Houston Philanthropic Society Governance
Deena Carstens Munn
Founder & President
IHS, Sr. Manager of Event Sponsorships

 dcarstensmunn@houstonps.org

Ms. Munn earned a degree from the University of Florida where she studied Sociology and Psychology. Following her studies at UF she pursued Marketing at the University of Houston and has over 20 years of experience working with non-profit companies. Her professional experience includes a decade of corporate work with Fortune 500 companies SAIC and Halliburton. During her tenure at Halliburton, she held the role of Senior Community Relations Representative for several years where she administered corporate philanthropic programs around volunteering, grants and their exclusive employee giving campaign called Giving Choices which is offered in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Additionally, Deena served as the member representative of Halliburton for the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy for two years.

Deena has been a resident of Houston for 17 years and began gaining hands-on experience at the young age of 13 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Boca Raton, Florida. Over the years, she has continued working with groups such as Hospice of North Central Florida, Texas Children’s Hospital, the Greater Houston Partnership (Energy Collaborative) and the Houston Technology Center. Deena has been a past board member of the Christian Community Service Center (CCSC), Pets are Wonderful Support (P.A.W.S. Houston), the Halliburton Foundation Education Advisory Board and The Nature Conservancy. Deena is also a regular contributor to the Charitable Giving Front column featured in Smart Business Magazine Houston.

Deena’s passion for community, non-profits and philanthropy inspired her to establish Houston Philanthropic Society where she makes it their mission to bring together community resources to facilitate strategic giving by connecting community, donors and charities.

Kim Crider
Vide President
Executive Director, Pink Door

 krcider@houstonps.org

Kim Crider is a dynamic communications professional with extensive experience in all aspects of public relations, event planning, marketing, community relations, branding, customer/employee relations, contract negotiations, grant writing, training and development.  She has a background working in the oil and gas industry as well as having developed communications strategies for both nonprofits and for profit companies. She has served on community boards including the Corporate Community Relations Council and Houston Association of Volunteer Administrators.

Kim’s volunteer work includes serving as Captain for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Western Heritage Community Challenge Committee, Houston Food Bank, Dress for Success and Junior Achievement. Kim’s hobbies include playing golf and scrapbooking.

 

Brooke Webster Hudson
Board Member
Archway Academy, Senior Development Consultant

 bhudson@houstonps.org

Brooke earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Business from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, she began her fundraising career and has held various development positions for over a decade. Her experience includes Program Manager- The University of Texas at San Antonio, Office of External Affairs; Development Director- The University of Houston, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; and Director of Development- The Sunshine Kids Foundation. Brooke has worked as the Director of Advancement for Archway Academy, a high school for troubled teens in Houston, since 2009. She received her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) in 2014.

Brooke is very passionate about her work with Archway and feels grateful every day to advocate its mission and work with the kids. Brooke learned about the charitable world at an early age when she started volunteering with her father at the Ronald McDonald House and the Special Olympics.

Brooke is involved in numerous organizations including Scout’s Honor Rescue, Rescued Pets Movement, Pets Are Wonderful Support (P.A.W.S. Houston), Citizens for Animal Protection, Association of Fundraising Professionals and various arts and health organizations in Houston and Sugar Land. She is an animal lover and finds great joy in rescuing and fostering dogs. She and her husband have three young sons, Luke, Jack and Patrick, who brighten their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Kizielewicz
Board Member
Vice President, Investment Committee, Houston Social Venture Partners

 rkizielewicz@houstonps.org

As an artist and philanthropy professional, Rachel has dedicated her career to helping a wide range of nonprofit organizations and social enterprises increase their impact. Rachel has spent the majority of her career in nonprofit fundraising, generating revenue for organizations with operating budgets ranging from $2 million to $2 billion, including years raising major gift support for the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Virginia.  She currently leads the grant making efforts of Social Venture Partners Houston.  In this role, Rachel helps this venture philanthropy group find and fund investees with compelling social impact that are poised to scale their model to reach broader audiences.

Rachel is a glass mosaic artist. She recently served as artist-in-residence at Todd Glass Studios, and created a large permanent public art exhibit through a commission from The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

She has a Master’s Degree in Philanthropic Studies from the Lily Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, two crazy kids, a graciously loving husband, and a new pet snake.