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8th Annual Chrysalis Award Luncheon 2019

May 7, 2019 @ 10:45 am - 1:00 pm


Thank you to our

generous supporters:


Underwriting Sponsor

The John M. O’Quinn Foundation


Holly Blue

Barbara and Bob Zorich


Red Admiral

Marnie and Lee Hogan

Wendy and Ben Moreland



Polly and Murry Bowden

Laura and Roy Nichol

Laura and Paul Riddle



Marilyn and Bolivar Andrews/Minnie and Ed Cappel/Carol Ann and Bob Paddock/Susan and Will Penland/Kathy and John Pipkin

Susie and Ira Green

Carol and Frank Gruen

Cynthia and Ben Guill

Kristi and David Lumpkins

Susan and Mike Padon

Kathy and John Stanton



Joan and Stanford Alexander

Michelle and Lorne Bain

Susan and Jim Baker

Dana and Walter Burke

Cheniere Energy

Tanya Clarkson/Trisha Hillman-Philipp

Marty and Andrew DeBusk/Juliet Ellis and West Griffin

Julie and Michael Donaldson

Cindy and David Fitch

Houston Methodist

Allison and Jack Jensen/Bonnie and Larry Likover

Jerry Lamm

The Kayser Foundation

The Marek Family

Kelly and Bill Montgomery

Trisha and Richard Nelson

Gary Petersen

Carroll Robertson Ray

Beth and Bobby Reeves

Camille and Mark Weisberger



Nora and Bob Ackerley

Peggy and Bill Barnett

Karey and Phillip Dye

Frost Bank

Katherine and Scott Galloway

Sally and Vincent Giammalva

Maarit and Russ Harp

Sue Harris/Sylvia and Titus Harris

Patti and David Hatton

Ethel and Chap Hutcheson

Melanie and Stan Levy

Flo McGee

Anna and Scott McLean

Tammy and Alan Patton/Denise and Gary Roeder

Elizabeth and Michael Scranton

Jeri and Marc Shapiro

Mary Gail and George Woodman


Matching Gifts

EOG Resources

Goldman Sachs

Piper Jaffray

Graciously underwritten by The John M. O’Quinn Foundation

 Luncheon Chairs:
Wendy and Ben Moreland

Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD

May 7, 2019

Check-In: 10:45 AM

Program & Luncheon: 11:15 AM – 1 PM

Location: Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

To purchase tickets or a table please contact:

 Elizabeth Crockett



Wendy and Ben Moreland

Wendy and Ben Moreland are members of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church and longtime Houstonians with two grown daughters, Lindsay (26) and Kelsey (23). Ben and Wendy have made a point to focus their time and efforts on charities that benefit children, education and health.

Wendy has had the privilege to serve on several local boards over the years, including Chairing the Memorial Assistance Ministries Board of Directors in 2018.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Passages for Women, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center. She has also chaired multiple events in the Houston area and has been involved with The Spring Branch Education Foundation, American Heart Association, The Ballet Guild and Spring Branch Independent School District PTA. Wendy earned her degree in Actuarial Science from The University of Texas in Austin and worked in consulting for a number of years before retiring to spend more time with her family.

Ben Moreland is a private investor and retired CEO of Crown Castle, where he remains a member of the Board of Directors.  Crown Castle (NYSE: CCI), an S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of wireless infrastructure in the US, owning and operating over 40,000 towers and over 60,000 route miles of fiber nation-wide.  Prior to his retirement, Ben served as Executive Vice Chairman from June 2016 through December 2017 and was President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2008 through May 2016.  From 2000 through 2008, he was Chief Financial Officer.  Ben is an advocate of the community and currently serves on the Board’s of the Hope and Healing Center and Institute, and Houston Methodist Hospital, where he chairs the subsidiary, Methodist Health Centers Board of the community hospitals.  Ben holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from The University of Houston and is a member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee.


Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD

Vikram Patel is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. His work has focused on the burden of mental disorders, their association with social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment.

He holds Honorary Professorships at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, the Public Health Foundation of India, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (where he co-founded the Centre for Global Mental Health in 2008), and is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008 and the WHO Public Health Champion of India award in 2016. He is a co-founder of the Movement for Global Mental Health. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on several WHO expert and Government of India committees, including the WHO High Level Independent Commission for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health.

He has been awarded the Chalmers Medal (Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, UK), the Sarnat Medal (US National Academy of Medicine), an Honorary Doctorate from Georgetown University, the Pardes Humanitarian Prize (the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation), an Honorary OBE from the UK Government and the Posey Leadership Award (Austin College). He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.


Edward M. Emmett

Edward M. Emmett is a professor in the practice at Rice University.  His area of focus is public policy.  He is also a senior fellow at the Rice University/Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a fellow at the Rice University/Doerr Institute for New Leaders.

In addition to his duties at Rice University, Emmett is the owner of The Emmett Company, a consulting firm advising public and private entities in transportation policy, emergency management, international marketing and strategic development.

From 2007 until 2019, Emmett served as County Judge of Harris County, Texas.  As County Judge, Emmett was the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a role which established him as a national leader in emergency response and community resilience.

A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.

In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett served on the commission for three years.

Emmett has received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy. He was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum.

Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.

Emmett has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Presidential Call to Service Award.

Emmett and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 44 years and have four children and 13 grandchildren.


May 7, 2019
10:45 am - 1:00 pm
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Royal Sonesta
2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027 United States
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