Our Speaker for Thursday, January 17 is Hallie-Frazee

Topic: Hurricane Preparedness.

Bio: Hallie Frazee

Emergency Public Information Planner, Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Hallie earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Kansas in 2011. She completed her master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 2013 where she was an instructor in multimedia journalism. While completing her education, Hallie worked in a rotational civil service position with NASA’s Johnson Space Center for nearly 5 years. Hallie has worked with Harris County for 4 ½ years, working as a Communications Specialist at Harris County Public Health before taking her current position. Hallie is married with one (soon to be two) adopted children. 

Our Speaker for Thursday, January 24 is Thomas Billings


  • Graduated from Belmont University in 2001 with a B.A. in Religion and Business Administration with emphasis on psychology and
  • Shortly thereafter became a Store Manager for American Eagle Outfitters
  • Specialized in creating systems for hiring, sales training, and performance management
  • Worked for the church as an Associate Pastor
  • Specialized in generational and cultural awareness and differencesio


TBD: Matt Curry

Bio: Matt Curry is a Vice President at Texas Citizens Bank. He has an MBA from the University of Houston–Clear Lake and over eight years of community banking experience. For seven of those eight years, Matt worked in every facet of SBA lending—servicing, closing, and approval. This provided him with a deep understanding of SBA lending and primed him for his current role in full-service business lending, where he helps connect local entrepreneurs with the commercial financing they need to grow.

Prior to joining Texas Citizens Bank, Matt worked in the SBA departments of Texas First Bank and Spirit of Texas Bank. During this time, he was involved in well over 100 SBA loan transactions. Now a vice president and relationship manager at Texas Citizens Bank, Matt helps business owners understand their options and constructs loan packages tailored to their specific business needs.

TBD: Rania Mankarious

Topic: The mission of Crime Stoppers

Bio: Boston native Rania Mankarious was chosen to head Houston’s leading public safety non-profit organization, Crime Stoppers, in March of 2013. Rania received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence completed at the University of  Houston Law Center. She boasts an extensive resume with experience consulting for national companies, non-profit organizations and private public relations clients alike. Citing a personal mission to serve families and engage the public to better society, Rania began consulting with Crime Stoppers in 2006.

In her four years at the helm and through working with her incredible team, Rania’s legacy has been well established. Described by some as “Crime Stoppers on steroids,” her footprint has elevated the organization to new heights. In addition to expanding the reach of the Safe School Program, the topics covered by the Safe Community Program, the launch of Parents Against Crime and the critically important Fallen Hero Program, Rania is most proud to have built the first-ever Crime Stoppers headquarters, anywhere in the world, right here in Midtown. The Dave Ward Building, Crime Stoppers of Houston was officially opened January 2017 and is the first public safety, crime prevention facility of its kind – bringing together civilians and law enforcement as well as students and community members from every corner of our great city. Additionally on this city block rests the first Harris County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Garden, a beautiful tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. In a short time, the ambitious mother of three has lifted a Houston institution to new heights.