Ann J. Robison, PhD
In 1988, Ann Robison was hired to lead the 13-person behavioral health organization known then as Montrose Counseling Center. Dr. Robison has transformed that small agency with its $385,000 budget to the multi-service LGBT community center that exists today, with an annual budget exceeding $6 million. Dr. Robison’s vision to develop programs that improve the quality of life and outcomes for consumers has been instrumental in this growth. Her background as an anti-violence advocate led her to found Texas’s first domestic violence/sexual assault/hate crimes services specifically for LGBT survivors. Her Ph.D. from the University of Texas School of Public Health lends a holistic view of service to the community. That perspective led to the rescue of two struggling organizations – a 24-hour crisis hotline (the LGBT Switchboard) and the oldest LGBT youth organization in Texas (Hatch Youth) – by bringing them under the Center’s wing and providing an infrastructure and setting in which they could thrive. Under Dr. Robison’s leadership, the Center staff and volunteers have integrated behavioral health with primary care, developed senior services and youth homeless prevention services. She also saw a need for a centralized Cultural Center offering community meeting space and synergy with small LGBT non-profit partners. With Ann Robison’s leadership, the Montrose Center has flourished as a first-class LGBT center with a national reputation.
Dr. Robison is a founding board member of the Network of Behavioral Health Providers. This organization brings together the majority of behavioral health providers in Harris and Fort Bend Counties to collaborate on joint projects and advocate with a collective voice for consumers.
Christopher Kerr, MEd, LPC-S
Chris holds a Master of Education in counseling psychology from the University of Houston, and has worked in the social services professions for more than 30 years. 16 of those have been with the Montrose Center. Prior to being named Clinical Director, Chris was coordinator of the LIFE, SPRY (Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years) and Hatch Youth programs at the Center. Chris also continues to provide counseling as a specialist in the areas of LGBT issues, coming out, elder issues, chemical dependency, HIV and sexual violence. He has been the project director for two SAMHSA TCE grants focused on elder mental health. Recently, the SPRY program received the Texas Conference on Aging’s 2013 Innovator Award recognizing the Montrose Center’s contribution to the lives of Texas seniors through our “tireless efforts to build a bridge between the traditional aging and the LGBT networks.” Chris is married to his husband, Michael. Chris is one of our most eloquent and passionate speakers, and he often is called upon to speak with the media about the multitude of services the Montrose Center provides.
Operations & Prevention Director
A sense of public service has stuck with Timothy since the age of four when he would help his grandmother deliver meals on wheels in Baton Rouge. He’s proud to be part of the Montrose Center.
Stewart entered public service professionally in 2001 after several years as a journalist and entrepreneur. He has served communities in New York; Southeastern Pennsylvania; Greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; and the Lafayette-Lake Charles, LA, areas. While transitioning to Houston in 2005, he served with Acadiana C.A.R.E.S. (Concern for AIDS Relief, Education, and Support) in South Louisiana, as Director of Community Outreach and Development. Stewart helped lead Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief and resettlement efforts here while with Gulf Coast Community Services Association. He joined the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston in July, 2007, serving as Director of Community Meals, Transportation (supporting Operations), and Strategic Fund Development (JMeals).
His commitment, enthusiasm, and empathy toward improved eldercare, animal rescue, and personal development opportunities for youth is evident in his work focusing on legislative advocacy; community consensus building; intergenerational relationships; and strategic planning. Stewart currently serves as District 7 President for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He is a President Emeritus of Meals on Wheels Texas and its founding advocacy arm, the Meals on Wheels Association of Texas; and has led on numerous community work groups and boards. He holds a B.A., in Journalism, from Louisiana Tech University. Stewart resides in Clear Lake with his husband and their son.
Gary Powers, CMA
Gary received a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, certification from The Institute of Certified Management Accounts in 2011, and possesses more than 25 years of experience in finance administration. Gary hails from Islip, New York, but has been in Houston for 17 years where he lives with his wife, Cheri, and their 16-year-old daughter, four dogs and two cats. He has an adult stepson. Gary and his team are responsible for all aspects of the financial management of the Center, including accounting, reporting, budgeting and financial analysis. Additionally, Gary is responsible for developing administrative policies and procedures within any standards of care that guide program services and establish accountability to the management team and Board of Directors. We trust Gary’s judgment despite the fact that he is a life-long Yankees fan.
Chief Development Officer
Kennedy “Kent” Loftin is a driven nonprofit development professional who learned about the dignity of hard work from his grandfather on their East Texas farm. A Texas native born, raised, and educated in the Houston area, Kent began his career in development in the city as well. Soon thereafter he was invited to serve as the Director of Special Events for Miami-based Best Buddies International, a position which gave him the opportunity to liaise with celebrity partners and plan high-profile events with broad global impact. In 2008, Kent returned home to Houston to serve as executive director for Best Buddies Texas, and was the youngest executive director in the history of the organization. Kent was tapped to become the Director of Development for Interfaith Ministries in 2008. During his tenure, the organization grew its annual campaign by 30%, increased their donor base by 63%, and completed a $14.5 million capital campaign for the new Meals on Wheels building. Kent is a sought-after development educator and leader in the industry, with guest teaching at Rice University, Glasscock School Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. In his spare time, Kent is a devoted fan of live music, sparkling wine and delicious foods.