Photo of Ghazwan Abdullah Ghazwan Abdullah Community Activist – Dallas, TX

Ghazwan Abdullah and his family spent 10 years in Jordan as refugees after they fled their home country of Iraq due to the death threat message they received in 2005. During those years, Ghazwan became involved with a non-profit organization to help refugees provide food and necessities for their families.

Ghazwan and his family were resettled to the Dallas, Texas in Jan 2015.…

Photo of Troy Andrews Troy Andrews Finance – Dallas, TX

Troy Andrews is in the financial industry and has been in banking for 6 years. Troy is a student mentor with Junior Achievement. In 2011, Troy joined Houston Young Professionals (HYP) organization. Troy has always been passionate about helping young adults discover the right career path.

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Photo of Michelle Y. Barton Michelle Y. Barton Forensic Accountant – Dallas, TX

Michelle Barton is a Business Valuation Manager of Moss Adams, CPA firms. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting from A&M University – Commerce. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) has worked in public accounting since 1993. Ms. Barnard has been actively appraising business interests since 1997.

She is also accredited in business valuation as well as certified in financial forensics through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Society of Appraisers.…

Photo of Amar Bhuta Amar Bhuta Entrepreneur – Houston, TX

I am Amar Bhuta​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​a​ ​graduate​ ​of​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Texas​ ​at​ ​San​ ​Antonio.​ ​I completed​ ​my​ ​high​ ​school​ ​in​ ​Austin​ ​at​ ​Westlake​ ​High​ ​School​ ​(those​ ​of​ ​you​ ​are​ ​fans​ ​of​ ​the Saints,​ ​might​ ​know​ ​Drew​ ​Brees).​ ​I​ ​graduated​ ​college​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Multidisciplinary​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​Biology, Sociology,​ ​and​ ​Business.​ ​My​ ​college​ ​career​ ​was​ ​not​ ​your​ ​average 4-year college​ ​route​ ​as​ ​it​ ​took me​ ​8​ ​years,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​couple​ ​tries​ ​to​ ​figure​ ​out​ ​what​ ​direction​ ​I​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​take.​ ​With​ ​the​ ​support​ ​of my​ ​family,​ ​my​ ​friends,​ ​and​ ​now​ ​my​ ​wife​ ​I​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to​ ​accomplish​ ​my​ ​college​ ​career.​ ​It​ ​took​ ​me​ ​a while​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​figure​ ​out​ ​what​ ​I​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​do​ ​for​ ​a​ ​career.​ ​Eventually​, ​ ​settled​ ​on​ ​working​ ​in​ ​the Pharmaceutical​ ​world.​ ​Where​ ​I​ ​started​ ​helping​ ​around​ ​the​ ​office​ ​and​ ​through​ ​the​ ​last​ ​4​ ​years worked​ ​my​ ​way​ ​up​ ​to​ ​work​ ​for​ ​a​ ​wonderful​ ​Drug​ ​company.​ ​Recently​ ​after​ ​help​ ​from​ ​my​ ​wife​ ​and saving​ ​money,​ ​and​ ​making​ ​a​ ​plan.​ ​We​ ​both​ ​decided​ ​it​ ​was​ ​time​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​our​ ​dreams.​ ​I​ ​left​ ​my job​ ​in​ ​October​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​my​ ​entrepreneurial​ ​passions.​ ​As​ ​I​ ​have​ ​begun​ ​this​ ​journey​ ​in​ ​this​ ​short time​ ​I​ ​have​ ​learned​ ​so​ ​much​ ​and​ ​use​ ​all​ ​the​ ​things​ ​I​ ​have​ ​learned​ ​from​ ​my​ ​previous​ ​work experiences​ ​in​ ​my​ ​own​ ​endeavors.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​experienced​ ​illness,​ ​failure,​ ​heartbreak​ ​and​ ​felt​ ​a​ ​little loss,​ ​but​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​I​ ​have​ ​learned​ ​is​ ​that​ ​if​ ​you​ ​think​ ​you​ ​can,​ ​and​ ​believe​ ​you​ ​will,​ ​you​ ​can overcome​ ​any​ ​challenge.​ ​My​ ​mantra,​ ​that​ ​I​ ​even​ ​have​ ​imprinted​ ​on​ ​my​ ​wallet,​ ​“I​ ​think​ ​I​ ​can,​ ​I know​ ​I​ ​can,​ ​I​ ​will”​ ​has​ ​always​ ​gotten​ ​me​ ​through​ ​any​ ​tough​ ​time.…

Photo of Charles Brown Charles Brown Lawyer – Dallas, TX

Charles “Chuck” Brown is the founder and CEO of Sendera Title, which provides
residential and commercial title insurance, escrow and related services for real estate

Chuck represents sellers, purchasers, brokers, lenders developers and investors with real estate
acquisition and finance matters.

Chuck earned a law degree and practiced law.…

Photo of Sheila Caguiat Sheila Caguiat Non-Profit Director – Dallas, TX

Sheila Caguiat, MSW, is the Executive Director at the Danielle Dawn Smalley Foundation.

Sheila promotes oil and gas and pipeline safety programs by working with school officials, industry, and regulatory agencies.

Sheila holds degrees in child development, sociology, social work, and a master’s degree in social work administration/community practice.

Photo of James Cole James Cole VISTA Volunteer – Houston, TX

James earned his B.A. in Political Science from Chaminade University of Honolulu with a minor in International Studies and his Master in Public Administration from California State University at Dominguez Hills in Public Administration. James has worked in the nonprofit field for 20 years and has worked at the YWCA, Houston Read Commission, SRVS, The Boys and Girls Club and Goodwill of Houston and is a true public servant.…

Photo of Eric Donnelly Eric Donnelly Entrepreneur – Dallas, TX

Eric Donnelly is the Chief Financial Officer of Healthcare2U. He also serves as Chief Financial Officer of Capital Plus, and managing partner of Urban Commercial Mortgage.

In 2005, he founded Urban Commercial Mortgage. Eric serves on the real estate and regional development committees of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Houston Council on Foreign Relations.…

Photo of Linda Garza Linda Garza Teacher (Artistic) – Houston, TX
Photo of Sara Gawick Sara Gawick Financial Services – Dallas,TX

Sara Gawick is a registered associate with Cohonesto Financial, an independent financial services firm.

Sara is Canadian by birth, but became a US citizen in 2015.

Sara wants to give back to the community and share her passion for what she does.

Sara has a finance degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.…

Photo of Farzana Giga Farzana Giga Chief Financial Officer – Dallas, TX

Farzana Giga is the Chief Financial Officer at Capital Plus Financial, a Texas based Community Development Financial Institution.

She has worked extensively in the areas of financial strategies, growth, planning, and reporting and analysis in the real estate finance.

Farzana received a B.A. in Economics (Management & Accounting) from the University of Toronto in 1997 and her Professional Accounting Designation in 2000.…

Photo of LiKeam Jackson LiKeam Jackson VISTA Volunteer – Houston, TX

A native Atlantan, LiKeam found a knack for community service while he was in high school. Inspired during an internship with a local history museum in his hometown, LiKeam quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. This resolve landed him full-time opportunities within other non-profits and fixtures in the Marietta (Georgia) community, where he maintained administrative, marketing, and event coordination functions.…

Photo of Myisha Jenkins Myisha Jenkins Senior Project Manager – Houston, TX

Myisha Jenkins received a B.A in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston and an MBA in e-Business from the University of Phoenix. Myisha is a Senior Project Manager at World Wide Technology with over 20 years of experience in project management and leadership. She assists with the planning, scheduling, and oversight of multiple programs and projects for mid to large size customers across multiple industries.…

Photo of Dr. Robert Jolly Dr. Robert Jolly School Superintendent – Dallas, TX

Dr. Robert Jolly is the Superintendent of Crandall Independent School District (ISD).  He has served the students of Texas since 1989.

He began his career in Greenville ISD and has worked in Dallas, ISD, Highland Park ISD and Kerrville ISD before coming to Crandall as Superintendent.

Dr. Jolly serves on the Texas school system’s Region 10 Strategic Planning Committee and the Transformational Leadership Committee.…

Photo of Krystal Lopez Krystal Lopez Certified Physician Assistant – Dallas, TX

Krystal Lopez, PA-C, is a Dallas native and grew up in the Oak Cliff neighborhood.

She attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned her B.S in Neurobiology in 2011.

She then earned her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Northern Arizona University in summer of 2017.

Krystal is interested in community health and enjoys working  underserved populations.…

Photo of Nibal Markus Nibal Markus FMA Program Director – Houston, TX
  1. Why did you choose FMA to support? 

I believe in the mission and I believe that RLFM is the course that I wish I had when I was in HS.

  1. How do you support FMA?

By being part of the big picture as well as manage the small details that will help us reach our goals of having 10,000 students take the course in Sep 2017.…

Photo of Ryan Martinez Ryan Martinez Teacher (Artistic) – Houston, TX
Photo of Amy Miller Amy Miller Director of Education – Dallas, TX

Amy Miller is the Director of Education of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

She works with local teachers and students to develop the next generation of Dallas/Fort Worth’s international professionals.

Amy earned her B.A. in international studies (focusing on Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula) from Southern Methodist University in 2012 with a minor in political science.…

Photo of Harold Noe Harold Noe VISTA Volunteer / Photographer – Houston, TX

Favorite Books/Hobbies I love to bowl and I was an avid league and tournament bowler for many years and also coached in a youth bowling league.

Favorite Movies Highlander, Say Anything, Deadpool, 12 Monkeys

Favorite Restaurant Taqueria Los Hermanos in Tucker, GA. Best fish tacos in the known universe!…

Photo of Dorrel Willis Dorrel Willis Entrepreneur / Author – Dallas, TX

Born in Nebraska but raised a Texan, Dorrel Willis is father, husband, mentor and Coach.

He graduated from Lincoln HS in DISD in 2007 & UT AUSTIN in 2011 both focusing in Radio/TV and Film.

Dorrel has interned at Warner Music Group and Atlantic Records and has worked for a major Fortune 200 company for the last 6 years as a sales professional.…

Photo of Nicolette Winn Nicolette Winn Entrepreneur – Dallas, TX

Nicolette Winn is the Founder of the No Longer Silenced Movement and CEO of BossBabe Fitness.

She’s a dog-loving Target addict who is passionate about fitness, leadership, and empowering child abuse survivors to help them help themselves through the No Longer Silenced Movement.

Nicolette  trained as an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist with interests in leadership and motivation.…

Photo of Chief Dean Winters Jr. Chief Dean Winters Jr. Law Enforcement – Dallas, TX

Royal Dean Winters Jr. has been in law enforcement for over 25 years. He has been the Chief of Police of the Crandall Police Department since 2007.

During his career he has worked as a Patrolman, working as Juvenile investigator, D.A.R.E. instructor, Bike patrol officer and Citizens Police Academy coordinator along the way.…

Photo of Kevin Wright Kevin Wright VISTA Volunteer – Houston, TX
  1. Why did you choose FMA to support? 

FMA is doing socially responsible, innovative work throughout the state of Texas. It is important to me as a human being and a professional to be involved with organizations who feel responsible for doing great work for a greater good than a dollar.…