MIKE ALLEN - CHAIRMAN
Michael Allen is the founder and President of Providence Energy Corporation of Dallas, Texas, an oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Allen has been an active buyer of oil and gas properties in 15 states. Providence Energy is the managing partner of over 2.0 million net acres of minerals in the domestic U. S.
Mr. Allen graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Oklahoma. He is a certified public accountant and spent the first few years of his career in Dallas with Ernst and Ernst. Mr. Allen is actively involved in several inner city projects funding camps, schools and turn-around projects in the North Texas area.
He, his wife, and family live in Dallas.
WILL DOWELL - SECRETARY
Will serves as the Executive Director for Behind Every Door. He began his career by serving with CRU on the University of Texas campus, which included a role as the Director of Greek Summit: a leadership development project for college students involved in the Greek system. After leaving CRU, Will worked with a small start-up company in Austin, Texas to establish the day-to-day operations, marketing, and customer relations. He also spent time in the Real Estate industry, focusing on multi-family housing. Once in Dallas, Will helped launch two companies: THINX Integrated Technologies and Thrive Intelligence, serving as the Chief Operating Officer.
Will graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Corporate Communication. He and his wife, Allison, and their three children live in Dallas, Texas.
TYLER BERNS - MEMBER
Tyler Berns has served his entire career as an employee-owner at Austin Commercial, a commercial general contracting firm. Headquartered in Dallas, Mr. Berns’ primary focus is on new ground-up commercial construction projects in North Texas including corporate office, healthcare, and higher education. He then moved to Frank Dale Construction to serve as Vice President and lead the business development efforts.
Mr. Berns has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Construction Science, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Berns is the founder and serves as the director of Camp Firewalker, an organization focusing on mentorship of underserved, inner city youth through outdoor adventures. He is also very active within The Real Estate Council (TREC) and will serve on the Executive Committee of the TREC Board of Directors in 2017.
OTIS BUCKLEY - MEMBER
Otis is an accomplished author, speaker, and entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in financial management. Otis spent time with BBVA and BB&T before pursuing his first book, Payday Proverbs, a collection of strategies for overcoming paycheck to paycheck living. Otis also spends time in the Television/Film industry as a camera operator and supporting his wife in her successful business, Smart Artist. He and his wife, Sway, live in Dallas, Texas.
SHEILA CHHUTANI - MEMBER
Dr. Chhutani is an obstetrician/gynecologist practicing at Texas Health Dallas since January 2007. She graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and from St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO earning a medical degree. She returned to her hometown of Chicago, IL for her residency program at Rush University Medical Center where she was elected chief resident during her last year. Dr. Chhutani got her first taste of Texas in the summer of 2004 when she matriculated through the Pelvic Surgery fellowship at Presbyterian Texas Health Dallas. Chicago became home again for a short while, but she was drawn back to Dallas just 18 months later. Currently, she is in a single specialty group practice, Gyn/OB Associates, where she works with 4 other physicians. In the midst of a busy schedule she earned an MBA from the University of Texas Dallas in their executive program for physicians. Dr. Chhutani married Jesse Jackson, a banking professional in October 2012. They love to travel, stay active in the city and in their church, Concord Church in south Dallas. In addition to the variety of committees she sits on at the hospital, she also is a member of the medical advisory board of Viverae, a wellness company based in Dallas and belongs to various organizations including The Links Incorporated Dallas chapter, and the North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
JESSICA NUNEZ - MEMBER
Jessica Nunez is founder and president of TruePoint Communications, an integrated marketing communications agency. In 2006, she started her company at 27 years-old and has since grown it to a team of more than 30 professionals providing marketing and communications services to companies across the nation. The agency serves clients specializing in consumer products, fashion and retail, real estate, technology, food service, healthcare and B2B.
In her career, Jessica has counseled some of the country's top companies including AT&T, Mary Kay, Jamba Juice, Famous Footware, Zoe's Kitchen and Caleres. She is an experienced TV spokesperson and has spent nearly a decade serving as a guest host on Home Shopping Network (HSN).
Jessica is active in elevating the entrepreneurial community and leadership development. She served four consecutive years on the board of directors for Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) Dallas, including a term as president. In 2016, Jessica launched the Dallas competition for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), providing a platform for college student entrepreneurs to showcase there businesses. She currently serves as Area Director on the EO regional board.
She is a founding member of Social Media Club Dallas, where she served three consecutive years as director, and a founding board member of One Hundred Shares Dallas, a Christian non-profit foundation that brings 100 women together to financially propel non-profits.
WARE SMITH - MEMBER
Ware Smith is a commercial real estate lender at Frost Bank, providing short to medium-term construction and acquisition financing across all product types. Before joining Frost, Ware helped rebuild eco-affordable homes with the Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans post- Hurricane Katrina. Prior to New Orleans, Ware worked aboard power and sailing vessels, most notably completing a voyage to and from the Antarctic Peninsula.
Currently Ware serves on boards and committees within Dallas JourneyMen, The Dallas Foundation, Behind Every Door, Goodwill Industries of Dallas, The Real Estate Council, and Woodberry Forest School Alumni Association.
Ware graduated in 2003 with a BA in French Language & Literature from The University of Virginia and received an MBA in 2012 from Southern Methodist University. He lives in Dallas with wife Alison and their two children, Ware IV (4 yrs.), and Ruth (2 yrs.). Together they enjoy spending time outdoors and in the company of friends and family.
BONNIE THOMPSON - MEMBER
Bonnie is a co-founder of Providence Christian School of Texas and Board member from 1989 to 2001. She has been a Bible Study Fellowship class member and leader for over 10 years, a Board member of Pine Cove Christian Camps from 1991 to 1997, and the Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon co-founder and Luncheon co-chairman in 2009. In 2010, Bonnie became a founding Board member for One Hundred Shares Dallas, serving through 2015. Most of all, Bonnie is proud of being married to Doug for 35 years, a mother to Liza and Clark, and a grandmother to their 5 children.
BRAD TODD - MEMBER
Brad joined The Richards Group as a principal in early 1983 after nine years in marketing at Frito-Lay. Brad has played a major role in developing brand management, brand planning, and media functions. He now leads the client engagements for First Choice Emergency, Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta), Research Now, Grocery Outlet, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Shamrock Farms and Anderson Erickson dairies, TXU Energy, Cardinal Health, and Volunteers of America. Brad’s previous client experience at The Richards Group includes Chick- l-A, Continental Airlines, H-E-B Grocery, Motel 6, National Pork Board, 7-Eleven, TGI Fridays, and Whataburger.
Brad received a B.S. with the highest honors from the University of Florida, where he was honored as an Alumnus of Distinction. He also graduated at the top of his class in Northwestern University’s Advertising Management Program and recently served as alumni regent for North Texas. His contributions locally are many: 30 years as board member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, including service as chairman of the board, as well as advisory board member of three educational institutions in Dallas: Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, and the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, where he has also taught marketing and served as chairman of its advisory board. Brad recently received the TACA Silver Cup Award for his contributions to the arts.
LORI TURPIN - MEMBER
Apart from her family, Lori’s greatest joy has been studying God’s word and serving in leadership positions in women’s Bible Studies such as Bible Study Fellowship and those in her church, Park Cities Presbyterian. She also enjoys serving in various capacities in the Women’s Ministries at PCPC. She is a founding board member of One Hundred Shares Dallas, a group of women who gives financial grants to inner city ministries in Dallas who serve the needy and proclaim the gospel.
Lori, however, loves more than anything her role as wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Dallas.
JOHN WALLACE - MEMBER
John began his professional career in dentistry, but left after 10 years to become a pastor. In 1996, he began to work with people on the streets of Deep Ellum, and by 1999 he and his wife, Suzanne, established Blood and Fire Ministries. With Blood and Fire Ministries, John founded The Father's House and Compassion House, to provide discipleship for young people needing radical life change. John is committed to serving the poor and homeless, and to training the youth to serve the poor in the U.S. and in the Nations. John also serves on the Behind Every Door Executive Team.
Currently, John operates as a "pastor to pastors" and acts as a spiritual father for a number of leaders in the DFW Metroplex. He and his wife live in Dallas, Texas.