Mentors

No man is an island; at Good Works Houston, we bring the best and the brightest mentors to help inform and empower our entrepreneurs—an element necessary for impact.

Ricardo Cantu
Consultant, PwC Private Company Services
Delivers strategies and finance services for middle-market, privately held companies increasing cash flows and mitigating risks.

Elena Farah, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, University of Houston
Practice Lead, Blue Orange Innovations 
Public policy expert and political scientist specializing in social policy design, innovation, and public finance.

Philip Farah
CEO and Managing Director, Blue Orange Innovations
Digital innovation leader, Fintech evangelist and change agent trusted by senior executives of companies around the globe to translate technology disruptions into growth strategies and transformation programs.

Jeff Frey
Director of Innovation Communities at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Recognized thought leader and visionary driving innovation in healthcare, education, charity and energy sectors.

Eric Harry
Innovation Community Manager, Techspring Health
Impact entrepreneur and emerging expert on the use of market-based solutions to solve the world’s most wicked problems.

Erik Ibarra
Chief Experience Officer, Calamine
Consult, design and bring solutions in healthcare to life from applications to supply chain software.

Emily Keeton
President, Lemonade Day & Co-Founder, Station Houston
Seasoned entrepreneur creating new financial and operating frameworks for enterprises and introducing  innovative thinking through crowdfunding, digital activations and partnerships.

Brian Lang
Founder, Energizing Health
Health Innovation Strategist creating national health ecosystems and serving large healthcare providers in the curation of innovative healthcare startups.

Qusai Mahesri
Managing Director, Xpediant Solutions
A serial entrepreneur of technology companies delivering global solutions increasing customer engagement and operational performance.

Ryan Makhani
Founder of BuildMyIdea.org
Formerly an engineer in semi-conductors and biotechnology in Silicon Valley and an entrepreneur focused on innovation education and youth leadership development.

Erin McClarty
In-House Counsel, CGG
Attorney for Fortune 500 companies advising on global operations, information security, regulatory compliance and procurement with a passion for scaling enterprises focused on social causes.

Joe Meppelink
Principal, METALAB
Design leader specializing in architecture, industrial design and engineering, and digital fabrication technologies for commercial developments and public projects.

Dave Morris
Innovation Fellow
Specializes in software engineering and technical architecture in the Texas Medical Center’s Biodesign program.

Rick Pal
High Impact Entrepreneur
Seasoned senior executive in tech industry and founder of an accelerator in Kolkata, India (Innokul) and a global humanitarian enterprise (Pal-Make a Difference).

John Reale
Co-Founder, Station Houston
Early-stage tech executive developing strategy, leadership, funding, and execution for ventures.

Mark Streich
Founder, NPV10
focusing on corporate strategic planning, and a “startup whisperer” for hundreds of new tech ventures.

Dr. Rosalind A. Wyatt
Founder and CEO, Texas Local Food Connection
A “pracademic” combining theory and practice to help startup businesses that are determined to make a positive impact move from concept to commercialization.

Some team members also serve as Mentors and are not listed on this page.