Board Bios

Joe Daly

Joe Daly

Board Chairman
Location: Washington, D.C.

Joe Daly is a Gallup senior partner and a member of the company’s management committee. Mr. Daly provides advisory services on entrepreneurship to governments and businesses worldwide, supporting them with research and data on the drivers of employment, job creation and business start-ups at the global, national, regional and local levels. He is a member of Gallup’s public release committee, a carefully staffed, historical team devoted to the protection of Gallup’s brand in public facing research. Before joining Gallup, Mr. Daly was a consultant at Accenture. 

With areas of expertise including change management, process improvement, project management and strategy, Mr. Daly joined the Lemonade Day National Board of Directors in 2016 and serves on the launch committee for the My Lemonade Day app. 

Gallup, a longtime partner with Lemonade Day, has studied the talents that distinguish successful entrepreneurs and has built an assessment that identifies individuals, such as high school students, with high entrepreneurial talent and helps leadership direct them to the right development and experiences to develop their talent. Mr. Daly’s knowledge in this area is a tremendous asset in his role on the Lemonade Day national board.

Mr. Daly works with global governments, academic institutions, nonprofits and corporations worldwide to help them solve the world’s most pressing problems using data from Gallup’s World Poll. Since 2005, the Gallup World Poll has collected opinions reflecting people’s well-being in more than 160 countries and regions. Organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations use these data to investigate and report on a range of issues, such as financial inclusion, food insecurity, well-being, human development and migration. 

Mr. Daly received his Master in Business Administration with a focus on international business from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He and his family reside in the Washington, D.C., area.

Heath Butler

Heath Butler

Chair of Board Development Committee
Location: Houston, Texas

Heath Butler is a managing director at Mercury Fund, Houston’s largest early-stage venture capital firm. He is an entrepreneurial-minded executive with more than two decades of experience in the Houston start-up ecosystem, offering strategic goal deployment, business development, operations management and leadership best practices to start-up executives. He is passionate about educating, empowering and enabling entrepreneurs, angel investors and business professionals to maximize their potential. He joined the Lemonade Day National Board of Directors in 2021.

Mr. Butler sees entrepreneurship as the lynchpin to close the innovation, income and wealth gaps that prevent urban communities from thriving economically. He co-founded Urban Capital Network (UCN) to help create a rising economic tide for underrepresented communities. UCN is an angel investment platform focused on democratizing the investment ecosystem for a broader range of investors and entrepreneurs.

Mr. Butler has provided visionary guidance to the boards of WizeHire, TrackX, the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce and the National Black MBA Association (Houston chapter; lifetime member). He has served in the capacity of advisor or board observer to Liongard, TeleVet, Aclaimant, Cloudsnap, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and The Collective Generational Mentoring Foundation. He has been a speaker and mentor for various organizations, including The Ion Houston, Capital Factory and Station Houston. Mr. Butler is a senior fellow for the American Leadership Forum (ALF) – Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter.

Mr. Butler achieved a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a concentration in investments from the University of New Orleans and a Master in Business Administration from Texas Southern University.

Doug Erwin

Douglas J. Erwin

Chair of Finance Committee
Location: Houston, Texas

Douglas J. Erwin is widely known as a serial entrepreneur with an extensive track record in leading both early- and late-stage technology companies. In each he develops a blueprint for building the business, creating a unique corporate culture, expanding the company’s footprint and delivering shareholder value. Mr. Erwin has long supported youth organizations, and Lemonade Day was honored when he accepted an opportunity to join its national board in 2015. Like many successful entrepreneurs, his “business” career launched as a youngster with a paper route, lawn mowing and house painting. 

Mr. Erwin began his career in sales, marketing and senior management with IBM and Nortel. He is currently Chairman and Managing Director of RedHouse Associates, which is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs accelerate the growth of early-stage information technology start-ups.

From 2006 to 2010, he served as Chairman and CEO of The Planet, the country’s second largest dedicated hosting provider. Prior to joining The Planet, he orchestrated the start-up and eventual sale of blade technology pioneer RLX Technologies, Inc. to Hewlett-Packard. In 1997, Mr. Erwin co-founded and served for five years as Chairman and CEO of PentaSafe Technologies, where he led the company into a recognized worldwide leader in integrated security management solutions. He spearheaded PentaSafe’s growth through to its 2002 acquisition by NetIQ Corp.

Mr. Erwin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BMC Software, Inc., the fifth largest software developer in the United States. During his tenure, BMC experienced tremendous growth in revenues and profitability, with its market capitalization growing from $1.5 billion to $9 billion.

Among his accolades, Mr. Erwin received the Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002 and again in 2009. He has also been voted one of the Top Ten Most Influential Men in Technology in Texas. In 2006, Erwin received the Target Hunger Humanitarian Award.

Besides his board role with Lemonade Day National, Mr. Erwin currently serves as Chairman of the Board for several start-up companies and recently retired from the boards of Make-a-Wish, Houston Technology Center/Station Houston and the University of Virginia Curry School Foundation.

Mr. Erwin is married with four sons and 10 grandchildren, and he holds a degree in economics from Duke University.

Charlie Hamilton

Charlie Hamilton

Chair of Fundraising & Strategic Partnerships Committee
Location: Puerto Rico

Charlie Hamilton has enjoyed success across a diverse array of entrepreneurial endeavors. It has been his management expertise, his marketing ingenuity and his sheer tenacity that have been the common thread to his success. His lifelong passion for youth entrepreneurship led him to join the Lemonade Day National Board of Directors in 2013. He accepted the position of Chairman of the Board in 2016. Mr. Hamilton was born and raised in a farming and ranching family in Lubbock, Texas, and opened his first business, a watermelon stand, when he was 10 years old.

He co-founded Crestmoor Capital Partners and has strategically assembled seasoned experts to provide specialty merchant banking and advisory services to banks. Crestmoor Capital Partners specializes in partnering with banks on problem loans and asset repositioning programs. Mr. Hamilton is also the managing partner of two residential land development companies in Texas. As a developer, he consistently works to develop close-knit neighborhoods built and designed to provide a sense of community and a treasured place to live.

Charlie has served on the advisory board for the Rawls College of Business and is the past chairman of the Chief Executive Roundtable for Texas Tech University. In addition, he is a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization). He currently resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with his wife, Kate, and their two boys, Conrad and Carson.

Charles Harrell

Charles E. Harrell

Location: Houston, Texas

Charles Harrell is a partner with Jackson Walker in Houston, Texas. He is a widely respected corporate attorney with decades of experience in complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, cross-border matters, finance and capital markets. His clients range from technology, healthcare and energy start-ups to mid-market businesses and Fortune 100 companies. With an entrepreneurial history and experience as a certified public accountant, Mr. Harrell counsels board committees on matters of corporate governance, strategy, regulatory compliance and finance. He is a member of the Lemonade Day board’s fundraising committee, which focuses its efforts on attracting corporations, foundations and individuals interested in “investing” in today’s youth. Mr. Harrell joined the Lemonade Day National Board of Directors in 2020.

Over the years, Mr. Harrell has guided his clients through all phases of the corporate cycle, including advising on angel and venture capital funding, identifying opportunities for growth and sustainability, defining formation structures and maximizing value propositions. Whether leading the legal team for multinational conglomerates or working one-on-one with small companies to become first-movers in emerging markets, he develops creative solutions to help each client achieve their objectives.

Mr. Harrell has served as counsel to both buyers and sellers in multibillion-dollar M&A transactions in the energy, telecommunications, healthcare and technology sectors. He also serves as company and lender counsel in restructurings, recapitalizations and leveraged recapitalizations. Additionally, he advises public companies on matters involving stock options, insider trading and compensation, and on compliance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. 

Mr. Harrell has received the following: The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2021; Lawyer of the Year – Houston, Corporate Compliance Law, 2015, 2017; Top 100 Lawyer – Corporate Law, Top 100 Registry Inc., 2018; and Texas Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2003-2019. His other roles and endeavors as a board member and community involvement include the Souper Bowl of Caring Board of Directors and Treasurer; Target Hunger Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, 1999-2019; and Corporate Partners of the Museum of Fine Arts Advisory Director, 1996-2005. 

Mr. Harrell achieved a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Lisa Holthouse

Lisa Holthouse

Lemonade Day Co-Founder
Location: Houston, Texas

Lisa Holthouse, a lifelong Houstonian, is the Executive Publisher of Houston CityBook, as well as an author, an artist and a noted philanthropist. Along with her husband, Michael, she helps lead her family’s Holthouse Foundation for Kids, a platform to serve at-risk youth by supporting programs designed to help them achieve success in their lives through life skills, character education and experiential entrepreneurism. 

Mrs. Holthouse has served on a variety of boards, including IDEA Public Schools, Healthcorps, Sonima Foundation, AIDS Foundation Houston, National Charity League Houston, After-School All-Stars and Lemonade Day. She has chaired fundraisers for a wide array of deserving nonprofits, including Children’s Museum Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, AIDS Foundation, Lemonade Day, The Giving Back Fund, Hermann Park Conservancy and more. During Super Bowl 2017, Mr. and Mrs. Holthouse chaired a celebrity fundraiser that raised more than $1 million for charity in a single night.

She has been honored by organizations for her community service, such as Houston Achievement Place, KIPP Academy, H Magazine as one of “25 Beautiful Houstonians,” Houston Social Book as a “Sweetheart,” and Crohn’s and Colitis as one of their “Women of Distinction.” She is also a Hall of Fame three-time honoree by March of Dimes as one of Houston’s “Best Dressed.”

Mrs. Holthouse holds a bachelor’s degree in English with continued studies at the University of Houston and other art institutions in foreign languages and visual arts. Sales of her 2013 children’s book It All Started With a Turtle, which chronicles the real-life teaching moments of how Lemonade Day began, were raised to benefit the organization and its growth.

Michael Holthouse

Michael Holthouse

Lemonade Day Co-Founder
Location: Houston, Texas

Michael is best known in the business world as Founder and President of Paranet, Inc., a computer network services company. As an Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year and a two-time “Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company” winner, Michael grew Paranet in six years to 27 offices with 1,600 employees and revenues in excess of $120 million and ultimately sold the company to Sprint in 1997. 

Since then, he has focused on investments, philanthropy and a variety of business interests. His investment company, Holthouse Interests, manages a variety of investments, including those in early-stage technology companies, with the intent to maximize growth and return on invested capital. His family foundation, The Holthouse Foundation for Kids, focuses proactively on the needs of Houston’s most at-risk youth. 

Community involvement is an enormous part of Michael’s life, and he has served on a variety of boards, including TXRX Labs, Junior Achievement, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Museum Houston and Boy Scouts of America. Other organizations with which he has involved himself include YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), Leadership Houston, American Leadership Forum and the Center for Houston’s Future. 

His philanthropic venture is called Prepared 4 Life, which prepares middle school youth for life through fun, proactive and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education and entrepreneurship. Its flagship program is Lemonade Day.   

The most treasured part of Michael’s life is spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their children.

Jessie Jones

Jessie Jones

Location: Hunting Valley, Ohio

Jessie is enthusiastic about entrepreneurship education as a way to empower students to make positive change in their lives and their communities. As Young Entrepreneur Institute Afterschool Program Director, Jessie develops and curates entrepreneurship education content; leads workshops for students and educators; and cultivates and nurtures relationships with organizations and individuals serving youth across the nation. Prior to YEI in 2012, Jessie spent ten years as a technology and business consultant. She holds a Master’s of Science in Geodetic Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Tammie Kahn

Tammie Kahn

Location: Houston, Texas

Tammie Kahn has served as the Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Houston since 1995 and is responsible for the museum’s direction, management, long-term planning and expansion, which has doubled the learning space of the museum and created an Institute for Family Learning that focuses on improving a child’s math, science and literacy skills. 

Ms. Kahn’s career and volunteer commitments have been dedicated to sparking a lifelong passion for learning in children, helping them become future leaders, innovators and adventurers. The Children’s Museum is consistently ranked among the best children’s museums in the U.S. and serves as a champion for the wonder and joy of childhood. Ms. Kahn joined the Lemonade Day National Board of Directors in 2021.

Ms. Kahn brings a unique and complementary knowledge of youth motivations and aspiration to the board. She has merged her early career in advertising and commerce with developing creative and effective solutions at the museum. She and her team consistently scan the world for cutting-edge research and the best and biggest ideas to deploy within the museum’s programs that keep it at the forefront of children’s museums. 

Ms. Kahn serves as a presidential appointee to the National Museum and Library Services Board. She is past President of the Houston Museum District Association and has served on the boards of the Association of Children’s Museums, the Institute for Learning Innovation, the Greater Houston Collaborative for Children, the South Main Center Association, El Centro de Corazon, Talento Bilingue de Houston and the Houston Holocaust Museum, as well as on the advisory boards of Friends of Hermann Park and the Zoological Society of Houston.
Ms. Kahn holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Houston. Prior to her role at the Children’s Museum, she was Associate Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Keith Kreuer

Keith Kreuer

Chair of My Lemonade Day Committee
Location: Houston, Texas

As a member of the Lemonade Day National Board of Directors, Keith Kreuer provides over 30 years of experience in starting and building innovative, customer-oriented information technology companies. As Principal with RedHouse Associates, Keith specializes in helping early-stage companies create their business plans, define product roadmaps, build processes that scale and secure angel investments. In his role as a co-founder and investor, Keith has assisted start-up teams in achieving a dozen positive exits, with returns of over $1.2 billion in value to their founders and investors. 

Mr. Kreuer has mentored executives and entrepreneurs throughout the years and shares his valuable advice with the organization as well as its fledgling entrepreneurs. He joined the board in 2020 and is a member of its My Lemonade Day App Technology Committee; he provides valuable insights on information technology and entrepreneurship.

Mr. Kreuer is an active angel investor in the Houston and Austin start-up ecosystems and has participated in over 90 private investments. He is a mentor and advisor to the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Capital Factory and Station Houston, as well as the Rice University OwlSpark and University of Houston Red Labs Accelerator programs.

He was an early investor in Idera and served on the board of directors until it was acquired by TA Associates in 2014. Keith co-founded PentaSafe in 1997 and served as its Director of World-Wide Services & Support until its acquisition by NetIQ in 2002. Prior to that, Keith was Co-Founder and President of Penta, Inc., a Houston-based software consulting firm that was acquired by VeriCenter in February 2000. 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Kreuer served in various positions, such as Director of Operations for Generator Systems, Consulting Manager for Ernst & Young and Software Development Project Manager for Exxon, U.S.A. 

Mr. Kreuer’s volunteerism and community involvement also includes current service on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries Houston and past involvement on the Target Hunger Board of Directors.

Mr. Kreuer is a graduate of Iowa State University, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in computer science.

On any given weekend, you can find Keith either wakeboarding and surfing on Lake Conroe near Houston, or sailing along the Gulf Coast on his family’s coastal cruiser.


Jacobo Ortiz Blanes

Location: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Jacobo Ortiz Blanes is the President and Co-Founder of Las Brisas Property Management, the largest service-oriented property management firm in Puerto Rico. Founded in 2008, Mr. Blanes and his team offer accounting and cost savings strategies, facilities management, marketing and branding services, construction management and other consulting services. He is Vice Chairman of the Salvation Army PR and joined the Lemonade Day National Board of Directors in 2020, where he assists his fellow members of the fundraising committee in securing donations to help the organization with its expansion goals and ongoing technology app development.

He leads his team with the guiding principles of service, integrity, attention to detail and fact-based decision making, which are similar philosophies that are taught to youth entrepreneurs who participate in the Lemonade Day program.

Mr. Blanes previously worked for more than 14 years with SC Johnson in a variety of sales and marketing positions in North America and Brazil. He was responsible for the development of new products and businesses.

Mr. Blanes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Haverford College. He achieved a master’s degree in food marketing from Cornell University’s Agricultural Economics Department.

Amanda Sequeira

Amanda Sequeira

Location: Salado, Texas

Amanda Sequeira brings more than 16 years of experience in the banking industry and community relations to her role on the national board of Lemonade Day and as a Lemonade Day city director for the Fort Hood, Texas, area. Mrs. Sequeira began her career in financial services as a lending officer and was promoted to executive positions in customer experience and community engagement. As City Director, she launched the Lemonade Day program in 2010 throughout the Greater Fort Hood-Killeen community as well as on the Fort Hood military installation. Her expertise in financial services coupled with community development brings further insight and enthusiasm to Lemonade Day at a time of great expansion and the launch of the My Lemonade Day technology app.

After 16 years with First National Bank Texas, Mrs. Sequeira left her job to raise a family. During her time at the bank, she focused on corporate community development initiatives and enjoyed speaking to audiences of all ages about financial health and wellness and how it is a critical part of success in a child’s future.

Mrs. Sequeira also serves on the Families in Crisis Board of Killeen, which provides domestic violence and shelter services to Central Texas. She has served on several other boards, including at her alma mater alumni association and the Greater Killeen Young Professionals. Mrs. Sequeira has held executive positions at the Association of Texas Lenders for Education and was on the advisory committee of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation.

Mrs. Sequeira has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Waco, Texas. She is also a published author. She resides in Salado, Texas, with her family and continues to help Lemonade Day with its ongoing movement to make a difference in kids’ futures.

Nicole Cassier-Mason

Nicole Cassier-Mason

CEO, Lemonade Day National
Location: Houston, Texas

Nicole Cassier-Mason has nearly 20 years of non-profit organization experience providing leadership in operations, fundraising, capital campaigns, marketing and community relations, cultivating and stewarding business partnerships, and implementing strategic initiatives.

Ms. Cassier-Mason most recently served as Vice President, Fund Development/Communications of New Hope Housing, Inc. She was an officer of the company and a key member of the Executive Management Team, which included cultivating a dynamic relationship with the Board of Directors. New Hope Housing provides life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent housing with support services for Houston’s most vulnerable citizens who live on very limited incomes. Cassier-Mason previously worked as the Development Director at The Heritage Society in Houston, and as an Event Coordinator at the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

She graduated with Honors in May 2003 from the Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee with a double major in History and Religious Studies and a double minor in Political Science and Marketing. As a competitive athlete, she also played soccer and ran track. She is a Business/Civic Leadership Forum graduate from the Center for Houston’s Future 2019 class. She also is a 2020 Executive Seminar Graduate from The Buckley School of Public Speaking. She has held a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification since 2014.

Cassier-Mason is a native Houstonian. She and her husband are parents to one rescued fur-baby, Ferris. They love spending time outdoors and traveling, camping, hiking, bike-riding, going to the beach and snow skiing.