Civic Engagement

Rachel Green

Civic Engagement Chair

Rachel Green is originally from Beaumont, Texas.  She attended Rice University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2013. While at Rice, Rachel was a member of several groups and organizations, such as the Peer Academic Advisors, Black Student Association, and the Alternative Spring Break.  She also served as a student advisor for the Program in Writing and Communication, staff member and co-editor-in-chief of the university yearbook, and staff member and coordinator of the Impact Rice Retreat.

After graduation, Rachel began working as a technical advisor at Fletcher Yoder, P.C., in Houston, Texas.  Rachel became a patent agent as recognized by the United State Patent and Trademark Office in April 2014.  In January 2016, Rachel joined Alert Logic in Houston, Texas as a Jr. Software Developer.  Currently, Rachel works as a freelance software developer within the Houston area.

In addition to HAULYP, Rachel is also an active member of her church, Chapelwood United Methodist Church, including serving in the women’s and young adults ministries and as a Sunday School teacher. Rachel is also involved in several informal groups relating to technology, including as a co-organizer of a women’s coding meetup group and as a contributor to various software projects.

Community Outreach

Ralfiel D. Wright

Community Outreach Co-Chair

Ralfiel Wright is a native of Hattiesburg, MS.  He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Mississippi State University December 2013.  He is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration at Prairie View A&M University.  Ralfiel is also a member of Houston’s Emerging 100 Chapter that partners with 100 Black Men of America, Houston Metropolitan Chapter improving communities around the Houston area.

Ralfiel works as a HR Recruiter for the City of Houston.  He supports one of the city’s largest departments, Public Works & Engineering.  He aids in putting our workforce back to work, assisting with programs such as: Second Chance, multiple job fairs, Veteran’s Outreach and partnerships.  Prior to his employment with City of Houston, he worked as a HR Recruiter for Nissan’s Manufacturing Corporation.  During his time at Nissan, he helped develop recruiting module programs and incorporated a new talent acquisition website portal.

Ralfiel has been a member of HAULYP since December 2016.  He’s part of the Community Outreach Committee and has volunteered with events such as Hackathon/Urban Code and Worthing High School Workshop. What he values most about HAULYP is being part of an organization that is dedicated to giving back to the community. Also, the passion, dedication and hard work the leaders and members put into making this organization successful.  During his free time, Ralfiel enjoys golfing, reading and traveling.

Favorite Quote: “The direction of your focus is the direction your life will move. Let yourself move toward what is good, valuable, strong and true.” –Ralph Marston

Ralphael C. Breda

Community Outreach Co-Chair

Raphael Breda is an educator an Alumni of Willowridge High School. Before returning to his alma mater he received an Associates of Applied Arts and Science Degree in Business Technology from Houston Community College and a Bachelors of Applied Arts & Science Degree in Legal & Administration from University of Houston-Victoria. He currently serves as President of Project Aristocrat Life Foundation, HAULYP Community Outreach Committee Co-Chair, Member of Fort-Bend Super Neighborhood #41 and various other committees at Willowridge High School. His passion is giving back to others and equipping underprivileged kids in urban neighborhoods with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful.

Fund Development

Lauren Fowlkes

Fund Development Co-Chair 

Lauren Fowlkes is from Detroit, Michigan where she grew up and attended school. She received her Bachelors of Applied Arts Degree in Public Relations and Journalism from Central Michigan University. She recently moved to Houston last year and instantly fell in love with the city. She currently works as a marketing coordinator at the Houston CPA Society where she completes marketing initiatives involving: branding, social media and website management. She is very passionate about community service and black empowerment. In her free time, you can catch her hanging out with friends, enjoying a hot yoga class or reading.


Donnisha Frison

Membership Engagement Co-Chair

A native of New Haven, CT, Donnisha moved to Houston from Richmond, VA in 2013. She enjoys bridging the gap between businesses and technology, by creating technology-based valued-added contributions for both the consumer and the business. Prior to becoming active with the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals, Donnisha was the Vice President and Membership Chair for Hewlett- Packard’s Young Employee Network – Houston, where she worked with her colleagues and senior leadership sponsors to provide programming in efforts to retain top-talent. Donnisha is an active member and leader of Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals, serving as the Membership Committee Co-Chair along with Natasha Wade.  

On a personal note, Donnisha enjoys traveling, attending music festivals, and learning German.

Professional Development

Christopher Jordan Below

Professional Development Co-Chair

Christopher Below was born in Channelview, Texas. Chris graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a concentration in Financial Planning. He currently works at Wealth Development Strategies located in the Museum District as an Financial Professional.

Chris has been consistently involved in HAULYP since September 2016. Before serving on the Leadership board, he was an active member of the Professional Development Committee. Chris’s goal is to create programs and seminars that enhance the professional skills and careers of HAULYP members. Chris enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with family and friends. Chris is also a volunteer in  the after-school mentorship program, “Forward and Beyond”, and one of the Co-Host of the “Roommates Podcast”, Houston’s hottest and fastest growing podcast.

Phillip Butler

Professional Development Co-Chair

Phillip Butler is a native Houstonian and a graduate of University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Lafayette, LA where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  He currently works for Wealth Development Strategies as a Financial Professional. In his spare time, he enjoys going to concerts, trying new restaurants, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.

Phillip has truly enjoyed being a part of such an incredible organization, and as Professional Development Co-Chair plans to continue to support the mission and vision of HAULYP.

Public Relations & Marketing

Mallory Henderson

Public Relations & Marketing Chair 

Mallory Henderson is a proud Houstonian. After attending Texas Tech University for three semesters, she transferred to University of Houston and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications – Public Relations. While attending UH she served as the Marketing Chair of the Black Student Union, helping a dedicated Executive Board resurrect the organization. She sees her establishment of BSU signature event, UH Black Grad, as one of her greatest achievements and is proud to have left a lasting legacy.

 Henderson takes great pride in her community involvement. She has been a member of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church for over twenty years. There she currently sings in the Sanctuary Choir and is an active member of the Women’s Guild. In addition, she is a PRSA and PRSA Houston member, is a full time PR and Marketing professional, and throws an annual charity birthday party entitled The Premier. Henderson has been a member of HAULYP since April 2016 and is proud to hold a leadership position in such an esteemed organization.

Mallory is a dancer and singer, and one day hopes to practice regularly again. She enjoys listening to music, reading, and engaging in a great laugh. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends or relaxing near water.

Social & Cultural

Natasha D. Wade

Membership Engagement Co-Chair

Natasha is a Houston native—born and raised.  She is the Founder & CEO of Shatterbox Coaching and Consulting where the motto is “Shatter the box you’re in and live the life you want!”  As a life and career strategist, she helps her clients pursue the life and work of their wildest dreams by offering a host of services such as life and career coaching, resume writing, interview preparation, and LinkedIn optimization.  

She has 10+ years of experience helping others achieve their personal and professional goals, including her approximate 5 years as a professional recruiter.  She has successfully placed hundreds of professionals into their ideal work environments from Fortune 500 healthcare companies to small and mid-size medical organizations.  Currently, she is a recruiter at Humana, a major managed care company.

Natasha is an active member and leader of Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals, serving as the Membership Committee Co-Chair along with Donnisha Frison.  She is also a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC) and International Coach Federation – Houston Charter Chapter.  

On a personal note, Natasha is a certified foodie and loves all things thriller and suspense—books and movies.  She is a lover of the arts so feel free to invite her to any events involving painting, performance or creative expression.  

Leslee S. Smith

Fund Development Co-Chair 

Leslee Smith was born and raised in the great city of Houston, Texas. After teaching English and coaching girls’ basketball and track for four years, she decided to return to the University of Houston to receive a degree in Construction Management.

Leslee currently works for a construction company as a Procurement Agent and enjoys working alongside her family in their construction business as well. In her spare time she loves to watch movies, hang out with family and friends, and eat amazing food.

She has been a member of HAULYP since March 2015 and is now the Fund Development Co-Chair. Leslee has enjoyed being a part of an organization that is focused on so many aspects of the African American community – from pressing matters, like civic engagement, to simple matters, such as interacting and networking with others.


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