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The Board of Directors for The Henry Foundation manages its affairs. Membership consists of 5 community leaders and will include 4 lineal descendants of future generations.

Current leadership for The Henry Foundation is listed below:


James C. Henry and Paula A. Henry



James C. Henry
Paula A. Henry
Stephen N. Castle
Michel (Mike) E. Curry
Stan G. Jacobs
Steven H. Pruett
Ronnie D. Scott



President – James C. Henry
Vice President – Paula A. Henry
Vice President – Ronnie D. Scott
Vice President – Steven H. Pruett II
Secretary Treasurer – Michel (Mike) E. Curry
Executive Director – Lael J. Cordes-Pitts



Lael Cordes-Pitts was named as Executive Director for The Henry Foundation in March 2012 after serving in the same role with Casa de Amigos of Midland, Texas, Inc. for 26 l/2 years. She also worked as Permian Basin Regional Director with Lutheran Social Services of Texas for 4 l/2 years after receiving her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and moving to Midland in Fall 1980.

Ongoing education for Lael includes a Certificate of Achievement through the Human Services Management Program of the Graduate School of Social Work with The University of Texas at Arlington in 1988 and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management through The Fund Raising School of The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University in 2008.

Lael has received several awards, including being named a Woman of Distinction by the Permian Basin (now Desert Southwest) Girl Scouts in 1995, Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership from United Way of Midland in 1996 and being named a Beacon Awards nominee for the same recognition through the Non-Profit Management Center in 2009 and 2010. She was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2008 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Permian Basin Chapter and a Woman of Achievement by the Uptown Chapter of the Business Professional Women in 2011.


Juanita Castilleja began employment as Grant Officer with The Henry Foundation in March 2018. She completed an Associate of Science degree in Business Management through Midland College in 1996 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management with Lubbock Christian University in 2004. Juanita worked as 2-1-1 Information and Referral Program Coordinator in the 1990’s until becoming Program Director for 2-1-1 Texas Permian Basin in 2002. She continued in the same position when the program transferred to the Permian Basin Workforce Development Board in 2008 and worked in the health care field after leaving the position in October 2014.


Dinah Doggett serves as Grants Administrator/Executive Assistant for The Henry Foundation. She was previously employed for almost 18 years as Director of Health/Dental Services and Volunteer Services Coordinator with Casa de Amigos of Midland, Texas, Inc. She earned her Certified Dental Assistant credentials from Texas State Technical College and certification in bookkeeping from Avalon Business Institute. In her previous positions, Dinah supervised more than 500 volunteers annually and served as Vice President and Program Chair with the Association of Volunteer Professionals in the Permian Basin.




The Board of Directors for The Henry Foundation meets in the Spring and the Fall as scheduled on a semi-annual basis.

Completed grant applications are reviewed as part of posted agenda items for each meeting. It is important to note the Foundation’s schedule must remain flexible and each organization requesting funding bears sole responsibility for submitting a completed application in a timely manner. Incomplete applications will be delayed until the next Board of Director’s meeting.




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