About EfTA


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Education for Tomorrow Alliance was created in 1989 as a project of the The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and local science and technology professionals who wanted to encourage the next generation of workers, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Education for Tomorrow Alliance eventually became a separate 501(c)(3) with the focus of connecting business and community volunteers to empower tomorrow’s adults.  


The mission of Education for Tomorrow Alliance is to cultivate education and community partnerships that advance student success.  EfTA fulfills this mission through Career Connections, Future Focus, Next Generation Leadership, the SCI://TECH Expo, and the Student Internship Program all designed to give local students hands on learning opportunities in the STEM fields and beyond.    


Education for Tomorrow Alliance programs are heavily dependent upon volunteer support.  We serve as an ex officio member of the Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce and The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce which both offer support to EfTA. 

In addition, teachers and school administrators from the following schools and districts are vital EfTA partners:  Christ Community School, Conroe ISD, The John Cooper School, Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy, Rubicon Academy, St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic School, Sacred Heart Catholic School, The Woodlands Christian Academy, and The Woodlands Preparatory School. 

Our internship program depends on our tremendous relationships with organizations including CISD, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Conroe Regional Medical Center, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, Huntsman Corporation, Interfaith of The Woodlands, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, On Center Software, PBK, and The Woodlands Township, among others who take student interns each year. Given that our mission is to connect the business and school communities, we exist to facilitate connections.

2018-19 Board of Directors

Brian Albert
The Strong Firm, P.C.

Terri Benson, Ed.D.
Academy for Science and Health Professions Conroe High School, Conroe Independent School District

Annie Bradbury
Vice President, Private Banking
Amegy Bank

Brian Bondy
Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Brooks
Product Management - Commercial
Consolidated Communications

Susan Caffery, Ed.D., Secretary 
Academy of Science & Technology 
The Woodlands College Park High School, Conroe Independent School District

Kelley Carson, Vice Chair 
Energy Efficiency Program Manager 
Entergy Texas, Inc.

JJ Hollie
President & CEO
The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce    
Debbie Kaschik, Chair
Co-founder & President
The Woodlands Young Learners Group

Jeff Livarchik  
Paraxylene Product Manager
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

Kirk Madison
DLR Group

Curtis Null, Ed.D. 
Conroe Independent School District

Laura Lea Palmer

Mike Papadimitriou, Ed.D. 
Academy for Careers in Engineering and Science
Oak Ridge High School, Conroe Independent School District

Brian Pellon
Vice President, Research & Development and Woodlands Operations 
Huntsman Corporation

Ellie Pfahl
Marketing Specialist - Creative Services
Strike, LLC

Rebecca Riley, Ed.D.
Lone Star College - Montgomery

Laura Schroeder
Director of College Counseling
The John Cooper School

GJ Snyder
Director, Systems Operations
FOX Sports

Brent Wunderlich
Senior Director, Engineering & Analytics
McKesson Corporation