The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Chair
Bishop Andy Doyle is the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Born in Illinois and raised in Houston, Bishop Doyle served five years as Canon to the Ordinary prior to his election as bishop in 2008. Bishop Doyle graduated from the University of North Texas with a fine arts degree and earned a Masters of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary prior to his ordination in 1995. He was later awarded a Doctor of Divinity from both Virginia Theological Seminary and the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. Bishop Doyle served at Christ Church, Temple and St. Francis, College Station before being appointed Canon to the Ordinary for Bishop Wimberly in 2003. He is a published author, accomplished painter, a trained mediator and is fluent in Spanish. Bishop Doyle’s ministry includes a broad range of experience on boards including diocesan foundations, finance and communication, Mission Funding, Executive Board and the Hispanic Commission.
Linnet F. Deily, Executive Chair
Linnet F. Deily was nominated Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and Ambassador by President George W. Bush and confirmed in that post by the U.S. Senate on May 27, 2001. Ms. Deily had previously served as vice chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation. Prior to joining Schwab, Ms. Deily was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Interstate Bank of Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1967 and her Master of Arts degree in International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1976. By appointment of then Governor George W. Bush, she served on the nine-member Board of Regents of the University of Texas System. Her current board involvement includes Honeywell, the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Baker Institute Advisory Board. By Presidential appointment, she also recently served on the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Robert T. Blakely
Robert T. Blakely was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Fannie Mae from 2005 until 2007. Previously, he served as executive vice president and CFO at MCI, where he oversaw the restatement and restructuring of the finance, accounting and controls functions. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and CFO of Tenneco and of Lyondell Chemical and a managing director of Morgan Stanley. He has more than 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, controls and management. Mr. Blakely received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.B.A. from Cornell University, and his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell. Mr. Blakely held a four-year appointment as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council and served as a founding member of Standard & Poor’s Issuer Advisory Council. He currently serves on the boards of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center & Texas Heart Institute.
Maria Wycoff Boyce
Maria Wyckoff Boyce is a partner at Hogan Lovells LLP in Houston, Texas, where she prosecutes and defends complex commercial and intellectual property cases in the energy and technology industries in courts throughout the United States. Maria is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is ranked by Chambers. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells in 2015, Maria was a partner at Baker Botts LLP, where she served as the first female office managing partner of a major Houston law firm and served three terms on the firm’s Executive Committee. In 2014, Maria was appointed by Senator Cornyn and Senator Cruz to serve on the bipartisan committee that interviews federal judicial candidates for district court and Fifth Circuit vacancies in Texas. In this role, she actively participates in the process of vetting presidential appointed federal judges in Texas. Within the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Ms. Boyce serves as Chair of the Constitution and Canons Committee and previously served as President of the Great Commission Foundation, a Director of the Bishop Quin Foundation, and a Vestry member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. She is a Trustee of Connecticut College, a Director of Night Court, and a Director of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, Houston Chapter. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of St. John’s School, a K-12 independent school in Houston, and the Board of Directors of the Alley Theatre. Ms. Boyce received her B.A. from Connecticut College and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
The Rev. Bill Carroll
The Rev. Dr. Bill Carroll has served as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Longview since April 2019. He is a 1992 graduate of Harvard University. He received his Master of Divinity (1996) and Ph.D. in Christian theology (2005) from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2004 in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. He has also served as a Rector and a College Chaplain in the Dioceses of Southern Ohio and Oklahoma. At the time he was called as Trinity’s Rector, he was serving as Canon for Clergy Transitions and Congregational Life in the Diocese of Oklahoma. In the Diocese of Southern Ohio, he served for six years on the Commission on Ministry, as chair of the Faith in Life Committee, and as Chair of the Board of Examining Chaplains for the Vocational Diaconate. He was on the Executive Committee and Board of Rural Action, a non-profit promoting social and economic justice in Appalachian Ohio, using Asset Based Community Development and other community organizing models, which includes sustainable forestry and agriculture initiatives, as well as several environmental remediation projects centered on acid mine drainage, managed for the Army Corps of Engineers. He was also president of the Athens AIDS task force, a body that administered federal grants to provide case management and essential services for indigent patients living with HIV/AIDS in rural Ohio. He was President of the Board of Family Promise of Shawnee, and a member of the Executive Committee for Bridges out of Poverty in Pottawatomie County. He has continued his work with Family Promise in Longview, where he has been Board Chair since late 2019, helping oversee adaptive changes to our ministry with families who are homeless and housing-insecure throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. They are currently planning to renovate a new facility to include their offices and space to host families experiencing homelessness. His wife, the Rev. Tracey Carroll, is also an Episcopal priest and is serving St. Michael and All Angels, Longview. They have two children, Rachel and Danny. Danny has Down Syndrome and autism and caring for his special needs is a huge part of their family’s daily life.
Scott Caven, Jr.
Scott Caven is a senior relationship manager and co-head of CIBC Private Wealth’s Houston office, with more than 45 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining CIBC in 2003, he held a number of positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Dallas and Houston, including vice president and regional manager for Houston, south Texas and Mexico. Scott earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Texas School of Law.
Catherine P. Crain
Catherine Crain is a Vice President at Fayez Sarofim & Co. and a co-portfolio manager of the mutual funds that Fayez Sarofim & Co. subadvises for BNY Mellon. She is also a portfolio manager for a variety of institutional and high net worth clients. Ms. Crain earned a bachelor’s degree in the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program as well as an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a life member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and has previously served on the boards of The Joy School and Presbyterian School. She is a member of St. John the Divine and is currently serving as a trustee of the Memorial Endowment Fund.
Simone Talma Flowers
Simone Flowers is the Executive Director of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT), whose mission is to cultivate peace and respect through interfaith dialogue, service and celebration. Simone has over 28 years of extensive experience in non-profit management. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University. Simone is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization, Town Lake Chapter of the Links Incorporated and Impact Austin. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for; Community Advancement Network, Austin Housing Repair Coalition, One Voice Central Texas, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Texas Impact, National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation, Swan Songs, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and as an Advisory Board member of Urban Roots. Simone served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities and serves on the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council. She is the recipient of the Gulen Peace Award from the Dialogue Institute of Austin, the Outstanding Alumni Award from Leadership Austin, and the Anne Durrum Robinson Creative Initiative Award from Women Communicators of Austin. In 2020, Simone received the inaugural 2020 Communitarian Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Roland A. Goertz
Dr. Goertz served as CEO of the Waco Family Health Center for 22 years until his retirement in 2019. The Center functions as a Federally Qualified Health Center and the recognized provider of ambulatory healthcare for the vulnerable populations of McLennan County, Texas. The Center also operates Post Graduate Health Education Programs including a family medicine residency program that has trained over half the practicing family physicians in the McLennan County area. Dr. Goertz is a past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Association of Community Health Centers, and the McLennan County Medical Society. He has served on various committees of the Texas Medical Association and chaired the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Family Medicine Residency Advisory Committee. He is a past chair of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and Waco Business League. He received the McLennan County Medical Society’s “Gold Headed Cane” award in 2010 for contributions to the health of the community and to his profession. He is a recipient of the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Medical School Alumni Association. Dr. Goertz is a board member of the Waco based (philanthropic) Cooper Foundation. Dr. Goertz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Edward’s University (Austin, Texas), an Doctor of Medicine from The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Baylor University. His residency training in family medicine was at John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Bill Montgomery is a Partner of Quantum Energy Partners and is a member of Quantum’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Quantum, Bill was a Partner in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he headed the firm’s Natural Resources Group as well as its Houston office. He currently serves on the boards of Apache Corporation, Enterprise Products Holdings, LLC and Cockrell Interests. He has also been an active civic leader, chairing the boards of The Houston Museum of Natural Science and The St. Francis Episcopal Day School and currently serves on the board of trustees of The Episcopal Health Foundation and the Board of Visitors of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. At the University of Texas, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the McCombs School of Business and the Executive Committee of the Development Board. Bill earned his B.B.A. from The University of Texas and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Daisy Morales is the Vice President, Community Affairs at Community Health Choice (Community). She has overseen 500% growth at Community, created new market segments, and honed multi-cultural marketing for Community and within the local marketplace. Daisy helps other organization in the community, within her industry grow, and thrive. She helps guide the investments her organization makes in other health and human services non-profits. Daisy collaborates with other leaders in the Greater Houston region, helping start new clinics in at-risk neighborhoods, and building capacity at other non-profits. Daisy is passionate about the well-being of women and children. She volunteers with many worthy causes in the community, sometimes in formal leadership and other times simply working on the front lines, anonymously. Additionally, Daisy is a board member with The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) and Hispanic Health Coalition. She is a former board member of The Good Neighbor, The Women’s Fund, Avenue 360 Health & Wellness Centers and Harmony Public School Charter. Houston Business Journal recently presented Daisy with the “Women That Mean Business” award and Ford Motor Company “Mujeres Legendarias (Legendary Women).
Precious Williams Owodunni
Precious Williams Owodunni is CEO of Mountaintop Consulting, which assists high-impact individuals and growing companies through strategy consulting, coaching, and leadership and business development training. Before establishing Mountaintop Consulting, she was a vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she made private equity investments in high growth companies. She began her Goldman career as an investment banker in the Mergers & Strategic Advisory Group, advising oil and gas, oilfield services, power, consumer/retail, and industrial companies on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance matters. Ms. Owodunni graduated with honors from Yale University and received her J.D. from Yale Law School. She has served as a board member for numerous private companies, nonprofit organizations, and industry associations. She currently serves as a board member of Cadence Bank (NYSE: CADE) and Baylor College of Medicine.
Deborah Brown Robinson
Deborah Brown Robinson is currently the assistant to the Assistant Head of School and the Director of Human Resources at The Kinkaid School. Previously, she worked as a natural gas buyer for Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation and as a patient liaison for Dr. Hazim J. Safi, chairman and chief of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. Ms. Robinson holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her volunteer activities include past president of the Junior League of Houston, past president, board member and nominating chair of the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc., immediate past chair and current board member of The Gladney Center for Adoption, president of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association of Houston, board member of The Health Museum and fundraising positions for numerous Houston-area charities. Ms. Robinson and her family are members of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston where Debbie is a member of the Altar Guild.
The Rev. Neil Alan Willard
The Rev. Neil Alan Willard has been Rector of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston since 2014. He was previously Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Edina, Minnesota, for seven years and Associate Rector at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, for over six years. Before that he lived in South Carolina, serving congregations on Hilton Head Island and in Surfside Beach. He also worked as Bishop’s Clerk for the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in Richmond. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 1995 and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University in 1992.
The Rev. Katie Wright
The Rev. Katie Wright has been the eighth rector of St. Matthew’s Church in Austin since February of 2021. Previously she served at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin as the Associate Rector and Locum Tenens. She has served as the Vice Chair of Capital IDEA in Austin. The Rev. Wright was previously rector of St. Andrew’s in Elyria, Ohio, and she has also served as Associate Rector in charge of youth and family ministries at St. Mark’s in Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Youth Minister at Ascension in Dallas, Texas; and Director of Children’s Ministries at Transfiguration in Dallas, Texas. She received her Master of Divinity degree, Anglican Track, from Perkins School of Theology at SMU and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College.