Our founders, left to right:
Suzette Tejeda and Lisa Pittman
Lisa Pittman, President and Chairman of the Board
Lisa Pittman is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English, and a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. She is an attorney practicing civil litigation at Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom. Her duties as President are to lead the Executive Moms Society, coordinate planning of events, cultivate membership, acquire sponsorship, and to focus the goals of Executive Moms Society. Lisa is also on the board of trustees and a planning committee for the Association of Women Attorneys Houston, and belongs to other law related professional groups and associations, holding a leadership position with the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law section as vice-chair of the Business Litigation Committee. Lisa also serves on the legal advisory board to ESCAPE Family Resource Center, which provides free parenting programs for lower income Houston families. Lisa has two elementary school age children, and loves building forts, playing with ninja turtles, racing cars, filming living room musical theater productions, camping, reading, and creating art with her children. She also is a huge music fan and has smuggled her children backstage with Willie Nelson, Wilco, and the Gourds. Still listening to vinyl, she has yet to master the iphone like her children and has no clue how to operate the Wii, or any post-atari gaming device. But she is determined to revolutionize how things are currently done in business and bring women to the front of the stage professionally, as stars on their terms!
Suzette Tejeda, Secretary and Board Member
Heidi Steinhagen, Board Member and Executive Director, Director of Promotions
Heidi Steinhagen attended Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee for English for Corporate Communications and Fine Arts. Heidi is the owner and operator of Dream of Me Photography. She is also the Marketing Director for Olson Insurance Group. After moving to Omaha, Nebraska in 2008, Heidi found an interest in Community Development with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and established a well rounded workforce development program in association with local workforce services to help the unemployed recieve the education and training needed to find and keep gainful employment. Finding that she wanted to continue with nonprofit organizations in a different field, Heidi began as the special projects coordinator for the Nebraska Children Home Society Foundation, where she preserved the history of the foundation through archiving photos within the organization as well as through local museums, the historical society, and the Nebraska Memories project through the Nebraska Library Commission. Heidi and her children relocated to Cypress, Tx in 2012. She decided to continue with her love of photography by starting her own photography business in the Greater Houston Area.
Josephine Firat, Treasurer and Board Member
Josephine Firat is a graduate of University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Management and Psychology, a Master’s Degree of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Marketing, and a Master’s Degree in International Business. After graduating with her MBA, she taught at Houston Community College, including classes in Introduction to Business, Marketing, Advertising, Human Resources, Management, International Business, Entrepreneurship, and Small Business Management. Josephine Firat is the Chief Executive and co-founder of Executive Brand, LLC, which branded and marketed umbrellas in Europe, and Executive Vice President, and co-founder of Firat Educational Solutions, LLC. She also started an exporting company called Firat Group.
Susan Powell, Director of Membership and Board Member
Susan Powell is a graduate of Union University with a bachelor of science in accounting. She is a partner with Matson Driscoll & Damico, LLP, a CPA firm that specializes in forensic accounting. She works as a consultant or expert witness in the evaluation and quantification of losses involved in business disputes, lost profits, fraud and business valuation. She spends at least 5 hours a week on activities related to growing Executive Moms Society and performing her role as a Board Director and serving in her office of Director of Membership.
Alla K. Nowowiejski , Director of Events and Board Member
Alla K. Nowowiejski is a Partner at Monty & Ramirez, focusing primarily in the area of U.S. immigration and nationality law. She focuses her practice on counseling and assisting domestic and foreign businesses and investors in obtaining business-related visas for their workers, while complying with applicable regulations. Additionally, she assists investors and start-up businesses with the formation of their companies to ensure federal and state regulatory compliance and advises them on corporate governance issues. In addition to helping companies obtain business-related visas for their employees and counseling employers in their immigration policies, Nowowiejski is also experienced in naturalization, permanent residency, and family-based immigration. Alla also defends employers against Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security administrative proceedings.
Chelsie Garza, Director of Sponsorship and Board Member
Chelsie King Garza is a litigator with Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend who is dedicated to the best interest of her clients. She is an active member of the legal community Co-Chairing the Houston Bar Association Gender Fairness Committee and serving as the Vice Chair of Membership for the Women in the Law Section of the State Bar. Outside of the office, Chelsie’s life is dedicated to her two children and family. Chelsie is also actively working to improve the community. She is a member of the Tahirih Justice Center. This organization was founded in 1997, to provide immigrant women and girls legal assistance to help them gain legal protection and immigration status under U.S. Law. While managing an extensive case load and donating her time to worthy causes, she still makes time for fun whether that’s skeet shooting or cheering on her kids at soccer games.
Jolyn Brand, Director of Marketing
As a mom of four, from 10 to 19 years old, a business owner and a volunteer, Jolyn Brand is a busy lady! She is a graduate of University of Houston with a Bachelor’s in Business Management and a Master’s in Educational Management. After teaching at the middle and high school levels for several years, she took a risk and launched Brand College Consulting. In addition to her small business, Jolyn writes for Examiner.com as the Houston College Admissions Examiner and is also featured as a college admissions expert on Unigo. She received an award from Houston Woman Magazine and was chosen as a semi-finalist for the Woman Business Owner of the Year by the NAWBO Houston.
Jolyn volunteers in local charitable organizations, such as the YWCA Houston and Assistance League. She is on the local high school PTO Board and coordinates several events each year for the teachers. She is also a member of HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association) and TACAC (Texas Association of College Admissions Consulting).
Her oldest is a Nuclear Engineering student at Texas A&M, and the younger ones are busy with football, gymnastics, art camp and, of course, preparing for college. When she’s not reading college essays and applications or chauffeuring kids around town, she likes to play volleyball and tennis, travel with her husband David, and enjoy some rare, quiet time by the pool with a book.