Kathy Heinzerling, Executive Director

Kathy comes to Breakthrough Houston after 31 years as co-director at The Chinquapin School.  Her background working with economically disadvantaged students, as well as her experience with education and administration, makes Kathy uniquely qualified for her role. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Barat College and a Masters of Science from the University of St. Louis. A tireless volunteer for various civic organizations, she has won numerous honors and recognitions, including the keys to the City of Houston in recognition of her educational leadership.

Michelle Phillips, Development Director

Michelle is responsible for all fundraising aspects of the Breakthrough Houston program. She joined Breakthrough Houston in 2013 after serving as the Manager of Strategic Communications for HISD’s HR department for two years. Michelle received her B.A. in both International Relations and Spanish from the University of Virginia in 1999, and she received her M.A. in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis in 2004 from Stanford University. She graduated from St. John’s in 1995 and is happy to return to St. John’s as part of the Breakthrough team. In her free time, Michelle teaches Pilates and enjoys running, playing tennis, and traveling.

Morris Nwogwugwu, Student Services Director

Morris joined Breakthrough Houston in 2010 after his second summer as a Breakthrough teacher at LearningWorks at Blake: A Breakthrough Program. Morris received his B.A in American Studies in 2010 from Carleton College, and he received his M.Ed: Curriculum and Instruction in 2015 from Houston Baptist University. Morris’ passion for the non-profit world stems from his high school education at Chinquapin Preparatory School and his time spent earning his Nonprofit Management Certification from Texas A&M University. He is now adamant about equal access and quality education and commits himself fully to the students at Breakthrough Houston.