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Staff & Directors

Meet our Staff

Jaime Herrero, Executive Director
jaime@workshophouston.org
Jaime is a native Houstonian who is passionate about providing young people with opportunities for growth and creative self-expression. Prior to joining Workshop Houston as Executive Director, Jaime founded his own community-based arts organization in Brooklyn called Xmental. He also spent two years at Carnegie Hall as the chief architect of NeON Arts: the first grant-making program in the Hall’s 125 year history. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Jaime started his career as a staff attorney at the Bronx Defenders, an innovative, holistic, and client-centered legal office in the Bronx.

Bass Heavy, Program Director
bass@workshophouston.org
Bass Heavy hails from the musical marshes of Louisiana. Bass 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 finishing with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 2000. Most of Bass Heavy’s production gigs have come at the hands of some of New Orleans most successful Rap Artists including Former No Limit and Cash Money artists such as Mannie Fresh, Juvenile, B.G., Mia X, C-Murder, and Soulja Slim. However, Bass is no one trick pony. His productions offer a wide range of musical landscapes thanks to his broad musical background.

LaTasha Brown, Volunteer Coordinator and Donor Communication Coordinator
tasha@workshophouston.org
A Missouri City native, LaTasha attended Sam Houston State University where she received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Mass Communication and also received a M.A. in Psychology from Texas Southern University. Her interest in psychology comes from a desire to understand the actions of others and to promote the unity of family. LaTasha has previously worked for a non-profit organization that focused on improving literacy for elementary students, as well as other important life-skills. Actively involved in supporting youth since she was in high school, LaTasha has continued this journey in her role at Workshop Houston.

Bryant Livingston, Scholar Shop Coordinator
bryant@workshophouston.org
Bryant Livingston was raised in San Antonio, Texas. In high school, he often taught youth groups and volunteered at local charities. He received a BS in Social Studies Education from Baylor University in 2008. He continued his philanthropic efforts as he volunteered and tutored in many Waco-area middle and high schools. Upon graduation, Bryant discovered that the educational system was not doing enough to help America’s future leaders. Here at Workshop Houston, Bryant is able to give essential one-on-one time with each student and provide them with tools to be successful both academically and socially.

Crystal Green, Style Shop Coordinator
crystal@workshophouston.org
An Illinois native, the self-proclaimed fashionista relocated to Houston in 2009 after graduating Columbia College-Chicago with a degree in Fashion Design (BFA.) Crystal’s experience includes an impressive mix of fashion and education via retail sales, professional wardrobe styling, photography and serving as a modeling and acting instructor. Crystal uses her passions to expose students to different possibilities through art and style. At Workshop Houston, Crystal helps our students see all that the world of fashion potentially has to offer.

Steve Boehm, Beat Shop Coordinator 
steve@workshophouston.org
Steve Sxaks is a Philadelphia native whose passion for music education led him to Houston, TX. Steve has been performing in bands and as a solo artist since he was 12 years old. At age 19 Steve became one of the founders of The Marsten House Recording Studio and the now world-renowned “Marsten House Cypher” series. He has worked with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Jus Allah, Freeway, Malik B, Vinnie Paz and Termanology! After founding the hip-hop social media conglomerate “Cypher Circuit” and record label “MHRthelabel”, Steve and his partner Ethan Mintz started a college-level diploma program focused on audio engineering and music production. Steve has truly found his calling while working with young kids and is beyond excited to bring his passion and experience to Workshop Houston!

Rasaq “Jaajo” Lawal, Dance Shop Coordinator
jaajo@workshophouston.org
Rasaq “Jaajo” Lawal Rasaq is a NASM certified fitness instructor, director, actor, producer and choreographer, who has performed on So You Think You Can Dance -Season Six and as opening performer for the Academy Award-winning group Three 6 Mafia. He was a semi-finalist in the American College Dance Association Festival, a Nu Delta Alpha Dance Honor Society inductee, and a Houston RAW Artist nominee. His years of experience and passion for performance makes him a natural when mentoring and inspiring youth.

Meet our Board

John Blackmon, President
A North Carolina native, John holds a BA in Architecture from the School of Design at North Carolina State University and a Masters Degree from Columbia University. After spending 10 years in New York, John relocated to Houston in 1997, opening his own practice in 2001. In addition to sitting on Workshop Houston’s board, John also sits on the Modern & Contemporary Arts Subcomittee at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Andrew Davis​
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.

Jennifer Ford
A Houston native, Jennifer has been actively involved in volunteering with inner city children since her undergraduate years Emory University in Atlanta. After moving back to Houston in 2004 she opened Premium Goods, the first sneaker boutique in Texas known for in the shoe industry as a southern tastemaker. An extreme lover of the arts, fashion and music, Jennifer loves using her passions to assist Workshp Houston.

Helen Fosdick
Helen has been involved in various art organizations, beginning with John and Dominique de Menil at the University of St. Thomas, Rice and the Rothko Chapel. A founding director at the Dia Art Foundation, Helen has worked on various large-scale permanent projects with a number of artists. Through lending support to numerous non-profit projects, Helen learned about Workshop Houston early on and continues to admire and support their mission.

Elizabeth Herndon
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.

Patti Melcher
A graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School, Patti is the CEO of EIV Capital Management Co., LLC which manages a private equity fund focused on investments in the energy industry. She has been actively engaged in the non-profit community in Houston with a particular interest in organizations serving children and in education. In 1997, Patti was instrumental in co-founding the Joy School, which serves the needs of children with learning differences.

Frank Montgomery, Treasurer
Frank grew up in Houston and is a graduate of Wabash College in Indiana. He’s currently a managing partner of a closely held real estate investment firm, which owns and operates income producing real estate throughout Houston’s Museum District. Frank has an interest in early education and has been involved with several local non-profit organizations.

Holden Rushing
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, Secretary
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.

Jill Whitten
A paintings conservator at Whitten & Proctor Fine Art Conservation, Jill studied Studio Art at UT and received a Masters in Conversation from Buffalo State College in New York. After moving to Houston in 1998, she worked with Legacy Land Trust and the Houston Parks Board to found Freed Art and Nature Park in the Woodland Heights. For the past two years Jill has served on the board of the foundation that oversees Peckerwood Garden. She is enthusiastic about the creative youth-centered mission of Workshop Houston.