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.
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.
Kristen Oesch Stubbs has over 16 years of experience in non-profit fund development. Throughout her career, she has raised millions of dollars for large national non-profits including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and JDRF. Ms. Stubbs has led several large teams in fund development and event execution and her expertise in donor relations and cultivation has proven invaluable to the organizations she has served. As a member of the executive leadership team, Ms. Stubbs has the qualifications to help lead the Foundation to fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life for Houstonians across all ages through the power of literacy.
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. She also served as a Volunteer Coordinator and Logistics Coordinator at two large nonprofits in New York City before returning home to Houston, Texas. Amanda has assisted in planning, coordinating and logistics for dozens of events in both the public and private sector.
Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and is serving her second year as an AmeriCorps VISTA. During her first year, her role consisted of writing grants and managing volunteers for a local nonprofit in St. Louis, Missouri. She is continuing her love of service, managing volunteers and community partnerships as a Volunteer Management VISTA with the foundation. In May 2016, Ashley earned her graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from The Bush School at Texas A & M University with the hopes to earn her Master's degree. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, exploring Houston and cooking.
A native of Houston, Stephanie holds a Master’s in Public Administration and is currently studying International Relations at Texas A & M. Stephanie's professional portfolio spans the public and private sector, including Fortune 500 company experience and as a civilian with the United States Department of Defense. In her position as AmeriCorps Technology VISTA, she is responsible for design and maintenance of Houston’s premier volunteer Literacy portal, Connect4Literacy.org.
Ke is the Development AmeriCorps VISTA for the Foundation. Her role is to establish and facilitate community partner relationships for organizations who they have adopted a culture of service among their employees and have committed to providing volunteers to help solve Houston’s literacy crisis. Prior to this new role she worked in the Texas Senate as a legislative aide administering constituent correspondence and reviewing education policy. Ke obtained her B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Russian Language from Texas A & M University in College Station. She plans on working within the realm of International Adoption while seeking to promote better polices for juvenile justice and human trafficking.
Andrew Wilson is the AmeriCorps VISTA for Communications and Awareness, focusing on expanding community knowledge and support of program efforts in order to raise awareness of Houston’s literacy crisis. He was raised in the Midwest and has been in Houston since October of 2015. He is working toward a Bachelor's degree in political science and economics and plans to pursue teaching or public policy. Andrew is an avid reader of history, sports, politics, and economics.