Davis-Rouse named one of Houston's most influential women

Oct 21, 2021Amanda Fenwick
San Jacinto College Board of Trustee member Erica Davis-Rouse has been named a Top 30 Influential Women of Houston honoree.

PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College Board of Trustee member Erica Davis-Rouse has been named a Top 30 Influential Women of Houston honoree.

The awards program, now in its eighth year, recognizes the tenacity, discipline, and diligence of Houston women who have broken barriers in their field and left an indelible mark, changing the landscape of business and community service in the city. This year's honorees include civic and cultural icons, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives.

"I am incredibly honored to be recognized as one of the Top 30 Influential Women of Houston," said Davis-Rouse, who was elected to the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees in 2017 and serves as the Board's assistant secretary. "Supporting the students of San Jacinto College and those we touch through Reach One 713 is critical to the success of our community. I am proud to help these young leaders succeed in and out of the classroom and in life."

Davis-Rouse founded Reach One 713 with her husband, former professional basketball player and current business professional Bobby Rouse, in 2016. The organization focuses on helping families out of poverty by providing kids with needed goods that will take the pressure off the family structure, therefore encouraging them to live a life where they Reach One.

"Erica has always had a passion for helping her community and making a difference with children, and she is doing just that as a member of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees," said Board Chair Marie Flickinger. "I am proud of Erica for receiving this honor, and congratulate her on behalf of the entire Board of Trustees."

In addition to Reach One 713, Erica has also volunteered with several non-profits, including Making it Better Texas.org and Yellowstone Academy, and she is an advisory board member for Smahrt Girl Foundation. She has been active in the Pasadena ISD community and is a proud ambassador for the Houston Texans as a member of the NFL alumni association.

Davis-Rouse is a graduate of J. Frank Dobie High School and Texas A&M University.

Highlights from the awards gala, held last month at the Royal Sonesta Galleria Hotel, included special remarks from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and a call-in from Washington, D.C., from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. The honorees were also serenaded with a vocal compilation from Houston artists, Grammy-nominated Mary Griffin and Broadway star DeQuina Moore. The artists wowed the 600 award gala attendees.

The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee Community Achievement Award:

  • Dr. Janice M. Beal, President, Beal Counseling Associates / Beal Behavioral Health

2021 Top 30 Influential Women of Houston Honorees:

  • Saba Abashawl, Chief External Affairs Officer, Houston Airports
  • Talia Alfred, Director of Operations, The Alfred Firm
  • Patricia Allen, Trustee District IV, President, HISD
  • Marna Graham Arvie, CPA, Franchise Owner, Mobility Plus Pearland
  • Dr. Vanessa T. Barrow, Founder & Owner, Sole Aesthetic
  • Dr. Ira K. Blake, President, University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • Cindy Clifford, Founder & Owner, The Clifford Group
  • Glenda Demas, MA, LPC, ACTP, Lead Practitioner and Owner, Pearls of Change Wellness LLC
  • Shelly deZevallos, Ed.D, President, West Houston Airport
  • Raynese Edwards, CEO/Chief Strategy Consultant, OutsideIn Consulting
  • Melinda Faust, Managing Director, Detring Energy Advisors
  • Dr. Charlene Flash, President and CEO, Avenue 360 Health & Wellness
  • Dr. Reagan Flowers, Houston Community College, Board of Trustees
  • Lauren Haller Fontaine, Senior Director & Legal Counsel Operations, Pattern Energy
  • Eureka Gilkey, Executive Director, Project Row Houses
  • Cynthia Ginyard, Chairwoman, Fort Bend County Democratic Party
  • Dr. Cherry Ross Gooden, Retired, Texas Southern University
  • Veronica Chapa Gorczynski, President, East End District
  • DeAnna Green, CEO and Founder, The Nydan Group LLC
  • Teneshia Hudspeth, County Clerk, Office of Teneshia Hudspeth, Harris County Clerk
  • Jenifer Jarriel, President and CEO, DePelchin Children's Center
  • Tennille Johnson, Co-Founder, Co-Owner, & CEO, Scrubs to the Rescue
  • Jamie Jordan, Family Law Attorney and Owner Community Service Advocate, Jamie Jordan PLLC
  • Vivian King, First Assistant/Chief of Staff, Harris County D.A.'s Office
  • Linda Leto Head, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Lone Star College
  • Cassie Levy, CEO, Emmit Moss Trust
  • Melanie Miles, Board Certified Family Law Attorney and Real Estate Professional, The Law Office of Melanie Miles, P.C.
  • Amber Mostyn, Co-Founder, Mostyn Law
  • Denise Navarro, President and CEO, Logical Innovations Inc.
  • Andrea Nguyen, Director of Community Relations, Executive Director of Education Foundation, Pasadena ISD
  • Tamla Oates-Forney, Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer, Waste Management
  • Revati Puranik, Co-Owner and Global CFO, Worldwide Oilfield Machine
  • Linda Rhodes, Executive Director, Women's Fund Health Education & Resiliency
  • Karen Carter Richards, Forward Times Publishing Company Inc.
  • Shirley Rose-Gilliam, Secretary, Fort Bend ISD, Board of Trustees
  • Erica Davis-Rouse, Trustee, San Jacinto College District Board, Co-Founder of ReachOne713
  • Tasha Royal, Founder, The Royal Agency
  • Dr. Reem Sabouni, REI Physician, Director of Infertility and Oocyte Cryopreservation, Houston Fertility Institute
  • Dr. Roberta Grace Scott, Director Social Emotional Learning & Student Discipline, HISD
  • Tracy Taylor-Smith, CEO, Taylor Smith Consulting LLC
  • Lenora Sorola-Pohlman, Broker Consultant, Navarro Insurance Group
  • Helen Stagg, Chief Executive Officer, Change Happens
  • Tiffany D. Thomas, Councilwoman, District F, Houston City Council
  • Molly Waits, Chief Marketing, Air Service Development and Communications Officer, Houston Airports
  • Janice Weaver, Director of Community Relations, City of Houston Mayor's Office

About The Top 30 Women

Presented by d-mars.com, The Top 30 Influential Women of Houston Awards is in its eighth year and celebrates the hard work and dedication of female trailblazers and icons in the professional, philanthropic and nonprofit arenas. For more information, visit www.top30women.com.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the people of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top five community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence in 2021, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College spans five campuses serving approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College's impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor's and Moody's.

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