SPECIAL LIFE® Advisory Council of Community Leaders
15 Years Celebrating Every Life is Special!®
Dr. Ann Snyder
She serves as the Executive Director of Generosity for The Woodlands United Methodist Church where she oversees funding for the Foundation, missions, stewardship, and capital campaign. She is also Head of Schools for TWUMC, toddlers - 7th grade. Snyder was elected to The Woodlands Township Board of Directors November, 2015 and currently serves as Treasurer of the Board as well as Chairman of the Township’s Economic Development Committee. A proven leader and accomplished administrator who believes in leading by example, she has assembled an impressive list of credentials during the course of her professional career and community involvement.
Prior to her positon at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, Snyder served as President & CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic. Under Snyder’s leadership, Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic became highly regarded nonprofits both financially and operationally in the greater Houston area.
Dr. Sherry Sellers Vinson
Dr. Sherry Sellers Vinson has been an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and a developmental pediatrician at both The Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital and The Developmental High Risk Clinic at Harris Health (formerly The Harris Co. Hospital District) since July 1997.
Since 2002 she has participated in the Texas Children's Autism Center and since 2011 has been co-chief of the Texas Children's Fragile X Clinic. Dr. Vinson graduated from Texas Tech Medical School, did her residency in General Pediatrics at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and completed a fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has board certification from The American Board of Pediatrics in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities as well as having a bachelors and masters degree in education with a reading specialization certificate. Dr.Vinson taught public school for ten years and is the program director of the BCM Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency with previous research funding from The Autism Treatment Network of Autism Speaks and The Simons Foundation. Her current research funding is from the National Fragile X Foundation and from Roche Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Seaside Therapeutics with the drug company support being for running clinical trials of medications targeting the genetic mutation that causes Fragile X Syndrome.
Julie Pauls, PT, PhD
Cheryl is one of the original co-founders of SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK and served as a director from 2005 - 2009, holding the office of Vice President of the board for a term. Cheryl is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist for Conroe Independent School District and is a Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired. She obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Masters of Education from Texas Tech University. She helped start the special needs ministry at Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, Texas as well as the first VBS program in the community specifically designed for teens and adults with disabilities. Cheryl is the faculty advisor for The Woodlands College Park High School Chapter of Best Buddies.
Scott Harper is President at Greater Conroe / Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce. Scott was the former Executive Director of the Education for Tomorrow Alliance, a non-profit organization that enriches the community through business - education partnerships. Scott was also the former Executive Director of the Conroe Family YMCA. He was the first YMCA Executive Director in the area to hire an adaptive programs director and he also played a key role in the launch of "Leap of Faith", an Equine Therapy program which now services over 50 families. Prior to relocating to Conroe, Scott served in a number of different positions with the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA for 5 years, where he became very involved in adaptive programming for children, teens and adults with disabilities. Before his YMCA career, Scott worked for 6 years in Wal-Mart's Corporate Fitness Center in Bentonville, AR.
Scott received his BS in Recreation / Sports Management from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1994. He sits on a number of other community boards and committees. Scott and his family are active in their church, First Presbyterian Church of Conroe. He is married to Jennifer this year and they have one daughter, Laine and a son, Ethan.
Mr. Knobloch is partner at Arnold & Knobloch, LLP, assisting corporations in development of intellectual property positions and commercialization strategy, as well as Of Counsel assistance and technology consulting to lawyers and firms. Mr. Knobloch also helps "serving organizations", such as Special Life Network, to develop and protect their public brands.
His work in the oil industry spans twenty-nine years, including 22 years of Fortune 50 corporate and technical experience and a total of six years in South East Asia. He holds the DuPont Award for Engineering Excellence related to his work in imaging technology. Mr. Knobloch is also a Texas Professional Geoscientist (Geophysics) and appointed to sit on the Texas State Board of Professional Geoscientists.
He is a law graduate of the University of Houston (Simon Frank Scholar), holds a diploma in International Law (Russia) from the University of San Diego, and studied European law in Spain through the College of William and Mary. He has a geophysics degree (with honor) from Michigan Technological University and is currently a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for their College of Engineering.
Mr. Knobloch has also served on a sustainability subcommittee and is on an energy committee. He is also inducted into their Academy of Distinguished Alumni and is founding recipient of their Faculty Citation (for advancements in computing technologies in geophysics). Mr. Knobloch is a past finalist for the Jaycees "Five Outstanding Young Texans" and twice finalist for the "Five Outstanding Young Houstonians" award. Past Chair, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Network. Member, Who's Who is the World, America, and American Law. Nominated Attendee, Jon Ben Sheppard Public Leadership Forum.
Daniel E. Lewis, PhD
Dr. Lewis is president and CEO of Product Acuity, and owner of DooWooWoo, LLC. Product Acuity provides management consulting services focused on helping firms drive growth through new product innovations. DooWooWoo provides e-community websites for non-profit and community focused organizations. Prior to Product Acuity, Dr. Lewis held numerous executive positions at Compaq Computers, Cable & Wireless, and Telxon Corporation (now part of Motorola). Dr. Lewis is also an adjunct professor for classes in marketing, leadership, and ethics, and is a board director for the Panther Creek Village Association, the Panther Creek Village RDRC, and MUD #40.
Dr. Lewis's PhD is in Organization and Management, with a focus on innovation management and change leadership. He also has a BSEE from Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Akron, as well as a graduate studies certificate in e-business and numerous health care IT certifications. Dr. Lewis has been granted nine patents to date, and is listed in Who's Who in American Business, as well as in Who's Who in Science and Technology.
Chad Overton is currently the Minister to Children at Houston's First Baptist Church. He is a husband, father and passionate leader. Chad married his sweetheart Tania and together they have two kids, Landen and Mallory. Chad grew up on the mission field as his parents served with the Foreign Mission Board. He worked as a Police Officer for 12 years and retired from the Houston Police Department in 2003. He has a degree in Biblical Studies as well as one in Christian Leadership. His passions are administration and children's ministry. He enjoys developing leaders, helping families and sharing life's experiences.
Denise is currently the Special Needs Ministry Coordinator for the Thru the Roof Ministry, a Special Needs Ministry of Houston’s First Baptist Church. In 1995, Denise founded the JOY Ministry of Graceview Baptist Church in Tomball, Texas and led the church’s special needs ministry for 16 years. Denise has also represented Joni & Friends Disability Ministry in the Houston area. Denise wrote a book, "Feathers from Heaven" in which she celebrated the life of her son Clayton and shared her story of starting a church’s special needs ministry. Denise brings the passion and energy that comes from her devotion to God and her caring heart for special needs children and their families.
Chris Robbins is the Director of Special Needs Ministries at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. She has lived in The Woodlands since 1981 and is married to Robert Robbins. They have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren in their blended family. Chris accepted Christ at the age of 12 and has been a member of the United Methodist Church her entire life. She has been passionate about meeting the needs of children with Special Needs from the time her High School Guidance Counselor arranged for her to assist in a Resource Classroom. She received her BS in Special Education at Winthrop College, Rock Hill, SC and taught in the field of Special Education for 27 years. 22 of those years were spent in CISD. Chris loves to sing, dance, volunteer, garden, and sew.