Bridging the Access Gap:

Real time data, impactful resource allocation, more students reaching their fullest potential

Thursday, July 29, 2021
6:00 - 7:00 PM CST

Join us for a virtual evening of engaging speakers, data, and the state of the continuity of care for Houston’s children at ProUnitas’ inaugural Adopt-A-School Event. We’ll be highlighting some of our findings including what kinds of services most requested, what are the gaps left to fill, and how we are collectively working to bridge the Access Gap.





Rick Cruz, the founder of the successful EMERGE program and HISD’s officer of college and career readiness, was named as HISD’s chief of strategy and innovation in May 2018. Cruz left a career at Baker Botts in 2008 to join HISD as a bilingual fifth-grade teacher at Moreno Elementary School, where he was twice named Teacher of the Year.

He joined HISD’s central leadership team in 2013 as an assistant superintendent over expansion of the EMERGE program, which he founded in 2010, and he also served as officer and chief officer of major projects before his current role as officer of college and career readiness. In all of these roles, Dr. Cruz has implemented districtwide initiatives focused on ensuring that all students graduate college and career ready.


Stephen Klineberg has been shaping local thought on the ongoing changes in the Houston metropolitan region for almost 40 years. Through his work on the “Kinder Houston Area Survey,” now in its 40th year, he has tracked the economic outlooks, demographic patterns, experiences and beliefs of local residents. Under contract with Simon & Schuster, his book, “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America” was released in 2020. Klineberg is the recipient of twelve major teaching awards and a much sought-after speaker in the Houston community and beyond.

He is a graduate of Haverford College, the University of Paris and Harvard University. He and his wife Margaret have called Houston home since the early 1970s; they have two children and five grandchildren.


Tonyel leads the grants strategy to mobilize promising solutions for our region’s most critical issues. By listening to residents, leaders, and non-profit partners, she identifies innovations with community-wide impact. She also convenes stakeholders and shares knowledge to support the work of partner organizations. A sixth generation Houstonian, Tonyel is deeply connected to this city and approaches her work with humility and an open mind.

Tonyel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Howard University. She also holds a Master of Education and Doctor of Education from the University of Houston’s College of Education.


Thank you to ALL our supporters for helping us reach our goal!



School Sponsor

Bethany Ehret

Constellation Energy & Helen Wheatley

Darlene Wheatley

David Miracle

Derrick Shore & Brandon Bourque

Ericka & Garrett Graham


Graham Media Group

Jimmy Dyckes

Caroline Le Feuvre & Jeff Shaddix

Katy & Clyde Hays

Kimberly & Sam Diaz


Laura G. Henderson

Leah Barton & David Kim

Marc Levine

Pikoff Team

Roger Camp

Stephen L. Klineberg

Tonya & George Earle

Y. Ping Sun & David Leebron

Feeder Pattern Sponsor

Amy Hinojosa


Heather & Craig Wessels

Derek Steele

Lisa Higgins

Ravi Yanamandala

Neighborhood Sponsor

Amegy Bank


Champ Warren

Community Health Choice

Dan & Catherine Woodward

David J. Bertoch

Dominican Sisters of Houston

The Frees Foundation

Laura & Kurt Schneiber

Debra & Mark Gregg

Susan Sarofim

District Sponsor

Sarah & Doug Foshee

Centerpoint Energy


Claire & Joseph Greenberg

Robert L. Zorich

We look forward to honoring our sponsors at our Annual Event in Summer of 2021!