Network Partners

EFS Network Partners

EFS Network Partners work with the EnFocus Strategies team through coordinated engagement with clients and serve in an advisory capacity.

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Dakota Carter, MD

Dakota Carter, MD, is an Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist at McGovern Medical School in Houston. Dr. Carter is passionate about academic medicine and diversity/inclusion and began his curriculum-building expertise by developing the first LGBTQ curriculum for McGovern Medical School. This project has grown to include numerous lectures, a Gay-Straight Alliance at the school, and more inclusive education in medical school and residency education at McGovern Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine.

Experience

Dr. Carter is an avid researcher, focusing on projects regarding substance abuse and mental health in adolescents, empathy and stress in medical school education, LGBTQ physical and mental health, and HIV stigma; he believes that education is a key component in all these areas and finds joy in educating students, residents, and the community, being honored to receive several teaching awards for his dedication to healthcare education. Dr. Carter is a national SAMHSA/APA Diversity Fellow, a national George Ginsberg Award recipient, and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for the American Psychiatric Association. He is also currently pursuing a doctorate in education from the University of Houston in Healthcare Curriculum, Instruction and Leadership.

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Dr. Carter has also recently won a coveted “Texas 30 under 30” award by CultureMap, and, in his first foray into politics, was the 2016 Democratic Nominee for the Texas State Board of Education for Houston.

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Laurie M. Glaze

Laurie M. Glaze, LMSW serves in an advisory capacity for EnFocus Strategies. Laurie’s expertise includes stakeholder engagement, collaboration, health and human services and governmental relations.  She advises the EnFocus Strategies team on advocacy strategy and diversity and inclusion training, particularly as it relates to the health and human services sector.

Experience

Laurie served as founding Executive Director of Texas One Voice: A Collaborative for Health and Human Services (One Voice Texas) from 2003 until her retirement in 2015. One Voice Texas was created to leverage the expertise of hundreds of people in a multitude of organizations to identify and seek systemic solutions for the health and human services needs in the greater Houston/Harris County region and throughout Texas. At the time of Laurie’s retirement, 100+ organizations were members of One Voice Texas. Through program development and solution based public policy efforts, One Voice Texas advocated for sustainable long term systemic transformation in its three priority areas – behavioral health, children and youth, and healthcare. Collaboration included grassroots audiences – community organizations and frontline service providers – as well as key decision makers in agencies and public offices. One Voice Texas developed a reputation for moving conversations outside of the “silos” and toward systemic solutions.

Laurie has a thirty plus year background in health and human services. In 2000, she became the Managing Director of Adopt 2000, a newly created collaborative of eight child placing agencies and Harris County Children’s Protective Services. Between 2000-2008, over 5,000 children became members of permanent adoptive families. The collaborative received several national and local awards. Throughout the years, at state and national conferences and to many organizations, universities, etc., she presented workshops on child welfare services as well as collaborations.

Laurie holds a Masters in Social Work from the University Of Houston Graduate College Of Social Work (1982). She served twice as a Board member of the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services (TAFCS) and held numerous committee positions with the organization.

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Additionally, Laurie served as Chair of the Houston Community College (HCC) Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee. This Committee was created in 2009 to assist and help provide the resources and tools necessary for the veteran students of HCC to become successful as they transitioned from military life to student life.  In 2007, Laurie was named Texas Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. In 2009, she received the Advocate of the Year Award from the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children and the SAVVY SISTER Award from Houston Woman Magazine.

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Januari Leo

Januari Leo serves in an advisory capacity for EnFocus Strategies. Januari’s expertise includes public affairs, policy/government relations, fundraising, collaboration and health and human services.  She advises the EnFocus Strategies team on curriculum and strategy for LGBTQ diversity and inclusion training.

Experience

Januari is the Director of Advancement for the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where she is an alumna and also serves as adjunct faculty. Prior to this, she was the Director of Public Affairs for Legacy Community Health, one of the largest Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers in Texas. Here, she focused on policy issues such as HIV, the Affordable Care Act, and culturally competent care for the LGBTQ community. Januari also served as the campaign manager for State Representative Jessica Farrar’s successful 2010 re-election campaign.

Community

In addition to being the mom of two awesome kids and the wife of a very supportive husband, Januari serves on the board for Montrose Grace Place, is a member of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s inaugural LGBTQ Advisory Board, and sits on the Houston steering committee for Equality Texas. She was the recipient of the 2015 Social Worker of the Year award for the National Association of Social Workers-Houston branch, was elected as the 2013 Ally Grand Marshal for Pride Houston, and is a member of Leadership Houston-Class XXXIV.