Press Releases: April 28, 2015

Sandy Johnson Named Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Greater Houston

HOUSTON, TX (April 28, 2015) – United Way of Greater Houston named Sandy Johnson, president and CEO of Barrios Technology, as this year’s recipient of the distinguished Robert W. Kneebone Volunteer of the Year Award at its annual meeting on April 28. The Kneebone Award is the highest honor given to a United Way volunteer in recognition of extraordinary leadership and commitment to community service.

“Over the years I’ve witnessed the extraordinary commitment United Way of Greater Houston has to improving the Houston community,” said Johnson. “As a volunteer, this award is a great honor because it is given by the people I work alongside and admire greatly.”

Johnson began her volunteer involvement with United Way of Greater Houston in 2003, when she was elected to the United Way Board of Trustees. Her relationship with United Way flourished as she took on several volunteer roles over the past 12 years, including serving as chair of the Finance Committee, Community Impact Committee and the Community Investment Task Force. She has also been a member of the Executive Committee.

“Sandy is a passionate supporter of the work of United Way and the community we serve,” said Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston. “Not only has Sandy provided strong leadership and business expertise, she is a dear friend who truly believes in our mission to improve lives and build a better, stronger Houston for all.” 
Johnson is involved with other community organizations, including the Bay Area Economic Partnership, University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL), the Clear Creek Education Foundation, Communities in Schools – Bay Area and her alma mater Louisiana Tech University. She has received numerous awards for her achievements, including the UHCL Presidential Medal in 2012 and the Clear Creek Independent School District’s Citizen of Year in 2007. In 2004, she received one of NASA’s highest honors, the Distinguished Public Service Medal. 

Before taking over as president of Barrios Technology in 1993, Johnson was an engineer with McDonnell Douglas Corporation, supporting the Skylab and Space Shuttle programs. She helped form Barrios Technology in 1980 upon being awarded the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)/Johnson Space Center Flight Design Support Services contract. Barrios was named NASA’s Woman-Owned Business of the Year in 2005.

About the United Way of Greater Houston
For more than 90 years, United Way of Greater Houston has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues and making a lasting difference.  United Way of Greater Houston, last year alone, touched the lives of more than 2.4 million of our neighbors in the Bay Area and in Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties.  United Way focuses on strengthening our community by developing children and youth to their full potential, creating strong families and safe neighborhoods, sustaining senior independence and rebuilding people’s lives in times of crisis. United Way of Greater Houston is the best way to make the biggest difference in our community.  For more information, please visit,