2020 Honorees and Awardees

 

Honorees

Linda and W. Carl Glaw, Jr.

 

Arts-In-Education Awardee

 Dr. LaTonya Goffney, Aldine ISD

 

 

Each year, we take the opportunity to thank and honor the community members, educators, schools, districts, and supporters who advocate for the arts in our communities.

Learn more about the 2020 awardees and honorees below:

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Linda and W. Carl Glaw, Jr.

Administrative Partner, Managing Partner 

GLO CPAs

2020 Honorees

Since 1981, GLO CPAs has grown and prospered as a result of Carl’s ability to create high-value, mutually-beneficial relationships and his proactive approach to financial solutions. Carl provides the firm’s clients with peace of mind and strategic business support including audit, tax benefit and retirement planning, and pension plan design and administration.  Under his leadership, GLO CPAs has consistently passed the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s stringent “peer review”, setting the highest standards for quality control since the inception of the Peer Review program.

 

A fourth-generation Houstonian and strong proponent of education, Carl is a 1977 graduate of the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business and continues to support many of the University’s programs.  Named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2003, he has served as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the University’s Wolfe Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Carl also served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Department of Petroleum Engineering beginning in the Fall of 2004 through 2008 and is currently an active board member.  He also founded and chaired for two terms, the Advisory Board of the Bauer College of Business, Department of Accounting and Taxation and was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board Executive Committee and has been a judge of student business plans for the business college as well as a featured speaker in the Executive Speaker series at Bauer College.  Many students have benefited from Carl’s wisdom as his mentee and Carl consistently volunteers to take 10 Cougars to dinner each semester to share knowledge and be available to answer questions about running businesses.  Carl was awarded the University of Houston-Bauer College of Business Volunteer of the Year Award for 2007 and received a Certificate of Appreciation for 30 years of loyal service to the Houston community and the University of Houston Bauer College. He has also received the Mentor of the Year Award.  Carl has served on the Board of the Alumni Association of the University of Houston for 6 years with 5 of those as Chair of the Audit Committee.  Carl recently served as Co-Chair of the University of Houston Alumni Association Political Advocacy Committee.  Carl currently serves on the Advisory Board for SURE (Stimulating Urban Renewal through Entrepreneurship) Program at the University of Houston Bauer College of Business.  In addition to his work at the University of Houston, Carl also served as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the creation of Houston Baptist University’s College of Engineering, now the College of Science and Engineering.  Carl has also joined HBU’s Dunham College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.

 

Carl has been a member of the C Club since 2005 and on the Executive and Finance Committees of that organization from 2007 to 2008.  Carl has been a member of the Northwest Pachyderm Club and Northwest Executive council for many years and the University of Houston Political Action Committee for over 10 years.  Additionally, Carl was the Treasurer for Citizens for Accountability- the No Arena vote in 1999 and Treasurer for Phil Sudan for Congress in 2008.  He has been a member of the Houstonian Club since 1979.

 

Carl served as an Advisory Director of Partners Bank of Texas which was bought by Sterling Bank, now Comerica. He was also a founder of E-stamp which was the fifth licensee in the history of the U.S. Postage Service and first to provide personal computer issued postage.  Its assets were subsequently acquired by Stamp.com.  He also was a co-founder of ClicknPrint now Extremtix, an internet ticketing firm.  He also served on the executive committee of the PCPS of the AICPA for 6 years. As of October 20, 2015, Carl has been made a member of the Houston Maritime Museum Board of Trustees.  He is very excited about what he can add to this vital group that showcases the Port of Houston’s contribution to the Houston economy. In 2019, Carl chaired the advisory board of Beta Academy, a tuition-free charter school whose mission is to establish world-class schools through a culture of “joyful rigor” and develop scholars and leaders who can contribute on a community, national, and international level.

 

Carl became a Stephen Minister in May 2015 after 6 months of intensive training. He feels this can be an asset to his profession as he assists clients through ups and downs in life.  Stephen Ministers use their training through spiritual means to help with life’s transitions.

 

Tirelessly committed to the accounting professions and his community, Carl is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation for which he has worked diligently for 15 years.  Texas Business Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide scholarships for students in 22 Texas colleges. Carl is Chairman of the Finance Committee and as a committee member, has served since 2010.  He also a member of professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants & the Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs. Carl also serves as an advisor on the Thomson Reuters Editorial Board. Carl is also a member of the AICPA’s Forensic Valuation Services Section.

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Before joining GLO CPAs in 1994, Linda Glaw was an educator and advocate for the benefits of using the arts in the classroom. She studied music at the University of Houston and saw how music helped with learning in her own life. She worked with Young Audiences to benefit her own students once she began teaching, and frequently saw the students of Young Audiences of Houston founder Fredell Lack play violin in concert.

 

Linda is now the Administrative Partner for GLO CPAs and dedicates much of her time to philanthropic efforts supporting education in Houston. At Houston Baptist University, Linda was instrumental in creating the new College of Engineering, which welcomed its first engineering degree-path students this past fall. The HBU College of Engineering, led by Dean Dr. Stan Napper, is home to only the second cyber engineering degree program in the United States. This sought-after program combines engineering with cybersecurity to address growing needs for cyber-safety in the workplace.

 

Linda is a valued partner with Beta Academy, a groundbreaking charter school in Houston that is alleviating generational poverty through a pioneering method called “whole brain learning.” Latisha Andrews, founder and superintendent of Beta Academy, is devoted to scholarly success for her students at Beta Academy’s original campus and the new multi-million-dollar campus enlivening the neighborhood near Almeda Mall. Mrs. Glaw’s support and leadership were essential to the establishment of this new campus, which promises Beta Academy’s hallmarks of success: exemplary test scores and practical life skills, for the new students it will be able to serve.

 

Linda has remained focused on education since teaching by volunteering at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo for many years. She assumed a committee leadership role and this year is continuing her volunteerism by serving on the rodeo’s International Committee.

 

As Administrative Partner at GLO CPAs, Linda understands the value that an educated workforce provides in the workplace. Young Audiences supports education by ensuring the arts are included, which has been proven to assist in all subject areas, and creating opportunities in the arts for students who have little access to them.

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Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney

Superintendent, Aldine ISD

2020 Arts-In-Education Awardee

Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the Aldine Independent School District. Since taking the helm in July 2018, Dr. Goffney has dedicated herself to more than 67,000 students and more than 9,000 employees of the district as well as the entire Aldine community.

 

Under her leadership, Aldine ISD has developed new initiatives to offer parents and students more options. In fall 2018, AISD rolled out a prekindergarten pilot for students who are three years old at several early childhood schools. The district in fall 2019, began to offer a two-way dual language immersion program at five campuses. The district launched the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) Model at two elementary campuses to increase student outcomes through realigning resources and support to ensure: effective principals and teachers; instructional excellence, extended school day, social-emotional supports, and parent and community partnerships. Additionally, the district expanded opportunities for students to earn a college degree and be career-ready following graduation by opening the Rose Avalos P-TECH School and its partnership with EMERGE Fellowship.

 

Her commitment to equity and increasing student access to high-quality schools saw results within her first year as superintendent. Working with her executive leadership team, campus principals, program directors, and community partners, Aldine ISD moved from a ‘C-rated’ school district to a ‘B’ in 2018-2019 based on the State of Texas’ academic accountability ratings. The district increased the number of ‘A’ and ‘B’ schools and made gains in closing gaps.

 

Dr. Goffney used the feedback from stakeholders, to develop the five-year strategic plan, A New Way Forward. The dynamic document ensures that the district will continue to dramatically increase access to highly-rated schools, choices, and opportunities that prepare students for their future. The district seeks to transform how educators serve students and show that improvement is possible for any school, no matter its location or whom the school serves.

Throughout her tenure in education, Dr. Goffney has increased student achievement through a focus on literacy, targeted professional development for teachers, and collaboration across the community, including developing business and school partnerships, parent engagement as well as increasing transparent and timely communication.

 

Dr. Goffney began her career as a language arts teacher in Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD. She went on to serve as assistant principal and principal before leading COCISD as superintendent. In 2013, district leaders selected her as Superintendent of Lufkin ISD. In this role, she created systems dedicated to supporting teachers through the development of a professional learning academy for educators. She was also instrumental in establishing several community cooperatives, including the district’s first education foundation.

 

In recognition of her efforts, Dr. Goffney was named Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards in 2017. That same year, the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) selected her to be the Texas nominee for the 2018 American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year award. In 2019, VYPE magazine named Dr. Goffney Administrator of the Year. Later in October, she was named one of Sam Houston State University’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni. Most recently, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, recently named Dr. Goffney, a finalist for the 2020 Superintendent Award.

 

Dr. Goffney believes in maximizing opportunities, developing leaders, and providing opportunities for all students. As a result, she is active in many organizations including, the Texas School Alliance, the University Interscholastic League Legislative Committee, the Texas Association of Black School Educators, the Texas Council of Women School Executives, TASA Future-Ready Superintendents. She advocates for her community as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc., the Mayor’s Advisory Council, and the Aldine Education Foundation.

 

Dr. Goffney's commitment to the arts is clear in her advocacy for integrated programs in Aldine schools, and her support of Young Audiences of Houston. The New Way Forward's focus on social and emotional learning, early childhood education, and professional development - critical junctures at which arts-integration meets education administration - and partnerships such as those with Young Audiences of Houston, reinforce the importance of the arts in Houston schools.

 

A native of Coldspring, Texas, Dr. Goffney is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership. Her passion for education and stewardship is evident throughout Dr. Goffney’s career and even in her family. Her husband, Joseph, is an educator in a Houston area school district and serves as pastor of a church. The Goffneys are the parents of two children, Joslyn and the late Joseph Jr., who passed away in 2019.

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