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2021 Chrysalis Award Luncheon

Contact Erin Thannisch for more information.

September 8, 2020
Keynote Speaker — Michael Gerson

Keynote Speaker - Michael GersonMichael J. Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post and in more than 100 other newspapers. Mr. Gerson is the author of Heroic Conservatism (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (Moody, 2010).

He serves on the Initiative for Global Development Leadership Council, on the Advisory Council of the Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Initiative, on the Advisory Council of the Faith Angle Forum, and on the boards of the U.S. Center for Global Leadership and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. He was the 2015 Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at Duke University and the 2016 Andrews Fellow at the College of William & Mary. Gerson serves as a Fellow at ONE, a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. He appears regularly on the PBS NewsHourFace the Nation and other programs.

Until 2006, Mr. Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning. He was a key administration advocate for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the fight against global sex trafficking and funding for women’s justice and empowerment issues. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President, Director of Presidential Speechwriting, Assistant to the President for Speechwriting and Policy Advisor. Mr. Gerson joined Bush’s presidential campaign in early 1999 as Chief Speechwriter and a senior policy adviser.

He was previously a Senior Editor covering politics at U.S. News and World Report. Mr. Gerson was a speechwriter and policy adviser for Jack Kemp and a speechwriter for Bob Dole during his 1996 presidential campaign. He has also served former Senator Dan Coats of Indiana as Policy Director. Mr. Gerson is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois. He grew up in the St. Louis area and now lives with his wife and sons in northern Virginia. Mr. Gerson recently delivered a sermon at the Washington National Cathedral detailing his hospitalization due to depression and how his faith helped him remember how to live. He looks forward to elaborating on this topic at HHCI’s 2020 Chrysalis luncheon.

Luncheon Chairs — Julie and Michael Donaldson

julie and michael donaldson chrysalis luncheon chairs 2020Julie and Michael Donaldson are members of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.  They have three children, Parker (24) and Andrew (22), and Kate (17).

Julie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hope and Healing Center & Institute, Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation of Houston and Cape Abilities in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Julie previously served on the Board of the Trustees of Episcopal High School, the Junior League of Houston and St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Women’s Outreach Committee.  She previously worked as Director of Development for Corporate and Foundation Giving at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Julie earned her B.S. degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

Michael Donaldson is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE: EOG), an S&P 500 company.  Over the years, Michael has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations including Camp For All and the Houston Bar Foundation.  He currently serves on the board of Theater Under The Stars (TUTS).  Previously, he served on the vestry and also as Senior Warden of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

Michael holds a B.A. degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law as well as an LL.M. from the University of Houston Law Center.

2020 Host Committee
  • Joan and Stanford Alexander
  • Marilyn and Boliver Andrews
  • Michelle and Lorne Bain
  • Laura and Matthew Baird
  • Susan G. Baker
  • Meredith and Mark Barineau
  • Peggy and Bill Barnett
  • Noelle and John Barr
  • Ellen and John Bass
  • Margaret and Bob Baze
  • Laura and Chris Beavers
  • Polly and Murry Bowden
  • Jessica and Fred Brazelton
  • Dianne and John B. Brock III
  • Virginia Mary and Raymond Brown Jr.
  • Dana and Walter Burke
  • Nancy and J. Stevenson Bynon
  • Jeanie and Tom Carter
  • Minnie and Ed Cappel
  • Tanya and Jon Clarkson
  • Mary and John Craddock
  • Meredith and Carter Crow
  • Ann and Jay Cuclis
  • Gideon Charitable Foundation (Jason and Diane Dailey)
  • Carol and Brad Deason
  • Carol and George Dehan
  • Julia and Mark DeWalch
  • Julie and Casey Doherty
  • Laurie and Scott Dorfman
  • Joan and David Dunlap
  • Elizabeth and Alexander Dwyer
  • Stacy and Michael Ellington
  • Cindy and David Fitch
  • Lisa and George Francisco
  • Pauline and John Goodgame
  • Franny and Jim Gray
  • Susie and Ira Green
  • Cynthia and Ben Guill
  • Maarit and Russell Harp
  • Patti and David Hatton
  • Lisa and Bob Heston
  • Tricia Hillman Philipp
  • Marnie and Lee Hogan
  • Evelyn and Bob Jewell
  • Elizabeth and Bill Kroger
  • Marilyn Ligon
  • Bonnie Likover
  • Kristi and David Lumpkins
  • Kris and John Maclay
  • Marcy and Jeff Margolis
  • Kim and Scott Martin
  • Flo McGee
  • Anna and Scott McLean
  • Shirley and John Meredith
  • Chris and Mike Mizell
  • Kelly and Bill Montgomery
  • Wendy and Ben Moreland
  • Melanie and Matthew Morgan
  • Margaret and Billy Murphy
  • Paul Murphy
  • Tricia and Richard Nelson
  • Graham and Ed Neuhaus
  • Laura and Roy Nichol
  • Carol Ann and Bob Paddock
  • Susan and Mike Padon
  • Susan and Will Penland, Jr.
  • Petersen Family Foundation
  • Amy and Rob Pierce
  • Kathy and John Pipkin
  • Carroll Robertson Ray
  • Beth and Bobby Reeves
  • Laura and Paul Riddle
  • Liz and Matthew Rotan
  • Sally Bell Rutherford
  • Stephanie and Kirby Shanks
  • Ana and Michael Schick
  • Aimee and Wynne Snoots
  • Kathy and John Stanton
  • Kimberly and David Sterling
  • Peggy and Mike Strode
  • Sharon Throckmorton
  • Zorich Family Foundation
2020 Underwriters
  • The Adam Group
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Amegy Bank
  • Joan & Stanford Alexander
  • Marilyn & Bolivar Andrews/Minnie & Ed Cappel/Carol Ann & Bob Paddock/Susan & Will Penland/Kathy & John Pipkin
  • Reagan and Jim Bailey
  • Michelle & Lorne Bain
  • Susan & Jim Baker
  • Baker Botts L.L.P.
  • Peggy & Bill Barnett
  • Ellen & John Bass/Julia & Mark DeWalch/Jennifer & Rich Gould/Karen & John Thompson/Elizabeth & Matthew Rotan
  • Margaret & Bob Baze
  • Polly & Murry Bowden
  • Jessica & Fred Brazelton
  • Dianne & John B. Brock III
  • Tracey Brown/Jill Haugh/ Marcy Margolis/Melanie Morgan/Gwen Smith/ Peggy Strode/Bridget Wade
  • Jeanie & Tom Carter
  • CAZ Investments
  • Christian Brothers Automotive
  • Tanya & Jon Clarkson/Trisha Hillman Philipp
  • Cuenod Families
  • Carol & Brad Deason
  • Julie & Casey Doherty
  • Julie & Michael Donaldson
  • Sylvia & Greg Drummond
  • EOG Resources, Inc.
  • Joan & David Dunlap
  • Cindy & David Fitch
  • Lisa & George Francisco
  • Katherine & Scott Galloway
  • Gideon Charitable Foundation
  • Susie & Ira Green
  • Carol & Frank Gruen
  • Cynthia & Ben Guill
  • Katherine & Kirk Hachigian
  • Maarit & Russell Harp
  • Patti & David Hatton
  • Marnie & Lee Hogan
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Houston Methodist
  • JBD Foundation
  • King Ranch, Inc.
  • Bonnie & Larry Likover
  • Kristi & David Lumpkins
  • Marek Family
  • Kim & Scott Martin
  • Flo McGee
  • Memorial Hermann
  • Anna & Scott McLean
  • Leila & Walter Mischer
  • Kelly & Bill Montgomery
  • Wendy & Ben Moreland
  • Sue Alexander Morrison
  • Tricia & Richard Nelson
  • Charles Nettles Familes
  • Laura & Roy Nichol
  • Susan & Mike Padon
  • Petersen Family Foundation
  • Carroll Robertson Ray
  • Beth & Bobby Reeves
  • Laura & Paul Riddle
  • Drs. Mary Katharine and John H. Roff III
  • Stephanie & Kirby Shanks
  • Jeri & Marc Shapiro
  • Aimee & Wynne Snoots
  • Kathy & John Stanton
  • Tauber Oil
  • Tellepsen
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Camille & Mark Weisberger
  • White & Case
  • Suzie Wilson
  • Mary Gail & George Woodman
  • Zorich Family Foundation

Thank you to our Chrysalis Presenting Sponsor

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors

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