Houston native and community activist for the temporarily homeless

Sharon Johnson: Aspiring — temporarily homeless — graphic designer There are 3,938 homeless men, women and children in the Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties, combined, according to the 2019 homeless count by the Coalition for the Homeless. And as of now, Houston-native Sharon Johnson is one of them. Johnson, 57, was born and raised […]

Archiving the Asian-American experience

Anne Chao: Manager, Houston Asian American Archive — Adjunct Lecturer in the Humanities — Rice University Since 2010, Rice University’s Houston Asian American Archive (HAAA) has chronicled the oral history of Houston’s Asian American community.  “Houston has the eighth largest Asian American population in the country but does not have an oral history archive to […]

NAMI executive director, advocate for a broader perspective on mental illness

Neal Sarahan: Doctor — Ally — Advocate for mental illness Annual physicals are a natural rhythm in a modern adult’s life, but nearly 15% of Americans haven’t had contact with a health care professional in the past year. Mental-health check-ups are even less common. Approximately, 1 in 5 adult Americans experiences mental illness in a […]

Business manager, multi-county commuter

Ryan Stough: Manager — Parent — Commuter As a six-year Houston resident, Ryan Stough has become all too familiar with one of Houston’s biggest headaches: long commutes.  As a Pearland resident, Ryan’s job as a general manager at a Houston-area Mister Car Wash Lube Center requires him to commute across two counties each day. And […]

Kindergarten teacher, advocate for early childhood education

Blessy George: Advocate — Early Childhood Educator As a kindergarten teacher in Harris County, Blessy George has had a first-hand view of the impact early childhood education can have on a child’s academic future.  “At the end of kindergarten, there are high expectations from the students,” George said. “A lot of times, my struggling students […]

Petroleum engineering professional, temporarily unemployed

Paula Inman: Lifelong Learner — Job Hunter — Energy Professional As a Texas A&M graduate in petroleum engineering, oil and gas was the foundation on which Paula Inman built her career. With more than two decades in the industry, Inman has seen the ups and downs of the oil and gas industry reflected in her […]