Board of Directors
Paul is an attorney with the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP where he practices real estate law. He graduated from Westside High School in 2003, the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 with a B.A. in Philosophy, and the University of Houston Law School, magna cum laude, in 2011. Paul has served on the Making It Better Board of Directors since 2013. In Paul’s words, “As someone who has always enjoyed reading and who understands the incredible power that knowledge holds, I am proud to support an organization like Literacy Now that puts such a strong emphasis on literacy initiatives.”
Scott is the founder and President of Accumyn Consulting, an independent financial and economic consulting firm. During his thirty-year career, he has specialized in forensic accounting, financial and economic damage claims analysis, valuation services, and providing expert testimony to the legal profession and clients. Scott received a BBA-Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified public accountant. Scott joined the Board of Directors of Literacy Now in 2016. He previously served on the Advisory Board of Texas Parents and is a past president of the Forensic Expert Witness Association-Houston Chapter.
Fred serves as managing director, chairman and head of energy investment banking at Simmons Energy, focused exclusively on the energy services and equipment sector. Fred holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oxford University, where he was awarded an open scholarship and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Fred joined the Board of Directors of Literacy Now in 2019.
Monsterville is the owner of Monsterville’s Wines and Monsterville’s Catering and Events. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was introduced to the exciting world of wine. He has been privileged to visit, study and live in every major wine region in the world and has taught wine education and appreciation in both Europe and North America. His career to date has included sommelier, wine consultant, wine educator/lecturer, wine buyer and wine judge. He has been active in the wine industry for sixteen years and has spent the last seven years in Houston. Monsterville has served on the Literacy Now Board of Directors since 2009.
Deviyani is an investing associate at SCF Partners, a Private-Equity firm specializing in Oil Field Service investments. She spent her formative school years in India, Kenya, and Cambodia, before moving to the UK to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. After graduating with First Class Honors, she spent several years at ExxonMobil, in a range of technical and operational roles. She subsequently joined the Boston Consulting Group as a management consultant, working on strategic and operational projects across several different industries. Deviyani then moved to Boston to pursue her MBA from the Harvard Business School, graduating in 2018. Deviyani has loved reading all her life and knows how wonderful books can be to help open minds to different worlds, characters, and possibilities. She joined the Literacy Now Board of Directors in 2018.
Richard Schmidt is the former President and CEO of Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies headquartered in Houston. He spent his 45-year career in the upstream oil and gas industry, primarily with major OEMs. Richard served as the official “Champion” for Freudenberg’s e² “education and environmental” initiative and worked with 500+ employees in operations in 8 countries identifying and sponsoring projects for the e² program.
Today, Richard continues his long association with the oil and gas industry by providing consulting services through his company, RES Blue Sky Investments, Inc. He also has interests in real estate and has recently acquired a home inspection business serving the greater Houston area.
The true definition of a servant leader, Richard and Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies have made a significant impact on the children and families served by Literacy Now. Through generous donations and dedicated employee involvement during Read Aloud Month, Family Literacy Nights, and renovation projects at our after-school program site, they have truly transformed lives. Richard joined the Literacy Now Board of Directors in 2019.
Andy is Co-President of SCF Partners. He began a more than 25-year career in energy after earning a BSc degree in Civil Engineering from England’s Loughborough University of Technology and an MS degree in Environmental Engineering Science from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He also attended Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA with High Distinction and was elected a Baker Scholar. Andy has served on the Board of Directors for Literacy Now since 2010. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Family Services Foundation and the Board of Trustees for the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Angela Waltman is currently the Vice President of Business Development and Call Center Operations for Community Health Choice, a local non-profit health plan serving children’s Medicaid and CHIP programs as well as the Health Insurance Marketplace. Angela is a healthcare leader with 29 years’ experience in business development, communications, operations and strategic planning and has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston – Downtown. Angela began serving on the Literacy Now Board of Directors in 2018 and most recently volunteered for the United Way Reading Together program.
Bret joined Wells Fargo’s Energy Group in 1998 managing a lending portfolio of oilfield service companies, manufacturers and drilling contractors. In 2000, he assumed the role of Manager of the Energy Services & Equipment Division of the Wells Fargo Energy Group, which provides financial service solutions to companies that participate in all facets of the oil and gas field development cycle. He holds a BA in Finance from Louisiana State University. He is an active member of the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association (PESA), National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), Association of Services Companies (AESC) and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) and recently been named Treasurer of NOIA. Bret has served on the Literacy Now Board of Directors since 2011.
Kinsey is a Strategy Consultant at KPMG LLP where she helps companies across all industries solve some of their most challenging issues. She received a BA, Plan II Honors, and a BBA, Finance from the University of Texas in 2008 and an MBA from the University of Texas in 2016. Kinsey has served on the Literacy Now Board of Directors since 2018.