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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.

Casey Bushek, Executive Secretary

Casey Bushek is currently serving as the Executive Secretary for Inspiring HANDS.  While Casey’s career is in human resources management, she has a heart for helping others in her community.  Having volunteered for years through Junior League, Casey recognizes the difference it makes when a group of people unite and work as a team on projects that benefit their community.  People are happy when they feel successful, and Casey believes a great motivation for success is creating volunteer programs inside the workplace designed for those employees who wish to participate as a corporate team.  The energy a team builds between each other helping others outside the office returns respect and admiration of their fellow employees to the corporate environment.  Casey reinforces in herself and in her teams that we are all resilient in our own way.  She knows first-hand that life has difficult situations and when we help others, we become stronger and more resilient to challenges in one’s own life.  Joining Inspiring HANDS has allowed Casey to become actively involved in a charity that focuses on creating a positive environment for individuals who define the true definition of resilience.

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.

Laura Goodwin, Director of Marketing

Laura is currently the Marketing Director for Inspiring HANDS. She believes that through change great things can happen and she wants to be a part of changing things for the better. She believes that God calls us to help others and to make to this world a better place to live. She is excited to serve the community through Inspiring HANDS.


Laura is the owner of Goodwin Design, a marketing firm serving local businesses with their marketing and branding needs. She brings those skills to her job as Marketing Director for Inspiring HANDS. Laura is responsible for creating marketing materials in order to reach people through community relations, speaking engagements, newsletters, PR, and various other charitable events. She is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing organization, and to make change happen in her community.

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