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 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.
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!
Board MemberJust 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 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 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.