Dr. Richard J. Gonzalez, Co-Founder
Dr. Richard J. Gonzalez (1912-1998) is Co-Founder of the American Heritage Education Foundation, Inc. He was an energy economist, educator, consultant, and advisor.
Gonzalez was Chief Economic Advisor for Humble Oil and Refining (later Exxon Mobil) in Houston, Texas, for 28 years. He also served on the Board of Directors in economics and finance and as a Treasurer for Humble.
After 28 years with Humble, Gonzalez began his own consulting practice as an energy economist for government, business, and industry. He testified as a petroleum and mineral industry expert before Congressional committees and federal agencies and served in leadership capacities with several national organizations. Most notably, he was a consultant to the Petroleum Administration for Defense and to the Office of Defense Mobilization. In 1970, he was appointed by the U. S. Secretary of the Interior to the National Energy Study. In addition, Gonzalez chaired and directed many petroleum industry groups and committees. He served as director of the National Industrial Conference Board, chairman of the Economics Advisory Committee-Interstate Oil Compact Commission, and chairman of the National Petroleum Council -Drafting Committee on National Oil Policy.
Gonzalez held several professorship positions in Economics at the University of Texas and the University of New Mexico. He served as visiting professor at Stanford University, Northwestern University, and the University of Houston. From 1983-1991, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Texas IC2 Institute (Innovation, Creativity, and Capital).
Gonzalez authored many articles and papers on topics ranging from energy economics to the role of progress and religion in America. His articles include “Economics of the Mineral Industry” (1976), “Energy and the Environment: A Risk Benefit Approach” (1976), “Exploration and Economics of the Petroleum Industry” (1976), “Exploration for U. S. Oil and Gas” (1977), “National Energy Security” (1978), and “How Can U.S. Energy Production Be Increased?” (1979).
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Gonzalez earned his B.A. in Mathematics, M.A. in Economics, and Ph.D. in Economics (Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors, at age of 21) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Eugenie “Jeannie” Sampson Kamrath Gonzalez, Co-Founder
Eugenie Gonzalez is Co-Founder of the American Heritage Education Foundation, Inc. She has served as an elected school board member for the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and as a board member on the Houston Grand Jury Association. Mrs. Gonzalez has been a member of the Houston League of Women Voters, Houston Area Forum, Houston Mayor’s Charter Study Committee, and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston. She has served as a volunteer with M. D. Anderson Cancer Hospital and Houston Parks Department. She helped found the Houston Tennis Patrons.
Jack Kamrath, Co-Founder
Jack Kamrath is Co-Founder of the American Heritage Education Foundation, Inc. He is a founding and managing partner of Tennis Planning Consultants, Inc. He is also founder and owner of Kamrath Construction Company. Kamrath has founded, owned, and managed various real estate operating companies. He has worked with Brown and Root in construction in Vietnam. He holds a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston.
Dr. Michael Owens, Director of Education
Dr. Michael Owens is Director of Education at the American Heritage Education Foundation, Inc. He has served as a Presenter/Trainer of AHEF teacher training workshops. Owens has taken on a number of administration leadership roles in Texas public education throughout his career–including Superintendent in Dripping Springs ISD, Assistant Superintendent in Friendswood ISD, and Associate Executive Director of Instruction Services for Region IV Education Service Center. He has also served as Director of Exemplary Programs for the Texas Education Agency, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for College Station ISD, and Director of Elementary and Secondary Education for College Station ISD. Owens has led many professional development worships for the Texas School Boards Association, Texas Assessment, Texas Education Agency, and others. He has specialization in educational technology systems and educational assessments, and has Texas teaching experience. He currently serves as Texas Technology Engineering Literacy (TEL) test administrator for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for part of Texas. He holds a B.S. and a M.Ed. from Stephen F. Austin State and a Ed.D. from the University of North Texas.
Angela Kamrath, President and Editorial Director
Angela E. Kamrath is President and Editorial Director of the American Heritage Education Foundation, Inc. She is Editor and a contributing writer of AHEF’s widely-distributed teacher resource, America’s Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty, and a contributing writer to America’s Heritage: An Experiment in Self-Government. She is author of AHEF’s academic text/sourcebook, The Miracle of America: The Influence of the Bible on the Founding History and Principles of the United States of America for a People of Every Belief . She has taught and consulted in writing and research at the University of Houston, Belhaven College, and Houston Baptist University. She served as a Research Assistant intern in the Office of National Service during the George H. W. Bush administration. She holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.A. in Journalism from Regent University, and a M.Ed. from the University of Houston. She has served in various children’s and student ministries and has been a student of the Bible for over 20 years.
Claudine Kamrath, Office Manager
Claudine Kamrath is Office Manager and Administrative Assistant for the American Heritage Education Foundation, Inc. She oversees design, bookkeeping, office, and administrative responsibilities. She has worked in church administration and taught Elementary Art. She holds a B.A. and a B.F.A. in Art from the University of Texas at Austin. She holds Texas teacher certification from the University of Houston.