Interim Chairman of the Board / Chairman Emeritus
BS, Notre Dame University
Ray is the founder and retired 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.
Vice Chairman of the Board
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.
Jennifer Harting works for Woodforest National Bank, and joined our Board of Directors in May 2020. She has been with Woodforest since 2004, and she has 16 years of experience in the banking industry. She is also a loving wife and mother of two.
President and Secretary
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.
David Russo, CPA
Former Moody Foundation Scholar, which assisted in his attendance at University of Texas, and later University of Houston.
A Galveston Native and current Houston resident, David is a consultant in accounting, auditing, compliance, fraud prevention/detection and business improvement.
David’s past and present volunteer activities include leadership roles for ACTS, Kairos, St. Kolbe, and St. Dismas inside prison retreat weekends for the last 15 years. David is active in the weekly Alpha program at TDCJ Carol Vance unit.
David and his wife Mary are parishioners of Prince of Peace Catholic Community in Houston and active in the ACTS ministry. Both serve in the role of EME’s in church and David in prisons.
Steve and his wife, Tricia, are the parents of six children and, soon to be, twelve grandchildren. They have lived in Spring, TX since 1994.
Steve is retired from the oil and gas industry. He served 15 years as a trustee for the Klein ISD. Presently Steve spends his time as a CASA volunteer in Montgomery County, with the Hope Center in Spring, a mentor through the archdiocese Special Youth Services at the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, a mentor for students in KISD as well as a hospital visitor with the Catholic Chaplain Corps.
He serves on the board for the Kohrville Community Amos Cemetery Association. He also is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 14512 at St. Edward parish in Spring.
Ken retired from ConocoPhillips in 2003 after working in pipeline and terminal operations for over 33 years. He became involved with prison ministry by serving on Kolbe Retreats in the Estelle and Walls Units of the TDCJ System as well as doing monthly visits to these units, assisting the men in their spiritual growth. He also serves as a Director for Municipal Utility District 98. Ken and his wife enjoy travelling and are avid golfers.
Kevin is a resident of Galveston, Texas and a graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. He worked in the healthcare industry overseas and in the United States in the areas of business development, contracting, compliance and consulting. Before retiring, he worked for 6-years as a residential sexton in the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York.
Kevin has maintained an active volunteer life serving: Christian New Creation; St. Vincent House, Galveston; Our Daily Bread, Galveston; Ignatian Spirituality Project, Houston and; Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross Adelynrood mission house in Byfield, MA.