Who We Are.

Sheila Lavallies-Murray

Director/Founder

I am the Founder/Director of The Walk In My Shoes Foundation, an organization which supplies needed shoes to the indigent and homeless population in Houston, Texas. I am also the Founder/Director of Phenominal Women of Houston and the Founder/Owner of The Polka Dot Cakery and The Cookie Wookie, a cookie company. I hold a bachelors degree in business management from Almeda University. My ministry emphasis is in community service. I like to encourage young people to go into business as well as give back to the community.

In 1976, while attending James Madison High School, I received the prestigious Outstanding Citizenship Award from the U.S. Navy. Ever since that proud day, I have been active in community service. I have worked hard to build Youth Leadership Texas into an organization that encourages today's youth to give back freely. I enjoy developing community service projects that bring joy to so many of our young children.

​Patrick Hawkins

Treasurer

I'm a Bussiness Management student at Hcc and the owner of Ghetto Dreams Clothing. I aslo have a love for sports and plan to transfer to Texas State University in August to play football and study journalism. I love helping others because it makes me feel good inside and I know it's the right thing to do and that it will put a smile on a persons face. Giving back will be a thing I do later on in life because that's what good people do.

 

​Cameron Murphy

President

I graduated Harmony Science Academy - High School in May of 2015 and then attended Houston Community College from 2015-2016. I am currently attending North American University working towards my degree to become a mathematics teacher. I used to tutor my friends and help them with homework. That is when I started helping others. I think that the responsibility to help people shouldn't be only for older people, but something that all age groups can do. I joined Youth Leadership Texas(YLT) to make a difference in people's lives. When I hear YLT, I think of teenagers and young adults helping the community and helping others.

Sean Lavallies

Photographer

I joined Youth Leadership Texas because I knew that this organization had the potential to improve the status of any single person's day, whether it is with a free lunch or a backpack full of school supplies. I am all for anything that puts a smile on another individual's face. I take pictures because that is the best way to capture how great this world can be, even if only for a moment.

 

Graduated HSA - 2009

HCC Psychology - 2012

Lamar University - NOW

​JordanVarnardo

Vice President

It makes me feel important to help people because it's what a good person does. Helping out those in my community is something I do because I want to. Even if it's a bad day, if there is something nice I can do for another, I will give even if its my last. Whether it's the homeless or those closest to me, I will still help them if I have it to give be it a hand or in pocket. This I why I love being a part of Youth Leadership Texas, because it offers me many opportunities to help others and give back to my community. 

 

Michael Lavallies

Media Director

I graduated from Harmony Science Academy in 2008 and went on to become a game design student at HCC and owner of a little cookie shoppe calledThe Cookie Wookie. Since I was in middle school I wanted to learn how to make video games, it is a passion of mine, and now I get to do what I love because I put my mind to it. Everyday gives me a reason to live, laugh, and inspire. This is why I choose to give back.

Reginald Wayne Murray

Advisor

I am an ex-Marine Drill Sergeant (Semper Fi!). I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. I love working with kids! I have always been a “giver” by nature and giving back to the community through service comes naturally for me.  My biggest joy is seeing how teens are so willing to be a part of something constructive and productive. Youth Leadership Texas offers that and so much more that makes me proud to be a part of such an organization. I enjoy working with my wife, Sheila, in putting together ideas for various projects that will help so many people (kids and adults) in the community. I look forward to a very productive and successful year in 2018 and invite you to be a part of that as well.