Board of Directors - Bios

 
Jeremy Davis

Board Chairman | Army Veteran

Production Engineer; Oxy, Inc

Jeremy is a successful leader with a diverse background in military operations, project management, construction and oil & gas. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and his MBA from the Jones School of Business, Rice University in Houston, TX.

Throughout his diverse career, he has worked with wild land firefighting, fixed site security, operations in time constrained environments, training/mentoring, technology application and transformation, commercial construction, data management/analysis, and oil & gas production. He has extensive knowledge in team building, strategic/operational planning and execution, and problem solving & decision making. He has proven success in safely delivering results in time-constrained, high-stress environments.

 
Tangila Dove, M.B.A, Ph.D.

Board Director

Vice President College Services; Alamo Colleges

Dr. Tangila Dove, Vice President of College Services, holds over twenty years of direct experience in operational and financial accounting in the community college system, non-profit, local government agency work, and private sector. Dr. Dove has been employed at the Alamo Colleges since 2000, where she provides leadership to Northeast Lakeview College's administrative and operational services.

Under her purview, she oversees the alignment of budget and financial services, Human Resources, Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, Facilities Development and Support, Department of Public Safety, College Resource Development and Information Technology striving to achieve the Alamo Colleges' overall goal of student success. Most recently, she served as the college's accreditation liaison. Under Dr. Dove's leadership, Northeast Lakeview College was recently received initial accreditation, with commendation, by the Southern Association of Colleges Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), in December 2017.

Prior to her role as Vice President of College Services, Dr. Dove served as the Director of College Services at Northeast Lakeview College. Before joining Northeast Lakeview College in August 2006, she was the Campus Budget Officer at Alamo Colleges-St. Philip's College. Additionally, Dr. Dove has taught as an adjunct faculty member in Accounting for St. Phillips College-Northeast Campus; and as an Operational Management and Technical Management adjunct faculty member for Wayland Baptist University.

 

During her tenure as Vice President of College Services, Dr. Dove served as President for the Community Colleges Business Officers (CCBO) Board of Directors, for the 2015-2016 year. She completed the Harvard Kennedy School Crisis Leadership in Higher Education Program this 2016 and the Harvard School of Education, Institute for Educational Management in 2017. Dr. Dove is a 2015 graduate for Leadership Texas, a 2009 graduate for the Community College Business Officers Leadership Academy and a 2007-2008 graduate for the Alamo Colleges Leadership Academy for Success. Dr. Dove is also a two-time award recipient for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) in 2007 and 2011.

 

Dr. Dove's professional affiliations include: Community Colleges Business Officers (CCBO), National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the Alamo Chapter Project Management Institute, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

 

Dr. Dove's degrees include a B.B.A. in Accounting from Jackson State University, an M.B.A from Webster University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Capella University.

 
Jason Rorie

Board Director | Navy Veteran

Founder, Elevated Technologies

Jason Rorie is the founder of Houston-based Elevated Technologies, which providers IT management and security solutions and services for small and medium-sized businesses. As an entrepreneur who built Elevated Technologies from the ground up, Jason understands the challenges facing his clients and is adept in diagnosing critical needs.

U.S. NAVY CAREER: SETTING GOALS. Jason grew up in the small town of Corinth, Mississippi, but he had big dreams. He bought his first computer, an entry-level consumer brand sold at Walmart, when he was in high school – and it was love at first sight. After graduating from high school, Jason saw little opportunity at home, but he found it in the military. Jason joined the U.S. Navy and left for boot camp in 1996. It was in the Navy where Jason's tech and security career began as a Radioman/Information Systems Technician from 1996 to 2000 where he held a Top Secret Security Clearance. He worked with military cryptography and encrypted message and communication circuits on a daily basis. He served two deployments to the Persian Gulf with a Mine Countermeasures (MCM) rotational crew, which uses technologies to find and clear mines from vital waterways.

The Navy also provided the setting where he learned to set goals, which was something new to him. On his first tour to the Persian Gulf, Jason's Chief asked him, "What do you want to accomplish in your first four year in the Navy?" Without hesitation, Jason replied that he intended to reach four goals: To advance from E1 to E5 (an enlisted sailor's rate), earn Sailor of the Quarter during his tenure, earn an Enlisted Surface Warfare pin, and lastly, to earn a Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal. These were very ambitious goals for a young sailor. Jason's Chief laughed with a suggestion posed as a question, "How about you set some realistic goals?" Undeterred, this incident set a fire in Jason, who would achieve all four of his goals during only four years of service, including the honor of being the USS Pioneer's Sailor of the Year in 1999. Although Jason's old Chief was transferred by the time Jason had each his "impossible" goals, it was Jason who had "the last laugh." In the end, Jason was grateful to the Chief for inspiring him to set goals and achieve them.

EDUCATION: FOLLOWING PASSION. In the military, Jason gained technical knowledge as well experience in leadership, work ethic, and conduct which greatly influenced his career and character. After leaving the Navy, he carried with him the same fire and passion into civilian life: he set new, ambitious goals and then set out to achieve them. First, Jason attended technical schools to learn programming, network engineering, and other IT skills. As a college student, he earned a degree in Computer Network Engineering and also a Bachelors in IT Network Management. While going to school, he worked various jobs in the IT industry from small business consulting up to enterprise support. Jason enjoyed helping small business owners with their technology needs, but thought he could do it better on his own terms. He set a new goal: to own his own IT consulting company.

 
Theresa Mobley

Board Director

Attorney; Cage, Hill & Neihaus LLP

Theresa, who is an attorney, proud Texan, and native Houstonian, practices law with the law firm of Cage, Hill & Niehaus LLP. She is a graduate of the South Texas College of Law Houston and concentrates in her legal practice in representing businesses in their financial reorganizations and trustees in all aspects of bankruptcy estate administration.

Theresa also holds a certification in executive non-profit management from Rice University. During her legal career Theresa has actively volunteered for the Houston Bar Association in numerous charitable projects and events and in its Veterans Initiative providing pro bono legal counseling for local military veterans.

 
Wyona Freysteinson, Ph.D.

Board Director

Associate Professor; Texas Woman’s University

Dr. Freysteinson is an Associate Professor and full graduate faculty scholar at Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas. Prior to accepting a full time position at Texas Woman’s University, Dr. Freysteinson had extensive experience across the continuum of care. She was a director of nursing for the largest non-profit home health in Southwestern United States.

In addition, she opened and directed a home and inpatient hospice program in this organization.  Dr. Freysteinson has extensive experience in skilled nursing and hospital nursing including emergency, neurosurgery, and medicine.

Dr. Freysteinson’s primary research focus is body image. Her studies of the experience of viewing self in the mirror for individuals who have suffered a recent visible body disfigurement due to surgery and/or trauma has resulted in sensitive meaningful nurse-patient communications. Her work with homeless women veterans has led to a greater understanding of the embodied experience of military sexual trauma as experienced in the mirror, in society, and in intimate relationships. She has published numerous articles and has presented her work locally, nationally and internationally.

In service to the community, Dr. Freysteinson is the Founder and Director of the Saint Elizabeth Anne Seton’s Parish Nursing Ministry. She is also the Vice President and a founder of the non-profit organization National Women with Disabilities Empowerment Forum. Some of the workshops provided by this organization include: Self-esteem, Motherhood, Advocacy and Empowerment, Art and Creative Expression, Healthy Relationships, Body image, Women’s Health, Employment, and Financial Independence.

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The mission of Grace After Fire is to provide the means for women Veterans to gain knowledge, insight and self-renewal.

 

We strive to bring back the sisterhood we shared while in the military, after we take the uniform off.

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