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.
Rima Adil, Ed.D, currently serves as the Interim Dean of Student Success and Academic Development at Houston Community College, Northwest (HCC). Dr. Adil’s professional background includes administrative experiences in Higher Education across various functional areas such as, Public Relations, Grants, Student Services, Teaching, Program Development & Assessment, and Strategic Enrollment Management.
Dr. Adil is an advocate for students in pursuit of their higher education goal. She is generous with her time and serves as a mentor to others. In addition to being a role model, Dr. Adil is very active in the community and serves on various committees. She has assumed leadership roles in many capacities and is known for her ability to bring new ideas, and diversity to the table. Dr. Adil has committed her work to the betterment of communities by offering community-awareness workshops and leading fundraisers and other initiatives.
Dr. Adil received her Ed.D. in Higher Education at the Texas Tech University, Lubbock, and both her strategic M.B.A. and her B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from University of Houston. Her research focuses on first-year advising programs and their impact on community college student retention. Finally, Dr. Adil stays involved in numerous professional organizations including, Association of Women in Academia (AWA), Federation of Houston Professional Women (FHPW), National Council of Student Development (NCSD), and West Houston P-16 Council. Dr. Adil has received several awards for example, Chancellor Eagle Award-HCC, Women of Excellence Award-FHPW, and Terry O’Banion Award-NCSD.
Sean has 10 years of experience as a civil engineer in the Houston-Metro Area. He is a Vice President as Jones & Carter, Inc. and manages an experienced group of Project Managers and Client Managers on land development projects. He graduated from the University of Texas – San Antonio in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has engineered and helped develop master planned communities up to 1,500 acres in size. He has designed, engineered and managed water, sanitary sewer, drainage, and roadway designs to serve residential and commercial developments. He is currently a District Engineer for several Municipal Utility Districts and Water Districts in West Houston and other areas within the Houston Metro Area.
Lizanne Douglas has 12 years of experience specializing in the design of both water and wastewater-related facilities. Lizanne received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and her Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Oklahoma State University. She became a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas in 2011. Lizanne is currently a Project Manager for BGE, Inc. Lizanne’s experience includes large diameter water and wastewater transmission lines, pump stations and lift stations, water and wastewater treatment facilities, ground and elevated storage tanks, and permitting. Her responsibilities include management of various projects for Municipal Utility Districts (MUD’s) and working on City of Houston projects.
Lizanne was named the 2019 Young Engineer of the Year by Texas American Water Works Association (TAWWA) and received the Maverick award during Texas Water 2019 for being an outstanding TAWWA YP in the state of Texas. Lizanne has been an active leader in Texas American Water Works Association since graduating from university in June 2007. She served as Chapter Secretary in 2012 and was part of the Young Professional’s (YP) Committee for the South Texas Chapter in San Antonio prior to moving to Houston in 2013. While in San Antonio, she received the Dodson Drive YP Summit Sponsorship in 2012. The Dodson Drive sponsorship was established to further the work and education of the YP’s represented in the water and wastewater industry. Lizanne served as YP chair for the Southeast Texas Chapter of TAWWA in 2016 and 2017, where she planned various volunteer activities. She has also organized and participated in technical meetings and social events for the Houston area YP’s. As part of the local Chapter, she has been involved in planning the Water for People (WFP) fundraising event and has helped plan multiple TAWWA/ WEAT Half Day Seminars and TAWWA local membership meetings. She currently serves as the Program chair on the chapter’s leadership committee. In addition to her TAWWA activities, Lizanne is active in the Water Environment Federation and the Texas Public Works Association (TPWA). She was part of the planning committee for the Southeast branch TPWA 2014 Annual Conference in Galveston.
Lizanne, originally from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago, resides in the Missouri City with her family. She enjoys spending time with her two little girls and being a former competitive swimmer is looking forward to teaching them how to swim.
Noe has more than 18 years of experience in design and civil engineering for land development projects ranging from small residential developments to large master planned communities. He coordinates projects with municipal utility districts, levee improvement districts, private utility companies, and various cities and governmental agencies. Noe is currently involved with Sienna Plantation, including nine municipal utility districts it overlays.
Provides municipal advisory services for issuers of tax-exempt and taxable bonds including: cities, counties, toll roads, airports, ports, utilities, sports authorities and hotels, among others
• More than 18 years of experience in the municipal finance industry and over 23 years experience in the financial services industry
• Joined Masterson Advisors in September 2018
• Joined First Southwest Company (Subsequently Hilltop Securities) in 2014
• Previous banking and public finance experience with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and RBC Capital Markets
• Current license held: Municipal Advisor Representative, Series 50• Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
- Married to Mitja Peterman, Jr since 1999
- Children: Logan and Ava
- Hobbies: Cooking, reading, investing time with my family
- Houston Public Library Foundation, Treasurer
- Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum Class XXXVI
- Texas Women in Public Finance, Member
- Mayor Turner’s Transition Committee on Comprehensive Financial Reform
- Houston Housing Authority, Commissioner
- East Downtown Redevelopment Authority, TIRZ #15, Boardmember
Steve Sams is a proven land development professional who has been involved with the development several communities including Jordan Ranch, a 1,350 acre community and the award-winning, 3,200-acre Cross Creek Ranch, projects of Johnson Development Corp.
As General Manager, Sams directs the overall development, marketing and sales of Jordan Ranch, representing the company to home builders, governmental agencies, public officials, homeowner associations and in community relations.
Prior to joining JDC, Sams served as a Land Development Project Manager for Perry Homes, where he worked on urban infill, suburban infill and traditional subdivision projects throughout the region. He also served as a Project Engineer for Jones & Carter, Inc. where he managed multiple land development projects throughout Houston.
Sams earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado – Boulder and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Licensed Engineer in the State of Texas. He lives with his wife, Julie, and two daughters, Madeline and Lillian, in Sugar Land.
Lona Shipp is the Director of Residential Marketing for Bridgeland, one of Howard Hughes Corporation’s top-selling master-planned communities located in Northwest Houston.
Her targeted strategies and 14 years of residential real estate experience have brought the community more than 100 awards and accolades. In 2009 Bridgeland was recognized as the Master Planned Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. Through purposeful positioning, Ms. Shipp’s efforts help to increase market share by driving traffic and sales. She consistently endeavors to shape the way people engage with their surroundings and is dedicated to making Bridgeland one of the best places to live in the nation.
Ms. Shipp earned a B.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, Greater Houston Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders.
Tran graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Houston in 2007. I have 12 years of civil engineering experience serving land development clients in the Houston area. My responsibilities include all aspects of planning, design and construction supervision of utilities, paving and drainage projects for residential communities. I received an MBA at the University of Houston – Downtown in 2016.
My passion and expertise is creating communities from the initial idea to the final end user. My imagination is never ending, always thinking outside of the initial box of the world we live in.
I’m currently employed with The Howard Hughes Corporation, a preeminent developer and operator of master planned communities and mixed-used properties. As a Sr. Design Project Manager for the master planned community of Bridgeland, I manage all aspects of the community’s site amenities from planning, design and construction to reimbursements. We create timeless places and memorable experiences that inspire people while driving sustainable, long-term growth and value for our shareholders. I am currently seated on the Board of Directors for Bridgeland Council, Lakeland Village and Parkland Village Community Associations.
In addition to my employment, I also participate on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Houston Wilderness which is leading The Gulf-Houston Regional Conservation Plan which is a long-term collaborative of environmental, public and private business and governmental entities working together to create the ecosystem continuity and connectivity corridors for The Gulf-Houston region.
I owe the success of my life to my strong upbringing of family values and a dedication to succeed. I don’t think I would be who I am today if it wasn’t for my past and my biggest supporters, my husband Brent, my two boys, along with my father Terry Coco and my loving mother Pamela who is always watching over me.
Christina Cole focuses her practice on representing municipal utility districts and other special districts as general counsel and bond counsel. She brings to her practice previous experience handling all aspects of real estate transactional law, including development, acquisition, joint ventures, operations, leasing and financing. She also has experience in structured finance and energy project development. Prior to joining Schwartz, Page & Harding, L.L.P. in 2011, Christina was an attorney in the Houston office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
A native Houstonian, Christina is licensed to practice law in all Texas state courts.
2007J.D., magna cum laude, University of Houston Law CenterOrder of the Coif2003B.A., cum laude, Speech Communications, Texas A&M University
Houston Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
Houston Young Lawyers Association
Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
Urban Land Institute
Justin Wagner is manager of the Land Development Department, which specializes in all aspects of engineering planning and design, construction management, project management, and the coordination of master planned land development projects. He has more than 10 years of experience in the planning, design and management of all aspects of land development for both public and private civil engineering projects.
Mr. Wagner has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The collaborative interaction involved in lot delivery requires teamwork and urgency – Jarrod enjoys managing these responsibilities in the field and in the office. His passion for the planning involved in design & construction meetings provides leadership needed to get decisions made and a vision established. While on site, his project management style is to provide an interactive experience where numerous problems are met by creative solutions from the team. For Jarrod, all of the moving parts of a project, combined with the daily challenges, provide fulfillment toward reaching the end goal of a successful development.
Jarrod began his career in the real estate and construction industry in 2012 with Caldwell Companies. Before settling into this position, he spent two summers in outdoor guide programs in Alaska and California. Other work experience includes one year of biochemistry research, and one year as an equipment operator for an oil and gas well service company.
Jarrod is a graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. As a UT Dallas student-athlete, Jarrod served as Captain of the UTD NCAA Men’s Soccer Team during his four years of competition.
Jarrod’s passion lies in relationships, ministry, and living for a greater purpose.
Dannenbaum Engineering August 2014 – Present
LJA Engineering, Inc October 2013 – August 2014
SUBMAR Inc. July 2012 – October 2013
The Shaw Group March 2009 – July 2012
Duplantis Design Group, PC 2008 – 2009
Civil Engineering, AutoCAD, Engineering, Construction Management, Structural Engineering, Submittals, Microsoft Office, Structural Analysis, Environmental Awareness, Water, Construction, Stormwater Management, Project Estimation, Concrete, Land Development
Louisiana State University 2002 — 2008
B.S., Civil Engineering
Hamilton serves as the Development Manager at Johnson Development Corporation/Cross Creek Ranch. Prior to joining the Johnson Development Corporation, he has worked at EHRA, BGE (Brown & Gay Engineers). He is managing the development of 3,200 acres of master planned community. Todd earned his Civil Engineer degree from Texas A&M and he is a licensed professional engineer.
Lentz serves as the Director at FirstSouthwest. Greg started his career as a Civil Engineer with RG Miller focusing on areas of land development throughout Houston and primarily in the West Houston area. While working at RG Miller, Greg earned his MBA from the University of Houston and soon thereafter transitioned to FirstSouthwest in investment banking specializing in special districts. Greg has worked on financings for municipal utility districts and TIRZs, including West Houston projects. His projects involve small isolated residential and commercial communities and some of the largest master planned communities in the West Houston area.
Palermo serves as the Associate Principal and Department Manager for Hydrology and Hydraulics at EHRA and oversees the hydrology and hydraulics analysis and designs prepared for the firm’s many diverse public and private projects within Houston and surrounding areas. Andy earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and a Certified Floodplain Manager. Andy is also an active member and participates in organizations including Flood Control, Drainage & Wetlands Committee at WHA, Stormwater Management Committee at American Council of Engineering Companies, Texas Floodplain Management Association, and Flood Committee at Houston Contractors Association.
Polley joined Radcliffe Bobbitt Adams Polley as an Associate in 2007. Currently, Jon serves as the general counsel, bond counsel, and special counsel to various types of special districts including municipal utility districts and emergency service districts, water supply corporations, and private utilities. Jon graduated Magna Cum Laude from South Texas College of Law in 2006. He serves on the Legislative Planning Committee for the Association of Water Board Directors – Texas, Public Policy Council of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the WHA’s Sustainable Infrastructure Committee.
Shepherd serves as the Senior Project Manager at Costello. She has extensive experience in the land development engineering. She serves mostly to the West Houston region
Castroman has just begun her new role as Director of Financial Analysis and Reporting at MentroNational. Colleen has worked at the Company for 10 years, and she continues to evolve and increase her knowledge in the Finance Department. Last year she was promoted to Director of Finance where she supervises an Analyst, and is the liaison for MetroNational’s banking relationships. Her new role will consist of budgeting and financial reporting as well as managing the creation and production of timely, consistent and accurate financial statements. While managing the company’s budgets and forecasts, she will also be reviewing trends and cost patterns.
Mr. Corson has been with MISCHER for 27 years. Randy is a third generation member of the Mischer family. He started his career at Mischer managing the operations of Lajitas Resort.
In 2000, Mr. Corson moved to the Land Development Division. He managed the RiverPark West development, as well as being the Marketing Director for MISCHER. Currently, he is working on the Cypress Creek Lakes commercial land opportunities.
Apart form the various real estate partnerships within Mischer, he has partnered with Cheryl Perry (Boe Creative Service) on a digital website company, Crescere Digital (CRE-SARAH).
Mr. Corson received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.
He has been a member of various real estate organizations: GHBA Developers Council, Association of Water Board Directors, and the West Houston Association.
Mr. Corson is married and has two boys. When not working, he enjoys time at the family ranch in central Texas, as well as the great outdoors in White Fish, Montana.
Dokes is currently the Interim President of HCC Northeast College. He was previously COO of HCC Northwest and has been an integral part of WHA’s Education & Workforce Committee. He participates in the healthcare and education working groups which aim to find innovative ways for the two groups to collaborate. Dokes is also a member of WHA’s first class of Rising Leaders and will be graduating the program in March of 2018.
Professional Civil Engineer with experience managing projects and teams in water resources, municipaland residential land development projects. Specialties: Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in Texas.
Ryan’s practice focuses on public finance, urban development, and local government regulation. Ryan serves as general counsel and bond counsel to various special purpose districts that provide for the financing and construction of water, sewer, drainage, and road facilities and other development infrastructure. In these capacities, Ryan represents his clients in public law matters, contract negotiations and preparation, the administration of public meetings, and regulatory compliance. Ryan also works with private developers to structure development agreements with cities and other local government entities for public participation in commercial, residential, and mixed-use developments.
Education and Professional Background. Baylor University (B.B.A., Business Management, magna cum laude, 2008); Baylor University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2011); Executive Editor, Baylor Law Review; Order of Barristers. Prior to joining the firm, Ryan’s practice focused primarily on commercial litigation.
Member. State Bar of Texas; Houston Bar Association; National Association of Bond Lawyers
- Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Texas
- Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering, Vanderbilt University
Carol has seven years of engineering experience and joined IDS in 2014 as a project manager in the site development group. Her experience includes project delivery and coordination issues on a range of infrastructure projects including the design, production, and quality aspects of a project. She is currently providing coordination, engineering support, and construction management on pedestrian enhancement and park projects in Midtown. Carol serves as the major point of contact with her clients and ensures their needs and expectations are met on every project she manages.
Martye Kendrick joined Powell & Leon Of Counsel in 2018 focusing her practice on corporate andreal estate lending, and represents municipal utility districts and other water districts, water supplycorporations, public utilities and cities in the firm’s Public Law and Public Finance Group. Martyeadvises her public law and city clients at the board and city council level, and serves as bondcounsel and special tax counsel for their tax exempt bond financings. Martye also acts for the firm’spublic law and city clients on the full range of real estate matters, including acquisitions anddispositions, easement and right-of-way acquisitions, land use, annexation and condemnation.
Kendrick previously served as counsel to municipal utility districts, water districts, cities, and housing finance corporations with regard to their real estate and development needs, right-of-way and easement acquisition projects, and tax-exempt bond financing. Represent commercial and residential real estate developers in the formation of special districts and in matters coming before districts. Serve as counsel to large commercial and residential real estate developer borrowers securing multimillion dollar commercial fixed loans secured by commercial retail portfolios
Words cannot express how excited I am about the opportunity to help lead such a wonderful corporate family. I have unbelievably big shoes to fill with Houston’s next mayor stepping down as President.
My promise to our clients and staff is to maintain Costello’s reputation as a well-respected firm in our industry, as well as the best place to work in Houston. And since Costello is such a well-run firm full of great employees, it makes a President’s job easier than some might expect – or so I’ve been told by Steve!
I am blessed to work with an amazing group of experienced project managers and designers, as well as an office packed full of young, energetic engineers that know your project’s success is tantamount to ours. If you and I have never met, I’d be happy to visit with you to introduce myself, and to tell you more about why I think Costello is the best firm in town to trust with your projects.
Mr. O’Neal graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Civil Engineering. He has worked for Costello for over 11 years focused primarily on residential land development and municipal utility district engineering. For the past two years he has served as Client Relations Manager, with increasing involvement in marketing and promoting Costello in both the public and private sectors.
Brett began his career in commercial real estate in 2000 with The Gustafson Group, Inc., and was later named Real Estate Manager. In 2007, Brett was named Director of Real Estate for The Gustafson Group where he spent 8 years managing the day-to-day real estate operations of the company, overseeing the entire property portfolio and directing all acquisitions and dispositions as well as equity investments. Brett joined Parkside Capital in January 2016. Brett has served on the board of the Young Friends of the Ronald McDonald House of Houston and in various volunteer capacities with the American Cancer Society. He obtained an advanced certification in professional selling from the nationally recognized Program for Excellence in Selling and earned degrees in Finance and Marketing from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
WHA Rising Leadership Criteria
To be considered for the WHA Rising Leaders Program, you must:
- Be nominated by a Quality Growth Partner (limit of one per QGP and 16 total leaders);
- Have between 5 and 15 years of industry experience; and
- Commit to attending at least 4 Rising Leaders events, 1 General Forum, 1 Technical Forum, and 2 WHA committee meetings.
To learn more about The West Houston Association Rising Leaders Program, please call: 713.461.9378 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.