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Six Influential North Texas Leaders Appointed to Board of Governors

New board appointments contribute to shaping the future direction and vision of The Dallas Foundation

DALLAS – Jan. 23, 2024 – The Dallas Foundation, founded in 1929 as the first community foundation in Texas, is proud to announce the appointment of six new members to its Board of Governors: Tim Hafer, Rev. Dr. Lael Melville, Bridget Moreno Lopez, Susan Salka, Joe Schloesser and Courtney Underwood. The board is led by Lydia B. Addy (Co-founder & Vice President, The Addy Foundation and Community Volunteer), serving as Chair, and Chris Luna (President & CEO, SPCA of Texas) as Vice Chair.

Tim C. Hafer currently serves as EVP & CFO at Kronos Worldwide, Inc., and has held various senior roles within the company since 1999. Prior, he served in finance and accounting leadership positions at corporations like Fujitsu-ICL Systems Inc., Halter Capital Corporation, and Millennia, Inc. He also spent eight years as an audit manager at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). Alongside his corporate career, he has contributed to nonprofit boards including Shared Housing, Inc., Collin County Women’s Shelter (now Hope’s Door), and has served on The Dallas Foundation’s Audit and Risk Management Committee since September 2020.

Rev. Dr. Lael Melville is the CEO and co-founder of The Randolph W. and Dr. Lael C. Melville Family Foundation (2018). She holds doctorate degrees in psychology and divinity (theology) and is an alumna of Southern Methodist University and Princeton University. She is involved throughout the Dallas community in a variety of ways and serves as a Board Director for the North Texas Food Bank, sits on the Advisory Committee of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at The Dallas Foundation, is part of the advisory board for UT Southwestern, and is co-chair at Uplift Education. She is also the Founder of the Women of God prayer group and N.E.T. Cohort.

Bridget Moreno Lopez started as a prosecutor in Dallas, advocating for child abuse and family violence survivors and connecting with vulnerable populations. Transitioning to Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, she managed the litigation division, eventually becoming Managing Partner of the Dallas office and serving on the firm’s Management Committee. She has led various community projects, contributed to redistricting in Dallas, served on the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board, and chaired fundraising committees for Latino advancement and child advocacy. She consistently demonstrates a commitment to community welfare and engagement.

Susan Salka is a healthcare industry pioneer, who drove AMN Healthcare’s growth from $10 million to over $5 billion in revenue during her 33-year tenure, including 17 years as CEO. Known for strategic leadership through expansions, crises, M&A, and an IPO, she championed over 25 transformative acquisitions. Her leadership positioned AMN as a technology-driven healthcare staffing giant, emphasizing corporate social responsibility and diversity. Recognized for philanthropy, she serves as Honorary Consul to Guatemala and sits on McKesson Corporation’s board, chairing the Finance Committee and contributing to its governance. Previously, she served on other public company boards and held positions at Columbia University School of Nursing and Directors & Boards Magazine’s editorial advisory board.

Joe Schloesser is a Vice President at ISN, overseeing ISN’s Corporate and Business Development functions. Joe and his family moved to Dallas in 2016, to work for ISN. Since joining ISN, Joe has held leadership positions across several operational and business development teams, including ISN’s global operations, M&A function, Monarch Consulting, Research and Development team and Business Development teams across various industries in Oil & Gas and Manufacturing. Prior to joining ISN, Joe held executive roles with both Iron Mountain and Bank of America. Joe also serves as a Board Member for the Folds of Honor, North Texas Chapter.

Courtney Underwood has led initiatives to provide support and resources for survivors of sexual assault across North Texas. From establishing multiple Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs to establishing Courtney’s SAFE Place—the region’s sole forensic clinic outside ER settings—her efforts have ensured advanced care and trauma-informed services for survivors. Her advocacy efforts led to the passing of Senate Bill 1191, mandating rape kits in Texas ERs. Courtney serves as Chairman for multiple nonprofit organizations, including Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and has been recognized for her philanthropy and leadership across the state, most recently by the Dallas Police Department. Alongside her philanthropic endeavors, she manages multimillion-dollar portfolios in real estate.

“The Board of Governors of The Dallas Foundation plays a vital role in shaping the direction of the organization and ensuring we fulfill our mission to bring together people, ideas and investments in Greater Dallas so that individuals and families can reach their full potential, ” said Julie Diaz, Interim President & CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “We are thrilled to welcome these six new dynamic leaders whose diverse expertise and strategic insights will drive our vision to fostering a more equitable and vibrant Dallas through our grantmaking and community leadership.”

Continuing members of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors include:
● Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, Executive Director, Phillips Foundation
● Jaimee Eddington, Americas, Regional Leader, Heidrick & Struggles
● Steffen Fuchs, Senior Partner, Dallas McKinsey & Company
● Mark Okada, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Sycamore Tree Capital Partners
● Trevor R. Rees-Jones, Rees-Jones Holdings
● Jeremy Smith, President, Rainwater Charitable Foundation

The Dallas Foundation, established as the first community foundation in Texas in 1929, brings together people, ideas, and investments in Greater Dallas so individuals and families can reach their full potential. Over the course of the Foundation’s history, it has granted over $1B to the full spectrum of community-centered causes.


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