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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 Gloria Amezcua Gloria Amezcua Vice President of Marketing – Houston, TX

Gloria Amezcua is a licensed broker who sold residential homes in the Houston area for approximately ten years. Later in her career, she was employed in the home warranty industry for a period of 18 years. As a result of her tenure and relationships with Realtors in the Houston area, she had the opportunity to start up the marketing department for North Star Title Company where she has been employed over four years.…

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.

Company website: https://www.purepoint.com

Photo of Claudia Barreda Claudia Barreda Behavioral Therapist – Houston, TX

Claudia Barreda Graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 with a Bachelors in science. Claudia is a first-generation graduate from a 4-year college in her family and currently working with kids with autism providing behavioral therapy as an RBT for Cole Health.

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
transactions.

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 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 Oliver Gooden Oliver Gooden Chartered Financial Analyst – Houston, TX

Oliver Gooden, CFA is a regional director for Steben & Company, full-time student, and skydiver. Oliver travels around the Southeast United States as a consultant to investment professionals. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is also a university student, continuing his education.

Personally, he enjoys skydiving, international travel, and anything on two wheels.…

Photo of Annabella Gutierrez Annabella Gutierrez Substitute Teacher – Houston, TX

Annabella Gutierrez is an aspiring teacher who believes that education is the most essential element of getting ahead in life. As a former ESL student in elementary school, she knows the difficulties that non-native English speakers face when attending school, doing their school work, and forming and maintaining relationships with their teachers and classmates and she would like to help ease such difficulties.…

Photo of Osama Helmy Osama Helmy Control Systems Engineer – Houston, TX

Osama Helmy graduated with a BAS in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology with a Biomedical concentration after taking 2 years at Hudson County Community College, NJ and finishing the other 2 years at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

He worked as a Biomedical Engineer for a year at the Veterans Affairs hospital in East Orange New Jersey and then found his way into the control systems engineering field which allowed him to travel within the US.…

Photo of Sandra Hyde Sandra Hyde Administrative Assistant – Dallas, TX

Sandra Hyde is a native of Dallas, Texas. After being a stay at home mom while her children were small, Sandra reentered the workforce as an Office Manager at Dealers Electrical Supply in 1993. In 2001 Sandra accepted an opportunity as an Administrative Assistant at the CAT Logistics distribution center in Greenville, Texas. In 2008 CAT Logistics became Case New Holland Industries, where she continues her career as an Administrative Assistant.…

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 Rickey Jimenez Rickey Jimenez Vice President, CRA and Fair Lending Officer – Houston, TX

Rickey Jimenez has been a banker in the Houston area for over fifteen years. In 2015 he joined Allegiance Bank and currently serves as a Vice President and is the CRA & Fair Lending Officer. He is responsible for administering and coordinating all aspects of the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and Fair Lending programs.…

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 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 Randall Rojas Randall Rojas Sr. Vice President – Houston, TX

Randall Rojas is a Sr. Commercial Relationship Manager and Community Reinvestment Director for Hancock Whitney Bank in the City of Houston. Having been in the banking industry for the past 17 years, he has held a variety of roles that allow him to provide a comprehensive overview of the industry to his clients.

Randall is a graduate of the University of Houston where he graduated with a double major in Management and Finance.…

Photo of Sanna Roling Sanna Roling Nonprofit President – Houston, TX

Sanna Roling set out to be a veterinarian in 1963 with an A.B.S. in Life Sciences from Thornton Junior College. Flunking out of Veterinary Medical School, she graduated from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and went on to complete a thesis M.S. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Organic Chemistry.…

Photo of Shawn Samples Shawn Samples Plant Supervisor – Dallas, TX

Shawn Samples is a native of Greenville, Texas. Shawn graduated from Wolfe City High School in 1995 and started working for the facility he is at now that summer for Kelley Temporary Services. Shawn worked part-time as he attended Texas A&M Commerce, and was given added responsibilities over the years such as loading, closing, and handling after-hours calls.…

Photo of Greg Scott Greg Scott Plant Manager – Dallas, TX

Greg Scott is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. During a 38 year career at Hallmark Cards, Greg worked in a variety of areas, such as Creative, Graphics, Production Planning, Manufacturing, Distribution, I/T, and Order Management. In 2015 Greg left Hallmark for a new opportunity at Case New Holland Industries. He is now the plant manager at the Greenville Texas distribution center.…

Photo of Shane Tolhurst Shane Tolhurst Chemical Packager – Houston, TX

Shane Tolhurst is a hard worker who is always striving to get to that checkpoint, that goal or that finish line. One thing Shane has learned over the years and put into practice is to always watch, listen then apply. Whether it’s for family or work he’s learned to always be safe and proficient, work hard and smart because that’s what can lead you to a prosperous future.

Photo of Michael Trejo Michael Trejo Vice President of Commercial Lending – Houston, TX

Michael Trejo, VP Commercial Lender for Allegiance Bank, is a Houston native and been in the banking industry for over 17 years. Michael is passionate about what he does because his parents owned their own business for many years and he seeks to treat clients the same way he would have liked for his parents to be treated by a banker: with respect and honesty.…

Photo of Monica Vaca Monica Vaca Real Estate Broker Associate – Houston, TX

Monica Vaca is a Broker Associate and Team Leader at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties, Memorial Office. Vaca is a first-generation American born to Ecuadorian immigrants, Vaca is one of the leading Latina entrepreneurs and leaders in real estate in the country and has been recognized with several local, regional and national awards. She has been honored twice as a “Top Producer” (2004, 2005) by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) and was named the “Business Woman of the Year” by the Business Advisor Council.…

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.…