Staff & Directors
Meet our Staff
Rod “Bass Heavy” Tillman, President CEO
Bass is at the helm of Workshop Houston after 10 years of serving as Beat Shop & program directors. As the long time lead mentor for students at Workshop Houston, he has the relationships with the youth and community necessary for leading Workshop Houston in a new youth-adult partnership paradigm. He 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. Bass also teaches Audio Engineering and Music Production at Houston Community College as an adjunct professor.
Zach Moser, Development Director
Zach is a co-founder of Workshop Houston and took 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 returned after founding and running the cultural arts organization Shrimp Boat Projects and spending time at home with his two young sons, leading Workshop Houston again during period of transition. He is now supporting Workshop Houston in a development role as its begins its next chapter as a youth-adult partnership.
Jasmine Samone, Style Shop Teaching Artist Mentor
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.
LaRodney Freeman – Dance Shop Teaching Artist Mentor
O’Shea Woodhouse – Media Shop Teaching Artist Mentor
Mike Ashford – Near Peer Instructor
Robert Griggs – Near Peer Instructor
Brianna Burns – Near Peer Instructor
Marissa Pellerin – Near Peer Instructor
Ophelia Morin – Near Peer Instructor
Savion Reed – Near Peer Instructor
Victoria Bonner – Near Peer Instructor
Taylor Chavis – Near Peer Instructor
Joshua Denkins – Near Peer Instructor
Stephanie Atwood, CFO
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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.
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,
Dr. Desmond Lewis
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Dr. Rhoda Freelon
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Mannie Fresh otherwise known as Byron Thomas, is a multi-platinum selling music producer. Mannie was introduced to Workshop Houston 10 years ago through our CEO. Since that time Mannie has had a vested interest in the programs we offer. This year he decided to have deeper involvement by joining our board.