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 Cantu

Richard 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.

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

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

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.