Board of Directors
From left: Frank Maher, Sal LaMartina, Ray Solcher, David Taylor, Steve Sigloch
Ray Solcher, President
BS, Notre Dame University
Ray is the founder and CEO of Grocery Services, Inc., an organization in Houston that contracts with the State of Texas to vend Federal WIC (Women/Infants/Children) nutrition programs. He previously was a long-time employee with Southwestern Bell Telephone in various cities across Texas, with assignments including plant operations, procurement, materials management and corporate staff. Ray is also the founder of Latin American Hearing Aid, which has fit about 6,000 aids on children in Central and South America.
Other nonprofits that Ray has held leadership roles with include the Be An Angel Fund, the Houston Police Activity League, and the Memorial Exchange Club. Ray attended St Edward’s High School in Austin, Texas and then graduated from Notre Dame University in Indiana, with a degree with Mechanical Engineering. He is married with one son and a granddaughter, and enjoys a semi-retired life on Lake Conroe, Texas.
Salvador LaMartina, Donor Relations
Attended University of Southwestern Louisiana
Sal retired in 2016 after a 50 year career in the oil and gas industry as an oil scout. He was a member of the OOSA and IOSA, served on the Board, and held the office as President of both associations. Sal has been involved with Isaiah House and has mentored the residents since 2008. Sal and his wife Shirley attend Crossroads Baptist Church in The Woodlands, Texas and have four children and six grandchildren.
Sal is an avid fisherman and has his USCG, OUPV, Merchant Mariner License. He also enjoys golfing, restoring classic cars, gardening, and traveling with his wife. Sal is a native of New Orleans and has lived in the Houston area since 1977.
Our newest member of the Board, Frank Maher, retired from the Houston Fire Department in 2002 after 34 years of service. He was a captain at station 60 near Westheimer and Fondren, and had 8-10 firefighters assigned to his shift. In January 2019, he will be stepping down from the Houston Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund. At present, he is serving as secretary for the board. He has served in this position for 9 years.
Now, he is serving as an Assistant Fire Chief for the Jersey Village Fire Dept, where he has been a member for 44 years. He has been an E.M. for Saint Maximilian for over 20 years. He has been working with Fr. Ron by visiting Harris County jail for over 20 years. In August, 2019 he will be married to his wife, Sandra, for 50 Years. They have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
MBA, Pepperdine University
Robert Paul Wear Jr. has a BS in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He retired after 32 years as a Human Resources executive with Texas Eastern Corporation. He is a former Captain in the Adjutant Generals Corp of the U.S. Army Reserve, member of the Houston Personnel Association, member of the Personnel Committees of the American Gas Association and Southern Gas Association, Houston Greeter, and Board member and President of the Brazos Presbyterian Homes, Forest Club, and The Living Bank International.
He is a member of St Michael's Catholic Church, St Vincent de Paul Society, Tuesday Breakfast Club, Forest Club, and Docent at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. He is married and the father of 3 children and the grandfather of 5.
Steve earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Science from Texas A&M University, a Masters of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Steve is the president of Grocery Services, Inc., an organization that contracts with the State of Texas to vend Federal WIC (Women/Infants/Children) nutrition programs. Prior to coming to Grocery Services Inc, Steve served in the United States Army for over 21 years as a combat engineer. He had multiple deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. His last assignment in the Army he was the Professor of Military Science at the University of Memphis. After retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Steve and his family moved back to Houston, Texas.
BS in Business Administration, University of Louisiana Laffayette, 1970
From 1980 until 2016, Mr. Taylor served as founder, owner, director, and president of Houston Northwest Building Company, Inc., during which time he was a residential and commercial general contractor, and provided services such as construction consulting, project design, and litigation support.
His past and present volunteer activities include Finance Council / Building Committee Chairman & Member for Prince of Peace Catholic Church; Interim President & Board Member for Magnificat Houses, Inc.; Board Member for Society of St. John deMatha; and Board Chairman & Volunteer for Harvest and Hope Food Rescue.
David is a loving father of three children and has one granddaughter.
Adelaide Biggs (Advisory)
University of Texas, Austin
Columbia University School of Business
Adelaide Elizabeth Biggs attended high school at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas, and at Institut Brillantmont in Lausanne, Switzerland. She attended college at The University of Texas at Austin, and Columbia University School of Business in New York City. Adelaide has raised six children, has seven grandchildren, and also speaks French and Spanish.
Adelaide is a managing partner of The Phoenix Family Group, Ltd., and continues memberships at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and Oh Be Joyful Baptist Church in Crested Butte, Colorado. She is a former Bethel Bible Study leader, and Community Bible Study leader. Adelaide is also a current Volunteer Chaplain at the Carol Vance Unit in Richmond, Texas for the last nineteen years. (as of 2018). She has no retirement planned. She was also a former pilot since age 14, and was a former ski instructor in Aspen Highlands, Aspen Colorado for six years.
Bob Naughton (Advisory)
Robert J Naughton is a retired Navy Captain who spent 26 years of active duty flying tactical carrier-based aircraft. His three Commanding Officer tours include a carrier-based squadron, the Navy’s biggest aviation squadron, and a Naval Air Station. He flew 6400 flight hours with over 600 carrier landings. On his 195th combat mission during the Vietnam War then Lt. Naughton was shot down and spent nearly 6 years as a POW in Vietnam. His education credentials include a BA in mathematics, a MBA in finance, and a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College, along with several published articles. His military decorations include a Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, two Distinguish Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, multiple air medals, and multiple commendation medals.
After Mr. Naughton retired from the Navy he joined NASA as Chief of the Johnson Space Center Aircraft Operations division. For 15 years, he managed 400 employees, a $60 million budget, and operations of 45 aircraft. The mission was to train astronauts and support the Space Shuttle and Space station programs, as well as scientific aviation activities. Mr. Naughton served 7 years as the Chairman of the NASA wide aviation panel. His NASA awards include The NASA Leadership Medal, The Nasa Distinguished Service Medal, and The GSA Federal Aviation Manager of the year award.
Mr. Naughton and his wife Peggy have been involved with prison ministry activities since retiring from NASA in 2004.