Mrs. Heidi Arneson
Heidi currently works as co-founder of the CPA firm, Arneson CPA Group, LLC. Arneson CPA Group is a CPA firm that helps clients organize, plan, prepare and file tax returns. Prior to founding Arneson CPA Group, Heidi was a Principal at consulting advisory firm Noble Wolf I and Managing Director for Noble Capital Partners, an investment firm that sourced and raised capital for private equity investments. Prior to her work at Noble Capital Partners she worked for more than 20 years as North American executive for Indofin Group, a Single Family Office that serves as a globally operating investment group headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Heidi attended Oral Roberts University and earned a B.S. in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has traveled internationally on mission trips, held various committee and chairman roles in her home church, Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Bible Seminary. Ms. Arneson has served on the Board of Trustees for Grace International Children’s Foundation. Heidi is married to her high school sweetheart, David Arneson and they have four children, and three grandchildren.
Mr. Doug Johnson
Vice - Chair
Doug is retired from serving as Vice-President and Controller of Phillips 66. Previously, Mr. Johnson served at ConocoPhillips as General Manager, Upstream Finance, Strategy and Planning, as General Manager, Downstream Finance, and as General Manager, Upstream Finance. He and his wife, Diana, have two children.
Mr. Steve Wood
Steve was born and raised in Big Spring, Texas. He attended Stephen F Austin State University and received a bachelors degree in accounting. Mr. Wood worked in the Oil & Gas industry primarily in finance, IT and accounting roles. He recently retired from ConocoPhillips where he held various positions including Manager of Finance Functional Excellence and General Auditor/ Vice President of DCP Midstream. Steve is a member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church – Missouri City campus. He serves in the local church as a deacon, heads several ministries and co-leads a Life Group. Steve and family have participated in medical missions trips to Nicaragua. He and his wife of 41 years, Kyra, have two children and three grandsons.
Mr. George Armistead
George was raised on a cotton/soybean farm in the Mississippi Delta. He accepted Christ at the age of 11 and has been a Christ follower since. He attended Mississippi State University and graduated with a degree in petroleum engineering. George is a professional engineer and worked for Unocal/Chevron in various drilling engineering and management positions retiring with 43 years of service. He enjoys and has participated on many service and mission events. George has been the husband to Nettie Armistead since 1979 and they have three children.
Mr. Robert Button
Robert (Bob) is a retired Oil & Gas industry leader with more than 30 years experience in domestic and international Exploration and Production. Bob has held a range of executive and management positions in development, operations, corporate strategy, project management and capability development with Amoco, BP, and Glori Energy. He served as President of Glori Holdings, and as Vice President global Organization Capability (Operations, Health-Safety-Environment, and Engineering) for BP’s E&P Segment. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the MIT/Sloan School BP Operations Academy. He has served for many years on the Board of Directors for The Source for Women, a Christ-centered non-profit women’s reproductive healthcare provider. He and his wife Diane live in Austin, Texas and have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
Dr. Leonard Merrell
Leonard Merrell is a retired public school educator. He was, most recently, Superintendent of the Katy Independent School District for 12 years and retired in June 2007. During his 39 years working in public education, he served as a science and math classroom teacher, coach, high school assistant principal, high school principal, business manager and was superintendent in three school districts his last 22 years. During his service in public schools he was elected President of the Texas Association of School Administrators, was on the Executive Committee of the American Association of School Administrators and was selected as "Texas Superintendent of the Year" in 1998. He currently serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas and has received the "Gold Leadership Award" from J.A. Worldwide after serving on that board for 5 years. He currently serves on the Katy YMCA Board and previously served on the Board of the Greater Houston YMCA. His alma mater, Texas A&M University-Commerce recently recognized him with a "Distinguished Alumni Citation" and he currently serves as Chair of the Universities Foundation Board. He has been married to Dr. Linda Merrell for 50 years. They have two sons, Dr. Brian Merrell, Executive Director of School Leadership in the Bryan ISD school district, and Mark Merrell, a partner with the McFarland Law Firm in Houston. He has 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dr. Merrell currently is serving as an independent educational consultant.
Dr. Harry Chapman
Harry Chapman, Ph.D., serves as CEO of Chapman Schewe, a National company that he founded in 1992 and is a Managing Director for Higginbotham, Inc. He is a member of The Board of Directors of Houston based U. S. Physical Therapy, a New York Stock Exchange public company, where he chairs the Compensation Committee and serves on the Compliance Committee. In addition, he serves as Board Chair of Katy Cares and on the Boards of Christ Clinic and Barnabus of Katy. He has served on over ten non-profit boards in his past and was a Mayor of a medium sized city. He and wife, Pam, have four children and have resided in Katy since 1999.
Mr. Ron Dagley
Ron Dagley is President of the commercial real estate investment company, The Betz Companies and has been active in commercial real estate marketing, development and management beginning in 1972 and with The Betz Companies since March of 1992. Ron graduated in 1970 from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Behavioral Management Science. A native Texan, Ron has lived in the Houston area since 1964. He currently lives in the west Houston/Katy area where he and his wife of fifty years, Terrie, raised three children and are in the process of spoiling their eleven grandchildren. Ron is an avid golfer and enjoys time with his family and travelling. He is an active member of Grace Fellowship UMC where he has held several leadership positions, serves as a small group leader and is active in the mentoring ministry.
Mrs. Mickey Ellis
Mickey Ellis is a Master of Divinity (2018) graduate of The Bible Seminary. A vibrant leader of the prayer and worship movement within the West Houston/Katy community, she leads the Freedom and Healing team at the Great Southwest Prayer Center. She is also co-founder with her husband, Mike, and former Board member of Alta Mesa Services, Oil & Gas Exploration and Production company. Mickey serves on the Board of the Confessing Movement within the United Methodist Church, and has served as a leader in charity and service organizations related to cancer and autism, as well as Christian education at Mission Bend Christian Academy. Mickey and Mike have two children and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Julia Dean
Julia Dean serves as the Managing Attorney overseeing Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law and Civil Appeals at The Dean Law Firm, PLLC based in Sugar Land, Texas. She has successfully argued in federal and state courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She worked as Civil Appeals Attorney at Wright & Close (1998-2007) and a Litigation Attorney at Andrews & Kurth (1988-91). She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s in Economics (1983) and University of Houston Law Center with a Juris Doctor (1987). She and her husband, Bobby, have four adult children and are active in ministry leadership at Sugar Land Family Church.
Mr. Adam Peters