Staff & Directors
Meet our Staff
Jaime Herrero, Executive Director
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 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, 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.
Gabriella Flournoy, Experience Manager
Coming from a non-profit and arts background, Gabriella is well-versed in arts fundraising and donor stewardship. A native Houstonian, she is proud of the rich culture Houston, and specifically the Historic Third Ward, has to offer. She hopes to bring her passion for arts education and a dedication to serving the community to Workshop Houston in hopes of engaging the neighborhood, community leaders, and donors. Gabriella graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2016 with a Masters in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Art History and Literature, and is also an alumni of the University of Houston.
LaTasha Brown, Volunteer Coordinator and Community Liason
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.
Jamie Bogdanowicz, Communications Assistant
Jamie is from Richmond, Virginia and attended Spring Arbor University in Michigan where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. She has spent several years abroad teaching English in South Korea. Having learned the value of being in community through church, and having been involved as a mentor in a youth mentoring program while in South Korea, she recognizes the power of supporting youth. Also, since she has always had an interest and passion for the arts, she is excited to be involved with a creativity and arts based program that not only provides opportunities and resources for youth, but that serves and supports the community.
Bryant Livingston, Scholar Shop Coordinator
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.
Steve Boehm, Beat Shop Coordinator
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
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.
Ginger Martinez, Style Shop Coordinator
Ginger Martinez has graduated from Houston Community College (HCC) with her A.A.S. in Fashion Design. HCC has given her the opportunity to travel to New York and London to study Fashion Design. Her teachers also helped her find work in fashion at the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet. She owns and operates Gin Martini Designs, where she creates and sews custom costumes for local performers. Ginger’s passion for creativity and problem solving through the arts inspire our youth in their journey with style and fashion.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rishija Misra grew up in multiple cities in India. He did his bachelors in Avionics and worked on three satellite missions at the Indian Space Research Organization. Rishija moved to Houston in 2013 to pursue his Masters in electrical engineering and subsequently joined Schlumberger as an electrical engineer. Currently, he works as an Associate Applications Developer for Corporate & Investment Banking in J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. while also pursuing his MBA from the Rice University Jones School of Business. His enthusiasm in the field of education, creativity and non-profit organizations led him to be a part of Rice Board Fellows Program which matched Rishija with Workshop Houston in November 2017.
Brandon Leach was born in New Orleans, LA where he attended Xavier University of LA and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 2007. During his matriculation at Xavier, he led the student chapter of the National Association for Black Accountants (NABA) and a team of entrepreneurs that won the first place prize of $50,000 in the Ford HBCU Business Plan competition. In January 2008, Brandon started his accounting career at Cargill’s Corn Milling plant in Memphis, TN as a staff accountant and has since climbed the corporate ladder to his current role as Financial, Planning, & Analysis Leader of Plateplus, Inc. (a Metal One/Mitsubishi group company).
His passion for education and community service has been a consistent theme throughout his personal and professional journey. He’s participated in NABA’s annual day of service, Cargill’s annual United Way campaign, Rice University’s Houston Food Bank volunteer opportunities and the Montgomery County Meals on Wheels program. He’s currently an MBA candidate at Rice University Jones School of Business and spends time recharging with his lovely Parisian wife, Danielle, and his two kids Gabrielle and Brandon Jr (BJ).