Board of Directors

From left: Sal LaMartina, Frank Maher, Mike Towns, Paul Wear, Ray Solcher

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. 

Paul Wear

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.

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.

Frank Maher, Newest Member

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.

 

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.

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.

Mike Towns, (Advisory)

BA University of Saint Thomas, Honors Graduate, USAF four years

Mike has over 40 years’ experience as a Construction Manager. He has managed over $ 250 million dollars in various residential, retail, commercial, and retirement projects. He has worked with major clients, architects, engineers, and contractors in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas Ft Worth. He has been active in the Houston Heights developing residential property. During this time, Mike has been involved with volunteer work at the Covenant House, Search, and The Beacon.

He is currently serves on the Tellepsen YMCA Board of Directors- Social Responsibility Chairperson, newly appointed (6 months) to the board of Teams of Our Lady Regional Couple for East Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, The Beacon Homeless Shelter Volunteer, St Vincent de Paul Volunteer. He has recently served at All Saints Catholic Church on the Parish Council, Building Committee, and Knights of Columbus.