Richard Vitale, President
Mr. Vitale was born and reared in Dallas, Texas and is a proud graduate Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1991. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Vitale joined a Bank of America predecessor company in 1994, and upon graduation, he returned to North Texas with the Bank. He currently is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America and leads the Bank’s Not-for-Profit Healthcare and Institutions Practice for North and Central Texas. He is Founding President of the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation.
Gary Griffith, Vice President
Gary Griffith was elected to the Dallas City Council in May 2003 and served two terms through June 2007. He believes strongly in community service and gives his volunteer time by serving on a variety of boards for charitable organizations in Dallas. Mr Griffith grew up in East Dallas and is a proud graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1966.
Leigh Peden Straughn, Secretary
A longtime East Dallas resident, Leigh Peden Straughn attended Lakewood Elementary, K.B. Polk Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School (Class of 1991). Before leaving the workforce to spend more time with her family, Leigh worked as a management consultant in the Houston office of McKinsey & Company and as a director in the advertising department of The Dallas Morning News. In addition to keeping up with her four active sons and her spouse, she devotes significant time to activities and causes in support of public education. Leigh presently serves on the boards of the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, the William B. Travis PTA, and Lakewood Elementary’s SBDM Committee and PTA. She also volunteers through the Children & Family Ministry at The Church of the Incarnation. She graduated magna cum laude from Rice University and holds an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Susan Schuerger has been a tireless advocate for her schools and the community. Susan has served as PTA president and SBDM committees at Lakewood Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School. She founded and is presently the chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Community Council, a consortium of PTA and SBDM members from each of the Woodrow feeder schools. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious and rare Extended Service Award by the Texas Congress of Parekts and Teachers. She has been involved in education as a Clinical Instructor of Physical Therapy, developed program curriculum for the Texas Tech School of Physical Therapy, and was an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Southwestern University School of Allied Health, teaching and revising curriculum. She is the proud parent of five Woodrow graduates.
Jody Hodges is currently the Senior Vice President & Manager of Healthcare Banking of the Dallas market at Bank of Texas. Hodges previously held the position of Senior Vice President with Bank of America within the Greater Texas Commercial Banking group. He currently serves on the board of the White Rock YMCA. While at Bank of America, he also served on the Fort Worth Leadership Council, as the past chairman of the American Heart Walk and March of Dimes March for Babies campaigns. Hodges earned his bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University as Cum Laude. He earned his MBA from Texas Christian University and graduated with distinction. He also holds a Series 7 and 63 investment license. He currently resides in East Dallas with his wife, Nikki, and their two children.
Melissa Kingston practices law in the areas of commercial litigation with the law firm of Friedman & Feiger, LLP. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1996, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors. She received her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law in 1999. Ms. Kingston is also an active member of the Dallas community and has served as a volunteer for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program; as various chair, vice-chair and membership positions with the Dallas Bar Association; and, as a community liaison and outside general counsel for non-profit groups and community advocacy groups. Ms. Kingston has volunteered on several community improvement projects, including several projects in the Lower Greenville Avenue area; as a board member and officer of the Dallas Homeowners League; as well as projects to support and promote DISD schools in her neighborhood. Ms. Kingston is also a 2012 DISD Leadership Class member.
Dustin Marshall is CEO of Hazel’s Hot Shot, an expedited freight and logistics company headquartered in Dallas, TX. Hazel’s focuses on time-critical shipments and operates via several divisions which provide an array of transportation services. Prior to joining Hazel’s, Marshall was a manager in the Chicago office of Bain & Company. Mr. Marshall is deeply involved in the Dallas-Ft. Worth community and is passionate about education reform. He serves on the Board of Reading Partners Dallas and the Board of Governors for Uplift Education. He is a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s “40-under-40” award, an alumnus of Leadership Dallas, and a finalist for the Dallas Foundation’s “Good Works Under 40” award. Marshall has a bachelor of science (BS) in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. He and his wife, Denise, reside in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas with their four children.
Cheryl Camin Murray is a corporate healthcare shareholder at Winstead PC. She represents clients on entity formation, contractual and regulatory issues, HIPAA, the HITECH Act, and Stark Law matters, as well as compliance with other federal and state laws. She is a frequent speaker and author on health law-related topics. Active in her community, Cheryl is on the Board of the Southwest Transplant Alliance, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Friday Group, and Dallas Bar Association. Cheryl is a former Kidney Walk Chair for the National Kidney Foundation serving North Texas. She is a former officer of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and co-founder of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Freedom Run. Cheryl received her Bachelors of Arts from Texas A&M University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and her law degree from the University of Houston.
Spencer Patterson is an attorney with Grable Martin Fulton PLLC. His practice focuses on various aspects of intellectual property law, including US and international patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, patent portfolio management, and strategic intellectual property protection and enforcement. Previously, Patterson had his own practice following several years practicing at three large law firms, including 10 years as a partner at the intellectual property law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C. He earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School. He has served as a member of the Greater Dallas Chamber’s Technology Business Council and is active in the Friends of Lakewood Elementary School. He and his wife have a son at Lakewood E.S. and are passionate about strengthening the public education opportunities provided in East Dallas and throughout the state.
Eric Schenkelberg is vice president of operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. He began his career with the YMCA 26 years ago in a small town in Iowa and after several years of running youth sports, adult sports and summer day camp, Eric moved to Dallas and worked as a program director at the Irving YMCA (a branch under the umbrella of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas). He then worked as executive director in Abilene for four years, and later moved to Arlington to serve as vice president of the YMCA. While there, he opened a new building and renovated two others. After that, Eric moved to Houston for six years before returning to Dallas and the White Rock YMCA, which is also a branch under the umbrella of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.
Adam Miller is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Matthews Southwest, a full-service private real estate development company with operations throughout the United States, Canada, and EMEA. He has been a member of the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation Scholarship Committee for four years. Adam has a passion for education and an interest in supporting the DISD feeder system in East Dallas. He has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Butler University and a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife, Natalie, live with their two boys in East Dallas. Their oldest is attending Geneva Heights Elementary where they have been pivotal supporters of Project Refresh for the past four years.
Courtney Rogers is a Baylor University graduate and current manager in Dallas ISD where she is responsible for expanding the district’s Personalized Learning initiative. Prior to joining Dallas ISD, she managed philanthropic and government partnerships for the education nonprofit Reasoning Mind, and completed an AmeriCorps teaching fellowship while earning her master’s degree in education. She was a 2016 Dallas County Fellow with Leadership ISD, and currently serves as the chair of the marketing advisory committee for the W.T. White feeder pattern.
Margaret Hughes received an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and a Masters in Accounting from Southern Methodist University. Upon graduation, Margaret joined PricewaterhouseCoopers initially in their audit practice but later moved to the tax department where she focused on individuals, family offices, and estate planning. Margaret is currently a Tax Manager for Unity Hunt Inc., the family office for Lamar Hunt. Margaret lives in Dallas with her husband, Grayson, and enjoys volunteering through Junior League of Dallas, taking walks with their two dogs – Annie and Mia, and cooking new recipes.
Becky Daniels found her passion for public education when her daughter began kindergarten at Lakewood Elementary. While at Lakewood, she chaired the Site Based Decision Making (SBDM) committee for four years. Her public service continued at JL Long Middle School where she served as PTA VP, PTA President and SBDM Chair. She is a proud recipient of the Texas PTA Honorary Life Membership Award from Lakewood Elementary, Texas PTA Extended Service Award from JL Long and WWHSCF Volunteer of the Year Award in 2017.
Millicent Boykin has an extensive background in nonprofit management, community engagement and program development. She serves as Chief Program Officer for VolunteerNow, one of the most active volunteer centers in the country. Millicent is a Leadership Dallas alumna and an active community volunteer. Her board service includes Reading Partners North Texas and Best Buddies Dallas/Fort Worth. Millicent was born in East Texas, but ventured north for college. She holds a degree in Psychology from Northwestern University.
Maria Hasbany is a passionate advocate for public education and a full-time volunteer. She has held the role of President for the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, Lakewood Elementary, J.L.Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School PTAs and has served on their SBDM committees. She currently sits on the DISD Attendance Boundary Advisory Committee and the District 2 Parent Advisory Council. Maria was awarded the 2014 Volunteer of the Year by the Woodrow Wilson Community Foundation and the Texas PTA Extended Service Award from Lakewood Elementary and J.L.Long. Maria lives in Lakewood with her husband Michael and their two children.
Marketing and PR veteran Sara Hundley has more than 15 years’ experience in building brands and developing and implementing campaigns that connect with consumers. She brings a cross-disciplinary approach to marketing and PR that encompasses management, operations, marketing and product development that can help all brands she works with create effective strategies to meet business goals and objectives. Hundley is a Texas Tech alum, and lives in East Dallas with her husband and two children. She is the former PTA president (2014-2016) at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, current executive board member for both Stonewall Jackson and J.L. Long Middle School PTA’s and Wilshire Heights Neighborhood Association Director.
Jeff Kitner serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the NDCC, Jeff was a litigation/regulatory attorney and partner with Jackson Walker. Jeff is actively involved in local civic initiatives, including as the City Council District 11 representative to the Dallas Park and Recreation Board, President of Friends of the Northaven Trail, and with DISD on the Kramer Elementary SBDM. Jeff has been an active and engaged member of the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation’s Scholarship Advisory Committee for a handful of years. A native of Dallas, Jeff is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Texas School of Law