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Board of Directors

Strong governance is important for any successful organization, and our board members ensure Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas operates in a responsible manner, and keeps a clear vision of the overall direction and strategy of the organization. Learn more about our mission and values here. We are extremely proud to have the following 25 individuals serve on our Board.

Laurie Bouillion Larrea | PresidentLaurie Bouillion Larrea

Laurie Bouillion Larrea is honored to serve as President/CEO of Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, the Dallas County Workforce Development Board. Capping a career in employment and training spanning more than forty years, service to the Dallas workforce system has proved a rewarding commitment. Under her direction, the Board in Dallas has achieved its goal of becoming the best in employment, service to employers, adult education and childcare – all contributing to a better workforce for Dallas County. The Board is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the region with resources of $100M annually. Recent projects include partnerships with Walmart and 100K Opportunities Initiative! Laurie also serves as a Trustee of the Workforce Development Council of the US Conference of Mayors. The WDC is a premiere member organization contributing to the national dialogue, documenting best practices and defining the needs for a competitive workforce. She has testified before Congressional Committees regarding the passage of Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and addressing Welfare Reform. Prior to Dallas, Ms. Larrea directed workforce systems in Houston and Southeast Texas. As a private employment and training consultant, Laurie’s work included conference planning; procurement, negotiation and contract training; and planning for various councils and contractors - the Texas Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Labor. She is an alumnus of Lamar University in Beaumont, Laurie earned a B.S. in Psychology with emphasis in Industrial Psychology.

Wendy Lopez | AECOMWendy Lopez

Wendy Lopez is currently a vice president with AECOM, where she leads the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro operations. As DFW Metro Manager, she has 170 staff reporting to her through three offices located throughout Dallas and Fort Worth. In addition to her work responsibilities at AECOM, Wendy volunteers in areas that interest her. She served on the National Women’s Business Advisory Council, a non-partisan advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendation to the President of the United States, Congress, and the SBA on economic issues of importance to women business owners. Wendy was a board member of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and the 2014 Conference of Mayors Host Committee. She has been honored locally and nationally for her commitment to entrepreneurialism, math and science education, and community service.

Cathy Kusaka Fraser | Tenet Healthcare Corp.Cathy Kusaka Fraser

Cathy Fraser, Senior Vice President of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, provides operational oversight and strategic direction for the company's human resources organization. Fraser oversees all areas of talent management, retention, recruitment and organizational effectiveness. Fraser serves on the Company's executive management team and reports directly to Trevor Fetter, Tenet's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Tenet in 2006, Fraser served as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm. In that role, Fraser counseled Senior Executives at a number of large companies on organizational design, talent management and retention strategies, recruiting and related human resources topics.

Prior to her work with McKinsey, Fraser served as Vice President of Sabre Holdings, a major provider of travel product distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry from 1994 to 2000. At Sabre, her responsibilities included planning, strategy, finance and marketing. From 1991 to 1994, Fraser was a Manager and Analyst for AMR Corp., the parent corporation of American Airlines, in Fort Worth, Texas. From 1986 to 1991, she was an analyst for General Motors Acceptance Corp. in Detroit.

Fraser earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle and her Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She is a board director of Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, and the JKU Foundation (a family non-profit foundation). She resides in the Dallas area with her husband and daughter. 

Julie Bugala | AT&T Julie Bugala

Julie is currently VP, Talent Management responsible for overseeing AT&T Leadership Development programs, Strategic Mentoring, Organizational Development, Organizational Performance and HR Planning.

Previously she was VP, Talent Acquisition for AT&T where she led the talent attraction and recruitment efforts for all U.S. based payroll workers. Under her leadership, her team transformed the candidate experience yielding recognition from StartWire, an online application aggregator for job seekers, who ranked AT&T first out of the top 25 responsive employers in the country, a list that includes Pepsi, Sears, JPMorgan Chase and Capital One.

Julie has also held the leadership role of Director of Executive Development where she was responsible for the design, development and execution of executive leadership development programs and curricula. She has executed programs such as Leading with Distinction inspire2innovate and developed Leading with Distinction4: The New Agenda for Growth.

Julie Bugala began her career with Ameritech in 1997 in Hoffman Estates, IL as a member of the Staffing organization responsible for the search and recruitment of all IT talent. From there, she progressed through several leadership roles within the staffing organization to eventually assume the role of Director Staffing, Technical Channels supporting the Operations organization.

In addition to her Staffing Director responsibilities, Julie was appointed as lead to represent Management Staffing through multiple mergers beginning with Legacy AT&T in 2005. Her adjunct role was responsible for setting integration strategy, creating playbooks and delivering training to ensure a smooth change management process post merger of all staffing systems, processes, policies, employees and contractors.

Julie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Mundelein College Chicago. She is currently serving as Vice-Chair and Board Member for Dallas Workforce Solutions recognized nationally and locally as having the best workforce system that connects job seekers with ideal employment.

Julie's personal interests include competitive tennis, fishing and leisure golf. Her favorite leadership readings include "Powerful Conversations" and "Click" by Phil Harkins and "How the Mighty Fall" by Jim Collins. She's most proud of completing the Dallas half marathon in 2011 and 2012 and aspires to one day complete the full 26.2 mile course. Julie was born and raised in the Chicago metropolitan area and now resides in Frisco, Texas with her fiance Brian.

Kenneth Bernstein | Ernst & Young LLPKenneth Bernstein

Kenneth Bernstein is an Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young LLP and has served tax exempt, for- profit and publicly held provider care, medtech, biotech, and strategic growth organizations for more than 30 years. His clients have included a wide range of organizations over many years, including Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Scott & White, Baptist St. Anthony Healthcare System, and Touro Infirmary(New Orleans). He has participated in many tax exempt offerings, SEC registrations, and in due diligence procedures. Ken also participates in the firm's National Provider Care Industry Committee overseeing the firm's thought leadership initiatives and assisting with development of industry training. Ken serves as technical reviewer on many significant provider care audit engagements in the Southwest and other area offices. He also served in the firm's National Office overseeing the firm's health care professional development programs and participating in various firm accounting and auditing projects on matters affecting the provider care sector.

Ken is a CPA in Texas and selected other states. Ken received his BA in Economics and History from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and his MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA). Ken is currently the President of the Dallas Theater Center and has served as Treasurer and various other board committee positions at the Theater. He was also board member of the Temple Shalom Brotherhood. Ken lives in East Dallas with his wife Barbara Clay and has two children.

Patrick J. Aulson | KaplanPatrick J. Aulson

Patrick J. Aulson is currently SVP of Human Resources for Kaplan Inc. where he leads the global Human Resources function. Pat is based in Ft Lauderdale Florida and reports to Janice Block, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer.

Pat has served in a number of senior and executive HR roles in a variety of industries including high technology, financial services, manufacturing, consumer products and higher education.

During the first part of his career Pat worked for Northeastern University and then joined Texas Instruments where he held positions in staffing, training and development, employee relations, compensation and benefits. In 1981 he joined the corporate staff of Texas Instruments where he became the Corporate Compensation Manager with worldwide responsibility for the compensation function.

After eleven years with Texas Instruments Pat became the Vice President of Human Resources for Republic Financial Services, a subsidiary of Winterthur Swiss Insurance Company. Republic’s primary businesses were Property and Casualty insurance and Consumer Finance. After eight years with Republic, Pat joined AMRE Incorporated as its Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Services. AMRE, located in Dallas was a NYSE company involved with direct marketing under the Sears, and later Century 21 Home Improvements, brand names. Next Pat joined The Associates, a financial services company now part of CitiGroup, as its head of International Human Resources. During Pat's tenure in this role the international area more than tripled in size reaching 10,000 employees.

Fulfilling a desire to both further develop his technology skills and try his hand at consulting Pat started Pivotal HR Solutions a company that provided HR Consulting Services and Desktop Software Solutions. After two years and while in the process of seeking funding for this venture Pat was recruited to join the Turner organization. After 8 years with the Turner Organization Pat joined HRsmart a Human Resources Software company as their Chief Administrative Officer. Subsequent to this role Pat started a home health company with his wife Kathy. After a launching that business and just prior to joining Kaplan, Pat was head of Corporate Development for another start-up, revelationMD, a firm that provides both software and a doctor network helping companies contain their health care costs.

Pat holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a Bachelors of Science from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He was granted membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Business Honor Society for his graduate work.

Pat and his wife, Kathy, have five grown children and reside in Deerfield Beach, FL.

Gilbert Gerst | Bank of TexasGilbert Gerst

Gilbert Gerst, Senior Vice President, Manager of Community Development Banking for BOK Financial (BOKF). BOKF is a $40 billion full service banking organization with branches serving Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. In Texas, BOK Financial operates under the brand, Bank of Texas. Gilbert is a career banker and has been in the financial services industry for over 30 years. Gilbert joined BOKF in June 2011 after 25+ years with JPMorgan Chase. He has corporate wide responsibility for the bank’s community development lending and investment activities and is a key partner in the bank’s CRA compliance and examination process. An accountant by trade, Gilbert has spent the majority of his banking career positively impacting low to moderate income individuals and communities.

Gilbert holds a Bachelors of Science from The University of North Texas and a Master’s Degree in Commercial Real Estate from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is actively involved in the community and currently serves on multiple boards and committees including Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Board Chairman of the Dallas Black Dance Theater, Tulsa Economic Development Corporation, The Affordable Housing Investors Council (AHIC) and the Dallas Development Fund, a NMTC Community Development Entity.

Other board membership and participation includes the AT&T Performing Arts Center; Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas; the Real Estate Council Community Loan Fund; Treasurer, University of North Texas Black Alumni Network; Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Deacons at New Birth Baptist Church, and the State Fair of Texas.

Irma Allen | Health and Human Services CommissionIrma Allen

With over 30 years experience with Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Irma has worked in various positions providing assistance to individuals receiving public assistance. Currently, she is the Lead Program Manager for HHSC directly managing six program managers and indirectly managing 32 supervisors in Region 03 field offices and hospitals. She selects staff, manages and develops staff through conferences, mentoring, and training. Irma plans and coordinates/monitors effective and quality customer services. This monitoring ensures effective and efficient program operations. She interprest policies and procedures, rules, regulations, and standards to staff, as appropriate. Irma has developed an excellent working relationship not only with staff in her program area, but with external agencies. In this position, Irma regularly handles complex personnel issues. Irma has extensive experience hiring staff. For a period of time, Irma was given the responsibility of hiring staff for the entire region. I was responsible for the posting of positions, screening of applicants, interviewing and selection of staff for OES/Texas Works in Region 03.

Leslie Boyd | Dallas ISDLeslie Boyd

Leslie currently serves as the Director of Adult Education and Workforce Literacy at the Dallas Independent School District. She has worked in adult education and higher education for over 15 years in multiple positions including administration of grant funded adult education programs, student activities, student services, admissions, advising, financial aid, and as a management/marketing/general business faculty member since 2001. Prior to her employment with the Dallas Independent School District, Leslie served as the Director of Adult Basic Education at Region 16 Education Service Center in Amarillo, TX. With these two diverse programs, Leslie brings experience from large and small, rural and urban, paid and volunteer, and abundantly funded and limited funded grant programs.

Leslie holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice/Public Administration from West Texas A&M University and a master's degree in Management-Human Resources/Marketing from Wayland Baptist University. Leslie has a daughter who is a sophomore at Dallas Baptist University and a son who is an incoming freshman at the University of Oklahoma.

Rebecca Acuña | PepsiCo Director of Government AffairsRebecca Acuna

Rebecca Acuña is the Director of Government Affairs for PepsiCo, responsible for state and local relations in Texas. Prior to joining PepsiCo, she was the Executive Director of the Latino Center for Leadership Development, a national leadership organization that creates a pipeline of policy-makers and thought-leaders. Ms. Acuña has also served in leadership roles in political campaigns and federal and state government in Washington, D.C. and Texas. A veteran of the Texas State capitol, Ms. Acuña has served as a Chief of Staff and Communications Director for three members of the Texas House of Representatives. She was the first Latina tapped as statewide Press Secretary for a major-party gubernatorial campaign in Texas. She has also served as Communications Director for a Texas Member of Congress in Washington, D.C. Raised in Laredo, Texas, Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Greater Dallas and on the Board of Directors for the ChildCareGroup.

Kerry McGeath | Desoto Public LibraryKerry McGeath

Kerry McGeath joined the Desoto Public Library in March 2014 as the Managing Director.

Kerry worked as a retailer for 25 years including as a general manager of stores for bookstore/cafes at DFW and Denver International Airports, and corporate Buyer for several national chains. He received his Masters In Library Science from Indiana University in 1989 but did not work in the library field until 1999. Initially he worked in all different aspects of libraries in varying communities to learn the business for four years before being named City Librarian for the City of Southlake, Texas.

Kerry has been President of the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association, an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League (TML), and President of the Public Library Administrators of North Texas. He was named 2009 Texas Librarian of the year by the Texas Library Association, and was nominated to run for President of that organization in 2014. He brings a business and retail sensibility focused on keeping costs down, developing an efficient and productive staff focused on providing superior customer service, and being out in the community developing partnerships that benefit the library as well as making the library an indispensable part of the fabric of DeSoto.

Cristina Criado | Criado and AssociatesCristina Criado

Cristina Criado is the President/CEO and founded Criado & Associates in 2001. Her experience consists of design and management of municipal projects, roadway and freeway projects, interchanges, hike and bike trails and land development projects. Her project experience includes coordination and management among all different disciplines required to complete any project from start to finish, including designs for grading, paving, water and sanitary sewer systems, storm sewer systems, horizontal and vertical geometric alignments and hydraulic analyses, cost estimating, preparation of boundary surveys, plats, and site inspection. As the founder, President and CEO, she has been involved in a number of key assignments and ensures client satisfaction and quality performance on every project.

Gabriella Draney | Tech WildcattersGabriella Draney

Gabriella Draney is Cofounder and Managing Partner of Tech Wildcatters. Most recently she was with HP Growth Partners, an early stage venture fund in Dallas. She co-founded an aircraft scheduling software company in 1998 that ended in a profitable exit. She went on to work for Morgan Stanley in private wealth management. True to her entrepreneurial roots, she left to follow her passion for nutrition by opening a specialty foods retail store, and simultaneously spent three years consulting with numerous Dallas-based startups on strategic planning and finance. Ms. Draney received her MBA in Strategy & Entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University as a Cox Distinguished Merit Scholar, during which she interned for Silver Creek Ventures. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a BBA in Finance.

Rolinda Duran | Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)Rolinda Duran

Rolinda Duran is a Field Director at the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). She has over twenty years experience working with persons with disabilities, assisting with advocacy, independent living skills training, and employment services. Rolinda has coordinated workshops, seminars, and training sessions at the local, regional, and state level for persons with disabilities, school district personnel, and vocational rehabilitation professionals. Rolinda manages an office of 45 staff with responsibilities for direct supervision including hiring, performance appraisals, and compliance with HR policies, and ensures that the agency's mission is carried out.

Angela Farley | Dallas Regional ChamberAngela Farley

Angela Farley is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Dallas Regional Chamber, one of the largest and most established business membership organizations in the nation, representing more than 1,100 companies and more than 500,000 employees. Ms. Farley leads the financial and operational efforts across the DRC’s strategic pillars of economic development, talent attraction, education and workforce, as well as the pro-growth public policy agenda that supports these areas. Before being named as CFO and COO in January 2018, for five years Ms. Farley was the DRC’s Senior Vice President of Education and Workforce, where she led the DRC’s efforts to grow and develop the region’s existing talent and workforce. In this role, she was responsible for connecting business members with education programs, legislative efforts, and partnerships to support regional educational improvements and workforce readiness from Pre-K through Higher Education. Before joining the DRC in 2012, Ms. Farley was the CFO of Command and Control Environments in Grapevine, Texas. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Certified Management Accountant and consulted for several national firms, including Haynes and Boone LLP, serving clients in highly regulated industries with a specialty focus on government contracts and accounting investigations. Ms. Farley was chosen by Governor Abbott in 2018 to represent the state of Texas at The White House Summit on State-Federal STEM Education, led by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She also serves on a number of boards and councils, including as Governor Abbott’s appointee to the Pathways to Technology Advisory Council, the Dallas County Workforce Board, The EducateDallas PAC Board, the Texas Student Success Council, and the Junior League of Dallas’ Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Executive Women’s Roundtable. Ms. Farley and her husband, Travis, live in Dallas and have two grown children.

Susan Hoff | United Way of Metropolitan DallasSusan Hoff

Susan Hoff is a native of Midland, Texas. She 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. In early 2009 she joined United Way of Metropolitan Dallas where she currently serves as Senior Vice President of Community Impact.

Prior to joining the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas team in 2009, 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 worked in several other nonprofit organizations including Educational First Steps, Good Shepherd Community Center, and Rainbow Days.

Mark King | Micropac Industries, Inc.Mark King

Mark has 30 years senior management experience in design, development, manufacturing, and business development serving the advanced electronics industry, including 22 years with Texas Instruments, Inc. and later Raytheon through acquisition. Prior to his current position, he was President and COO of Lucas-Benning Power Electronics, Inc. Mark holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and a Master's degree in Business Administration.

Mark is the recipient of many awards, including several outstanding technical achievement awards at Texas Instruments for his work in advanced technology for classified applications. He has participated in lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. for technology policy and development, and has served on many panels in the Defense community. His business experience includes an emphasis on strategic development and business process improvements.

Mark's Board experience includes:

  • Chairman of the Board, Micropac Industries, Inc. (MPAD) Active
  • Board Director, Baylor Medical Hospital-Garland Active
  • Board Director, Garland Chamber of Commerce Active
  • Board Director, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas Active
  • Board Director, Saint Vincent de Paul Society-Dallas Active
  • Board Director, Garland Summer Musicals Active
  • Board Committee/Member, CEO Roundtable, TechAmerica Active
  • Chairman-Industrial Advisory Board, IMAP Society 2007-2010
  • Chairman, Dallas County Manufacturing Association 2007-2009
  • Chairman of the Board, Garland Chamber of Commerce 2009


Mark and his wife Patti are from West Virginia. They moved to Texas in 1978, and have lived in various locations including Washington, D.C. and Dayton, Ohio. They have two children, Mark, Jr. and Mary Beth.

Jay Klingelhoffer | Texas Workforce CommissionJay Klingelhoffer

Jay has been with the state of Texas since the mid-70's. Working for the Texas Workforce Commission and it's predecessor agency, The Texas Employment Commission, he has made his way from a frontline employer interviewer, into positions of Senior Management both in the Region and across the state. Jay is currently a manager for the DFW Regional Tele-Center capping a career that included a year as the Deputy Director of the TWC Workforce Division. He received his Bachelors Degree at Indiana University.

Leonor Marquez | Los Barrios Unidos Community ClinicLeonor Marquez

Accomplished healthcare administrator with 25 years experience in healthcare management and program development. Oversees $13 million non-profit healthcare organization. With a staff of 140, provides health care to 23,000 patients through 70,000 visits. Design and implement policies and procedures to maximize effectiveness and efficiency. Prior to joining Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic, Leonor was employed at Parkland Health & Hospital System as the Site Administrator. She was responsible for the Youth & Family Health Center and the Homeless Outreach Medical Services.

Leonor has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Masters Degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. She volunteers at the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, American Diabetes Association of North Texas, DFW Area Health Education Center and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico.

Elaine Lantz | Dallas AFL-CIOElaine Lantz

Currently, Elaine is the Union organizer for NOLSW/UAW Local 2320. Elaine negotiates union Collective Bargaining Agreements, processes grievances, conducts arbitration, trains union officers and members, and organizes new bargaining units. Elaine was previously employed at the US Postal Service as a clerk from 1997 – 2000. She organized, prepared and maintained records of various classes of mail, leave and FMLA usage, track productivity records and prepared graphs and presentations of records. Elaine has her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Education; she also has an Associate Degree in Spanish from Pace University.

Dr. Joe May, Ed.D. | Dallas County Community College DistrictDr. Joe May, Ed.D.

Dr. May started his career in higher education in 1978 as an adjunct faculty member with DCCCD when Cedar Valley College opened. Dr. May is a native of East Texas, was the first member of his family to attend college. He earned both his bachelor's degree in social rehabilitation services and his master's degree in counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University (Texas), and his doctorate in education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

His higher education experience includes teaching at the community college and university levels; serving as an academic administrator in many different capacities; and conducting higher education consulting for Best Associates, based in Dallas.

An accomplished advocate, Dr. May also has been involved extensively in crafting community-college/public-private partnerships, which support economic development and job creation. He has provided consulting services for new community college initiatives in Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

He was named CEO of the Year for the Southern Region by the Association of Community College Trustees; received alumni awards from Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Commerce; is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow; and has received multiple honors and awards from business, community and service organizations.

Dr. Michael McFarland | Lancaster ISDDr. Michael McFarland

Dr. Michael D. McFarland was named Superintendent of Lancaster ISD in May of 2010 and is entering his third year. He is an outstanding, energetic, dynamic leader with a proven track record of transforming educational organizations into high-performing institutions. He is an innovative leader who is currently leading the successful transformation of Lancaster ISD. Lancaster ISD is one of the largest predominately African American school districts in the state, with more than 85% African American students, and more than 87% of students receiving free or reduced lunch services. In spite of very challenging circumstances, the student performance over the last few years has consistently increased and acceleration toward the elimination of the achievement gap is ongoing.

McFarland came to Lancaster ISD from Champaign, Illinois where he served as Assistant Superintendent of Achievement for Champaign Unit 4 Public Schools. While serving in Champaign, McFarland led the development of a high school restructuring model that was adopted by the Illinois Board of Education as a model for transformation of low-performing secondary schools throughout the state.

Prior to serving in Illinois, McFarland served as principal of John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas. When McFarland arrived at John Tyler, the school was low performing, academically unacceptable, and plagued with many challenges. Under McFarland's leadership, the school transformed into a high-performing high school that was recognized by the College Board with the 2006 National Inspiration Award.

McFarland is a native of Jasper, Texas and began his educational career in 1993 as an algebra teacher. He has a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration from Baylor University, his Master Degree of Education and superintendent's certificate from Stephen F. Austin University and his Doctorate Degree from Baylor University.

Bill O'Dwyer | MIINC MechanicalBill O'Dwyer

Bill O'Dwyer has thirty-two years in the mechanical contracting field. His capabilities to plan, administrate, and coordinate business development with regard to target markets, goals, and strategies are an asset to any company. He has come through the ranks in various roles in his career: HVAC and Plumbing estimator, Project Manager, Service Manager and Marketing Director. He began his career with The EMDE Company in 1980. In 1988 he joined Mechanical Interiors Inc. (MIINC) as marketing director and moved to Vice President of Business Development where he was promoted to President in 1999. From 2001 to 2002 he was the Executive VP of Business Development for Encompass Mechanical Services. He joined Way Engineering Ltd. in 2003 as Vice President of Business Development. Bill is a 1979 graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology, Industrial Distribution.

James Stubbs | KrogerJames Stubbs

James currently serves as Store Management for Kroger Southwest Division. He has worked with Kroger since March 2006. As the Store Manager for Kroger, James is responsible for 300 employees, manages day to day operations, drives sales and ensures clear and strategic direction for employees while offering great customer service. He is a member of the $4 million dollar sales club. Prior to his employment with Kroger, James worked at Riches as a manufacturing plant manager. He was involved in product development, productions and ensuring all orders were completed. James has also worked as an Operations Manager for the CSSD Region with Fed-Ex. He was responsible for managing 6500 employees. He managed all inbound and outbound operations at the Memphis Hub. He made sure all aircrafts inbound landed safely, with no damages to the aircraft and without delay. James was also responsible for the Washington DC flights and coverage for the LAX flight load crew (50 direct reports).

James holds a Bachelors' degree in Business Management from the University of Memphis. James attends Irving Bible Church and a member of the American Legion. He is an active mentor and strong advocate for the community involved in community service. He has a strong passion for people.

Ellen Torbert | Southwest AirlinesEllen Torbert

Since March 1987, Ellen Torbert has served Southwest Airlines as Vice President Diversity & Inclusion. In her role, Ellen provides leadership, vision, and advocacy as Southwest continues its work to foster an inclusive work environment. As part of Ellen's responsibility for Southwest's diversity and inclusion efforts, she provides coordination and leadership to our supplier diversity, diversity recruiting, and training efforts. Ellen also works with the Corporate Diversity Council on other "Matter of Respect" initiatives and awareness efforts.

Ellen has previously held the position of Reservations Sales Agent, Reservations Supervisor, Reservations Assistant Manager, Manager Reservations Training, Director Reservations Training, and Vice President Customer Support & Services for Southwest Airlines.

Lee Ann Valerio | Region 10 Education Service CenterLee Ann Valerio

Lee Ann joined Region 10 in March 2012 as a Consultant for Curriculum and Assessment Products for the Dallas Region. She provides training and services to approximately 85 districts, and oversees and develops new Bilingual/Dual language/ESL curriculum products, and consults with districts and schools in the implement of CSCOPE curriculum. Prior to working with Region 10, Lee Ann has worked with Keller ISD as a bilingual academic support specialist, and ESL specialist. Lee Ann has worked with Lamar Elementary School in El Paso, Texas as a campus staff development an d instructional site specialist. Ms. Valerio has received her M.Ed in Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Ms. Valerio holds the following certifications: Texas Principal Certificate K-12, Elementary Self Contained 1-8, English as a Second Language Certificate K-12, Instructional Leadership Certificate, Professional Development and Appraisal System Certificate, Generalist EC-4, Bilingual Generalist EC-4, Bilingual Supplemental 4-8, Special Education EC-12, and Gifted and Talented EC-12.

Terry Richardson | KPMGTerry Richardson

Terry is the partner in charge of the Compensation and Benefits (CAB) practice for the West region with more than 23 years of business experience providing compensation and benefits consulting assistance to Fortune 1000 companies and privately held companies in all the tax aspects of employee benefit plans and arrangements, specializing in executive compensation. Terry was previously a partner at another Big 4 firm prior to rejoining KPMG in August 2016.

Terry has extensive knowledge serving as an external tax compliance consultant for public and private companies across various industries as well as not-for-profit entities. Terry spends significant time focusing on equity compensation, deferred compensation and golden parachutes. Outside of the executive compensation area, Terry has extensive experience in employee benefits in captive insurance, 401(a) and 403(b) retirement plans, and fringe benefits.

Terry is a frequent speaker at many trade organizations as well at many local and regional business organizations regarding compensation and benefits issues. Terry has spoken at national business organization meetings on the topic of employee benefits and captive insurance. Terry has written several articles about IRS and DOL compliance issues and has frequently contributed an annual update to The Tax Advisor on employee benefit issues.

Mark York | Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor CouncilMark York

As the newly re-elected Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council representing 55,000 union members in Dallas County and two term Democratic Party Chair of Wise County, also former Wise County Grand Jury Commissioner. I have held multiple elected positions during the last 25 years of Union membership at TWU Local 513, including Shop Steward and Executive Board and currently serve as Strike Committee Co-Chair. I co-founded the Recreation Committee, the Bereavement Committee and the Strike Committee at Local 513.

Niki Shah Niki Shah

Baylor Scott & White Health
Corporate Vice President of Care Redesign & Equitable Care and
Vice President of Digital Health


Baylor Scott & White Health (January 2016-Present) Dallas, TX

  • Responsible for financial, quality and operational success of 37 Medicaid 1115 Waiver Projects valued at $121 million
  • Responsible for strategy, infrastructure, innovation, outcomes and sustainability development of enterprise Equity strategy
  • Developed strategic and operational frameworks for community partnership development and utilization of technology in underserved populations
  • Led development of clinical and financial analytics and outcomes strategy
  • Implemented texting platform for underserved patients across enterprise
  • Developed five rapid cycle community based pilots with structured outcomes
  • Created enterprise Paramedicine Committee and structure
  • Responsible for enterprise implementation of all Digital Health technology initiatives

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

Master of Health Services Administration, 2010
Master of Business Administration, 2010
Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, 2004
Community Health Worker Certification, Projected March 2017

Kevin Faulkner | Texas Workforce CommissionKevin Faulkner

Kevin Faulkner has been employed with the Texas Workforce Commission for 20 years. He supervises the technical assistance team for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Wagner-Peyser Employment Services, and Trade Adjustment Assistance and has served in that capacity for over 3 years. Kevin began his career with the state in 1991 working for the State Job Training Coordinating Council, which later became the Texas Council on Workforce & Economic Competitiveness. In 1995, Kevin accepted a position at the Texas Employment Commission working in the Job Services Operation department. The Texas Legislature passed legislation during the 74th Regular Session that combined multiple employment and training programs from a number of agencies – including the Texas Employment Commission – to create the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). In the early days of TWC, Kevin worked as the executive assistant to the Director of the Workforce Development Division. Later he joined the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) technical assistance team as a program specialist. Since that time, the technical assistance team has expanded to include additional programs. Kevin has also been very involved in several of TWC’s Rapid Process Improvement projects and has worked closely with Subrecipient Monitoring to improve technical assistance to the local workforce boards.

Jim KrauseJim Krause

After graduating from The University of Texas in Austin in 1974, Jim began his career with the world's largest marketer, Proctor & Gamble, in field advertising management. Subsequently, he joined Bozell & Jacobs (now TM Advertising) as an account director on several retail and packaged goods accounts.

In 1979 Jim founded Krause Advertising. The agency has been named "Best Small Creative Shop in the Southwest" by Adweek magazine and has been honored in numerous awards shows.

Jim was selected by the Dallas Business Journal for inclusion in their “Forty Under Forty”, a feature on young business entrepreneurs making an impact in their field. He has judged numerous advertising awards shows and is a frequent guest lecturer at his alma mater.

Jim is actively involved in the community, and has served as a board member and president of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as well as a board member of Goodwill Industries and The Anti-Defamation League. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Texas Program in Sports and Media in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas in Austin.

Through his involvement in charitable causes, Jim is proud to have worked with The North Texas Food Bank, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Family Place, The Vogel Alcove, DIFFA, Goodwill, St. Phillips School, The Senior Source and Jubilee Park.

Jim and his wife Candace have two boys ages 30 and 27.

Holly CrowderHolly Crowder

Holly focuses on finding the right people to help with Beck’s continued growth and making sure our people are trained and ready for the challenges of tomorrow. She leads a skilled team charged with recruiting, training and caring for the people of Beck. Holly had a self-described “crazy career path” to her current role. Starting in the field as an estimator, she’s been involved with nearly every aspect of delivering projects including as a project manager and superintendent. Ultimately her passion to help people learn brought her to our corporate office, where she led Beck University for many years. It’s this unique background that makes her a trusted member of our leadership team. “I think my time in the trenches gives me an understanding of what it takes to get the job done. I know how hard the job can be at times and I know ways that we need to adjust to help our people be more successful.” Holly’s a graduate of Leadership Dallas and stays active with Dallas ATD and SHRM. While her life stays very busy outside the office ferrying her daughters to a host of activities, Holly makes sure to spend time enjoying the outdoors or curled up with a good book.

Carter HolstonCarter Holston

Carter Holston is the Director of Real Estate for NEC Corporation of America. NEC is located in Irving Texas where Carter oversees and manages their real estate operations in the US. He was recently responsible for all areas of the NEC US headquarters relocation in Irving. During the relocation he was responsible for the site selection, lease negotiation, design, construction management and budgetary control of this project. He has managed the real estate of NEC for 17 years including commercial and warehousing properties totaling in excess of 1.5 million square feet located in 16 states. Prior to NEC he was employed at EDS, Trammell Crow and AccuBanc Mortgage Corporation.

Carter currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Business ( He is the Chairman of the Economic Development Committee. The Texas Association of Business is the statewide chamber of commerce and is responsible for advocating for business in Texas. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Catch Up and Read Organization ( which provides after school tutoring for DISD students focusing on improving reading skills at the grade school level. He is a member of the Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce where he has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee and Chairman -Technology Leadership Council. He has provided Economic Development consultation to the City Manager and CFO of the City of Irving. He also served on the Irving ISD Superintendent’s Business advisory council. He oversees the Community Relations for NEC foundation which supports – Irma Rangel Young Leadership School, Irving Family Advocacy Center, Dallas Heart Association, Herbert Marcus Elementary, Irving Cares and Habitat for Humanity.

Jason J. OliverJason Oliver

Vice President, Talent Acquisition at AT&T, Dallas/Fort Worth
Kennesaw State University - Michael J. Coles College of Business

Jason has 16 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and began his career with AT&T Wireless in 2000 as a recruiting coordinator supporting the Mobile Multimedia Services Organization in Seattle, WA.

Since then he has held a series of diverse strategic and tactical roles across human resources function. Past roles include Assistant Vice President of International Compensation-Benefits & Expat Services, Executive Director of HR supporting the Big Data, Chief Technology and Global Connects Organizations, Talent Attraction Manager for the Staffing Organization, HR Business Partner for the Retail Sales & Services Markets, Regional HR Operations leader for the Southeast Retail Sales & Services Region and Corporate HR Director supporting Mobility Operations.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Art in Business Management from Seattle University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Michael J. Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University.

Jason has a strong commitment to family, community and personal development. He’s the proud father of two young children. His hobbies include playing sports, home improvement projects and any activities that allow him to enjoy the company of family and friends.

Lewis Fulbright | Political Director AFL-CIOLewis Fulbright

Lewis Fulbright, AFL-CIO Political Director, began the position In August 2016. He retired from the US Postal Service in 2009. He served in the US Army in 1968.

Dr. Michael Hinojosa | DISD SuperintendentDr. Michael Hinojosa

Dr. Michael Hinojosa returned to Dallas ISD when he was named by the board of trustees to serve as superintendent in October 2015. Dr. Hinojosa has served 20 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems, including two of the 25 largest school systems in America, Dallas ISD in Texas and the Cobb County School District in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. His career in public education, from teacher and coach to superintendent/CEO, spans more than three decades.

With a firm belief that education and not environment is the key to a student’s success, he has led several school districts to improved student achievement. Dr. Hinojosa’s recognitions include being named 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and 2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin. He was honored as Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas Tech University and as the Outstanding Latino Educator by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents in 2014. He is a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. He has served as an educational consultant for various organizations that support public education, including as a master teacher and coach for the American Association of School Administrators and the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

Dr. Hinojosa, a proud graduate of Dallas Independent School District, holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin. He and wife Kitty have two sons, graduates of Princeton University and Harvard University. He has a son from a previous marriage who graduated from Texas Tech University. All three attended Dallas ISD for a significant portion of their K-12 careers.

Robert Mong | President University of North Texas at DallasRobert Mong

University of North Texas at Dallas President Robert "Bob" Mong is leading UNTD’s efforts to help students blaze a pathway toward social mobility. Named the third president of UNT Dallas in 2015, the University has achieved record enrollment numbers under Mong, as it transforms into a residential campus and deepens its role as a community-changing force in South Dallas and beyond.

Perched on a hilltop, overlooking the Downtown Dallas skyline, UNTD is the only public, accredited 4-year university in the City of Dallas. Serving a city and region that is the fastest-growing job market in America outside of New York is a huge responsibility, but UNT Dallas and its President dream big and the University hasn’t backed down from a challenge since its establishment in 2010.

Under Mong, who previously served as Editor in Chief of the Dallas Morning News, the University has set lofty strategic goals for growth, fundraising and community involvement in a traditionally underserved area. UNTD has a diverse student population (41% Hispanic, 35% African-American, and 17% white) and offers its students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees, as well as a juris doctor degree from its Downtown Dallas law school.

A 1971 graduate of Haverford College in Pennsylvania, he attended on a Scott Paper Company scholarship. He received the Archibald Macintosh Award for scholarship, integrity and academic achievement. He captained both the school’s football and baseball teams and his .357 batting average ranks 10th all-time at Haverford.

Mong attended Stanford University’s Executive Program in the Graduate School of Business. He is married to former Los Angeles Times reporter Diane Reischel, and they have two adult children – Eric, who attends medical school, and Elizabeth, a divinity school student.

Michelle Thomas | Vice President, Global Philanthropy Corporate Responsibility JPMorgan ChaseMichelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas joined JPMorgan Chase in 2000. She is vice president of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations for JPMorgan Chase and responsible for managing a multi-million dollar corporate giving budget for the Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma region. Michelle is also responsible for implementing the firm’s strategic approach to philanthropy, which is multifaceted and aims to address community needs in the local market. She serves on the Dallas Market Leadership Team and represents the firm at community events.

Michelle has been in the financial industry for more than 25 years as a banker, human resource and community development professional. A Dallas native, Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of Oklahoma and a MBA from Dallas Baptist University. In addition, she received her teaching certification from the State of Texas and Oklahoma.

She is personally committed to the community through her many volunteer roles, including Advisory Board of the Center for Nonprofit Management, Junior League of Dallas and the Kipp DFW Council, Board of Director for the African American Museum, Dallas Summit, Methodist Health Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Foundation. She is an alumnus of Leadership Dallas and a member of Dallas Assembly and Dallas Summit. Michelle was recently recognized as a 2014 Minority Business Leader in the Dallas Business Journal and the recipient of the 2015 Business and Civic Leader award by the Dallas Black Dance Theater and the 2015 Income Award by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Under Michelle’s leadership, JPMorgan Chase received Outstanding Corporation of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2015. Being a catalyst for meaningful, positive, and sustainable change within high need neighborhoods and communities across the globe is important to JPMorgan Chase and to Michelle as a champion of the firm’s commitment to corporate responsibility.

Chase and J.P. Morgan are affiliates of JPMorgan Chase & Co., which employs more than 26,000 Texans. The firm employs more than 12,500 people in North Texas, making it one of the 10 largest employers in North Texas.

Alan Cohen | Child Poverty Action Lab | President and CEOAlan Cohen

Alan Cohen is the President & CEO of the Child Poverty Action Lab (CPAL). He is a seasoned executive leader with demonstrated experience supporting low-income children by applying business strategies and entrepreneurial spirit to complex problems faced by government, private, and non-profit organizations.

Best known for his work at the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), Cohen is the architect of DISD’s nationally recognized early childhood education strategy. Other career highlights include his role as the President & CEO of Washington State’s public-private partnership for early learning, and his time as a key member of the startup team that launched Commit Partnership. He has been recognized as one of Dallas’ “40 Under 40” by the Dallas Business Journal.

Cohen earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Tulane University.

Magda Hernández | Irving ISD SuperintendentMagda Hernández

A long-serving Irving ISD employee with deep ties to the community has been hired as the next leader for the Irving Independent School District. The Board of Trustees has approved the hiring of Magda Hernandez as superintendent of schools for the 33,000-student district.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead this incredible district. I have proudly served Irving ISD for more than two decades because of our remarkable students and because it is a great community,” says Superintendent Magda Hernández. “I am fully committed to guiding the district with my leadership and passion for education to meet every student’s highest potential, improving our engagement with families and the community and positioning Irving ISD as a premier district.

“Thank you to my colleagues for the shared passion to see each student succeed. Principals, teachers, support staff, administrators – your zest for doing what’s right by kids is contagious. It is an exciting time to continue to be a part of team Irving, now in the role of Superintendent of Schools, and I look forward to continuing excellent success for our students and staff,” added Hernandez.

Hernandez was named the lone finalist for the position last month. After completing the state required 21-day waiting period on Monday, she signed a contract during a special-called board meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The three-year contract is effective immediately.

“Although we are making history today with the hiring of the first female superintendent in Irving ISD, we are hiring someone who is also dedicated to this district,” says Board President Randy Randle. “It was important to the board that the next leader of the district know Irving ISD, the students and the community. We are ready to hit the ground running, pairing her long tenure with the great momentum already in place.”

Hernández began her career in the district 26 years ago as a bilingual aide before earning her teaching degree from Texas Woman’s University. Hernandez was then a bilingual and gifted and talented teacher at Good and Townley elementary schools before promoting to assistant principal at Townley. She then moved up to the administration building where she has served as human resources staffing and recruiting coordinator, director of human resources, assistant superintendent of human resources, associate superintendent of human resources and deputy superintendent of administrative services.

Hernández also held the position of assistant superintendent of human resources in Waxahachie ISD. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in educational administration from TWU. She holds superintendent certification from the University of North Texas. She currently serves as Region 10 Human Resources Advisory Board Member and District IV representative for the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA).

Shannon D. Gray | Program Manager
Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)Shannon Gray

Shannon has 28 years of experience with HHSC. She is currently a Program Manager with Access and Eligibility Services for the: Dallas Blair, Dallas Cadiz, Greenville and Richardson offices. In this role, she provides effective leadership to a team of direct delivery supervisors and their staff as well as the administrative support staff. She also leads the region’s morale team. Every day, she strives to inspire, guide, and enrich her team who connect Texans, with services and supports. Over the years she has managed 100’s of staff members who determine the eligibility for: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, and Medicaid for Elderly and People with Disabilities programs.

From 1989 to 2014, Shannon held various positions of increasing responsibility at HHSC, including clerical support for family services, investigator of quality assurance, advisor for Texas Works and program supervisor for Office of Eligibility Services.

Shannon was a dedicated fulltime employee of HHSC and also worked for the Army Air Force Exchange Service for 16 years part-time in the Exchange Credit Program Department (ECP). ECP was established by Congress in 1979 to protect service members from predatory lending. In that role, she served a customer base of 24.5 million active-duty military; retirees; National Guardsmen; Reservists; honorably discharged Veterans; authorized Public Health Service associates; authorized National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration associates; US Coast Guard members; authorized State Department associates; and Department of Defense authorized associates.

Shannon was born and raised in Dallas TX, she attended University of Phoenix where she studied Sociology.

A quote that has really motivated Shannon throughout her career comes from William Shakespeare “Be not afraid of greatness…”

Kellie Teal-Guess | Executive Vice President, Chief People OfficerKellie Teal-Guess

Kellie is our Chief People Officer who brings over 30 years of industry experience working in high tech, fast growing, companies and has a strong background in HR, M&A Integration, Talent Management, Organizational Design, Change Management and HR automation. Kellie oversees all areas of Human Resources and is responsible for managing the company’s most critical resources – our team. In addition, she is responsible for internal Real Estate for the company.

Prior to CyrusOne, Kellie was with ProQuest LLC, an information technology company, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources. As the top HR Executive, she was responsible for HR Strategy, Organizational Effectiveness, Leadership Development, Global People Strategy and leading the charge across the organization on their Global Vision, Mission and Values.

Prior to ProQuest, Kellie was with Dell Corporation in Austin, where she was the Executive Director, Human Resources, supporting more than 18,000 employees in its global Services Delivery group. Over an eight-year span at Dell, Ms. Teal-Guess worked in successively more strategic and advanced roles, overseeing all core human resource operations as well as key initiatives – including organizational effectiveness, acquisition integration, and talent development. Prior to Dell, she held positions in Human Resources and Operations management at Foodmaker, Inc., and Six Flags Theme Parks.

Kellie is married to James Guess and has a son who is a recent graduate from TCU and a daughter who is a recent graduate from Baylor. Kellie is a lifelong Texan, who holds MBA, MPA, and BA degrees from the University of Texas System. She also sits on the Board of KIPP DFW. Her passions are giving back to the community, travel and time with friends and family.