The WISE Conference 2018 Guest Speakers



Michelle Merhar is a former FOX 26 Anchor and Traffic Reporter now staying home with her three young children. Michelle worked on the FOX 26 Morning Show for seven years and prior to television was an on-air personality on the Newsradio 740 KTRH Morning Show for four years. An interest in broadcasting began during her college years spent at Texas State University-San Marcos while working at the university’s radio station. She is a Houston native and graduated from Klein High School in Spring. Michelle’s full time job now entails raising her three children: Abigail (5), James (4) and Joseph (2). Her husband, Danny works in the financial industry and they all reside in Spring with their two dogs and frog. Michelle enjoys working out, running, and spending time with family.



Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor
Powerful story of strength and resilience

Rebekah Gregory is a wife and mother whose life was forever changed due to the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. This act of terrorism may have claimed her leg, but it could not claim her spirit. Since then, Rebekah has used her platform in a huge way by traveling all over the country speaking out against evil and encouraging people to turn their obstacles into opportunities.  READ MORE…




A proud 5th-generation Texan, Nelda Luce Blair is CEO of The Blair Law Firm. She also manages a private real estate investment business Blair Investments Global, and oversees operation of the Conroe ISD Education Foundation.

Nelda’s varied legal career has included roles as a county prosecutor, private litigator and government liaison. As an elected official, Nelda led the formation of a new government for The Woodlands, Texas, and was Founding Chair of The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau.   READ MORE…

LINDA MANHARDT NELSON                                                         

Business Development & Regional Marketing Director
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center

Linda Nelson has been with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, a 351-bed acute care hospital, since 1997.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Business at West Virginia Wesleyan College and her MBA at Texas Women’s University.  Wanting to stay active in the community that she both lives and works in, Linda is active in the following organizations:  READ MORE…


Dr. Ann K. Snyder serves on the Ministry Staff at The Woodlands United Methodist Church (TWUMC) as the Executive Director of Generosity.  She is also Head of Schools for  TWMS, Toddlers – 8th grade.   Snyder was elected to The Woodlands Township Board of Directors November, 2015 and currently serves as Secretary of the Board as well as Chairman of the Township’s Economic Development Committee. A proven leader and accomplished administrator who believes in leading by example, she has assembled an impressive list of credentials during the course of her professional career and community involvement.  READ MORE…


Cathy started in the marketing research industry close to 20 years ago, measuring & reporting consumer opinion for the Procter & Gamble company for brands such as Charmin, Bounty, IAMs, etc. After work for P&G, she moved on to measuring consumer satisfaction for large restaurant and retail chains. Lastly, before starting Incrementum, she worked in the telecommunications industry for Sprint at their world headquarters in Kansas City analyzing market data for contract negotiations.  READ MORE…


Dr. Pamela Schlembach is a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology. She completed her residency in radiation oncology at MD Anderson in 2002, where she received  several awards and continues to have numerous publications. She has a broad background in treating all adult cancers with radiation and specializes in caring for patients diagnosed with cancers of the breast, central nervous system and prostate.   READ MORE…


Jill Silman Chapman is a Senior Performance Consultant with Insperity Traditional Employment Solutions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s degree in HR Management from Tarleton State University, SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications, and has 25+ years’ experience in the HR and recruiting industry.  READ MORE…