Will spent time with Campus Crusade for Christ (now CRU) on the University of Texas campus, working with fraternities and sororities. Also during his time with CRU, Will served 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 helping to establish the day-to-day operations, marketing, and customer relations. He has also spent time in the Real Estate industry, focusing on multi-family housing. Will graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor's degree in Corporate Communication. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Allison, and their three children.
Keith began his career in commercial real estate in 1985 for the former LaSalle Partners, and The Prudential Realty Group's subsidiary, Premisys, where he simultaneously managed Bank of America Plaza and Renaissance Tower, two of the largest corporate office buildings in Dallas' Central Business District. In 1997, Keith joined Macfarlan Real Estate Investment Management where he was a partner serving on the Investment Committee and responsible for all of the firm's commercial asset management and corporate operations. Keith is an active member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, has served on the Associate Board of the Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business Administration, and is past Chairman of the Board of the Providence Christian School of Texas. Keith graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor's degree in business and from Southern Methodist University with an MBA. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Kendall, and two children.
DIRECTOR OF LOVING PEOPLE
Suzanne joined Behind Every Door Ministries in 2009. Suzanne graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in biology and a teacher's certification in secondary education. She is also a Certified Language Therapist. In 1990, she and a friend began a ministry to East Dallas Hispanic gang youths now called Cross Fire Ministries. In 1999, she and her husband, John, closed down their suburban church to establish Blood and Fire Ministries on the streets of Deep Ellum, caring for the poor and homeless. They also operated a residential discipleship house for young people needing a radical life change. John and Suzanne have three grown children, Jason, Brennan, who is currently serving in Iraq, and Lindsey.
Kea began working with Behind Every Door in 2014 through our partnership with Big Thought, and then joined the Behind Every Door team in 2015. Kea serves as the Community Director at Village Oaks apartments. Kea graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a degree in Business/Marketing and from Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity. Kea is passionate about discipleship, she is a gifted teacher and speaker, and her mission in life is to "war a good warfare" (1 Timothy 1:18). Kea grew up in San Antonio and currently lives in Dallas, Texas.
Cierra, a native of Baltimore, MD, joined Behind Every Door in 2016 to serve as the Community Director at The Hive. She graduated from Fordham University in NYC with a degree in dance, where she discovered a love for working with youth. Since then, Cierra has worked as a dance educator for over fifteen different schools & organizations across five different states. She also spent time in Atlanta, GA, where she served as an administrator and founded both a women's and dance ministry for a newly planted church. Cierra's heart for ministry and people grew in Atlanta and developed her into a writer and speaker who now loves to encourage and equip others with God's Word. Her journey of faith led Cierra to move to Dallas in 2016 and she is excited to be a part of what God is doing in this city! Cierra desires for young people to know their value and identity in Christ, become who God has destined them to be, and rise up to be leaders in their community.
Rickey became Rickey became a member of the Behind Every Door Ministries team in 2010. Rickey serves as the Kids' Shepherd at The Hive Apartments' Community Center. Rickey implements a vision to teach, mentor, and encourage over 60 children currently involved in the Kids Club and living in The Hive Apartments. Over the last few years, Rickey has been involved in leadership at The Father's House, participating in the discipleship program. Rickey completed the Devos Urban Leadership Initiative in 2016, and he lives in Dallas, Texas.
ASSISTANT COMMUNITY DIRECTOR
Chris joined the Behind Every Door team in 2016 to serve alongside Kea in the Village Oaks community. Chris has a passion for youth and a dream to disciple kids through a sports camp one day.
Amanda previously worked for Bank of America in downtown Dallas where she managed a lending portfolio of 25 large corporate clients. Her successful interface with those clients and with internal teams led to her promotion at the bank to Assistant Vice President. Personally, Amanda has a passion for encouraging others to aspire for personal growth and to live wholeheartedly. Amanda grew up and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. She attended Highland Park High School and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor in Finance.
DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS
Meg began her banking career over 30 years ago in Dallas in commercial lending. Her longest tenure was at JP Morgan Chase where she held the senior product position for a national loan product supporting US exporters. Meg graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor in Business Administration/Finance. Meg and Steve, her husband, have three grown children: Grace, Heather, and Kyle. Meg focuses on developing strong partnership relationships and implementing an effective grant strategy to support the work of Behind Every Door.
LaWanda Thompson joined the Behind Every Door team in 2012. A former resident of Village Oaks, LaWanda comes from a family of 13 siblings. As the Community Ambassador, LaWanda assisted during special events, spent time listening to community members, and helped to coordinate activities for the neighborhood around Village Oaks. On her own time, she has volunteered as the Assistant Den Leader for local Cub Scout Troop 3550. LaWanda has been voluntarily serving at Village Oaks since Behind Every Door arrived in 2010, and is known by the community to host sleepovers and video game nights in her home on the weekends. Prior to joining the team at Village Oaks, LaWanda served as Community Center Leader for another local non-profit. Recently, Lawanda was promoted to an Administrative Assistant in the Corporate Office!
HEALTHY LIVING COACH
David has been a certified personal trainer for over 15 years. He previously operated a training studio in Fair Park, but moved his equipment to the Village Oaks Life Center in January of 2014. David oversees the fitness and boxing portion of the Life Center, seeking to provide people with opportunities to stay in shape, improve their lifestyle, and overcome physical setbacks. He and his wife live in Dallas, Texas.
Mike has founded two global missions organizations: Strategic Impact and Global Missions Fellowship. Global Missions Fellowship was an international church-planting organization that planted over 3000 new churches in 64 nations. Mike served on the Board of Directors for Global Advance, an international Leadership Development organization and serves on the Board of Reconciliation Outreach, an inner city mission that ministers to the poor. Mike, his wife Becky, and his children live in Richardson, Texas.
INTERSECTION OF LITERACY & TECHNOLOGY
Fiona has held a variety of roles in her 15 year career in media industry, all of which stem from a desire to understand people and to make great work. This includes 3 years on an Oscar-nominated animation feature, International film festivals and her current project, a WW2 documentary film. Her interest in communication grew into a degree in Japanese and has led her to pursue a Masters in Cognitive Psychology. She is also a Director at WWCodeDFW which aims to change the demographic of women in technology fields. She has been connected to Behind Every Door for 4 years as a volunteer, with a desire to encourage the love of learning and literacy. She is from the North-East of England and Scotland, which is where her faith took root. It gives her a love of the sea, creativity, and adventures. She now lives in Dallas with her animator husband and two children, who are a driving force in teaching her how to love well every day.
Susan joined Behind Every Door in 2012. She has over 30 years experience in sales, event planning, marketing, management and fundraising. She served as the executive director for The Father Patrick H. Koch, S.J., Association – an alumni organization sponsoring need-based scholarships for young men attending Jesuit College Preparatory. Susan has been actively involved in various capacities with The Parish Day School, Richardson High School, Jesuit College Preparatory and the University of Texas. Susan spent over 20 years in the retail business with Neiman Marcus and the Carlisle Collection. Susan is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in business and marketing. She has two sons, Austin and Parker Lee.
LIFE CENTER COACH
Ray Southall began working with Behind Every Door in 2016. Ray has a desire to fuse his love for art and Chirst through his music. For the past 8 years, Ray has taken his Christ centered music across Texas multiple times on tours and festivals such as SXSW in Austin, Texas. At the age of 22 Ray has already been licensed to Gospel Ministry, opperating as the Youth Pastor at his Home Church in El Campo Texas. Origanally from Austin, Ray is a founding member of the premier christian rap collective in the city called Salt Society. Their mission is to present the Gospel creatively, boldy, and effctively.
LIFE CENTER MANAGER
Thomas joined the team in 2016. Thomas teaches a basic boxing class to boys at Village Oaks twice per week in the evenings. In addition to helping with the Life Center, Thomas trains boxers and people looking to stay fit. Thomas has been boxing since the age of 17 and has a desire to turn Pro.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ("The Glue")
Kim joined the Behind Every Door team as an Executive Assistant in 2010. She has more than 25 years experience working for Dallas area commercial real estate companies including Macfarlan Real Estate Services, the Prudential Realty Group's subsidiary, Premisys, and Centre Leasing and Management. Kim grew up in Houston, has been married to her husband, Scott, for over 20 years, and has two children.
KEITH "SMITTY" SMITH
FACILITIES MANAGER, VILLAGE OAKS
Keith "Smitty" Smith came to Village Oaks in 2013. He is an active member of several recovery groups and leads/teaches two each week. Smitty has given his life to helping others and he is a loyal friend to many. He has an amazing story, and if you ever meet him - ask him to share it with you!
Neisha has been involved with Behind Every Door since we started the Kids Club at The Hive. Her story of perseverance is remarkable (you can watch it on video by clicking here). Neisha graduated from Conrad Highschool in 2016 and is currently attending Paul Quinn College. She is an amazingly talented and driven young woman!