Chairman of the Board
Jim’s vast experience in people management includes operations, safety, training, human resources and labor relations. He has written and directed a number of labor/management appeals and arbitration cases before Special and Public Law Boards as well as the National Mediation Board Arbitrators. Jim has a BA in Organizational Management, an MS degree in Management, and an MA degree in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.
As an elected public official who understands the importance of bringing parties together in order to get things accomplished, he works with his constituents to resolve issues and find resolution in both the private and public sectors.
Jim serves or has served on a number of board and committees including Sons of the American Revolution, the Montgomery County Fair Association, the Houston Livestock Show, State Officer of the Texas Jaycees, the United States Jaycees Senate, co-founder and past board Chairman/Member of Leadership Training for Christ organization, and as an Elder at Grace Crossing Community Church of Christ.
Kathy Turner Jones
Kathy Turner Jones is the General Manager of Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District. She oversees the day-to-day operations of this quasi-government body and reports to an appointed board of directors. New Danville’s water supplied is permitted by this entity. Ms. Jones is very knowledgeable about the governing regulations for Texas’ water supplies and TCEQ which New Danville must comply with. She serves on the Governance Committee.
Odette is a certified teacher of the deaf having received her Masters degree from Louisiana State University. After teaching for many years, she eventually joined her family business in real estate development and earned the designation of Realtor. Prior to moving their company to Texas, she served in numerous areas on the board of Realtors including president of the Commercial Investment Division , MSL and finance committee. She also served as president of the Apartment Association and several areas in the Home Builders Association.
Upon the move of the company to Texas, she headed up D’Agostino Outdoor, the billboard division of the company, serving as managing director.
The company has always had a philosophy of giving back to the community by selecting a local charity to support along with their support of St. Jude, Covenant House, and Veterans groups. New Danville was the perfect fit.
Odette has served on the ND board of directors for many years. She co chaired the New Danville House Raffle, has served on the Tea On The Lawn committee since its inception, a member of the finance committee and currently serves on the development committee. Her greatest pride is co chairing the opening of Jazzy Junque , an upscale home décor store, with profits directly benefiting the day programs at New Danville. She continues to volunteer regularly and oversees the day to day operations.
Her other interests include being active in her church serving as Eucharistic Minister, serving as a youth director, and a member of the finance and building committees. She has served on the board of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, been a leader in local scouting programs, youth faith sharing groups and a member of The Lions Clubs.
Reece Goodman joined the New Danville board in 2017 and serves on the Finance Committee. He is the managing partner of TechCXO, LLC in Texas. TechCXO, LLC is a consulting firm providing on demand executives to entrepreneurial firms that have need of professionals with C-suite experience without engaging them on a full time basis. Reece specializes in Finance and Operations. Reece works closely with New Danville’s accounting and finance department.
Reece and his wife, Leslie, reside in Montgomery. Reece serves on the Finance committee of his church.
Kathy Sanders founded New Danville in 2005. She serves as its CEO and Vice-Chair of Operations. Prior to New Danville, she volunteered on boards and committees for numerous Montgomery County charities and service organizations including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Humane Society of Montgomery County, Montgomery County United Way, and The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce. Kathy is an entrepreneur and has been described as a ‘builder;’ she successfully developed a food manufacturing business and founded Lone Star HCS, a state-certified provider of services for disabled individuals.
Kathy is the mother of Jimmy, the inspiration for her to develop a community such as New Danville. Kathy and her husband Steve live in The Woodlands.
Christin Allphin joined the New Danville Board on September 1, 2018. Christin leads the Healthcare Commercial Banking Group and the Business Banking Team for Woodforest National Bank. With more than 14 years in the banking industry, she is responsible for leading a team of relationship managers in working with existing healthcare and business banking clients and building new client relationships.
Christin is an active participant in various charitable and civic organizations, which include being a board member for the Economic Development Partnership of The Woodlands, board member for The Montgomery County American Heart Association, Past Board VP of Finance for the Junior League of The Woodlands, Past Board Treasurer for Executive Women’s Alliance, member of Financial Women in Texas, and an active member of The Woodlands United Methodist Church. She is also a 2015 graduate of Leadership Montgomery County.
She is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Christin and her husband, Matthew, and their daughter, Mackenzie live in The Woodlands.
Mr. Bleyl has more than 30 years’ experience as a consulting engineer and has been at the helm of Bleyl Engineering since founding the firm 20 years ago. Under his leadership, Bleyl Engineering has expanded to five locations and is recognized as an established, respected engineering and project management provider to dozens of southeast and central Texas municipalities, public agencies, and private land developers. Under Mr. Bleyl’s vision, the firm planted its roots in Conroe, just as Montgomery County was on the verge of historic growth and development. He sets the tone for the high-level service and exceptional quality delivered by Bleyl employees to all the firm’s clients. His strategic leadership has fueled the company’s growth and prosperity.
Stephanne Davenport was elected in 2014 as the Montgomery County Treasurer. She has worked for Montgomery County in the Treasury Department for many years. Stephanne volunteers for many non-profit organizations in Montgomery County, and joined New Danville’s Board of Directors in 2014. She serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee.
She and her husband Marc and son reside in Conroe.
Michael L. Durham
Mike Durham is the General Counsel for Spirit of Texas Bank, headquartered in Conroe, Texas. Mike had a private practice in Houston for over 30 years. He served on the board of several non-profit organizations in the north Houston area and Tomball before relocating to Montgomery County and joining Spirit of Texas Bank in 2013. He joined New Danville’s board of directors in June 2015, and serves as the Chair of Fund Development.
He and his wife Andi reside in Montgomery, Texas.
Karen Grace is a retired executive from Total, a French-owned oil company, where she served as the Public Information Officer and was responsible for the company’s Communications Department. She retired in 2011 and was a volunteer at New Danville when Kathy Sanders tapped her to become the program director. Karen ran the program until mid-2015.
Karen has served on many boards including the Boys and Girls Club of America, Pennsylvania Ballet, Waves Dance of NYC and was one of the founders of Ballet Associates, a group formed to raise funds for the bankrupt Pennsylvania Ballet troupe.
She has been actively involved with New Danville since 2005. She headed the project to raise money through a Paver Program. The pavers make up the wall behind the flagpoles on the New Danville campus. She also handles the publicity for the day program as well as for New Danville’s resale store, Jazzy Junque.
Her daughter, Amanda has been a Wrangler at New Danville since it opened its doors on October 2007.
Karen chairs the Marketing/Public Relations Committee
Meagan Jamaluddin moved to The Woodlands 3 years ago when she married her husband, Shan, who is the COO of his family business, Epcon Industrial Systems. She most recently served for 2 years as the Director of Development at Interfaith of The Woodlands overseeing their special events and fundraising.
Prior to her time in The Woodlands, she worked in nonprofit development for over 10 years at several institutions in Dallas including The American Heart Association, The Hockaday School and Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. She is a graduate of Baylor University and attends The Woodlands United Methodist Church.
Meagan enjoys supporting local area organizations as a volunteer and is currently assisting several organizations as an independent fundraising consultant.
She, her husband, and their son live in The Woodlands.
Danielle Scheiner is Deputy Director of the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council. Danielle is the immediate past-chair of Montgomery County United Way. She joined New Danville’s board of directors in December 2014 as the vice-chair of Marketing. Danielle has two sons, one of which has been diagnosed with autism.
She and her family reside in Montgomery, Texas.
Daniel Tan is currently the Honorary Assistant Secretary of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). He is also the Chairman of the Residential and Community-based Care Services Committee.
Daniel has been a Board member of MINDS since 2008. He has previously served in the Audit Committee, Social Enterprise & Employment Development Committee, School Management Committee, Public Relations, Education and Communications Committee, and was the former chairman of the Volunteer & Donor Management Committee. He was also the chairperson for MINDS’ voluntary wing — MINDS MYG, from 2007 to 2010.
He’s also currently representing MINDS as a Board member in the Children’s Charities Association and had previously represented MINDS in the Board of Special Olympics and Singapore Disability Sports Council.
Daniel served on MSF’s Enabling Masterplan 3 Steering Committee and also as President of the Raleigh Society, a youth development organization.