A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Anika Jackson is proud to now call herself a Houstonian. In addition to her role as managing partner for Hardcastle Properties, LLC with real estate holdings in California, Kansas and Texas, Anika spends much of her time in the community. Highlights include serving as a volunteer at The Fay School, a sustaining member of the Junior Leagues of Houston and Los Angeles, and is a past president of the Junior League of Los Angeles. She is vice chair on the board of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, a board member for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Action Fund, and secretary of The Catastrophic Theatre board. Anika is a co-founder/board chairman of Learn Grow Lead, which funds education and other basic needs for poor, orphaned and formerly trafficked children in the developing world. Ms. Jackson’s latest charitable endeavor is as co-founder/board chairman of Houston Children Give Back, which builds charitable hearts by helping children learn about their world, appreciate the needs of others, and create positive change.
Anika is currently attending Northwestern University School of Professional Studies to receive a Master of Science in Global Health. In her former life, Anika was a club promoter, a partner in a boutique marketing and PR firm in Hermosa Beach, CA and a magazine marketing executive on the west coast. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from The University of San Francisco and is a graduate of both Leadership Southern California and Leadership Houston. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, cooking, vacationing with family, and dreaming up new ways to make a difference in the community.
Charlotte is a Client Service Manager at Goodman Financial Corporation which she joined in 2013. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial PlannerTM. Goodman Financial is a fee-only investment management firm serving clients since 1988. As Client Service Manager, her responsibilities include meeting with clients to discuss their investment plans as well as providing ongoing service to address any client issues or needs. A summa cum laude graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, Charlotte was a shareholder of an accounting firm and concentrated in its financial advisory practice prior to joining Goodman Financial. She has over 15 years of experience in investment management, financial planning and consulting, insurance analysis and planning, estate planning, tax planning and preparation, and accounting services.
Charlotte has been active in professional and civic activities throughout her career including serving as a Trustee for the Accounting Education Foundation and on the Executive Board and numerous committees of the Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA), the state-wide organization of CPAs in Texas with over 27,000 members. She has also been active at the local level of the TSCPA in the Houston CPA Society (HCPAS) and Southeast Texas Chapter (SETX) in various board and committee roles including HCPAS Membership Committee Co-Chair and SETX President. A graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXXIII and Leadership Beaumont, Charlotte was recognized by the Texas Society of CPAs in 2012 as Young CPA of the Year. In addition to her professional activities, she is an active and proud President’s Circle & Legacy Society supporter of Lamar University, and is serving on its Accounting Advisory Board.
As the Executive Director of the Biocom Institute, Liisa is passionate about all kids having access to quality education. Biocom Institute, the charitable arm of the California Life Science Trade Association, Biocom, focuses on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) outreach with the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering and the Biocom Institute Teacher Fellows program as well as workforce development for the life science industry with special programs for transitioning military veterans and disadvantaged youth.
In her spare time, Liisa likes to experiment with documentary film making. She traveled to Ghana in 2013 and is currently working on a short film about the work being done through the Children Helpers Foundation and the ambition of the team there to start the Helpers Farm. Liisa holds a certificate in documentary film making from Duke University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and earned her CPA in Michigan. Liisa lives in San Diego and enjoys skiing, surfing and rock climbing with her family.
Denise Johnson is the chief financial officer at BLB Resources, a real estate management and marketing company for single-family homes. In addition to working full-time, Denise also serves on the board of Partnership for the Advancement of Immersion of Refugees and is actively involved and a member of the National Business Development Association, Houston CPA Society, and Aaron Project. She also volunteers at the Houston Food Bank, Lunches of Love, and at her church. Denise is passionate about supporting and providing education to underprivileged children all over the world as well as traveling to the East on mission trips to support and encourage the poor, the oppressed, and the unreached.
Denise graduated with a BBA and an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin and holds an associate degree in government contracting from the George Washington University. She is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Texas and holds a chartered global management accountant designation in the United States.
Denise has been married for 19 years and enjoys spending time with her 17 year old identical twin girls. When she’s not working or serving the community, she enjoys vacationing with her family, trying new restaurants, and running half marathons.