Deborah Tesar

Deborah, a Registered Nurse, joined the board in 2002. She lives in Avenue’s target area, is active with GO Neighborhoods and B.O.N.D. (Fifth Ward Blocks Organizing Neighborhood Defense) civic club, and serves as the Community Outreach Committee Chair.

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Yuraima Rodriguez

Yuraima Rodriguez most recently served as the Vice President, Texas Portfolio Manager at Amerant Bank, formerly Mercantil Bank. In this role, she was responsible for the asset quality of the Bank’s loan portfolio. Other areas where she has worked include as Risk Management, Credit Underwriting, and both Corporate Domestic and...

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Winnie Kwok

Winnie joined the Avenue Board in 2021 and is an experienced Senior Tax Manager with a demonstrated history of working in public accounting. She is skilled in Expatriate Tax, Tax Treaties, Tax Equalization Policies, Expatriate Payroll, International taxation for High Net Worth Individuals, Foreign Trusts and Accounting and certified to...

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Jesus Andres DeAnda

Jesus joined the board in 2017 and is a lifelong resident of Houston’s Northside. He has always been passionate about serving and improving his community. As an active member in the Northline Leadership Committee, he hopes to improve the quality of life for residents. A founding member of the University...

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Michael “Tate” Barkley

Michael “Tate” Barkley joined the board in 2018. He is a resident of the Museum District.  Tate has been a practicing trial attorney in Texas for 27 years.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Jack Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston for the past 17...

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Marie Arcos

Marie joined the board in 2009. She is a native Houstonian who grew up in the Near Northside and still works there, as the Executive Director for the M. D. Anderson Family YMCA. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work and her undergraduate degree in Human Development from the...

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Viola Solomon

Viola joined the Avenue board in 2012. She is a Banking & Finance Professional and is active with several community organizations and her church. Viola is affiliated with the Houston Association of Realtors, an African American Real Estate organization; the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, and the Asian...

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Donna Espadas

Donna joined the board in 2015. She serves as the Senior Project Manager at Houston’s VA Patient Safety Center and has over fifteen published articles in her field. A long time Northline resident, Donna serves as President of her local civic club and is a committee member of GO Neighborhood’s...

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