Governing Board

Mr. Mike Humphrey, Chairman of the Board
Senior VP
Tanglewood Investments, Inc.

Dr. Gary Carini
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Baylor University, Hankamer School of Business

Mr. Brandon Holcomb
Vice President - Investment Management Division
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Mr. John Jackson
Individual Investor

Mr. Roger Manny
Executive VP & CFO
Range Resources Corporation

Mr. William Meyer
Technology Finance Executive
Meyer Consulting

Ms. Britanie Olvera
B.I.T. Construction Services Inc.


Bert Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Bert Smith officially joined PEP as CEO in May 2010, and has been actively involved with PEP since 2005. He has served in a number of volunteer roles, including executive judge, Business Plan Advisor, teacher, mentor, donor and Chairman of the Houston Advisory Board.

In the 1980s Bert served as Director, General Counsel, and Head of Corporate Development for a family owned engineering company that built and operated independent power plants. After the sale of that company, Bert founded and led a group that developed proprietary alternative fuel and energy generation technologies. Prior to joining PEP as CEO, Bert was an early stage investor and CEO for a DVD kiosk rental business.

Bert serves on the Board of Directors for a family foundation, is the President of the Executives Association of Houston, is a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and has served as an active board member and volunteer with a number of other nonprofit organizations. He holds an AB in Economics from Princeton University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He is married and has three adult children.

Phi Tran, Chief Operating Officer

Phi Tran serves as Chief Operating Officer. Phi is PEP’s longest serving employee, integral in the creation of the program’s back-end services (financial management, receipting, audits, database and technology systems, etc). He is primarily responsible for building out and managing all of our re-entry and reintegration services. Phi has worked for PEP since October 2004 and has served in many different capacities over the last 6 years, beginning with design and development of a comprehensive database for case management. He actively manages PEP’s in-prison programs as well as chairing all of management meetings for the organization, including playing a leading role in the development and fundraising process.

Phi brings to PEP a diverse entrepreneurial background with multiple successful ventures in industries ranging from technology distribution to entertainment. He was the founder and owner of JDP Production, an organizer of entertainment events. Previously, he founded and owned a company called Panorama, a storefront selling Japanese animation products. The business rented videos to a 600-member customer base and sold related products, generating monthly sales of up to $30,000 over two years.

Phi holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting at the University of Houston.

Kristie Wisniewski, Chief of Staff

Kristie Wisniewski was promoted to Chief of Staff in June 2011 after serving as Manager, Human Resources since joining PEP in 2007. Her experience includes general human resources management, office management and contract administration. In addition to her duties as Chief of Staff she helps coordinate PEP’s prison recruitment efforts and assists our development team to build relationships with various constituencies focusing primarily on churches.

Prior to joining PEP Kristie worked in private equity, energy capital, gas and power marketing, oil and gas market research and the oil and gas industry. She also owned and operated a home-based business services company in Katy Texas. Kristie attended North Texas State University and Texas A&M University where she studied business, she and her husband Wayne reside in Houston, they have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.