Doug's Family
The driving force for all I do in my life is the people with me in this picture, my family. Every goal I have in my life begins with them in mind. It is my ultimate desire to be an excellent example and role model for them while providing every opportunity and resource they need to be happy and successful.
At the heart of our family is my bride of more than 20 years, Helen. I first met Helen in college in 1984 while I was playing football at Sam Houston State University. I was a computer science major and needed some help in a difficult math class when I met the gorgeous, energetic tutor that would later become my wife and most supportive friend. I remember having a whole new appreciation for math after meeting her! I had never studied so much before, but I would do anything to spend time with her. She not only helped me pass that class, she tutored me through graduate school, gave me four beautiful children, helped me realize my gifts, chase my dreams, and helped me overcome all adversity and self doubt I felt along the way. Helen is my blessing from God and I remain driven to be the kind of man that is worthy of her affection. Today, in addition to everything she does for me and our family, Helen continues helping others in our community. She’s currently an admired math teacher and respected department chairman at our local high school where she’s worked for nearly 20 years.
Our oldest child, Kelsie, graduated high school ranked 5th academically in her class of 701. Some of her other high school achievements included being a three year letterman and captain on the volleyball team that finished 12th in Texas 5-A playoffs, three year letterman on the district champion softball team, 2005 homecoming queen, President of the National Honor Society, and voted outstanding female student of the year by the school faculty. Kelsie was recruited by several prominent universities to play softball, and ultimately chose Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is studying International business with a second degree in accounting and plans to attend law school upon graduation.
As early as 9 years old our second child, Cale began demonstrating his competitive nature through his love for sports. That year his baseball team finished 2nd out of over 100 teams in the USSSA World Series where he was chosen Defensive MVP of the tournament. At age 10 Cale’s team finished the year ranked 17th in the country. The next year they finished ranked 14th and Cale led the team in several categories including batting average, on-base percentage, stolen bases, and runs scored. His other sports interests include Golf and Football. In 2004 Cale was the #1 ranked golfer on his school team and in 2007 Cale was a quarterback on Katy High School's Texas state championship football team. His primary sport, however, is baseball. In 2007 and 2008 Cale played 2nd base for his high school team earning all-district honors and academic all state accolades. Both years the team won the district championship and finished in the top 16 teams in the state of Texas. We are most proud of Cale, however, for his academic success. He has been recognized twice as the outstanding math student in his class, was a member of the National Honor Society, and finished 15th in his class of 550. He was recruited by several universities to play baseball and ultimately chose Yale University in New Haven, CT, where he will start in the fall.
Like his older brother and sister, Clay, age 16 has enjoyed significant accomplishments in sports. At age 8 Clay’s baseball team was ranked by USSSA as the #1 ranked baseball team in the country. At age 10 his team finished 6th in the Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs, CO and at age 11 they finished 2nd in the exclusive World Series tourney held at Disney’s famous Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, FL. Clay was also chosen to the all-conference team his first year in youth football and has been a member of several division champions basketball teams. Clay has also shown interest and promise in music and theater arts. He has participated in several school plays and once sang the National Anthem at Minute Maid Park before a Houston Astros game as part of the honor choir.
Kara, age 14, is our youngest and therefore just beginning to be recognized for her talents and gifts. She’s the artist in the family and also the most active in music and dance. In Jr. High, Kara was on the cheerleading squad 2 consecutive years and was also selected as a member of a special choir that performs at important ceremonies in the community. Kara’s paintings have won awards at regional exhibitions and she was chosen Katy ISD Art Student of the Month in October, 2005. In 2007, one of Kara's paintings was a finalist in the prestigious Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo art exhibit.