smart Money and Bloomberg Wealth Management, and featured on the PBS Program, The Financial Advisors. She was recognized in Texas Monthly Magazine as one of the Houston Region’s 2011 and 2010 Five Star Wealth Managers and in a special edition of Houston Woman Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Women of 2009.
Currently, as the founder and president of Birdiewear, Inc., Phyllis designs her own line of golf apparel, something she loves doing. She was introduced to Houston’s charitable community in 1991 when she became a member of the Houston Cosmopolitan Exchange Club and volunteered her time to assist with raising funds for the Houston Police Activities League and the Escape Center for Women. While volunteering, she discovered her artistic training and talent were invaluable to designing and setting up visual displays for silent and live auctions. She served as co-chair of Chuck Norris’ Kick Drugs out of America’s annual gala in 1997. Now known as KICKSTART Foundation, its mission is to change and help save the lives of children through martial arts programs by providing them with life skills to bolster their self-image.
Although her heart is with KICKSTART Foundation, Phyllis has donated her considerable artistic talents as silent auction chair or co-chair to several different charities. For her unending volunteerism, Phyllis was honored in 2009 with the Excellence in Bloom Award at the Huffington Center on Aging.
McMains Moreno Consulting
Rosanna Gomez Moreno is co-Founder and Partner at McMains & Moreno Global Consultants. Moreno provides strategic leadership working with clients to create, establish and structure long-term goals in healthcare development and infrastructure projects in Latin America. A globally recognized expert in medical tourism and international patient program infrastructure, Ms. Moreno is a frequent contributor to medical tourism publications covering global competitiveness, legal implications of the global health industry, structuring international patient programs, marketing medical tourism online and perceptions of medical tourism destinations. She participates in global healthcare and medical tourism conferences covering in-depth overviews of successful medical tourism programs for hospitals and clinics, global marketing and positioning, the travel and insurance industries impact on medical tourism and providing case studies of existing health care clusters, globally.
Dancie Perugini Ware PR
Dancie is founder and principal of Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations (DPWPR) a collaborative all-female firm based in Houston and heralded as one of the most notable in the Southwest. Her dynamic, innovative 23+ member firm represents a broad mix of Fortune 500 global brands and privately held corporations.
Active civically throughout her career, Dancie currently serves on the Development Board of the University of Texas Medical Branch; Board of Directors, Houston Police Foundation; Advisory Board of the University of Texas Moody School of Communications; and the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee. Dancie serves as life trustee of Galveston’s Rosenberg Library.
Dancie has been recognized as a Woman on the Move by Texas Executive Women; March of Dimes Volunteer of Distinction; Houston Woman of Distinction by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation; Best Dressed Hall of Fame by the Houston Chronicle; and as Community Champion by Texas Children’s Cancer Center. In 2019 she was honored as a “Trailblazing Woman” by the Houston Area Urban League.