Staff & Board

Judie Cross – Director of Development & Marketing

Judie Cross

Judie comes to Pathways for Little Feet after nearly 15 years of legal marketing, most of it spent with the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., as well as other law and accounting firms. Her knowledge of, and network in, Houston is a valuable asset to the team as she focuses on raising both funds and the public profile of Pathways.

Judie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in K-12 Physical Education from Cedarville College. She was adopted at birth, along with her twin brother, and in 2002 adopted a beautiful one-year-old Chinese girl. She is on the Advisory Board of Children at Risk, the former President of the Houston Legal Marketing Association, and past President of the Board of Trustee for Bering Omega Community Services. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is a self-proclaimed “foodie.”

 Fran Fauntleroy – Director of Advancement

franfauntleroy Mrs. Fauntleroy has been involved in marketing in Houston for 35 years, beginning with publishing three cookbooks with friends and twenty cookbooks and menu guides with the restaurants of Houston. Since 2008, Fran has worked alongside Jill and Kerr Taylor to make Pathways for Little Feet a reality. She was instrumental in establishing the focus group who solidified the idea of interest-free loans provided by Pathways. In addition, her fundraising efforts and results have been invaluable. Fran has had a special calling to be a part of this endeavor from the beginning and has consistently worked to move our mission forward. She feels great joy in seeing these children and families united.

In addition to her involvement with Pathways, Fran is a member of the board at The Museum of Fine Arts Rienzi, The University of St. Thomas Development, and a marketing specialist for The Social Book.

Sandy Fuglaar – Program Manager, Family Fund

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Sandy serves as Pathways for Little Feet’s primary point of contact for families seeking financial assistance. She brings a unique work experience all the way from Midland, Texas, where she raised her son who is now in college in Scotland, and worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist for several leading dentists.

Sandy has a heart for reaching out to our families who are in the process of paying off their loan, and building community with our alumni. She is an avid equestrian and enjoys spending time with her family who are in Houston.

 

Governing Board

H. KERR TAYLOR, MBA, J.D.

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Kerr Taylor serves as Founder and President of the Board of Directors of Pathways for Little Feet. Kerr’s personal journey of adoption provides him with a unique perspective as Board President. His passion to help create a better world for children is demonstrated through his tireless commitment to the cause. His 30+ years of corporate experience has been instrumental in developing a strong Board, building a team of professional staff, and creating an organization that will continue to grow as a world-class organization.

Kerr is the former Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of AmREIT. From 1985, until the company was sold in 2015, he grew his team from three to more than 50 professionals, enlarged the property portfolio to over $1 billion of Irreplaceable Corners™, and increased the investor base to more than 6,000 shareholders and partners. Kerr holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University, a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, a Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (OPM-Owners & Presidents Management Program).

Jill W.R. Taylor

pho_jilltaylorJill Taylor is the Founder and board secretary for Pathways for Little Feet. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University. Her Post Baccalaureate studies at the Neuhaus Education Center further prepared her for work in the field of special education in the public school system.

For many years, Jill and Kerr experienced first-hand the heartbreak and grief of infertility, but their love for children led them to adoption, and in 1998 they were overjoyed to bring home their baby girl Christina from Russia. The Taylor family then welcomed biological children Graham in 1999 and Kenner in 2000. The adoption experience left the Taylor’s with a desire to do more to help children and adoptive families, and this desire was the genesis for the founding of Pathways for Little Feet.

Rob Casper

Rob Casper is a Vice President at Rowland Taylor where he leads the Equities area of investment. He was raised in Houston and graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. Upon graduation, he served as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps, commanding two platoons of 40 Marines and a rifle company of 200 Marines. Rob deployed three times and considers himself privileged to have served beside some of this country’s finest men and women.

Rob attended Harvard Business School following his service in the Marine Corps. Upon graduation, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the Houston office. During this time, he worked on a number of private equity due diligence projects across different industries. Following his time at BCG, Rob worked at Double R Partners private investment firm sourcing and diligencing opportunities in the lower middle market.

Jane Costello, CPA

pho_janecostelloJane Costello is a Certified Public Accountant and has had her own CPA practice for over 25 years. Her prior work experience includes 4 ½ years with a multi-national accounting firm, and five years as the Controller for a privately held oil and gas company.

Jane graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She is an active member of First Presbyterian Church, and has served as a Board member for numerous non-profit organizations over the over 25 years

John F. Sullivan III

John Sullivan III is a Partner with the international law firm of K&L Gates LLP. He has been resolving complex commercial disputes for clients in creative and economic ways for almost 30 years. He has achieved a litany of successes by his litigation skills, negotiation diplomacy, tenacity and integrity. He has tried well over sixty (60) cases to juries, judges and/or arbitral panels. He has a broad base of experience, but focuses his practice on Oil and Gas matters. John is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the separate fields of Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law. As a Mediator, he offers mediation services to parties wanting to resolve their disputes outside the court system consistent with 1 Corinthians 6:1-11.

John is a frequent speaker, author and lecturer. He devotes considerable time and effort to pro bono causes including the representation of victims of human trafficking, persecuted immigrants seeking asylum and of children caught in the legal system. He and his wife Kristi have five children, one of whom is adopted.

William W. Stubbs

Bill Stubbs Head shotBill Stubbs of William W. Stubbs and Associates, a 30-year old international interior design firm whose recent projects have taken him around the world to Kiev, Moscow, London, Hawaii, Acapulco and Palm Beach. He is also host of Emmy-Nominated Moment of Luxury, a lifestyle series which premiered on public television stations.

Named to the AD 100, Architectural Digest’s list of the World’s Top Designers and Architects, his award-winning designs have included renovations of historical buildings, private homes and estates, vacation retreats, and most recently, the interior design of a large corporate jet.

Bill serves on several non-profit boards, Preservation Houston, NewSpring (art programs for at risk children) and founding member of Faith in Practice and Cancare.

 Eric J. Thomas, M.D., M.P.H.

543-0101-Thomas21-150x150Dr. Eric Thomas is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Healthcare Quality at the McGovern Medical School at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and completed his internal medicine residency at UT Southwestern affiliated hospitals. In 1994, he completed a general internal medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and received a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University. He then joined the Harvard Medical School Faculty before moving back to Houston in 1998.

Eric is a general internist at UT Physicians, conducts research on patient safety, and teaches and leads research and quality improvement efforts. Eric and his wife Laura feel strongly about adopting children in need. They have two children, the youngest of whom is adopted.

Thomas H. Zenner, MBA

Tom-Zenner2-150x150Tom Zenner was a founding partner of Black Diamond Development, LLP, a Houston-based residential real estate development and construction firm, and now serves as a consultant to the industry. Prior to his nine years in the real estate industry, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Mosbacher Power Group, a local energy company that developed international power plants. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Jesse H. Jones School at Rice University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Tom is a native Houstonian and currently serves on the board of St. Michael’s Catholic School. Previously, he served on the board of The Arbor School, and on the Advisory Board of Pathways for Little Feet. Tom and his wife Kelly have two children, both of whom are adopted.

Advisory Board

Kristin and Joe Bourgeois
Debra Broussard
Lisa and Canon Coleman
Gayle and John Durie
Rebecca and Keith Hofmann
Christine and Radkey Jolink
Jennifer B. LeMaster
Ellen and Leo Linbeck, III
Jenny and E. Clark Lutz
Emelie Mavligit
Catherine and George McCanse
Patricia A. and Cullen L. Moore
Lisa and Michael O’Leary
Christina and Alexander Papandreou
Cathy and Pito Pratt
Kelly and Carl Price
Isla Carroll Reckling
Melody Royall
Denise Traylor Whetsell and John Whetsell
Mary Whilden
Kim and Reid Wilson
Gaye Lynn and Stuart Zarrow
Kelly Zenner