Amercan Cancer Society
Neon Lights and Bayou Nights Sep 14, 2024 Houston


2024 Houston Cattle Baron’s Ball Chairs

Janette Marx, Robin Klaes, and Stephen M. Toups

Janette Marx

Janette Marx is the CEO of Airswift, a global workforce solutions company focused in the energy, infrastructure and process industries. In 2014, she joined Swift Worldwide Resources as COO and led the integration of Swift and Air Energi, who merged to form Airswift in 2016. As CEO of Airswift since June 2018, Janette is focused on building the company to become the number one provider for its customers and the employer-of-choice for its employees. Under Marx’s leadership, Airswift has grown organically through dedicated development of its leaders and employees as well as transformational key technology projects. Airswift has also grown through M&A with the acquisitions of Competentia in 2021, Energy Resourcing in 2023 and a public Norwegian bond raise to refinance the company. Prior to joining Airswift, Janette spent 19 years at The Adecco Group, ultimately running the engineering, technical, medical, and science divisions.

Marx serves on the Board of Directors of Navigator Holdings, NVGS, traded on the NYSE. She is involved with the community serving on the following boards: American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, Junior Achievement, American Staffing Association, University of Houston’s Bauer School of Business and the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Marx has been featured on Staffing Industry Analysts’ Staffing 100 in North America lists for 6 consecutive years. She was recognized as an energy industry leader in the 2019 Houston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business, awarded the Global Leader of Influence from the World Affairs Council in 2020, and is a HBJ Most Admired CEO in 2023. She recently became a published author with the book launch of “Together We Rise” with 14 other women executives. Marx earned an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and holds a BS in Business Management.

Robin Klaes

A passionate advocate for the Houston community

Robin Klaes celebrates others and their accomplishments, building connections, forging friendships, and supporting organizations that make a difference in Houston. Gracious and loyal, Robin “enriches lives…by creating opportunities to get together,” giving to others in ways both large and small. Whether fighting to beat cancer, calling for accessibility for the disabled, or getting formula and diapers to babies at risk, Robin leads with heart.

As a devoted Houstonian, Robin has dedicated herself to service initiatives that raise awareness. She has supported Trees of Hope as a board member since 2003, leading as Chair from 2005-2008, and later honored at their 2013 “Winter White Gala.” She was further recognized in 2016 when she became a Lifetime Member. It was then that she dedicated herself to the Miller Outdoor Theater advisory board, chairing the 100th anniversary gala. Championing even more causes dear to her heart, Robin co-chaired the Nutcracker Market Preview Party (2021), Judy’s Mission Possible Luncheon (2020), the Easter Seals Greater Houston’s 16th Annual Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon (2015), The River Celebration (2015), L.I.F.E. Houston Legacy Luncheon (2014), Picnic in the Park for SEARCH Homeless Services (2012), University of St. Thomas Alumni Association Fall Fashion Show (2007), Pink Pairs Luncheon benefiting the Pink Ribbon Project (2007), Episcopal High School Hawaiian Knights Auction (2006) which raised over $1 million in one night, Avondale House Gala (2000), and chaired the River Oak Baptist School Gala (1998 and 1999). Robin was also recognized as an Honorary Chair at the Judy’s Mission Possible in the Park (2021). And, as a longtime advocate for the Star of Hope and SEARCH Homeless Missions, Robin continues to bring community service into the lives of family and friends too, often inviting them to donate a blanket, a purse, or a meal to someone in need.

Driven to help others, Robin joined the Junior League of Houston in 1994. She has fundraised for World Vision to bring clean water wells to those in need and chaired prestigious galas for the American Cancer Society; she has raised support for House of Tiny Treasures, a free daycare for homeless children; she has chaired teacher appreciation committees, served as a room mother, a development board member, and more, stepped up to coach her son’s basketball team when no one else volunteered. Not only did others catch a glimpse of her level of commitment in a time of need, they saw the team win the championship.

Robin puts her whole heart into philanthropy. She continues to inspire others to answer the call to serve. She has identified talent for fundraising projects, revamped a speakers’ series, and hosted concerts on her lawn to support The Music Box Theater when Covid temporarily closed their doors. She has delivered baskets to new mothers and victims of natural disasters and rolled up her sleeves to ring the Christmas bell for donations for the Salvation Army. And this year to ring in the 2023 holiday season, she and Danny chaired the Houston Holiday Shopping Card event for the American Cancer Society, raising over $750,000.

A loving mother and wife, Robin and her husband Danny met at the University of St. Thomas, marrying shortly after graduation in 1985. Sharing a true partnership, they have three incredible children, Chaz (36), Dakota (34), and Kit (28). When asked to describe Robin, Danny replies, “Involved, involved, involved,” further sharing that “Raising our children [was] the most important work we ever [did].” Robin and Danny brought up their children with time-honored principles: Put in the work. Practice common courtesy. Do the right thing. When accepting invitations, never “better deal” others. Give back. When out and about, always say hello to friends. It’s no wonder that the Klaes children share the same spirit of giving. In fact, Chaz chose to attend Washington & Lee University, in part because community outreach is such a core of its school culture. Likewise, when Dakota applied to college, he asked a campus tour guide what students did to help the neighboring community. To this day, Kit regularly supports SEARCH Homeless Services through fundraisers and clothing drives.

Chaz graduated Washington and Lee School of Law and now practices in Houston. He and his wife Tany have two children, Mary Frances and Charlie. Dakota graduated with honors from Vanderbilt with a degree in Philosophy and received his Masters in Screenwriting from New York Film Academy. He lives in Houston with his wife Joannacoco. Kit graduated the University of Southern California with a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production. She currently owns and operates two businesses: The Courtly Canvas, a needlework shop in the heart of Houston, and I Need Some Dough, a baking company. She is married to Davis Hance.

Robin and Danny continue to create traditions that matter, whether opening their home for an annual Christmas party, welcoming all of their children’s former teachers from elementary and secondary school—more than 125 educators spanning 24 years—as a big, festive thank you, or hosting a Breakfast with Santa for families, or making care packages for single mothers and military men and women. In fact, Robin has helped thousands, simply by inviting them into her circle of care and compassion.

Stephen M. Toups

Stephen Toups is Chief Executive Officer of Turner Industries. He is in his 26th year with the company and has served in multiples roles within the organization.

Nationally, for the industry, he serves as past chairman of the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER), on the executive committee for the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), and on the board for the Engineering and Construction Contracting (ECC) Association.

In Louisiana, Stephen serves on the board of directors for the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, Our Lady of the Lake, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Energy Advisory Council, and the Committee of 100 for Economic Development. He also sits on the executive committee for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and serves as past chair and member of the board of supervisors for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). Stephen is past chair of the Capital Area United Way and CEOs Against Cancer—Gulf Coast Chapter, and he served on the board for Rice University’s Global Engineering & Construction Forum. He was recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors as the Construction Leader of the Year and named one of the Top 10 “Breakout Technology Leaders” in the nation.
Stephen received his MBA and undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University.

Immediate Past Ball Chairs

Jacquie Baly

Lara Bell

Past CBB Chairs Advisory Committee

Disney Harris

Marilu Garza

Patti Murphy

Board of Directors

Leisa Holland-Nelson, Board Chair

Chree Boydstun

Sue Burnett

Ellen Elam

Marilu Garza

Amerino Gatti

Winell Herron

Dr. Sippi Khurana

Alicia Jansen

Nora Jarrard

Robin Klaes

Teresa McClendon-Thomas

Dr. Anish Meerasahib

Dr. Rick Ngo

Leila Perrin

CEOS Against Cancer Greater Houston Chapter




Fertitta Entertainment

Hess Corporation


Kiewit Energy


Next Level Medical


Phillips 66

Talos Energy

Turner Industries

USI Southwest Inc.

2024 Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee

The Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee is composed of committed and passionate men and women in the Houston area who are driven by supporting the life-saving mission of the American Cancer Society. To learn more about this year’s committee availability and how to join, please email

Committee benefits include invitations to all Houston ACS feeder events, quarterly committee social events, and discounted tickets to the Houston Cattle Baron’s Ball, Tickled Pink Luncheon, and Shuck Cancer. For more information on benefits, discount codes, and more, please email the Cattle Baron’s Ball email above.

Committee Roles

New Member Application

Advocacy Committee

Sonia Soto, Chair

Tiffany Benita, Chair

Auction Committee

Cyndy Garza-Roberts, Chair

Vicky Dominguez

Whitney Ferguson

Pam Gerrans

Maritza Gonzales

Michelle Leal Farrah

Linda Mark

Jan Mendenhall

LaJuana Rodriguez

Katie Romero

Hospitality Committee

Kamisha Mickey, Chair

Clarissa Cantu

Juan Cantu

Robyn Thompson

Kelly Whitaker

Kickoff Party Committee

Kristen Cannon, Chair

Whitney Lawson, Chair

Terri Courtney

Janette Gardner

Samantha-Anne Nadolny

Lyndsey Rieth

Kris Shryock

Terri Wang




Committee Roles

Little Wranglers Party Committee

Karen Remington, Chair

Jill Watson, Chair

Susan Coburn

Julie Crowell

Katie Dunnavant

Rachel Elliott

Felicia Moodie

Kim Padgett

Logistics Committee

Amy Herod, Chair

Kristin Wilkinson, Chair

Brittany Koger

Pig Races Committee

Kittsie Klaes, Chair

Krista Shamaly, Chair

Laura Blount

Melisa Jordan

Linda Mark

Leighanne Mitchell

Michelle Watkins

Revenue Enhancer Committee

Alicia Jansen, Chair

Leila Perrin, Chair

Linda Avedon

Debbie Bernstein

Jill Davis

Ellen Elam

Vicki Luna

Melissa Mabe

Stacey Saathoff

Sweepstakes Committee

Tricia Verbois, Chair

Kristen Cannon

Janette Gardner

Jennifer Hovas

Heather Layton

Missy Morales

Sylvia Ready

Terri Wang

Social Events Committee

Tiffany Halik, Chair

Michelle Thomas

Social Media Committee

Amy Wallner, Chair

Tracie Brenton

Angela Hernandez

Kayla Thramer

Sponsorship Committee

Jason Broha

Suzanne Stiles

Maegan Toups

VIP Party Committee

Tiffany Halik, Chair

Nora Jarrard, Chair

Sandra Porter, Chair

Kim Padgett

Katie Tsuru

Volunteers Committee

Marcie Berry

Paul Browne

Simmi Chaudhary

Anita Kermally

Elizabeth Keshani-Fisher

Patty Martin

Jose Perez

Brianna Tillman




New Member Application