The Visionary ‘DREAM TEAM’

Legacy is a 501 ©3 non-profit organization with leadership provided by its Board of Directors and Advisory Committee.  The Legacy board and advisory committee are made up of a team of 15 dedicated professionals and community leaders that manage the organization and volunteer their time and talent.

Founder 

Kerrie Patterson-Brown- an experienced educator, coach and former student-athlete that is intrigued by the development of students and the way they learn.  Due to her inquisitive nature, Kerrie is determined to produce a catalyst or change and growth in the academic and athletic arena, by commingling the parity of successful students and a mental, physical, and social cognizant student.  She has extensive knowledge and skills based on academics and athletics, which has allotted her the experience to design a distinctive learning platform that encourages the development of the complete student-athlete.

As a student-athlete, graduate, and coach from Texas A&M  University in College Station, Texas Kerrie understands the demands that are placed on student-athletes to be successful in all areas of their lives.  After receiving her masters from Texas A&M in Education Administration in Human Resource Development she concluded that the preparation for student-athletes in middle and high school is not equivalent to what is expected of them in college, nor does it expose them to the many professions that lie within the industry.

Kerrie began the design process for Legacy in her research studies within her doctorate program in Education Administration.  She has done extensive research in Early College High School programs and the student’s success within those programs.  She has also directed her studies towards student-athletes and the demands that they are asked to endure, academically and athletically.  Kerrie believes that the two programs that require a 100% commitment from the student can coexist and make for a well-rounded student-athlete and construct a critical and innovative approach to ensure that the curriculum will meet the promise of a ‘career-ready’ student-athlete, rather it is on or apart of the field of play.

Through her studies, she was able to determine that student-athletes have the grit and fortitude to have success in any situation when provided the tools that are needed to make them successful.  She sought others that shared the same vision (Board listed below). After researching and studying the student-athlete for over fifteen years, Kerrie has created a school model that will change the perception of athletes and their commitment towards academics. Kerrie is eager to rid the term ‘dumb jock’ through the graduates of Legacy, by enhancing the college and post-graduate success rate.

Board President 

LaToyia Pierce– LaToyia is a Senior Claims Counsel with XL Catlin Insurance Company in Dallas, Texas.  LaToyia retains and manages outside counsel to defend professionals who are sued in courts, before regulatory bodies, and in arbitrations across the country.  She oversees cases involving errors and omissions insurance, miscellaneous professional liability insurance and other forms of coverage.  LaToyia actively participates in all aspects of litigation and practice and risk management for insureds and their counsel.

Prior to joining XL Catlin Insurance Company, LaToyia had more than 10 years of experience handling complex and diverse litigation, representing individuals, companies, and professionals. Her practice was devoted primarily to commercial litigation and professional malpractice, in which she prosecuted and defended claims for broker-dealers, investment advisers, insurance agents, lawyers and real estate professionals, among others. She handled cases involving errors and omissions insurance and provided all associated services, such as litigation, practice and risk management, regulatory, investigations and ethics, associations and networks, and transactional matters. She often counseled clients on risk avoidance issues and was called upon regularly to provide in-house continuing education seminars. LaToyia has successfully settled or tried cases in state and federal court as well as in arbitration hearings before FINRA panels.

LaToyia holds a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas, an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas, and a B.S. in Economics from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Board Treasurer

Devora Cooper, DBA- Devora Alyce Cooper is a Chief Financial Officer who currently works for a management company that oversees the operations of several businesses.  She has worked for the same entrepreneur in multiple business endeavors for the past 25 years and understands the value of following acceptable accounting principles and ensuring companies have a process in place to ensure financial transparency and accuracy. She prides herself on training others to work ethically and diligently for the good of the company.

In the capacity of Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Legacy the School of Sports Sciences, Devora ensures the school remains financially whole in an effort to assists students in the Houston, Texas area to achieve their goals by obtaining an education in the areas of sports sciences and to encourage higher education.

Devora believes her personal, professional, and educational experience will help Legacy achieve its goal to educate more youths and to motivate students to seek careers in sports other than athletes.

In addition to her previous work with young people as the director of a church gospel choir, Devora has self-published an inspirational romance novel that emphasizes the need to cultivate and treasure lasting relationships.

Devora holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from Marygrove College, a Masters of Business Administration (with a concentration in Accounting) from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Secretary

Leticia Serna- Leticia Serna has served Texas students at the campus, region and state level since 1999.  Leticia began her career in education as a campus bookkeeper and principal secretary in Austin ISD where she gained valuable experiences in grants and campus funding that propelled her to seek additional opportunities at the Texas Education Agency.

At the state level, Leticia provided support to over 1,000 Texas public school districts and charter schools receiving federal grants.  She served as a negotiator for multiple federal programs including School Improvement where she provided statewide support to identified schools and soon thereafter led the efforts of the multi-million dollar, federally funded Texas Title I Priority Schools program.  Leticia oversaw the identification and distribution of federal funds to priority and focus schools and gladly accepted the opportunity to identify Texas reward schools.  This experience provided Leticia valuable opportunities to identify key practices and strategies to further her support for all schools.

Currently, Leticia provides contract and grant support at the regional level.  She oversees contracts, grants, and procurement for an education service center and is responsible for the billing and services to over 80 school districts.  She assists clients with interpreting guidance, program implementation, budgeting, and program monitoring and evaluation.  Leticia takes great pride in developing systems of support and ensuring all clients receive the highest quality service.

Leticia is a mother of four children who attended Texas public schools.  She spends her free time attending her children’s sporting events or watching her oldest daughter coach middle school soccer and basketball.  Leticia holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Education-Advanced Literacy from Concordia University in Austin.  She will complete her doctoral studies from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education in May 2018 with a dissertation focusing on the impact of prison education programs on the continued pursuit of education post-release.  Aside from focusing on her children and time spent at work, Leticia also volunteers at the Travis County Prison assisting and encouraging students participating in prison education programs.

Members:

Susan Sclafani, Ph.D.- Susan Sclafani, PhD, is an education consultant who previously served as vice president for program management at Pearson Education Services Private Limited as well as vice president of programs at Pearson Foundation.

Prior to that, Dr. Sclafani served as director of state services at the National Center on Education and the Economy. Before that, she was with Chartwell Education Group, an international consulting group, where she continued her international education work as well as her work in improving K–12 educational systems at local, state, and national levels. She also served as assistant secretary of education for vocational and adult education from 2003 to 2005 in the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Earlier, Dr. Sclafani served as counselor to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, where she was the U.S. representative to both the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Dr. Sclafani’s passion for the task of promoting and ensuring the highest standards in education was well demonstrated during her tenure at ED; among the highlights there was the leadership role she played in the creation of the Mathematics and Science Initiative (MSI) to focus attention on the importance of mathematics and science in the education of all students. MSI emphasized the need for teachers knowledgeable in math and science at every level of schooling and the importance of further research in both areas.

Her international work led to her leadership of the joint E-Language Learning Project with the Chinese Ministry of Education. Dr. Sclafani also led ED’s High School Initiative to better prepare students for twenty-first-century education, training, and the workplace.

Prior to serving at ED, Dr. Sclafani was a chief academic officer of the Houston Independent School District in Texas, one of the nation’s largest urban school districts. In that capacity, she focused on a number of areas, including technology, curriculum development, mathematics and science initiatives, and construction management. She also has extensive state education and business experience.

Dr. Sclafani has worked with professional organizations and foundations to meet their goals and has advised education organizations in both the public and the private sectors in the United States and abroad. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Vassar College, a master’s degree in Germanic languages and literature at the University of Chicago, and a master’s of education degree and Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Texas, Austin.

Christopher Campbell-  Mr. Campbell is an industry veteran with 20 years of energy capital markets experience as both a sell-side and buy-side analyst (10 years) and the remaining as an energy executive with experience in the areas of investor relations, strategic planning, and corporate finance & accounting.  He is currently Vice President, Finance and Accounting, at Huntley & Huntley Energy Exploration, a private E&P natural gas company located in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Prior to his current role, he spent nearly a decade at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation with increasing roles of responsibility, including Director of International Finance and Accounting. Prior to joining Anadarko Petroleum,, Mr. Campbell worked primarily on Wall Street as a financial research analyst at Morgan Stanley and Jefferies & Co. and as a credit investment analyst at Prudential Capital Group. Throughout his career, he has analyzed, evaluated and recommended investment decision on various energy securities ranging from E&P, oilfield services, midstream, and utilities.  A native of Waco, Texas, Mr. Campbell holds a BBA magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University, a CPA license in the state of Texas and the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.  He, his wife, Andrea, and three sons reside in Houston, TX.

Jason Kohll- The Chief Executive Officer at Professional Sports Partners & President of Tippet & Moo Advertising. Known as one of the “go-to” guys in sports, Jason leads PSP with a mission to over-deliver. Jason pushes his team to accelerate through impact, creating a championship environment for clients and staff.

Christopher Ruhman- J.D. Having started his professional career as an offensive tackle in the NFL, Chris has parlayed his success on the field into a legal practice largely devoted to commercial and residential construction, real estate and business related issues and disputes, as well as managing an active transactional practice derived from his personal and professional experience and relationships.

An experienced complex commercial litigator and advocate, Chris has represented corporate and individual owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, vendors/suppliers and material manufacturers on projects, including, the new construction, renovation and build-out of: large commercial properties and complexes; multi-purpose/multi-use projects; offices and warehouse spaces; multi-family projects including high-rise and low-rise condominiums and apartments; car dealerships; hotels; restaurants;  and custom and spec residences and rental properties throughout Texas.

The broad range of issues addressed within Chris’ construction practice also includes the prosecution and defense of: residential and commercial design and construction defects; construction delay, acceleration and scheduling issues; non-payment; work stoppage and manpower; extra-contractual services;  contract enforcement and termination; warranty enforcement; water infiltration; differential movement; mold and remediation; differing and unknown site conditions; lien filings, foreclosure and removal; payment and performance bond claims.

In addition, Chris has also successfully prosecuted and recovered awards on claims involving: residential and commercial construction and design defects; delay and liquidated damages; loss of rents, lost profits, loss of use and depreciation; payment and performance bond claims; and lien enforcement and foreclosures. He also acts as Houston-area counsel for statewide developers and general contractors, for which he has repeatedly successfully prosecuted and defended against contract, defect, delay and lien claims.

Chris’ construction transaction practice flows from a practiced and reasoned understanding of the AIA series of documents and encompasses the preparation and negotiation of prime, sub and other construction contracts, design development and design professional agreements, general and special conditions to the contract for construction, bid documents, and other project-specific documents.

His transactional real estate practice includes: preparation and negotiation of sales and acquisition, lease, escrow and financing agreements for commercial, mixed-use and residential projects; preparation of joint venture and limited partnership agreements related to real estate purchases and development; the negotiation with governmental entities for the rezoning and reclassification of land parcels; and the preparation of non-traditional financing agreements and associated documents.

Chris’ litigation and transactional practice extends beyond construction and real estate to the representation of corporations, partnership, and individuals in employment and business disputes. He is experienced in handling complex civil litigation, as well as labor and employment disputes involving wrongful termination and discrimination claims, and stemming from allegations relating to unfair labor practices and the Americans with Disability Act.

His corporate transactional experience includes drafting employment agreements, employee handbooks, drug and alcohol policies, non-compete agreements, and hold-over and post-termination agreements, as well as negotiating and preparing separation agreements.

Chris is a native Houstonian and graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science and four-year letter in football. In 1998, he was drafted into the National Football League by the San Francisco 49ers, and then later played with the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos. After retiring from the NFL, Chris received his Juris doctorate from Valparaiso University College of Law, and then returned to Houston, Texas to raise his family and practice law.

Advisory Committee:

Jayne Raquepaw, Ph.D

Krystal Cook, Ph.D

Andrew Green,

David Walsh, Ph.D

Chester Pitts

Mike Brown

Henry Keculah

Sergio Santamaria