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2020 kNOw Poverty Summit

Join Catholic Charities to explore how faith communities help individuals and families move from poverty to greater economic sustainability

kNOw Poverty Summit
Thursday, January 16, 2020
University of St. Thomas, Scanlan Room

4000 Mt Vernon Street, Houston, Texas 77006 (Google Map)
(Corner of Vernon and Main Streets — Download Campus Map)

Dr. Donna M. Beegle President and Founder of Communication Across BarriersFeatured Keynote: Dr. Donna M. Beegle
President and Founder of Communication Across Barriers
Poverty Expert • Life-changing Speaker • Recognized Author

Dr. Beegle inspires and educates individuals, organizations, politicians and entire communities with proven models to better outcomes for people in poverty. Born into a migrant labor family and married at 15, Dr. Beegle is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. By age 25, she earned her GED and, within 10 years, received her doctorate in educational leadership.

Cost: $50 per person
CEUs available for an additional $10

8:30 a.m. — Registration and Breakfast
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Summit

Event Info:

Agenda
  • 8:30 a.m.  -- Registration and Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. -- Welcome and Opening Prayer
  • 9:20 a.m. -- Keynote (Dr. Donna Beegle, President and Founder, Communication Across Barriers)
  • 11:30 a.m. -- Discovery Discussions: Innovations and Insights
  • 12:30 p.m. -- Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. -- Panel Discussion: Poverty in Houston
  • 2:30 p.m. -- Presentation: Parish Social Ministry Certificate Graduates
  • 3 p.m. -- Closing Remarks & Prayer
Speakers and Panelists

Anna M. Babin, President and CEOAnna Babin, United Way of Greater Houston
United Way of Greater Houston
Since 2005, Babin has led United Way through the development of the Second Century Vision, set to position the organization as the leading voice and expert in creating opportunities for low-income families and individuals to thrive. Under her leadership, United Way raised more than $50 million for relief and recovery after Hurricane Harvey. United Way THRIVE, a collaborative now in its 11th year, has helped more than 200,000 families achieve financial well-being and independence. Babin earned a degree in business administration from Lamar University and maintains her CPA credential. She serves on diverse community boards and has won numerous awards, including being named Houston Business Journal’s 2017 Best Non-Profit C-Suite Executive.

Dr. Donna M. Beegle President and Founder of Communication Across BarriersFeatured Keynote: Dr. Donna M. Beegle
President and Founder of Communication Across Barriers
Poverty Expert • Life-changing Speaker • Recognized Author
Dr. Beegle inspires and educates individuals, organizations, politicians and entire communities with proven models to better outcomes for people in poverty. Born into a migrant labor family and married at 15, Dr. Beegle is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. By age 25, she earned her GED and, within 10 years, received her doctorate in educational leadership.

Kim Burgo, CCUSAKim Burgo, Vice President, Disaster Operations, CCUSA
Disasters: Addressing Poverty in Early Response, Long-term Recovery
With 35 years of nonprofit experience, Burgo has participated in and/or led social service-based disaster response and recovery programming in 25 countries. Her knowledge and experience in the areas of humanitarian assistance, disaster response operations and emergency services led to her current work: addressing human vulnerability, suffering and poverty while seeking long-term, sustainable solutions. Catholic Charities is the third largest nonprofit disaster provider in the United States.

Cynthia N. Colbert, MSWCynthia N. Colbert, MSW
President and CEO, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
An expert on poverty and ways to address it, Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW, took the helm of Catholic Charities in 2012 and since then created new partnerships across the region to help impoverished individuals build better lives. With more than 20 years in the not for profit sector, she is an experienced leader in nonprofit management.

 

Jarad DavisJarad Davis, Director, Wrap Around Services
Houston Independent School District
Davis began his current role in 2019 after serving as HISD’s director of district success. He has experience as a classroom teacher and system of care coach, and works with administrators and teachers to create an engaging and challenging environment for student success. He earned his bachelor’s in communication and media studies from Texas State University-San Marcos and his master’s in educational leadership and administration from the University of Houston. He also serves as senior pastor for New Life Tabernacle Church.

Christine D FordChristine D. Ford, Educational Specialist
UTHealth
Dr. Ford creates and presents faculty and resident educational development workshops, and serves as lead director for the Medical Education Scholarly Concentration at UTHealth. She supported an undergraduate longitudinal continuity program (SCOPE) at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She also published a program evaluation of SCOPE in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. She has taught more than 30 workshops on creating a positive learning environment to faculty, residents and students. She recently earned her doctorate in ethical leadership at the University of St. Thomas.

Curtis McMinnCurtis McMinn, Senior Manager, Mission and Strategy
United Way of Greater Houston
McMinn has more than 10 years of progressive nonprofit volunteer recruitment, community outreach, office & project management, and corporate relationship development experience. At the United Way of Greater Houston, he evaluates programs and acts as liaison between the United Way and health care and behavioral health partners. He has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is educated in policy and statistical analysis, government management, human resources, and organization management.

Precious ParksPrecious Parks, Director of Academy
Generation One
Parks received her bachelor’s from the University of Houston in human development and family studies, and a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Prior to joining Generation One in August 2019, Parks invested the last 12 years in KIPP Texas Public Schools as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal and principal. She worked to develop the pre-K curriculum and instruction for the first pre-k3 cohort in KIPP Houston that served as a model for all pre-k3 programs in KIPP.

Larry PayneDr. Larry Payne, President
Civic Engagement and Critical Conversations, Houston Public Library; Producer/Host Dialogue Houston, HCC-TV
Dr. Payne has 40 years of experience in public service, education and not-for-profit and religious leadership. He is Vice President of The Desire Group – Human Capital Management, Education, Training and Consulting Firm. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Houston Habitat for Humanity. His career in public service includes notable positions at the city, state and congressional levels. He received the Knights of St. Peter Claver Justice Award, a National Award for outstanding community service.

Kathy PaytonKathy Payton, President and CEO
Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation
For 25 years, Payton has overseen and implemented the comprehensive community revitalization of Houston’s Historic Fifth Ward. The Fifth Ward CRC and its partners are aggressively pursuing activities designed to improve the lives of the residents of Fifth Ward. Taking a holistic approach to community development, FWCRC has moved well beyond home building and commercial development. The Lyons Avenue Renaissance is taking the Fifth Ward to the next level – a multi-million dollar development strategy.

Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, FSAHM; Dean, Ad Interim
Cizik School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Dr. Santa Maria earned her BSN from Ohio State University, an MSN in Public Health Nursing from Case Western Reserve University and her DrPH from UTHealth School of Public Health. She has experience with HIV/STI/pregnancy prevention and adolescent health, and served as the principal investigator/program director for several funded research projects. Dr. Santa Maria is researching HIV prevention intervention among youth experiencing homelessness, and is developing youth trauma-informed pregnancy and parenting support interventions.

Natalie Wood, Senior Vice Presidents of Programs
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Wood is responsible for the majority of social services provided to the community through Catholic Charities, ranging from food pantries to housing assistance to refugee resettlement. Each year on average, her programs serve more than 80,000 people through locations in Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris counties.

Nonprofit Partners:

Alliance of Multicultural Ministries        Houston Public Library       Children at Risk

Generation One Houston logo    Jewish Family Services Houston    Society of St. Vincent de Paul Houston    United Way of Greater Houston

 

For more information, please contact us at 713.874.6631 or knowpoverty@catholiccharities.org.