NewSpring Board of Directors
Board ChairmanEarl has more than 45 years of experience in the information technology industry. He began his career as a programmer for the Federal Reserve Bank in New Orleans. In 1979, he joined Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) Information Technology consulting practice and rose to the partner level. Over the past twenty-five years he served as the senior Information Technology executive for several companies in the energy industry and Chief Technology Officer for the City of Houston. Currently, Earl is assisting clients with the challenges of using big data and advanced analytics tools to operationalize visionary change. Earl and his wife, Susan, are members of Chapelwood United Methodist Church. Earl and Susan have two children and three grandsons.
Board MemberMadonna Barfoot is a Project Manager for PNC. She brings more than 20 years of banking and 15 years of treasury management experience. In addition to her background in Treasury Management, Madonna has served her entire career in banking and held various sales and operations management positions. Madonna is a graduate of Auburn University and is a Certified Treasury Professional and Project Management Professional. Madonna is active in the city as a volunteer with the Charity Guild of Catholic Women, a docent for Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Rienzi, Greater Houston Auburn Club alumni association, and Dress for Success. She is a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Board MemberKathy has over thirty years of experience in Energy Banking. She has been with BBVA and its predecessors for 25 years and is currently a Managing Director and Head of the Upstream Team in the Energy Group with commitments of approximately $4 Billion. She began her career as a credit analyst for MBank where she worked in the Energy Group prior to joining BBVA. Kathy received her BBA from the University of Illinois and her MBA from the University of Texas in Austin. She is a member of the Houston Producers’ Forum and the IPAA. Kathy and her husband Greg are members of Foundry United Methodist and volunteer with Cy Hope. They have two sons, Christopher and Connor. Connor is currently a junior at Baylor University.
Board MemberAfter retiring from a career in employee benefit management, Sharon Collins had no aspirations to be an artist or an author, but God had different plans. In early 2018, He called her to create a website and write devotionals to pair with abstract paintings. Those website postings ultimately became her first book, Becoming His Masterpiece, which was published in November 2020. Sharon has served on the Board of Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers. At her church home, Grace Presbyterian, she has served as both Elder and Deacon as well as in leadership roles for women’s Bible studies. Sharon is married to Ron and has three stepchildren and four exceptional grandchildren whom she loves to spoil by serving them ice cream for breakfast!
Julie has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development and taught for ten years in Georgia and Virginia. After a move to Houston, Julie transitioned careers, working for American Capital Funds in the Human Resources Department as Benefits Manager and at Chase Bank. She held various positions on the board of Collaborative for Children and is actively involved in Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church where she has served on the Personnel Committee and as elder for the Food Service and Connection Ministry. Julie is married to Milt Hempel and they have one son Peter who is married to Emily Conner Hempel.