Board of Directors

Tammi Wallace
Co-Founder & Board Chair

Tammi is the Founder & Principal Consultant of EnFocus Group, which connects organizations to the power of diversity & inclusion through training and consulting services focused on public affairs and LGBTQ diversity & inclusion. EnFocus Group is one of the first LGBTBE® certified firms in Houston and is also is certified as a WBE, HUB and Hire Houston First firm.

Tammi utilizes her cross-sector experience to make a difference through her community involvement with various organizations. In 2016, she was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve on the City of Houston’s first LGBTQ Advisory Board. Tammi also serves on the board of the Hollyfield Foundation and Montrose Management District. She is a past member of the Victory Fund Campaign Board and she co-chaired the 2015 and 2016 Victory Fund Houston Champagne Brunch resulting in record-breaking fundraising to help elect LGBTQ candidates across the country. In 2019, she was recognized by BEQ magazine as a Legacy Leader.  In 2017, she was recognized as OutSmart Magazine’s Gayest & Greatest Award for Female Business Person. Tammi was named Female Grand Marshal of the Houston Pride Parade in 2011 in recognition of her leadership and activism in the LGBTQ community.

Tammi is a Co-Founder of the Chamber, former Steering Committee Co-Chair and is part of the Chamber’s Founding Leadership Council.

Corey Allen

Corey is the Co-Founder and Financial Consultant for Ecotone LLC.  Ecotone LLC is a technology company offering website development, applications and financial consulting.  Ecotone LLC is committed to creating profit driven technology based possibilities for businesses.  Corey is a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) in the state of Texas and has more than 17 years of experience in accounting and auditing.  He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Sam Houston State University.

Corey is the former Treasurer of the Montrose Softball League Association (“MSLA”).  The MSLA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of amateur softball for all persons, with special emphasis on the participation of members of the LGBT community of Greater Houston.  In 2013, Corey was the recipient of the Jerry Award acknowledging his commitment to service in the MSLA and the LGBTQ community.

Deborah Lawson

deborah is a non-traditional, collaborative attorney who focuses on helping middle-class individuals with their legal needs without litigation. She graduated from Texas A&M in 1992, with a BBA in Management, determined to open a Disney-themed flower shop in Russia.  In 2003, she graduated from SMU’s Dedman School of Law, passed the Texas Bar, and moved to Houston to pursue a career in transportation law (railroad and admiralty/maritime). She’s represented a major railroad and several major shipping lines, but her true passion is helping individuals, especially entrepreneurs, amicably resolve their day-to-day legal issues.

deborah also works with numerous non-profit organizations to secure tax-exempt recognition and facilitate best practices in corporate governance. In 2008, deborah opened her own boutique practice where she helps people live their legacies: mostly LGBTQ+ family law, with a bit of small business and non-profit work thrown in for balance.

In addition to serving on the Boards of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston, deborah is the Official Attorney of Lambda NextGen.  She serves as chair of the Governance Committee for the Chamber.

Jonathan Marrs
At Large Board Member

Jonathan Marrs arrived in Houston in June 2013 to launch the U.S. division of a global energy consulting firm responsible for the United States and Mexico. He then went onto start the first U.S. registered apprenticeship programs in IT and Cybersecurity in the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Jonathan is part of the Founding Leadership Council of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. He was pivotal in the formation and launch of the Chamber in 2016. Jonathan also sits on the board for the British-American Business Council (BABC). Passionate about both the UK and the US, he works for the UK’s Department for International Trade in Houston as Head of Trade & Investment.

Gary Wood
Co-Founder & Chair Emeritus

Gary is the Founder & President of Integrus Solutions, a national recruiting and consulting firm specializing placing professionals in Data Analytics, Information Technology and Engineering & Energy Services. Additionally, Integrus Solutions also provides business consulting services to companies to help improve their recruiting capabilities and professional development services for individual candidates. Integrus Solutions is an LGBTBE®  certified firm.

For the last 20 years, Gary has dedicated his energy and efforts working with many local nonprofit and charitable LGBT organizations.  He currently serves on the board of the Montrose Center and is president of Outreach United, a nonprofit organization that he founded and is dedicated to bringing a more positive awareness and understanding as well as fundraising to the Houston LGBT community.  In 2010, Gary was named Grand Marshal of the Houston Pride Parade, in recognition of his volunteerism, fundraising, and activism.

Gary is a Co-Founder of the Chamber, former Steering Committee Co-Chair and is recognized as part of the Chamber’s Founding Leadership Council.  He currently serves as Chair Emeritus of the Chamber.