Ann J. Robison, PhD
In 1988, Ann Robison was hired to lead the 13-person behavioral health organization known then as Montrose Counseling Center. Dr. Robison has transformed that small agency with its $385,000 budget to the multi-service LGBT community center that exists today, with an annual budget exceeding $6 million. Dr. Robison’s vision to develop programs that improve the quality of life and outcomes for consumers has been instrumental in this growth. Her background as an anti-violence advocate led her to found Texas’s first domestic violence/sexual assault/hate crimes services specifically for LGBT survivors. Her Ph.D. from the University of Texas School of Public Health lends a holistic view of service to the community. That perspective led to the rescue of two struggling organizations – a 24-hour crisis hotline (the LGBT Switchboard) and the oldest LGBT youth organization in Texas (Hatch Youth) – by bringing them under the Center’s wing and providing an infrastructure and setting in which they could thrive. Under Dr. Robison’s leadership, the Center staff and volunteers have integrated behavioral health with primary care, developed senior services and youth homeless prevention services. She also saw a need for a centralized Cultural Center offering community meeting space and synergy with small LGBT non-profit partners. With Ann Robison’s leadership, the Montrose Center has flourished as a first-class LGBT center with a national reputation.
Dr. Robison is a founding board member of the Network of Behavioral Health Providers. This organization brings together the majority of behavioral health providers in Harris and Fort Bend Counties to collaborate on joint projects and advocate with a collective voice for consumers.
David Latini has served the LGBTQ community for more than 20 years. In 1998, he began volunteering at the Gay Men’s Health Collective at the Berkeley Free Clinic. Dave began his clinical work in 2002 as a psychology intern at the Alternative Family Institute in San Francisco. More recently, he has served a wide variety of clients including families receiving services from Child Protective Services, federal felons being treated for substance abuse, bariatric surgery patients, and persons with general mental health concerns.
Dave completed his PhD at Stanford University where his dissertation focused on HIV prevention in the Latino community. In 2000, his research shifted focus to prostate cancer while he was on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2006, he relocated to Houston to work for Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston VA. That year, he was co-chair of the first LGBTQ+ cancer conference held in conjunction with the GLMA annual meeting. In 2007, he became interested in bladder cancer survivorship and began working extensively with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. He is a board member of the Bladder Cancer Research Network and Malecare, an organization focused on cancer’s impact on men’s lives.
Dave continued his interest in LGBTQ health disparities and has published extensively on the impact of prostate cancer on the lives of gay and bisexual men. He previously facilitated a support group for gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer at the Montrose Center from 2007 – 2011. He continues to collaborate with his Houston VA colleagues on a study of LGBTQ Veterans. Since joining the Montrose Center, he has maintained a position as an associate professor of Urology and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is the course co-director for two medical student electives – Human Sexuality and LGBTQ Health.
Operations & Prevention Director
A sense of public service has stuck with Timothy since the age of four when he would help his grandmother deliver meals on wheels in Baton Rouge. He’s proud to be part of the Montrose Center.
Stewart entered public service professionally in 2001 after several years as a journalist and entrepreneur. He has served communities in New York; Southeastern Pennsylvania; Greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; and the Lafayette-Lake Charles, LA, areas. While transitioning to Houston in 2005, he served with Acadiana C.A.R.E.S. (Concern for AIDS Relief, Education, and Support) in South Louisiana, as Director of Community Outreach and Development. Stewart helped lead Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief and resettlement efforts here while with Gulf Coast Community Services Association. He joined the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston in July, 2007, serving as Director of Community Meals, Transportation (supporting Operations), and Strategic Fund Development (JMeals).
His commitment, enthusiasm, and empathy toward improved eldercare, animal rescue, and personal development opportunities for youth is evident in his work focusing on legislative advocacy; community consensus building; intergenerational relationships; and strategic planning. Stewart currently serves as District 7 President for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He is a President Emeritus of Meals on Wheels Texas and its founding advocacy arm, the Meals on Wheels Association of Texas; and has led on numerous community work groups and boards. He holds a B.A., in Journalism, from Louisiana Tech University. Stewart resides in Clear Lake with his husband and their son.
Gary Powers, CMA
Gary received a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, certification from The Institute of Certified Management Accounts in 2011, and possesses more than 25 years of experience in finance administration. Gary hails from Islip, New York, but has been in Houston for 17 years where he lives with his wife, Cheri, and their 16-year-old daughter, four dogs and two cats. He has an adult stepson. Gary and his team are responsible for all aspects of the financial management of the Center, including accounting, reporting, budgeting and financial analysis. Additionally, Gary is responsible for developing administrative policies and procedures within any standards of care that guide program services and establish accountability to the management team and Board of Directors. We trust Gary’s judgment despite the fact that he is a life-long Yankees fan.
Chief Development Officer
Kennedy “Kent” Loftin is a driven nonprofit development professional who learned about the dignity of hard work from his grandfather on their East Texas farm. A Texas native born, raised, and educated in the Houston area, Kent began his career in development in the city as well. Soon thereafter he was invited to serve as the Director of Special Events for Miami-based Best Buddies International, a position which gave him the opportunity to liaise with celebrity partners and plan high-profile events with broad global impact. In 2008, Kent returned home to Houston to serve as executive director for Best Buddies Texas, and was the youngest executive director in the history of the organization. Kent was tapped to become the Director of Development for Interfaith Ministries in 2008. During his tenure, the organization grew its annual campaign by 30%, increased their donor base by 63%, and completed a $14.5 million capital campaign for the new Meals on Wheels building. Kent is a sought-after development educator and leader in the industry, with guest teaching at Rice University, Glasscock School Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. In his spare time, Kent is a devoted fan of live music, sparkling wine and delicious foods.