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LueWish Leadership Team

Our leadership team embodies our core values, leading by example, offering inspiration and support through our mission.  They are fundamental in building strong relationships with key stakeholders.

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Hilda M. Gradnigo

Founder/Executive Director

Enid S. Henderson

President

Toni Renee’ Williams

Vice President & Treasurer

Kellee Landry

Secretary

Stephanie K. Hay, Esq.

BOARD MEMBER

Kathleen Higley

BOARD MEMBER

Shannon P. McMillon

Board Member

Kim Warren

Board Member

Rev. Hilda M. Gradnigo

Founder/Executive Director

 

Rev. Hilda Gradnigo (pronounced Grad-knee-go) is a native Houstonian. She counts it all joy to be able to serve God through serving others by doing all the good she can, by the all the means she can, in all the ways she can, in all the places she can, at all the times she can, to all the people she can.

Rev. Gradnigo’s ministry is rooted in her desire to affect change by challenging persons to do unto others in love. Her life goal is “I will NOT fail the love test”. She is actively answering her call to ministry through her appointment as a Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of LueWish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to women who are experiencing cancer or any other life altering issues. The organization seeks to inspire women to live, love and laugh in spite of.

She also works at Shell Oil Products US as a Sales Coordinator for the West Region.

She is married to Kenneth Gradnigo, Jr.  They have two sons Jonathan and Nickolaus and two grandsons Jonathan Jr. and Kingston. She enjoys reading, cooking, road trips and dancing.

Enid S. Henderson

President

Rev. Enid S. Henderson currently serves as Associate Pastor of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Houston, TX, where she preaches, teaches, and gives leadership to all ministry areas and operations.  Previously, she served as Director of Ministries for Living Water UMC, giving leadership to all ministry areas, leadership development, and spiritual growth.

Prior to serving fulltime in ministry, Rev. Henderson was owner and CEO of ESH Public Relations & Advertising firm, where she focused on strategic marketing and communications for small businesses, professional athletes, political figures, and churches of all denominations. It was during this time, Rev. Henderson received her call to full-time ministry to cultivate and nurture relationships in a way that honors and brings Glory to God. She has a heart to serve, a heart for God’s people, and is committed to making a Kingdom Impact through her God-given gifts and graces.

Rev. Henderson was elected as a delegate to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. She is a Licensed Local Pastor in the Texas Annual Conference serving in the Central South District. She has lead workshops and trainings on leadership development at the local church, district, and conference level and at the Emmaus Walk. Additionally, she serves as a Board Member of the following committees: Council on Finance & Administration (TAC), Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, Lakeview Cemetery, and the Wesley Foundation at Texas Southern University. Rev. Henderson serves as part of the “We Love All God’s Children” Committee – a new TAC focus led by Bishop Scott Jones. She is also a member of the Black Clergy Women Caucus (TAC), Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) Houston Chapter, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Rev. Henderson is a native Houstonian. She is married to Lance F. Henderson and together, they have one daughter, Leighla, a freshman at High Point University. Rev. Henderson is currently entering her third year as a Master of Divinity student at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Journalism from Texas Southern University.

Toni Renee’ Williams

Vice President & Treasurer

Toni Williams is a native Houstonian.  She graduated from J. Frank Dobie High School where she was voted Most Likely to Succeed.  During her tenure at J. Frank Dobie High School, Ms. Williams competed in Speech and Drama on local, state and national levels.  She won 1st place in the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She attended the University of Houston majoring in Business Administration. From August 1992 to August 2016, Ms. Williams served as the Financial Secretary, South Main Business Manager and Kingdom Builders’ Center Events Manager and Business Administrator for Windsor Village United Methodist Church.  She secured major contracts from NCAA Final Four, State of Texas, Houston Independent School District, Harris County Department of Education and many others.  Ms. Williams retired on August 31, 2016 after 23 years of service.

Ms. Williams is the Founder of the non-profit Kujichagulia, A Christian Girls’ Organization, Inc.  Kujichagulia is a youth faith-based organization that was founded in the spring of 1993. Kujichagulia has served over 3,500 girls, ages 4 to 18, during the past twenty-five years.  In 2000, The Children’s Defense Fund selected Kujichagulia to present its mission and goals to various churches across the nation.  Kujichagulia was featured in the Children’s Defense Fund’s publication “Grace to Lead Our Children Home.”  The Children’s Defense Fund also recognized Kujichagulia as one of ten successful youth faith-based organizations within the United States.  To continue the legacy of Kujichagulia, Ms. Williams also founded Women of Destiny Ministries.  Women of Destiny Ministries is an extension of Kujichagulia that provides support to women through programs, conferences, retreats, 6-week book studies and networking opportunities.  Women of Destiny Ministries provides mentors for high school senior girls participating in the Debutante process.  They host special events such as the Annual Legacy Luncheon and the Grande Monde Soiree - Debutante Ball.  The proceeds from these events provide college scholarships and assorted gifts to high school senior girls.  Ms. Williams is in the process of launching Men of Honor Mentoring Program for Young Men.

Ms. Williams is a speaker at women’s conferences and facilitates church leadership retreats.  She received the YMCA Minority Achievers Award; Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. - Sugar Valley Chapter Woman of Faith Award; Gamma Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Women of Excellence Award and the Lawrence  E. Jackson, II Foundation Inc. Humanitarian Award.  She serves as the Vice President/Treasurer for LueWish Board of Directors.  She has one daughter, Nekia and one grandson, Taylor.

Kellee Landry

Secretary

Kellee is a native of Louisiana and an accomplished Psychotherapist with more than 15 years of experience in the counseling field.  She approaches every situation with an open mind and a heart of a teacher.

She graduated with honors from Louisiana State University (LSU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Business.  She also graduated with honors from the University of Houston – Clear Lake with a Masters of Science in Counseling and is licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiner of Professional Counselors.  Kellee has devoted her career to helping people in need and before establishing her company, PNL Counseling, she held positions of responsibility at Children Protective Services (CPS), Christus Hospice and Palliative Care, MHMRA of Harris County – Forensic Unit, Methodist Hospital – Adult Psychiatric Unit, UTMB – Dept. of Criminal Justice System Jester IV Unit, and various counseling agencies.

Kellee is also a devoted member of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic church and Jack and Jill of America.  Kellee is married to Lawrence Landry and they have one beautiful daughter, Paige.  Kellee loves to read, travel, and spend time with family and friends during her free time.

Stephanie K. Hay, Esq.

Board Member

 

Attorney Stephanie Hay is on a mission to educate and empower creative entrepreneurs while providing them with exceptional legal services. She is the owner and principal attorney of The Hay Law Group, P.L.L.C., where she has the pleasure of representing entertainers, independent records labels, music publishers and film production studios, as well as social media influencers and small businesses.  As a part of her mission to educate creatives in the world of entertainment, she started #QuickQuestionFriday, a weekly Instagram segment answering common entertainment law questions. Stephanie has also been featured on the Music Business Dreams Podcast and Houston’s Amazing 102.5FM Breaking Texas radio show to discuss issues related to independent music creators.

In addition to her full-time entertainment law practice, Attorney Hay is an adjunct professor in the Music Business department at Houston Community College. There, she aims to have a positive impact on the minds of future industry entertainers and professionals. Through classes like Survey of the Music Business, Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry and Music Publishing, Stephanie is helping students build a solid business foundation from which they can launch successful careers.  As Chair of the Music Business Advisory Board, she collaborates with the top most influential music business professionals in Houston to bring about professional growth and opportunities to the Houston Community College students, with the goal of keeping and moving the entertainment industry forward in Houston.

On top of her professional work, Stephanie’s focus on community collaboration has led to several volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. She serves as a volunteer attorney with Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts and as a board member of LueWish, a non-profit aimed at helping women who have been diagnosed with life altering illnesses.

Stephanie earned her J.D., Cum Laude, in 2012 from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, and her B.A. in Communication in 2009 from Howard University in Washington, D.C.  She is barred to practice in both Texas and Georgia.

Her greatest influencers and role models are her grandparents and parents who instilled in her strong ethical and morals values and the importance of family. They taught her that with persistence, determination and hard work she can achieve great things.  She stays motivated by a quote of her grandmother who said, “Don’t look back, don’t look down, always hold your head up and keep moving forward”.  In her free time, she likes to travel, spend time with friends and spoil her god-children, Kyle and Jackson. Stephanie credits her success first to her God and then to the tremendous support of her family.

Kathleen Higley

Board Member

Kathleen is a native of Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS and MS in Statistics. Kathleen spent 28 years in the oil and gas industry, serving in leadership roles in research, pricing, marketing, strategy and sales. While creative solutions, business growth and customer service were always highlights, Kathleen’s passion was always centered around development and mentoring of personnel.  She continues to mentor many of her former colleagues. Currently, Kathleen is exploring opportunities after retirement, focusing on family and real estate management.

Kathleen is married to Rick Higley, and they live in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with their youngest son, Richard, 15. Their daughter Marion, 28, lives in The Woodlands, TX, and their son, Robert, 24, lives in Dallas, TX.

Shannon P. McMillon

Board Member

 

Shannon P. McMillon is a native Houstonian who genuinely cares and loves her family and friends.

She has experienced the privilege of an expansive professional career which encompasses committed performance with nonprofit, Christian ministry and corporate industry.  In 2018 her career led her to Seattle, Washington where she is currently working.

Her faith pursuit is to love God, be grateful and enjoy the life and peace God has promised.

Shannon is the only child and daughter of Nathaniel McMillon and her beloved mother the late Patricia S. McMillon.

Kim Warren

Board Member

 

Kim Warren is the 2nd daughter born to Lawrence and Linda Hagger, on August 12, in Houston, TX.  Born, Karen Kimberly Hagger, she was always independent, creative, outgoing, and smart.  She was skipped in elementary school and graduated from Jesse H. Jones High School in 1986, at age 16, the youngest in her class.  She earned an International Baccalaureate diploma and graduated in the top 10% of her high school class.  Being familiar with Sam Houston State University from attending cheerleader camp, she decided she would attend there for college.   At Sam Houston State University, she majored in Business Administration.  She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1990, at age 20.  She was again, the youngest in her class.   While at SHSU, she was a member of the Soul Lifters Gospel Choir and fulfilled her dream of becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  She’s still an active member of Sam Houston’s Alumni Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Kim’s career landed her in the insurance field, and she later earned a Senior Claims Law Designation from American Educational Institute.  She’s currently employed as a Senior Investigator for Allstate Insurance Company, where’s she’s been awarded the “Good Hands Award,” and honored for her Community Service.

Kim is an active member of The March of Faith Ministries, under the leadership of Apostle Gene A. Moore, Sr.  She’s served in several capacities and held many leadership roles.

Being a strong community servant, she holds the position of President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Psi Mu Omega Chapter. This chapter serves Pearland and Brazoria County.

Her hobbies include eating, shopping, and traveling.

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