Board of Directors

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Our Board of Directors has decades of experience, both in the nonprofit arena and corporate world. Combined, these professionals work tirelessly to fulfill our mission to help young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 


CHAIR Ruth Jacks, Wells Fargo Bank VICE CHAIR Eric Watson, Consultant SECRETARY Wendy Wilkerson, Toyota TREASURER Marty Ellen, Consultant IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR Jay Johnson, Charles Schwab HONORARY CHAIR George S. Watson, Steelcreek Management  PRESIDENT & CEO Karen Tan, LCSW


Aaron Carter, Ross Stores
Ben Jackson, AT&T
Grant McGee, American Airlines
James Schmeltekopf, Wells Fargo Bank
Jim Trester, Ryan, LLC
Jivka Batchvarova, PwC
John Zimmermann, Sycamore Tree Capital Partner
Paul Manno, Gensler
Paul Stafford, Stafford Moore PLLC
Richard Iannelli, FLUOR
Sonya Macatee, Consultant 
Thomas Ehlmann, NBC5 (retired)
Joy L. Bartholomew, Bank of America
Mike Kryger, Deloitte
Peter Lewis, Scheef & Stone, LLP
Josh Bradburn, State Farm
Julie Jennings, Capellas Partners
Charles Ballard, Kimberly-Clark 
Jeremy Gott, Baker Botts 
Scott Connor, KPMG
Ferrell Keel, Jones Day


YPF Advisory Chair – Ran O’Malley

Junior League Advisory Chair – Madeline Nauyokas

Alumni Representative – Idris Akinpelu


Richardson Advisory Chair – Assistant Chief Coby Pewitt

East Dallas Advisory Chair – Julie Jennings

Navarro County Advisory Chair – Les Leskoven

Mesquite Advisory Chair – Officer Steven Contreras 

Oak Cliff Advisory Co-Chairs – Thomas Spann and Ricky Garcia

Grand Prairie – Paul Burrow

West Dallas – OPEN


Levi Davis

Tom Falk

Jerry King-Eshevarria

Gerald Louviere

Scott Murray

Jimmy Westcott