The new members bring diverse experiences and skillsets to the park’s management
HOUSTON – Discovery Green Conservancy recently announced the appointment of new Board of Directors members representing a wide array of industries across Houston’s business landscape. The recent appointments include Staci LaToison, founder and CEO of Dream Big Ventures LLC; Kande Lewis, assistant to the chairman, EOG Resources, Inc; Edie Mayo, tax partner at Whitley Penn LLP; and Courtenay Siegfried, assistant vice president of marketing and communications at UTHealth Houston.
The Board of Directors oversees the Discovery Green Conservancy. The Conservancy’s mission is to provide an uncommonly beautiful, urban green space in the heart of Houston that serves as a village green for our city, a source of health and happiness for our citizens, and a window into the incredible diversity of arts, talents and traditions that enrich life in Houston.
“Discovery Green is an iconic Houston landmark that’s transformed how visitors and residents alike experience the city,” said Julie Young Sudduth, regional president for PNC Bank and Discovery Green Conservancy board chair. “I am grateful to these new board members for stepping up and supporting the ‘village green’ that is vital for the health and happiness of so many.”
Staci LaToison is the Founder and CEO of Dream Big Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on Energy Transition, ClimateTech, and HealthTech. With a 22-year tenure at Chevron, including global P&L roles in China and Angola, she transitioned in 2022 to focus on empowering under-represented entrepreneurs. Staci is also a motivational speaker and host of the “Her Money Moves” podcast, advocating for financial literacy and STEM careers. She has received numerous accolades, including the 2022 Houston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business in Energy award, the 2023 L’ATTITUDE Ventures Game Changers award at SXSW, 2023 Latina Executive Achievement Award and 2023 Role Model of the Year.
As an investor, Staci is a Limited Partner in multiple ventures and serves as a Fund Advisor in Angeles Ventures Fund I and Softeq Ventures Fund I. She is the Angeles Investors Regional Lead for Texas and New Mexico, focusing on Hispanic and Latinx ventures. Staci also serves on several boards, including the University of Houston and Houston Hospice, and is a member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association and the Women Presidents Organization.
Kande Lewis is assistant to the chairman at EOG Resources, Inc., a Houston-based oil and natural gas company. She has over 18 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with a marketing background. Drawing upon her analytical, geoscience, communication and leadership skills, Lewis spearheads the corporation’s science-based engagement at Discovery Green. As a sponsor of FUNomenal Spring Break at Discovery Green, she coordinates a team of STEM experts from EOG Resources who share their passion for science with children.
Edie Annette Mayo is a native Texan, whose career as a CPA has focused on tax issues for high-net-worth individuals, family partnerships and estates and trusts. Along with her tax experience and knowledge, she brings a love for the arts and has supported the Houston Arts Community for decades. She also serves as a board member for Women of Las Animas County, Colorado.
Courtenay Siegfried is the assistant vice president of marketing and communications at UTHealth Houston. Previously, she led strategic communications agency 20K Group, LLC, co-founded a corporate training company and was a founding team member of technology startup Hello Alice. She has also mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs on how to begin and strengthen their businesses.
Siegfried has served on many boards, including League of Women Voters of the Houston Area, Our Global Village, One Voice Texas and Houston Downtown Alliance. She also served on the Discovery Green Programming Committee and managed several Conservancy projects.