Lisa Helfman is the Founder and Board Chair of Brighter Bites. In the fall of 2011, Lisa and her family took part in a weekly fruit and vegetable co-op, and she watched her children’s eating habits transform—for the better. So much so that her little boy rejected a piece of cake at a birthday party, asking for fruit instead!
She was inspired to replicate this type of positive change in underserved communities identified as “food deserts,” or areas with limited access to grocery stores. Because nutrition education in these communities is often equally lacking, Lisa’s vision was to bring a produce co-op to schools in these neighborhoods that included an educational component while also making it fun. She created a collaborative partnership between the Houston Food Bank and Dr. Shreela Sharma at the University of Texas School of Public Health, and launched the program now known as Brighter Bites. Four years later, Brighter Bites has delivered over 13,000,000 pounds of fresh produce to more than 30,000 families at over 100 participating schools in Houston, Dallas, and Austin with great research results, and is now expanding nationally.
When she isn’t pushing kids to drink kale smoothies, Lisa is Director of Real Estate for H-E-B Grocery Company and is working on the company’s significant and innovative expansion in Houston. Lisa received her JD Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston Law Center and her BA Cum Laude from Tulane University.
Albina Rippy is a yoga teacher, conscious community leader and a yoga studio owner in Houston, Texas. Albina and her husband Roger own YogaOne Studios, 7 yoga studios and One Love Juice Bar in Houston, Texas, Blue Sky Retreat Center, a historic mountain retreat center in Taos, New Mexico, and mat2mat on-line yoga platform. They have three children and a fluffy dog named, Dante. Albina’s purpose is to help people live happy, healthy and inspired lives through yoga, meditation, self-inquiry, heathy eating and conscious living.
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Jay Steinfeld is the founder and CEO of Blinds.com, the world’s largest online window coverings store. After starting a small chain of window coverings retail stores in Houston, Texas, he launched the Internet’s first blinds Web site in 1993, and sold his company to The Home Depot in 2014.
Jay is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He writes a weekly column for Inc. Magazine called Chief Effective Officer, which is about becoming a more effective leader. He also serves on the Innovation Board of the XPrize Foundation, which is focused on solving the world’s greatest challenges through the spirit of competition.
Awards given to Blinds.com include the American Marketing Association’s Marketer of the Year, Houston's Best Place to Work, Best Companies to Work For in Texas, National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Wellness, the Award of Excellence by the Better Business Bureau and National Call Center of the Year.
As Medical Device Innovation Lead, Lance focuses on the resident companies of TMCx by supporting their efforts in developing innovative health care technologies.
He served in the U.S. Air Force, where he completed a residency in family medicine with additional training in aerospace medicine. He had the opportunity to deploy twice during his service, first as Chief of the Medical Staff at Manas Transit Base in Kyrgyzstan, and then as a Squadron Flight Surgeon in Okinawa, Japan. During his time in Manas, Lance helped to create a mobile modular medical facility aimed to uplift the surrounding defunct healthcare system. In Japan, he responded to in-flight emergencies and orchestrated protocols ensuring the safety of F-22 pilots and their crew.
His work with wounded warrior amputees during his military career and his background in biological engineering prompted him to refocus his efforts from patient care to the design and development of medical devices. Following the completion of his commitment to the military, Lance attended Georgia Tech’s Masters of Biomedical Innovation and Development program to include one year in their Masters of Industrial Design program.
Lance earned his bachelor’s degree in biological engineering from Louisiana State University, a medical degree from LSU Health Sciences Center of New Orleans, and an MBID from Georgia Tech.
Dr. Geetinder Goyal is the Founder of First Primary Care providing new, modern, engaged health care for the whole family.
Despite all the medical advances of the last 50 years, somehow the timeless value of dedicated primary care and a trusted doctor-patient experience has all but gone by the wayside. Modern healthcare is inconvenient, expensive, and feels more engaged with the insurance company’s bottom line than the patient’s well-being.
First Primary Care is changing healthcare by putting the focus back where it belongs: On you.
First Primary Care is a members-only practice dedicated to providing personalized, cost-effective, modern, everyday care to every member of the family. We help our members reclaim control of their personal healthcare from the big insurance companies by giving them unrestricted access their personal physician, directly – any time of the day or night, whenever they need, for one low monthly membership fee.
Dr. Goyal is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He has practiced medicine in India, New Zealand, UK, Uganda and for last 11 years in the U.S.
He is co-director of the Houston Chapter of Free Market Medical Association, an organization which brings the buyers and sellers of healthcare together on a transparent platform.