HOUSTON JUSTICE Staff

Durrel K. Douglas    Founder, President   Durrel grew up in Houston's "South Park" neighborhood where he saw firsthand the systemic inequity of our society's infrastructure, education system, and criminal justice system.  After a 5-year stint as a prison guard, he dedicated the remainder of his life toward creating a world where fewer people who came from neighborhoods like his ended up behind bars.  Durrel has previously served as Chair of the Houston NAACP Community Coordination Committee, on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters-Houston, was a 2013 LWV Rising Star, received the 2017 Black Love Matters award from SEIU Afram-Washington, 40 under 40 Politicos of Houston in 2015 and the 2017 Community Trailblazer Award at the Teamsters National MLK Day Gala.  Durrel has guest lectured at University of Houston, University of Texas, Jackson State University, and Howard University.  He currently lives in Houston where his hobbies include learning to play the upright bass, eating soul food, laughing with friends, and hosting a bi-weekly podcast.   Contact Durrel: ddouglas@houstonjustice.org,    832.857.5737

Durrel K. Douglas

Founder, President

Durrel grew up in Houston's "South Park" neighborhood where he saw firsthand the systemic inequity of our society's infrastructure, education system, and criminal justice system.

After a 5-year stint as a prison guard, he dedicated the remainder of his life toward creating a world where fewer people who came from neighborhoods like his ended up behind bars.

Durrel has previously served as Chair of the Houston NAACP Community Coordination Committee, on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters-Houston, was a 2013 LWV Rising Star, received the 2017 Black Love Matters award from SEIU Afram-Washington, 40 under 40 Politicos of Houston in 2015 and the 2017 Community Trailblazer Award at the Teamsters National MLK Day Gala.

Durrel has guest lectured at University of Houston, University of Texas, Jackson State University, and Howard University.

He currently lives in Houston where his hobbies include learning to play the upright bass, eating soul food, laughing with friends, and hosting a bi-weekly podcast.

Contact Durrel: ddouglas@houstonjustice.org,

832.857.5737

Elisabeth Johnson    Vice President, and    Director, Political Justice Project   Elisabeth Johnson is a graduate of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She received her first internship while in Louisiana working for former Louisiana state senator Walter Boasso when he ran for Governor in 2007.  While in college, she also volunteered with other politicians such as Mayor-President Melvin “Kip”Holden (Baton Rouge-2005), Chris Bell (Texas-2008) and many others.Immediately after graduating in 2009, she was afforded the opportunity to work for former Mayor of Houston, Bill White, when he ran for Governor of Texas against Rick Perry in 2010.  Currently she is obtaining her Masters in Public Administration from Texas Southern University and in the process of self publishing her first book, Wake Up: A Despairing Cry to the Black Community, which will come out Fall 2017. She is a member of HBAD (Houston Black American Democrats), the Faith Events Community Director for the Young Adult committee of the NAACP and continues to volunteer, organize and mentor throughout her community.

Elisabeth Johnson

Vice President, and

Director, Political Justice Project

Elisabeth Johnson is a graduate of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She received her first internship while in Louisiana working for former Louisiana state senator Walter Boasso when he ran for Governor in 2007.

While in college, she also volunteered with other politicians such as Mayor-President Melvin “Kip”Holden (Baton Rouge-2005), Chris Bell (Texas-2008) and many others.Immediately after graduating in 2009, she was afforded the opportunity to work for former Mayor of Houston, Bill White, when he ran for Governor of Texas against Rick Perry in 2010.

Currently she is obtaining her Masters in Public Administration from Texas Southern University and in the process of self publishing her first book, Wake Up: A Despairing Cry to the Black Community, which will come out Fall 2017. She is a member of HBAD (Houston Black American Democrats), the Faith Events Community Director for the Young Adult committee of the NAACP and continues to volunteer, organize and mentor throughout her community.

 
Charnelle Thompson    Director, Finance and Development   It was in The Greater 5th Ward Community of Houston Texas that Charnelle Thompson learned the value of education, and the importance of community enrichment through the examples made by her family. Upon Graduating in 2014 from The University of Texas at San Antonio with an earned bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics, Charnelle worked for a brief stint at Worthing High School as a Mathematics Fellow before stepping into her careers as an auditor.   With the desire to continue to contribute to the success of the students, Charnelle has begun to develop an SAT prep program for students in low performing High schools to: increase the percentage of students of color who score above criterion along with and the amount of offered excellence based programs to students in underserved areas.   Today she is the Director of Voter engagement for Houston Justice and is devoted to championing for the newest initiative; “Project orange”, which focuses on providing accessibility for voting, and voting registration options to eligible voters in the Harris County Jail.  Charnelle is no stranger to voter registration efforts; during her Presidency of UTSA’s Black Student Union, Charnelle led the schools efforts in voter registration during the fall of 2012. This in turn resulted in the University being ranked 2nd in voter turn–out amongst Colleges and Universities.   It is no surprise that the young girl who watched her beloved Great Grandmother serve as a Precinct Judge in Pct. 160 has become a young woman charging others to get registered and get to those very same polls her great-grandmother was responsible for operating those many years ago. Charnelle currently resides in Houston Texas and continues to look for ways to collaborate and engage others in voting initiatives and educational excellence for students.

Charnelle Thompson

Director, Finance and Development

It was in The Greater 5th Ward Community of Houston Texas that Charnelle Thompson learned the value of education, and the importance of community enrichment through the examples made by her family. Upon Graduating in 2014 from The University of Texas at San Antonio with an earned bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics, Charnelle worked for a brief stint at Worthing High School as a Mathematics Fellow before stepping into her careers as an auditor.


With the desire to continue to contribute to the success of the students, Charnelle has begun to
develop an SAT prep program for students in low performing High schools to: increase the
percentage of students of color who score above criterion along with and the amount of offered
excellence based programs to students in underserved areas.


Today she is the Director of Voter engagement for Houston Justice and is devoted to
championing for the newest initiative; “Project orange”, which focuses on providing accessibility
for voting, and voting registration options to eligible voters in the Harris County Jail.

Charnelle is no stranger to voter registration efforts; during her Presidency of UTSA’s Black Student Union, Charnelle led the schools efforts in voter registration during the fall of 2012. This in turn resulted in the University being ranked 2nd in voter turn–out amongst Colleges and Universities.


It is no surprise that the young girl who watched her beloved Great Grandmother serve as a
Precinct Judge in Pct. 160 has become a young woman charging others to get registered and get
to those very same polls her great-grandmother was responsible for operating those many years
ago. Charnelle currently resides in Houston Texas and continues to look for ways to collaborate and engage others in voting initiatives and educational excellence for students.

 
Tina Kingshill    Director, #ProjectOrange   Tina grew up in a small Italian neighborhood in New Castle, Pennsylvania as one of four daughters of an Italian immigrant father who came to the U.S. as a 13 year old boy. Her mother’s parents were also first generation Italian immigrants who came to the U.S. seeking a better life where it was rumored ‘the streets were paved with gold’. No such luck they soon discovered as they earned a living doing the backbreaking work to build the nation’s railroad system. Stories of discrimination against the Italians on the jobsite were common. Still they were determined to become “Americans” and legally changed their name from Agostinelli to a more American sounding Augustine.  Moving to Florida in her twenties, Tina worked to become one of the youngest store Managers with Stuart’s Junior Apparel. She went on to become Branch Manager of Accurate Personnel Agency serving the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area.  Marriage in 1979 brought her to Houston where she worked as Office Manager at Entertainment Publications for seven years and currently resides. In January of 2016, Tina retired after a 26 year career with Williams Gas Pipeline (formerly Transco Energy), where she worked her way up the corporate ladder from Contracts Administrator to Sr. Project Controls Analyst in the Engineering/Project Mgmt. Dept.  Now that she’s retired from the corporate grind, Tina is following her passion to support progressive political change in the areas of voting rights, racial/ethnic discrimination, criminal justice and immigration reform. As a registered Harris County VDVR she has organized and facilitated the Houston #Project Orange pilot program and will continue on as Coordinator for our statewide initiative scheduled to launch in first quarter 2019.

Tina Kingshill

Director, #ProjectOrange

Tina grew up in a small Italian neighborhood in New Castle, Pennsylvania as one of four daughters of an Italian immigrant father who came to the U.S. as a 13 year old boy. Her mother’s parents were also first generation Italian immigrants who came to the U.S. seeking a better life where it was rumored ‘the streets were paved with gold’. No such luck they soon discovered as they earned a living doing the backbreaking work to build the nation’s railroad system. Stories of discrimination against the Italians on the jobsite were common. Still they were determined to become “Americans” and legally changed their name from Agostinelli to a more American sounding Augustine.

Moving to Florida in her twenties, Tina worked to become one of the youngest store Managers with Stuart’s Junior Apparel. She went on to become Branch Manager of Accurate Personnel Agency serving the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area.

Marriage in 1979 brought her to Houston where she worked as Office Manager at Entertainment Publications for seven years and currently resides. In January of 2016, Tina retired after a 26 year career with Williams Gas Pipeline (formerly Transco Energy), where she worked her way up the corporate ladder from Contracts Administrator to Sr. Project Controls Analyst in the Engineering/Project Mgmt. Dept.

Now that she’s retired from the corporate grind, Tina is following her passion to support progressive political change in the areas of voting rights, racial/ethnic discrimination, criminal justice and immigration reform. As a registered Harris County VDVR she has organized and facilitated the Houston #Project Orange pilot program and will continue on as Coordinator for our statewide initiative scheduled to launch in first quarter 2019.

 
Dr. Fred A. Infortunio, MBA-Finance,      BS-MS-ChE, PE (FL.), CSP (ret.)    For the Common Good of All  Curriculum Vitae  Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, with frequent trips and living at a summer home in Sussex NJ. This was a tale of two cultures: a city life and a very rural farm life.  He attended Catholic school through 8th grade then, He was fortunate enough to attend and graduate from Brooklyn, Technical High School.  He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University for both a BS (72) & MS (76) in Chemical Engineering, earned an MBA - Finance from Rutgers (94), and a PhD (DBA-2003) - Management from Argosy University (previously University of Sarasota, FL.  His career path during his late teens and early to mid 20s entertained becoming a professional musician (bass guitar). If he had a better voice, that would have tipped the scales toward music.  Married for 36 years, now recently divorced. He had two special needs children now 32 and 20; both were mostly home schooled through high school. His daughter was adopted at 2 months old. His son is now a mathematician, environmental engineer and consultant, and a student at U of H.  He spent his life as a safety and fire protection engineer, visiting over 1,500 high hazard industrial, chemical plants, and refineries. He was also an entrepreneur; he owned and ran three residential apartment buildings and one commercial building. The total tenant population was 43 tenants. He also ran a computer company based on copyrights he held on field routing software for service companies. He ran an engineering safety service business from 1995 to 2008.  He moved to Texas to work for GE in 2008 as a process safety manager. he retired in 2016.  His years of safety engineering led to his studying management and safety culture at the doctoral level. This led to the identification of three cultural variables that are correlated with levels of accident rates across the world. The three dimensions are "Power Distance", "Individuality-Collectivism", and "Uncertainty Avoidance". Management cannot change a long ingrained culture, but it can be managed.  Fred, used to be an avid golfer, but that fell to the side as he and his wife concentrate on raising a family. He enjoys the arts, reading philosophies, tinkering around the house, he enjoys pistol shooting and reloading.  He is supposed to be retired, but the political situation in the country has called him to assist his fellow citizens.  He spends his time as a political contributor to the common good of all Texans, and he is occasionally an expert witness for safety concerns.  His philosophy is "government for the common good".

Dr. Fred A. Infortunio, MBA-Finance,

BS-MS-ChE, PE (FL.), CSP (ret.)

For the Common Good of All

Curriculum Vitae

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, with frequent trips and living at a summer home in Sussex NJ. This was a tale of two cultures: a city life and a very rural farm life.

He attended Catholic school through 8th grade then, He was fortunate enough to attend and graduate from Brooklyn, Technical High School.

He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University for both a BS (72) & MS (76) in Chemical Engineering, earned an MBA - Finance from Rutgers (94), and a PhD (DBA-2003) - Management from Argosy University (previously University of Sarasota, FL.

His career path during his late teens and early to mid 20s entertained becoming a professional musician (bass guitar). If he had a better voice, that would have tipped the scales toward music.

Married for 36 years, now recently divorced. He had two special needs children now 32 and 20; both were mostly home schooled through high school. His daughter was adopted at 2 months old. His son is now a mathematician, environmental engineer and consultant, and a student at U of H.

He spent his life as a safety and fire protection engineer, visiting over 1,500 high hazard industrial, chemical plants, and refineries. He was also an entrepreneur; he owned and ran three residential apartment buildings and one commercial building. The total tenant population was 43 tenants. He also ran a computer company based on copyrights he held on field routing software for service companies. He ran an engineering safety service business from 1995 to 2008.

He moved to Texas to work for GE in 2008 as a process safety manager. he retired in 2016.

His years of safety engineering led to his studying management and safety culture at the doctoral level. This led to the identification of three cultural variables that are correlated with levels of accident rates across the world. The three dimensions are "Power Distance", "Individuality-Collectivism", and "Uncertainty Avoidance". Management cannot change a long ingrained culture, but it can be managed.

Fred, used to be an avid golfer, but that fell to the side as he and his wife concentrate on raising a family. He enjoys the arts, reading philosophies, tinkering around the house, he enjoys pistol shooting and reloading.

He is supposed to be retired, but the political situation in the country has called him to assist his fellow citizens.

He spends his time as a political contributor to the common good of all Texans, and he is occasionally an expert witness for safety concerns.

His philosophy is "government for the common good".

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Dr. Karla D. Brown is a former educator with over 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher and administrator in southeast Texas and southern California.  She has served as Adjunct Professor at Texas Southern University and California Baptist University preparing pre-service educators.  She holds a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Southern University and credits her academic and professional experiences with giving her the inspiration to see the vision for the organization (The Providence on Southmore, Inc) to fruition.  She began the 501 c3, Non-Profit organization in 2012 with the purpose of assisting high school students with the transition to post-secondary education and supporting them through completion within five years.  Her motto in life and business is:  Success in Non-Negotiable!

 
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 Dr. Undrai F. Fizer, Spiritual Teacher/Strategist; The Fizer Centre for Intuitive Living

 

Undrai enjoys life as an author, teacher, and accomplished jazz pianist. Not only is he a “practitioner” of divine principle and life, he is also the founder of Kairos Inter-Global,      a multi-faceted, Wisdom Network formulated to provoke and inspire thought that leads to personal and spiritual enlightenment, purpose, and awakening. He shares his life with Bridget E. Fizer and their three sons Benjamin, Loren, and Zion in the city of Houston, Texas.  Fizer also founded a strategic, community advancement module which functions as a governmental arm of Kairos, “HOUSTON. HOPE. HUMANITY. From this medium, Fizer brings solutions, ideas, and compassion to many of our city’s and nation’s ills; i.e. voter registrations and rights; health-care; leadership, and more..

 

He holds doctoral degrees from Latin University of Theology, as well as United Graduate College and Seminary. Fizer was recently honored with The Global Leadership award from iChange Nations as well as a commission as Goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations Interfaith Initiative “The Golden Rule!”


 


 

Laurel (Niki) Hayes DVM

Laurel (Niki) Hayes DVM