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 designed for those who plan to be active with the West Houston Association for sizable part of their career. The program provides an accelerated introduction to the topics and issues of interest to the association and its members as well as an opportunity for networking among others who aspire to be leaders (i.e. serve as committee chair, vice-chairs, or take on major projects) within WHA in the coming years.


The program involves seven sessions which focus on topics in alignment with WHA Committees and the 2060 Plan. At these sessions participants engage with experts, industry leaders, and creative thinkers who are able to highlight opportunities to improve quality of life across the Greater West Houston Region. Participants are also invited to special networking events and paired with a WHA Board Member mentor. The program is guided by a steering committee of past participants who guide programing and provide insights to continuously improve the experience.



  • 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
  • Facilitate ongoing learning and leadership opportunities for WHA Rising Leaders in the West Houston Association and other key organizations

Rising Leaders – Class 7

Andres Aranzales, Vogler & Spencer
Aaron Carpenter, ABHR
Christine Crotwell, Masterson Advisors
JT Gaden, EHRA Engineeering
Emily Heineman, Caldwell Companies
Andrew Lang, BGE
Mackenzie Osborne, Inframark
James Parker, Costello
Caleb Stone, Howard Hughes
Jason Tedrick, MetroNational

2022 Rising Leaders Schedule

4/21 – Welcome, Demographics, Workforce & Education
5/20 – Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces
6/24 – Water, Wastewater, Flooding
7/22 – Sustainable Infrastructure
8/26 – Regional Mobility
9/23 – Quality Planned Development
10/28 – Development Policy and Governance

Previous Rising Leaders

Class 6

Lilian Baldwin
Sanjay Bapat
Brian Gates *
Diana Miller
Kent Milson
Karina Moreno
Monica Navarro
Taylor Reed

Class 5

Adam Morris
Brad MacDougall
Harry Thompson
Jason Robinett
Jennifer Hundl
Jesse Carrasco
Jordan Williams
Katie May

Class 4

Rima Adil
Sean Burch
David Colunga
Lizanne Douglas
Noe Escobar ^
Tina Peterman
Steve Sams
Lona Shipp ^
Linh Tran

Class 3

Tricia Brasseaux *^
Christina Cole *
Justin Wagner
Paul Lock *
Jarrod Payne
Adam Rinehart

Class 2

Todd Hamilton
Greg Lentz
Andy Palermo *
Jon D. Polley
DeKécha Shepherd

Class 1

Auggie Campbell
Colleen Castroman
Randy Corson ~
Destry Dokes
Mark Gehringer *+
Ryan Harper
Carol Harrison
Nate Jackson
Martye Kendrick
Dustin O’Neal
Brett Walker

* Current Committee Chair or Vice Chair
+ Current Board Member
^ Compass Award Winner
– Past Committee Chair or Vice Chair
~ Past Board Member