Marilyn is the President & CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County. Marilyn joined the Coalition in January 2012 in the position of President & CEO. She has worked in the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors throughout her career. Not a native Houstonian, Marilyn was transferred to Houston in the late 90s when she worked for BFI, Inc. She later worked as Director of Community Relations for Waste Management, Inc. Moving back into the nonprofit world, Marilyn worked at the Greater Houston Community Foundation and was the President & CEO of Leadership Houston. Marilyn has a B.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee, an M.B.A in Marketing from the University of Memphis and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.
Teri is the Executive Director of The Cove Waco, a center assisting youth experiencing homelessness who are trying to graduate but have no permanent living place. The Cove’s mission is to give youth experiencing homelessness a safe place to thrive and a vision to ending youth homelessness in Central Texas. Teri has a background in early childhood education and worked in the field for 23 years that also included consulting for the Texas Association of School Boards and training from Dr. Ruby Payne as well as Dr. Donna Beagle on poverty. Teri previously worked for the City of Waco where she served as the Homelessness Administrator for 13 years. Ms. Holtkamp and her team were the first to use the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) in a local school district (Waco Independent School District) in the United States. Teri also serves as co-chair of Once Upon A Prom, a scholarship fundraiser held each year in memory of her youngest daughter McKenzi who was killed in a car accident in 2001. Teri has co-chaired this event with her eldest daughter Brittney for the past 15 years and to date, the event has helped aid well over 300 local students with scholarships. Teri and her husband Tim live in Robinson, TX and attend Trinity Lutheran Church. Her other full-time job is being a grandmother to her two grandsons.
Karlene achieved Executive Director Status with the YMCA of Corpus Christi in 1994, and in 2008 after 20 years with the YMCA Karlene was recruited for the Chief Operating Officer position with Corpus Christi Metro Ministries. Karlene is passionate in the pursuit of finding homes for people living on the streets. Karlene serves on the Board of Directors for the Uptown Neighborhood Initiative, the Homeless Issues Partnership, and the Texas Homeless Network.
Anne Budill was Director of Development and Public Relations for the Fort Bend County Women’s Center, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault for 14 years. Prior to that time, she was Director of Development for Covenant House Texas for nine years. Currently, she is consulting with the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston. Anne has been active in the community as a volunteer with the United Way, board of directors of Association of Community Television, Junior League, Past President of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Houston, and recently retired as the national president of the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.
Lynne Sipiora has been in non profit management for thirty years within the fields of social services, health care, and the arts. Lynne's most recent position was CEO of The Samaritan Inn, the largest residential homeless program in Collin County, Texas. During Lynne's ten years at the Samaritan Inn she expanded the services by 100 percent, opening the first transitional living program in North Texas and launching a state of the art shelter for homeless families that is currently under construction. Lynne is a published author, a regular contributor to the Dallas Morning News and a frequent speaker on social justice.
Todd began his career with CORT in 1991 in Dallas and has held various positions including National Brand Manager and National Marketing Manager. Todd has received numerous awards and certifications throughout his career, including the prestigious Presidents Sales Excellence Award. After meeting people in the supportive housing industry, Todd began volunteering at local organizations serving food, collecting can goods for food banks, clothes drives, and in any way he felt he could help. Through his volunteer efforts, he could see the effects of helping people through housing and supportive services. Todd Shell grew up in the small East Texas Town known as Carthage Texas. After graduating High School, he attended Panola Jr College and LSU where he obtained his degree majoring in marketing and management.
Michaelle is the executive director of WOMAN, Inc. (Women Opting for More Affordable Housing Now, Inc.), a nonprofit CHDO (Community Housing Development Organization) that creates affordable, livable permanent and transitional housing throughout Southeast Texas, augmented by supportive services for women of diverse ethnic backgrounds leaving abusive situations and other related at-risk populations. She holds a Master’s in Urban Planning, with an emphasis in design and economic and community development from the University of Kansas’ School of Architecture and Urban Planning where she was a recipient of an HUD Fellowship. In addition, she received a Fannie Mae Fellowship to attend Harvard University to study at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Design.