Our Team

Meet the people who make it happen.

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JOSHUA SMITH

JOSHUA SMITH

VICE CHAIR

Joshua Smith, Vice Chair full bio info coming soon.

LIZ WEBB

LIZ WEBB

BOARD TREASURER

Liz Webb is a CPA with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of St. Thomas and her Master of Science in Accounting from The University of Houston: Clear Lake.Liz lives in Houston with her husband and two school-aged sons. She enjoys baking and gardening.

HEATHER SEALE

HEATHER SEALE

BOARD CHAIR

Heather is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University earning her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. As an educator, she has worked in elementary and secondary education for 25 years. Certified in Special Education, many of those years were spent working closely with students with special needs and learning differences. This developed a passion for advocacy and deep love for helping students who struggle succeed. Heather believes in the mission of The Momentum Academy and its ability to help students reach their full potential through the unique learning environment it provides. Heather and her husband, Matthew, live in League City with their four boys.

PAUL MCRAE

PAUL MCRAE

EMERITUS

Paul McRae has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Management. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in both Texas and California. Paul worked for 34 years in the space industry for a major aerospace company. Paul has an extensive background of volunteer work. He has been a reading tutor for elementary level students along with math tutoring at the elementary level. He has also been a voluntary adult leader and teacher for senior high level students.

SHANNON HAYS

SHANNON HAYS

MEMBER AT LARGE

Administration with a focus in Marketing at California Polytechnic University.Shannon is married and shares her home with her husband Tracey, her daughters Kathleen and Gracie, and her 3 dogs and cat! She has lived in League City, Texas for 21 years. She loves sports, specifically football and baseball. She also enjoys traveling and gaming.‍

STEPHANIE EHLERS, MBA

STEPHANIE EHLERS, MBA

CO-FOUNDER AND MEMBER AT LARGE

Stephanie Ehlers is the Co-Founder of The Momentum Academy and is the Board Chair. She is the Primary Board contact for Admissions and Fundraising. Stephanie has worked in the non-profit setting since 1993, serving in roles ranging from Executive Director to Health Educator. She has worked extensively as a community volunteer since 1995 and has been an advocate for those without a voice. Her mission hit home in 1999 and became very personal for her after the birth of her first child, who has special needs. Stephanie knows that given the right environment, everyone can be successful.Stephanie is an Honors graduate from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 1993, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration. She received her Master of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1997. Stephanie and her husband, Richie, live in the Clear Lake area with their 2 children.‍

MELISSA HODGES, M.A.

MELISSA HODGES, M.A.

CCC-SLP, CO-FOUNDER AND BOARD SECRETARY

Melissa Hodges is the Co-Founder of The Momentum Academy and is the Board Secretary. She is the Primary Board contact for Evaluations and Curriculum. Melissa is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and specializes in working with children from preschool through high school, as well as having a background working with adult clients. She has been the director of Leaps in Language for 10 years. Previously, Melissa served as the first Speech Therapist at The Joy School in Houston and worked with CCISD. She is known for her commitment to helping her clients achieve success.Melissa graduated from the University of Houston with her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Communication Disorders. She believes in educating the entire family so her clients will have continued success long after they leave her care. She believes each child is a blessing from God with gifts and talents. It is her passion to help them discover their gifts and talents and reach their maximum potential. Melissa lives in the Clear Lake area with her husband, Chad, and their 8 children.

ANGELINA FARELLA, M.D.

ANGELINA FARELLA, M.D.

MEMBER AT LARGE

Formerly with the Academy's Advisory Board, Angelina Farella is the newest member of our Board of Directors.

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