Julie Baker Finck, Ph.D., President for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of K-12 education. Prior to this role, Dr. Finck served on the executive leadership team of the Houston Independent School District as Chief Academic Officer and Chief Major Projects Officer. She has served in leadership positions at both a regional and state level in Ohio leading large-scale, education reform initiatives. Prior to her move to Houston, she served as a senior director at Battelle for Kids, a national nonprofit organization. Dr. Finck began her career as a middle school teacher in Kentucky. She earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in education administration from Ohio State University.
Kristen Oesch Stubbs has over 20 years of experience in non-profit fund development and volunteer management. Throughout her career, she has raised millions of dollars for large national non-profits organizations and has led several large teams in fund development and event execution. Prior to her start with the Foundation, Kristen served as the Executive Director of JDRF and the Regional Vice President of Strategic Philanthropy with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society during which she developed a successful strategic development strategy for individual and major giving and fundraising events. Kristen earned her Bachelors of Arts in speech communications from the University of Texas at Austin.
José Paulo Calvillo, Director of Operations for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, has more than 10 years of experience in the private and K-12 education sectors. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served for five years as an executive assistant to the Houston Independent School District’s Chief Academic Officer and Chief Major Projects Officer. In this role, Mr. Calvillo led several high-profile special projects, was responsible for coordinating administrative staff across nine departments and served as a liaison within the community. Mr. Calvillo earned his Bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.
Kime Smith, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Foundation graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans with a BA in Mass Communications and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kime served as the Director of Recruitment for Big Brothers Big Sisters helping to mobilize volunteers, as well as creating corporate and community partnerships in the Houston area. She has served as a Big Sister for the last 10 years, and is currently matched to a 11-year-old Little Sister. Kime is passionate about empowering youth to reach their fullest potential, and loves spending time with her Little – baking, reading, and attending Houston sporting events. During her free time Kime enjoys following the latest health, beauty and fitness trends. She believes that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to having a happy life.
Ricki Hendrix, Operations Manager for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, is our newest member to the Foundation. She is a native Houstonian who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelors of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management. Throughout her professional career, Ricki has aided in raising substantial amounts of money for large scale events. She has also played a major role in managing the annual A Celebration of Reading event for the past seven years. Outside of work Ricki enjoys spending time with her husband and adorable 1-year-old son. She also loves cooking and entertaining for her friends and family.
Throughout Amanda’s undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University, she was involved in meeting coordination and event planning as she earned her Bachelors of Science in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management in 2010. She worked as a Catering Administrative Assistant in a large hotel in Chicago, but soon realized her passion for helping others and making a difference. This realization led Amanda to start working in the nonprofit sector in 2011 while pursuing a Masters of Nonprofit Management in 2012 from The New School in New York City.
Amber Krupp has joined our team as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Volunteer Management. She just completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science this winter at The University of Michigan. In the past she has worked on education policy through internships at The National Women’s Law Center, a nonprofit, and the lobbying firm Penn Hill Group. After work Amber enjoys spending time by the pool reading and playing with her dog.