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Staff & Directors

Meet our Staff

Zach Moser , President and CEO
zach@workshophouston.org
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@workshophouston.org
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.

Bryant Livingston, Discovery 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.

Karolyne Ashley, Style Shop Coordinator                                                         karolyne@workshophouston.org
Karolyne Ashley is a lover of the arts and advocate for the global expansion of creative arts education. She has worked internationally as a fashion designer and wardrobe stylist since graduating from Drexel University’s renowned fashion program in 2009. She is also the founder of Karolyne Ashley Global, a full service studio for made-to-order garments and design development services. As a board member of the African Union Diaspora African Forum, she is as a leading voice in developing programs and initiatives for youth and women’s empowerment on the African continent and abroad. Upon her relocation from New York to Houston in 2018, Karolyne was introduced to Workshop Houston and fell in love with the mission to equip young people with the knowledge and curiosity to explore the creative arts. As the Style Shop Coordinator, she now brings her years of experience to Houston’s youth to expand their knowledge of all that the exciting worlds of fashion and design have to offer.

Jasmine Broussard, Style Shop Instructor

Jarett Higgins, Student Activity Coordinator

Stephanie Atwood, CFO

Meet our Board

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.

Katy Goodman

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.

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.

Frank Montgomery

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

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.

Roxanne Tizravesh

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