Meet our new board members!

31st Jul 2015 | Written by: Serve West Dallas

Serve West Dallas completed our three year-long governance restructuring, working with the Center for Nonprofit Management (now CNM Connect). We have changed how our board is laid out to ensure longevity, community connections, and sustainability. Previously, we had one board, consisting of the directors of our 13 Partner Ministries, church liaisons, and Dallas business men and women. To allow the directors on our board to spend more time and energy on community needs and collaborative efforts, they voted earlier this year to add an Operating Board to work alongside them, splitting our board structure into an operating board and a ministry board.

The new Operating Board is comprised of Dallas business men and women who are passionate about urban transformation and collaboration, and will help develop, lead, and oversee Serve West Dallas' operations, policy, development, and finances. This allows our current Ministry Board to focus on what they do best: give guidance and leadership for the mission, programs, initiatives, and events of SWD and to help us become more effective in supporting and strengthening each of their ministries.

The members of the Operating Board were voted on and approved this summer and will become an active board this fall. And so, after months of prayer, meetings, votes, and excitement, we're thrilled to announce and welcome our new Operating Board members.


Denise and her husband Ray are active members of Park Cities Presbyterian Church and have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.  Denise currently serves as the Board Chair of Serve West Dallas. She is also a board member of the Global Leadership Alliance and has served on the Urban Missions board at her church for the past 7 years. She began volunteer work in West Dallas over 20 years ago. Denise is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Psychology and Social Work. Her favorite mantra that she seeks to live by is “Unity in diversity with humility”.


Benjamin and wife and two daughters attend Highland Park United Methodist Church. He has previously served on the Hope International regional board for Dallas and the Advisory Committee for the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Benjamin is a principal of Miramar Holdings “Miramar”, a Dallas-based private investment firm where he leads the firm’s investment activities into public and private corporate securities, real estate, and energy assets. He received a BBA in Finance and Business Honors from The University of Texas at Austin, and he received his MBA from Harvard Business School.


Adrianne is an active member of All Saints Church Dallas and is CEO at the Jackson Household, a young mother, and wife to Brent.  Prior to the birth of their son, Adrienne practiced law for six years, most recently at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.  Adrienne holds an undergraduate degree from SMU in Communications & Public Affairs and law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law.


Brent is an active member of All Saints Church Dallas, serves of the board of directors of the Oak Cliff Chamber and is the President of Action Dallas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Brent is the President of Oaxaca Interests, and the developer of Sylvan-Thirty, a mixed-use residential/retail development located Sylvan Avenue and I-30 in West Dallas.


Louisa is an active member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. She retired in 1997 after 18 years of employment in several divisions of ARCO, an international oil and gas company, where she worked as an accounting manager. She is a community leader member of the Dallas Breakfast Group, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas, an active alumna of Chi Omega sorority, and past member of the North Dallas Young Life advisory board. Louisa’s current passion is public education reform having been actively involved in Dallas ISD since 1993 as a parent leader at her sons’ schools. She is a member and past chair of the Dallas ISD Citizens Budget Review, and a former board member of Support Our Public Schools. Most recently she is the founder of the “I will graduate” school shirts.


Joel serves as a teaching elder in the P.C.A. and he is presently the sales director for the Dallas/Ft Worth market for SCI International. Joel was born in Dallas, Texas, and has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Berea College, Kentucky, and a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He has studied in West Africa and Central America and was commissioned in the United States Air Force Chaplain Corps. Joel served on staff at the historic Briarwood Presbyterian Church, the birthplace of the P.C.A. In addition, he planted Providence Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Joel and his wife, of 23 years, Michelle, have four children.


Tom and his wife are members of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, where he chairs the Urban Committee. He is an executive vice president in the industrial division and a member of the Supply Chain Real Estate Advisors Team with Chris Teesdale, SIOR in the Dallas-Fort Worth office of Colliers International. Tom holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Louisiana State University.


Blake attends Park Cities Presbyterian Church and has served as a volunteer in the Mercy Street Mentor Program, at West Dallas Community School, First Tee of Dallas, and the Rise School of Dallas where he sits on the board.  He works at TRT Holdings and is a 2006 graduate from UT Austin with a degree in Finance.


Scott and his wife Carroll worship and serve at Park Cities Presbyterian Church. They have four sons and two grandchildren. He has served as CEO or Trustee for T Bar M Camps, a non-profit youth sports ministry for the past 25 years. He also serves on the Dallas/Ft Worth advisory board of the Salvation Army.  Scott graduated from Rice University in 1976 and the University of Texas MBA in 1977. He actively participates in the Ministry of Mercy Street in West Dallas.

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