Staff & Directors
Meet our Staff
Zach Moser, President and CEO
Workshop Houston Co-founder Zach Moser has returned as Executive Director. Zach took Workshop Houston from its initial concept to a functioning and stable organization that has shaped the lives of thousands of youth in Houston’s Third Ward. He returns after founding and running the cultural arts organization Shrimp Boat Projects and spending time at home with his two young sons. He will be leading Workshop Houston into its next chapter as we complete our campus, expand the reach and impact of our innovative youth programming, and strive toward our vision of a just society built around equity in educational opportunity and resources.
Rod “Bass Heavy” Tillman, Beat Shop Director
Bass hails from Shreveport, Louisiana where he attended performing arts schools from the age of ten. He went on to The University of New Orleans where he double majored in jazz studies and engineering. Bass has produced and engineered several big name rap artists such as Mannie Fresh, Mos Def, Big Sean, Snoop Dogg, Juvenile, Rick Ross, and Kanye West to name a few. In his 7 years with Workshop Houston most of it has been spent developing the Beat Shop and mentoring students. Bass also teaches Audio Engineering and Music Production at Houston Community College as an adjunct professor.
Jasmine Samone, Style Shop Coordinator
Jasmine Samone is a self-taught couture fashion designer, wardrobe stylist, and model from Houston, Texas. She fell in love with fashion at a very young age. At 14, she attended and graduated from Barbizon modeling and acting school. That same year she discovered her love for sewing. She debuted her brand “Astonishing Apparel” in March 2015 while taking classes classes at Sam Houston State University, where she graduated with her Bachelors in Business Management in December 2017. Jasmine went into full-time entrepreneurship immediately after earning her degree with her debut in LAFW in March 2018. Since then, she has also expanded into designing and styling for numerous celebrity photo-shoots and events. Jasmine brings her entrepreneurial success and years of experience to Workshop Houston as the Style Shop Coordinator.
Melissa Timothy, After School Program Director
Before coming to Workshop Houston, Melissa was a Diversity Ambassador, School Culture Designer, Educator and Mentor at YES Prep Public Schools, where she taught Health and Seminar classes for 3+ years. Prior to teaching, Melissa spent several years working for the YMCA of Greater New York before becoming a Media Communications Director at an advertising company in Manhattan. After immigrating to the U.S. in 2008, Melissa decided to pursue her Business Degree while working at the YMCA. It was also at the YMCA that she first found her passion for enhancing opportunities for social emotional learning for the youth she served. She is focused on the development of the entire student and has shown this through her compassion and fair but firm teaching style. By staying dedicated and keeping her eyes focused on solutions instead of problems she leads as an example for others. Her love for creative youth programs, meeting families of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and working in team environments allows her to stay grounded in the important work of supporting youth.
Stephanie Atwood, CFO
Meet our Board
Andrew Davis is Dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Houston. His work focuses on integrating interdisciplinary training opportunities into the curriculum and on establishing the arts as a leading force for social engagement and community impact. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Immanuel and Helen B. Olshan Foundation, Music Doing Good, the PhiBeta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston, and the Texas Society for Music Theory. A music theorist by training, he is the author of two books and numerous articles on the opera and instrumental music of the 19th century.
Kate Dearing Fowler
Kate Dearing Fowler is the Executive Director of The Jerry C. Dearing Family Foundation and Founder of Houston Improvement Project, an organization that revives and restores Houston’s nonprofit-owned community spaces. A Houston native, she grew up through the public-school system in Cy-Fair ISD and graduated from Tulane University with BAs in Communications and Spanish. She lives in the Heights with husband Stephen and their dogs Lucy and Susan and cat Jonas.
Katy grew up in Oakland, California, before attending Oberlin College, where she graduated with a B.A in Politics. Her studies and work have centered on creative communities, civil society, and education. She is a founder of Workshop Houston, where she was Co-Director until 2015, and also works as a development consultant for many Houston-area non-profits.
A native Houstonian, Elizabeth received a B.A. from the University of Texas and an MBA from Duke University. She became interested in Workshop Houston after being introduced to the organization through The Children’s Fund, where she and her husband Rogers have served on the board for over five years; including last year as co-presidents. A former Zoo Friends member, she has also served on the founding board for Heartgift Houston and enjoys volunteering at the Houston Foodbank and her children’s school. She loves raising her three daughters, Lola, Charlotte, and Frances.
Mary Hale Lovett McLean
Mary Hale is a leading real estate broker, community leader, fourth-generation Houstonian, and a graduate of the University of Texas. She is a 28-year member of the UT Health Science Center Development Board, serves on the UT School of Nursing Partner Board, Medical School Advisory Council, UT Chancellor’s Council, and Medical School Scholarship Committee, and belongs to the Faculty Wives. She raised the first $3 million for the laboratory for The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases and co-chaired the first IMM capital campaign. Mary Hale is a member and past chair of The Menil Collection’s development, real estate and corporate committees, and serves on the boards of Friends of Smither Park, and the advisory board for Asia Society, Houston. She raised the essential funds for the lot purchase and building of the new Looscan Library in 2004; is a former board member of Houston Ballet, Christ Church Cathedral Vestry, and The Garden Club of Houston, and served on the Rice University Centennial Committee.
A native Houstonian, Holden is a graduate of Pepperdine University and Rhodes University. He’s been actively involved with multiple non-profit projects and organizations for many years including finishing the 2,170 mile Appalachian Trail for St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, TN; volunteering as an “On-Call Musician” for Musicians On Call in NYC and serving as a board member for MD Anderson Cancer Center. During the day Holden works as a commercial real estate for NAI Houston, and in the evenings plays in several bands around town. He enjoys travel, cycling, surfing and music, and believes that the education and encouragement provided by Workshop Houston is the key to building a better community.
Andrew “Andy” Stepanian
Andy is the Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., one of the largest beer wholesalers in the nation. He is also the co-founder of lifestyle apparel company, the Howler Brothers, and a member of the band Wrinkle Neck Mules. In addition to Workshop Houston, Andy serves on the Board of Directors of Houston Wilderness and is also a member of the Jackson Hole Land Trust Open Space Council. He lives in Houston with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children, Katharine, Reese and Driggs.
Jennifer Starling is a small business owner born and raised in Houston. She graduated with an Economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. She has owned the sneaker boutique Premium Goods in Rice Village since 2004.
Roxannne is an attorney at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where she practices complex commercial litigation. As a Houston native and a public interest advocate, Roxanne is committed to helping under served communities overcome obstacles, including through both her pro bono legal work as well as her volunteer efforts with students to help bridge the gap. That dedication led Roxanne to be a pro bono leader at her firm, for which she has achieved numerous awards; further, she was the first Akin Gump Fellow at Her Justice- a New York based non-profit- where she first-chaired numerous family -law and immigration cases for low-income women and victims of domestic violence. Roxanne received her B.A. in History with honors from New York University and her J.D. from University of Texas School of Law