The E320 Project, dba The Momentum Academy, is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed under the laws of the State of Texas, governed by a Board of Directors. Board members are elected volunteers. The overall responsibility of the board is to advance the school in accordance with its stated objectives and mission.
Stephanie Ehlers, MBA, Co-Founder and Board Chair
Stephanie Ehlers is the Co-Founder of The Momentum Academy and is the Board Chair. She is the Primary Board contact for Admissions and Fundraising. Stephanie has worked in the non-profit setting since 1993, serving in roles ranging from Executive Director to Health Educator. She has worked extensively as a community volunteer since 1995 and has been an advocate for those without a voice. Her mission hit home in 1999 and became very personal for her after the birth of her first child, who has special needs. Stephanie knows that given the right environment, everyone can be successful.
Stephanie is an Honors graduate from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 1993, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration. She received her Master of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1997. Stephanie and her husband, Richie, live in the Clear Lake area with their 2 children.
Melissa Hodges, M.A., CCC-SLP, Co-Founder and Board Secretary
Melissa Hodges is the Co-Founder of The Momentum Academy and is the Board Secretary. She is the Primary Board contact for Evaluations and Curriculum. Melissa is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and specializes in working with children from preschool through high school, as well as having a background working with adult clients. She has been the director of Leaps in Language for 10 years. Previously, Melissa served as the first Speech Therapist at The Joy School in Houston and worked with CCISD. She is known for her commitment to helping her clients achieve success.
Melissa graduated from the University of Houston with her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Communication Disorders. She believes in educating the entire family so her clients will have continued success long after they leave her care. She believes each child is a blessing from God with gifts and talents. It is her passion to help them discover their gifts and talents and reach their maximum potential. Melissa lives in the Clear Lake area with her husband, Chad, and their 8 children.
Laura Rodriguez, M. Ed., Board Treasurer
Laura Rodriguez is the Board Treasurer. She is the Primary Board contact for Staff and Parents. Laura currently works as the Admissions Director of The Joy School in Houston. She has worked at Joy for the past 14 years, serving as a classroom teacher, and then as the Lower School Principal. Laura calls The Joy School her family and is continually challenged and blessed to be there.
Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from The University of Iowa and her Master's degree in Education, specializing in exceptionalities, from The University of St. Thomas. She also received a certification as an Educational Diagnostician. Laura and her husband Mauricio, live in the Clear Lake area with their three children.
ANGELINA FARELLA, M.D., Member at Large
Formerly with the Academy's Advisory Board, Angelina Farella is the newest member of our Board of Directors.
Shannon Hays, Member at Large
Shannon Hays is an Information Manager for S&B Engineers & Constructors, LTD. Shannon received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing at California Polytechnic University.
Shannon is married and shares her home with her husband Tracey, her daughters Kathleen and Gracie, and her 3 dogs and cat! She has lived in League City, Texas for 21 years. She loves sports, specifically football and baseball. She also enjoys traveling and gaming.
PAUL MCRAE, Member at Large
Paul McRae has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Management. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in both Texas and California. Paul worked for 34 years in the space industry for a major aerospace company.
Paul has an extensive background of volunteer work. He has been a reading tutor for elementary level students along with math tutoring at the elementary level. He has also been a voluntary adult leader and teacher for senior high level students.
LIZ WEBB, Member at Large
Liz Webb is a CPA with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of St. Thomas and her Master of Science in Accounting from The University of Houston: Clear Lake.
Liz lives in Houston with her husband and two school-aged sons. She enjoys baking and gardening.
Our Advisory Board
State Representative Craig Eiland
Karen L. George, M.A.
Sue Zapf, Ph.D, OTR, BCP, ATP