UNA Houston Board of Directors 2022

President – Daniel Stoecker is the CEO for The Alliance for Multicultural Community Services (“The Alliance”). His background includes over a dozen years of executive management experience with local, national and international NGOs serving refugees, combatting human trafficking, providing disaster recovery services, and building resilient inclusive communities. He has been appointed by 2 mayors to serve as Chair for the Mayors Advisory Council on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Dan is a graduate of the International Studies program at the University of St. Thomas, where he currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the Center for International Studies. He is a lifetime member of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations. Mr. Stoecker’s UNA-Houston Board service includes elected terms from 2007-2011 and since 2016. He has held various officer roles including currently serving as President.

Vice President Programs- Dr. Rima Adil, is Dean of Student Success at Houston Community College. Dr. Adil is dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of students by promoting student engagement, leadership, and mentoring opportunities.  She stays involved in the community to increase dialogue on civic issues, and foster collaboration to improve the quality of life.  Dr. Adil is a believer in the power of diversity and emphasizes the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) through initiatives, programs, and training.   

Dr. Adil has been involved in numerous professional organizations including, Association of Women in Academia (AWA), Federation of Houston Professional Women (FHPW), Leadership Houston, National Council of Student Development (NCSD), and The Greater Women’s Houston Chamber of Commerce. She has received several awards including Chancellor Eagle Award-HCC, Women of Excellence Award-FHPW, and Terry O’Banion Award-National Council of Student Development. Virtual Innovation award, NASPA. Dr. Adil currently serves as the Vice President of Programs on the executive board of United Nations Houston.

Vice President – Dr. Noël Bezette-Flores holds a Ph.D. in Education Psychology and Differences, serves as Associate Dean of Student Success and Engagement at Houston Community college, and is CEO of Innovate at Work, a consulting firm for community based development, strategical reorganization, curriculum development, assessment and leadership development. For over 15 years she has actively promoted civic engagement, including as Executive Director for the Center for Public Service and Family Strengths at UHD’s College of Public Service, and Co-Founder of “Be the Peace, Be the Hope” program and initiative. Dr. Bezette-Flores currently serves as Board President for Houston Galveston Institute and Houston Media Source. Dr. Bezette-Flores currently serves as UNA Houston VP.

Vice President Membership- Bonita Green Gambrell is Chairman of The Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation of Texas, https://www.ehlfoundationoftexas.org. Prior to becoming Chairman of the Foundation, Bonita served as President of the Omicron Tau Omega Chapter, Spring, TX, of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® for 4 years. In 2015, she was named Member At Large for the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter Board of Directors and was named as one of the Houston Business Journal’s People on the Move. In 2019, Bonita joined the Board of Directors for the UNA-USA Houston Chapter and was appointed to the United Nations Foundation, Partnerships & Collaborations Committee. Bonita is currently employed by Plains All American Pipeline as Manager of Scheduling Support. Formerly she was Manager of the Pipeline Accounting Department. Bonita holds a bachelors degree from the University of Houston – Main Campus and an MBA from Texas Woman’s University.

John Sigren graduated from Southwestern University, where he majored in history and minored in Spanish.  He currently serves on the Global Classrooms and Member Engagement committees for UNA-Houston.  In addition to UNA Houston, John is also a Group Leader for the Houston chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which advocates for carbon dividend legislation to address global climate change.  John has been a teacher in Houston ISD for 12 years, and currently works at North Houston Early College High School, where he teaches Model UN.  John has won campus Teacher of the Year twice and led the largest Model UN program in the city at Sharpstown International School for 11 years.

Vice President Communications- Seher Alpaslan – Ms. Alpaslan is currently the Director of the Raindrop Women’s Association which is focusing on women’s issues, youth education and refugee settlement. The organization has been assisting women and young people in Houston for 22 years. Seher’s work involves developing empowering projects for women and youth, mentoring, English classes as well as fundraising responsibilities. She was previously Director of the Raindrop Women’s Association in Oklahoma City from 2014-18 and Director of RAWA in El Paso from 2009-2012. She has served as the Client Intake Specialist at Infant Crisis Services and organized cultural programs with Sister Cities of Oklahoma. She studied Business Management but followed her childhood dream by working with nonprofit organizations. 

Pam Perraud is a graduate and former Trustee of Connecticut College and has a Master’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angles as well as a Master’s from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota.

She is currently the Policy Chair and a founding member of the US Women’s Caucus at the  UN. She has served as an official NGO Representative for FAWCO at the UN in NY and in Geneva since 1998. She is a member of the Committee on the Status of Women(CSW) in NY. She is also Advocacy and UN Chair for the Zonta Club of Houston as well as UN Chair for Zonta US District #10. She is the past President of Global Transitions, a cross cultural training firm in NYC. Her global interests are in women’s rights and education. She received the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020 and the Women of Excellence Award in 20219 from the Federation of Houston Professional Women.

Sailaja Bandyopadhyay – A finance, strategy, and business specialist, Ms. Bandyopadhyay was a Senior Global Supply Chain Strategy Specialist at Conoco Phillips for eleven years. She holds an MBA from the University of Louisville and a BA in Economics from the University of Poona in India. She has over 20 years of experience in community service in Houston and has done fundraising for many foundations benefiting women, girls and helping micro-budget businesses.

Sahabia Ahmed is a Strategic Portfolio Planning Specialist with Entergy. She was born in Tanzania and has lived in US for almost 9 years. Ms. Ahmed holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, International Business and Mathematics with Statistics. She is a passionate film maker, writer and a change maker.
While studying at Sam Houston State University (SHSU), Ms. Ahmed was selected as the first Texas State University System Regents’ Scholar. She was an active member in SHSU served as President of the International Student Organization, Nepalese Student Association and lead various other projects.
She is passionate about change and believes to inspire it must start with oneself.

Olivera Jankovska

Olivera Jankovska is the Community Engagement Associate at UNICEF USA in Houston. She is an award-winning community activist, and a champion for children’s rights. Jankovska received an A.S. in Marketing from Perrotis College, Thessaloniki, Greece, a B.S. in agricultural business from the University of Arkansas, and a master of science degree in agricultural and applied economics and a graduate certificate in international research & development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Besides her role as one of the United Nations Association’s 2020/21 Global Ambassadors and a board member of the United Nations Association Houston Chapter, Jankovska serves on the Sister Cities of Houston board as well. She is an active volunteer leader of many other international organizations, including the Rotary Club of Houston International, International Voices of Houston and the United Macedonian Diaspora. Finally, she is an active member of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in Houston, the French American Chamber of Commerce and Dining for Women. A published economist and a service leader at her core, Jankovska not only brings ten years of international development work experience, but she also has a strong business acumen she acquired while serving the energy consulting industry and doing academic research as a nonresident fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Shirin Malik is the United Nations Association-USA member at large; UNA-NCA, advocacy member, Senior Fellow, and Next Generation Leader at  International Sustainable Development Resource Centre, Geneva.She has served on various team leadership positions within the Ismaili Community in her professional capacity. In Avdiamonds, an International company, she held a position as an entrepreneurial Marketing Director and strategic guide for more than 20 plus years. She holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from HBU and a Master’s in management from Texas A & M-Commerce. She received her Presidential Membership in the National Society of Leadership and Success, is an alumna at Gemological Institute of America, PRSA, American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bend Leadership alumna, and Fort Bend Chamber Commerce, to name a few. Shirin is deeply committed to AKDN’s causes of humanitarian assistance, professional and economic development, and programs that engage in continued education. Launch & fundraise for non-profit organizations, creating strategic ties with local nationally recognized academic institutions such as TSTC, University of Houston, HCC, and Workforce Solutions. She has featured keynote speakers from RAND, Intelligence Agencies, ABC13, and Wilson Amplifiers.

Radhika Ayyar MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Radhika Ayyar is the President of Meridian Management Consulting, LLC, a company providing customized solutions to drive exponential impact by aligning key areas of strategic management and human resources for ongoing agility, resilience and efficiency. She is an accomplished executive leader in Human Resources with over a couple of decades of experience leading the University of Texas Employee Assistance Program and Prairie View A&M University. Her demonstrated success to drive and manage change, optimize business operations/services, creatively manage cross functional/ multi-disciplinary work teams, launch continuous improvement operational initiatives and systems to achieve organizationally aligned results has been recognized both internally and among her peers in the nation.
She holds an MBA from the University of Houston and a BS degree in Chemistry from Osmania University in India. She is certified in mediation and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources and SHRM Senior Certified Professional. She lived in other countries, speaks several languages, and has experience working in global and local multicultural teams in community organizations.

Kari Gray Smith

I have a BBA and MBA from Texas Southern University.  She is currently a Revenue Accounting Manager with Escondido Resources.  She is an active Board Member with Houston UNA USA and has severed on several committees – International Day of the Woman, and the Annual UNA Gala.  She volunteers through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, on Refugee support, and support of International Women.

Carme Williams  is the President and CEO of WilliamsCL Consulting, LLC. focused on fundraising in the areas of organization, structure, strategic planning and strategy. Carme is also a Senior Consultant with Washburn & McGoldrick, LLC. focused on campaign assessments, feasibility studies and planning, as well as, advancement training, relationship building, alumni engagement, and board/staff training. Carme has been a leader in the corporate and nonprofit community for almost three decades. Carme has secured more than $190 million during her career.

Carme has been in higher education advancement work at Rice University, Houston Community College Foundation and Prairie View A&M University. Carme was at Rice University as a Regional Major Gifts Director of Development and School of Humanities Director of Development during the $1 billion Capital Campaign. Carme managed three Advisory Boards and helped create collateral material for the School of Humanities funding priorities.

During her time at Houston Community College Foundation, Carme secured a historic gift of $7.5 million for a new Fire Fighter Academy, increased the number of scholarships awarded three-fold and restructured the foundation increasing the endowment by 20%. Under her leadership, the board of directors developed an intentional focus on securing resources for the Chancellor’s priorities.

In 2018, Carme became the Vice President of Development for Prairie View A&M University. She created a university fundraising plan, reorganization, and stewardship plan, which all yielded annual 30% to 48% increases in philanthropic support. Carme secured a $2M planned gift and played a role in a $50 Million unrestricted gift.

Carme is also experienced in alumni relations, donor relations, principal and major gift, and stewardship programs, dean development, board development, and communications. Carme is a lecturer at Rice University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

Carme received a bachelor’s degree in business management from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC; Certified Fundraising Executive Certificate in 2009. Carme currently serves on the North Carolina State Steering Committee for Wolfpack Women in Philanthropy chairing the Philanthropy Committee. Carme is a board member of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, Houston Public Library Foundation, and African American Development Officers.

Wea Lee – Mr. Lee is the Chairman and founder of the International Trade Center (ITC) and Southern News Group. He also serves as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Guinea. His media group includes the Southern Chinese Daily Electronic Journal, the Houston Chinese Yellow Pages, USA Printing as well as Chinese newspapers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and many other cities. He has been President of the International Press Club of Houston as well as Chairman of the International Management District. A native of China, he graduated from National Chengchi University with a degree in diplomacy and has a MA in Political Science from Lamar University in Beaumont.

Robert Moll – Mr. Moll previously served as a Member of the UNA-Houston Board for 15 years, including multiple terms as first Vice President and President. Robert has a B.A. from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. He practices international law with clients that have included the UN/FAO World Food Program. Robert spent two years as a high school delegate to HAMUN followed by four years on the HAMUN Secretariat while in university and has been a member of the HAMUN Board of Governors since HAMUN XXI.