ProUnitas' mission is to provide a technology-powered of support that maximizes access to holistic resources for a more empowered and informed community
Communicate and follow up
We check our biases at the door, are morally courageous, and bring our whole self to work
Not in our feelings, focus on the essentials, listen to understand and be perceptive
Willing to give and accept feedback, constantly growing, willing to listen and change
Status does not count, empower people, delegate and elevate, collaborative, act as a team
ADEEB BARQAWI - President & CEO
Adeeb is a former physics teacher through Teach for America and received numerous awards during his tenure, including the Kinder Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the State of Texas ACP Beginner Teacher of the Year Award. Prior to Teach for America, Adeeb worked for the pharmaceutical industry.
Adeeb holds a Master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University as well as a master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Adeeb is an alumnus of the Center for Houston’s Future Fall 2015 Business/Civic Executive Leadership Forum, and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Class XXXVII.
Adeeb’s conviction toward educational equity lead him to be recognized as one of five people who are most likely to shape Houston’s future by the Houston Chronicle. In 2017, Adeeb was appointed by the Texas State Board of Education to serve on the new Texas Long Range Plan for Public Education steering committee where he worked alongside exceptional leaders to set a new vision for public education for the State of Texas. Adeeb is currently an Executive Board member of Good Reason Houston and Healthy Living Matters.
DAMON HOYLE - Chief Operating Officer
Prior to his current role, he served as Director of Systems Coordination and most recently Managing Director of Systems Coordination.
After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2007 with a B.A., Damon began his work within the Education sector through Teach for America. After completing his time with Teach for America, he decided to remain in the classroom and began a career with the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). Throughout his affiliation with KIPP, Damon served in many capacities outside of his teaching role; earning a Master’s degree in School Administration from Columbia University while serving as a grade level and department chair. He’s also served within the KIPP system as Dean of Instruction and assumed the role of Dean of Operations during his final year.
Damon is a graduate of the Houston Black Leadership Institute, a subsidiary leadership program within the Greater Houston Black Chamber. He remains heavily involved in community service/outreach through various civic and faith-based organizations.
ALBERT WEI - Chief Innovation Officer
Albert started his work in education as an undergraduate student at Rice University, and has taught in some of Houston’s most disadvantaged schools. Albert is a recipient of the Salman Khan Commencement Award for Educational Entrepreneurship at Rice University for his work in education domestically and abroad.
After receiving a B.A. in Political Science, he continued teaching through Teach for America. Albert earned the Beginning Teacher of the Year distinction for the Houston Independent School District, became social studies department chair, and served as the Director of the College and Career Center at Sharpstown High School.
Albert spent a year in Asia on a Fulbright Fellowship to work with local teachers to deliver robust English curricula and study the ways the East incorporates social-emotional learning in school culture and instruction.
JARAD DAVIS - Director of Client Success
Portfolio: Houston ISD
Jarad Davis is a native of Houston, TX. He graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies and the University of Houston with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.
Prior to his role as Director of District Success (HISD), Jarad spent several years as a classroom teacher before moving into district administration with Spring Branch ISD. Jarad has participated in several leadership fellowships throughout his career, including the Cy-Fair ISD Teacher Leadership Academy, Houston Leaders for Education, and Leadership ISD. He is married to Lauren Davis and is the father of two: Kody & Zoe.
EDITH RAHIMIAN - Director of Client Success
Portfolio: YES Prep Public Schools, Yellowstone Academy, Harmony Public Schools
Edith has served in the field of education for more than thirteen years and has always believed in the power and the impact of partnerships. Prior to her current role, she was the Director for the Center for Parenting and Family Well-Being at Children at Risk. Previously, she served as a Dean of Instruction, Director of Parent and Student Initiatives, a Grade Level Chair and teacher at YES Prep Public Schools. As a classroom teacher, Edith was honored with the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award. Before joining YES Prep, she was a teacher in HISD in a high-needs community as a Teach For America Corps Member. Edith’s drive for ensuring educational equity for all students, despite family background and zip code, stems from her own personal journey. She is the daughter of Iranian immigrants and the first one in her family to graduate from college.
Edith holds a B.S. in Business Administration, a B.A in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Non-Profit Administration from the University of Houston-Downtown. Edith Edith’s dedication goes beyond her current role as she is involved in her community as a member of the HISD Resource Allocation Advisory Committee, a member of the Tenant’s Rights Advisory Board and a founding board member of Bloom Academy. She is committed to ensuring that all students from all communities across Texas have access to great schools and educational programs.
DONUA MCDANIEL - Client Success Manager
Donua McDaniel has been with ProUnitas since its inception and works closely with district care coordinators like social workers and counselors in providing wraparound services to their students. She is a Houston native and brings high levels of energy, humility, and passion to the work of serving kids.
JOSE SILVA - Client Success Manager
Jose Silva hails from North Carolina and brings with him extensive experience working with our student population. His energy, optimism, and passion for educational equity makes him a strong Client Success Manager, supporting care coordinators in connecting students to holistic supports.
FRANK SOMMERVILLE - General Counsel
Frank Sommerville is a shareholder in the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C. in Houston and Dallas, Texas. Mr. Sommerville handles and assists in a broad range of legal cases which encompasses employment law and ERISA issues as well as nonprofit and religious organizations.