Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Doug Konopka


Doug Konopka, President of the Board of Arts Fulshear, Inc., is President of DHK Development, Inc., the company he founded in 1991. DHK Development, Inc. is a boutique firm that manages undeveloped properties owned by a few select Houston families, provides real estate consulting services to various clients, and develops both residential communities and commercial projects for its own account. Doug has developed residential communities in metropolitan Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans and Mobile. Konopka was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and moved to Houston after graduation from Carnegie Mellon University in 1978. His degree is in civil engineering. He has been married to April since 1985, and they have lived in their home in the Houston Museum District since they were married. Doug is former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Strake Jesuit. He is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Annunciation Orthodox School and a former advisory board member of the Houston Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. He served as an advisory member on the Fulshear Planning Commission, and currently serves as a board member for Forever Fulshear.

David W. Hawes

Vice President

David W. Hawes currently serves as Vice President of Arts Fulshear, Inc., and is one of the founders and first Board members. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Hawes Hill & Associates LLP. His responsibilities include serving clients as chief strategist and consultant on all matters pertaining to the creation, management and administration of special purpose districts and zones, developing project plans and project financing plans to aid clients and stakeholders in the accomplishment of community development and redevelopment goals, and representing and advocating clients’ interests with elected officials and government departments and agencies at all levels. David believes in giving back to the communities he loves, and his nonprofit board experience includes HOPE Inc., which he served as President for five years; board member of the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition, and Vice Chair of the Friends of Levitt Pavilion Houston. David grew up in small-town Texas, where he developed a love of the arts and was always a “band kid.” His wife, Shirl, is a visual artist.

Amber Stevenson


Amber Stevenson, who works for Texas Mutual Insurance Company as a Senior Agency Specialist, and has been a Fort Bend resident since 1986. Community service is important to Amber and her family. Amber serves as a board director for Fort Bend MUD 142 and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce in addition to Arts Fulshear. Amber’s two children helped cement her interest in the arts and children’s activities. They attend Huggins Elementary and Fulshear High School, and are active in drama and modeling, professional cheerleading, and swimming.

Tony Francis

Board Member

Tony Francis arrived in Houston with Hurricane Katrina, and, with the determination and drive to start over, he immediately got plugged in to the Fort Bend Community and never looked back. He joined local organizations that were making a difference in the community such as the Ft. Bend Chamber of Commerce, Arts Fulshear and the Richmond Rotary Club. He was instrumental in starting a new Rotary Club chapter in Fulshear, TX, Brazos River Rotary Club, where he served as the Club President 2015-16, and currently is the Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5890. He’s also active in the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce and Bike for Mike, all organizations that touch and impact the community. Tony has a background in high school and college theater, and values the importance of art for young people. He looks forward to continue making an impact in the community by providing an atmosphere of art appreciation and culture.

Karen Van Holten

Board Member

Karen Van Holten grew up with a family of bluegrass musicians, sang in the church choir with her dad and played trumpet through college, performing with the Indiana University Marching Hundred, the Hoosier basketball pep band, and symphonic concert band. Her love for arts has cultivated a deep appreciation for all mediums. She was a member for several years of the Young Professionals in Opera with the Houston Grand Opera and also the Young Professionals of the Houston Ballet, attending numerous performances and private events. In 2014, Karen was the chairperson of the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce golf tournament and with the help of Arts Fulshear, she turned the pin flags at Weston Lakes into beautiful pieces of art for the day.

Karen has a general law practice located in Fulshear, where she also resides with her husband Danial and their two dogs. She and her husband love attending local events with emphasis on the arts and are looking forward to the growth of opportunities for our community.

Marcia Simmons

Executive Director

Marcia is a founder, former Board president, and now Executive Director of Arts Fulshear. After 20 years teaching Advanced Placement high school English, 10 of those years in Katy ISD, Marcia retired in June of 2013 to devote more time to Arts Fulshear. Though not a visual or performing artist, Marcia was exposed to ballet, classical music, art museums and more from all over the world by her talented parents. Her son is a set designer in New York, and is partly responsible for her continued participation in arts organizations. Marcia is a frequent patron of the arts in Houston, including the Inprint Series, Catastrophic Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and more. Marcia loves seeing art shared with all ages, but particularly young children.

Advisory Board

Representative John Zerwas, M.D., Advisory Board