Rhonda C. Arnold, JD
Rhonda C. Arnold, JD

Chief Municipal and Community Affairs Officer, Houston Airport

Rhonda C. Arnold is the Chief Municipal and Community Affairs Officer for the Houston Airport System. She is a dedicated and compassionate primary City Government Representative for Municipal Affairs that relate to the Houston Airport System and City Officials. She promotes Houston Airports and their economic importance to the region by maintaining positive, collaborative relationships with the business community emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion. Rhonda is a recent Houston Chronicle 2016 Top 30 Houston Business Women to Watch, a board member of the Women in Transportation — Houston Chapter, and the recipient of the 2015 Women in Transportation’s Woman of the Year Award. During the 2016 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, she served as a distinguished panelist as an advocate for Minority business participation in aviation and beyond. Rhonda earned her B.A. from the University of North Texas and a Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Denise Castillo-Rhodes
Denise Castillo-Rhodes

Immediate Past Chair, Texas Medical Center

Denise Castillo-Rhodes is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Texas Medical Center. In this position, she is responsible for accounting, finance, billing and collections, tax compliance, debt management and investments. Denise serves as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of Thermal Energy Corporation (“TECO”) and on its Executive Committee. She also serves on the Audit and Finance Committee of the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, a Texas Medical Center Member Institution. Prior to joining Texas Medical Center, Denise was the Controller at Nabisco’s Houston manufacturing facility where she held various positions and traveled to other sister Nabisco facilities to provide guidance and assistance on numerous projects. Before Nabisco, she worked in the Tax Department of Ernst & Young LLP. In addition to her role as CFO of Texas Medical Center, Denise serves on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the University of St. Thomas, in Houston and the Treasurer of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of Medical Bridges. Among many others, Denise serves on the finance committee of the Post Oak Montessori School in Houston and the Board of Directors of the Houston Better Business Bureau. She has received many honors, including being named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Houston in 2015, invited to join the International Women’s Forum in 2016, and awarded Businesswomen of the Year in the non-profit category at the 2016 Houston Business Journal Women Who Mean Business awards event. Most recently Denise was nominated by d-mars.com as a 2016 Top 30 Influential Woman of Houston honoree for her hard work and dedication to the community. Denise holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Karen Love
Karen Love

Director/Owner – PKF Texas

Karen Love, Director/Owner of PKF Texas, has led a diverse career, starting as a buyer in the fashion industry, working for a Texas State Senator and U.S. Congressman, followed by running a staffing company, and finally establishing herself as a marketplace strategist and connector in the accounting industry. For the past 22 years, Karen has blazed her own trail through her work in the Dallas and Houston markets and is known as a long time champion of leveraging the marketing function to create growth in middle-market firms. She positioned each of her firms as leaders in their communities, earning a seat at the table and becoming one of the first marketers and non-CPA owners in the accounting industry. As an Association for Accounting Marketing Hall of Fame recipient and an Accounting Today’s 100 Most Influential, Karen brings fresh, integrated strategies to her firm. Her innovative approach to create unique initiatives in the marketplace has yielded over 150 marketing awards. Under her leadership, PKF Texas founded the FastTech50 awards and the Houston Young Professionals Endeavor, the largest young professionals group in the 4th largest city in the country. Her passion for mentoring and helping the community has led to numerous honors including recognition by El Centro de Corazon, Texas Executive Women’s Woman on the Move, Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Breakthrough Woman and one of Houston’s Most Influential Women. Additionally, she chairs and is a board member of many organizations across the city.
Suzan Deison
Suzan Deison

CEO and President

Suzan Deison began her career at the Conroe Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and because of her entrepreneurial talent, became a very successful business owner of several entrepreneurial companies. She has helped raise several million dollars for non-profits including Easter Seals, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and area Chambers of Commerce. She serves as President of the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy Foundation, on the Board of the March of Dimes, and the ELT of the American Heart Association. She was recognized for her many contributions to our community by being named a 2013 Woman on the Move by Texas Executive Women, and in 2014, she was honored in Forbes Magazine as a Texas Woman Business Leader and named Channel 13’s Woman of Distinction. In 2016, Suzan was named an ICON and one of Houston’s Most Influential Women by D-Mars Magazine. Suzan has the distinction and honor of serving as President of three Houston chambers of commerce, including founding the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC), where she serves as CEO and President. Under her leadership, the GHWCC has grown to be one of the fastest growing chambers in the United States. She also founded the Greater Houston Women’s Hall of Fame and the Greater Houston Conference for Women. Suzan created STEM TOWN USA, an initiative to increase exposure of third grade girls’ interest in math, technology and science through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) concepts. Since its inception, the program has graduated over 800 girls. Suzan and the GHWCC believe that when we empower women, we help empower communities and the world.