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…