Meet Our Board
Our Board of Trustees is comprised of dedicated, ambitious and community-minded volunteers. The volunteer Board of Trustees oversees the operations and management of the North Texas Community Giving Foundation. This diverse group of leaders brings valuable expertise and passion to the North Texas Community Giving Foundation.
Chair & Trustee
Dustin was born and raised in a Dallas suburb and his father is a longtime Allen firefighter. After graduating from Baylor University and Baylor Law School, Dallas returned to Dallas and began practicing employment law. Dustin now practices employment and business law at Simon | Paschal PLLC, a North Dallas-based law firm he co-founded. Dustin spends a great deal of time in Collin County and Frisco as a result of his law practice and various organizations of which he is a part. Dustin has experience with various boards, including non-profits, and also currently serves on the DallasHR Board of Directors. Dustin and his wife, Lindsay, moved to Frisco in 2018 and welcomed their first child, Brayden Chase. In his free time, Dustin enjoys traveling the world and eating good food!
Vice Chair & Trustee
James is a Texas based, Michigan native who enjoys a passion for service, stewardship and family. After having served multiple board terms at both Heroes for Children and Wednesday’s Child Benefit Corporation, he joined the NTXCGF Board in 2019. James is actively involved in sponsorships and corporate partnerships for the Big Star Half Marathon & 5k and stays perpetually exhausted as a long distance runner, triathlete, volunteer and competitive tennis player. He earned a BBA (Finance) / MBA from Texas Tech University and has spent 20 years in Corp/Commercial Banking. James routinely says that he aspires to be the kind of person that his Giant Schnauzer (Fergus) believes he is.
Erin Minett Hutto
Treasurer and Founding Trustee
Erin is a lifelong resident of Frisco and is a graduate of Leadership Frisco Class XVII. She is an attorney at Perdue Brandon where she represents taxing entities in the collection of delinquent ad valorem taxes. Erin received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and her JD from Baylor Law School. She enjoys spending time with family, dabbling in photography and collecting stamps in her passport.
Mike is a Frisco resident since 2001 and a proud graduate of Leadership Frisco Class XVII. Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Mike is a founding partner of BKM Sowan Horan, a successful public accounting firm based in Addison, TX. He has over 17 years of experience in public accounting and provides exceptional client service in the assurance and tax service areas for companies in a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, oil and gas, and real estate. Mike received a Master in Professional Accounting and Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Texas in Austin. He enjoys golf and anything active, along with spending time with his wife (Melissa) and kids (Sophie and Zander).
Secretary and Trustee
Heather grew up in Carrollton, TX but has lived in Frisco with her husband and two children since 2005. She loves having her group insurance agency, Lone Star Benefits, Inc., headquartered in a 100 year old house in the heart of Downtown Frisco. Heather first joined Lone Star Benefits in 2000 and her days are full of guiding her clients through the complexities of the ever-changing Affordable Care Act while providing them with a white-glove service on their day to day benefits administration. During her time in Frisco, Heather has served on the Board of various non-profits as she has a huge heart for the mission of non-profits and their desire to make a difference in the community. When she’s not at work or volunteering, you can find Heather spending time with her family, lifting weights or sitting on a beach in the Caribbean listening to Reggae music.
Ann has played an active role in her community for almost two decades. Besides philanthropic giving through her and her husband’s former foundation, now Donor Advised Fund, Ann volunteers her time to various local charities. She and her husband, former long-time NBA Coach Del Harris, served as the Development Chairs for the Frisco expansion of City House, a Transitional Living Program serving homeless teens 18-21 years old. She is a cofounder of The Frisco Giving Tree, an organization which serves by giving to those in Frisco who are in crisis. Since its inception in 2012, this group has given over $150,000 to families and others in need. In 2013, Ann was selected as one of the Top Ten Women in Collin County representing City House. In 2016, Ann received the Spirit of Frisco Award from the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Spirit of Collaboration Award by the Junior League of Collin County. As a breast cancer survivor, Ann was honored to be on the host committee for Ladies Night Out for A Purpose to bring awareness, and raise funds so that one hundred uninsured women can get a free mammogram. In 2018, she was honored to receive the first Women of Hope Founders Award from the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2019 Ann co-founded StepUP Frisco to bring awareness to the Frisco community to assist in funding the expansion of the only two homeless programs in Collin County: The Samaritan Inn for families and City House for kids. Expansion in each of these fine organizations is desperately needed in order to house the homeless as our communities increase in size. She has been involved in City, County and FISD School Board elections and serves as a neighborhood representative on her HOA. When she is not volunteering, Ann enjoys spending time with her husband, adopted dogs Dino and Amore and keeping up with their numerous grandchildren.
Danyel Surrency Jones
Danyel Surrency Jones is a proclaimed “Vision Chaser”, business strategist and philanthropist, with two decades of executive leadership and sales & marketing experience. She is the Founder and Principal Business Strategist of Danyel Surrency Jones Consulting and the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of POWERHANDZ Inc., a global product tech company that designs innovative solutions for athletic training and rehabilitation. In 6 years, it’s core athletic training products have sold to consumers in more than 86 countries, established a digital footprint with millions of youth and professional athletes, skills trainers and professional sports organizations. These milestons have captured the attention of major media outlets like Forbes, CNBC, Sports Illustrated, Essence and Bloomberg Business; positioning POWERHANDZ has one of the most innovative companies in multiple sports, verticals, healthcare and technology.
As a CEO and Business Strategist, Danyel has a unique ability to create and articulate a clear vision, while crafting the next steps to best in calse execution plans. Prior to her entrepreneurial jouney, Danyel developed skills in several executive leadership roles for two mulit billion dollar healthcare companies, Philips Medical Systems and Medtronic Surgical Technologies. She led several sales, marketing, product management, IMC and operations teams in her 16 year corporate career, and became the 1st woman elected as President of Medtronic’s enterprise sales resource group. In addition to these roles, Danyel has a passion for the community, women and youth. She is the Co-Founder and President of POWERHANDZ’s non-profit entity, The Power To Give Foundation (501c3). Its mission to provide ahtletic and academic programs to youth in underserved communities. A portion of every product purchased with POWERHANDZ is donated to fulfilling its mission. She also mentors women entrepreneurs, serves on the Advisory Board for the Dallas Sport Commission and the North Texas Food Bank.
Danyel is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, obtained a MBA from Florida International University and is a graduate of Wharton School of Business Marketing Leadership Program. She has been featured in several national business publications and served on entrepreneur and leadership panels. Most recently, Danyel delivered her TEDx focusing on diversity and inclusion. She currently resides in Frisco, Texas with the joys of her life, her husband and business partner Darnell Jones and their daughter Hartley Rose and son Harper Jaz.
Christi relocated to Dallas after graduate school and is a proud Texan, having served on several non-profit boards in both Dallas and Austin. Her 20+ years of experience in marketing, branding and international project management began at PepsiCo/YUM Brands. She received a BSJ in Advertising from the University of Kansas and Master of Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University, and has been fortunate to apply her business experience in the non-profit sector.
A current board member of the Dallas Texans Soccer Club, Christi was named 2018 National Club Administrator of the Year by US Soccer. She was also a founding board member and Executive Director of the Chefs for Humanity, and has served on the North Texas Community Giving Foundation board for the past two years. In her spare time, Christi enjoys traveling, spending time with her kids and cheering for the Boston University Terriers soccer team.
Ashley was raised in West Monroe, Louisiana where she graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelors in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and Spanish. Upon graduation, Ashley moved to Frisco, Texas where she still lives with her husband Justin, daughter Finley Lane and rescue dogs Gavin and NOLA. Ashley is an avid sports fan and enjoys rooting on her LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints. Ashley enjoys bridging gaps in the community and giving back. She currently serves on the Women Enhancing Business Council, is a member of the Frisco Young Professionals and serves on the Board of Directors for Melody of Hope, The North Texas Community Giving Foundation and for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. Ashley is a graduate of Leadership Frisco and was recently awarded the 2018 Frisco Number Ones Award. Ashley served as Mayor Cheney’s Campaign Manager for his first term as Mayor and has recently been appointed for his second term campaign. On the weekends you will find Ashley and her family at Hope Fellowship Church and Summer Moon Coffee. Ashley’s proudest moment to date? Donating Bone Marrow to save a life in 2012. Join her by registering to save a life at DKMS.org
Meyling "Mey" Ly Ortiz
Meyling “Mey” Ly Ortiz is the proud daughter of refugees, who escaped the “Killing Fields” of Cambodia. She grew up in Kaufman, Texas – where her parents still own and operate a mom & pop gas station. Mey graduated from Texas A&M University with her communications degree and from Southern Methodist University with her law degree – and is currently an attorney at Toyota Motor North America. She is also the proud wife of a Navy veteran and Ironman, who she met in a running store. She is doing her best to be a “fun” mom to a toddler and preschooler and to work on her passion project, a personal blog: TheMeybe.com. Outside of the office and home, her passions include community work, mentoring and championing diversity and inclusion.
General Counsel and Founding Trustee
Paul is a Founding Trustee of the North Texas Community Giving Foundation (NTXCF). As a practicing attorney, Paul is responsible for much of the legal work for NTXCF. Paul is a founding member of Simon | Paschal PLLC, a business and employment law firm located in Dallas, Texas. He is also very involved in the legal community. Paul has served as the Chairman of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers’ Foundation, a 501(c)(3), and President of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
Paul graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and then received his JD from Michigan State University College of Law. Paul actively supports his wife’s love for running and he has watched six full marathons and multiple Ironmen races and has even started to run a little himself. Paul serves as the race director of the Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K.
René Sinclair, native to Arizona and Arkansas, has called Frisco, Texas home for more than 23 years and often joking that “she wasn’t born here but got here as fast as she could.” Passionate, honest and loyal, René has dedicated her career and personal life to servant-leadership, with years of service to her community, supporting multiple non-profit organizations. A few of René’s ventures in community leadership include, but are not limited to, co-founding Hope Park Frisco, an all-inclusive playground built in the Spring of 2013 in partnership with the City of Frisco and the American Cancer Society – Relay For Life – Frisco, including three years serving as Event Chair.
René’s contagious fun-loving energy and smile, along with her market knowledge, will guide you through the home buying and selling process with ease. When not serving others, René loves to spend time with her husband and two children and enjoys navigating through her kids’ activities that include ice hockey and horseback therapy. She and her husband also enjoy a newly-discovered love for sailing.
Shannon, a long time Frisco resident, is the owner and designer of local closet company, Dallas Closet Design. Since moving to Frisco in 2001 with her husband, George, Shannon has been an active volunteer in the community. Shannon and George have two children, Marin (14) Kerr (11) who both attend school in Frisco. Shannon has significant experience in the Non-profit sector, including fundraising, marketing and volunteer management. She spent the bulk of her career with the American Cancer Society heading up efforts responsible for raising millions of dollars through sponsorship and events focused on finding a cure cancer. In her most recent role, Shannon was a founding board member of Hope Park Frisco, a 15,000 square foot park. Although, Hope Park was built to suit the needs of all children, it gives specific consideration to children with special needs. Shannon shares her passion for giving with her daughter, Marin. The two currently work together as members of the National Charity League volunteering across the metroplex.
Karen White is a native New Yorker and has been a proud resident of Frisco, Texas for the last 14 years. In 2017, Karen fulfilled her dream to own a business when she opened Oasis Accents, a unique and beautiful home-decor boutique in Frisco. Prior to opening Oasis Accents, Karen spent 25 years in corporate America as a Human Resources executive with Fortune 500 companies such as YUM Brands, PepsiCo and Quaker Oats. Karen is a graduate of Cornell University. She has always been passionate about serving in her local commuity and serves on the boards of Frisco YMCA and the North Texas Community Giving Foundation. She is a former board member of Chicago Cares.
In her free time, Karen enjoys traveling abroad, exploring new culinary delights and caring for her Shih Tzu fur-baby, Sa-Chi.