STAFF & BOARD LEADERSHIP
Staff and board members each embody the core values of The Village and work together as a team to achieve our mission.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board - President at the MINT National Bank
David A. Bubier is the President of The MINT National Bank located in Kingwood. Bubier was formerly the regional branch president and director of Main Street Bank in Kingwood/Cleveland Texas. He brings 43 years of banking experience to our Board. Bubier is married to Hildy Bubier and the father of three.
Bubier has an AB in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Houston. He has been an active member of the Kingwood/Humble community since 1976, serving on the Boards of the Lake Houston YMCA, Keep Kingwood Beautiful, and the Humble Kingwood Youth Soccer Association.
Board Director - Legal Consultant
Marie Halvatzis, a native of Florida, is a 29 year resident of Kingwood, Texas. She attended the University of Florida and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in Political Science. Halvatzis also holds a Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law. While living in Jackson, Mississippi, she had a career as a Landman for Cities Service Oil Company and also was in the private practice of law.
After moving to Texas, Halvatzis stayed home to rear two children and do a great deal of volunteer work in the community. She served on her children’s school’s PTA Board of Directors as well as on the school district wide PTA council, was a Girl Scout leader, and was active in Kingwood Panhellenic and Kingwood Women’s Club. Halvatzis has had leadership roles in National Charity League, Kingwood Project Graduation and the Philoptochos Society of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. She also formerly served as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem for children in CPS custody through Child Advocates, Inc.
Halvatzis is a former Child Care Director for the Lake Houston Family YMCA. In this position, she directed the YMCA after school child care program in twenty-five elementary schools in Humble ISD and Huffman ISD which provides services to 1,000+ children daily.
Halvatzis currently volunteers a great amount of time lending legal and professional advice to The Village Centers.
CEO at GrowthForce
From tech founder to nonprofit CFO and fundraiser, Stephen King brings a unique combination of vision, foresight, and experience to help nonprofits maximize their cash flow and operational efficiency. He’s been a dedicated board member of many nonprofit organizations - including seven years working for Amnesty International USA - first as Deputy Executive Director- Finance & Administration, and then as its Director of Development, overseeing 300% growth, then raising over $20M a year. His time at Amnesty reinforced Steve’s life-long commitment to giving back to the community through charitable causes.
Regarded as a top accounting industry thought leader and founder of the first company to deliver accounting over the internet, he's currently serving as Founder & CEO of GrowthForce, a heart-centered company with specialized teams providing accounting for nonprofits.
King holds a B.B.A. from Pace University, is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs, New York State Society of CPAs, and American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). He is on the board of the Texas Society of CPAs and the Houston Society of CPAs.
Peter W. Mantell
Treasurer - Business Owner & Managing Partner, Independent Consulting Associates
Peter founded Independent Consulting Associates (ICA) in 1997 to assist entrepreneurs and small to mid-size business owners develop a sound strategic focus and planning framework. The goal was to improve their organizational strengths and business processes resulting in growth and profitability for the longer term.
Peter spent thirty-four years with Exxon Mobil Corporation in marketing, program and project development, and business communication. Peter has been a past member of the New York State Industrial Management Council, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Houston Ad Club. Professionally, he has been an advisor to the Board of Directors of the Exxon Independent Marketers Insurance Trust (Dallas, TX), AICE Corporation (Houston, TX), and the VCMG Marketing Group (Birmingham, AL). Peter holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
Joel North III
Chief Operating Officer for HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood
Joel North was named chief operating officer of HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood in August 2020. He previously served as assistant administrator for HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood since 2019. He was responsible for development of neuro-endovascular services, bariatrics and robotic surgery. North's leadership resulted in significant service line growth, including the establishment of Neuro Interventional Radiology services and expanded bariatrics capabilities for the convenience of the community.
North joined HCA Houston Healthcare in 2018, serving as assistant administrator at HCA Houston Healthcare Cypress Fairbanks. He oversaw executive direction of multiple departments, including laboratory services, cardiopulmonary, pharmacy, plant operations and more. North was responsible for operationalizing a $19 million dollar capital construction renovation project, resulting in significant improvements for
inpatient and outpatient scores. Prior to that role, North served as an administrative resident at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, where he oversaw the facility's trauma program and led emergency operations through Hurricane Harvey.
A native Houstonian, North earned his bachelor of arts in medical humanities and a master's of business administration with a specialization in healthcare from Baylor University. During his time at Baylor, North served as president of the Future Healthcare Executives organization. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a board member of the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. North enjoys serving and giving back to his community and has previously coached youth sports.
Director of Credit Services at Insperity
Robert is Director of Credit Services for Insperity and is in his 24th year with the company. He was the recipient of the Chairman’s Excellence Award in 2005 and the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011. Robert has been a district resident for over 28 years.
Robert and spouse Jayme, an elementary school RN, are members of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Their family includes six adult children, all graduates of Humble ISD, and grandsons Beckham, Jake, Bruce and James. Beckham and Jake attend Hidden Hollow Elementary.
Robert was a Humble ISD Trustee from 2008-2015, serving as board President in 2014/15. He also served on the 2018, 2008 and 2005 Bond Study Committees. Robert is on the board of the Lake Houston YMCA and
serves on the Adaptive Programs Committee. He is a board member of the Village Learning Center.
Robert is a member of the Lake Houston Area Chamber’s Long-Term Recovery Task Force. He is active with the Down Syndrome Association of Houston and founded a satellite chapter for Lake Houston Area parents. Robert served as VP of the Humble ISD Council of PTAs from 2017–2019.
He serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Superintendent Evaluation Committee.
Robert has an MBA Finance, from Columbia University and a BS Economics, from Seton Hall University.