Committee Chairs

Civic Engagement

Rachel Green

Civic Engagement Chair
civicengagement@haulyp.org

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, she was a 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. She became a patent agent as recognized by the United State Patent and Trademark Office in April 2014. In January 2016, she joined Alert Logic in Houston, Texas as a Jr. Software Developer.

In addition to HAULYP, Rachel is an active member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, serving in the women’s and young adults ministries and as a Sunday School teacher. She is also involved in several informal groups relating to technology.

Community Outreach

Kursten Berry

Community Outreach Co-Chair
communityoutreach@haulyp.org

Kursten Berry is a native of Wichita, Kansas and has been a member of the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP) since 2013. She served on the 2015-2016 board as the Community Outreach Chair and has since returned to the board as the 2016-2017 Community Outreach Co-Chair.

Kursten graduated from Texas Southern University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She returned to Texas Southern University and completed her Masters of Science in Biology in 2013.

Kursten currently works as a secondary education teacher at Stephen F. Austin High School. She enjoys creating meaningful relationships with her students, spending time with family and friends and working in ministry at church. Kursten’s goals are to create opportunities of service that focus on youth empowerment, mentorship and exposure to the arts.

Lakeisha Henderson

Community Outreach Co-Chair
communityoutreach@haulyp.org

Lakeisha is a native of Houston, TX and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. for her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. She is currently a Graduate Civil Engineer/Inspector and Certified Floodplain Manager for the City of Houston, where she provides technical knowledge and assistance to the public interested in constructing in the floodplain and to those seeking to repair homes recently affected by flooding events. She has previously worked in the private sector as a Traffic/Transportation Engineer where she designed various traffic calming measures and validated government street and bridge projects in Washington, D.C.

Lakeisha Henderson has been a member of HAULYP since February 2015. She joined the Community Outreach Committee and has enthusiastically participated in various projects such as volunteering in the Book sorting at Houston Public Library’s Book Warehouse, Project Restore at M.C. Williams Engineering Academy, Houston AIDS Walk, Bread of Life Service Projects, Mia’s Closet Back to School Bash, HAUL’s Achievement Matters and several Young Professionals University events.

Outside of HAULYP and work, Lakeisha enjoys attending concerts, traveling and reading.

Fund Development

Cherrelle Duncan

Fund Development Chair
funddevelopment@haulyp.org 

Cherrelle J. Duncan is a native of Lafayette, LA and has been a Houstonian since 2013. She is a Community Manager for the American Cancer Society and plans the organization’s signature fundraiser, Relay For Life. In this role she facilitates event planning, fundraising, and volunteer management for communities in the Greater Houston area. Cherrelle is also the founder of Duncan Impact Solutions, which specializes in non-profit consulting. She plans to use her experience to oversee the development needs of HAULYP and organize fundraising vehicles as well as sponsorships for the various events.

She received her B.A in Public Relations from the University of Louisiana in 2011 and her Master of Public Service & Administration from Texas A&M University in 2013. Cherrelle is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professional where she was chosen as a 2016 AFP Diverse Communities International Conference Scholar. She is also a proud member of the Prince Hall affiliated Order of the Eastern Star and the Houston A&M Club.  

Membership

Deion Dorsett

Membership Engagement Chair
membership@haulyp.org

Deion Dorsett has been a member of HAULYP since 2014. In 2007, Deion received dual Bachelor degrees of Science in Economics and Finance from Southern University and A&M College. He later returned to Southern University and A&M College to receive a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurship. He currently works for the Federal government as a Senior EEO Specialist.

Deion is a native of Baton Rouge, LA and serves as the National Chairman of the Southern University Young Alumni Network and executive board member of the Southern University Alumni Federation. He is a devoted father and friend who enjoys sports, community service, and black empowerment. As Membership Engagement Chair, Deion is devoted to ensuring that all members and guests receive a unique opportunity to become fully engaged community advocates.

Professional Development

James Alexander

Professional Development Chair
professionaldevelopment@haulyp.org

James received his B.S. in Finance from The University of Southern Mississippi and obtained his M.S. in Finance from LSU. He is currently a senior analyst with Honeywell, and has spent the past year in their Global FP&A group. He has previous experience in the consumer finance and O&G industry.  

Since joining HAULYP in 2013, he has been consistently engaged and has assumed increasing levels of responsibility within the organization. He has shown his willingness to serve in a variety of ways, such as being involved in the Civic Engagement Committee, joining the Community Outreach Committee’s “Core Team” and taking on the role of Professional Development Committee Co-Chair. His primary goal has been and will continue to be, enriching the HAULYP experience for all members.

Derek Garrett

Professional Development Chair
professionaldevelopment@haulyp.org

Derek Garrett was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, MI. Derek graduated from the Atlanta University Center Dual Degree Engineering Program with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Applied Physics from Morehouse College and Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He currently works as a Sourcing Project Analyst for Sysco Foods Corporation.

As a former member of the month, Derek has been consistently involved with HAULYP since first moving to Houston. Before serving on the executive board, he was an active member of the Professional Development Committee and helped to plan various special events. As the Professional Development Co-Chair, Derek along with James is charged with developing the business acumen of the general body by creating events and seminars to expand their understanding of personal finances and commerce. He will also strive to introduce a diverse array of minority owned business to the organization in order to create stronger partnerships between HAULYP and the greater Houston Area.

Public Relations & Marketing

Destiny Pitts

Public Relations & Marketing Co-Chair
pr@haulyp.org 

Destiny Pitts is a native of Wichita Falls, TX and has been a member of HAULYP since August 2015. Before joining the executive board, she served on the Community Outreach and Public Relations and Marketing Committees. She was named Member of the Month in October 2015. In 2013, Destiny graduated from the Art Institute of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Audio Production. She currently works as a Studio Coordinator and Audio Engineer at Wire Road Studios.  

Destiny is and an active member of St. Michael Catholic Church.  She plans on using innovative communication to inspire social consciousness and community engagement within the lives of our members.

Kristine Singleton

Public Relations & Marketing Co-Chair
pr@haulyp.org

Kristine is originally from Baytown, TX.  She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Human Development and the University of Houston – Clear Lake with a B.S. in Computer Science. As a recent graduate, she is currently building her work experience as an IT professional.

Kristine has served as a member of the Professional Development, Civic Engagement and Fund Development Committees in addition to volunteering for multiple events.

As Public Relations and Marketing Co-Chair, Kristine plans to continue to promote the HAULYP brand and engage the members in community initiatives within the Houston area.

Social & Cultural

Homer Britton

Social & Cultural Co-Chair
socialandcultural@haulyp.org

Homer Britton is an experienced, multi-faceted, project management professional who currently works as an IT Project Manager for Deloitte Services LP by day and a part time Crossfit instructor at CrossFit Willowbend by night. Originally from Chicago, Homer moved to Houston, TX in 2015  after living in Nashville, TN for 15 years. While a student at Tennessee Tech University, Homer received a Bachelor of Administration in Finance. He went on to complete his Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Homer is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and enjoys volunteering with the “Real Men Read” program. He also finds pleasure in networking and continuing to be a student of life. Homer enjoys listening to music, attending concerts, traveling, and working out. Through all of his life achievements, Homer’s ongoing success is accredited to the words of Ray LeBlond: “You learn something every day if you pay attention.”

Edidiong Obot

Social & Cultural Co-Chair
socialandcultural@haulyp.org

Edidiong is a proud first generation Nigerian–American with strong cultural ties that impact her community and influence cultural awareness. She is an alumna of Texas Southern University where she obtained a BS in Chemistry in 2008 as a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participants Scholar and United Health Care/Pacific Care African-American Scholar. Her substantial involvement with Environmental Science Research not only received research funding and support from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Special Program NASA Science and Technology Institute Fellowship, Air Force Research Laboratory Minority Leadership Fellowship, and Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellowship, but also led to her pursuance of obtaining a Master’s of Science with a degree in Environmental Toxicology in 2013. She has worked in the environmental industry inclusive of conducting environmental research, evaluating air and water quality, consolidation of hazardous waste, and environmental compliance for nearly ten years.

Edidiong has made a significant impact as an active member of HAULYP. She was recognized for her leadership efforts in “The Movement” by being awarded the 2012 HAULYP Member of the Year and for serving on the 2014 HAULYP Board. She understands the value of people, dedication, and hard-work which is why she is driven to accomplish her goal of leaving an imprint on anything she is involved in. Edidiong is a fan of the arts, sports, fashion, and enjoys serving as the Media Director at her church.

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