District Staff

Executive Director – David Hawes

David HawesDavid Hawes is the Executive Director of the East Aldine Management District, serving in this position since the creation of the District. He specializes in the creation, management, and administration of special purpose districts and zones. He develops project plans and project financing plans to aid stakeholders in reaching community development objectives.

Prior to his service with the District he was Finance and Administration Revenue and Research Manager for the City of Houston from 1991 to 1995 where he served as chief economist and member of the City of Houston Bond Financing Team. From 1985 to 1991 he served as the Chief Executive Officer for TCARE, Inc where he was responsible for state-wide nonprofit corporation providing residential treatment services to Level V and VI adolescents. He was responsible for management of the corporation’s treatment programs in three facilities across Texas, developing organizational, financial, and program strategic plans to support corporate mission. He negotiated and administered all contracts dealing with procurement, employee health care, workers compensation, and supplies and services. He supervised management and health professionals (120 staff) to ensure effective delivery of adolescent residential treatment services. From 1979 to 1985 he served as the Assistant Commissioner, Office of Finance & Data Management for the Texas Dept. Human Services. He was responsible to the Deputy Commissioner of Programs, Commissioner, and TDHS Board for providing strategic planning, financial analysis, and recommendations concerning budget policy and management decisions. Provided management and supervision of three major divisions (130 staff) including Programs Budget Division, Data and Technical Support Division, and Economic Analysis Division. In this capacity, he served as the state finance director for the third largest Medicaid program in the U.S.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Houston.

Deputy Executive Director – Richard Cantu

Richard CantuRichard joined the district as Director of Community Services & Public Safety in October of 2008. Richard brings almost twenty years of public services management experience to his position with East Aldine. He received his Associates Degree in Government from HCC in 1991, his BA in Political Science from the University of Houston in 1994, and his Master’s in Public Administration from UST in 2014.

Richard joined the City of Houston as a Recreation Supervisor in 1992. His tenure in the Parks Department included serving as founding Program Manager of the Office of Community Mobilization, and Director of Moody Park Community Center. In 2000, he was appointed Director of the Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office (MCAO) and served for six years under Mayors Brown and White. Richard also served as Manager of the Youth Services Department, and simultaneously as, Community Developer/Center Director for Harbach-Ripley Center, of Neighborhood Centers Inc.

Richard currently serves on the boards of the Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce, the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition, the North Harris County Education Alliance, and the Aldine Education Foundation. He is a graduate of Leadership North Houston , and of both the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office – Citizens’ Police Academy. He is past president of the Hawthorne Place Civic Club and has served as Precinct Chairman (105) for 18 years. Active with the Knights of Columbus – Council 8247, and the Northside National Little League, Richard also co-founded the Northside Precinct Judges.

In his current role, Richard directs the day to day operation of the East Aldine District, including the implementation of projects which advance the EAMD Service and Improvement Plan. If you have any questions and/or comments regarding the district’s Community Services & Public Safety initiatives, please call Richard at the District office at (713) 595-1220.

Director of Services – Veronica Sanches

Vernica SanchesVeronica joined the district as the Assistant Director of Services in September of 2015. She has been a resident of Aldine for 29 years and is an alumni of MacArthur Senior High School. Veronica graduated from Lone Star College – North Harris with an Associates of Arts Degree, and then went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.

Veronica served as the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Emergency Management at Lone Star College for six years and attained certification under TEEX, Homeland Security, and National Incident Management System. She is also a certified CERT, Community Emergency Response Team, member.

Veronica’s role in East Aldine is to assist the Director of Services and Executive Director with the day to day operations of the District

Director of Public Infrastructure – Scott Bean

Scott BeanResponsible for overseeing management of special purpose districts with an emphasis on public infrastructure construction and developer reimbursements. Develops project and assessment plans for the creation of tax increment reinvestment zones and public improvement districts. Consults on economic development, public infrastructure, and public policy issues on behalf of local government clients.

Professional Experience
Harris County Public Infrastructure Department – Program Manager, 2001-2003
Administered Storm Water Quality management program with regard to new construction and subdivision development in unincorporated Harris County. Managed a seven (7) person team that provided review of all new development proposals, including review and approval of construction plans, required permits, and inspection and enforcement of urban storm water runoff regulations and permanent storm water quality features. Provided guidance on storm water policy at the local and regional level through workshops and forums.

Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) – Senior Environmental Planner, 1999-2001
Managed various projects relating to regional wastewater infrastructure needs, pollutant loadings, and population forecasts with Community and Environmental Planning Department. Authored paper on wastewater infrastructure regionalization in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region. Assisted the H-GAC transportation department with land use and transportation integration issues.

City of Houston Department of Public Works & Engineering – Supervisor, 1993-1999
Worked extensively with consulting engineers, developers, and home builders on water and wastewater infrastructure and capacity needs for new development proposals. Issued service commitments, and collected water/wastewater impact fees. Negotiated contracts with municipal utility districts and neighboring cities for service in city of Houston wastewater treatment plants. Performed utility investigations for proposals to abandon or relocate city rights-of-way and utility easements to facilitate new development.

Director of Economic Development – Gretchen Larson

Gretchen LarsonIn December 2008, Gretchen Larson joined the East Aldine team as its new Economic Development Director. Gretchen has a successful track record in new business development, workforce retention initiatives, small business development, and job training. Her background includes prior employment at the City of La Porte, Texas, specializing in economic development, as well as positions in city administration and management in both Aransas Pass and Leon Valley, Texas.

She holds memberships in the Texas Economic Development Council, the International Economic Development Council and the International Council of Shopping Centers. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

She is currently working on a variety of projects designed to boost business marketing and public relations functions that are essential for encouraging business retention and expansion in the District. Projects include development of business retention, expansion and attraction plans, website refurbishment, and exploring opportunities for participation in tradeshows and other meeting venues to spread the word about the District to the development community. If you would like to visit with Gretchen regarding economic development initiatives in the District or have suggestions for us you may contact her at (713) 595-1215.

Economic Development Advisor – Ray Lawrence

Ray LawrenceRay Lawrence is the Economic Development Advisor for the East Aldine District. Before joining the District staff earlier this year, he acquired over thirty years of business experience.

At ExxonMobil, he coordinated preparation of the annual long range business plan and capital expenditure forecast for the Marketing Department. Subsequently, he became an independent international business consultant doing market and project development for American companies in Europe and German companies in the U.S., as well as business recruitment and trade development for national, state and city economic development organizations in the U.S., Mexico, China and Thailand.

More recently, he worked as a contract senior consultant to CDS Market Research, a Houston real estate market research and consulting firm, where he performed market studies for a variety of real estate projects. Among his many assignments with CDS, he completed market analyses and recommended economic development strategies for the East Aldine District in 2005 and 2009. Ray holds a BS Degree in Industrial Management from the University of Kansas and an MBA Degree from the University of Missouri.