Our Board

Callie Hastings-Easterly

Chairperson

Callie Hastings Easterly is a Katy native whose family has deep ties to the community going back generations.  She has extensive experience in fundraising for non-profit organizations dedicated to environmental and sustainable causes, focusing development efforts to increase operating budgets and ensure financial stability.

She studied Sign Language Interpreting/Deaf Education and has a deep passion for social justice and assists many nonprofits with fundraising.  She is an active member of the Grant Professionals Association, Houston Food Policy Workgroup, Mayor’s Food Access Council, City-wide Food Access Task Force and Houston Citizens with Disabilities Council. Callie is currently working for the Conservation Fund as Major Gifts Officer for the Gulf Coast, taking her love of her hometown, conservation, preservation of farmland and wildlife back to her roots.

Patricia Barrett

Director

Pattie is a speech pathologist, public speaker, and Houston land owner, managing Joint Ventures with international partners.  Having served on several boards, and as a very active elder in her church, she blends a talent for creative problem solving with a willingness to tackle difficult issues. She has served on a committee funding a wide variety of non-profits across the city since 2010. With a Master’s in Clinical Speech Pathology, she has over forty years as a therapist, referring to herself as the “Queen of lost causes.”

Blane Erwin

Director and Vice President

Blane Erwin is the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Bridgeway Software. Prior to Bridgeway, Mr. Erwin was director of Business Trade and Technology Strategies for Forrester Research, Inc. where he advised senior executives at firms such as Bank of America, General Electric, Lucent, and 3M about technology’s impact on long-range business strategy. His 20 years of experience in technology strategy, market research and business assessment help Plant It Forward define its strategic vision of developing sustainable farm businesses for its clients.

Teresa O’Donnell

Director and Vice President

Teresa is the founder and former President of Plant It Forward. She is a former Pediatric ICU nurse and co-founder of Bridgeway Software. She is interested in the concerns of the day and is involved in issues that range from underserved populations to the scenic beauty of Houston. Besides her work at Plant It Forward, Teresa also serves as a board member of Scenic Houston and is an ardent supporter of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program.

Jeri Wechsler

Director

Jeri Wechsler is a co-founder and General Counsel of ZeoGas LLC, a development-stage energy company building a portfolio of natural gas conversion facilities to manufacture methanol and other liquid fuels.  Ms. Wechsler negotiated the company’s technology licenses, collaboration agreements, and other contracts, and has participated in all business and legal aspects of the company’s early stage development. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources and leads the company’s environmental permitting and compliance efforts.

In her previous role as general counsel at Grocers Supply Company, Ms. Wechsler managed complex governance matters, participated in the legal affairs committee of a national grocery industry organization, led joint defense groups in environmental and personal injury class action cases, developed and implemented numerous processes and procedures for environmental, FCPA and food safety compliance and training programs and managed company’s intellectual property portfolio. She assisted in developing and launching several private label consumer products and provided legal and compliance support to the company’s 13 subsidiaries, including a chain of 80 retail grocery and liquor stores, an employee credit union and an on-campus medical clinic.

Ms. Wechsler received her undergraduate degree from LSU, her J.D. from South Texas College of Law and her LL.M from University of Houston Law School. Ms. Wechsler is an avid scuba diver, intrepid traveler and proud mom of a tax attorney and a marketing professional.

Allie Danziger

Director

Allie Danziger is the president and founder of Integrate, an award-winning, full-service, public relations, social media and marketing agency based in Houston. Allie has grown a successful agency in Houston by staying committed to helping her clients’ businesses grow through unique communications platforms, innovative strategies and measurable results. She brings that same creativity and communication expertise to Plant It Forward, as well as multiple other nonprofits similarly committed to creating sustainable solutions for Houstonians looking to make a better life for themselves.

Ann McKenzie

Director

Ann is an attorney and CPA with a practice focusing on small businesses and entrepreneurs. She has lived in the Houston area for over 25 years and enjoys the diversity, opportunity, community, arts and music. Having recently completed the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile solo walk across Spain, she is enjoying a renewed connection with nature. Ann has a long history of community service and assisting charitable organizations together with a long passion for nutrition and access to healthy foods.