John Mathew is IT Finance & Contracts Manager within the energy and refining industry. For 20 years, John has led accounting, full lifecycle project management, and supplier negotiations in close partnership with executive leadership, proving instrumental in securing financial excellence for domestic and multinational market leaders.
John holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bemidji State University. John enjoys volunteering his time in the community, serving on the Board of Directors with nonprofit organization Families Helping Families. For the past three years, John has also fulfilled treasurer duties for his church and was recently named to the church’s secretary position in 2021.
Ira is an attorney practicing in the greater Houston area. He has been working with Families Helping Families since its infancy and he is delighted to see its exponential growth over the years.
Ira has worked with many nonprofit organizations throughout the years and believes giving back to the community is the ultimate action that people can do to help others who are not as fortunate.
"It is an honor to be on this Board, and involved with this initiative”
A Houston transplant, Alex fell in love with nonprofits when he was only a teenager. Inspired by working as a lifeguard at a summer camp led by a nonprofit organization, Alex quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. This resolve stuck with him throughout his career in technology. Over 20 years later, Alex provides support and leadership to our team and is happy spending his days helping to keep Houston an amazing place to live, one program at a time.
Alex supports all technology initiatives within Families Helping Families, as well as provides strategic and tactical execution to assist delivery of our mission. Alex has been a member of the organization since 2017.
Anthony Gardner is a God-fearing family man that was born and raised in Southern California. At the age of 18, he moved to Houston TX with his mother and siblings. Anthony makes his home today in a southwestern suburb of Houston where he resides with his wife and teenage daughter. By trade, he is a logistics professional, employed by an international forwarding company holding regional role managing product development.
Anthony has a passion for helping people and thoroughly enjoys connecting with the community. His fervor for sports is unwavering. His pastimes include cheering his beloved Lakers to the next championship or debating the greatest of all-time list on a multitude of genres. Anthony has never met a stranger, and highly covets his relationships with his family, friends, and neighbors.
Emile Browne is the Founder and Chief Visual Officer (CVO) of Emile C Browne Media (ECBM). In his capacity as CVO, he has grown ECBM from a photography only business to a Digital Media Agency focused on Strategy, Videography, Photography, Web Development, Social Media Management, and Graphics.
Prior to ECBM, Emile had increasingly responsible roles on corporate America in IT, Finance, and Accountancy. He is also a graduate of the University of Houston.
Emile is an award winning and collected photographer with 3 solo showings and two group shows. His photographs are a product of his extensive travels around the world.
operations team lead
operations team lead
family services team lead
I am a proud Houstonian, born and raised here and I continue to call Houston home. As a first generation Persian/Pakistani American, I am proud to say my parents migrated to the United States in 1973, earning their bachelor’s degrees, and Houston is where my father became a successful business owner for 40 years now. He shared his appreciation for the chance the Land of Opportunity provided him with my mom and us 3 children. Because of this, I find the need to give back to the community that gave life to my family.
I graduated high school from Westbury Christian School in 1999 and attended Houston Baptist University until 2003. HBU where I met my dear friend and founder of Families Helping Families, Quincy Collins. Having had my daughter Alayna in 2007, I went on to be awarded the Dean’s List of Honor’s recipient when I graduated form Purdue University with a 3.86 gpa. My career path led me to success in business operations management in various industries, and I currently serve as a Project Manager.
Families Helping Families is one of the charitable organizations we have adopted into of our lives, and I am incredibly honored and humbled to be the Team Lead of Family Services. Having first hand interactions with the receiving families, I feel and see the genuine gratitude, tears of joy, and utter relief they express, and it is truly priceless. Every second I spend with this organization is worth it. Giving back to struggling families fills our souls, and we will proudly serve our community with Families Helping Families. I thank the community for providing the life my family cherishes, and this is the least I can do to express our gratitude. I would not be here today if it was not for this community.
Photography team lead
I grew up in the arts studying dance, theatre, drawing, and music, graduated high school early at 16, then went on to Texas Southern University. Shortly after, I started my corporate career in 2010, living in Dubai and Iraq for a couple of years working in the Oil & Gas industry.
After returning home, and reconnecting with my high school bestie of 15yrs, we decided to break out of the friend zone and got married in 2014. His career took us to Nigeria for awhile and we spent our down time traveling the world visiting Thailand, Vietnam, S. Africa, Tanzania, Hungary and several European destinations.
This is where I got my photography start, starting with street photography, then eventually portraits of friends and events in Lagos where we lived at the time. I definitely caught the photog bug and decided I wanted to do it on a full time basis when we returned home to Texas.
We now live in Richmond, TX and I’ve been a full time professional photographer since 2018. We have two children, Emerald (Emmie) & Jidenna (JJ), and Finn, our big dog who still thinks he’s a puppy. When I’m not working, we love spending time in nature exploring the State Parks, and lounging on the beach.
My family has been involved with Families Helping Families for three years now, photographing as well as distributing meals to families in need. It has been my pleasure to help my neighbor Quincy continue to grow and serve more people in the community.