Noël Bezette-Flores holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and individual differences. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in research with vulnerable populations, including homeless youth, immigrant and refugee children in schools, and immigrant and refugee family resettlement.
Dr. Bezette-Flores has received regional, state, and national honors for her service. She developed partnerships and supervised students in school districts collaborating with nonprofits that resulted in awards from the Texas State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.
In 2012, she became the executive director for the Center for Public Service and Family Strengths at UHD’s College of Public Service, where she oversaw civic engagement and service-learning projects. Those efforts led to the Carnegie Foundation Classification for an Engaged University. Currently Dr. Bezette-Flores is CEO of Innovate at Work, a consulting firm for community-based development, strategic reorganization and visioning, curriculum development, assessment and leadership development.
Her commitment to community service led to her appointment by Mayor Annise D. Parker to the board of directors of Houston Media Source. She was co-founder and served as co-chair of Houston’s Citizenship Month for seven years. The city-wide initiative celebrates Houston’s diversity and is an opportunity for people of all nationalities, faiths and cultures to come together, while encouraging civic responsibility and volunteerism. In 2013, Houston Woman Magazine named her one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women. Her other service includes: UNA-Houston Board, UNA-USA Education Committee, METRO Academy Community Partner, Mayors Advisory Committee for International Communities, Volunteer Houston Board, Red Cross Board Marketing and Outreach Committee, Welcoming Houston initiatives-education and economic development task force for immigrants and refugees, and the Higher Education Track co-chair for the Points of Light Conference on Volunteer and Service.