Board of Directors
Alfred Solano is the Vice President of the Waco Family Medicine Foundation. WFM is a Federally Qualified Health Center that focuses on primary health care for the most vulnerable people of the Heart of Texas. He was previously with the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber as President/CEO with a focus on serving the needs of small businesses in order to create greater collaboration and growth in our community.
He graduated from Texas State Technical College in 1982 with a degree in AAS Electronics Technology. He has over 30 years of experience in the office technology industry, where he provided business equipment and software solutions and broad service on various nonprofit boards and advisory councils.
Alfred’s interest in nonprofit began when he attended a Hispanic Chamber monthly luncheon that opened his eyes to how broad of an impact a chamber can have on people. As the former President of the CTHCC, Alfred worked to create partnerships with small businesses and local resources across the Waco community.
Other impactful roles he held prior to McCIF were in serving:
- City Center Waco
- First Central Credit Union
- City of Waco Recycling Advisory Council
- Prosper Waco
- Waco Family Medicine
- Hillcrest Healthcare Center
- MCC Foundation
Currently, Alfred serves the Waco community on the following boards:
- StartUp Waco
- Act Locally Waco
Alfred has been married to his wife, Rachel, for 15 years. He has one daughter, Elena, who has also invested in a career focused on serving others.
Board Vice President
John Alexander brings over 30 years of experience working with nonprofits. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1986 with a degree in Recreation and Parks. John began his career in nonprofits as a full-time volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International. John has worked with the following nonprofits:
- Habitat for Humanity International in 1987
- Mennonite Central Committee
- Executive Director of Waco Habitat for Humanity from 1998-2013
- Accessibility Inspector from 2013 to 2019
- Returned to Waco Habitat in 2019
Before moving to Waco, John volunteered in Nicaragua for 3 years. He then moved to Waco, where he has been living and working in the McCIF investment area ever since.
Jane Allen serves as the Treasurer at McCIF. She graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in Business Communications and Marketing, where she went on to accrue 20 years of experience as a local banker and 20 years of experience in management at Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies. Jane is also a small business owner who provides tours of Waco to those from near and far. She hopes that her tours will inspire others to fall in love with Waco and stay. Jane became interested in nonprofits through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as a breast cancer survivor, herself. She also volunteered in many other capacities with the local Susan G. Komen affiliate and served as interim Executive Director through 2 transitions of the affiliate into large market areas. After retirement, Jane began to work with numerous nonprofits throughout Waco, which she considers to be her favorite city. These organizations include:
- Historic Waco Foundation
- Brazos Higher Education Authority
- Waco Symphony Council
- Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau and others
She considers one of her greatest accomplishments to be her role as the first female bank president in McLennan County at Lorena State Bank. Jane has been married to her husband, George Allen, a Retired Senior District Judge, for 15 years, and is a mother to two children and grandmother to three. When she’s not at work, Jane enjoys traveling and reading.
Jocelyn Williams is the Center of Business Excellence Coordinator for the Centex African American Chamber of Commerce. As coordinator, her focus is centered around supporting and promoting Waco McLennan County small minority businesses. This is done through getting to know the local business owners and their needs and hopes for their businesses, providing resources and programming such as marketing strategy workshops and social media best practices, and supporting business growth by providing information about vendor and event opportunities as well as grants and loans.
Jocelyn also has experience in supporting community development from her previous role as Community Organizer for Grassroots Community Development. In that role, she connected with community leaders and partners in building healthy relationships within the community and supported community events and activities with schools, churches, businesses, and neighborhood associations. Jocelyn is also a musician, a Classical Flautist, and a former music teacher and church music director.
She has a Master of Music Performance from Catholic University of America, Inc. She also has a vast amount of experience and knowledge in Diversity, Inclusion and Equity initiatives and strategies from her previous work with schools and in the community. She is a certified SEED Facilitator. SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity.
She has facilitated yearlong seminars for school staff, and parents at her position at her school in Maryland. She has also served on several Maryland, DC Metropolitan Diversity and Inclusion School Conference Planning Boards and worked with the National Association of Independent Schools on their host committee in planning their National Conference in DC in 2013. She is a native of Maryland and moved to Waco after marrying her husband, Morris. She enjoys traveling, movies, spas, and good food.
Tom Chase is the Chairman of the Board of Insurors Financial Corp. and its subsidiaries, Insurors Indemnity Company, Insurors Indemnity Select and Insurors Indemnity Underwriters after having served as President and CEO from their founding to 2014. Tom began his insurance career in 1972 with the predecessor of Insurors of Texas General Agency, having previously practiced law with Naman, Howell, Smith and Lee in Waco, Texas.
A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, he holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence with Honors degree and was a member of Phi Delta Phi and Order of Coif. He has a BA from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Tom has earned the designations of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) and Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding (AFSB). He is a past President (1981) and Director (1979 – 1982) of The Independent Insurance Agents of Central Texas.
His experiences in insurance include:
- Chair at Insurors Indemnity Company
- Chair at Insurors Indemnity Select
- Chair at Insurors Indemnity Underwriters
- Chairman of the Board of Insurors Financial Corp.
- Designations of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
- Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI)
- Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding (AFSB)
- Previous President (1981) and Director (1979 – 1982) of The Independent Insurance Agents of Central Texas
Tom serves on committees of numerous civic organizations and is also a member of the board of directors of Central National Bank. Tom and his wife, Penny, have a son, George, who is President of Insurors of Texas General Agency, Ltd., and a daughter, Felicia Goodman, who is the Executive Director of the Cooper Foundation of Waco.
Her interest in nonprofits and commitment to the community can be seen in the many roles she serves in the community, especially in her role as Council Liaison for the Waco Youth Council. Andrea continues her love for working with young people by coaching them in civic leadership training and helping them cultivate special projects like recycling and educating other young people about their carbon footprint.
Andrea also serves on:
- Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum Board
- Airport Advisory Board
- Texas Downtown Association Board
- Texas Travel Alliance Board
- Waco ISD Foundation Board
- Prosper Waco Board
- Creative Waco Cultural Arts Task Force
- NAACP Executive Committee as 2nd Vice President and Economic Engagement Chair
- Communities in Schools Board
- StartUp Waco Board
- Community Visioning Board
- Texas Lyceum
She is also a proud member of the Waco Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Andrea has been married to her husband, Elijah, for 18 years and is the mother to two boys, Drew and Jaxon.
Austin Buchs is the Mission Services Coordinator for Heart of Texas Goodwill and serves on multiple boards in the Greater Waco Area which include, The Cove, Shepherd’s Way and most recently McLennan Community Investment Fund.
Growing up in the military, Austin has traveled the world and was able to meet different people and cultures which assisted in his personality traits as he navigated through the for-profit sector in his sales career.
Before taking the Mission Services Coordinator position for Heart of Texas Goodwill, Austin has had over a decade of experience in (for-profit) sales, marketing, operations / small business consulting and has been a part of a number of different startups helping grow their internal and external functions.
Austin attended Texas State University and Majored in Business Management. Aside from faith, family, and business, Austin’s greatest passion is giving back to the community and being a resource for the underserved.