Kimberly Ann Brusatori – Founder
Kim Brusatori graduated from the University of Florida in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering. Upon moving to Kingwood and marrying her husband, she gave birth to their son Kyle. Kyle was born with developmental disabilities and a seizure disorder. She and her husband have raised their son, along with their three other children, in Kingwood for the last 30 years.
Brusatori’s engineering career came to an end when she was faced with raising her son. There were no childcare centers at that time that would accept him or private schools available locally that would enroll him. Over the years it became evident that services and programs were lacking in their community. Over the next 18 years Kim worked alongside other mothers to try and make a difference in the lives of their children through the Humble ISD Parent Council.
Eighteen years ago, with the aid of another mother who had the same vision, The Village Learning Center, Inc. was founded to provide services to children and adults with disabilities. Brusatori’s son Kyle currently attends The Village’s day program and participates in their residential transition program at Village at Stoney Glen.
Brusatori is a past Board member of the Lake Houston YMCA, a current board member of The Village Learning Center, a member of Lake Houston and Kingwood Chambers of Commerce and an honorary member of Kingwood Kiwanis. She is a recipient of the 2003 Woman of Achievement Award – Visionary from FamilyTime Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International. She graduated from the 2009 Class of Leadership North Houston
David Bubier – Chairman of the Board/President, The MINT National Bank
David A. Bubier is the President of The MINT National Bank located in Kingwood. Bubier was formerly the regional branch president and director of Main Street Bank in Kingwood/Cleveland Texas. He brings 43 years of banking experience to our Board. Bubier is married to Hildy Bubier and the father of three.
Bubier has an AB in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Houston. He has been an active member of the Kingwood/Humble community since 1976, serving on the Boards of the Lake Houston YMCA, Keep Kingwood Beautiful and the Humble Kingwood Youth Soccer Association.
Ray Brock- Director of Safety, Insperity, Inc.
Ray Brock has been a safety Director with Insperity for nineteen years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University in Occupational Safety and Health and his Occupational Safety and Health Technician certification from the board of Certified Safety Professionals.
He worked with Liberty Mutual insurance for four years in Schaumburg, Illinois. His responsibilities at Insperity include managing a team of twenty five loss control consultants across the United States for small to mid-size companies. Ray also is an Outreach trainer for both general industry and construction.
Ray has been married for ten years and is blessed with two daughters, Melanie (7 years old) and Emily (5 years old). The Brock family are members of Kingwood First Baptist Church. Ray has lived with his family in Texas for six years.
Marie Halvatzis – Legal Consultant
Marie Halvatzis, a native of Florida is a 29 year resident of Kingwood, Texas. She attended the University of Florida and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in Political Science. Halvatzis also holds a Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law. While living in Jackson, Mississippi, she had a career as a Landman for Cities Service Oil Company and also was in the private practice of law.
After moving to Texas, Halvatzis stayed home to rear two children and do a great deal of volunteer work in the community. She served on her children’s school’s PTA Board of Directors as well as on the school district wide PTA council, was a Girl Scout leader, and was active in Kingwood Panhellenic and Kingwood Women’s Club. Halvatzis has had leadership roles in National Charity League, Kingwood Project Graduation and the Philoptochos Society of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. She also formerly served as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem for children in CPS custody through Child Advocates, Inc.
Halvatzis is a former Child Care Director for the Lake Houston Family YMCA. In this position, she directed the YMCA after school child care program in twenty-five elementary schools in Humble ISD and Huffman ISD which provides services to 1,000+ children daily.
Halvatzis currently volunteers a great amount of time lending legal and professional advice to The Village Learning Center.
Stephen King – CEO, Growth Force
Stephen King, CPA, has more than 25 years of experience in accounting, systems design and management consulting in large and rapidly-growing companies. He is currently President and CEO of GrowthForce LLC, an outsourced bookkeeping & controller service located in Kingwood Texas.
Prior to GrowthForce, King was Division President of Insperity Financial Management Services (FMS). FMS was created through the acquisition of Virtual Growth, which King built to be the largest outsourced accounting service serving small businesses in the United States.
King served for seven years as CFO and Director of Development for Amnesty International USA, the world’s largest human rights organization. During that time he was responsible for all fundraising activities for the $20M organization and designed the organization’s accounting and operating systems. As one of five global members of Amnesty’s Computer Communication Working Group, King was instrumental in building and raising money for a technology infrastructure enabling Amnesty International members and volunteers to access information from around the world.
King holds a B.B.A. from Pace University, is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs, New York State Society of CPAs, and American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). He is on the board of the Texas Society of CPAs and the Houston Society of CPAs.
Peter W. Mantell – Business Owner & Managing Partner, Independent Consulting Associates
Peter founded Independent Consulting Associates (ICA) in 1997 to assist entrepreneurs and small to mid-size business owners develop a sound strategic focus and planning framework. The goal was to improve their organizational strengths and business processes resulting in growth and profitability for the longer term.
Peter spent thirty-four years with Exxon Mobil Corporation in marketing, program and project development, and business communication. Peter has been a past member of the New York State Industrial Management Council, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Houston Ad Club. Professionally, he has been an advisor to the Board of Directors of the Exxon Independent Marketers Insurance Trust (Dallas, TX), AICE Corporation (Houston, TX), and the VCMG Marketing Group (Birmingham, AL). Peter holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
Kimberly C. Maxey- Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank
Kim has been with Wells Fargo Bank for 25 years. She works with individual business’ as a consultant to provide solutions that improve daily cash flow or streamline processes. She manages multiple projects at once and often coaches the customer on best practices for their business.
She has a strong commitment to her customers which carries over to her community partners.
She has lived in the Lake Houston area for the majority of her life and has a great appreciation for all the many organizations in the area. She is a YMCA Board Member, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Kingwood, and spends her free time volunteering at numerous non-profits in the area.
Lawrence Pope- Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief of Human Resources Officer at Halliburton
Lawrence Pope is Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Human Resources Officer for Halliburton, where he has global leadership responsibilities for Supply Chain, Information Technology, Human Resources, Real Estate Services, Corporate Aviation, Corporate Affairs and Security. He is a member of the Company’s Executive Committee.
Previously, Mr. Pope was Vice President of Human Resources and Operational Excellence for Halliburton, and before that position, he was Senior Vice President of Administration for Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR).
Mr. Pope holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. He is a graduate of the Halliburton President’s Leadership Seminar (now called the President’s Leadership Excellence Program), the Company’s yearlong leadership development event in which a select group of high-potential senior managers, directors and first-time executives participates each year. He is also a Certified Compensation Professional.
Mr. Pope serves as a member on the boards of directors of The Village Learning Center, the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, and Houston Dynamo Charities.