Our Board of Trustees

Your DignityHouston Trustees are:

Roy Brooks Delphin Name Roy Brooks-Delphin Title Secretary
Term Expires September, 2018
Firmly believing in the ways in that God continues to speak in our lives, Roy is a member of Dignity-Houston because he finds strength, encouragement, and hope from its community and liturgy. Jesus is with us when we gather, and we are loved into reflecting upon and living out of the love and pride God takes in ALL of his creation. He honors and believes in the values of the Rainbow Christ Dignity/Houston upholds: living a life free of shame; recognizing the gift of sexuality; being OUT in the world as a reflection of the God’s love; seeking justice for all enduring intersectional and systemic oppression; and having reasonable confidence within our selves and one another as the potential voice of God, known in our labor and loyalty to the Scripture of our lives together in community and the Wisdom of the spirit. Roy serves on the Hyde Park Civic Association’s Board in addition to working toward a doctorate in Theatre and Performance Studies.
Name William Brent Clarkson Title Treasurer
Term Expires September, 2018
 
Kenneth Hollas Name Kenneth Hollas Title Vice-President
Term Expires September, 2018

Kenneth was raised in the Catholic faith. Always looking to feel more a part of the Church, he joined a wide range of ministries in parishes to which he belonged. He has been an alter server, usher, Eucharistic minister, lector, and a trustee in the St Vincent dePaul Society. He was a catechist for youth of all ages. His most rewarding experience was in helping to lead a youth ministry program, where he discovered a passion for working with high school and college-aged youth. With a need to be able to practice his faith while being openly gay, he discovered and became a member of Dignity/Houston, where he found a welcoming group of proud LGBTQ Catholics. During his time with the group, he has enjoyed helping to spread Dignity’s message at various community events and at the Houston Pride Festival and Parade.

Kenneth is currently retired from a 21 year career as a pharmacist. He is a member of Lambda Center Houston, where he regularly attends AA meetings. He also volunteers his time at Montrose Grace Place and Covenant House Texas, where he is finding fulfillment in helping with services for homeless and at-risk youth.

Larry E. Lutz Name Larry E. Lutz Title President
Term Expires September, 2017
Larry grew up in the tradition of Catholic Action which led to a life-long career in social work. He believes that Jesus was the first social justice activist, a movement that His followers are committed to continuing. As an openly gay person, Larry believes that following Jesus means, in part, advocating for a strong and positive role for LGBTQ+ persons in the Church. To him, DignityHouston is an important way to achieve that goal. Larry also feels that that the liturgical basis of the Church has powerful meaning to humanity but that the current Church Liturgy and structure has grown old and stale. He seeks to find fresh new ways to achieve the same symbolism within the centuries old traditions of the Church.
Name Kelly Martino Title Trustee At-Large
Term Expires September, 2018
 

 


According to our Bylaws, the Membership of DignityHouston elects the Trustees with staggered two-year terms at the September Annual Meeting. After election, the Trustees elect the four Officers which are President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Trustees who are not elected to an Office are known as At-Large Trustees.

Our Bylaws §6.01 define the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees:

The day-to-day business of the Corporation shall be handled by the Board of Trustees who may perform all acts and things as are not (by statutes or by the Articles of Incorporation or by these Bylaws) required to be done by the members.

Thus, the Trustees have a considerable responsibility for running DignityHouston. Despite the considerable work involved, the law (Texas Business Organization Code, Chapter 22) prohibits the Trustees from receiving any compensation for the work that they perform.

 

Your DignityHouston Board of Trustees has further clarified the responsibilities of the Trustees and Officers by developing Job Descriptions. These follow.

Job Descriptions

Serves without compensation as a team member of the Board of Trustees of Dignity/Houston, Inc. Supports the work of Dignity/Houston, Inc. providing mission-based leadership and strategic governance as part of the executive team. If elected, may serve as an Officer of the Corporation. Under direction of the President (if not the President), works with other Trustees to plan and implement organizational activities designed to promote and develop Dignity/Houston, Inc.’s membership, community and spiritual services and stature in the Houston/Galveston area using the organization’s mission and vision. Attends monthly regular Board Meetings and special Board Meetings as they arise.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Skills in effectively communicating orally and in writing, including using word processing software.
  • Ability to analyze challenges and develop creative solutions, taking into account the needs, attitudes, and desires of key stakeholders.
  • Skills in effective participatory planning, identifying and engaging relevant stakeholders, developing written and oral presentations of proposed plans, and educating stakeholders on the impact of draft plans.
  • Skills in consensus-building developing stature and support using a wide variety of techniques including the media, newsletters, social events, public presentations and the like.
  • Ability to analyze the outcomes and metrics to determine return on investment and modifications that may be necessary to improve and enhance results.

Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Dignity/Houston’s mission and has a proven record of leadership. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the unique characteristics of the LGBTQ+ community in the Houston/Galveston area and a strong support for the community, including establishing equality and eliminating discrimination.
  • Knowledge of the Roman Catholic faith, traditions and Church and ability to support those who adhere to that faith within the context of a developing Church that is not supportive of the LGBTQ+ lifestyle at the present time. (Note: A person does not have to be a Roman Catholic to be elected Trustee. However, experience has shown that it is exceptionally difficult for a person who was not raised in the faith to come to an understanding of it.)

Examples of Work Performed

  • In concert with the other Trustees, elects the Officers of the Corporation.
  • Under the direction of the President and as part of the Trustees team, develops and implements the mission, core values and strategic plan of Dignity/Houston.
  • Under the direction of the President and as part of the Trustees team, develops and implements the budget and strategic plan for Dignity/Houston.
  • Individually or in concert with other Trustees or Members, makes presentations to community groups, the media and other concerned stakeholders in support of DignityHouston’s mission, core values, and vision.
  • Drafts resolutions for actions by the Board of Trustees designed to implement the organization’s strategic plan. Works with other Trustees to improve the resolutions and gain Board support for them.

Authority

By Laws §8.02 President The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, shall preside at all meetings, shall have general and active management of the affairs of the Corporation, shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Trustees are carried into effect, and shall perform any other duties and have other authority as the Board of Trustees may prescribe.

Duties and Responsibilities

General

Ensures the effective action of the Board in governing and supporting the organization, and oversees Board affairs. Acts as the representative of the Board as a whole, rather than as an individual supervisor to staff.

Community

Speaks to the media and the community on behalf of the organization (as does the Vice-President); represents Dignity/Houston, Inc. in the community.

All written material (letters, email, comments on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media) must be reviewed by the President or Vice-President before publication, distribution, or other receipt by the public.

Meetings

Provides support to the Secretary in developing agendas for meetings. Presides at Board meetings.

Board Affairs

Ensures that Board matters are handled properly, including preparation of pre-meeting materials, committee functioning, and recruitment and orientation of new Board members.

Web Site and Other Social Media

Oversees and directs the use of the DignityHouston.org Web site to promote involvement om DignityHouston as well as the use of social media, including but not limited to Facebook, Meetup, Twitter, Instagram, and the like for those purposes.

Authority

By Laws §8.03 Vice-President The Vice-President shall, in the absence or disability of the President, perform the duties of the President and have the authority of and exercise the powers of the President, and shall perform any other duties as the Board of Trustees may prescribe or as the President may delegate.

Duties and Responsibilities

General

Acts as President in the absence of the President; assists the President on any duties specified by the President.

Liturgy

Provides oversight, support, and assistance to the Director of Music, including approving the selection of music for services.

Conducts a periodic evaluation of the Liturgy by the membership to ensure that it is updated and revised as needed and that it is acceptable to the membership.

Develops additional religious, theological, ecumenical activities for the membership.

Represents DignityHouston, Inc. to other religiously affiliated organizations, such as Integrity, Fortunate Families, college and university departments of religious studies, theology, and the like.

Communication

All written material (letters, email, comments on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media) must be reviewed by the President or Vice-President before publication, distribution, or other receipt by the public.

Authority

By Laws §8.04 Secretary The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees and all meetings of the members and record the minutes of all proceedings, shall give notice of all meetings of the members and special meetings of the Board of Trustees, shall keep in safe custody the seal of the corporation and, when authorized, shall affix the seal to any instrument requiring it. The Secretary shall be under the supervision of the President and shall perform any other duties as the Board of Trustees may prescribe or as the President may delegate.

Duties and Responsibilities

General

The Secretary is a Board position required by the Texas Business Organization Code. The Secretary is legally responsible for ensuring that accurate and sufficient documentation exists to meet the legal requirements and to enable authorized persons to determine when, how, and by whom the Board’s business was conducted. In order to fulfill these responsibilities, subject to the by laws, the Secretary records minutes of meetings, ensures their accuracy and availability, submits various reports to the Board, maintains membership records and uses them to qualify members for voting, fulfills any other requirements of a Director and Officer, and performs other duties as the need arises and/or as defined in the By Laws.

Accountability

The Secretary is accountable to the Board of Trustees and the membership.

Specific Duties

Preparation for Board Meetings

Prior to each regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Secretary shall:

  • Accumulate all members’ recommendations for the Board agenda, summarize them. And provide the summary to the President.
  • Two weeks prior to the meeting, issue a notice to the Board members requesting their proposed agenda items, along with any draft materials.
  • One week prior to the meeting, in consultation with the President and other Board members as appropriate, draft an agenda for the meeting and ensure that each Board member receives a copy of the draft with a request for any proposed changes.
  • One week prior to the meeting, provide the At-Large Board member with the Notice of Meeting in sufficient time so that it can be distributed to the members at the service at least one week prior to the meeting.
  • Three days prior to the meeting distributes the final agenda and backup materials to the Board members with a reminder that they must review the materials before the meeting and be able to quickly and effectively discuss them and make a decision on them at the meeting. They must also be prepared to present any resolutions they are introducing.
  • One day prior to the meeting, contact all Board members to ensure that they have made the necessary preparations for the meeting.

Custodian of Records

The Secretary ensures that the records of Dignity/Houston, Inc. are maintained as required by law and made available when required by authorized persons. These records include the following which must be available to anyone who requests them, whether the person is a member or not:

  • Proof of incorporation by the Texas Secretary of State and proof of 501(c)() status by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Current by laws of Dignity/Houston, Inc.
  • Lists of Board members and current, official members of Dignity/Houston, Inc.
  • Minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees and committees.
  • The Dignity/Houston, Inc. Financial Report for the preceding fiscal year, to include a full reporting of all assets covered by 501(c)(3).

Note: Making records accessible for inspection does not involve making copies for members of the public. Dignity/Houston, Inc. may charge the usual and customary rate for such copies.

Membership Records

The Secretary ensures that official records are maintained of the members of the organization and Board. He ensures that the records are available when required for reports, elections, referenda, other votes, and the like.

Bylaws

The Secretary ensures that an up-to-date copy of the By Laws is available at all meetings and services when any significant number of Dignity/Houston members are assembled, including services.

Communication

The Secretary ensures that proper notification is given of directors’ and members’ meetings as specified in the By Laws. The Secretary manages the general correspondence of the Board of Trustees except for such correspondence assigned to others.

The Secretary collects Dignity/Houston’s mail at its Post Office Box on an at least weekly basis.

Meetings

The Secretary participates in Board meetings as a voting member. The Secretary provides items for the agenda as appropriate. In the absence of the President Vice-President, the Secretary calls the meeting to order, presiding until a temporary chairperson is elected. The secretary records meeting minutes as described above.

Signing Officer

The Secretary signs all Minutes of Board Meetings after approval by the Board and may sign other documents as directed by the President.

Authority

By Laws §8.05 Treasurer The treasurer shall have the custody of the corporate funds and securities, shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements of the Corporation, and shall deposit all monies and other valuables in the name and the credit of the Corporation in the depositories as may be chosen by the Board of Trustees. The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered by the Board of Trustees, taking proper vouchers for the disbursements, and shall render to the president and Trustees, at the regular meetings of the Board, or whenever they may require it, an accounting of all the transactions of the treasurer and of the financial condition of the Corporation. In case of his or her resignation, retirement or removal from office, the treasurer shall deliver all books, papers, vouchers, money and other property of whatever kind in his or her possession or under his or her control belonging to the Corporation. The treasurer shall perform any other duties as the Board of Trustees may prescribe or as the president may delegate. In the event of death of the treasurer, the President shall have all rights, duties, and privileges of the treasurer until another treasurer is appointed.

Duties and Responsibilities

General

Manages the Board’s review of, and action related to the Board’s financial responsibilities. Works directly with the contract accountant and other Board members in developing and implementing financial procedures and systems.

Reports

Ensures that the appropriate financial reports ate made available to the board, include a monthly financial report. Regularly reports to the Board on key financial events, trends, concerns, and assessment of fiscal health.

Audits

Recommends to the Board whether the Board should have an audit. If so, selects and meets with the auditor.

Cash Management and Investments

Ensures that sound management and maximization of cash and investments occurs. Reviews all expenditures to ensure that they are appropriately authorized, have proper justification attached, and are recorded in the Dignity/Houston, Inc. accounting system.

Deposits

Ensures that all deposits of contributions and other receipts are promptly and appropriately made. (May delegate this activity to others but must maintain responsibility for it.)

Authority

By Laws §8.01 Officers The Corporation shall have a President, a Vice President, a Secretary and a Treasurer as are elected by the Board of Trustees and who shall also be Trustees of the Corporation, and such other Officers (including additional Vice Presidents) and Assistant Officers and agents as the Board of Trustees may deem necessary.

Duties and Responsibilities

General

The At-Large Board Member serves as a primary liaison between the Board and the membership. He/she oversees the activities of the Chair of the Membership Committee ensuring that all activities of the Committee have prior Board approval and are conducted within Board guidelines and requirements.

The At-Large Board Member also assists other Board Members and Officers with their tasks as needed.

Membership

On an at least quarterly, basis, the At-Large Board Member conducts an assessment and evaluation of activities, events, and efforts with the entire membership by email, postal mail, telephone and any other means necessary to ensure that activities are relevant and appropriate to all members.

Each such evaluation centers on a specific topic (e.g., spiritual development, Liturgy, entertainment events) but always includes an evaluation of:

  • Appropriateness of activities, events, and such for all ages of members
  • Transparency of Dignity/Houston, Inc. operation
  • Awareness of organizational goals, strategies, directions, and efforts
  • Ability to be involved in organizational decision-making and leadership, activities, and direction of DignityHouston.

The At-Large Board Member ensures that member recommendation forms are available at all services and other meetings and events where significant numbers of members are present. He/she ensures that members are reminded of the availability and purpose of such forms at each such event.

The At-Large Board Member ensures that members are reminded of their membership expiration well in advance and encourages them to renew.

The At-Large Member reports on membership issues at each Board meeting.

Allied Organizations

The At-Large Board Member surveys allied organizations at least semi-annually about their views regarding DignityHouston.

Board Meetings

Ensures that members are provided with notices of all Board meetings and anticipated topics at the meetings at least one week prior to such meetings, encourages members to participate in matters of interest to them, and welcomes members to Board meetings and ensures that they are comfortable.

Presider/Host Schedule

Maintains the schedule of presiders and hosts for services and reminds scheduled members in sufficient time prior to the service to ensure that the functions are covered at the event.

Develops, maintains, and updates an outline to be used by hosts in greeting new people.