ASCF Emeritus Directors
Gretchen Ferguson Brice
As co-owner of The PR Boutique, a full-service boutique public relations firm, Gretchen Ferguson Brice is involved in strategic planning as well as the daily orchestration of communication efforts based on individual clients needs. Her specialization in national, regional and local media relations, along with her expertise in marketing consumer brands and developing community partnerships, has proven valuable for a variety of clients. Prior to forming The PR Boutique, Brice held a director position with an environmental governmental entity in Houston, working closely with the City to promote and develop urban green spaces along Houston's main waterway. In addition, she led consumer and business-to-business accounts in Austin and Houston for Texas' largest independent public relations firm. Early in her career, Brice worked at a national public relations firm in New York City, handling national media relations and event marketing activities for consumer clients. Brice is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and is Honorary Chairman of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership young professionals group, Bayou Buddies. Brice is also involved with organizations such as the Contemporary Arts Museum Arts Museum, Trees for Houston, Young Texans Against Cancer and Women of Wardrobe. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Texas at Austin. Gretchen has given countless hours to further the ASCF mission. She was a founding member of the Catwalk for a Cure team.
Mr. Palmisano is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in Tax Accounting as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Palmisano has a very personal connection to ASCF; he and ASCF founder Tom Amschwand had a friendship that began in childhood and carried into college at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Palmisano's commitment to ASCF began as a founding member of the ASCF board, serving as its first treasurer. Tom and his wife Amy live in Houston and have three sons.
Leigh Williams, owner of Leigh Williams Lifestyle Management, plots, plans, advises and organizes the lives of busy Houstonians. After studying public relations at The University of Mississippi, she realized that her knack for being a self-professed "know it all" could turn into a profitable business. Although special event planning continues to be the focus of her business, the services she offers her clients are limited only by their imagination.
This Houston native utilizes her skills to serve her community as a volunteer working with organizations such as Family Services of Greater Houston, The Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, Contemporary Arts Museum as well as the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation. Ms. Williams has served as a volunteer with the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation for years including co-chairing the foundation's 2007 Catwalk for a Cure event.