Gene Whitten Legé
Gene provided a decade of leadership in program development, advocacy, public funding, multi-agency initiatives, policy development, and management as Executive Director of Houston’s Harris County Child Welfare. He practiced individual and family psychotherapy privately and with privately funded organizations. Then during a 15-year career with various home health agencies, he developed and implemented new programs for aged and disabled persons. Gene served on the committee that developed the first statewide Consumer Directed Services model. He testifies and advocates for social programs at legislative hearings. He is currently working with state workgroups, committees and Managed Care Organizations to expand the CDS option and put more control in the hands of persons receiving services.
Pat Whitten Legé
Pat has a strong commitment to self-help and volunteerism. As Executive Director of Crisis Intervention of Houston, a United Way agency, Ms. Whitten-Lege’ worked for 17 years with community volunteers and private and corporate philanthropy. The organization was completely supported by private donations and volunteers who gave their time to staff a 24-hour Crisis Hotline and community education and outreach initiatives. Special programs provided peer help for teens, Spanish speakers, victims of violence and populations at risk for suicide. In addition to work with children, families, and persons in crisis, Pat is also experienced in the management of state and federal contracts and in state level policy development.