Tracy Piontek, Chair
Tracy graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Accounting and is a CPA (inactive). Her Industry experience includes auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP, Assistant Controller at SunCor Development and Project Controller at QuadGraphics. Tracy has spent the past 18 years as CEO of her household, raising 3 daughters (Ashley, Abbey and Jessica) and volunteering every step of the way. She has held leadership positions as Treasurer, VP-Fundraising and President of school PTO’s, Booster Clubs, Soccer Clubs and various other non-profits in The Woodlands. She has assisted in the success of over 30 fundraisers and hopes to bring her fundraising experience to All Ears!
Tracy is honored to be on a Board of such a worthy cause and looks forward to serving.
Melanie Bush, Treasurer
Melanie serves as the Montgomery County Treasurer after being elected in 2018. The Treasurer’s Office handles the county’s accounting and investments. Melanie is committed to reliability, efficiency and transparency.
Since 2000, Melanie’s professional career has focused on bookkeeping. Melanie began her bookkeeping career while attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from SMU in 2002 with degrees in Political Science, Public Policy and Economics, Melanie continued to expand her personal bookkeeping business. In 2006, a move to The Woodlands, Texas created a catalyst for significant growth. Better Bookkeepers, Inc. was founded in July 2010 and has rapidly expanded into a thriving bookkeeping service. In 2016, Better Bookkeepers was honored to be named Small Business of the Year by Lone Star College – Montgomery’s Small Business Development Center. Today Better Bookkeepers is managed by an extremely capable management team, leaving Melanie free to focus fully on the Treasurer’s Office.
Melanie is deeply committed to serving her community. Before she was elected as the County Treasurer on November 6, 2018, Melanie served as an elected (and unpaid) Trustee for the Conroe Independent School District, where she has served as the Secretary and President for the Board of Trustees. Melanie also served as the President and Lead Mentor for the Executive Women’s Alliance mentoring high-risk young women in high school, as well as a Power Mentor for the Montgomery County Association of Business Women. She is involved in the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, and Interfaith of the Woodlands, as well as many other community organizations. In 2016, Melanie was humbled to receive the Citizen of the Year award from the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce.
Melanie believes in having a proper work-life balance. She enjoys spending time with her husband Alan and their two daughters, Rebekah and Audrey. The Bush family is actively involved in the youth and children’s ministries at Crossroads Baptist Church. Melanie also enjoys training for and competing in sprint triathlons as well as curling up with a good book, when she isn’t busy being a band mom!
Vicki Fullerton, Board Secretary
Vicki was the 2009 Chairman of the Board of the Houston Association of Realtors, and was the 1992 President of the Montgomery County Association of Realtors, 1999 Lone Star CRS Chapter President, & 1996 Greater Houston CRS Sub Chapter President. She has held many positions with TAR & was the 2017 Chairman, & also serves on the NAR, TAR, and HAR Board of Directors. She has been honored as the Houston Association of Realtors Realtor of the Year in 2006 , John E. Wolfe Citizen Recipient in 2006, Montgomery County Realtor of the Year in 1991 & 1998, Greater Houston CRS of the Year in 1996, Lone Star CRS of the Year in 1997, and was named one of the 50 most Influential Women in Houston in 2012.
As a caring professional, Vicki donates her time, abilities and enthusiasm to numerous countywide community service agencies. She feels that it’s important to contribute to the community where she lives and works, and the satisfaction she receives from seeing Montgomery County thrive and grow is well worth the effort.
She has served on many boards, including the United Way of Montgomery County, Emergency Assistance, and was the 2000-2001 Chairman of the South Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, as well volunteering many hours of her time in the community.
Vicki understands that your surroundings must fit your lifestyle. Vicki’s favorite past time is playing golf, especially in Hawaii. She and her late husband, Bruce, spent most of their vacations playing the fabulous golf courses throughout the Hawaiian Islands. When her time will allow, Vicki still loves to play at several of the championship courses in the area.
For more than ten years Bob Craig has guided his clients in the identification, selection, and retention of consulting and testifying experts for complex litigation. To this task he brings more than forty-five years of legal experience, primarily as an in-house counsel. His legal background also includes time spent on active military duty and in private practice, having served as an Air Force JAG officer and US Air Force Academy professor, a law firm partner, and for nearly thirty years in-house for four major corporations, primarily in the position of chief litigation officer.
Personally, he has an extensive background in complex litigation matters, ranging from major securities cases and significant international arbitrations to industry-wide antitrust actions and critical intellectual property cases. In addition to assisting in the selection of experts, he also has been retained individually as a court-designated independent in derivative litigation and is available for arbitration and mediation appointments.
Working in his Montgomery County community, Bob has served as both council member and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Oak Ridge North and Director of the Oak Ridge MUD and a founding member of of the Oak Ridge Economic Development Association. He is past chair for Montgomery County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and was founder and chair of the Association for Gifted and Talented serving CISD parents and children.
He is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and has served on Session for both The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church and Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church, and served as Clerk of Session for both. Bob has also chaired the Permanent Judicial Commission for the Presbytery of New Covenant for South Texas and Clerk of the Synod of the Sun. He was appointed as Commissioner to the General Assembly.
Professionally, Bob held significant positions in leadership in the Litigation Section of the ABA, serving as co-director of the substantive law committees, co-chair of the Military Lawyers Committee, and co-chair of the Committee on Corporate Counsel, where he is recognized as one of the chairs-emeritus and has concentrated his ABA work. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Texas and Bar Association, as well as other local and practice-specific bar associations. Before moving to The Woodlands area, Bob served as an Active Member of the Texas Jaycees and served as its General Counsel.
Bob has been married to his wife, Suzanne, for nearly 50 years and they have two children and four grandchildren.
Louise has held financial analyst positions with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP – The Woodlands from 2001 to present, including Senior Financial Analyst, Process Systems Specialist, and Corporate Staffs Finance Manager. Since 2010, she has served as Corporate Reporting Senior Finance Analyst. Prior to her work with CPChem, Louise held financial analyst and accounting positions with Pennzoil-Quaker State Company – Houston (1993-2001), Penreco-Div. of Pennzoil – Karns City (1985-1993), and Reidbord Brothers Company – Pittsburgh (1982-1985).
Louise received her BSBA in Accounting in 1981 from Robert Morris College, Coraopolis, PA, and her MBA & 5-Yr Cert. in Accounting in 1993 from Clarion University, Clarion, PA.
Louise has been an active member of Institute of Management Accountants since 1985, serving on Local, State and National level from local board member to President (1991-1993); from state board member to Texas Council President (2001-2002); to National Vice President (2002-2004). Currently serving at local chapter level as Mentor to the President and as ACCE. She also has served on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels Montgomery County since 2014, previously serving as Treasurer and wlll be Chair of the Board as of October 1, 2019. Louise has also held leadership roles for Montgomery County United Way, serving as Chair of the Financial Independence Impact Council, and member of its Community Impact Council and Chair of Panel 1 for the Financial Independence Fund Committee, prior to the 2016 merger with Houston United Way. Louise has served as a business resource community leader to Lone Star College Accounting Advisory Board since 2009, as a Junior Achievement volunteer at Oak Ridge Elementary school for 10 years, and she is a graduate/alumni of Leadership Montgomery County Class of 2013.
Louise has been an active member of the Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church since moving to The Woodlands in 1993, serving as an Elder, Deacon, Treasurer (5 years), Sunday school teacher, and Confirmation mentor. She’s also served on the church’s Finance Committee (Chair), Mission Outreach Team and on the Stewardship and Nurture Committees. As a Chevron Phillips Chemical Company employee 501(c)3 organization, Louise has served in various positions up to serving as President (2012-2013), and currently serves as an Advisor to the Board of the Jane Phillips Society Woodlands Chapter. In the past, Louise has also served as Treasurer of FFA and The Woodlands Operation Graduation organizations.
Todd Duncan has been actively involved with All Ears! since 2017, as an Elder with the Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church (WCPC). He has enjoyed helping to integrate All Ears! into the WCPC campus and mission program.
Todd moved to The Woodlands in 2014 with his wife, Chris, and Labrador Retrievers Molly and Pepper, to join his kids and Grandkids who have careers and school in the Houston area.
Todd has volunteered to help children`s programs for a long time, most notably on the Board of Trustees of The Cincinnati Children`s Hospital Medical Center for 13 years.
Todd`s work career was as an executive with the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati before retiring to North Carolina in 2003.
Todd believes in the mission of All Ears! and looks forward to continuing to help children and families in the challenges and opportunities of learning to hear and speak!
Meg O’Donnell has a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma and has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 20 years. She and her husband, Alan, have three adult children and have been very active in a variety of sports, educational, and child welfare organizations for the past 30 years. Meg is originally from Pennsylvania but has lived in the Houston area since graduating from college and currently resides in Bentwater north of Conroe. She enjoys golf, travel and reading and is very excited to be on the board of All Ears Listening and Language Center.
Steve is a partner in the Vorys Houston office and a member of its litigation group. He has 30 years of experience representing businesses involved in complex commercial disputes. Steve has successfully tried dozens of both jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts. Notably, Steve obtained a defense verdict after a two and a half week jury trial in which a major gas marketer sought $50 million, claiming an index replacement clause had been triggered. He also represented a major oil company in a week long arbitration concerning operating rights for a $1.0+ billion project in the Gulf of Mexico, and pursued an engineering, design and construction firm and its insurers through six weeks of arbitration in a case involving the design and construction of a 50 megawatt cogeneration facility. Steve also proudly does pro bono work related to deafness. Among other meaningful services provided, he filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on behalf of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf in a case involving the refusal to provide appropriate accommodations to a medical student with a profound hearing loss. Steve is a past chair of the Houston Bar Association’s Litigation Section. He has been named numerous times as one of Texas’ “Super Lawyers.”
Along with his wife Lee, Steve has been active in the world of hearing loss since his daughter was born profoundly deaf in 1997. He was a member of the first board of directors of American Cochlear Implant Alliance, a also a member of the boards of directors of the Alexander Graham Bell Association, Houston Ear Research Foundation and Houston’s Center for Hearing and Speech. Steve served as Chairman of the Board of Auditory Verbal International prior to its merging with Alexander Graham Bell Association. Along with his knowledge of the importance of early intervention in babies with hearing loss, Steve brings strategic vision to the All Ears! organization. He is committed to All Ears!’ future growth believing it to be a premier provider of listening and spoken language services.
Rita Van Sickle
is married to Ed and together they are the proud parents of three children; son, Brandon and wife, Susan; daughter, Sarah and husband, John McCoy and son, Scott and wife, Amy. They have seven grandchildren and love them all dearly. Rita’s life passion has been her family and educating children, teachers and parents of the joys of the early years. Rita feels very fortunate to be able to work in a profession with people she loves and where she can share the joy of learning and her love for Jesus with young children, parents and teachers. Rita has been in the early childhood field for 35 years. For the past 25 years, she has been the Director of The Early Learning Program of The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church. During her first years as
director, she worked with her co-director, Debbie Packer and co-founded WECARE, a professional organization that supports and educates early childhood teachers and directors through meetings and early childhood training conferences. Rita has been involved with All Ears! from its beginning. She is dedicated to helping deaf children learn to listen and speak.
Sonal Saraiya, M.D
Karen Solcher, Ph.D.
is past chair and a current advisory board member for All Ears! Listening and Language Center. Her graduate degrees are from Texas A&M in the field of Educational Psychology. Karen taught special needs children in several public school districts before completing her career in Community Development, for Humble ISD. She has served in multiple capacities on charitable boards and as a speaker/advocate for philanthropic organizations. Karen and her husband, Ray, participate in regular mission trips to Latin America, where they work with a team to test and fit children with hearing aids. She especially enjoys participating in the children’s education program at their church in Bentwater.