Houston Children Give Back started from a group of moms talking about their desire for their children to grow up knowing the gift of philanthropy. Within one passion-fueled month, these ladies with diverse backgrounds organized their skill sets and Houston Children Give Back was born – a not-for-profit organization for our children to host hands-on and educational events benefiting chosen and established charities.You know what they say, if you have something important that needs to be done, give it to a mom.
With the goal to include their children in every step of the fundraising process from charity selection to event execution, the moms of Houston Children Give Back hope their kids will grow up with a global perspective, a spirit of gratitude, and a philanthropic heart.
Anika Jackson, President
A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Anika is a former Junior League of Los Angeles president and Leadership Southern California and Leadership Houston graduate. Anika’s core philanthropic issue areas include human trafficking, health, and education. To that end, she serves as a sustaining member of both the Junior League of Houston and the Junior League of Los Angeles, vice chair on the board of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, and co-founder/board chairman of Learn Grow Lead, which funds education and other basic needs for poor, orphaned and formerly trafficked children in the developing world. Anika is managing partner of Hardcastle Properties, LLC as well as producing events with Philanthropic Fetes. In her former life, Anika was a partner in a boutique marketing and PR firm in Hermosa Beach, CA, a magazine marketing executive on the west coast, and a club promoter. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from The University of San Francisco and is working on a Master of Science in Global Health at Northwestern University. Anika enjoys spending time and traveling with her daughter, Siri, who loves performing, modeling, tae kwon do, swimming and art. Siri hopes to continue developing as an artist while pursuing an ever-changing future career(s), which currently include becoming an America Ninja Warrior, a Project Runway Junior designer, and a geologist.
Dena Piano Winkler, Vice President
Born in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, Dena Piano Winkler lends her 20 years of Human Resources experience to the Houston Children Give Back board. She has held positions at Young & Rubicam and Citigroup in NYC and at Arden Realty and Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles. Now a stay at home mom in Houston, Dena is very involved in philanthropic endeavors, including being a member of Junior League of Houston, roles on the Development Committee at Planned Parenthood, and on the Learn Grow Lead project in Ghana. Dena earned her B.S. in Corporate Communications in New Haven, CT and a M.S. degree in Human Resources Management from The New School in New York City. Dena has two young daughters, Rebecca and Ashley. Six year old Rebecca loves to read and dance, and wants to grow up to be an artist, and her four year old sister Ashley likes art, playing with dolls and Cinderella.
Keryth Hauch, Director of Educational Curriculum & Event Planning
Currently a stay at home mom to her amazing little boys, Jack and Karl, Keryth takes her job as CEO of the Hauch family as seriously as she did her role as Wellness Innovation Manager Asia Pacific for Coca-Cola. Keryth received her MBA from Rice University in 2002 and comes from a Consumer Packaged Goods background having worked for Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s. She is actively involved in both of her boys’ schools and feels that her most important work is shaping her little maniacs into contributing world citizens. Having lived and worked in Asia, as well as being born in South Africa, Keryth has always been struck by the vast variance in human needs – emotional and physical. Wanting to impart the feelings of gratitude as well as empower her boys to affect their world, Keryth is thrilled to be a founding member of Houston Children Give Back. Her six year old Jack loves superheroes, tae kwon do, negotiation and playing with his friends. Having a very kind and loving heart, Jack wants to one day be the President, scientist, doctor astronaut of outer-space so that he can take care of all space travelers. Karl, a one year old with a love of adventure, likes planes, trains, and copying his big brother.
Kerri Lynn Inglesby, Director of Finance
Kerri Lynn Inglesby is thrilled to be a part of Houston Children Give Back. A Seattle-area native who is getting ready to celebrate her tenth Houston anniversary, she is finally getting used to the summers that come along with the genuine and hard-working people who believe in change and positivity. With a Bachelor of Science from Western Washington University, she is a former Community Sexual Educator, and loves tackling the topics people typically shy away from (except politics) and thinks that knowledge is power. She is involved in an educational program for autistic kids and adults, Avondale House, as well as Junior League of Houston. Kerri Lynn is mom to one son, Smith, who seems to be 40 in a 7 year old’s body and he constantly challenges her to learn something and be something new each and every day. He loves science, reading and jokes and wants to split his time being a gemologist and engineer when his body catches up with his mind and dreams.
Nancy Almodovar, a 25-year Houston resident, consistently provides clients world-class service. During her 12 years in the real estate industry, Nancy has built a reputation for professionalism, attention to detail, discretion and absolute devotion to client satisfaction. Nancy is a graduate of University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business and is an active member of the Houston Association of Realtors, the Texas Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She also is a certified International Property Specialist. A sought-after resource on real estate topics: Nancy has been quoted in international magazines and on Univision newscasts. In the community, Nancy volunteers for the Houston Ballet, St. Anne Catholic School and the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. Nancy and her husband of ten years have two children.
Lulu Tan is President of Luluna Industries. She has two dynamic little boys, Evan and Ian. Evan is all heart with a love for animals and an innate sense to help anyone in need; being in tears once when he wasn’t able to help a hurt disabled person. With a heart bigger than his 9 yr old body, when Evan is not saving the human or animal world, he also enjoys investment finance, violin, piano, traveling and raising his chickens, pot belly pig, fish, and ducks! In his 7 years of life, Ian has traveled the world and has a devotion and love for animals. His hobbies are violin, piano, soccer, geography, biology, chess, origami and a comprehensive and extraordinary collection of LEGOS! Though young, he has taken the path of his older brother, Evan, in displaying the same traits for compassion for all creatures great and small, insisting on helping those less fortunate. Houston Children Give Back is a great platform for them to learn, help others, and work with other children with common goals, helping others in need.
Magen Pastor, Advisory Council
Magen Pastor has been in the social and fashion industry for over 10 years and the writer of her own lifestyle blog. She has hosted, produced and styled many charitable events in Houston. She is a mom to toddler twin girls and she understands the importance of instilling in them that there is so much we can do for the world and other kids that are not as fortunate. Children charities are what pull at her heart strings and she is dedicated to spreading the word and showing others that giving is important to our future and our children’s future. Mila is 1 minute older than her twin Maddie and she has always been the “Big Sister”; she has such a maternal nurturing heart and loves to help others. She is the first one to get something for you if you even just mention it nonchalantly. She loves to color and is very analytical. She always helps little sister out with spelling words. Maddie is very sweet. She is super emotional and may one day be an actress/model. She is very free spirited and loves to love. She is the type to talk with her whole body she loves to make new friends but mostly she just likes to cuddle with momma.
Staci Henderson is a longtime Houston resident, charity fundraiser, wife and mother of five. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in English Linguistics and currently dedicates her time raising funds for various worthwhile Houston charities. She serves on the board of Houston Children Give Back, is a recurring honorary co-chair for Jamie’s Hope, and is currently co-chairing a private fundraiser to benefit LOVE146. Distressed to discover that children were being purchased and trafficked in her home town, she decided to host an event, and met with the Strategic Partnerships Coordinator of Love146 in Houston to learn how to promote prevention education among others. For the past three years she has supported The Leukemia and Lymphoma society, and joined the “Be The Match” National Marrow Donor program. Staci is also an avid lover of fashion, and took to the runway to support The Women’s Home at their annual re-New and re-Do Fashion show at The Wortham Center this past August.