In subsequent years, Patricia has been involved with many school organizations. Her involvement in both the Lamplighter and Shelton schools in Dallas provided her with a deep understanding of the value a strong community can make in a child’s education. These experiences proved very valuable as she took on the role of PTSA President at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she tripled the size of membership and created new parent education programs. Through her work with the Booker T. community, Patricia became involved in broader public education issues impacting not only the magnet school programs but all Dallas public school children. Patricia currently serves on the Booker T. Washington Arts Advisory Board, the Board for the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation, and the Conrad High School Academies Advisory Committee.
Patricia completed her undergraduate work in Communications at the University of Texas, Dallas and her graduate work in Conflict Management at Southern Methodist University. Her daughter, Dillon, graduated from Dallas ISD and attends Carnegie Mellon University. Patricia and her husband, Tony Bell, reside in northwest Dallas.
Peter currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Medical Foundation; The Dallas Foundation, which he chaired; the Dallas Citizens Council; the Design Futures Council; and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council at Princeton University which he formerly chaired. He has served on the Board of the Greater Dallas Chamber, which he chaired in 2001, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission, and the Stanford Business School Trust.
He and his wife, Nancy, live in Dallas. They have two children, Spin and John, who both attend the University of Texas in Austin.
CEO, Uplift Education
Yasmin holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and Business Honors from the University of Texas in Austin and a MBA from Stanford University. She and her husband reside in Dallas with their daughter Isabel and son Ian.
Dr. Blackburn has been a career educator since 1986, beginning with the Dallas ISD as an instrumental music teacher before serving as an assistant principal in the West Dallas area. At the Texas Education Agency, he served in the Division of School Accountability, followed by service as principal in Goodrich, Texas, and Duncanville, Texas. Dr. Blackburn has also served as an adjunct professor of educational administration at various colleges and universities in the North Texas area. Dr. Blackburn is Vice President, Business Services, and Chief Financial Officer with Texans Can! Academies, one of the largest Texas charter school operators with more than 4,000 students.
Born in Fort Worth, where he attended Kirkpatrick Elementary School, before moving to Dallas, Dr. Blackburn attended Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School and graduated from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Blackburn is recently married to Donna. He has three children, all of whom graduated from Dallas ISD, and three grandchildren, two of whom attend Dallas ISD.
Brent earned his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, where he was a Robert S. Strauss Scholar and administrative editor of the Texas International Law Journal. He earned his master’s degree in political economy and political culture as a Rotary Foundation Scholar at the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England, and his B.B.A. in public administration and economics from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Prior to joining Communities Foundation of Texas, Brent served as Director of Development for the giving programs at Children’s Medical Center Dallas during the hospital’s successful $150 million wePromise Campaign. Before his post with Children’s, he served as General Counsel and Vice President for Advancement at Dallas Baptist University. Earlier in his professional career, Brent practiced law at Cowles & Thompson, P.C., in Dallas, where he specialized in legal malpractice defense and product liability defense.
Brent serves on the boards of directors for Safer Dallas Better Dallas and Passion for Children’s. He is chair of the Advisory Board of CF Insights, an initiative through the Community Foundations Leadership Team at the Council on Foundations and FSG to gather, analyze and share data with community foundations to improve their performance and sustainability. He also is a strategy committee member of the Alliance for Charitable Reform, which educates policymakers about philanthropy and the role it plays in communities.
Among his other activities, Brent serves locally on the President’s Advisory Council for the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, where he also was an original member of the Brinker International Forum Board of Advisors. He is a member of the Crystal Charity Ball Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of Uplift Education, the Board of Advisors of Entrepreneurs For North Texas, the Advisory Council of the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of Dallas, the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development Executive Board at Southern Methodist University, the United Way Metropolitan Dallas Income Impact Council and the UNT Dallas 21st Century Commission. Brent is an active member of the Dallas Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization and The Dallas Assembly, for which he served as president in 2010-11. He also is a former trustee of The Foundation at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. Brent and his children live in Dallas.
Trisha is a collaborator and believes there is power in partnership and sharing to build a better future for TI and our communities. As such, she was a catalyst and founder of the Dallas Fort Worth Corporate Citizenship Network – a self-managed group formed to share best practices and encourage companies with similar interests to work together on key community issues. She recently was named 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Executive of the Year by the Center for Nonprofit Management.
Trisha holds a BS in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in business from Murray State University. She is a graduate of the International Women’s Foundation Leadership Fellow Program, Leadership Dallas and Leadership Texas. She serves on the board of trustees for the Foundation for Women’s Resources, the Volunteer Center of North Texas where she chairs the Student Engagement Programs committee and formerly of Girls Inc of Metropolitan Dallas. She also serves on the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Marketing Council, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Board Development Committee, the President’s Advisory Council of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Murray State’s Computer Information Systems advisory board. Trisha is a member of the Dallas Breakfast Group and Dallas Friday Group. She also is an active volunteer as a Girl Scout leader and church youth leader.
Last year the Foundation evaluated 2,000 grant applications and awarded approximately 220 grants totaling $33 million dollars to nonprofit organizations across the State of Texas.
Mr. Esterline earned a B.A. in History from Stanford University and a M.A. from the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Bruce met his wife, Diana, at the LBJ School. The family lived in Austin until 1983 when they moved to Dallas so that Bruce could join the Meadows Foundation.
Chair, Zero to Five Funders Collaborative
Regen has spent most of her life focused upon the lives of young children starting as a student teacher during high school (Foster Elementary, DISD). She has served as a teacher, school counselor, head of school, mother and, for the last 25 years, as a civic leader for a variety of organizations serving young children and their families.
In the Dallas community, Regen’s service includes previous leadership positions at the Child Care Group, Dallas Assembly, Dallas Foundation, Junior League of Dallas, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Dallas County Community College Foundation Board, Dallas for Children, Educational First Steps, Girls’ Adventure Trails, The Hockaday School, Planned Parenthood. Currently, Regen serves as the Chair of the Zero to Five Funders Collaborative, an initiative of over 25 Dallas area foundations working together to make measurable progress toward school readiness for one of Dallas’ most needy neighborhoods.
A Dallas native, Regen is a graduate of The Hockaday School, Yale University and holds a M.Ed from the University of North Texas, Regen is married to craniofacial surgeon, Jeff Fearon, and has a daughter in college and twin girls in middle school.
Since becoming CEO in 2005, Florencia has seen the Concilio’s parent involvement program grow from just four schools in the fall of 2005 to serving parents in four area school districts in the fall of 2011. The Concilio is now recognized for its expertise in parent involvement and helping families and students achieve educational success. These impressive efforts have been recognized by Bank of America, the National Council of La Raza, and the Plano Independent School District.
Florencia has 18 years of experience working in education and grassroots community organizing in Dallas as well as Los Angeles and Orange Counties. In addition to her work within The Concilio, Florencia participated in the 2010 Marshall Memorial Fellowship and the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas program and has served as the President of the Association of United Way Agency Executives. She serves on the board of directors of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Texas Leadership Forum, and The Compelling Why. She is a member of the Dallas Assembly and the Hispanic 100. As a happily married pastor’s wife and mother of three extraordinary children, Florencia is also a member of the Deaconess Board at New Mount Moriah Baptist Church.
Mr. Gilbert has contributed to the growth and stability of HSGD serving as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer during his 24-year tenure. He also currently works as an Administration and Financial Management Consultant for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start, to conduct financial and compliance reviews of Head Start programs nationally. Mr. Gilbert is also a much sought after training & technical assistance professional for Head Start programs across the nation.
Mr. Gilbert holds memberships in the National Head Start Association, The Institute of Management Accountants and The National Association for the Education of Young Children and is a past President and current Treasurer of the Texas Head Start Association. Mr. Gilbert is also the current Treasurer of the Region VI Head Start Association. Mr. Gilbert is active in the community at the local and state level, including current membership on the Head Start State Collaboration Office Advisory Board as well as past service on the state Child Care Management System Community Advisory Board and the Texas Early Childhood Education Council (TECEC) Advisory Committee. Mr. Gilbert is a 2004 Leadership Dallas alumnus and a 1991 alumnus of the prestigious Head Start Johnson and Johnson Management Fellows Program at UCLA. Mr. Gilbert holds a B.A. in Accounting from Bishop College and a MBA from Amberton University. Mr. Gilbert is married with three children.
Previous to joining the Foundation, Glover served in several education leadership roles across the United States. Two years ago, he was selected as the inaugural Senior Fellow for Bellwether Education Partners. In Dallas, Charles served as one of six cabinet members in the Dallas Independent School District, where Glover helped lead an urban district of 158,000 students and 20,000 employees. During this time he established a competency based Teacher and Principal Selection Models, launched a business process redesign of all HR workflows within the district’s Enterprise Resource Program (ERP) and implemented a case based support model for principal and school needs.
Glover moved to Dallas in late-2008 where he established and led Teach For America’s (TFA) largest charter region, as the founding Executive Director of TFA-Dallas. Glover was responsible for all day-to-day operations, professional development, business development, alumni affairs, and district strategy. In carrying out a 3-year strategic growth plan, Glover led TFA to over 200% growth and expansion into neighboring Fort Worth.
Charles started his career in Durham, NC as a middle school social studies teacher and football coach. He currently serves on the Leadership Council of Commit!, The Zero to Five Funders Collaborative (ZFCC), and the Texas Education Grantmakers Association Consortium (TEGAC). He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Workforce Commission and was a founding board member of the Teaching Trust, a non-profit collaboration with Southern Methodist University. He is an alumnus of Leadership Dallas and was recently honored by the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
Glover received his B.S. in Sociology from Texas A&M University and his M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University.
Outside of Greenhill, Scott has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and is currently President-elect. He currently serves on the board of the St. Alcuin Montessori School and The daVinci School. On three occasions, he has served as a mentor for the NAIS Aspiring Heads program, and he is an elected member of the Country Day School Headmasters Association and The Headmasters Association.
Before coming to Greenhill, Scott was the Head of the Upper School at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia; Director of College Counseling, physics teacher and varsity basketball coach at Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland; and, teacher, coach and college counselor at The Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio.
Scott is a native of Ohio and he received his B.S. degree in physics from Centre College in Kentucky, where he also played varsity basketball and was co-captain of a team that reached the NCAA Division III Final Four. He received his Masters in Educational Administration from Ohio State University.
Dr. Harris is highly respected by educational leaders across the nation. He is one of the most forward thinking superintendents having established the DHS Collegiate Magnet Program, the DeSoto Early College High School and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The district received the TEA T-STEM designation, is the only K-12 Texas district to receive a U.S. Department of Education GEAR UP grant worth $7.8M and the Board recently passed $9.6M in QZAB funding for the STEM Academy.
He has instituted grow-your-own leadership programs for district personnel and continues to seek funding to enhance technology creating a state-of-the-art learning environment for all students. He launched the Woodridge Elementary Fine Arts Magnet, iSTEAM3D Magnet Academies at middle schools, full-day Pre-K for early learners, revitalized the agriculture program, and much more, all in under three years!
Dr. Harris is an inspirational speaker, a community and civic leader, and a motivational activist who inspires others to be the best every day. Dr. Harris and his wife Lesa have three children, Davion – now a freshman in college, Dacory and Dalesia, who attend DeSoto High School.
Prior to joining Teaching Trust, Patrick was the Vice President of Program Investments at The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund), a non-profit organization that applies principles of venture capital to transform public education throughout the city of Chicago. At The Fund, Patrick launched the “Innovative Schools & Instruction” portfolio, overseeing more than $1 million in investments focused on reimagining the structure and practice of instruction to enable far more personalized teaching and learning. Under his leadership, The Fund created “The Innovative Educator Network,” a professional learning community uniting high-performing educators willing to re-think the way they use talent, technology and time to transform student learning. Patrick also spearheaded The Fund’s “Expand Learning Time” efforts. As part of that work, he served as interim Director of Recruitment & Training for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and developed an alternative workforce strategy for what was at the time the largest urban district expanded learning time pilot in the country (6,000 students across 15 schools). During his tenure at The Fund, Patrick also managed strategic human capital investments focused on teacher evaluation, compensation reform and research and evaluation.
Prior to his work at The Fund, Patrick led strategic human capital consulting engagements for education and professional services clients for DHR Consulting. Patrick also worked as an Assessment Manager at CPS, where he led the launch of an instructionally focused quarterly assessment program for more than 200,000 students across 500+ Chicago public schools.
Patrick was part of the founding team at The Grow Network, an internationally recognized leader in assessment reporting and personalized instruction that was acquired by McGraw-Hill in 2004.
Patrick started his career in education in 1998, teaching fourth grade at P.S. 130 in the Bronx, where he served as a Teach For America Corps Member.
Patrick earned a Masters in Business Administration from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Georgetown University.
She also spent two years at East Fort Worth Montessori Academy as the Facilitator of Outdoor Education and taught 7th and 8th grade science in Fort Worth and Dallas.
In December of 2012, Stacey’s principal recommended her for the inaugural cohort of Ed Policy Fellows with Teaching Trust. The focus of the program is to educate and empower teachers on current education policy so that they can advocate for solutions that will help close the achievement gap.
In March 2013, the Ed Policy Fellows took a group of 15 educators to Austin during spring break. They had developed a policy agenda and understood the issues very well and were given the opportunity to testify before the Senate Education Committee. On a subsequent trip to Austin and after further testimony, Stacey and some of her cohort were informed by the Chief of Staff for the Chairman of the Education Committee that they just “didn’t have enough members to be invited to the table” for the real discussion. Stacey made up her mind to change that.
Having seen the impact a few voices can make, she’s determined that with greater numbers, not only will educators be invited to the table; they will be leading the discussion about the transformation of education in Texas.
Stacey earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Recreational Sports Administration from Indiana University and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Texas-Arlington. In her free time, Stacey enjoys trail running, hiking, gardening, and traveling to the mountains of Colorado and Montana.
Prior to joining the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas team, Susan was the CEO and President of ChildCareGroup, a Dallas based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, delivering and expanding the best child care services available outside the home. She also previously served as the executive director of Educational First Steps and the Good Shepherd Community Center and as a senior leader at Rainbow Days. Her professional experience includes the positions of teacher, child care center director, and parent educator in domestic violence and drug abuse prevention programs. Susan is a well known children’s advocate at the local, state, and national levels.
Susan is the past president of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children and served on an advisory committee for the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She is the board chair of the Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition (TECEC) and the chair-elect of the Dallas Social Venture Partners (DSVP) board. Susan also serves on the Board of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, the Jr. League of Richardson and the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health.
A native of Midland, Texas, Susan earned a degree in bilingual/bicultural education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and completed graduate work in early childhood education at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and post graduate work in public administration and policy analysis at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Holt also serves as Market Executive for Middle Market Banking. In this role, he is responsible for providing comprehensive financial solutions and industry expertise to mid-size companies through dedicated client teams located in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. Holt joined a Bank of America predecessor bank in 1978, and has been involved in real estate and commercial lending throughout his 34-year career. He has served as a Commercial Market Executive for the past seven years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Abilene Christian University, and an MBA from the University of Texas San Antonio.
In the community, Holt is a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber and its Education Advisory Council, as well the Dallas Citizens Council and the Dallas Symphony Association. Holt recently served on the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Blue Ribbon Commission and the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, in addition to other past educational, civic and community organizations in the San Antonio area. Richard lives in Dallas with his wife Kathy, and has two children, daughter Korey and son Cullen.
During her 21 years in the role as a superintendent, Dr. Hull has dealt with some of the greatest challenges superintendents face, including inheriting a financially unstable district in which the payroll had to be borrowed until she could stabilize and rebuild financial solvency, programming and oversight of almost $500 million in bond funds, and resolving governance issues to relieve one district from Agency intervention. Additionally, Dr. Hull has increased student achievement in five districts while reducing the achievement gap between all subpopulations of students, and increased the number of Highly Performing campuses. Recognized for these accomplishments, she was selected as the 2005 Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Association of School Administrators. She was also the Texas Association of School Administrators nominee for the National Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Hull’s other honors include 2009 Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year, 2008 Texas A & M College of Education Outstanding Alumni Early Career Recipient, 2007 Outstanding Leadership Alumnus from the University of Texas at Tyler, Brock Juror for the Brock International Prize in Education, recipient of the Service to Education Award from Dallas Baptist University and Honorary Lifetime Member Award from the Texas Parent Teacher Association. Dr. Hull’s leadership style has been called exemplary. She leads by example and allows her staff and consultants to do the jobs for which they were hired, while continually encouraging and motivating others to strive for excellence. She continually puts children first in all of her decisions and takes great pride in the success of others.
Chancellor Jackson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute, DOWNTOWNDallas, the Dallas Citizens Council and the Dallas Education Foundation. He also serves on the board of the North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization. He is past chairman of the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities and the Texas Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors. Lee Jackson began his career in the Dallas City Manager’s Office, served 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives, and was elected four times as Dallas County Judge, the chief elected official in the State’s second largest county.
Chancellor Jackson was born in Austin, Texas. He attended Dallas public schools, received his B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and his Masters of Public Administration from SMU.
President, The Dallas Foundation
A lifelong resident of Dallas, Mary’s background was in the volunteer sector and she continues to be involved in the nonprofit community. She has served as President of the Board of Trustees of The Hockaday School, Girl’s Adventure Trails, Educational Opportunities, Inc. and the Charter 100 of Dallas. Additionally she is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, at the University of Texas in Austin
Past board memberships include the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Foundation for Callier Center for Communications Disorders, the Greater Dallas Planning Council, the Greater Dallas Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Dallas Chapter, American Red Cross, Hope Cottage Children’s Bureau, the Jr. League of Dallas, the Executive Board of the Algur H. Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, the Tejas Girl Scout Endowment Foundation, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, the Conference of Southwest Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers in Washington , D.C.
Mary participates in several national initiatives for the Council on Foundations. She serves as past chair of the National Standards Action Team and a current member of the Community Foundation National Standards Board.
He is a graduate of Harding University (BA 1972), Harding University Graduate School of Religion (MA 1973), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv 1977) and Tulane University (MA—American History 1986). His first full-length book, The Wealth of the Poor, will be published in fall 2012 by Leafwood Publishers.
Larry spent eight months in 1998 as executive director for the Greater Dallas Community of Churches but returned to CitySquare with a renewed clarity that his place was close to the streets of Dallas’ inner-city community. Larry and wife, Brenda, have made their home in the inner city since January 1999.
Executive Director, Momentous Institute
Momentous Institute is a large nonprofit with a 90 year history of building and repairing social emotional health with children and their families so they can achieve their full potential. 7,000 people are served directly each year through comprehensive therapeutic services as well as through a state-of-the-art laboratory school for children growing up in poverty. Momentous Institute is committed to research and training for thousands of professionals each year.
Michelle developed a family strengthening program, Fortaleza en la Familia (Strong Families), which has been used to provide culturally grounded parent education to thousands of families. She is a nationally recognized speaker on topics such as: what children need to succeed, mindful parenting, social emotional health, effective parent engagement, the effect of trauma and violence on children, and the intersection of mental health and education.
Michelle grew up in Guatemala and is fluent in Spanish. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, Patrick, and their two daughters, Maya and Sophia.
An alumnus of Lamar University in Beaumont, Laurie earned a B.S. in Psychology with emphasis in Industrial Psychology. She is married to a workforce colleague, Robert and they have one son, Alex.
Linda has been actively engaged in community development initiatives for more than 15 years as part of her three decade?long banking career. Formerly, Linda was the Southwest Director of Community Development Banking for JPMorgan Chase Bank. Linda is a member of the Dallas Habitat for Humanity Honorary Board; The AIA Dallas Board of Directors; and The Dallas Center for Architecture Columns Advisory Board. She is a member of The Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing (TAAHP); The Dallas Assembly, The Texas Lyceum Alumnae, Leadership Dallas Alumnae (1991). Linda is the past Vice Chair of The Real Estate Council (2006?2007), past President of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers (2009?2010). She is a founding member of Housing Texas and the Louisiana Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers. She has served on the Fannie Mae National Housing Advisory Council (2006?2008) and was actively engaged with the Louisiana Recovery Authority in redevelopment initiatives following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Linda has a B. A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.
Trustee, Dallas Independent School District
With a belief system that continually calls him to serve others, Morath has participated in numerous volunteer activities, locally and internationally. He has volunteered in our schools and juvenile justice facilities and as a mentor Big Brother. He helped organize a trip to orphanages in southern India to set up clean running water systems, and he volunteered at an eye clinic in rural Mexico, where he was lucky enough to meet another volunteer, Dr. Laura Vondra, who is now his fiancé.
Never one to shrink from a challenge, Morath has hiked Mount Rainier in Washington and climbed mountains near Mount Everest in Nepal.
He received a BBA, summa cum laude, from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in two and a half years, thanks primarily to the International Baccalaureate curriculum offered at his public school alma mater, Garland High School.
The youngest member of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees, Morath also is the only trustee who has never drawn an opponent.
President and Regional CEO, JPMorgan Chase
Mrs. Nippert has spent thirty-five years in a variety of community development settings including the practice of architecture, affordable home building, community and economic development, micro-lending and PK-12 education.
In addition to the COMMIT! Leadership Council, she currently serves on the Mayor’s STAR Council Advisory Board, the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty, Children’s Medical Center Community Advisory Board, the FACT Advisory Board (an SMU student project), the Incarnation House Board, and the SMU IRB Review Committee. She has also served as co-lead for the Mayor’s Southern Dallas Task Force – West Dallas, founding board member of Habitat Texas, founder of The PLAN Fund, President of the Board of Directors at Unity Church of Dallas and vice-president of the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Nippert graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in architecture and is married to Jim Nippert. Together they are the parents of five wonderful young men and women of whom they are insanely proud.
In his 27-year career in education, Parra has served six school districts throughout Texas. He worked as a high school English teacher, a campus and district-level administrator, an assistant superintendent, and superintendent of Lockhart ISD. Now In Irving, which serves over 35,000 students across 37 campuses, Parra leads the district with focus and clarity to maximize opportunities for all students to succeed.
Raised in New Braunfels, Texas, Parra is a graduate of Canyon High School, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He holds administrative certification from Trinity University in San Antonio and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Columbia University in New York.
His honors include recognition as a Comal ISD Outstanding Graduate, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellow, a Texas Excellence Award in Teaching Nominee, a Jefferson Award Nominee for Significant Public Service Work, and the sole superintendent appointed to the Commissioner’s Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.
After graduating from Michigan State University, he lived 18 years in Washington, DC, where he served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bill Goodling (R-PA), Assistant White House Press Secretary to President Ronald Reagan, and Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation under then-Secretary Elizabeth Dole.
At The White House, Mr. Petroskey served as a spokesman for President Reagan and led the staff responsible for the preparation of every official White House document released to the media. In addition, he traveled extensively, and accompanied the President to his historic first meetings with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, in Geneva, Switzerland in November 1985, and in Reykjavik, Iceland in October 1986. He also accompanied the President and Mrs. Reagan to Camp David on 10 different weekends.
From 1988-1999, Mr. Petroskey served at the National Geographic Society, the world’s largest educational membership organization. He was named the first-ever Vice President of Public Affairs in 1988, and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Mission Programs in 1996. In that role, he was the senior executive responsible for the committee which funded scientific research and exploration projects for well-known scientists and explorers such as Jane Goodall, Bob Ballard, and Sylvia Earle. He also oversaw a 50-state geography education program, which still includes the National Geography Bee, hosted by Alex Trebek, as well as exhibits, the public lectures program, and fundraising.
From 1999-2008, Mr. Petroskey was President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, where he was the primary link to all living Hall of Famers and their families and led the day-to-day operations of one of the nation’s best-known and most respected museums, a premier symbol of American achievement. While there, he was instrumental in launching the museum’s first-ever national traveling exhibition, Baseball As America, which was seen by more than 2 million visitors in 15 respected museums throughout the U.S., including the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park. Membership grew from 4,000 to 32,000 during his tenure, and he also helped create the Hall of Fame’s Development Office, which now provides an important source of revenue. One of his greatest sources of satisfaction and pride was working closely with the Board to initiate and implement a one-time-only, 5-year study and process for considering and electing Negro League players, managers, and executives. That process culminated in the election of 17 Negro Leaguers in 2006, nearly doubling the number in the Hall of Fame.
From 2008-2010, Mr. Petroskey served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Community Development for the Texas Rangers, where he led the reorganization of the Texas Rangers Foundation, which resulted in a focus on children in need and a much greater awareness in the community. He also made more than 70 speeches throughout North Texas to share the story of the Rangers on the field and in the community. While with the Rangers, Mr. Petroskey served on the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee; the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board; the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau Board; and the United Way of Greater Dallas campaign.
Most recently, Mr. Petroskey has been Vice President, Public Affairs, for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, the nation’s fourth largest energy company. He worked mostly with Oxy’s five general managers throughout California and other key senior-level managers on challenging legislative and regulatory issues, local community engagement, public education, and charitable contributions.
Mr. Petroskey and his wife, Ann, both graduates of Michigan State University, have been married for 35 years. They have three grown children: Kathleen, an SMU graduate living in Dallas and working for Worldwide Express; Frank, a Tufts University graduate living and working in New York City; and Claire, a College of Charleston graduate living and working in Charleston, SC.
- Organizational design and effectiveness project for the US Department of Education
- Transformation plan development and implementation support for multiple urban districts and states (e.g. New Orleans, Dallas Independent School District, Delaware)
- Launch plan development for the National Math and Science Initiative
- Comprehensive teacher effectiveness plan development for multiple large urban school districts
- Higher education support (e.g. strategy, fund raising and development, new programs)
Prior to joining BCG, Mr. Puckett worked for IBM. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and Religion from Duke University, and an M.B.A. in Finance and Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the Boards for The Dallas Foundation and the Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Advisory Board for Teach for America. J. resides in Dallas, TX with his wife of 25 years and their four children.
After a successful 20-year career in marketing and advertising, Mike Rawlings took the helm of the world’s largest pizza company, Pizza Hut. Under Mike’s leadership, the company had a major upturn in business resulting in the highest weekly store sales in Pizza Hut history and recognition by D Magazine as “The Best Company To Work For In Dallas.”
Most recently, Mayor Rawlings served as Managing Partner of CIC Partners, where he provided business counsel and capital, helping to grow small and mid-sized businesses in Dallas, and across the U.S. In addition to his vast business experience, over the past three decades Mayor Rawlings also has served as a volunteer leader with a proven record of tackling some of our city’s toughest challenges. As the Homeless Czar for five years, Mike oversaw the construction and opening of The Bridge, which is the cornerstone of our city’s long-term plan to help the homeless and clean up our downtown. Mike also worked to raise more than $12 million in private donations to operate this non-profit that helps more than 1,000 homeless men and women every day. Under Mike’s leadership Dallas reduced its number of chronically homeless by nearly 57% over five years.
As Chair of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2006-07, Mike worked to bring in new tax revenue from visitors, relieving the burden on homeowners. Under his leadership, the CVB brought in events that generated $400 million in direct economic impact to Dallas. And while serving as President of the Dallas Park & Recreation Board, Mike fostered public-private partnerships securing private funding to support basic services and start a new youth health initiative.
A lifelong athlete, Mike lettered in football at Boston College, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and communications, Magna Cum Laude. He has been an active lecturer at many universities as well as an adjunct professor at SMU. Mike and his wife Micki have raised two children here in Dallas, Michelle and Gunnar.
In addition to public policy, Eric served as the General Counsel and Director of Public Affairs for SchoolDude.com, the nations largest provider of online facility management software tools for schools. Eric’s interest in SchoolDude is directly related to school infrastructure needs and issues associated with safe, healthy, education work conditions in school facilities. Eric also advises and consults with government oriented technology companies on a range of issues. Eric’s nonprofit focus relates to innovative educational programs and projects designed to improve student outcomes by increasing opportunities for those that need it the most.
Eric received his undergraduate degrees from Duke University and his law degree from Wake Forest University. He serves on the following Boards: SMU School of Education; UNT-D Foundation; NAPE-Equity Business; Perot Education; Commit! Human Capital.
Eric seeks to utilize his business, legal, public service and non-profit experience for the benefit of our community.
Senator Shapiro’s issues while serving in the Senate have been many. A champion of children, she passed landmark legislation to protect against sexual predators. Her series of bills known as Ashley’s Laws, protects against, adjudicates, and punishes sex offenders whose victims are children. These laws, which went into effect in 1995, were national benchmarks, and Senator Shapiro continues to dedicate herself to improving the safety and security of our children.
In 1999, Senator Shapiro became chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee and committed herself to the issue of transportation, creating the first fund for Texas mobility. In 2003, the Senator became chair of the Senate Education Committee, where she passed legislation to overhaul the state’s school finance system. Her landmark legislation, House Bill 1, significantly lowers property taxes, provides more money for schools, along with a teacher pay raise and the first-ever incentive pay program, educational reforms at the high school level to promote college readiness and curb dropouts, and more meaningful accountability for schools.
Her consistent leadership over the years has earned the Senator many honors. Senator Shapiro was recently honored by Dallas Can! Academy with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The Academy, a non-profit organization giving young Texans a second chance through relationship-based education, presented the award to the Senator at the Academy’s 17th Annual Motherhood Luncheon. Senator Shapiro was recognized for her outstanding contributions to education and her work to improve the lives of children across Texas while also showing great dedication to her family and community. Prior to this recognition, she was named to the Legislative Honor Roll by the Texas Association of Realtors, was awarded Inside Collin County Business’s Celebration of Enterprise Award for the public official business partner of the year, the Government Technology Conference’s Bob Bullock Award for Public Stewardship, Girl Scouts of the USA Tejas Council’s Real Women Award, and the Outstanding Service Award from Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.
Today, the Senator serves as Texas representative to The Council of State Governments (CSG) Education Policy Task Force. She also serves on the Southern Regional Education Board and the Education Commission of the States, coalitions of elected officials and education leaders that address issues such as long-range planning, policy proposals, and the advancement of education among the states. Senator Shapiro is also an appointee to the Governor’s Criminal Justice Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Study Commission on Region C Water Supply, and a member of the Standing Committee on Education for the National Conference of State Legislators.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Senator Shapiro holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. In addition to chairing the Senate Education Committee, she currently serves on the Senate Committees on Finance; Transportation and Homeland and Security; and Administration. She and her husband, Howard, live in Plano. They have three children and nine grandchildren.
Rainwater Charitable Foundation (RCF)
Within education, the mission of the RCF is to help the nation’s most underserved students with a focus on a) expanding high-quality early childhood education options for parents, b) promoting high-quality school leadership and c) supporting cradle to career efforts in North Texas and South Carolina. The foundation also recently began making grants to efforts in India and East Africa.
Prior to joining Rainwater, Jeremy worked in management consulting for four years, first with McKinsey & Company, serving clients in consumer packaged goods, technology and health care; and later as an Associate Director with DenuoSource LLC, primarily in marketing and organizational design.
Prior to McKinsey, Jeremy worked in operations research at Merck & Co., where he managed global ops improvement projects in both Latin America and Asia. Jeremy is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Divinity School. He received his BS in engineering from the University of Arkansas. He currently serves as a board member at East Dallas Community Schools and the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health.
Prior to joining Texas Instruments, Stampley worked for 15 years at Bank of America (BAC) as a Community Relations Senior Vice President where she managed Philanthropic, Community Development and Associate Volunteer Programs for the 20,000+ BAC employees in the North Texas Region. As a member of the Local Market Delivery Team, she focused on individuals and communities that often lack access to resources by providing support in the areas of Education, Workforce Development, Affordable Housing, Health & Human Services and the Arts. At Bank of America, Stampley oversaw $3MM+ in charitable giving annually.
Stampley is an active member of the community and plays a key role in the support of numerous organizations including St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Parkland Hospital and CitySquare. She is a board member of Big Thought, Commit! and Teach for America. She also serves on the Dallas Regional Chamber Education Advisory Committee, the United Way Education Advisory Council and the TREC CDFI Advisory Council. She is a former member of the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee and was the 2008 Fund Development Chair of The Real Estate Council Foundation. Stampley is a graduate of Leadership Dallas (Class of 2004) and was the 2008 Chair of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Board. From 2008 – 2012 Stampley served as the Management Advisor for Bank of America Community Volunteers, a team that grew from averaging 30,000 volunteer hours annually in 2007 to averaging over 100,000 hours of community service annually from 2008 – 2012.
In 2010 Stampley received the Leadership Dallas Distinguished Alumni Award. The award emphasizes the importance of active involvement in the Greater Dallas region and serves to encourage and provide a role model for others. In 2005, Stampley received the “She Knows Where She’s Going Award” from Girls Inc.-Dallas, presented to women who have overcome obstacles and become a role model to young women.
Stampley is a graduate of the Washington University St. Louis School of Fine Art where she majored in both Advertising Design and Illustration.
Stampley and her husband Samuel reside in McKinney, TX and are the proud parents of five children – Charmaine – 22, Amen Ra -22, Coleman – 20, Samuel III – 18 and Khaila -17.
Senior Vice President of Women and Infants Specialty Health, Parkland Health and Hospital System
Turicchi is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, DFW ACHE Forum, and Dallas Medicaid & CHIP Regional Advisory Committee. She was honored by the National Association of Public Hospitals (NAPH) as a 1997 Fellow for designing and implementing managed care programs in safety net institutions, and is a recipient of awards from NAPH and CMIO Magazine for use of the EMR to manage influenza in pregnancy.
Turicchi received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas and a master’s in health care administration from Trinity University. She lives in Dallas with her husband, Tom, and their two children. Both Paula and Tom have been involved in Dallas ISD school activities including PTA and the Site Based Decision Making Committee.
Executive Director, The Boone Family Foundation
Ms. Yung also serves on advisory boards for Ignite Texas, The Real Estate Council Community Fund, United Way Income Impact, and Texas Women Ventures and steering committees for the Zero to Five Funders Collaborative and Highland Park United Methodist Global Outreach. More than a decade of volunteer work on international mission trips and serving on nonprofit boards have paved the way for Ms. Yung’s transition from the corporate world to the nonprofit world.
A Telecom industry veteran, her previous corporate career includes roles in sales, strategic marketing, manufacturing operations and finance for Nortel Networks. Ms. Yung earned a Chartered Accountant designation at Ernst & Young and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Canada.