MCLAC Board

Dr. Richard Griffin Chairman

  

Richard A. Griffin is Consulting Principal for Griffin and Associates. He has served public education for over fifty years as teacher, administrator, and university professor. Dr. Griffin has written articles and research documents for numerous state, national, and international publications and has made over two hundred presentations to conferences and conventions across the country. He has visited and evaluated schools in 22 foreign countries. In addition to seven university degrees, he has completed the Management Program of Jones Graduate School of Administration at Rice University. Dr. Griffin serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and as Adjunct Professor teaching school law and ethics at University of Houston – Victoria. He has served as Visiting Scholar in the Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning at Rice University. Along with past service on the Board of Directors of Opera in the Heights, the Education Foundation of Harris County, the Advisory Board of the Alley Theatre, and The Woodlands Waterway Arts, Dr. Griffin currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Young Texas Artists and Montgomery County Literary Arts Council. He lives in Conroe with his wife of fifty years, Ann.

Dr. George Boyle vice chairman

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Dave Parsons, 2011 Texas state poet laureate co-director

  

David M. Parsons, 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate, co-founder of MCLAC and the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance. He is the recipient of an NEH Dante Fellowship to the SUNY Geneseo, the French-American Legation Poetry Prize, and the Baskerville Publisher’s Prize. His first collection of poems, Editing Sky, was the winner of the 1999 Texas Review Poetry Prize and a 2000 Violet Crown Book Awards Special Citation. His other books, are Color of Mourning, Feathering Deep, Reaching For Longer Water (Texas Review Press/Texas A&M University Press Consortium), David M. Parsons New & Selected Poems (TCU Press), and Far Out: Poems of the 60’s (Wings Press, Co-edited w/Wendy Barker). He has taught Creative Writing at Lone Star College-Montgomery for over twenty years and in many other venues across the state, including Inprint Inc. Parsons was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2009. He lives with his wife, Nancy, award winning graphic designer and fine artist in Conroe.


Dr. Cliff Hudder co-director

  

Cliff Hudder holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in American Literature from Texas A&M University. In addition to articles on regional and American literature, his short stories have appeared in several journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, and The Missouri Review. His work has received the Barthelme and Michener Awards, the Peden Prize, and the Short Story Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. His novella, Splinterville, won the 2007 Texas Review Fiction Award, and his novel, Pretty Enough for You, was named a 2015 Top 10 Texas Favorite by Lone Star Literary Life. He teaches English at Lone Star College-Montgomery in Conroe, Texas, and was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2017. 

Dede Fox, 2017-2022 montgomery county poet laureate secretary

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Dede Fox's poetry appears in Bearing the Mask, di-verse-city, The Enigmatist, Far Out: Poems of the 60's, Poetica, Sol, A Summer's Poems, Swirl, Texas Poetry Calendar, and Untameable City.

Her poem "Chapultepec Park" won the 2008 Christina Sergeyevna Award at the Austin International Poetry Festival and she has been a juried poet at Houston Poetry Fest. Dede’s poetry books include Confessions of a Jewish Texan and Postcards Home. Texas Christian University published The Treasure in the Tiny Blue Tin, a Texas historical fiction and Highlights for Children her nonfiction articles. In 2019, Lamar University will publish her novel in verse Wings of Silence: Mexico, 1968.

Poet Laureate for Montgomery County, Dede teaches with Writers in the Schools at Texas Children’s Hospital and is the Artist in Residence at Bryan Federal Prison Camp for Women. She also serves as secretary for the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance. http://dedefox.com

Paula Campbell, cpa Treasurer

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Dianne Logan public relations

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Gilda Van Hecke photographer

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Deseree Probasco grants/community outreach

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Deseree Probasco holds a BA from Princeton University and a MA from SHSU, where she edited The Southwest Anthology: The Best of the Writing Programs. Her poems have appeared in TimeSlice: Houston Poetry 2005, The Weight of Addition, an Anthology of Texas Poetry, Sol Magazine, Southwestern American Literature, Borderlands, and The Texas Review. The lives in Willis. 


Kathryn Lane development coordinator

  

Kathryn Lane, originally from Mexico, is the author of the award-winning Nikki Garcia Mystery Thrillers – Waking Up in Medellin and Coyote Zone. Inspired by foreign cultures, her fiction is set in exotic locations. 

Kathryn also writes short stories influenced by her Latin roots. A collection of her short stories can be found in Backyard Volcano and Other Mysteries of the Heart. She loves poetry and has a chapbook, A Conversation on India, which explores the traditional culture of India.

Dr. Ken Davis community outreach

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Dr. Bonnie Longnion community outreach

  

Dr. Bonnie L. Longnion was college administrator for Lone Star College system for over 20 years, and worked in the Office of External Affairs as Associate Vice-Chancellor for instructional and resource development in 2003. After retiring from Lonestar, she served as a part-time adjunct instructor for the University of Houston - Downtown. Dr. Bonnie L. Longnion served on the Humble ISD School Board for over 24 years. She was elected on February 14, 1989 and served continuously through May, 11, 2013. Dr. Longion was elected to the position of President of the Texas Association of School Board in 2003. She also served on the Gulf Coast Association of School Boards. She is a past president of Family Time and a past president of the Northeast Chapter of the American Heart Association. She was a founding member and secretary of the Greater Houston P-16+ Council.


Dick Rofritch community outreach

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