Board of Directors

Lindsay Gary, MPA, MA

Founder & Board President

Lindsay Gary, MPA, MA is a professor-scholar, social entrepreneur, and multidisciplinary artist. She graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in history and minors in dance and business administration, and with an MA in history and MPA in public policy from Texas Southern University. In 2018 she was selected as a Mellon Scholar in African American History and in 2019 obtained her Graduate Certificate in African American Studies. She works as a professor of history, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Africology and African American Studies.

Lindsay Seymour

Vice President

Lindsay is an ambitious young woman, presently residing in Houston, Texas, she has a passion for education, familes, and supporting the Black community. After moving from Phoenix, Arizona to attend Texas Southern University, Lindsay earned both her bachelors and masters degrees from Texas Southern University in Human Services in Consumer Sciences, with an emphasis in Child and Family Development. Upon completion of her masters degree, Lindsay entered into the field of education by becoming a middle school ELA teacher, and holding several leadership positions while in that role. Lindsay is currently enrolled at Texas Woman’s University pursuing her PhD. in Family Studies and working to become a Certified Family Life Educator.

Khloe Thibodeaux

Board Member At-Large, Marketing Co-Chair

Khloe Thibodeaux

Blake Green

Board Member At-Large

Blake Green is an independent consultant with more than eight years of experience in operations, business development and project management for private, non-profit, and governmental agencies. Blake, a Houston native, received his Bachelor‘s of Business Administration and Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Texas Southern University‘s Jesse H. Jones School of Business. Blake is a graduate of United Way’s Project Blueprint program and currently serves on a number of nonprofit boards throughout the Houston community, and was recently named one of Houston‘s top ’40 Under 40’ by i10Media Magazine.

Candace Okin

Board Member At-Large, Fundraising Co-Chair

Candace Okin offers nearly 10 years of fundraising, professional writing, communications and relationship management experience. Having worked as a professional Grant Writer for several nonprofits, she has effectively raised more than $4 million in private and government funds over the course of her career.

Candace has been published by several Houston based publications, which include 002 Magazine, and Bliss the Magazine, a relationship themed online Magazine. She also has experience in developing curriculum, as well as developing content for PR based efforts and marketing collateral, and has developed and executed communications strategies for stakeholders within nonprofit businesses. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Texas Southern University, and a Masters in Psychology from Houston Baptist University.

Shay Bell

Board Member At-Large, Fundraising Co-Chair

Shay Bell