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Susan Lutz, founder and President

Susan Lutz is President and founder of Inspiring HANDS. Susan believes that together we can do more and wishes to inspire others to be generous with their time and resources to make a positive change in the lives of those in need. She also believes that life is a party and everyone is invited! So she called upon many of her friends and local business leaders to form a non-profit organization, operated 100% by volunteers, that gives 100% of the proceeds directly back to individuals who are in need within the greater Houston community. Together, in November 2014, they started Inspiring HANDS and the Awards Program for individuals of all ages with financial and special needs.

As President, Susan oversees the core functions of the organization to enable it to achieve its long term vision. Areas of focus include strategy, finance, board management, fundraising, and program delivery. When she is not volunteering her time with Inspiring HANDS, she holds the C.F.O. and H.R. Director position at Challenger Drilling, Inc., a company that she and her husband Jeff started in 1998, and enjoys time spent with him, their two sons, and four fur babies, preferably at the beach.

Denise Miller, Vice President and Treasurer

Denise Cavazos-Miller has served as the Vice President and Treasurer for Inspiring HANDS for the past two years. Denise values the importance of giving back with her time and financial resources to help others in need and strives to serve others in every aspect of her life. She is married with four children that range in age from fourteen to twenty five years old, and she also loves dogs and has four fur babies of her own. Additionally, Denise is the caregiver to her mother, who was diagnosed with Dementia. Not only is Denise dedicated to Inspiring HANDS and her family, but she is also a successful entrepreneur and owns her own staffing company, Integrus Human Capital Solutions, which was founded in 2012. It is important to her that Inspiring HANDS continues to grow and succeed as an organization. As a company we strive to make an impact on our community as we make a difference in the lives of others.

April Galindo, Executive Secretary

April Galindo is Executive Secretary of Inspiring HANDS. She likes volunteering for organizations that can inspire others to be happy by giving back to the community. She believes that making a positive difference in the lives of others is a way of spreading smiles and happiness where they might not otherwise be found. April also volunteers as an Assistant Captain on the Spring Branch Memorial Houston Metro Go Texan Committee with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and works as Quality Assurance & Documentation Manager at Infor.

Morgan Bauman, Director of Community Relations

As Community Relations Director of Inspiring HANDS, Morgan is responsible for coordinating and implementing all local immediate and volunteer needs as well as involvement in the community. People say laughter is comparable to a vacation, and she believes that to be true. As a local business owner of a Skincare and Makeup by Morgan Nicole in Tomball, she gets to help people feel beautiful every day! She says that it is truly incredible what people can do when they are positively encouraged. While her clients learn much from her skincare advice, she feels it is they who teach her so much about life and people. She is reminded daily of the importance of what giving back can do for a community. Morgan is honored to be a part of such an amazing organization, working alongside those who have inspired change in her and others locally and around the world.

Kylee Darwin, Director of Marketing

Kylee serves as the Marketing Director for Inspiring HANDS. In this role, she creates marketing materials to reach people through community relations, speaking engagements, newsletters, and various other charitable events. As a former teacher, Kylee spent years working with teens from all backgrounds. She has seen firsthand that strength comes from encountering adversity, and that even perceived failures can promote growth and aid in developing strength. As the mother to a son on the autism spectrum and a teacher to numerous other differently-abled students, the mission and vision of Inspiring HANDS is something personal to her as well. Kylee currently does administrative work for the Raymor Team with RE/MAX and tutors chemistry in her spare time. She is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing organization, to use her strengths to help her community, and to inspire strength in those around her.

Melissa Kenney, Director of Programs and founding member

As Programs Director, and a founding member of Inspiring HANDS, Melissa overseas the annual IH Awards program and has been inspired personally with how amazing individuals with special needs can be. As a parent of a special needs child, she knows how difficult it can be to have hope — hope that your child will learn, hope that your child will know love, hope that your child will be accepted. Working with Inspiring HANDS has connected her to so many wonderful individuals and organizations. It has opened her eyes to so many possibilities for her child and others. Helping others in our community and giving back that hope is her ultimate goal.

Stacey Michalak, Director of Social Media

Stacey is the Social Media Director for Inspiring HANDS. She is responsible for spreading awareness about the Inspiring HANDS mission and related causes, including local immediate needs, through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stacey is a wife and a mother of three amazing children. She is also a trained Medical Assistant with over 15 years of patient care experience in a hospital environment. This has given her a deep understanding of the importance of compassion and empathy towards others. Everyone experiences adversity at some point in life, whether it be financial, medical, or emotional, and a simple act of compassion such as a warm smile or gentle touch can make a world of difference in the life of another. “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

Celene Miller, Director of Procurement and Hospitality

Celene Miller is the Hospitality Chair of Inspiring HANDS. Celene believes that where there is a will there is a way! She is always looking for creative ways to support the organization and the children who benefit. As Hospitality Chair, Celene is responsible for design ideas and the procurement of materials for all Inspiring HANDS meetings and events. She has recently retired from ConocoPhillips where she spent 25 years as Senior Interior Designer. When she is not volunteering her time with Inspiring HANDS, she manages her own company, Designs by Celene; helps her husband with their business, Courtyard Salons; and enjoys time with her family.

What do YOU like to inspire?

If you are interested in learning more and getting involved with Inspiring HANDS, Inc. we welcome you to join us.

Contact Us Today at info@inspiringhands.org

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Diana Poulin, photographer. Contact her directly at poulin0602@yahoo.com