Meet our team

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” –



President/Founder - executive committee

Danny Asberry El created the idea of Solel International in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2005. This came about after he and FC SAYAW Unlimited created of movement/organization called Movemiento de Libertad. It included an international band of individuals that made historic contributions to Bahrain in the fields of dance and cultural expression. The Movement involved representatives of Egypt, Bahrain, United States of America, Philippines, Argentina, Thai Land, India, Ethiopia, Cuba and more. After successfully raising over 500,000 US dollars for Hurricane Katrina Victims and the Typhoon Victims in the Philippines while creating a new type of economy for Bahraini Musicians and Dancers, Asberry El got the urge to bring arts and culture back to his hometown Houston, Texas. 

Solel International was founded on the idea that you can tell your story with your song, culture, science and experience. This came about because Asberry El felt that boxes of race cannot possibly hold your all of your life, humanity nor history. He maintains that the arts and vast cultural paradigms should be accessible to the Northeast Houston populous as well as the rest of the city. The non profit obtained its exemption status in 2014.          

Being of the Autochthonous Diaspora himself , a Moorish American, he is influenced by his Puerto Rican Madrina (Godmother) Chicke, his Mother (Sandra) from Louisiana and Father (Danny) whom are both of well documented Moabite and Egyptian roots, he prides himself on versatility, history and love. 

You can often here him saying "Learning of yourself is one thing but being yourself is another thing in its entirety".  During his 7 year tenure in the Military, he has been trained in public affairs, print journalism, photo-journalism, graphic and illustrative design, photography, television and radio broadcasting, lithography and military leadership in the Defense Information School (DINFOS) under the U.S. Department of Defense from which he holds his certification.  He had the opportunity to be an International Liaison and a Mass-communications Specialist for the United States Navy.  Now as a veteran, he wields a Masters in Business Administration and holds a bachelors in Visual Communications of American InterContinental University. He was one of the instrumental people in influencing the now-less complicated open process of the City of Houston's Houston Arts Alliance and he was just awarded the Entrepreneurship award-certification from the Veterans Worklife Institute. 


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  • Appoint all chairpersons of committees.
  • Supervise the Executive Director.
  • Discharge all duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors in general .
  • Executes for the corporation any contracts, deeds, mortgaged, bonds or other instruments which the Board of Directors has authorized to be executed except in those instances in which the authority to execute is expressly delegated to another officer or agent of the Corporation or a different mode of expression is expressly prescribed by the Board or these By-laws.
  • Reviews and understands the organization's articles of incorporation and by-laws, policies and procedures, financial and legal situation, and strategic plan.
  • As Board ambassador, the president acts as a spokesperson to the larger community. He speaks in public on behalf of the organization and advocates for the cause.
  • The president sets high standards for board conduct and intervenes if conflicts of interest or confidentiality issues arise.
  • Delegation of duties to qualified Personnel

vice president - executive committee

Orlando Redwood

With membership to Solel International you, your family and friends will enjoy 15 dollar a month classes by the international 9th degree black belt R S K, Hanshi Orlando Redwood. Born in Panama, Redwood knew then he would follow karate because of his attraction for discipline, self confidence, self esteem and brotherhood. He seeks to prepare the way for the next generation of international brothers and sisters

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • In the absence of the President, or in the event of the President's inability to act, the Vice President shall assume the duties of the President.
  • Under the direction of the president or board of directors, the the Vice president manages employees and the day-to-day activities of the organization and will provide visual verifiable reporting via project management apparatus'. This includes developing responsibilities for the staff, volunteers, developing and mentoring staff or volunteers, as well as ensuring the organization accomplishes tasks to meet its overall goals.
  • Because we rely on donations from the community and individuals interested in the organization's success, the vice president creates public awareness initiatives and ensures the organization is visible to the community and those interested in assisting the foundation. This may include assigning staff members or volunteers to coordinate fundraisers, community events and other programs to create responsiveness to the organization.
  • Preparation of operational and financial reports for the board and top executives of Solel International. These reports are typically presented to executives on a quarterly basis to review the organization's status, as well as exchange ideas and suggest changes to improve operations.



treasurer - executive committee

WIlliam Allen Johnson El serves as Treasurer for Solel International. His service to the autochthonous community is near and dear to his heart. His family is from Louisiana. He descends from the ancient Moroccans born in North America before colonialization and the creation of the United States of America. As part of the autochthon of North America his nationality is considered to be Moorish-American. His organization Fathers' R Us, a private association that informs fathers better methods of parental behavior and understanding, is also an official partner to Solel International under its Personal Development wing. He is treasurer due to his unwavering commitment, integrity and highly professional ethical standards. He also has a son Akil who's proving that one day he will walk in his fathers footsteps.  

Duties and responsibilities

  • Chief financial officer of the Corporation.
  • Reviews the financial procedures and the financial reporting system of Solel International and generate issues to be considered by the finance Committee.
  • Interprets the financial policies, accounting statements, audit reports and technical details for the Board.
  • Retains membership of the Solel International finance Committee.
  • Performs all other duties incidental to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President or by the Board of Directors.
  • The Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of his or her duties in such sum and with such surety or sureties, as the board of Directors shall determine.



Eva Elias

Solel Board Chair - DIRECTOR OF ARTS INTERACTION /Talent Acquisition



Hartencia Smith

Solel Board Chair, Head of corporate outreach and cultural development

Board Chairs

Eva Elias

Eva Elias is Presidential Cabinet member of Solel International Org, a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization that provides services to improve quality of life for autochthonous people nationally and internationally . She consults regularly with executives from a variety of fields to help create synergistic solutions to bring fashion and art to the forefront in Houston, TX in a more diverse way integrating the rich diverse cultures that encase the city of Houston along with showcasing named diversity in all facets that include the arts which ties into Solel’s mission statement goal(s). 

Born in Jersey City, NJ, Eva now lives with her partner and Artist Michel FG along with son Julio and pet dogs in Texas. Eva has worked in the financial field for over 16+ years as a financial advisor.  She currently heads the synergy of Evalushion which is an online fashion and art boutique along with Revalushion Management, a talent management co that includes models, artists, makeup artists, etc. She has successfully placed her model(s) and makeup artists in fashion shows/runways with the most recent being in New York Fashion Week Fall 2016.   She is also one if not the only talent management company/agency currently in Houston that can successfully guarantee to place models in a NYFW fashion show/event with guarantee that they will walk the runway during aforementioned highly sought after event.  


Hartentica Smith is the 1st chair of Solel International's Arts and Culture Department she heads up Balet Folklorico Ritmos y Vibriciones de Panama and proudly performs for the Embassy of Panama. She has served in the Houston Black Heritage Society, Solel's A-FEST 2015 and 16 and was an integral part of the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Chase Bank.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Maintain Membership dues and maintain at least one department to ensure the overall success of that department and Solel International as a whole. 
  • Determine mission and purpose. It is the board's responsibility to create and review a statement of mission and purpose that articulates the organization's goals, means, and primary constituents served.
  • Ensure effective planning. Boards must actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan's goals.
  • Monitor and strengthen programs and services. The board's responsibility is to determine which programs are consistent with the organization's mission and monitor their effectiveness.
  • Ensure adequate financial resources. One of the board's foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission.
  • Protect assets and provide proper financial oversight. The board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.
  • Build a competent board. All boards have a responsibility to articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate their own performance.
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity. The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  • Enhance the organization's public local and international standing. The board should clearly articulate the organization's mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the community.

SECRETARY - executive committee

Silvia Gilliam. 

Duties and responsibilities at the board table

  • Helping construct and manage the board meeting agenda in partnership with the board chair
  • Taking minutes that reflect quality of the deliberations and accurately records the decisions made
  • Serving as a governance coach or advisor to the board on their processes
  • Insuring that important correspondence is brought to the board’s attention 

Duties and responsibilities AWAY FROM board table

  • Understand and monitor Solel Internationals project management Software
  • Send acknowledgments to donors 
  • Participate in Artist Booking Projects  
  • Constructing and seeking approval of the board calendar
  • Insuring that policy decisions made at board meetings are added to the policy manual
  • Maintaining a list of board members and their contact information
  • Keep track of board member appointment dates and terms
  • Maintaining a list of association members – especially in small organizations
  • Reviewing the organization’s by-laws and noting possible changes to be introduced.
  • Insuring board member names, bios, meeting minutes, annual reports and plans are published, as agreed upon by the board, on the organization’s website