Matthew White, Chair

Matt founded Shield Bearer is 2005 with his wife, Amy. With over 30 years in the Healthcare industry, Matt has experience with health insurance and expertise when working with physicians and hospitals. Currently he works as the Director of Provider Development at Humana, Inc. He and his wife are lifelong Houstonians and have three children and two dogs.

Rick Skinner

Rick Skinner, Treasurer

Rick Skinner is an Edward Jones Financial Advisor and focuses on building long-term personal relationships with his clients. Before joining Edward Jones in 2013, he served over 30 years in executive roles in the industrial distribution, manufacturing, and higher education sectors. Rick is a native of San Antonio but moved to Houston in 1982. He and his wife, Liz, have been married for over 30 years and have two adult children and five grandchildren.


Alicia Johnson

Alicia Johnston leads Humana’s population health strategy in the Greater Houston area where she manages business and community partner relationships that build solutions to address clinical and social gaps in care.

Alicia has over ten years of service at Humana, and prior to her current role, she supported business development and clinical operations for TRICARE East Region beneficiaries in their government business. She also held client-facing roles at both Humana and American Specialty Health and collaborated with members across the country to structure services to meet their healthcare needs. She started her career in sports medicine, assisting orthopedic physicians in private practice and hospital settings. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Psychology, where she spent a year studying cross-cultural transitions.

Kevin Jones

Kevin M. Jones

Kevin has had a varied education and career. He is an Eagle Scout, a computer engineer, and a practicing lawyer. While working for Compaq computers, he developed 50 different patents that he holds worldwide. After a company acquisition, Kevin decided to reinvent himself and now is the Principle attorney at the Law Offices of Kevin M. Jones & Associates LLC. The Firm is a full-service general practice focused on the needs of small and medium businesses. Kevin is married to Angela D. Jones, PA-C, and they have a blended family of three boys and three girls.

Gene Manuel

Gene Manuel has been supporting large-scale enterprise IT Service Management solutions in private, public sector and federal organizations. He has applied his technical and customer engagement skills in a broad spectrum of roles including solutions architect, business analyst, solutions consulting, pre-sales, application administration and development. Gene has administered, developed, and delivered solutions with many vendors featured in the Forrester Wave and Gartner IT Service Management Magic Quadrant reports. Vendors include Axios Systems, CA and BMC Software. He is currently supporting the ServiceNow Business Group at Accenture, with a focus on several modules including IT Service Management, Asset Management, CMDB, Discovery and GRC. Gene also lends his skills and time in Board and Director roles for several non-profit organizations supporting local organizations.


Keith Peterson

Keith is a CPA and lawyer with his practice in northwest Houston and spent his early years after joining the bar in the courtrooms of Harris county. Keith and his wife Sandra have been married since 1984 and have two adult children. They give their time to many 501c(3)s such as the Cypree-Fairbanks Rotary Foundation, Cenikor Foundation, Odyssey Hous, and Knights of Columbus.

Melissa Rotholz

Melissa started volunteering at Shield Bearer to help struggling marriages and quickly became passionate about additional counseling services for children, human trafficking survivors, trauma survivors, and veterans. She is an advocate for accessible professional counseling services, community education programs, and training. Melissa has lived in Northwest Houston since 1993 and has two children in college and a husband for over 27 years.