Executive Director – David Hawes
David 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 directs the day to day operations of the East Aldine District, one of the largest management districts (20+ square miles, 60,000+ population, and $10 Million+ budget) in Harris County. As Deputy Executive Director, he oversees the implementation of services, projects and initiatives which advance the EAMD Service and Improvement Plan, including infrastructure, public safety, environmental & urban design, clean-up/beautification, public health & neighborhood services, community leadership & economic development, and government relations . He joined the district in the fall of 2008 as Director of Services.
Richard has more than 28 years of experience as a public servant, where he has held management and executive level positions at the City of Houston (Parks and Recreation Department & Mayor’s Office), and Baker-Ripley (formerly Neighborhood Centers Inc.). In May of 2000, Richard was appointed Director of the Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office (MCAO), where he served for six years (appointed by Mayor Lee P. Brown and continued with Mayor Bill White). During his tenure in the Mayor’s office, Richard played an instrumental role in mobilizing critical resources during the response and aftermath of Tropical Storm Allison, and organized various successful city-wide initiatives to better address community needs and coordinate city resources.
Richard serves as a Harris County School Trustee (elected county-wide in Nov. 2018), as well as, on the boards of the Aldine Education Foundation (as past-President), the Greens Bayou Coalition, the North Harris County Education Alliance (as Co-Chair), Harris County Flood Control Task Force, and the Lone Star College Foundation. He is a graduate of Leadership North Houston, and the Citizens Police Academy of both the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He is past president of the Hawthorne Place Civic Club and served as Precinct Chairman/election judge for over 20 years. Past community associations (board service) includes HISD North District Advisory Council, HCC Northeast College Advisory Council, Wesley House Community Center, MD Anderson YMCA, Clark Park Advisory Council, Houston Food Bank, Houston Area Council on Gangs, Texas Crime Prevention Association, LULAC Council 402, Harris County Citizens Corps – Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Northside National (NSN) Little League, Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce, and Hardy-Near Northside Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ 21).
Richard earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Government from Houston Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Houston, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Deputy Executive Director – Brian Burks
Brian Burks is Deputy Executive Director of the East Aldine Management District. He previously served for six years as Director of Services for International Management District and brings nearly 30 years of experience as a law enforcement supervisor, investigator and patrolman to the district. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement & Police Science in 1979 and is certified by the American Academy of Forensic Science as a Homeland Security Specialist.
Brian joined the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in the summer of 1979 and served 23 years as a supervisor with assignments in Patrol, Communications, Community Services, Investigations and Homeland Security. In addition, he served for eleven years as an Adjunct Instructor for Lone Star College Law Enforcement Academy teaching courses in Supervision, Arrest Search and Seizure, Patrol, Air Crew Self Defense and Mechanics of Arrest.
His duties in East Aldine are to assist the Executive Director in overseeing all facets of management district service plan and to provide guidance and support to management district staff. He is also tasked to continually evaluate, refine and coordinate public safety programs to maximize long term community impact.
Director of Services – Veronica Sanches
Veronica 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 as the Director of Services is to assist the Deputy and Executive Director with the day to day operations of the district.
Director of Public Infrastructure – Scott Bean
Scott Bean has been on the East Aldine District team for more than 15 years as the Director of Infrastructure and Construction. Scott also works on the development of project and assessment plans, tax revenue forecasts, and incentives for the creation of tax increment reinvestment zones and public improvement districts.
Prior to joining the East Aldine team, Scott worked as the Harris County Public Infrastructure Department Program Manager where he administered their Storm Water Quality management program with regard to new construction and subdivision development in unincorporated Harris County. He also led a team that was responsible for the review and approval of construction plans, required permits, and inspection and enforcement of urban stormwater runoff regulations and permanent stormwater quality features. Provided guidance on stormwater policy at the local and regional level through workshops and forums.
Scott has also worked at the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) as a Senior Environmental Planner and with the City of Houston as a Supervisor in the Department of Public Works & Engineering. Scott has worked extensively with consulting engineers, developers, and home builders on water and wastewater infrastructure and capacity needs for new development proposals and negotiated contracts with municipal utility districts and neighboring cities for service in City of Houston wastewater treatment plants. Scott is also experienced in utility investigations for proposals to abandon or relocate city rights-of-way and utility easements to facilitate new development.
Scott holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Houston.
Director of Economic Development – Gretchen Larson
In 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. 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 creation of a business retention, expansion and attraction plan, website redesign (2018), and participation in tradeshows and other meeting venues to spread the word about the District to the development community.
Gretchen 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. 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.