Our Board



A serial entrepreneur, formerly a ship’s captain in the Merchant Marine, went to business school in the UK and came to Houston in 1979. While in Houston, overcame adverse job circumstances to start his own business. Over the years, he has created several successful businesses ranging from ship operations to health foods. He is a founding charter member of TiE Houston (TiE.org) and is passionate about many charities. This is his first venture into social entrepreneurship. He lives in the Houston Heights with his wife, Amrita.


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Bonna Kol is a seasoned executive with 20+ years leading nonprofit organizations with experience in the development and implementation of multi-million dollar projects. Currently, Bonna serves as President of the Asia Society Texas Center – an arts and cultural organization in Houston. She is passionate about Asia Society’s mission to build cross cultural understanding for a more diverse and inclusive society. Over the years, Bonna has raised the profile of Asia Society and has been the force behind many of its outstanding public offerings and educational focus.

She looks forward to supporting small business owners, especially women, to become successful entrepreneurs.


Peter Workin is practicing attorney in Houston, Texas.  Mr. Workin’s areas of practice include business law and estate planning. Mr. Workin is Board Certified in Taxation by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Bernice Justine Koko

Bernice, a servant who is always willing to lend a helping hand, is the proud wife to a US Army Veteran and mother to three beautiful children.

She has more than 20 years’ experience of community service and a passion for helping others. Originally from Ivory Coast, Africa, Bernice was a successful business woman engaged in the battle against poverty. To her, “being born poor isn’t a choice, but dying poor is a choice.” Prior to relocating to the U.S., she led and encouraged women to stand against poverty through the “Galia Foundation,” a nonprofit organization she founded in 2001, that supported and financed small businesses and projects for women.

When Bernice relocated to Houston, Texas in 2003 with her husband, she quickly became active at her local church, where she continues to occupy several positions, serving women and children. Working with the church allowed Bernice to learn about community health issues and the struggles of immigrant women in the Houston area. With that knowledge coupled with two Kiva loans and Bayou Microfund’s support, she founded United Health Partners, a social impact organization dedicated to providing health and wellness services at a low cost to people in need.

Bernice’s diverse background in serving the less privileged community has enabled her to respond to people and their urgent healthy living needs. She has successfully developed sustainable health programs in Houston for women and their children. And the mission continues; Bernice’s heart and arms are always open, and she is ready and willing to give a smile and hope. Click here to learn more about Bernice’s business journey with Bayou Microfund. 


Hannah has spent over a decade working as a professional fundraiser for Houston-area nonprofits. Through her work in healthcare, higher education, and human services, she has experience in major gift fundraising, strategy, and nonprofit board management. She currently serves as Lead Philanthropy Advisor for Texas Children’s Hospital and has previously held fundraising roles with the University of Houston and Baylor College of Medicine.

Hannah has a passion for cultivating meaningful relationships between people and the missions and causes they care about. Hannah brings this enthusiasm and expertise to Bayou Microfund to support the growth of the organization and the opportunities for Houston-area entrepreneurs.