Dr. Steve H. Murdock

Keynote Speaker

Steve H. Murdock is the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology at Rice University. He previously served as Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census having been nominated for the position by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2007 and serving until the change in administration in January of 2009. Prior to his appointment at Rice, he was the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Demography and Organization Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the Director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research. Before UTSA, Murdock was a Regents Professor and Head of the Department of Rural Sociology at Texas A&M University. He was also the official State Demographer of Texas. He was appointed to this position by Governor Rick Perry and was the first person to occupy this position. Dr. Murdock earned his Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Kentucky and is the author or editor of 15 books and more than 150 articles and technical reports on the implications of current and future demographic and socioeconomic change. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

Jeff Hughes


Jeff and his wife Kristin are native Midlanders that recently returned to the Tall City after ten years in Dallas. Jeff is a Senior Actuarial Consultant for Holmes Murphy & Associates where he helps companies proactively manage risks and devise strategies to recruit and retain talent. While he spends most of his free time with his wife and four kids, he jumps at opportunities to volunteer and get involved with nonprofits in the area.  He founded the group 100 Men Who Give A Damn About Midland, which raises funds for local non-profits, is an active Shoe Guy for the annual Wine, Women, and Shoes event, and is both the finance and youth council chair at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

Dolores Vick


"Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." --Vince Lombardi

Dolores Vick retired from Chevron on September 29, 2017 after 37 years.  While she held a variety of positions during her career, her passion has always been working with teams and organizations to achieve greater success.

The last 14 years of her career, Dolores worked with nonprofits and government organizations to improve the quality of life for communities across the Permian Basin.

She has been recognized by both NGO’s and government organizations for her leadership and commitment. Although she and her husband, Larry, now live in Sutton County, she continues to support nonprofits in Midland.

Jami Owen


Jami started a career in advertising in Dallas but before too many years had passed - she found her way to the non-profit world working at the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  After a 10 year hiatus to raise twins, Jami re-entered the nonprofit world working part-time at Meals-On-Wheels in Midland as the Development Director for 8 years.  She’s been at the Midland  Education Foundation for 12 years as the Executive Director and is scheduled to retire at the end of the 2019 school year.

Dr. Deana Savage


Deana M. Savage, Board Member and former President of Midland Shared Spaces is Special Advisor to the President of Midland College where her responsibilities include serving as the College’s Accreditation Liaison and overseeing the Department of Institutional Planning, Effectiveness and Research.   Prior to serving in this capacity, Dr. Savage served as Associate Vice-President of Instruction for the college.    She has a B.A. in English, M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Ed.D. in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Savage serves with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accrediting organization as a Committee Chair and Special Reader.  In 2018 she received a Meritorious Service Award from this body which represents institutions of higher education in the Southern states. She has served as President of the Texas Association of College Texas Educators and President of the Texas Administrators of Continuing Education, and she has chaired and served on numerous State committees.

Dr. Savage is a former president of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Buffalo Trail Council, former Vice-President of Community Impact for Midland United Way and former member of the Permian Basin Workforce Development Board and the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the Permian Basin.  She has been recognized as a Distinguished Woman by the Girl Scouts of the Permian Basin and as a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished volunteer service by the BSA Buffalo Trail Council. 

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August 29, 2018   •   Wednesday
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Petroleum Club of Midland