West Houston Association’s Rising Leaders


The WHA Rising Leaders Program will create and grow a network of emerging leaders and mentors within the West Houston Association that will share information and access to enhance understanding and the ability of these leaders to make positive changes in West Houston.

Program Overview:  

The WHA Rising Leaders Program is an exclusive two-year experience.  Each year, WHA and key partners will host various exclusive events for WHA’s Rising Leaders. Sponsors are invited to attend most events but not required to attend. WHA Rising Leaders and Sponsors will help shape WHA Rising Leaders Program events, speakers, and topics; engage in WHA activities; and learn what WHA resources are available to them.  The steering committee (2018:  John Moody, Mark Kilkenny, Mark Gehringer, Colleen Castroman) guide programming and other decisions.  At the end of the program, WHA Rising Leaders will be better informed of the role of WHA and the opportunities that are available to them through WHA committees, initiatives, and events.  Rising Leaders will be invited to attend an Executive Committee Meeting, the West Houston Delegation Reception Event, the Holiday Party, Major Employer tours, and one of WHA’s Fundraising Events.


  • Introduce WHA’s Rising leaders to established leaders in WHA and the broader community to work to continue quality growth in the West Houston Area;
  • Cultivate WHA Rising Leaders’ participation in WHA’s committees, event, and initiatives;
  • Provide the perspective of WHA Rising Leaders to WHA, its Board, and the public; and
  • Facilitate ongoing learning and leadership opportunities for WHA Rising Leaders in the West Houston Association and other key organizations.



CLASS 6 – 2021

Diana Miller  Schwartz, Page & Harding  Associate Counsel 
Sanjay Bapat  ABHR  Associate Counsel 
Brian Gates  Newland  Project Manager 
Taylor Reed  Vogler & Spencer  Project Manager 
Lilian Baldwin  HCC-Northwest  Dual Credit Coord. & Pub. School Liaison 
Karina Moreno  LJA  Business Development Manager 
Christine Crotwell  Masterson Advisors  Director, Owner 
Monica Navarro  Texas Children’s Hospital – West   Supervisor Admissions 
Kent Milson  META  Sr. Planner 



Adam Morris
Brad MacDougall
Harry Thompson
Jason Robinett
Jennifer Hundl
Jesse Carrasco
Jordan Williams
Katie May
Rima Adil
Sean Burch
David Colunga
Lizanne Douglas
Noe Escobar
Tina Peterman
Steve Sams
Lona Shipp
Linh Tran
Tricia Brasseaux
Christina Cole
Justin Wagner
Paul Lock
Jarrod Payne
Adam Rinehart





Todd Hamilton
Greg Lentz
Andy Palermo
Jon D. Polley
DeKécha Shepherd
Auggie Campbell
Colleen Castroman
Randy Corson
Destry Dokes
Mark Gehringer
Ryan Harper
Carol Harrison
Nate Jackson
Martye Kendrick
Dustin O’Neal
Brett Walker




WHA Rising Leadership Criteria

To be considered for the WHA Rising Leaders Program, you must:

To learn more about The West Houston Association Rising Leaders Program, please call: 713.461.9378 or email: alan@westhouston.org.



Recent Events/Updates

Class 5 Mentorship with WHA Leadership

Transportation Round Table – May 2020

Happy Hour and Pitch Page Presentation – April 2020