National Board of Directors
Barbara Duganier – Chair, Former Executive Director, Accenture
Carter Emerson – Of Counsel, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
Scott Garrett – Senior Operating Partner, Water Street Healthcare Partners
Charles Hazen – President & CEO, Stanmore Partners
Marvin Nathan – President, Nathan Sommers Jacobs
Richard Rawson – President, Insperity
C. Park Shaper – Former President and Member of the Office of the Chairman, Kinder Morgan
Rafael Alvarez – Founder & CEO, Genesys Works
Genesys Works National Office Staff
Founder and CEO
Rafael Alvarez, Founder and CEO, started Genesys Works in 2002. Rafael is now overseeing the national organization and is personally involved in replicating the model throughout the country. For his work as a leading social entrepreneur, Rafael was inducted into the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
Prior to starting Genesys Works, Rafael worked 11 years for Compaq Computer Corporation (now HP) in diverse management roles including engineering program management, corporate strategy and market intelligence.
Rafael is an engaging public speaker who has motivated audiences around the country in diverse topics such as social entrepreneurship, nonprofit earned income models, effect of minority spending programs, changing organizational behaviors and others.
Rafael obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Houston.
Diane Bailey brings 20 years of accounting experience to Genesys Works from both for-profit and non-profit sectors. She previously worked for a consulting firm as a bookkeeper and advisor to her clients. Since joining the team in 2013, she has been responsible for the organization’s Payroll.
Director of Educational Initiatives
Daniel DeLeon has 22 years of experience in public education. He has been a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He also spent several years in central office administration as an Assistant Superintendent for curriculum and as an Executive Principal overseeing 15 schools.
Dan’s passion is providing varied and numerous opportunities for students to experience real world activities and learning. In July 2013, Dan joined Genesys Works as Director of Educational Initiatives. Prior to joining our organization, Dan was the principal of Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, which, under his leadership, boasts the largest after-school program in the city, offering both academic and non-academic opportunities for students.
Kareen was born and raised in the Houston area. She has a BA in Humanities from University of Houston and MBA from University of Phoenix. She has been a Project Manager for over 10 years. Her experience includes working in the Oil and Gas Industry and most recently as a project manager for the City of Houston Police Department upgrading mobile technology. She is married and has three sons ranging in age from 4 to 16. She is active in her community and is currently the committee chair for Pack 848 Cub Scout Pack.
Vice President of Development and Communications
Chris Gonzalez joined the Genesys Works National Team in March of 2013 as the Vice President of Development and Communications. She is responsible for fundraising, communications, and marketing for Genesys Works’ strategic goals. Prior to joining Genesys Works, Chris worked as the Public Relations Director and Marketing Director for KIPP Houston Public Schools. She has also taught middle and high school history and worked in the Benefits and Human Resources at Hewitt Associates and Baker Hughes. Chris also serves on the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees, the Spring Branch Education Foundation board, and the SPARK School Park board.
Chris earned her MBA from Rice University and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University.
Chief Administrative Officer
Matt Heath, Chief Administrative Officer, started with Genesys Works in 2013. Matt is responsible for embedding measurement and metrics and driving quality and process improvement across Genesys Works.
Prior to working at Genesys Works, Matt was a corporate executive with over 28 years of experience in a variety of roles and organizations. Matt had management roles at Gulfstream Aerospace, Branch Bank & Trust and Hewlett-Packard. While at Hewlett-Packard, Matt held management positions in Industry Marketing, Corporate Strategy, Consulting Services, Internal Audit and Credit and Collections (based in Malaysia for APJ region).
Matt worked with Rafael Alvarez at Hewlett-Packard and was actively involved in Rafael's decision to start Genesys Works. Matt served on the Genesys Works board from inception until 2011 when he moved to Malaysia.
Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with Honors from Oregon State University.
Director of Development
Leticia Konigsberg joined the Genesys Works National Office in June of 2012 as its Director of Development. She is responsible for the implementation of our development strategy, achievement of fundraising goals, and the engagement of private and corporate foundations. Leticia offers a unique perspective to her role and the organization. Her diverse background includes six years in public and media relations, two years in college/scholarship access counseling, and five years in corporate citizenship and sustainability. During the last seven years she has seen Genesys Works grow and scale, first as a high school counselor in one of our partner schools and then as a corporate giving officer with one of our corporate clients. Leticia brings to Genesys Works first-hand knowledge and experience in both large for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Leticia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication from the University of Houston – Main Campus.
David Mendel joined Genesys Works in December 2013. David is an operational accountant with experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to establishing his accounting career, David served as a school teacher for several years with the Houston Independent School District and the Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Additionally, he served our country for 10 years in the US Army as a Special Operations soldier, including several deployments around the globe.
David holds an MBA in Management from Our Lady of the Lake University with Honors. Additionally, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Economics from Sam Houston State University, where he was Student Body President.
Cortney Meza joined the Genesys Works National Team in September of 2012 as an Executive Assistant. She provides high level administrative support to the Founder & CEO, Rafael Alvarez. She is responsible for calendar management, scheduling, and assisting in special projects. Her unique background provides knowledge and experience with legal matters, administration, and customer service.
Cortney has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law.
Elizabeth Navejar brings 10 years of accounting experience to Genesys Works in for-profit and not-for-profit companies. She previously worked for Consumer Attorneys of California, a trade association for trial attorneys, where she held the position of AP/Payroll Manager.
Since joining Genesys Works in 2009 as an Administrative Assistant, Elizabeth was promoted to the national team where she is now in charge of Accounts Receivables.
Michael Pawson, Ph.D.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Pawson joined the Genesys Works National Team in January 2014 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is responsible for oversight of the organization’s financial operations and performance. Prior to coming to Genesys Works, Michael had over a decade of nonprofit CFO experience as CFO of the Houston Symphony and Interim CFO of Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS).
Michael is a frequent lecturer in the Financial Management Certificate program offered by Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Prior to entering nonprofit management, Michael was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company and maintains an ongoing relationship with the Firm.
Michael is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and holds the CMA designation. He has been awarded the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Leadership award and is a former board member of the Education Foundation of Harris County. He holds a BS in chemical engineering and economics from Caltech and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.