Board of Directors

The current board of directors

Sunil Sharma

President

Brent Leftwich

Treasurer, Retired Business Executive

Other Community Roles and Interests: Currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, Texas and a Trustee of The Jabez Foundation, a 501c3 that grants funds to local grassroot organizations that do not receive funding from other major sources; Co-Chair of major fundraising event, SWING & BLAST, for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Champion Valley (Colorado & Fayette Counties, Texas).  Supporter of Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands, Inc., Little Footprints of Houston, the Sugar Land Exchange Club/Spaghetti Dinner and the Fort Bend Boys Choir.  A member of Sugar Land First United Methodist Church for 30+ years and served on the Finance Committee. Former service includes Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Board Member; Advisory Board Member of the Fort Bend CORPS.

Why I support the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation:  I support the SLLF to assist in bringing projects to fruition which might otherwise not be funded or developed without the Foundation as a receiver and distributor of generous donations from Sugar Land’s private and corporate citizens.

Paul Likhari

Board Member

Dr. Betty Baitland

Secretary, Retired Superintendent - Fort Bend ISD

Other Community Roles and Interests: Current President of Board of Child Advocates of Fort Bend. Past President of Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Fort Bend Regional Council, and University of Houston COE Alumni Board. Active Board Member of Cullinan Park Conservancy, Achieve Fort Bend, and Fort Bend County Child Welfare Board.

Why I support the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation: As a longtime Sugar Land resident, I want to give something back to the community that has given me so much. The Legacy Foundation enables people to support projects that enhance our city.

John Null

Board Member

Gene Reed

Board Member

Edward Eugene “Gene” Reed has been a resident of Fort Bend County, Texas, for over 50 years. He is a 1953 graduate of Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas. After serving in the United States Air Force and a 17-year career with Harvey Construction Company, in 1977 Mr. Reed founded E.E. Reed Construction Company.

A decade later, in 1987, Mr. Reed expanded operations to Washington D.C. The company then went into the Austin market as ZapalacReed in 1996 and out to California as DavisReed in 2002. Along with expansions came many accolades. E.E. Reed Construction has been in the Engineering News Record Top 400 Contractors Nationwide and in the Top 10 Local Contractors in the Houston Business Journal the last twenty-one consecutive years. The company, individuals and projects have won various other awards including multiple “Best Places to Work” honors.

Mr. Reed has served as an Officer and a Trustee of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council; an Officer and Director of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and is a member of its Chairman’s Council; an Officer and Director of the Sugar Land Economic Development Corporation; President of the Architectural Review Board for the City of Sugar Land; Parish Council President of St. Theresa’s Church; Director and Chair for Associated Catholic Charities; Director of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., of Houston; and was active in Sugar Land Little League. Mr. Reed was formerly Trustee and Chairman of The George Foundation. He is currently a Director of the Legacy Foundation of Sugar Land.

Mr. Reed currently serves as CEO of the general contracting firm that bears his name and offices in Sugar Land. Mr. Reed and his wife Pat have been married for 58 years and have four children and nine grandchildren.

Patty Godfrey

Community Volunteer

Other Community Roles and Interests: Fort Bend Education Foundation,  Gala Co-Chair and Committee Member (2013-2018);  Organizing Committee USA Fit Marathon (2010-2019);  Fort Bend Fit ½ Marathon Coach; University of Houston Fort Bend Alumni Club – Past President and Current Board Member; Past President University of Houston Alumni Association (represented over 270,000 Uh Alumni worldwide; University of Houston Board of Visitors; Sugar Land Arts Committee; Mobility Committee.

Why I support the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation: Sugar Land has been an amazing place to raise our family.  The schools, parks, business, community and neighborhoods all have contributed to the well-being of our lives and have helped make us who we are.   I think everyone needs to leave a legacy for future Sugar Land generations.

Dee Koch

Board Member

Gary Becker

Board Member

Gary Becker led the team who developed and managed the Smart Financial Centre for the past 10 years. He stepped into the pivotal role after over 40 years with the legendary live entertainment company, PACE Entertainment Corporation.  As of January 8th, 2019, his company sold that venture and now he enjoys a consultant role to the new owners and COSL.

Before the venue opening in January 2017 featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Gary fostered a seven-year public-private partnership with The City of Sugar Land. From concept through construction and daily operations, Gary managed the 6,400-seat theater.

Gary dedicates most of his philanthropic focus to Houston Children’s Charity, where he is one of its founding members over 28 years ago. Houston Children’s Charity provides critical support to children and families in the Houston area who would normally fall through the cracks of any other support. HCC has donated more than 25 million dollars in financial support and program services.

In addition to his passion for kids, he has a heart for those who serve and protect, first responders, and the men and women in blue.  In 2017, he founded a charity event exclusive to Sugar Land called Back the Blue. It is an event that supports CPAAA, a 501(C)(3) volunteer organization that funds crime prevention programs and purchases much needed law enforcement equipment for the Sugar Land Police Department.

Gary, a long time Houston resident, married a long time Sugar Land resident, Amy Michele Becker. After meeting her, proposing to her and having a grand style wedding at Smart Financial Centre, they have chosen to become full time Sugar Land residents.

Why I support the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation:  I believe in community. A person is served by and for one’s community. Be proud. Be supportive. Be thankful.

Susan Chapman

Board Member