Erica Raggett, President
Erica Raggett graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelors of Science in Ecology and Systematic Biology and a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. After learning about the disparity of education between social classes, she decided to pursue educational equity through working with Teach For America, a national non-profit organization aimed at closing the education gap in America. She currently works at YES College Prep, a system of charter schools committed to ensuring that every student, despite their zip code, goes to college. At YES College Prep she has worked as a teacher, District Science Content Specialist and Dean of Instruction. She has also spent much of her time mentoring at-risk girls. She currently volunteers with Redeemed Ministries as the Mentor Coordinator, coordinating mentors for survivors of human-trafficking. Erica is dedicated to ensuring that A 2nd Cup become a major hub of anti-trafficking education and action and a beacon of light to those still trapped in modern-day slavery.
Elizabeth Hancock, Chairwoman
Elizabeth Hancock is the store manager of Tres Chic, a women's clothing and accessories boutique in Houston. Tres Chic has been the culmination of her dream, combining her passions for fashion and building relationships with women. She and her mother have been running the shop together since 2005, and the shop has been named by the Houston Chronicle as one of the top 10 boutiques in Houston. One the side, Elizabeth is also a personal stylist and closet consultant. Using her skills for the community, she volunteers as a member of Women of Wardrobe working with Dress for Success to offer struggling women with clothes and skills as they attempt to enter the work force.
Jimmy Jessup, Secretary
While growing up in Colorado, Jimmy Jessup founded and led a family business selling soup mixes, jam, pickles, and other home-packaged goods at local craft fairs. Jimmy graduated from Rice University in 2007 with a double degree: a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies. At Rice, Jimmy started learning Chinese, and he spent several months in China serving people who had been otherwise neglected by society in orphanages, nursing homes, and countryside schools. He also counts the time he has spent ministering to Fifth Ward children as among the most meaningful activities in his life. Since graduation, he has worked at Shell; currently he is a health, safety, and environment engineer. In this position he has many opportunities to integrate the values of integrity and respect, and he is well placed to help protect humans and the environment through project design.
Mike Higuera, Treasurer
Mike Higuera graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2004. During his time at Rice, Mike was a co-founder of the Rice Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter through which he experienced the living conditions of marginalized people throughout the world firsthand. Post-graduation, Mike ran his own business designing factory automation machinery as a Controls Engineer. From July 2008 to December 2010, he served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Unleashing Potential, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works with poor children in Houston’s Fifth Ward. He currently works as a Business Analyst and Software Developer for Rational Systems, a small innovative software company, where he has learned some of the keys to running a successful business.
Michelle Coffey graduated from the University of Houston Graphic Communications program in 2005, and since then, has been a designer, then senior designer at Origin, a small firm known for it’s surprising and inspiring design solutions. She has led print, web, and branding campaigns for such prominent Origin clients as Apache, ExpressJet, Temple-Inland, and the University of Houston. She is also a life group leader at the Houston Vineyard, and has seen many times the capacity for empowered women, and coffee, to change the world.
Tracy Luster is a graduate from Purdue University where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Technology. She worked in areas of Infertility and Urology before pursuing an advanced degree. She obtained her Physician Assistant degree from Kettering College of Medical Arts and her masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. After graduating from Physician Assistant school she relocated to Houston and worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center for 8 years. Currently she is taking a break from her career to raise her son, who was born in August, 2011.