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2017 Executive Board

Martha M. Mears

President

 

Martha has been a resident of Oak Forest since June, 2013.  She moved here with her husband, Ken, who is the current OFHA Sergeant-at-Arms. Martha served on the Neighborhood Security Program Committee in 2015 and as the Neighborhood Security Program Chairperson in 2016, before being elected as the 2017 OFHA President.

Martha is a former Vice President and Regional Manager at Coldwell Banker TEC Realtors and has been involved in Real Estate since 1980. She holds a Broker’s License in Texas and Louisiana and has managed branch offices, companies and relocation departments for Merrill Lynch Realty, Prudential and Coldwell Banker. Currently she is a Real Estate Consultant for a large franchise and several independent agents in Houston and New Orleans.

 

Chris Lurix

1st Vice-President

 

Jonathan Crites

2nd Vice-President

 

Jonathan, along with his wife Cristen and their three sons and dog, moved to Oak Forest Section 16 in January 2014. Thanks to great neighbors and friends nearby, they have loved living in Oak Forest and want to contribute to making the neighborhood even better. 

Jonathan earned a BA in History at Texas A&M University as well as an MBA from the University of Houston. He is currently a Senior Production Analyst at an Oil and Gas Producer downtown. He and Cristen helped create and launch Neartown Church where Jonathan serves as an Elder. Their sons play sports through Oaks Dads Club and the Foster YMCA where Jonathan has served as 
an Assistant Coach.

Jonathan and his family like to use their free time playing in Oak Forest’s parks, trying new restaurants as well as undiscovered gems, and spending quality time with friends. 

Rufus Estis

Treasurer

 

Rufus is a former Controller and CFO in the oil and gas industry. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an Accounting Degree from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from the University of Houston. Rufus retired from the industry in 2011 and shortly thereafter, started a small business (unrelated to oil and gas). He and his wife, Brenda have been residents of Oak Forest since October, 2014. 

Linda Kelly

Secretary

 

Born and educated in Yorkshire, England, Linda moved to the US in 1979 to work for the British Government in Boston.  In 1981 she transferred to the British Consulate-General in Houston as Vice Consul for Consular Affairs responsible for the welfare of British Citizens in a six-state area.  Her duties included visiting British citizens in prison, heading up a Rapid Deployment Team, officiating at citizenship ceremonies, and issuing emergency passports.  She retired from the position in 2010..

Linda has lived in Oak Forest Section 15 for almost 30 years.  After retiring she wanted to become more involved in the local community and served on the Oak Forest Security Committee in 2015 and 2016 and is also a Section Leader.

In her retirement Linda sews and sells her products at local craft fairs. She is a great fan of neighborhood restaurants, loves to read

and to travel, and you will often find her at area parks and walking trails with her dog Maggie.  

Greg Cain

Parliamentarian

 

My name is Greg Cain and I am married to Lucy Fisher Cain.  We live in section 12 of Oak Forest at 1926 Brimberry Street.  Lucy is a 20-year resident of Oak Forest.  We were married in 2012 and, after some remodeling, moved into her house on Brimberry in the summer of 2015.  Between the two of us we have five children – four boys and one girl, all of them wonderful young adults of whom we could not be more proud.  I have business and law degrees from Southern Methodist University and have worked as a corporate tax

lawyer for 35 years.  I am very happy to be living in the city after years in the suburbs and I look forward to meeting more of my OF neighbors.  

 

Ken Mears

Sergeant at Arms

 

Ken has a BBA degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. He worked in the packaging industry, wearing many hats, including Salesman, Sales Manager and National Account Manager. His territories for the various positions held included Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Georgia. Ken retired in 2013 and he and Martha, his wife of 46 years, moved to Oak Forest to be near their grandchildren, ages 3 and 5.

Ken’s hobbies include spending time with the grandchildren, golfing, exercising and volunteering at the Church Food Pantry.

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