NewSpring Board of Directors

Earl Lambert

Board Chairman

Earl 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.

Madonna Barfoot

Board Member

Madonna Barfoot is a Technical Implementation Manager for BBVA US. 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.

Kathleen Bowen

Board Member

Kathy 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.

Sharon Collins

Board Member

After 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!

Mary Fuller

Board Member

Just ten years ago, Mary Fuller, a former bank executive, could not have described herself as she does today: Bible study teacher, artist, author, speaker and retreat leader. An avid lover of scripture, Mary’s mission is “To help others discover, or rediscover, the joy and wonder of God’s Word through art, teaching and music.” Her first book, The SheepKeeper Waits, brings a new dimension to her teaching. Mary loves watching students’ artistic talent blossom at Newspring and is excited to join the board of this dynamic organization.

Luiza Grandchamp

Board Member

Luiza Grandchamp is the upper and middle school art teacher at The Kinkaid School; she has been an educator, life coach and entrepreneur for the past 23 years. Luiza was the former Director of the Newspring Visual Arts Program and current visual art studio chair. Prior to joining Newspring, for 11 years she headed the art department at Post Oak Montessori School in Houston.

Over the past 15 years Luiza has continued to develop her art skills through metalsmithing and jewelry design, creating her own jewelry company to sell original designs. Luiza currently serves on the board of Houston Art Society, has served on the boards of the Blackwood Land Institute, Living Forward Alliance and the Houston Metal Art Guild.

Julie Hempel

Board Member

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.

Monica Hill

Treasurer

Monica Hill is a Vice President of Business Banking at J P Morgan Chase & Co. Ms. Hill has served in several Banking roles since 2011. Prior to commercial banking, Monica co-owned a real estate investment business specializing in inner loop apartment complexes, from 2002 to 2008. Monica grew up in El Salvador, and moved to the United States in 1999. She obtained an undergraduate degree in International Business in 2004 from University of Houston. In 2006, she graduated from the University of St. Thomas with an MBA. Over the past 12 years she has served as a volunteer at the Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Clinic, student mentor at University of St. Thomas, finance advisor for Goldman Sachs Foundation’s 10,000 Small Businesses, and most recently as a mentor at Newspring.

Juan Islas

Board Member

Juan has been a lifelong photographer and professional for more than thirty years. Twelve years ago he began EV1-Pro, a professional photography and design business. EV1-Pro offers video and graphic design services making it easy for clients to get projects done with one service provider. Several years ago Juan began volunteering for Newspring as a photographer and as a professional mentor to middle and high school kids. He presents photography as a career to several classes each year. Juan loves the opportunity to share his experiences and give back to the community.

Susan Marriott

Board Member

Susan grew up in the Midwest, earning a BS from Iowa State University and PhD from Kansas State University. She studied human cancers at the National Institutes of Health and has been a Professor at Baylor College of Medicine for 30 years. In 2001 Susan co-founded BioScience Writers, LLC (BSW) a company that provides professional editing, writing, and training to the global scientific community. BSW was blessed to participate in and win the 2014 Newspring Business Plan competition and graduate into the Newspring Edge small business development program. These programs, and the continuity of business advising they provide, have transformed BSW business practices and elevated the business acumen of BSW employees. Susan is committed to education and providing opportunities at all levels and is eager to bring her small business perspective to Newspring as a Board member.

Frank Monachelli

Board Member

Frank is currently the Finance director for the Commercial and Wealth line of business at BBVA Compass. He joined the bank in 2003 and has served in a variety of finance capacities including finance director for the Corporate & Investment bank. He received an MBA in finance from the University of Rochester in 1995 and has completed additional executive education at both the Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He and wife, Ashley, have three sons and are active members at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Frank is also a member of the University of Rochester’s Texas Cabinet, an alumni organization dedicated to fundraising, outreach and education for the University.

Terry Sabom

Board Vice Chair/Secretary

Terry Sabom uses his over 40 years of experience in private law practice and as in-house counsel to help clients start new businesses, grow their enterprises to a sustaining level, and sell or pass along their companies to buyers, family members or employees. In addition to being a product of the Spring Branch schools and participating as a coach in Newspring’s Business Plan Competition, Terry acts as a mentor for Spring Branch middle school and high school students and is the president of his college fraternity’s 501(c)(3) foundation, a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, and a trustee of the MDPC Foundation. He and his wife Martha have enjoyed 48 years of a very happy marriage.

Lesa Smith

Board Member

Lesa graduated The Art Institute of Houston in 1983, and worked as an interior designer for over 30 years. Her first interiors job was with Cyril Gerac Interiors, where she got to work with some of Houston’s most famous, including Mickey Gilley. Lesa and Edgar have been married for 39 years and have two adult sons. She was chaplain of the Northwest Aggie Mom’s Club 2013-2016, where her duties included praying for Aggies, student care package distribution, and crafting for the boutique fundraisers. January 2019, Lesa began volunteering at Newspring’s front desk and helping with snacks. Over the years, she has supported Newspring students by attending the art auctions and now owns 8 beautiful works. Lesa has been a member of Newspring’s Inner Journey team since 2017 and is looking forward to what God has planned as she uses her love of art, prayer and working with students to serve on the board.

Trey Storer

Board Member

Trey is currently the head of Business Process Strategy in Client Solutions for BBVA. In this role he supports the development of strategic partnerships in the FinTech space to enhance the products and services offered to clients while enabling BBVA to reach new customers in the US through their partners. Trey has been with BBVA Compass and predecessor organizations for nearly 25 years working in a variety of roles including product development and marketing, customer and product profitability, commercial lending, retail finance, and sales models. He obtained an undergraduate degree in International Business from St. Mary’s University and later graduated from Texas A&M University with an MBA. Trey and his wife Renee currently live in Sugar Land with his three children, Cole (21), Isabella (16), and Greyson (11) and her two children Reese (13) and Ryan (11). He enjoys music, his family, and traveling along with volunteering regularly at Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome achievement center, and as a youth sports coach. He is a past president of the BBVA Compass Houston Volunteer Chapter.

Harry Tallichet

Board Member

Harry is a native Houstonian who has owned and operated his own residential construction and remodeling business from 1989 until his retirement in 2020. He is a liberal arts graduate of the University of Denver and earned an MS Accountancy degree from the University of Houston. He spent five years in public accounting at Arthur Young & Co. prior to starting his construction business. He and his wife, Janet, have three grown children and three granddaughters. They have been active members of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church for thirty-six years, serving the church in various capacities.

Advisory Board

Gary Olander

Gerald Bennett

Sheri Suarez Foreman

John Hartman

Milt Hempel

Kevin Hodges

Elizabeth Killinger

Rev. Keatan King

John Van Osdall

Leslie Sinclair

Bill Stubbs

Joe Warren