Preston Hollow People April 2020

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re you tired of reading about the coronavirus and social distancing? This month’s issue is for you. We’ve got non-virus government news and our usual mix of society, life, schools, and business features plus the annual 20 Under 40 section, filled with profiles of impressive young adults. Hopefully, their stories will encourage you and give you hope as we wait for our lives to return to a post-pandemic normal. However, we are not ignoring the virus. Word of all variety of COVID-19 cancellations rolled in as we completed page after page in the days leading up to press deadline. Deputy editors Rachel Snyder and Bethany Erickson, between finishing their print stories, have been tossing constant updates online and will continue doing so. Food columnist Christy Rost made a handwashing video you can also see on our website. Our colleagues at sister publication D Magazine have busily covered the story, too. Find reassuring medical advice and explanations on Page 6. Columnist Len Bourland tackles the issue with her usual wit on Page 13. And on Page 19, Dalia Faheid, our prolific editorial intern, describes her recent adventures getting home after sightseeing in Spain. New information has come so quickly I expect many changes to occur between the day this paper went to press and the day it arrives in your mailbox or favorite newsstand. Please

check and for the latest on cancellations, business adjustments, and other pandemic news. W I L L I A M TAY LO R I want to thank those who participated in our social media surveys about how the situation may have influenced spring break plans. We received 231 responses before I wrapped up this column. Eighty of you were still planning on traveling. Those deciding to stay home numbered 151. “We were going to drive to Kansas to visit the grandparents in their nursing home, and for obvious reasons are now not going,” Stacy Sims posted. Please keep in touch as we all contend with our new abnormal. In the days ahead, share what you are doing with that extra time at home, as well as any stories or ideas you have for helping neighbors, nonprofits, and businesses in need. We’ll be watching for those opportunities, too, and publishing them online and in print. Thank you for reading. William Taylor Editor


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4 April 2020 |

Crime S KU L D U G G E RY of the MONTH

UNSOLVEABLE MYSTERY? The report says a vehicle stolen before 12:01 p.m. Feb. 16 from a home in the 6100 block of Desco Drive was taken by “unknown means,” but was it really? The report also says the spare key fob was left in the vehicle.

DUMPSTER HEIST Trash Junky in Frisco reported at 9:53 a.m. Feb. 19 that crooks somehow stole one of the company’s large containers on Feb. 17 from a home in the 6400 block of Northport Drive.

PRESTON HOLLOW COUPLE FACE CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES Grand Prairie Police Department seeking AG’s OK to withhold arrest affidavit By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers


he son and daughter-in-law of a prominent former state legislator were investigated by Grand Prairie police and ultimately accused of sexual assault of a child, court documents revealed. Jeffrey Carona, 37, and Kristin Carona, 38, were booked into the Dallas County Jail on Jan. 29, with the former bonding out on a personal recognizance bond 33 minutes later, and the latter bonding out 10 minutes later. Jeffrey Carona is the son of former state senator John Carona. Jeffrey and Kristin Carona face two counts of sexual assault of a child, and Jeffrey Carona also faces one count of possession of child pornography, according to a list of felony cases accepted by the Dallas County District Attorney’s office.

OPPORTUNITY UNLOCKS An opportunistic thief went shopping before 11:52 p.m. Feb. 24 in a 65-year-old man’s vehicle, which was left unlocked at a home in the 10400 block of Barrywood Drive. WANT TO READ MORE CRIMES? SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER e-newsletters/ category/crime/

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The case list indicates that the offense happened in November 2019, and the Grand Prairie Police Department was the investigating agency, according to court documents. Grand Prairie police referred People Newspapers’ request for the arrest affidavit to the Attorney General’s Office. “Please be informed, we have submitted a request to the Attorney

General to withhold all information requested,” the department said in an emailed response. According to that list, the DA’s office accepted the cases on March 2. The cases are awaiting indictment, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office public information officer Kimberlee Leach confirmed. Jeffrey Carona was permitted by 194th District Court Judge Ernest White to travel to Travis

County on Feb. 19 through 21. His bond paperwork lists his employer as Associa, the homeowners association management firm helmed by his father. The paperwork also lists his brother, Joey, as his nearest relative. The Caronas married in October 2011, according to an online wedding registry. From Dallas County Appraisal District and real estate records, it appears they bought a home on Hillcrest about three months ago. Before that, they apparently lived at a home on Northaven owned by Kristin Carona. Both houses show homestead exemptions, indicating that the move to their Hillcrest home was recent. The defense attorney listed for the couple in DA records, Stephanie Ola, did not respond to an email or call for comment by press time.


Before 9:08 a.m., an opportunistic thief waltzed into the open garage of a home in the 6400 block of Meadow Road and made off with some of the contents.

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A 67-year-old man in the 10900 block of Crooked Creek Circle reported at 9:15 a.m. that someone had given out his personal information without permission. Reported at 12:58 p.m.: A bully on Feb. 11 slapped, kicked, and pushed a 35-year-old Little Elm woman in the 5900 block of Colhurst Street.

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Before 3:09 p.m., an apparently strong-legged burglar kicked in the door of a home in the 6100 block of Joyce Way.

Before 7:53 p.m.: a conniving customer forged a doctor’s prescription to get pills at Walgreens in the 3700 block of West Northwest Highway.

at the Chevron at LBJ Freeway and Midway Road, ended with a 22-year-old Carrollton man getting pushed and having his leg run over by his assailant.

Before 8:16 p.m., a rogue shattered a window and stole the contents of a 17-year-old Farmers Branch boy’s vehicle at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas on Inwood Road.

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Before 4:15 p.m., scoundrels stole Texas Roof Management Inc. property at St. Mark’s School of Texas on Preston Road.

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Before 4:10 a.m., two unidentified men robbed at gunpoint the 7-Eleven at Preston Royal Village.

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Before 3:02 a.m., a confrontation

Before 8:30 a.m., a mischief maker removed the lug nuts f rom a 34-year-old Flint, Texas man’s vehicle at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre at LBJ Freeway and the Dallas North Tollway.

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hurt a 34-year-old man near Tart Bakery in the 5200 block of West Lovers Lane.


Before 8:38 a.m., a burglar forced entry at the Streets Fine Chicken at Inwood Road and Forest Lane.


Reported at 6:10 p.m.: a resident of the 4900 block of Sugar Mill Road doesn’t know who damaged his bumper.

Before 10:25 a.m., a shotgun-wielding rogue entered a home in the 5200 block of Stonegate Road and confronted the 64-year-old man who lived there.


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Burglarized before 2:31 a.m.: a vehicle at a home in the 6100 block of Mimosa Lane.

Before 7:58 a.m., an unknown ruffian punched and

A bully slapped a 41-yearold Bach Springs woman on the right side of her head around 9:40 a.m. at NorthPark Center.


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6 April 2020 |



Dallas health care leaders urge public to practice patience, precautions By Rachel Snyder

overwhelm the healthcare system.” He said such ‘social distancing’ measures become more aggressive when there’s evidence of community spread, or person-to-person transmission happening among people who haven’t traveled.

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ake a deep breath, don’t freak out, and follow expert advice as the nation works to fight the spread of COVID-19. “Please don’t panic,” DFW Hospital Council CEO Stephen Love said. “One of the good things about this virus — many people don’t have to be hospitalized even if they’re presumptive positive. They can be treated at home, which is good.” Love and other health care leaders, including Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Dr. Philip Huang, have sought to reassure the public and provide guidelines for protecting one another during the unfolding pandemic. “Does everybody need a test? … the answer is ‘no.,” Love said. “The medical professionals and the people that will treat you are going to make the determination if you need a test . . . We want to make sure we use the test kits appropriately.” Love also encouraged people who experience symptoms, which experts say include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, to go to their primary care doctor first, rather than the emergency room. Huang said that to slow the spread, officials have taken several measures: Quarantining, which is for people who have been exposed to the virus but may not have it during the period of incubation

Does everybody need a test? … the answer is ‘no.’ The medical professionals and the people that will treat you are going to make the determination if you need a test. Stephen Love

FROM LEFT: Perot Museum CEO Linda Silver, KERA reporter Syeda Hasan, Dallas ISD Director of Health Services Jennifer Finley, Prism Health North Texas CEO Dr. John Carlo, DFW Hospital Council CEO Stephen Love, and Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Dr. Philip Huang participate in a COVID-19 panel at the museum. (PHOTO: RACHEL SNYDER) of the virus. Isolation, which is for those who have the illness. And ‘social distancing,’ which means keeping about a 6-foot distance from others to avoid exposure to the ‘droplet spread’ f rom things like coughing or sneezing, as well as preventing large gatherings. He also reiterated the impor-

tance of measures like proper handwashing; avoiding touching your face; coughing or sneezing into a wipe, then throwing it away; staying home if sick; and washing frequently-touched surfaces often, as well as avoiding contact with people who are ill, and large crowds. “Slowing that spread down really has two major goals — to

protect vulnerable populations, and those vulnerable populations are persons over 60, those with chronic healthcare conditions… and the other purpose of slowing down the spread is to really protect some of the healthcare system,” Huang said. “That’s the goal of this is to slow it down, draw out the number of cases and illness that we see, so it doesn’t

“It’s not a time to panic. It’s a time to continue these ‘social distancing’ practices…and together, we will address this,” Huang said. He explained that if someone tests positive for COVID-19 and lives with their family, the family members would be considered as having close contact, be asked to quarantine, and be monitored for symptoms. In a bit of good news, Love noted many providers offer virtual screening tools to help “guide and direct you, in many cases, to give you peace of mind that you probably don’t even need a test, but it’s to educate you and help you screen.”

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8 April 2020 |

SMU ‘s Jillson Talks Presidential, Congressional, Statehouse Races But how should voters approach those pesky down-ballot judicial contests?

A Super Tuesday Republican Primary win sets up Genevieve Collins to challenge U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, in November. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)

By William Taylor People Newspapers

Days before Super Tuesday, one of SMU’s better-known political experts misbehaved while early voting. “My wife and I were at voting booths right beside each other and doing a little bit of whispering, which you are not supposed to do,” Cal Jillson confessed to the Rotary Club of Park Cities. After working through higher-profile races, they sought to pool their limited familiarity with the seemingly endless judicial contests. “You can figure out president, senate, house, that kind of stuff, but when you get to the judges, nobody, specifically including me, knows all those people and can make a reasonable judgment among them,” he said. Usually, the political science professor has no need to whisper or guess about elections. While Jillson isn’t always right – he didn’t see 2016 going the way it did – journalists frequently call to get his insight into state and national races, and Rotarians were eager to hear from him one day before Joe Biden’s big win in South Carolina. Jillson foresaw the potential for the Feb. 29 primary to propel the former vice president into a competitive two-candidate race with Bernie Sanders on March 2, but didn’t anticipate the dramatic Super Tuesday results that moved Biden ahead of the senator from Vermont in the delegate count. “I think most older Democrats, most institutional Democrats, would far prefer to see Biden as the nominee than to see Bernie Sanders as the nominee, but we’ll see what happens in that regard,” Jillson said.

For the 32nd Congressional District, the professor expected Genevieve Collins to emerge as the Republican nominee but didn’t realize she would do so without a runoff against Floyd McLendon. “Her family name is on the building that my office is in at SMU,” Jillson said. James M. Collins served in the U.S. House of Representatives for eight terms. Genevieve Collins’ Primary victory, with more than 52% of the votes in a five-candidate race, is expected to hold up even after a recount scheduled because some Dallas County ballots went uncounted. S till, J illson doesn’t expect Collins to unseat oneterm congressman Colin Allred unless a Sanders’ nomination victory puts a damper on Democratic Party turnout. While 2018 was a good year for Democrats with Beto O’Rourke’s U.S. Senate campaign boosting excitement, Allred’s 7-point victory “suggested that the district had evolved out from under (Republican Congressman) Pete Sessions,” Jillson said. Also, in 2018, educator Joanna Cattanach came within 200 votes of Republican incumbent Morgan Meyer in Texas House District 108. She gets another shot in November. But don’t expect Democrats to get the nine seats needed to take the statehouse, Jillson said. “The fact they picked up 12 in 2018 means the low hanging fruit is already in their basket.” But what about those judicial races? “If you have no criteria on which to make a decision, because you don’t know either one, vote for the woman,” he said. “Help even things out.”

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10 April 2020 |

The 2020 Census Challenge: Counting Everyone Jenkins, Dallas Committee aim to surpass 2010’s 74% response rate

Census taking will end by July 31 with the data then compiled and presented to the president on Dec. 31. By March 31, 2021, the data will go to the states for redistricting processes. (COURTESY U.S. CENSUS BUREAU)

By Dalia Faheid

People Newspapers Once every decade, a constitutionally-mandated form wields the power to shape the resources and representation our communities receive. “This census for our state is one of the most important that we’ve faced in decades,” said North Texas Commission president and CEO Chris Wallace “We know we’re growing each and every day. Now we have to prove it.” With 1 million more Texans in DFW alone, Texas stands to gain three to four congressional seats. Census results dictate how more than $675 billion in federal funding is allocated to 132 government programs, including education, inf rastructure, and healthcare. In 2016, Texas received $59.4 billion in federal funding. Nonprofits such as the North Texas Food Bank benefit, receiving 18.5 million pounds of food last year through census data. “Federal funding is such key to our communities because we only get to do this every 10 years,” said U.S. Census Bureau partnership coordinator Christine Hernandez. With much at stake, operations have ramped up for a complete and accurate count throughout Dallas, where three census offices have opened. The Dallas County Complete Count Committee of local business and community leaders, led by Judge Clay Jenkins, has been working to surpass Dallas’s 74% response rate in 2010. Their strategic plan involves an advertising campaign, community engagement events, and partnerships to raise awareness and promote participation.

Dallas ISD and Dallas Housing Authority, for instance, are facilitating online census taking. “We’re trying to get the word out that every person matters in the census,” said Liz Cedillo-Pereira, city of Dallas chief of equity and inclusion. Because even a 1% undercount means a $40 million annual loss for the county, Jenkins’ committee has targeted 34% of Dallas’ most at risk for an undercount. The hard-to-count population of 900,000 includes immigrants, low-income households, people of color, frequent movers, and young children. “There are people that need help to make sure they get counted just about everywhere,” Jenkins said. Children younger than 6 are among the most undercounted with 50,000 Dallas children undercounted last census. Consequently, Dallas ISD experienced decade-long difficulties accounting for the growing number of students, Jenkins said. Hospitals also require an accurate count to assist families better, said Cristal Retana, manager of community and government relations at Children’s Health. Homeless individuals are counted with the assistance of local officials and the annual Point in Time Count. Funding for combatting homelessness depends on census counts. Jenkins’ foremost concern is an accurate count of undocumented and mixed-status families. The Center for Public Policy Priorities says one in four schoolchildren has an undocumented family member. “That’s making our job more challenging than ever before,” Jenkins said adding a huge undercount “would greatly disadvantage Texas and greatly benefit less diverse places.”

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Spring To-Do List: Don’t Get Left Out By Dalia Faheid

People Newspapers We’ve come a long way since the first decennial census was taken in 1790 when enumerators on horseback knocked on every door. Quills and parchment have been swapped with tablets and smartphones because the census can now be completed online for the first time. Whether you’re playing a game, watching a movie, waiting for the bus, or attending a conference, you can answer the 2020 census anywhere with an internet connection. April 1 is not just the day of toothpaste Oreos and fake spiders; it ’s also Census Day. In mid-March, the U.S. Census Bureau mailed to households invitations to self-respond to the census with ID codes linked to their addresses. “ The number one focus that we have is for people to self-respond,” said Christine Hernandez, Census Bureau partnership coordinator. Take 10 minutes to complete the census using one of three ways: by phone, mail, or online. Nine questions comprise the number of household members, relationship, living situation, age, sex, and race. Surveys are available in 13 languages, and language

support is available in 59 languages. “We want to make sure that we are counting everybody in the U.S. and not having language as a barrier for non-response,” said Alan Sale, Census Bureau senior partnership specialist. Sale recommends completing the census where you reside most of the year. Seniors in nursing homes and college students in dorms are counted at those locations. If your home sustained damage f rom the October tornado and you’re able to return, complete the census at that address. If you’re displaced and don’t plan on returning, you’ll be counted where you reside on April 1. After four reminders are mailed, enumerators, equipped with tablets, will go door to door in mid-May, collecting responses for people who haven’t self-responded. “Some of the toughest work that we do starts when those enumerators go out in the field,” said Hernandez. If an enumerator comes to your door, be sure they’re wearing an official badge. Call 800-9238282 for identification assistance. If you have privacy and security concerns, know that enumerators are bound by Title 13 of the U.S. code to protect your personal information and withhold it from government agencies. Your data will remain confidential for 72 years.

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12 April 2020 |


SIBLINGS DIDN’T WANT TO STAY TREELESS IN PRESTON HOLLOW Smith children form nonprofit, hold lemonade stands to replant By Bethany Erickson


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ike most of Preston Hollow on Oct. 20, Brinley Smith and her brother, Preston, took cover with parents Brian and Crystal Smith as an EF3 tornado wound its way through their neighborhood. “It was really dark, and we went into our closet, and Preston was asleep, and there were so many noises, and our dog was barking – you could hear it like a freight train and everything,” Brinley said. “I woke up, and I went to look out the window …” Brinley started. “There was a giant tree that fell down!” Preston chimed in. “… in our yard, and it was blocking our way from going to school, and we saw a lot of the damage,” Brinley said. In total, 10 tornadoes walloped North Texas, with the one that hit Preston Hollow ultimately leaving a 16-mile path of destruction in its wake, uprooting 4,000 trees and damaging homes and businesses. What did the siblings think when they saw all the damaged trees in their neighborhood? “Sad,” said Preston. “We felt sad, and I was thinking, ‘Oh no! We can’t climb the trees anymore and swing on them,’” Brinley said. So what did they decide to do about that? “Kids Luv Trees!” Preston said. “It’s a nonprofit to help replant all the trees after the tornado,” his sister explained. “Anyone whose tree got knocked down during the tornado can ask for a tree.” The nonprofit the two have established (with a fair amount of assistance from their parents) has partnered with Texas Trees Foundation and RETREET to form the

their yard,” he said. “Arborists will meet with the homeowner to see where they want the tree to be planted, and then make recommendations for the best variety.” But first, they have to raise that money. “We need donations now,” Preston said. “We need more money to buy more trees.” The two are also holding lemonade stands – the first one raised $2,000 - to help raise money to reach their goal of planting 500 trees. “Anyone who really likes trees should donate,” Brinley said. And while the goal is 500 trees, the two differ a bit on the goals of the organization.

We felt sad, and I was thinking, ‘Oh no! We can’t climb the trees anymore and swing on them.’ Brinley Smith

Brinley and Preston Smith are raising money to replace 500 trees. (PHOTOS: BRIAN SMITH) North Texas TREEcovery Campaign. Kids Luv Trees’ goal is $150,000 to plant 500 new trees by the end of the year. Their first tree planting happened March 28 and 29, in the area near Northaven Gardens. Brian said volunteers would likely

plant around 50 trees. He said that while nobody has requested a tree yet, they’re stepping up their efforts to alert homeowners, including going door-to-door. “And we’re not just planting a tree in

“We’ll do this until everybody who wants a tree gets a tree,” Brinley said. “We will never give up,” said Preston. “We want to get 15,000 trees.” “I think that may be a little ambitious,” their dad said, adding that if they achieve their 500 tree goal, they’ll move the needle to 1,500. “I actually want to have a tall business building,” Preston insisted. “Decorated with trees.”

Making Memoirs: The CIA Agent, The Addict, And The Gardener “The Unexpected Spy”

By Tracy Walder with Jessica Anya Blau $27.99 We last wrote about Tracy Walder for the February 2019 issues, putting her photograph on the cover of Park Cities People. Back then, the Hockaday history and foreign affairs teacher f rom Highland Park was still working on her memoir, tentatively titled, The Sorority Girl Who Saved Your Life. The book was released in late February of this year with a new title that details more of the plot: The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists. Zac Crain, who profiled her for the February 2020 issue of our sister publication D Magazine, found the book “extremely interesting” and its stories told with drama. “It’s an important book for any young women thinking about foreign service, and that perfectly dovetails with Tracy’s efforts

During that four-year legal battle arrived a life-altering diagnosis: She had breast cancer.

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to encourage that, both at Hockaday and with the nonprofit Girl Security,” he said. Crain also reported that Calamity Jane, the production company of Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, still is developing Walder’s story as a series for ABC.

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mother tells how personal struggles can yield new perspective and deepened faith. “All the bullets I’ve dodged and all the things that have happened made me realize how lucky I am to be alive,” she said. Herrig recounts her teenage addiction to heroin and her adult addiction to money. As owners of successful businesses, she and her father raked in profits and enjoyed all that money could buy until a federal lawsuit threatened their fortunes and freedom.

By Rebecca Winn $27 The former Park Cities resident, an award-winning landscape designer and creator of the inspirational blog, Whimsical Gardens, explores nature’s ability to heal in this memoir scheduled for release on March 24. In One Hundred Daffodils: Finding Beauty, Grace, and Meaning When Things Fall Apart, Winn explores her search for meaning, identity, and purpose after learning her husband of 25 years wanted a divorce. By turning to her garden for guidance, sanctuary, and inspiration, she discovered what is possible when looking at our unvarnished selves with an open mind and seeing others with an open heart. – Compiled by William Taylor

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Spring is Going Viral

Aaah April. Sunshine, flowers, Easter. Spring is a happy time unless you’re sulkLEN BOURLAND ing, panicking even, over the C’s: China, Coronavirus, Consumer Confidence, the Crash, and always Climate Change. Who knew when wishing everyone “Happy New Year” in China their New Year instructions were to quarantine in place? Like most of the planet, Wuhan was not a place I’d ever heard or thought about. Remember when our president told us is this virus would be over by April? April Fools. Friends have cancelled their cruises and trips abroad. Some are stockpiling food and cash and waiting for the vaccine. I have a friend who swears turpentine is making a comeback. Just google it. I had a flu shot and still got the Type A flu. If the flu is coming for me, I’m sort of fatalistic. Many remember the polio epidemic in the ’50s with people isolating or the Y2K when some stockpiled batteries, cash, food, and flashlights because rumor had it the entire power grid would go haywire. With this being a global pandemic and everyone connected through the internet, we are in uncharted territory. People are afraid and without much to do, bored. Yet there are some silver linings. Families are cocooning and moving forward. There are lots of things to do. Remember spring cleaning? Now you can clean out those closets, polish the silver, organize old photo albums, weed the yard, and maybe an elderly neighbor’s as well. Share stories, ideas, meals. Sing, dance, pray, play together. Turn off electronics and read a family book, like Robinson Crusoe. Play cards be it go fish, gin rummy, or building card houses. Play charades, hopscotch, 20 questions. Call people. Teach someone to sew on a button, mend, crochet, macramé, fry chicken, or make a casserole. Fingerpaint with chocolate pudding with toddlers. For teens, teach them how to change a tire, fix a faucet, iron a shirt. The stock market has gone beyond correction, and with economic volatility, the presidential election is now in play. Yet babies are still being born, and couples are falling in love, so the world is still spinning on its axis. As for me, I’m going to go outside and pull up my pansies and plant begonias… like I do every April. Len Bourland can be reached at

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Planner Encourages Others to Overcome Obstacles to Success Elizabeth Fischer carries on her family’s traditions of entrepreneurship and volunteerism By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

activities and therapies to children and adults with diverse needs. Now, Fischer is chair of Equest’s Old Hollywood Gala April 25 at the Hyatt Regency.

Elizabeth Fischer is continuing her family’s tradition of entrepreneurship and volunteer work with Equest. What’s your connection to the Park Cities/ Fischer, 32, launched her office supply Preston Hollow neighborhood? company, ZerModus, in 2017. I grew up in Preston Hollow on Palomar “My career experias a little kid and went ence starts with the fact to Lamplighter for kindergarten and SMU for that I was raised by two undergrad. My parents entrepreneurs who had moved back to Preston a crib for me in the office. I was raised to have a Hollow later in life and strong work ethic and alwere greeted back to ways dreamed of having the neighborhood with my own company just like a bottle of Dom in their my parents did,” she said. mailbox and a note that “Out of college, I went into said: “Welcome to the sales, at the family business, Hood!” Now, if only we in corporate real estate, got those kinds of neighborly gifts on the more then marketing… then, affordable side of Midwhen I was 29 years old, I way Hollow – where I launched my startup ZerModus with a humble but live now. successful Kickstarter campaign for the Everyday ViWhat do you feel is your Elizabeth Fischer sionary planner. biggest success? She now has a second (PHOTO: YESI FORTUNA OF FORT LION STUDIO At this phase of my product – the Everyday life and my career, I Human planner. would have to say that my biggest success Her love of horses also started when she has been the mere fact that I keep finding was a child. the courage to move towards things that ter“Growing up, my family had a ranch out- rify me. I think the biggest obstacle we have side of Dallas. My mom got this Shetland to overcome is self-doubt or stories that we pony for us, named Sunny,” Fischer said. tell ourselves to keep us safely nestled in our “This pony… would try to rub me off on the comfort zones. But that’s not where the magfence every time I rode him. My mom would ic happens. And I want to spend my time in then bring him inside the house to apologize this life finding all of the magic I can get. to me - and all was forgiven. Eventually, I began riding very competitively as a Hunter Biggest inspirations in your professional or Jumper. I had the opportunity to work with personal life? a sports psychologist who taught me how to I think my biggest inspiration is whenevprepare for successful rounds by visualizing er I see fellow entrepreneurs doing work that the course before I went into the arena. I car- matters to them beyond the profits and that ried over this practice to virtually anything I they are bringing their vision to life in a way needed to prepare for in life, and it became a that truly empowers everyone who touches central component to my first product – the their brand. Everyday Visionary planner.” For an extended interview with Fischer, She said her mother used to volunteer for CB-222469-01 (1) WBE accomplishments Ads 4.9x3.4 (N).pdf 1 1/7/20 3:31 PM Equest, a charity that offers equine-assisted visit

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Dallas ISD Responds to Community Requests

Downtown Montessori, K-12 Midtown STEAM campuses coming

FROM LEFT: The planned Midtown development and University of North Texas in downtown. (PHOTOS: BECK VENTURES AND DALLAS ISD)

By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers


ant to pitch Dallas ISD on a new school? Turns out, a relatively new program allows communities to do just that – and even lobby for what type of school. A new Montessori school that will open downtown next fall is one such example. A science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (or STEAM) academy will open later in the still-developing Midtown project. The process starts with an idea. Educational professionals and community groups form a plan and then begin exploratory meetings with the district’s Office of Transformation and Innovation. If they decide to apply, they submit a letter of intent, and then a final proposal. The district has received 53 letters of intent in its Public School Choice 6.0 program, and 26 proposal applications for review. So far, 13 new school proposals have been approved, district spokesperson Nina Lakhiani said. The hope, she said, is that the district will get a better idea of what the community

wants and needs. “We’re creating additional best-fit schools in quadrants of the city where we have lost market share,” she said. The Montessori school, which will initially operate on two floors of the University of North Texas campus downtown, came to fruition thanks to work from Downtown Dallas Inc. “DDI has worked for almost eight years on this school, which is a new endeavor for Dallas – a truly urban neighborhood school blended with a customized Montessori curriculum that leverages Downtown assets like Main Street Garden for learning, preferential enrollment for Downtown residents and employees, and all with a thoughtful socioeconomic balance,” Kourtny Garrett, Downtown Dallas Inc.’s president and CEO, said. DDI also was involved in the location search, will continue to assist with marketing, beautification, and maintenance, and made a $150,000 contribution to the school from their foundation. The school will first serve pre-K through second grade but will add new grades each year, eventually becoming a pre-K through

sixth-grade campus. The Midtown STEAM Academy will be the district’s first pre-K through 12th-grade school and is co-designed in partnership with the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and Texas A&M University-Commerce. “The keys to the success of the Midtown STEAM Academy application was the wealth of experience and community connections that TAMUC and NDCC brought to the project,” said chamber events and membership director Megan McQuery. The college has a seat on the chamber’s board, and McQuery said it was a “natural partner” for the endeavor. “The TAMUC team was integral in creating a vision and instructional plan for the school that will engage learners and maximize students’ potential,” she said. Cece Gassner, vice president for research and economic development for the university, will coordinate with the academy and the college to provide more opportunities for students at both organizations, McQuery said. “I would encourage an organization that sees an educational need to apply – the Innovation Schools and Choice programs are

great tools to create learning opportunities for students that are their best fit,” she added.

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With Walnut Hill Design Talk, ‘No Perspective Is Wrong’ By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

To first build a new school, you need a good supply of sticker dots. Parents and community members used multicolored dots at a design charrette to indicate likes and dislikes on renderings mounted on a conference room wall at Dallas ISD’s headquarters. It was a first step in designing a new pre-K through eighthgrade campus that will replace the tornado-damaged Walnut Hill Elementary and Cary Middle schools. Not far away, more worked with representatives from the architectural firm VAI Architects, who had been hired in January to work on the new campus along with potential traffic patterns and opportunities to address even aesthetics. At another table, parents manipulated foam core blocks in place to change the shape and layout of

the new school. All of that creates input for the design team to factor in when creating what will eventually be a campus that is home to teenagers and preschoolers – and the grades in between. “This is one of those opportunities where we get to do some storming, a little forming, until we get to the norming,” Dallas ISD chief of school leadership Stephanie Elizalde told the group. “We’re asking you all to come up with a lot, and those are tall orders.” In January, the Dallas ISD board of trustees approved a plan to build the campus, and in the months that followed, several public meetings were held to gather feedback and ideas, and a website was created to gather more input. Those ideas, in turn, allowed the architects to create dozens of concept drawings for the first charrette, a “hands-on opportunity,” as

But ultimately, we do need to coalesce around what we’re doing, and please keep in mind that at the end of the day, it is about the experience that we provide our students. Stephanie Elizalde

W H AT I S A D E S I G N CHARRETTE? A design charrette (pronounced sha-ret) is a planning session (or series of planning sessions) where community members, designers, and other stakeholders collaborate on the design of a project, providing a way to brainstorm, and a way to give immediate feedback to designers and architects. The goal is to ultimately fine-tune ideas and create a design that represents the needs and goals of the community the project will serve.

Parents, community members, and school staffers discuss the first round of plans for a new pre-K through eighth-grade school that will replace the tornado-ravaged Walnut Hill Elementary and Cary Middle campuses. (PHOTOS: BETHANY ERICKSON)

Elizalde put it. “We always want to start off with, ‘What’s the best that we can provide our students?’ and then from there, we have to know what parameters exist,” she said. For some, the focus was on what

view they would see as neighbors, once the school was completed. One parent was interested in creating more visual impact along what was currently a long, blank wall. No opinion was “wrong,” Elizalde told the group.




“Everyone here has a different perspective,” she said. “And no perspective is wrong – it’s just a different perspective. “But ultimately, we do need to coalesce around what we’re doing, and please keep in mind that at the end of the day, it is about the experience that we provide our students.” The district hopes to have both the new Walnut Hill pre-K through eighth-grade international languages school and the Thomas Jefferson High School renovation done by fall 2022. | April 2020  19

Family Vacation to Spain Becomes Adventure in Virus Lockdown

A sightseeing trip around Spain provided an unanticipated close up look at pandemic response protocols. (PHOTOS: DALIA FAHEID)

By Dalia Faheid

Special Contributor Panic. W hen my family and I booked our trip to Spain in February, we never enDALIA FAHEID visioned that would become the overwhelming emotion during our visit. Days into the trip, my travel group and I took our disheveled, frowning

selves and climbed aboard our bus for a seemingly ordinary day of tourism, having just learned of the European travel ban effective the next day. It felt colder and darker than usual as we waited to hear from the travel agency about whether we could return home. Questions about our workplace, school, and university conditions lingered in our minds and remained topics of conversation throughout the trip. With Spain being a level 3 country, we worried about unknowingly carrying the virus before visible

symptoms appeared. A Canadian hospitalist in the group said she was fearful of interacting with her many senior patients. It helped knowing we were in this mess together, and we lightened the somber mood with jokes and anecdotes. Our guide would tell a coronavirus joke but said we just wouldn’t get it. A 22-year-old Chicagoan thought someone died when he woke up to an emergency call from his mom, he jokingly recounted. She told him to return immediately. After texting his heartfelt goodbyes and hast-

ily heading to the airport for the next flight out, he learned the ban didn’t apply to American citizens. His taxi driver thought he was “loco” when he asked to turn the car around. With each passing day of our weeklong stay, the spread of coronavirus resulted in increasing restrictions. Witnessing the effects on Spaniards firsthand, threats to health, safety, and travel felt more real than ever. There were abruptly fewer people in public. Our last day, the once-bustling streets of Madrid became eerily still and empty with no one in sight,

resulting from a nationwide lockdown ordering residents to remain indoors. Preceding this, the Spanish government shut down historical sites and museums, making us miss out on a major attraction in Granada, Alhambra. In Toledo, restaurants and shops were shuttered. Long lines of travelers attempting to leave jammed the Madrid airport. Screenings were informal and hurried. Not even our flight attendants knew what the process entailed. An hour before landing, passengers responded to a form asking if we felt symptoms, including difficulty breathing, coughing, or fever. Then, three CDC officers met passengers at the gate to sign off on forms and check if we displayed symptoms. Handouts recommended frequent health checks and self-quarantining should symptoms arise. Temperatures were not measured. DFW airport was sparser than usual, defying expectations. Though it hasn’t been mandated, I plan on self-quarantining to mitigate risks. While it was easy to imagine the worst possible scenarios throughout our trip, the reality of traveling in a high-risk country during the coronavirus outbreak was far less grim. My advice: Fact-find first, panic later.

For O’Banion, Children’s Cancer Fund Is Personal By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Motherhood and family experiences compelled Jamie O’Banion to cochair the Children’s Cancer Fund Gala this year with Holly Davis. However, thanks to the ever-developing coronavirus pandemic, the two now find themselves raising money without the gala. O’Banion lives in the Park Cities with her husband and three children but is internationally known for her skincare company, BeautyBio, and locally for supporting nonprofits such as the Children’s Cancer Fund and The Family Place. Representing Children’s Cancer Fund and Children’s Health, O’Banion is one of NorthPark Center’s 2020 Ambassadors, a group of prominent individuals who help make Dallas a better place by raising awareness and funds for more than 40 charities in social and health services and the arts. “I think, as a mother, it’s one that really hits home to me in a very unique way,” she said of her involvement with the cancer charity. “I think particularly because it is so local – these are children living just miles apart from all of us who are living a very different reality than what my three kiddos, for

2020 Children’s Cancer Fund Models were to have been featured at the Children’s Cancer Fund Annual Gala on April 17. (COURTESY CHILDREN’S CANCER FUND) example, are enjoying. “ O’Banion said that her oldest brother’s medical issues growing up also made her more aware of how different the lives of children can be. “As I grew up, my brother, my oldest brother had hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy – and there’s not anything that we can really do with that particular handicap,” she said. “But what is amazing is that there are things that we can do for many forms of pediatric cancer, and it is just unfortunate to

have a situation where someone potentially could access lifesaving treatments, but the only reason they can’t is simply financial. “That’s not right. We can all come together as a community – a little bit from everyone – and support a family.” The fact that many of the families who benefit from the assistance of Children’s Cancer Fund have other children at home also resonated with O’Banion. “They’re trying to juggle everything,” she said. “It’s an emotional thing for everyone.” O’Banion said that one of the things she

loves about the fund is that it helps children with cancer have a chance to be kids, even while undergoing treatment. “It really specifically funds an awesome child live center within Children’s and fully funds the salaries of everyone that is working there,” she said. “It’s like their one normal moment throughout their day, weeks, and months of treatment. “You can walk into this area, and there’s an air hockey table where a cute little 8-year-old is hooked up to a machine giving him what he needs between rounds of chemo, and he’s in his little hospital gown, but he’s playing along like any other kid.” The gala, themed “Together We Shine,” would have featured 20 pediatric cancer patients, escorted by celebrities, walking the runway modeling fashions from Dillard’s. Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach had agreed to serve again as honorary co-chairs, Aikman for his 23rd year, and Staubach for his 32nd. The Fund’s board chose to cancel the gala, which was slated for April 17, to protect the young models. “Even though the event is cancelled, our work to cure childhood cancer will continue,” said executive director Jennifer Arthur. O’Banion said she hopes people will still donate despite the gala’s cancelation. The gala, which is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, has funded and directed over $11 million to the childhood cancer cause since 1982.

20 April 2020 |

Noteworthy Neighbors Married Dynamic Doctor Duo Joins Forces in the OR Husband and wife orthopedic surgeon, anesthesiologist make Dallas home

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By Mitch Gruen

Special Contributor Medical school and training took the Hohmans from New York to Pittsburgh, to Boston, and over the years they grew tired of harsh winter When the time came to plant their flag, they wanted to be somewhere warmer, between Donald’s family in Los Angeles and Dena’s in Toronto. “One of the things that stuck out for us about Dallas, and in particular the Park Cities, is the true sense of family and home,” Dena said. “We just had a very warm welcome to Dallas, and for people that have traveled our entire lives for training and school, this was a really nice change.” Donald is a pioneer of custom hip replacement, the first orthopedic surgeon in Texas to use this cutting edge technology. Starting the joint replacement program at the Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery in Plano has been one of the highlights of his career. “I had to train everybody, and basically teach the entire hospital a new operation and new process,” he said. Dena, an anesthesiologist, is in high demand across North Texas, but as often as possible, the couple operates together. They’re proficient at reading each other’s cues, enabling them to work

If you do big-time surgery on people, that means that anytime, any hour of the day, no matter where you are, anywhere on the planet, you are responsible for what has happened to those people. Donald Hohman

Dena and Donald Hohman with son, Mason, are enjoying their life together in the Dallas area. (JENN CALLAHAN WITH ORGANIC GRACE PHOTOGRAPHY)

smoothly and get ahead of problems before they become serious. Dena’s acuity in the operating room has saved lives, Donald said. “She steps in and in one second makes everything right.” As Donald puts it, when you give someone a new joint, you’re married to that person for life. “If you do big-time surgery on people, that means that anytime, any hour of the day, no matter where you are, anywhere on the planet, you are responsible for what has happened to those people,” he said. For couples where one is a doctor, and the other is not, it is

often hard for the non-doctor to understand their partner’s lifestyle. But Donald and Dena know what the other is going through. If Dena has to work all weekend, Don’s not getting upset — he’s been there too. “There was a lot of concern we weren’t going to make it,” Dena said with a laugh. She was 26 when she eloped with Don, a year her junior, while both were still in medical school. “Especially now that I have a son, if Mason (age 2 and a half ) said he was going to get married at 25, while in the middle of medical school, I might have to


ground him for life,” she said. A year after marriage, they began residency in Buffalo, NY, chosen in part so Dena could be close to family in Toronto. The 100+ hour work weeks typical of medical residency are a test for many relationships; Donald and Dena suffered through it together, and the camaraderie strengthened their bond. Said Dena, “When you go through a stressful scenario with

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3 MARTHAS BRAND EMBRACES PERSONALIZATION Dallas-based embroiderers expand options on baby gift site By Diana Oates

“We use only the finest materials, and we believe that it shows in the finished products that we offer,” Dougherty said. “We always say our biggest compliments are from moms saying that they have saved and used our burp cloths, bibs, towels, and blankets for multiple children.”

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f it doesn’t move, monogram it. The 3 Marthas owners Juli Dewar, Rachel Dougherty, and Abby Goyne are no strangers to their neighbors’ love of a posh personalization. And said neighbors are not strangers to the company that sells high-quality baby products that have been gifted and goo-goo gah gah-ed over since its 1980s inception. Thanks for that, Martha Ann Huey Sloan, who opened the company in 1988 and named it after herself, her mom, and her great aunt. So, when the company was purchased in 2011 by the Texas trio looking to challenge themselves with an exciting small business that combined aspects of both motherhood and design, they knew adding customization could and would eventually be in the cards. 3 Marthas recently debuted an updated website – – that allows for customers to pick the perfect personalization for a handful of the brand’s most popular products — the blank check and seersucker stripe collections, the birthday collection and the baby pillows. The various styles allow for a name or initials to be added in a variety of thread colors and font styles. Baby products from 3 Marthas are different from the run-ofthe-mill monogram website that promises personalized products at your door in a matter of days. Exactly how? Well, for starters, this

We are honored to have and take so seriously the responsibility of employing local, hard-working women, as we cut, embroider, sew, and package everything at our local warehouse. Rachel Dougherty

FROM LEFT: Rachel Dougherty, Abby Goyne, and Juli Dewar, owners of 3 Marthas. (PHOTOS: JONATHAN ZIZZO) company, which has always been entirely woman-owned and woman-operated, is based in Dallas, allowing the owners to oversee every part of the process. Being local also keeps the quality of the materials high and the craftsmanship used to create each piece on full display. The bibs and towels, for example, are manufactured in-

house, allowing them to be monogrammed before they are sewn together. This yields a clean look sans any “back threading.”. “We feel passionate about maintaining operations in Dallas,” Dougherty said. “We are honored to have and take so seriously the responsibility of employing local, hard-working

women, as we cut, embroider, sew, and package everything at our local warehouse.” And despite the women’s love of operating on a local level, 3 Marthas has a global reach with products in retail stores across the country and as far away as Saudi Arabia, Sydney, and the Dominican Republic.

The 2020 game plan for this Park Cities sewing sisterhood is to embrace the future while simultaneously respecting and carrying on the traditions of the brand’s storied past. “We are all about adapting with the times as we’ve had to do so more than once as a 30-plus-yearold company,” Dougherty said. “With that said, while we look to add new designs, products, and a larger digital presence, we are committed to keeping the same products and quality that our customers have come to know and love.”

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24 April 2020 |

Heidari Brothers Keep Family Restaurant Legacy Cooking Latest venture celebrates Dallas Tex-Mex history with modern touches By Kirk Dooley

Special Contributor Two brothers who grew up as Dallas restaurant royalty are making a name for themselves with Park Cities and Uptown diners by creating the hottest Tex-Mex restaurant between downtown and Highland Park – Las Palmas. Located at 2708 Routh Street in Stephen Pyles’ old Baby Routh location, Las Palmas is inspired by Dallas’ great Tex-Mex cuisine from the 1950s through the 1980s. Pasha and Sina Heidari come from the family that has given us Arthur’s, Old Warsaw, Bowen House, Kennedy Room, and St. Martin’s Bistro. And Pasha teamed with Sam Wynne (from another legendary Dallas restaurant family) to create a popular new bar called Mike’s Gemini Twin on South Harwood. The Heidari brothers are 16 months apart and now split most of their time overseeing Bowen House (Pasha) and Las Palmas (Sina). The spirit of Pyles is still present throughout Las Palmas,

which was originally four small prairie-style homes that were combined into one building and its parking lot. Bowen House (one of the city’s oldest buildings on its original foundation) is just around the corner. So the Heidari brothers are just a chip shot away from each other – from the back door for Las Palmas and the front door of Bowen House.

We both learned the old school style of fine dining customer service and are now applying that to a Tex-Mex place with a lower ticket price. Sina Heidari “We chose Tex-Mex for this new location because of the importance of Tex-Mex to the history of Dallas,” Pasha said. “With a nod to El Fenix, which has been serving Mexican food in Dallas

FROM LEFT: Brothers Pasha and Sina Heidari split most of their time overseeing Bowen House and Las Palmas. (PHOTO: KIRK DOOLEY) since 1918, we wanted to go back to our Tex-Mex roots while offering modern touches. Las Palmas is a vessel to celebrate the restaurants and the restaurateurs who

came before us in Dallas.” And with a happy hour that runs 2 to 7 p.m. every day, there is quite a bit of celebrating found between the dining room, the private

rooms, two patios, and two bars. Tex-Mex nostalgia seems to run deeper after a couple of margaritas. “I enjoy working with my brother,” Sina said. “He’s got great vision, and he knows the ins and outs of the business. We both learned the old school style of fine dining customer service and are now applying that to a Tex-Mex place with a lower ticket price. Guests trust us, so we want to offer the best customer service while serving great cuisine at a fair price.” It seems that with 9,000-square-feet, a line to get in wouldn’t be an issue, but business is brisk at Las Palmas. They take reservations but block off enough seats to allow walk-ins to be seated. At Las Palmas and Bowen House, the bar areas are usually bustling. “Sina had the confidence to take on the operation of this location, and he’s done a magnificent job,” said older brother Pasha, who already has fingerprints on several restaurants and bars. Heidari family elders are proud of – and area diners are pleased with – how these brothers have taken old-school TexMex to a tasty new level.

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Comings and Goings STAYING

Interabang Books

5600 West Lovers Lane The popular independent bookstore will stay at the Pavilion on Lovers Lane, where it re-located from Preston Road and Royal Lane after an EF3 tornado ravaged that location.

COMING 3109 Knox Street After a successful holiday popup, the travel and lifestyle brand plan to have a permanent location in Dallas, bringing the number of its retail locations in the U.S. and

G Butcher Shop 4514 Travis Street Georgie by Curtis Stone is adding a butcher shop to the Knox District restaurant that opened in November of 2019. The shop will also double as a made-to-order gourmet sandwich shop at lunch with counter and patio seating.

LA Fitness

2690 N. Haskell Avenue The fitness club will open a new Pilates by LAF studio for specialized workouts and a HIT by LAF studio for high-intensity interval training workouts. The Pilates by LAF studio at the Uptown Dallas club will be the first outside of California.


Infinity Mortgage

7001 Preston Road Suite 100 This is a new branch of American Bank of Commerce’s affiliated full-service mortgage company.


Highland Park Village The Los Angeles-based brand offers women’s and men’s ready-towear clothes, shoes, items for the home, and handbags.



8411 Preston Road Suite 105 The fitness program offers electrical muscle stimulation workouts that are customized to fitness level and goals for a whole-body workout guided by personal trainers.


Highland Park Village The newly concepted and


renovated women’s retail store features a range of global fashion houses alongside up-and-coming houses. It will house ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, fine jewelry, items for homes, and gifts. It also features two incubator spaces that will rotate occupants on a seasonal six-month basis.

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7767 Lemmon Avenue The 267,342-square foot dealership, the world’s largest Lincoln store, recently opened as part of the re-development of the historic Braniff International Airways facility at Dallas Love Field.


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Real Estate

Real Talk: Lindsay Craig By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Ebby Halliday real estate agent Lindsay Craig is a native Dallasite and a graduate of TCU. With a degree in entrepreneurial management, she launched her home building and remodeling business, Two Peas in a Pod Properties LTD. That experience, she said, helps her evaluate the potential of a property. She got her real estate sales license in 2006. When she’s not working, you can find her spending time with her husband and two daughters in their North Dallas home. She loves volunteering at her daughters’ schools and supporting her local congregation, Dallas Bible Church.

Now that you’ve been a real estate professional for a while, if you could go back in time and give Just Starting Out you any advice, what would it be? Never stop being a student. Study the markets you are passionate about and become an expert for that area. People are always wanting to talk about houses, so you want to be ready and prepared to chitchat about the market at any moment.

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The Dallas market right now is continuing to be very promising, especially in light of low interest rates. Lindsay Craig

How long have you been in real estate, and what led you to this career? I’ve been in real estate for nearly 15 years. My family has always been involved in the real estate industry because my grandmother owned a mortgage company, and my father is a title attorney. I grew up understanding so many facets of real estate, so the marketing of homes and the desire to find the perfect home for buyers just came naturally to me.

What is the best thing about being a real estate agent? The relationships you forge when involved with clients during the buying and selling process is so special. The feeling of finding that perfect house for a client or selling a home quickly just can’t be beat. What is your outlook on the Dallas market? The Dallas market right now is continuing to be very promising, especially in light of low interest rates. The spring market is going to be hot! Can you give us a fun fact about yourself? Barely 5 feet tall, I rely on my 4’11” grandmother’s version of the old adage that she always told me: “dynamite come in small packages.”


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YAVNEH MAKES HISTORY, BREAKS BARRIERS WITH TAPPS TITLE Bulldogs know they must be ambassadors of their Jewish faith By Todd Jorgenson

to forfeit a state tournament game for refusing to play on the Sabbath.

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or David Zimmerman and his basketball players at Yavneh Academy, winning a championship was about more than adding a trophy in the school’s case. When the Bulldogs earned the TAPPS 3A crown on Feb. 29, with a 50-35 win over Rosehill Christian, they made history as the first Jewish school to win a state hoops title in Texas. In the process, their head coach hopes they broke down some stereotypes and helped spread a message of acceptance and brotherhood through basketball. “If this were a Hollywood script, nobody would believe it. But it’s real, and it happened,” Zimmerman said. “These young men have broken that barrier.” Yavneh (31-3) finished its season with 18 straight victories and lost only once all season to an instate opponent. The Bulldogs advanced to the TAPPS state tournament for the fourth consecutive season. They lost a double-overtime heartbreaker in the title game in 2017 and fell in the semifinals in each of the past two years.

If this were a Hollywood script, nobody would believe it. But it’s real, and it happened. David Zimmerman

The fourth-consecutive state tournament trip turned out to be the best for the Yavneh Academy, which won a 3A crown with a victory over Rosehill Christian. (COURTESY PHOTO) “You have seniors on this team who have been through the strongest of adversity,” Zimmerman said. “This group really wanted to be tight as a family. They really bought into that. They sacrificed individual stats and accolades. The key to our success was depth and building a team.” Among the Yavneh players

earning all-tournament honors were seniors Tyler Winton, Mason Schwaber, and Jonah Eber, along with junior Jason Prager. Some of them were part of the program when the Bulldogs came so close three years ago. “It stuck in their heads. They told me they’d be back,” Zimmerman said. “The hard work truly

paid off for them.” Yavneh’s quest for the title dates to 2014 when Zimmerman persuaded school officials to rejoin TAPPS following an extended absence. The timing followed the organization’s decision to ease scheduling restrictions after a 2012 controversy involving Beren Academy in Houston, who almost had

TAPPS has just three Jewish schools as members, which makes Yavneh’s achievement even more significant, Zimmerman said. He’s heard the jokes and seen the looks his players have gotten when they walk into gyms with yarmulkes on their heads. By the end of the game, the sentiment is typically one of mutual respect and admiration. “We know we’re the minority. Basketball is a vessel for us to introduce ourselves,” Zimmerman said. “We’ve always had to hold ourselves to the highest standards. Whether we like it or not, we’re ambassadors.”

St. Mark’s, Greenhill, Hockaday Claim SPC Winter Crowns

Dallas schools rebound after a big 2019 championship season for Houston By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

Before this season, St. Mark’s School of Texas hadn’t won any of the four Southwest Preparatory Conference winter team championships since 2017. Now the Lions have three new trophies. St. Mark’s earned titles in boys basketball, boys soccer, and boys swimming as part of a banner weekend in February for hosting teams. The Hockaday School won the girls soccer title, and Greenhill School did the same in girls basketball. It marked quite a change from a year ago when Houston-area schools earned all seven championships during the winter meet. The Lions capped a terrific basketball season with an 85-57 thrashing of two-time defending champion Houston Christian in Saturday’s title game. St. Mark’s claimed its first championship since 2007 and finished the year on a 16-game winning streak. In girls basketball, Greenhill held off Houston Christian 43-40 in the champion-

St. Mark’s School of Dallas claimed three SPC winter team championships, including a basketball title. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY) ship game to earn its first title since 2014. Kionce Woods scored a game-high 23 points for the Hornets, who were runners-up last season. The Hockaday soccer team lost a heartbreaker to St. John’s in the title game a year

ago. The Daisies got their revenge with a 1-0 victory that gave Hockaday its first SPC crown since 2013. Remy Finn’s second-half goal provided the winning margin. Isabella Heintges earned her third

consecutive shutout in goal. In boys soccer, St. Mark’s finished third in the SPC North division during the regular season. But when a grueling three-day tournament wrapped up, the Lions were the last team standing. They won their first championship since 2013. St. Mark’s had to win four games in three days, and the Lions tallied three goals in each of them, including a 3-1 overtime triumph over Kinkaid in the title game. Henry McElhaney scored twice in extra time for St. Mark’s. St. Mark’s won just two of 12 events at the conference swim meet in Lewisville, but accumulated enough points to edge St. John’s and Kinkaid in the boys team standings. Jack Palmer earned a gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke and was also part of a triumphant 200 medley relay quartet with Jerry Fox, Ryan Park, and Leo Ohannessian. The Lions emerged as team champions for the first time since 2017. It marks the program’s 14th crown in the last 20 years.

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Technology fosters global lessons in language, economics, music By Dalia Faheid

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rom a golden shipping container, seven junior art students at Parish Episcopal School took a virtual field trip to meet Parissah Lin and Tsige Tafesse at the Africa Center in Harlem, New York. Surrounded by darkness, students focused on a video screen, immersing themselves in an in-person-like interaction, artists speaking to artists. The art discussion was but one of many cultural exchanges through the Portal, the technology-equipped shipping container located at Parish from January through March. Students have studied South American marketplace economics in Bolivia, played music for Rwandans and Iraqi refugees, studied humanities with the Dutch, and practiced Spanish in Mexico.

We’re a place that’s interested in innovation and where the future is heading in education. Dave Monaco “The Portal is a powerful opportunity for them to understand the broader mindsets and worldviews that are out there,” said head of school Dave Monaco, “to be enriched by them, to inform them, and to prepare to enter them as leaders when they leave here.” During the art discussion, Lin and Tafesse provided feedback to the Parish students, addressing Sarah Haga’s focus on the public v. private self and Ryan Daniel’s on

A shipping container holds the technology Parish Episcopal students need for video lessons in art, music, and other topics from around the world. (PHOTOS: SUSIE AVILA) lightness and liberation. “Art, when you’re looking straight at it, kind of feels mildly confining,” Haga said. “Getting a critique from somebody, or getting to talk to somebody of a different back-

ground or from a different place or who has different perspectives is so beneficial, especially to us as artists and as students.” Added Daniels, “It just broadens our perspectives on what we could do with

our passion.” Lin could relate to the pressures and stresses students face as artists, such as Haga’s “terrifying” self-portraiture in paper mache and Daniel’s discomfort with drawing people. “Create a narrative around your work and see things you’re passionate about,” Lin advised. “Envision a life where you’re getting to do them as adults.” On the portfolio building process, Lin suggested forming a support system through artistic collaboration. “It’s a lonely world out here being an artist, but if you build these community strategies earlier, it makes it a more enjoyable profession,” Lin said. Parish teacher Beka Johnson saw value in getting students outside the usual classroom setting. “(Hearing) from a professional of a different sort that’s not a teacher, that has a different viewpoint, and just a different experience that they’re coming in with, was really helpful for them,” Johnson said. Though the Portal has sparked curiosity, exploring the new technology hasn’t come without challenges, especially restrictive time differences Portal curators, like Parish’s director of libraries Leigh Ann Jones, arrange meetings and circumvent communication barriers. With parents requesting to experience the Portal, Monaco hopes to invite the broader community. So far, Oak Hill Academy plans to connect with a special education school in California and CitySquare with a poverty center in Wisconsin. Monaco said he is considering making the Portal a permanent fixture after the three-month trial. “We’re a place that’s interested in innovation and where the future is heading in education.”


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Final Bows Approach, But Education, Like the Show, Must Go On

Retirement nears for stage-loving ESD fine arts chair, theater teacher Davidson By Maddie Spera

Special Contributor The play’s the thing for Episcopal School of Dallas Fine Arts Department chair Dusty Davidson who’s retiring later this year after 29 years in education. In his time at ESD, Davidson has produced 35 different plays and musicals while instructing students in the subject he loves. “I’ve always wanted to teach and help kids,” Davidson said. “I love doing the shows, finding an environment for them that feels safe to be who they want to be, and the groups I’ve had have always been inclusive and accepting of people.”

No show has ever been perfect, and no show will be perfect, but as long as (students have) learned something about themselves and have fun along the way, I think it’s a success. Dusty Davidson Davidson majored in theater and French in college and got his first teaching

Dusty Davidson encourages students to reach into themselves and learn from every show they do. (COURTESY PHOTOS) job at a school in Atlanta. From Atlanta, Davidson got a job teaching theater at his alma mater, Abilene High School, then took a position 10 years ago at ESD as the

technical director. He later stepped into a position teaching acting and directing plays and musicals when his predecessor retired. “As the theater teacher, you get to see the kids all four years in high school, so you get to see them grow, whereas sometimes as an English teacher or history teacher, you see them as a freshman or sophomore and never see them again,” he said. For Davidson, a lot of things make for a successful show. However, nothing compares to seeing the joy that his students get out of performing. “No show has ever been perfect, and no show will be perfect, but as long as they’ve learned something about themselves and have fun along the way, I think it’s a success,” Davidson said. If Davidson had to pick a favorite show during his time at ESD, he said it would be Lucky Stiff. Not only was the performance excellent, but the show also raised money for a greater purpose, he explained. “One of the characters in the show is really involved with the dog shelter, so we worked with a local organization, the Street Dog Project, and brought in some dogs that were being fostered and added them into the show and did a big fundraiser for them,” he said. “I think because of that, it added a lot more meaning to the show and made it so fun. We raised like 2,000 pounds of food.”


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LITTLE MEDICAL SCHOOL USES PLAY TO INSPIRE CAMPERS Put on a lab coat and learn about dentistry, orthopedics, veterinarian care LEARN MORE Programs are offered for children ages pre-K through seventh-grade. Visit to find opportunities in North Texas and elsewhere. and medical scenarios, including suturing, first aid, reading X-Rays, and working with medical equipment. “We really wanted to provide different options to engage children and get them excited about medicine, STEM, and science.” After a 15-hour weekday camp, campers celebrate their first venture into medicine with a graduation ceremony, receiving a diploma with parents in attendance.

Little Medical School will offer camps at several nearby locations, including the Alcuin School, Dallas International School, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, Greenhill School, Episcopal School of Dallas, Hockaday School, and Parish Episcopal School. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

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or Dr. Nana Mireku, there’s nothing like seeing 5-year-olds listen to their heartbeat for the first time. Mireku, a pediatric allergist-immunologist, runs Little Medical School DFW and North Texas with family physician Dr. Carryl Oei, to inspire future health professionals through summer camps and other educational opportunities. Mireku hopes LMS campers have an aha moment similar to the one she had at age 14 while in Ghana to learn more about the culture of her parents’ origin country. After Mireku was hospitalized there

and encountered many ill children, she discovered the demand for healthcare professionals and realized the positive difference medical aid could make in people’s lives. From then on, Mireku knew she “wanted to serve and help people” through medicine. “I have a passion for kids, and I have a passion for inspiring young children into science and medicine,” said Mireku. While playing veterinarian, pharmacist, nurse, dentist, or physician, children don’t realize how much they’re learning, Mireku said. “This is just a really fun way to engage children, teach children in a way that they’re playing, and they don’t even really know that they’re learning about science and medicine.”

Trained instructors help campers explore various career pathways in medicine, depending on each child’s interests. Animal-lovers can be veterinarians, for instance, or sports-lovers can be orthopedic surgeons. “Our real mission is just to expose children to medicine and science,” she said. Children learn medical terminology with a curriculum designed by physicians and educators, incorporating STEM (science technology, engineering, and mathematics) into the learning experience. Campers use science to learn anatomy, technology to record patient information, engineering to ideate medical solutions, and math to calculate medication doses. Campers engage in hands-on activities

This is just a really fun way to engage children, teach children in a way that they’re playing, and they don’t even really know that they’re learning about science and medicine. Dr. Nana Mireku Mireku finds it particularly rewarding when children apply learnings beyond camp. Possibilities include teaching parents about medical terms, wanting to give medical exams, conquering phobias of pediatric visits due to their familiarity with medical tools, or baking dog biscuits for their pet using a recipe acquired at Little Veterinarian School.

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Summer Camp at the Arboretum: Explorations in Nature and STEM By Maria Adolphs


Special Contributor Do you want to get inside a bubble? Take a mission to Mars or travel “Back to the Future?” Fly a drone on a rescue mission, or explore nature while kayaking or hiking? How about taking objects apart to see their inner workings and building your very own “franken-bot?” These are but a sampling of summer camp activities offered at the Dallas Arboretum. “While each camp has a different focus, they are all centered around nature, science, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics),” said Anne Luke, education and enrichment manager. “The camps contain hands-on investigations and explorations in nature, so children can make real-world connections while learning key concepts,” such as teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking. From June through August, campers ages 4 through sixth grade can choose from a range of half-day and full-day camps lasting two to three days or up to a week. Visit Some include trips to Heard Natural Science Museum & W ildlife Sanctuar y, Bonton Farms, and White Rock Lake. Parents and children can also learn together in the Family Mini Camps — two-day

4 years–Kindergarten: Back to the Future Bubble-ology Inside Out Grades 1-2: Bubble-ology Mesozoic to Mars What’s Inside Grades 1-4: Family Mini-Camps What’s cooking? Insect Hotels Grades 3-4: Junior Eco Adventurers SciQuest Jr. Grades 3-5: Dissecting Science

Summer brings more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and learn at the Dallas Arboretum. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

My favorite part of camp is the opportunity to share my love of nature with children. Anne Luke

camps that include cooking up “unique,” tasty treats, and designing an “Insect Hotel” to take home. Cristina Sotillo-Babich chose the Dallas Arboretum because of the “enriching science integrated lessons.” Her son attended the Creature Feature camp and learned about animals and their habitats. Sotillo-Babich said having

Grades 5-6: Eco Adventurers SciQuest both indoor and outdoor activities made camp even more enjoyable, and she plans for him to return this summer. The camps also inspire environmental stewardship, Luke said. “As children experience the beauty and nature of the Arboretum, they will become aware that they are the future stewards of our world… protecting our water,

air, soil, and living creatures.” New camps slated for summer include Bubble-ology — the science behind bubbles, designing solutions and wands, even creating a bubble big enough to get inside. In the take apart camps — Inside Out, What’s Inside? and Dissecting Science — children get to see inside geodes, disassemble toys and electronics, and dissect once-living critters. Adventure Camp and Adventure Camp Jr. — favorites among campers — returns with new environmental explorations: hands-on urban farming, engineering a fishing lure, using alternative energy sources, and upcycling everyday items. SciQuest and SciQuest Jr. go even deeper in STEM explorations: meeting science experts, 3D printing, coding robots, and producing a podcast. Along with Luke, who has been with the Dallas Arboretum for 13 years, the staff includes educators who teach classes year-round in the arboretum garden and local schools and vetted volunteers and college students. “My favorite part of camp is the opportunity to share my love of nature with children,” said Luke. “From exploring the life in the Arboretum ponds to kayaking at White Rock Lake and seeing egrets and herons fishing, each experience is a special and valuable experience for children and adults alike.”

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This Summer, Grown-Ups Can Have Fun, Too

Camp organizers often offer similar classes for adults, programs for whole family By Dalia Faheid

People Newspapers Why should children have all the fun? Adults who grow envious of all the camp festivities they’re missing out on can find summer activities that’ll let them feel like a youth again. Whether looking to shirk your adulting duties, spend quality time with family, learn something new, have some well-deserved you-time, or do something you love, treat yourself to new experiences this summer. “I’m really good at taking care of what my interests are,” said mom of three Terilyn Scott-Winful at the recent DFW Kids Summer Camp Expo. She enjoys crafting paintings, jewelry, doll clothes, and hair accessories, and handmaking cards and gifts with her daughters. “I know that if I’m happy, everybody’s happy,” Scott-Winful said. Artists like her can further explore their creative sides through the Crafts Guild in Carrollton, with seven-week jewelry making, glasswork, pottery, bookbinding, painting, and drawing classes or shorter specialized workshops. Crafters searching for a more flexible schedule or skillset can attend the One River School of Art + Design’s Adult Art Shuffle in Frisco, also offering various summer camps catering to children’s interests.

Ballet and other dance instruction is not just for children. Adult classes are offered, too. Dream of rocking out? There are adult classes for that. (PHOTOS: THE DALLAS CONSERVATORY, SCHOOL OF ROCK)

Create memories with the Families in the Kitchen workshops at the Young Chefs Academy in Frisco and Rockwall, where parent-children bonds are strengthened through cooking, or enroll your children in the YCA four-day camp where they can learn culinary skills. Performing arts enthusiasts can wave their jazz hands for the The Dallas Conservatory dance, theatre, and music coed camps and intensives from May 28 to Aug. 16 for ages 2 and up.

ages can learn martial arts with camps like Legendary Black Belt Academy or Chamberlain Studios. Real-world applications include self-defense and stress relief. For those desperately waiting to spend their summers in the water, like mom of two Leah Lovecchio whose best summer memories as a child involved swimming with friends, Goldfish Swim School offers swim sessions for families. Families searching for outdoor activities and detachment from screens like Leticia Burciaga’s, might enjoy the faith-based Sky Ranch, an overnight camp offering traditional camping activities like hiking, horseback riding, and zip-lining. “It’s so nice to have that freedom,” said Allison Gaskey, mom of two boys who relishes summers spent on family adventures and exploration “We try to do something different every year.”

Do you frequently find yourself playing air guitar? Do you dream of having a band? With the School of Rock’s performance-based adult program, you can learn, rehearse, and perform with a band regardless of prior musical experience, while your kids rock out at a SOR camp of their own. Maybe you’re like Katrina Zhong, mom of a 6-year-old daughter. Zhong enjoyed spending her childhood summer camps in Singapore being physically active. Family-members of a variety of



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Teen Summer Sailing Expeditions – Not A Party at Sea for water sports and social activities. Some instructors believe that fleet sailing better teaches some skills, like right-of-way rules and racing tactics.

Lessons learned onboard a boat can be as meaningful as those learned at school. Think leadership, teamwork, problemsolving, and decisionmaking. Helene Abrams On a sailing expedition, teens become a crew, living on a boat, rotating duties including Captain for the day, and sailing from point to point. (COURTESY PHOTO) meaningful as those learned at school. Think leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and decision-making. Such skills are put to the test every day as participants rotate through onboard jobs. The participants are responsible for everything from navigating to cooking to cleaning to maintaining an organized boat. Through rigorous navigation exercises and communal living, teens return home with new leadership skills, confidence, and the vital ability to compromise. Some programs offer community service

hours through ecological projects, such as turtle tagging, maintaining coral reefs, or monitoring coastal areas to prevent erosion. Others offer people-to-people service like youth outreach or teaching island children to swim. Parents might consider whether a fleet experience or a single boat experience would better suit their teen. The fleet option gives the youths a small and large group experience – the small crew experience for sailing, eating, and living and the larger onshore group experience

The single boat model allows for an extended period of smaller group bonding. Without social pressures sometimes found in larger groups, small groups can liberate teens to be themselves. Some instructors believe that this arrangement allows for increased flexibility and spontaneity. Teens develop leadership as they take their turn as Captain of the day, confidence as they read the maps and knot the lines, and stretch their limits as they negotiate life in confined quarters or learn to dive. Helene Abrams, of the free advisory service Tips on Trips and Camps, helps parents find enriching summer overnight experiences for their children. Reach her at 214-484-8141 or

Summer brings hundreds of opportunities for teens to break from the rigor of school and explore a passion such as a language, community service, sports, art, or wilderness adventure. Suggest a sailing expedition, and a parent might react, “That kind of money for my teen to live on a boat in the middle of the Caribbean? I don’t think so!� HELENE ABRAMS But look deeper and find a substantive experience that can have a transformative effect on a burgeoning teen. Most sailing programs operate in the British Virgin, Leeward, and Windward Islands. The weather couldn’t be better – sunny and around 85 degrees each day – with constant cooling winds. But even these ideal sailing conditions provide a backdrop for intensive learning opportunities. While some kids have experience aboard small boats, most have never been on – much less skippered – a 50-foot boat. With an emphasis on instruction, students become a crew and learn how to handle almost any situation. Of course, there are always two to three experienced staff members to guide, instruct, and supervise. A sailing expedition is a small group of teens, living on a boat, sailing from point to point, and usually participating in scuba diving and water sports. Lessons learned onboard a boat can be as

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Blue Print Gallery Maxine Trowbridge, Shelly Rosenberg, and Gisele Roman

Collin and Olivia Mangrum

Peyton Wood, Sue Mckamy, and Kendra Allen Paul Lee Richard and Sherry Lane with Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong

Laura Wilson and Brianna Boulanger

Joe and Tanya Mendenhall

JR Hernandez, Miranda Grant, and Ken Weber COURTESY PHOTOS

Kelle Jackson and Elizabeth O’Mahony

Brittany Hunt, Annie O’Grady, Hillary Muff, Megan Adams Brooks, and Beth Smith

Maxine Trowbridge, along with Blue Print founders, hosted a night of giving back at Blue Print Gallery’s first art show of the year on Feb. 27. The celebration of 10 years of building a community with an emphasis on creativity and support showcased eight artists with 10% of all sales donated to The Ashford Rise School of Dallas. Artists showcased their new collections of original artwork, while Paul Lee performed.

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Ellie and Eddie King

2020 DSOL Honor Guard

Jane and John Gilmore, Linda Burk, and John and Linda Gilmore

Kim Brannon with Tincy Miller and Joe Brannon

A perfect Texas Dip executed by Mary Kumpf

Audrey Magnuson and Spencer Hardin

Lisa, Savannah and Kenny Troutt

Mari Epperson, Rene Edwards, Kim Brannon, Melissa Lewis, Claire Catrino, Sarah Frazee, and Laurie Lippincott (PHOTOS: GITTINGS)

2020 DSOL Debutantes

James, Georgia, and Rebecca Hallam

Catherine and Kevin McGee

Mark Averitt, Maddie Duvall, Susan Averitt Duvall, and Don Averitt

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2020 debutantes on Feb. 8 at the 34th Presentation Ball at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The honorary chairs for the 2020 Presentation Ball were Dr. Linda Burk and Dr. John Gilmore, longtime supporters of the DSO and the Dallas community. Their daughters, Jane and Linda, have been debutantes and their son, John, has served as an honor guard. The presentation ball has established traditions for many DSO families in the past 34 years with several second and third generation families attending this year.

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Living Well

WOMEN BUILD DALLAS – ONE HABITAT HOUSE AT A TIME Initiative also includes financial literacy training, home repairs By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers



Teams are still forming, and some still need members. Go to womenbuilddallas/. Go online to see more of our conversation with Carmen Holmes and A.J. Barkley.

rainy Wednesday morning prevented an on-location ribbon cutting at the build site for her new home, but Rosalinda Cortez’s smile lit up the hastily-moved event at Dallas Area Habitat For Humanity’s wall shop on North Hampton Road. The single mother of four had been waiting a long time and had put in sweat equity hours on other homes while becoming what Habitat calls “mortgage-ready” – ready to manage money and finances and be in the optimal position for homeownership.

We’re finding ways to leverage each other’s expertise and some of the skillsets people have. A.J. Barkley Her home was chosen as the inaugural home in the Women Build Dallas initiative, a volunteer-led fundraiser that is – as the name indicates – powered by women. “The goal is to build one house, repair 10 homes, and provide funding for financial education for women,” said Habitat vice president of development Carmen Holmes. “And the unique thing about this project … is this is more of an ongoing conversation about how women can support women on their journey.” The effort is led by 100 women from leadership and philanthropic backgrounds around Dallas, with teams formed by area women to help work on

Women Build Dallas celebrated the ribbon cutting for Rosalinda Cortez’s new home at the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity’s Wall Shop. (PHOTOS: BETHANY ERICKSON) the projects. Still, other groups are helping by raising money or hosting events. Preston Hollow Presbyterian Women will host a luncheon. Volunteers and others celebrated the beginning of Cortez’s build, knowing that in Dallas, 69% of Habitat homeowners have women heads of households, and 41% are single mothers.

Owning a home builds wealth, the organization said, and provides stability for families and communities. A.J. Barkley, Women Build chair and senior vice president and neighborhood lending executive at Bank of America, sees the impact homeownership has on families. “The bank itself has been extremely

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engaged and ingrained in Habitat across the country, so there’s a natural opportunity for me to participate because of what I do for my day job,” she said. “And it was a great marrying of me as the neighborhood lending executive for Bank of America, my personal commitment to the communities we serve, and it’s a women’s build. “I am extremely passionate about it because we have a lot in common with this body of work,” she said. “We spend a lot of time in our company talking about diversity and inclusion, and having multiple programs supporting empowerment of women – it just made sense.” Barkley said that the build and the rehabbing are powerful, but she’s also pleased that $1 million raised will go to financial literacy programs to prepare people for homeownership. “Those three things just spoke to my spirit,” she said. At the kickoff event, which Holmes said was attended by roughly 70 to 80 women, it became clear the effort would be a collaboration. “They had the common goal of wanting to collaborate,” Barkley said. “We were building teams while we were in the room. “We’re finding ways to leverage each other’s expertise and some of the skillsets people have.” | April 2020  45

In Search of Positive Approaches to Parenting

Everyone knows about ‘time-out,’ but there is some concern among parenting experts that time-out may not be a good technique to use. George Holden

Forget ‘times-outs;’ SMU researcher explores ‘time-ins’ By Maria Adolphs

Special Contributor With @DrNoSpank as a Twitter handle, it’s easy to guess where SMU’s Psychology Department professor and chair George W. Holden stands on corporal punishment. The positive parenting researcher also is interested in alternatives to “time-out.” “Everyone knows about ‘timeout,’ but there is some concern among parenting experts that time-out may not be a good technique to use,” Holden said. Although research has shown time-outs are a useful tool, and Holden sees benefits—for both parent and child to “calm down” and for parents to avoid more “aggressive” discipline — he is pursuing research on whether using “time-in” is effective. The study trains mothers to use the time-in method. Instead of the usual separation of a child from a parent during a “timeout” — such as being sent to their

room alone — “time-in” advocates the child remain near the parent, sometimes on the parent’s lap, or seated nearby. The techniques vary for the age of the child. Still, each focuses on the parent providing an environment for the child to calm themselves, identify the problem behavior, and correct it. For two weeks, mothers in the study complete daily computerized reports about their discipline practices, with detail given when using time-in and its effectiveness. Holden is also interested in sources of resistance, such as partners. “The idea was easy to implement, but (I was) just not always able to do so,” said one participant, a busy single mother and full-time sales director at a financial company. The mother to a 2- and 5-yearold was already practicing “peaceful parenting techniques” but took part in the study “to stay current with parenting practices.” It surprised her how her daughter soon expected a time-in. While playing too rough with her younger sibling—an ongoing issue —

Though time-out can help parent and child “calm down” and avoid more “aggressive” discipline, SMU’s George Holden is interested in an alternative, time-in, that time is spent together, instead of apart. (COURTESY PHOTOS) the 5-year-old stopped mid-play, turned to her mom with a “guilty” look, and when asked what she thought her mom was thinking, the child suggested she needed to “come sit with her and think.” Holden hasn’t systematically analyzed the data from 23 mothers from various socio-economic status and ethnic/racial groups yet. But he is pleasantly surprised with the mothers’ willingness to use such a different approach to discipline and how successful time-in is reported to be. The study hopes to recruit a total of 30

mothers to participate. Holden is the author of many journal articles, chapters, and books on parenting and discipline, and became interested in the topic in high school while interning at a Head Start Center. “The range of parental and child behavior that I observed intrigued me and caused me to wonder about how parenting affects children. It is such an important topic that I have dedicated my career to it—both research and teaching.” The third edition of his textbook Parenting: A Dynamic Perspective

was just published. Holden created the Parenting Research Laboratory in January 2008 with the goal “to better understand parenting, its effects on children’s development, and how to change parental behavior.”

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED SMU is seeking mothers with children ages 3-5. Email or call 214-768-4344 to learn more.

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Don’t Live in Fear of a Fall! 3 Simple Steps to Prevent Falls, Stay Out of the Hospital, and Live the Lifestyle You Deserve! By authority on Fall Prevention and Independence with Aging, Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM “It happened so quickly. One minute I was going to the kitchen, the next thing I knew, I was on the ground. I couldn’t get up and there was no one to help me.” These are words I’ve heard countless times as an expert on fall prevention. No one ever plans to fall. Luckily, you can make a plan on HOW NOT TO FALL. Here are 3 useful tips to protect yourself and your lifestyle from the risks of falls. Tip 1: Have your home assessed for fall risks. Some areas where falls are likely to occur are obvious. Areas like stairs, high thresholds, and overcrowded spaces are clear risks. Other factors, such as flooring choice and lighting are often overlooked. Have an occupational therapist assess your home. Apply for a free assessment at Tip 2: Make sure your feet touch the floor when you’re sitting on your bed. This is a big one. I help clients to address this issue several times a week. If your feet are dangling when you sit on the edge of the bed, it is a fall waiting to happen. On the other hand, if you’re very tall and your knees are above your hips when seated at the edge of the bed, that is also a problem putting you at risk of falling. Fortunately, there are simple solutions to both problems,

without changing how your bedroom looks. Tip 3: Have grab bars installed. This is a tough one for many people, because they are afraid of how grab bars will look in their shower or around their toilet. Fear not! There is a HUGE selection of designer grab bars on the market, made to fit with every style and aesthetic. IMPORTANT: For your grab bars to do their job, they must be properly placed. How to make sure? Have an occupational therapist direct your handyman or contractor where to put them. Want more information & solutions? My new special report provides Actionable Tips that will help you Prevent Falls and Maintain Your Lifestyle. The best thing? It’s 100% FREE, and you’re under no-obligation to buy anything when you call. IMPORTANT: Being proactive will save you pain and money!… So, it’s critical that you call, e-mail, or visit TODAY and get the information you need NOW. What next? Call: (469)998-1245 (Leave a Message or TEXT 24/7) & Choose: • Choice 1: Have your FREE Report mailed or emailed to you • Choice 2: FREE Report + FREE Home Discovery visit+ FREE Successful Aging Planner Author Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM is owner of AIPC Consulting, LLC. Contact her at 469-998-1245 or *Academic references available on request | April 2020  46

Move Closer To Zero Home Waste; It’s Not as Crazy as It Sounds

Some of my practices in sustainability have been called “crazy,” like bringing my own togo containers to PAT M A R T I N avoid putting my restaurant leftovers in Styrofoam. But Bea Johnson has me beat by a long shot. Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home, spoke at Northaven United Methodist Church for a zero-waste conference hosted by Alliance Française, a French cultural and language learning center, and its partner Dallas Accueil. I read Johnson’s book after seeing a Facebook post demonstrating how her family of four managed to fit one years’ worth of trash in a single mason jar. She takes her own containers when she buys cereal, grains, flour, etc. from the bulk section, and more surprising, from the meat counter. “Just say, ‘I’d like one pound of shrimp please,’ and hand them the container,” she said. “Act like it’s perfectly normal.” Note: the weight of the container should be removed from the calculation for your total price. I do this on a smaller scale, taking my own bags instead of using the plastic ones provided for produce, grains, and nuts. I haven’t been brave enough to try it at the meat counter. It’s a goal. Want to up your sustainability game? Go to her website for tons of ideas. Many are practical, and, believe it or not, cost-saving. One of her main points was this lifestyle not only makes a difference for our planet, it saved her family 40% on their budget the first year. Vendors at the conference included Texas

Master Naturalist and Recycle Revolution, which serves our offices in downtown Dallas. I’m proud of the steps our company is making. In addition to recycling paper, we have recycling and composting buckets in our two kitchens. Of course, I serve on the Green Team that recently received our stats for 2019. We reduced our carbon footprint by 42,027 pounds. Other conference vendors were Compost Carpool and Turn Compost, which I use for my home. They provide you with a bucket and offer either pick up or drop off services for a monthly fee. Two friends affected by the October tornados attended. North Haven Gardens showed off sustainable gardening items. Interabang Books was selling Johnson’s book and facilitating the book signing. The city of Dallas was there, too. The city has a Zero Waste by 2040 goal and recently adopted a multifamily recycling ordinance for properties with eight or more units. But plenty of work remains. Dallas’ 20% “diversion rate” (the percentage of the waste kept out of the landfill), as reported in 2017, hadn’t changed since 2013. According to a 4-year-old article on, an audit found a 19.2% contamination rate for items thrown in recycling bins, meaning people too often are tossing in unrecyclable trash. But we may be doing worse than that. I was told by a city representative that our contamination rate is now 40%. We can do better. Johnson practices the Five Rs; Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. We should, too. Pat Martin, Publisher | April 2020  47

Uno’s Red Stix Asian Street Food is Number One with Me On a chilly, grey Sunday, I was seeking warmth and heat in the form of a cozy restaurant with spicy food. KERSTEN RET TIG I found it at Red Stix Asian Street Food on Hillcrest across from SMU. The enticing and intoxicating scents consumed me when I entered the restaurant, which was busy. A strikingly beautiful woman was bussing tables, wiping down chairs, and chatting with guests. “I have to tell you,” this 30-something man said to her, “that is the best fried rice I’ve had in my life.” “Oh, thanks,” she said as she took his empty serving containers from him. “I’m so glad you liked it.” “Loved it,” he emphasized. Reviewing the menu, I considered the beloved “Crack Lin” Fried rice with big chunks of wok-seared beef tenderloin, shrimp, vegetables, crispy chicken skin all gloriously topped with a fried egg but opted for a Báhn Mi sandwich, shrimp Rangoon, and sweet and spicy chicken wings. Once my order was placed, the glamorous lady cleaning the tables reappeared at the counter, and I recognized her – chef Uno Immanivong: the chef who has appeared on several cooking shows, the chef who was mentored by Anthony Bourdain, the chef who started her professional career as a banker and now has a viable brand

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TOP: Chef Uno Immanivong, who has appeared on several cooking shows, is serving up spicy selections from her cozy restaurant across from SMU. BOTTOM: Bahn Mi sandwich. (PHOTOS: KEVIN MARPLE, KERSTEN RETTIG)

name and a loyal fan base. I introduced myself – we have many mutual friends but haven’t met in person before – and I found a new friend and a new inspiration. Uno isn’t defined by her past, rather shaped by it. She was born in a Thai refugee camp run by the United Nations Organizations to Laotian parents, who named her Uno in homage to the UNO for its support and protection of her family.

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When she was a baby, her family settled in Houston before finding permanence in North Texas. Uno earned a business degree and spent 16 years in banking before starting her culinary career at the now-closed Chino Chinatown in Trinity Groves.

Uno is self-taught as a chef and got most of her learning through her mother, who catered Laotian and Thai weddings. Uno and her sister were their mother’s sous chefs and learned the art of cooking and the heart of hospitality. She mastered both. Red Stix opened on Dec. 21 on Hillcrest, around the corner from the shiny new Park Plaza Development. She learned about the site, formerly part of the sprawling Compass Bank building, through a guest who had enjoyed Red Stix at Legacy Hall. The banker and businesswoman in her recognized the value of the site’s proximity to SMU and a well-traveled, affluent community. She ultimately left Legacy Hall and opened in University Park. Lucky us. When Uno isn’t at Red Stix, she’s working with Carrollton-Farmer’s Branch ISD to revamp its lunch menu to make healthier, fresher Asian food for the district’s 26,000 students. She has a teenaged daughter, Epicurious Emma, a food blogger with the beauty and personality of her mom and a future as bright as her smile. Follow Kersten Rettig, a Park Cities-based writer with more than 30 years’ experience in food and beverage marketing and PR, on Instagram @KickshawPapers.

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Lush Springtime Wreaths, Easter Bunny Cakes, And Sugar Eggs

Easter Bunny Cake


Thinking back to Easters when our boys were growing up, four CHRISTY ROST themes emerge HOME + KITCHEN – decorating the house, egg hunts, panorama sugar eggs, and celebrating with family and friends around the table. Decorating for Easter always begins on our front porch weeks before the big day. A lush springtime wreath brightens the door, but the focal point is a whimsical, 4-foot-tall plush bunny found in a party store years ago. At his feet, I place a wooden wheelbarrow filled with Easter

grass and large, colorful plastic eggs. I love setting my table with white linens and pastel napkins, gold chargers, my grandmother’s floral china edged in gold, delicate stemmed crystal, and silver flatware. For a touch of whimsy, my centerpiece often features a vintage-inspired rabbit on a silver tray, surrounded by Easter grass, colored eggs, foil-wrapped chocolates, and other accents. I like to serve a dessert that satisfies the kid in all of us, and nothing garners more oos’s and ahh’s than my Easter Bunny Cake. For more from cookbook author and public television chef Christy Rost visit her website at or follow her on social media @ChristyRost.

Cake Ingredients: 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sifted cake flour 3 tablespoons cocoa 3 tablespoons special dark cocoa ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened ¾ cup sugar 2 eggs ½ cup sour cream 1/3 cup milk ½ teaspoon vanilla 1 ½ cups sweetened flaked coconut Tiny jelly beans for eyes and nose

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients: ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 5 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar dash of salt ¼ cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: In the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter until smooth. Gradually add 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar and the salt, and cream well. Beat in remaining Directions: confectioners’ sugar, alternately with Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a the milk until the frosting is thick and medium bowl, stir together cake flour, smooth. Stir in vanilla. cocoas, salt, baking powder, and baking Meringue Bunny Ears Ingredients: soda; set aside. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, 2 egg whites cream butter and sugar until light and ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar fluffy, about 8 minutes. Add eggs, ¼ teaspoon vanilla one at a time, beating well after each 2/3 cup sugar addition. Gradually beat flour mixture Pink Luster Dust, for garnish, if desired into creamed mixture, alternately with Directions: the sour cream and milk, to form a thick, Preheat oven to 225 degrees. In the creamy batter. Stir in vanilla. large bowl of an electric mixer, whip Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake egg whites until foamy. Add cream of pan and insert a paper liner into one tartar and vanilla. Whip until the whites cup of a muffin tin. Spoon batter into form soft peaks. Add sugar, a little at a the muffin cup to fill it ½ full. Pour the time, and whip until whites are glossy remaining batter into the cake pan. and form stiff peaks. Bake cupcake 13 to16 minutes, and the Transfer meringue to a piping bag

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cake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove them from the oven and cool the cake 20 minutes. Remove it from the pan and cool completely.

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fitted with a large star tip. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, adding a dab of meringue to each corner of the tray to secure the paper. Pipe 4 to 5-inch length bunny ears with a zig-zag motion. Bake 1 hour, turn the oven off, and allow the ears to dry 2 to 3 hours with the oven door closed. Peel off the parchment, cool ears completely on a wire rack, and store between layers of parchment paper in an airtight container.

Assembly Slice cake layer in half, turn upside down, and frost with buttercream. Place the two layers together and stand them upright on a platter to form the body. Remove the paper liner from the cupcake, turn it upside down, and place it at one end of the cake to form the head. Frost the bunny with buttercream, adding extra buttercream where the head and body are joined. Garnish with coconut. Shortly before serving, insert jelly beans to form bunny eyes and nose. Gently insert ears into the frosting where the head and body join. If desired, brush the inside of the ears lightly with pink Luster Dust. Surround the bunny with Easter grass and garnish with colored eggs, jellybeans, and foiled wrapped chocolates. Yield: One Bunny Cake | April 2020  49 WEDDING



eegan Watters and Joshua Bagalay exchanged wedding vows on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Royal Lane Baptist Churc h. Re verend Mar t y Younkin officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Donna and John Watters of Dallas. She is a 2010 graduate of The Hockaday School. In 2014, she received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology f rom Amherst College, where she swam on the Varsity swim team and was a member of the club crew team. Keegan is an inside sales account manager for Red Hat. The groom is the son of Janice and Fausto Bagalay of Walled Lake, Michigan. He is a graduate of Walled Lake Western High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in psycholog y f rom Wayne State University. Josh is a lead solutions engineer at Salesforce. The couple met four years ago at their Jiu-Jitsu gym. Keegan was escorted down the aisle by her father. For her wedding, the bride chose a strapless blush gown adorned with intricate beaded floral embroidery designed by Mira Zwillinger. Monveive of Italy


designed her veil of silk tulle in blush. She carried a bouquet of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus and hydrangeas in blush pink and white tones. Assisting the bride were her sisters: maid of honor, Casey Watters, and matron of honor, Meaghan Watters Pedersen. Her bridesmaids included Lindsey Segler, Hannah Ferrin, Jordan Newman, Anna Pietrantonio, and Marisa Vavruska. Attending the groom as best man was Pejman Arab. His groomsmen included the bride’s brothers, Jake Watters and Ryan Watters, the bride’s brother-in-law, John Pedersen, Adam Bobola, Kyle Cooley, and Brandon Fracassi. The ceremony included a reading f rom 1 John 4:7-12 by Lily Lawson and a solo of “Amazing Grace” by Alyssa Meadows; both are f riends of the bride. The Garden Gate provided the floral displays in hues of pink and white, which included the bride’s favorite flower – the pink calla lily. The Northwood Club served as the site of the wedding reception. A massive floral display in an ice vase carved with

the couple’s new monogram greeted guests as they arrived at the venue. Escort cards fashioned in blush marble acrylic nestled in a bed of hydrangeas surrounded the arrangement. The focal point of the ballroom was a floral gazebo that housed an eightfoot-high, 11-tiered wedding cake created by Fancy Cakes by Lauren. SweetFrog provided “The Bagalay’s FroYo” Bar as a nod to the couple’s favorite treat. The couple danced their first dance to “God Gave Me You,” performed by In10City Band. The band’s horn section played as the bride and groom exited the reception under a tunnel of ribbon wands. They departed in a 1958 White Rolls Royce headed for a honeymoon in Maui. Caroline Events planned and coordinated the stunning wedding and reception for Keegan and Josh. W hen It Clicks captured the entire wedding day on film and played it during the reception. John Cain Photography preserved candid moments of the day in beautiful photographs. The newlyweds have made their home in Dallas.

Top Reasons Why FURNITURE WALKING Is So Dangerous! This Is NOT NORMAL… But Difficult To Quit Like Smoking. Now What To Do About It? By Leading Balance Expert, Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist


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Do you or someone you know touch furniture and walls while walking? Are you worried about yourself or someone you love losing independence because of falls? Do you see this steady decline? Here are some common unknown reasons why FURNITURE WALKING is so dangerous… and a SOLUTION to begin the journey towards stopping it. 1: The Person Becomes Less Reliant On Their Legs To Balance: The more a person relies on touching furniture with their hands to balance themselves, the less they use their legs. Over time, the body forgets how to use the legs. Then the person loses the ability to react when balance is lost… TIMMMMBER! 2. We Are Not Good At Judging The Distance & Stability Of Objects. In order to prevent a fall while furniture walking, 100% accuracy of judging stability and distance is needed. Throw in vision and other problems. How confident are you in being 100% accurate? It only takes one fall to end up in the hospital.

3. This Is A WARNING Sign That Something Is Wrong! Take Action! If someone is furniture walking, it means there is something SPECIFICALLY WRONG! An action plan is urgent to prevent falls. Get help today! IMPORTANT: For obvious reasons, my offer to send you this report FREE must come with a restriction on the number I can mail out… so it’s critical that you call TODAY and request your free report now. What To Do Next? Call: (214) 712-8242 (Leave Message 24/7) & Choose: • Option 1: Have your FREE Report mailed or emailed to you • Option 2: Free Report + FREE Balance/Dizziness Testing a

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9910 Inwood

Inwood Road, represented by Jeannie Nethery and Pam Brannon for $7,675,000. The last large parcel at Inwood and Walnut Hill Rare are the opportunities to seize a moment to seal a legacy. This is one. This is the last remaining large tract of land available in one of the most desirable areas — ever — of Dallas. Unavailable for more than 70 years, the 6.348 cleared acres at the corner of Inwood Road and Walnut Hill Lane in Preston Hollow offer boundless possibilities. “It is a storied property,” says agent Jeannie Nethery, of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who is representing the land with colleague Pam Brannon. With mature trees and a sparkling creek, 9910 Inwood Road offers the opportunity to build one grand estate, or to develop the parklike lot into two or three large estate parcels, or five individual lots at 1-plus acres each. The play of sunlight and shadow throughout each day will enrich every kind of architecture, from classical to contemporary. Your home could thrillingly embrace the natural features — or be a private sanctuary from the world around it. 9910 Inwood Road is represented by Jeannie Nethery and Pam Brannon for $7,675,000. To explore all the homes, ranches and land offered by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — across North Texas and around the world — go to


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Traditional on the outside, transitional on the inside. Whatever architectural style you deem 7523 Yamini Drive (, the 2007 home remains timeless. With six bedrooms, 4½ baths and a three-car garage on a 100-by-192-foot lot, it is offered by Lori Kircher for $1,490,000. From the expertly landscaped front yard and drive up, to the year-round entertaining spaces outdoors, and everything in between – this one is loaded and move-in ready. Inside, space abounds – 5,256 square feet to be exact (per tax) – for all kinds of entertaining occasions. Family, friends and guests flow between two living rooms, two dining areas, large gourmet island kitchen, covered outdoor living area with fireplace, platform patio, and upstairs game room and media room. A gorgeous master suite and guest bedroom are downstairs and four bedrooms are upstairs. High-efficiency upgrades throughout the home include foam insulation, tankless hot water heaters and 2016 air-conditioning units. The roof was replaced in 2019. To schedule a showing, contact Kircher at or 214-789-4060. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller. com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.


Walkable Neighborhoods Offer So Much

Homes in neighborhoods that are walkable are very popular. In some neighborhoods you can walk a few blocks to dinner, shop for the latest fashions or take your children to school and to parks. There are obvious benefits to walking. You can exercise without going to the gym. Leaving the car in the garage is also better for the environment and your pocketbook. Here are three homes, recommended by Allie Beth Allman & Associates, which offer great walkability. On a beautiful day, it will be a tough choice for the owners of the new townhome at 3606 N. Fitzhugh Ave. which restaurant or shop on Knox Street to walk to. If they want a run, Turtle Creek or the Katy Trail are nearby. The newly constructed three-bedroom, single-family attached home is in an exclusive, luxury residential development off Abbott Avenue. University Park is one of the area’s most walkable communities. The modern four-bedroom home at 3511 Rankin St. is within an easy walk to schools and Curtis Park and Holmes Aquatic Center, a social and recreational hub. If hungry, Kuby’s, Bubba’s or Balls Hamburgers in Snider Plaza are nearby as are its celebrated boutiques. To find your walkable neighborhood, visit


What is the right size home for your life? We all have a sweet spot or two that tends to ebb and flow in our lives. But the central question remains: how much space do we really need? Every year it’s a good idea to take a serious inventory of your life, as well as your home, and ask a few important questions in the process. For example: is your current space benefitting or impeding you? Do you need multiple living areas or will a single one work? If you think your home is too large now, it might be time to explore rightsizing. At Allie Beth Allman & Associates, we have experienced agents who are condominium specialists and know the ropes. From financial ramifications to exactly what type of home might be a better fit for a given lifestyle, our agents are experts in this area. Right-sizing can also be an emotional experience, especially for those who may have lived in a home for many years. But size matters, after all, and an expert with a depth of experience in the area can help clients move beyond emotions to gain a more practical outlook on the options, and contributing factors including health, finances, family, and lifestyle.



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Offered for $1,550,000, 6912 Hill Forest features 4 bedrooms and 5.1 baths This beautiful Ventura custom built home is situated on a premium lot backing to the lake in sought after guard gated Lake Forest. 6912 Hill Forest features four bedrooms, five full and one-half baths, 5,041 square feet and is being offered for $1,550,000. The desirable floor plan features a downstairs master, downstairs study, and open kitchen-living concept. Light filled space with walls of windows overlooking the landscaped outdoor area with infinity pool and lake views. The kitchen includes a large gourmet island with gas cooktop and stainless-steel appliances. Upstairs houses three additional en-suite bedrooms and a gamemedia room. This is an exceptional opportunity on a rarely available lake location. Lake Forest is a luxury guard gated community comprised of 68 park-like acres with winding creeks, walking paths, lakes, pool, dog parks, and tennis-pickleball courts. Contact Laura Michelle ( more information or visit

What is the right size home for your life? We all have a sweet spot or two that tends to ebb and flow in our lives. But the central question remains: how much space do we really need? Every year it’s a good idea to take a serious inventory of your life, as well as your home, and ask a few important questions in the process. For example: is your current space benefitting or impeding you? Do you need multiple living areas or will a single one work? If you think your home is too large now, it might be time to explore rightsizing. At Allie Beth Allman & Associates, we have experienced agents who are condominium specialists and know the ropes. From financial ramifications to exactly what type of home might be a better fit for a given lifestyle, our agents are experts in this area. Right-sizing can also be an emotional experience, especially for those who may have lived in a home for many years. But size matters, after all, and an expert with a depth of experience in the area can help clients move beyond emotions to gain a more practical outlook on the options, and contributing factors including health, finances, family, and lifestyle.

You’re ready to sell your home in the upcoming spring market. But are you buyer-ready? Experienced Allie Beth Allman & Associates Realtors take an analytical approach to packaging homes through the eyes of the buyer. They are seasoned pros who know exactly how to secure a buyer. The vast majority of buyers’ first look at a home is online through photos submitted to MLS. Skillful, welldirected photography makes a difference, creating strong visual advantages. The average buyer decides if they like a home in just 90-seconds. According to NAR, every $100 invested in staging yields $400 in potential returns. Staged homes net 17% more profit on average. Allie Beth Allman & Associates Realtors create buzz that makes buyers stop, look… and buy. First impressions matter, as does drive up appeal. Stand across the street with your agent and envision what the buyer will see before anything else. Psychologists promote uncluttered lives. Clutter creates anxiousness, while white, clean spaces stimulate imaginations, and visions of potential. Make necessary repairs now, particularly when it comes to bathroom and kitchen improvements, which have been known to swings deals. Visit to find an agent to make your home Buyer Ready.


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SAVANNAH SIMS Education: Trinity Christian Academy By Dalia Faheid

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hat do you want to be when you grow up? Even as a kindergartener, Savannah Sims’ answer was anything but frivolous: She wanted to be a surgeon just like her neighbor. Savannah, now a senior at Trinity Christian Academy, said that while her path has taken a few detours along the way, it has ultimately led her back to her kindergarten dream. After becoming discouraged into choosing a more practical career as a middle schooler, the high schooler rediscovered her love for medicine while thriving in her math and science classes. Before serving the community through medicine, Savannah chose to help in other ways. For the past six years, she’s volunteered with VNA Meals on Wheels. Along her pet food delivery route, Savannah enjoys the positive expressions of people she meets. “By bringing pet food, I enable the clients to serve the friend that comforts them amidst hardship,” Savannah said. “I have loved contributing to both the behind



the scenes work and the deliveries that make Meals on Wheels such a beneficial program for the Dallas community.” She’s also gotten office experience, interning at Phlox Capital Management, where she assisted with finance and client service. As a varsity cheerleader and senior class president, Savannah has excelled in balancing academics, family, friends, and community service, a skill that’s enabled her to be a National Merit Finalist and


President’s Volunteer Service Award recipient. “I have learned that a balanced schedule is vital to performing well and enjoying each day.” Savannah hopes to inspire girls just as her younger self was inspired by her neighbor, Dr. Vivian Dimas, to become a surgeon. Sustaining her lifelong desire to make a difference in the community, Savannah has learned to trust her kindergarten self after all.

Q : What do you love most about your community? A : From witnessing my mom talk to an old high school

friend as if a day hadn’t passed, to living in the house my grandmother grew up in, to winning the Fourth of July Park Cities Parade bike decorating like my mom did decades earlier, Dallas overflows with connections, community, and traditions. I appreciate how a community that values tradition also embraces progress.


like to say being a journalist is about as close to being a professional student as you get in the real world because I learn something from everyone I interview. That being the case, there are few better ‘teachers’ in fields ranging from law, technology, education, and business than you find in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow communities and, more specifically, among the 20 young professionals our newspapers’ panel selected to include in our 20 Under 40 special section this year. Some themes that have emerged for me since I began covering the Park Cities and Preston Hollow communities last year are the drive the residents have to achieve their goals and their willingness to help their neighbors. I got to witness the generosity in our communities firsthand shortly after I joined the staff in October in helping to cover how groups like the Park Cities Dads Club fundraised for Dallas ISD students impacted by the tornado. In short, I’ve been very impressed by the community and the young professionals our panel selected, and we’re proud to share them with our readers. Speaking of drive…one of our selections this year was a race car driver before he started his own real estate development company at 28. He’s kept his metaphorical pedal to the metal to grow his company since then. Other standouts among our picks this year are entrepreneurs changing the game in the technology space with mobile apps. In addition to the 20 young professionals highlighted, we also feature two Trinity Christian Academy students heading full steam ahead toward careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) fields as Youth on the Rise. Rachel Snyder, Deputy Editor

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Virginia Tiernan

The Ace Agency Education: Harvard College The Episcopal School of Dallas


Virginia Tiernan is one busy lady. After she graduated from the Episcopal School of Dallas in 2017, Tiernan interned for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in Washington, D.C. There she gave tours of the U.S. Capitol building, facilitated correspondence, directed guests at events like the State of the Union address, and conducted policy research. After a gap year, Tiernan started at Harvard College, where during her second semester, she started her company, the Ace Agency. The company combines the roles of professional modeling and advertising agencies to help small-to-medium-sized businesses advertise products with professional models at

reasonable prices. “My goal is to democratize high-quality e-commerce content for fashion companies of all sizes. I have created content for 19 brands across the United States, several which are based in Dallas,” Tiernan said. Her company was selected as a fall 2019 and spring 2020 participant in the Harvard Venture incubation program at Harvard Innovation Lab, which includes startups from all Harvard graduate schools and the undergraduate college. It was a semi-finalist in the Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge. “Marketing has changed more in the past 10 years than it has in the past 100 years, and small to medium-sized fashion brands have a high amount of competition with companies with large followings and substantial marketing budgets,” Tiernan said. “I wanted to offer fashion brands of all sizes the same quality marketing tools and democratize advertising on Instagram.” She hopes to be either an investor at a private equity or venture capital firm in the future or working on another startup in the future.

Q: What was your first job, and what did you learn from it? A: My first job was working as a summer camp counselor called Camp Invention at The Episcopal School of Dallas, when I was 15 years old. The job taught me the value of patience and how meaningful it feels to give back to students through teaching. Additionally, the camp encouraged innovation for third graders, which means so much to me, considering that my most prominent passion is entrepreneurship.

to opening my own studio and, at times, I doubted that I had the talent, the skills, or the resources to be able to see this dream to fruition,” he said. “I hope that I am able to look back on this accomplishment as the first of many, but will never forget the drive, determination, and struggle that it took to get me there.” He said he hopes to open more locations of the Forge franchise in the future. “I hope to be an integral part in making Dallas and the Park Cities the go-to-market for health and wellness practitioners,” Osteen said.

Kyle Osteen

The Forge on Dyer Education: Texas Tech University


Kyle Osteen, wanting to help his clients reduce their pain, researched therapies and, eventually, started the training, performance, and recovery studio The Forge on Dyer in 2019. “After 10 years of building my clientele, working on my technique, and obtaining certifications in NeuroKinetic therapies, a client and Park Cities resident, Hugh Jones, offered to partner with me to create The Forge on Dyer,” Osteen said. His experience as a personal trainer and neuromuscular therapist and his research led him to create whole-body wellness regimes that combine movement and neuromuscular therapy. “I did not have an easy or linear path

Q: Which leadership skills were the most challenging for you to develop, and why? A: There are many, many experts practicing in the health and wellness field, and it can be difficult to be confident in your own practice when there are studies that can prove your methods right and other studies that can prove your methods wrong. It has been a process of constant learning, and I can be a confident leader in this industry because I know I will never settle for the answers I found yesterday in a pursuit to continue to discover more about the body and share that knowledge with those around me. Q: Where is the best place in the Park Cities or Preston Hollow for a power lunch – what do you order? A: A “power lunch” for a personal trainer means something a little different – my goto is True Food Kitchen, and I’m ordering the Poke Bowl. I love that they offer a wide variety of healthy, nutrient-dense food that tastes great.

“ Divorce can happen to anyone. I guide clients through the process, protecting them, their interests and their goals.”

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Megan Sterquell Goldman Sachs Education: Rutgers University -New Brunswick


Megan Sterquell wasn’t born in Texas, but she got here as soon as she could. “I grew up on the East Coast, and the move was a big one for me,” she said. “It was the catalyst, though, that propelled me to where I am now and continues to bless my life. I’ve even been lucky enough to have my parents move out here this past summer.” Sterquell started her career in private wealth management, helping tech and digital media clients scale their companies, go through exit activities, and manage their wealth post-transaction. She moved to Texas about six years ago and started work with global investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Sterquell quickly got involved through Junior League and Dallas CASA. “This year I’m also fortunate to be part of the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Cohort at Communities Foundation of Texas,” she added. “I always love meeting new people and learning about different things going on in the area. I do have to give credit to my husband, who is a native Highland Park guy, and introduced me to the wonderful community when I had just moved here and met him.”

Q: What was your first job, and what did you learn from it? A: I was counting down the days until I was old enough to get my first ‘real’ job. I worked at a local movie rental store in my hometown in New Jersey (obviously way before the Netflix days). I quickly realized a job without some type of incentive comp was not for me, and I shifted

to roles where I could earn myself more based on my efforts.

Q: Where do you see yourself and/or your career 10 years from now? A: It’s tough to get specific in this question because life isn’t usually a straight line. Broadly though, I hope to be helping people in unique ways and raising a loving and fun family with my husband, Tommy. Q: Which leadership skills were the most challenging for you to develop, and why? A: Self or team promotion to the proper audiences. You and your team can be doing wonderful things, but if the right people don’t know about it, it’s the tree falling in the woods question. I had always let my work speak for itself, which is important, but it’s also important to give that work the stage to be heard.

Q : Tell us about your involvement in the Park Cities and/or Preston Hollow communities? A : The kindness and generosity that pulses through them is wonderful. Since moving here, I’ve been a

member of Junior League and have become very involved with Dallas CASA. This year I’m also fortunate to be part of the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Cohort at Communities Foundation of Texas. I always love meeting new people and learning about different things going on in the area. -Megan Sterquell

Suresh Narayanan


Aerospace Quality Research and Development Education: SMU Cox School of Business

Suresh Narayanan’s first job was working for his parents in their aviation business in Miami. Now, he’s COO of Aerospace Quality Research and Development, an engineering firm his brother, Raj, founded in 2002. “I saw firsthand what it was like to be a business owner,” Narayanan said. “Being a business owner was not always easy, but I witnessed how my parents worked non-stop to keep their small business growing. I saw challenges they experienced from theft and downturns that make me a far better business owner now. I learned how important it was to focus on your people, process, and product and never get complacent.” Aerospace Quality Research and Development grew from a startup business with two employees to 60 employees. It added a military

division in 2018 that specializes in fighter jets to help U.S. Navy and Air Force pilots train. “I am not afraid to challenge the status quo in an industry that typically struggles with change and outside the box thinking,” Narayanan added. Narayanan also works to give back to the university that helped him become a successful entrepreneur. “(The SMU Cox School of Business MBA) program inspired my drive to be an accomplished entrepreneur in the aerospace industry that would never stop grinding for my people and my business,” he said. “I learned grit and grew tremendously from the challenge of growing a startup, getting my pilot’s license, all while finishing grad school.”

Mike’s Pizza before moving back to Dallas with his wife in 2018 and founding Western Addition. The Italian-inspired restaurant Il Bracco, which opened in 2019 at the Plaza at Preston Center, is the first restaurant concept to open in the Western Addition portfolio. “Of all the places my career has taken me, Preston Hollow is the first where I found neighbors and friends who supported one another to build a true community,” Quick said. Il Bracco has also been involved in charity fundraisers since the eatery opened. Quick hopes Western Addition opens more restaurants soon.

Q: What, to date, has been your most impressive or rewarding accomplishment in both your professional and personal life? A: 1. Professionally company milestones are important. Recently we hit 60 employees, which is an awesome milestone that I am proud of. We are continuing to grow and are on track to surpass that in a few months! 2. Another accomplishment I am proud of this year is becoming part of an organization of leaders called YPO. It is an honor to be part of such a prestigious business community at a young age. 3. Personally, my most rewarding accomplishment is becoming father to my son, Ace, in March 2018. I thought I had drive before, but our son Ace exponentially increased my drive to have a positive community and business impact so he can grow up and be proud of his dad. Being able to bring my wife, Amber, and son, Ace, around my business and airplanes is something that makes all the hard work worth it. It also completely changed my perspective on what work/life balance really is.

Q: What was your first job, and what did you learn from it? A: When I was 16, I was the coach of our middle school club water polo team. Teaching the younger guys not only about the game but how we conducted ourselves at a travel tournament or hotel taught me a tremendous amount about leadership.

Robert Quick

Il Bracco Education: SMU Culinary Institute of America


Robert Quick’s foray into the restaurant business started when he was a cook at the Dallas Country Club after an injury forced the end of his football career at SMU. “At the Dallas Country Club, I learned that restaurants provided the rush of competition I had missed and that my mom had taught me pretty darn well,” Quick said. He attended the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California, and worked as a ‘Chef de Partie’ at Ad Hoc and Bouchon before working as a kitchen manager with Hillstone Restaurant Group. He took on a leadership role as president and co-owner of Mountain

Q: If you could buy a book (or rent a movie) for your neighbor, what would it be and why? A: The French Laundry Cookbook. The book changed my life personally and, more importantly, changed the way a lot of people thought of how a kitchen could and should operate. Clean, efficient, and respectful to the product and to each other. Q: What is your favorite local store? A: Scardello – They have the best se-

lection of great cheeses and butters anywhere in the area or even the metroplex.


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Katie Samler

Goranson Bain Ausley Education: St. Mary’s University School of Law


While a student at Baylor University, Katie Samler mentored a child in the foster care system, an experience that inspired her to practice family law. “I saw firsthand how the legal system helped her, and I knew I wanted to do some type of child advocacy work in the future,” said Samler, who’s now a partner at the Goranson Bain Ausley law firm. She’s been practicing family law for about 12 years. Samler also is heavily involved in the community, serving on the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association and the

dining services. “Since (starting at the Preston), I have been a part of the Saint Michael’s Farmers Market every summer and run a booth that used all fresh ingredients from the vendors that are present to do a chef demo recipe of the day,” Rogers said. “I have catered at some very extravagant parties in Dallas, and we even catered a wedding this past year as well. I love being part of community events like the Snider Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony. We had such a great time.” She hopes to open a coffee shop someday.

Weekday School at University Park United Methodist Church Parents’ Association boards. She was co-chair for the 20192020 ABPA Homes for the Holidays tour, which raised $90,000 for the elementary schools. Samler will be the ABPA kindergarten co-chair for Bradfield Elementary and president of the board of the Weekday School Parents’ Association for the 20202021 school year. “I love the people, the small-town feel of the Park Cities, and sense of community here,” she said. Samler hopes to continue her community involvement and her work advocating for families in the future.

Q: If you could buy a book (or rent a movie) for your neighbor, what would it be and why? A: The Def ined Dish cookbook – an amazing book by a wonderful local author, blogger, and Instagrammer. My neighbors are both amazing cooks based on meals we’ve shared together, treats they’ve brought us, and recipes we’ve exchanged, so I know they would appreciate this beautiful book with delicious and new recipes. Q: What is your favorite local store? A: Interabang Books. I also love Lay-

ette, Hip Hip Hooray, A to Z Monogramming, and Toys Unique.

Q: Where is the best place in the Park Cities or Preston Hollow for a power lunch – what do you order? A: I love the Mediterranean Tuna Salad from R+D Kitchen and the Chicken Paillard from Le Bilboquet.

Savannah Rogers


Formerly of The Preston of the Park Cities Education: Johnson & Wales University

From the time she was a child cooking with her grandmother, Savannah Rogers knew she wanted to be a chef. “She used to teach me so many dishes, and we’d cook for hours together. From that very young age, I told myself I wanted to do this for the rest of my life,” Rogers said. “I just remember how happy everyone would be when they took a bite of her food and how food always brought people together and spread joy no matter the occasion.” She started as a sous chef at the Preston of the Park Cities retirement community in 2018 and worked her way up to director of

Q: What was your first job, and what did you learn from it? A: My first job was in a senior living community as a cook/server. I worked in Keller because my grandparents lived there, and the chef was eager to have a hungry want-to-be culinary student in the kitchen. I learned so much about mise en place. I learned how to plan ahead and work as a team, much like I had in my sports days. The job was so rewarding working with seniors. Giving back to those who gave to us years before has always resonated with me. It’s why I’m in the industry that I am now eight years later. Q: If you could buy a book (or rent a movie) for your neighbor, what would it be and why? A: I would always recommend Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. He was a pioneer of my industry, and his words ring true to the industry of the trials and rewards a chef will go through in their journey to culinary excellence.

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Geoff Bailey


Oncor Electric Delivery Education: University of Texas University of California Los Angeles

Geoff Bailey once told one of his mentors, T. Boone Pickens, that he hoped to run an energy company. Now, as the chief of staff to the CEO and vice president of strategy and emerging issues at Oncor Electric Delivery, he’s well on his way to achieving that. Bailey worked in politics at the time of that conversation, and Pickens encouraged him to go back to school. “And with that, I put the ball in motion to go back to business school at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and got my MBA,” he said. “It was a memorable conversation

and one that took my career in a completely different, exciting, and rewarding direction. “I have been overwhelmingly blessed in my career, with both rich experiences and incredible mentors. I have had the opportunity to learn from great leaders in the Dallas business community like T. Boone Pickens, Allen Nye, and Bob Shapard. Those leaders empowered me with great opportunities to learn, fail, grow, and lead.” Bailey’s passion for public service also continues as he serves on the board of Vogel Alcove, which works to provide food, clothing, counseling, and other support for homeless children in North Texas. He also serves on the state’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, which works to ensure people aren’t taken advantage of by frauds claiming to give

legal advice. He said he remains a Scots sports fan and can be seen taking his son to Not Just Soccer to stock up on Highland Park sports gear.

Q: What was your first job, and what did you learn from it? A: My first real job was bagging groceries at Albertson’s when I turned 15. I was blessed to have parents that modeled hard work each and every day. That job helped to reinforce why it’s important to have a strong work ethic and the dignity that comes with it. Q: Where do you see yourself and/or your career 10 years from now? A: Ten years from now, I hope to be a better husband, father, and more involved in the community.

Q : What do you love most about your community? A : I love that the Park Cities is a safe and nurturing place to raise a family. This community is just like a small

town, dropped in the middle of a big city. From Friday night Scots games to carriage rides in Highland Park Village at Christmas, there is a great sense of community and friendship in the Park Cities. Your neighbors become like family. -Geoff Bailey

Lane Conner Fuzse Education: SMU University of Oklahoma


Lane Conner is following in his parents’ entrepreneurial footsteps. As a youth, he conducted product demontrations for his family’s company at the Dallas Trade Mart. “As I grew, I had many jobs – sales, stocking, working the warehouse, building the showroom, etc.,” he said. “I was able to watch my parents and the way that they interacted with Conner and Company. It was like it was a third child for them… I believe that my drive comes from watching what they did, how they built it, and their success.” In his 20s, Conner worked as a sales and operations manager for Park West Gallery, which managed the art auctions on

the Royal Caribbean cruise line, Holland America Line cruise line, and Sandals Vacation Club. But, the 2008 recession brought another new beginning for his career. “When the recession hit, it hit our industry incredibly hard. I moved back to Dallas at 30 years old. I literally had to start over in a new industry that I knew nothing about at an entry-level position,” Conner said. Within a year of joining Century Payments, he was leading the inside sales group. Conner worked as a director of business development for First American Payment Systems for a couple of years after that before starting Blue Star Payment Solutions under the Dallas Cowboy and Jones’ family umbrella in 2014. After Blue Star was sold in 2015 and became Stack Sports, Conner founded Fuzse, a financial technology organization that specializes in working with mobile apps, custom software, and web development firms. “I learned that working for someone else always meant that you rely on someone else to make decisions that so deeply impact your life,” he said. “I love working for myself as I am the only one to blame if Fuzse fails.” Conner is also the president and treasurer of the Mayor’s Star Council Board of Directors. The Mayor’s Star Council is a nonprofit organization that trains Dallasites between the ages of 25 and 40 that impact the city through arts/entertainment, business, education, government, hospitality/tourism, media, religion, and the social sector, and more, on leadership.

Q: If you could buy a book (or rent a movie) for your neighbor, what would it be and why? A: A Message To Garcia by Elbert Hubbard. It is about taking initiative and being accountable for your work.

Pretorius hopes to continue practicing family law and increasing her community involvement in the future. Specifically, she hopes to do more work involving women’s and children’s issues. “Having just welcomed our daughter, on Oct. 3, 2019, an issue area that has been very eye-opening is the importance of access to prenatal care and early childhood development,” Pretorius said. She also wants to help increase access to public parks. “I think trails and public parks are part of the heart of any community, and I hope to continue to serve in this area in a larger capacity either through representation or fundraising,” Pretorius said.

Sally Pretorius

KoonsFuller Family Law Education: SMU Dedman School of Law


Sally Pretorius’ passion for family law took hold while watching her mother go to court without an attorney against her father in an attempt to get more child support for her brother. “She went up against an attorney who is now one of the most sought after and knowledgeable attorneys,” Pretorius said. “She didn’t prevail, but sitting outside that courtroom inspired me to help others like her. Because of that memory, I am a family law attorney and always try and keep a pro bono case on my docket.” She’s practiced family law for 10 years and, during her time at KoonsFuller, has worked on complex cases involving challenging child custody matters and high net worth individuals.

Q: Tell us about your involvement in the Park Cities and/or Preston Hollow communities? A: Within the local community, I serve as the training vice president for the Junior League of Dallas, sit on the Board of Directors for the Dallas County Advocacy Center, will be a co-chair for the Family Place Partners Card for 2020, and sit on the board for the Friends of Northaven Trail also serving as the events chair. Q: What do you love most about your community? A: I love that our community is full of so many up and comers right alongside the more established members of our community. It’s always fun to be talking to someone young, old, or middle-aged and learn that they live just across a major street and that they share memories in some of the places that we are creating memories in. I also love that everything is so centralized. We really are the heart of Dallas, as you can access any part of the city within the half-hour (pending traffic).

20 Under 40 | People Newspapers | April 2020  7B and knew then that I wanted to be the one that got paid to think about and find solutions to the tough questions,” she said. Kreick made the career switch to practicing as a healthcare transactions and regulatory compliance attorney with Haynes and Boone about seven years ago. Now, she’s one of 74 attorneys board certified in health law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She’s also offered pro bono legal services and represented clients through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Kreick hopes to be a partner at Haynes and Boone and have a leadership position in the firm’s healthcare and life sciences practice group in the future.

Jennifer Kreick


Haynes and Boone Education: SMU Dedman School of Law

While working as a project manager at an electronic medical records company, Jennifer Kreick discovered she enjoyed learning about and addressing patient privacy issues. “The patient portal software automatically allowed a parent or guardian to access their child’s medical records, but this meant the minor’s sensitive information could potentially be disclosed to the parent (such as contraceptive medications, HIV or STD test results, or substance abuse treatment),” Kreick said. “It was the legal department that got called to weigh in on these issues and figure out the best way to address them. “I thought these issues were fascinating,

Q: What was your first job and what did you learn from it? A: I got my first real job the summer after I turned 18 as a waitress at a local pizza place in the town where I grew up. I think I did everything I possibly could do wrong – spilling drinks, forgetting to put orders in, severely damaging a wine bottle while trying to open it with a corkscrew at the table. The manager of the restaurant was always calm and professional, even in front of angry customers when he had to smooth over my mistakes. Needless to say, I didn’t make very much in tips. I learned a lot about customer (or client) service, and what a skill managing customer relations really is. Q: If you could buy a book (or rent a movie) for your neighbor, what would it be and why? A: Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman.









Shawn Edwards

RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas & T Bar M Racquet Club Education: UNT


five years before he started with the T Bar M Racquet Club. “I will continue to do my part to assist the RBC Tennis Championships growing into one of the top sporting and social weeks in Dallas annually, but I also see myself involved in other events both in Dallas and beyond,” he said. Edwards hopes to expand his philanthropic impact in the future to raise money and awareness for organizations like the Isner Family Foundation, Susan G. Komen Dallas County, the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, and the Dallas Tennis Association’s DTEA programs. He said he was also particularly heartened by how the community came together to help with the recovery effort after the October tornado.

Q: What do you love most about your community? A: Seeing how well the community came together and pitched in when hit with the devastating tornado this past October. It really took the entire community banding together to pick up the pieces and clean up our neighborhoods. Q: What was your first job, and what did you learn from it? A: Working as a busboy for a catfish restaurant. I learned a lot about hard work and the foodservice industry, but I also learned that I hate tartar sauce.

Shawn Edwards found a way to combine his love of tennis with his passion for creating innovative events. He is part of the management team at T Bar M Racquet Club and is tournament operations director at the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas. “As far as (the professional accomplishment he’s most proud of ), it has to be seeing our tournament on national television on the Tennis Channel last year. It has been great to see how the event has evolved since 1998,” he said. Q: What is your favorite local store? A: Celebration is great. We eat there Edwards worked as a sports journalist ParkCitiesPeople_Grain_4.9x7.pdf 1 3/13/2020 10:13:42 AM and in the insurance industry for about monthly and have for years.

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Dr. Lyndsey Harper

Rosy Education: University of Arkansas


As an obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Lyndsey Harper encountered plenty of women facing struggles in the bedroom. To help them more easily find answers to their sexual health questions, she made the leap from medicine to entrepreneurship. The Preston Hollow resident worked in private practice for seven years and, in 2018, founded Rosy, an app-based platform that provides resources for women struggling with low libido and sexual dysfunction. “(Patients) were looking to me for solutions, and I didn’t have the training on how to adequately address the issue,” Harper said. “When I began searching

for answers, I soon realized the resources for my patients and for physicians were sparse. So, I decided I would do something about it and come up with a modern solution for the millions of women who are facing these challenges in silence.” Users sign up using the app, are prompted to take a quiz to assess their sexual wellness, and are presented with educational videos about causes of decreased sex drive, and ways to increase their desire. Harper said the change from working as a physician to starting a technology-based company had its share of challenges. “I went to school for 12 years to become a doctor, and with a startup, you are quite literally taking it day by day. I have learned to break away from moments of self-doubt and keep my focus on the bigger picture,” Harper said. She hopes to grow Rosy into a global platform that provides access to sexual health resources. “In 10 years, I see a world where women can talk about and prioritize their sexual health without shame or embarassment,” Harper said.

Q: Where is the best place in the Park Cities or Preston Hollow for a power lunch – what do you order? A: I would say that the best place for a power lunch is Flower Child. The atmosphere itself just makes me happy. It’s full of positive energy and bright colors, and they have a simple menu of healthy options. I usually order the Flying Turkey wrap, and my kids love the grilled chicken and mashed potatoes.

Cindy Revol

Perot Jain Education: Columbia University University of Texas


Cindy Revol is using her love for science sparked at Highland Park High School as a principal at Perot Jain, an early-stage tech venture capital investment firm. “That means I get to spend my days meeting with incredibly smart and talented entrepreneurs learning about the coolest new technologies and incredible ways these individuals are applying these technologies to solve business problems,” Revol said. Before starting at Perot Jain, she worked as a product manager/data scientist at Flatiron Health, a tech startup based in New York. Before that, she worked in healthcare consulting at Analysis Group, public

market investing at Taconic Capital Advisors, and investment banking at Goldman Sachs. “When I moved to New York after college and met my now-husband while I was working there, I assumed I wouldn’t be coming back. But fortunately, the stars aligned, and we are now residents of Highland Park,” Cindy said. “I am still close with many of the same friends I had in high school, and many of us are back in the Park Cities raising our children. It is fun to go to Scots games on Friday nights to support our team and re-live some fond memories.” She’s a member of the committee that launched the first-annual Venture Dallas conference, Gen Next Dallas, and the La Fiesta Guild of the Park Cities.

Q: Where do you see yourself and/or your career 10 years from now? A: I definitely see myself still in Highland Park. I’m not going anywhere. As for my career, this is hard for me because I’ve always had a five-or-10 year plan, and this is the first time in my life where I don’t have an idea what might be next. My career has provided such rich opportunities to grow and learn, and I’ve discovered that at this point in my life, it’s impossible to truly plan because a lot of my success has been about opportunity and timing. But if I have to make a plan, I would love to still be working with my team at Perot Jain. I hope to become a partner and help build out what the next iteration of this family office will be. I am excited for the unknown and what amazing paths I might go down as I help continue to build our young company. as a tenant rep broker. He found a certain comfort level with risk was helpful in both racing and real estate. “I was young and had a good pipeline of deals and thought, ‘Will there be a better opportunity than now to go out and take a risk on my own company?’ And for me, the biggest risk is not taking a risk,” he said. Ames hopes to continue to push boundaries in real estate. “In 10 years, we’re going to be building buildings that change skylines. If you’re going to have ambitions, they might as well be big ones,” he said.

Austin Ames Gulf Corporation Education: University of Mississippi


You could say Austin Ames lives life in the fast lane. Ames started Gulf Corporation, a full-service real estate development and investment company, at 28, but his first job was in the auto racing world with NASCAR. “I don’t think there’s any business as tough as the racing business. There’s only one thing that matters – winning. And I love that,” he said. After a stint in the racing world in North Carolina, Ames returned to his native Dallas and began his real estate career

Q: What, to date, has been your most impressive or rewarding accomplishment in both your professional and personal life? A: For me, it’s continuing to survive and thrive. I started Gulf Corporation with $2,700 to my name, and in just under five years, we turned that into a portfolio of over $140 million in properties. I’m proudest that we did it the hard way, the honest way. No one can say we cut any corners. As a private company, we never borrowed a dime or left anyone in the lurch. That’s a big deal for me. Q: Tell us about your involvement in the Park Cities and/or Preston Hollow communities? A: Growing up in Highland Park, my family always has and continues to donate and volunteer with Brother Bill’s Helping Hand. Brother Bill’s provides food, healthcare and education programming to those in need in West Dallas.

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ALAN FANDRICH Education: Trinity Christian Academy

By Dalia Faheid

People Newspapers


hile visiting an event showcasing AI (artificial intelligence) technology in Tokyo, Alan Fandrich imagined what the future of innovation might hold and decided he had the power to shape it himself. The Trinity Christian Academy student’s passion for technological advancement soon motivated him to build a desktop computer. Alan then learned his efforts could make a difference in an organization while working as a programmer at an educational software company. “It became immediately apparent that I would have to learn to be efficient and manage my stress well, or I would be overwhelmed quite easily,” he said. Every week, Alan operates the soundboard


and projector at Grace Bible Church to ensure services run smoothly. “I’m glad to have been able to expand my skillset and learn something new that I love doing,” he said. When he’s not volunteering or working, Alan takes pride in being a musician and athlete. “To say that I was an all-state musician for orchestra one week, and then to go and win a state championship for wrestling the next is pretty exciting. The hard work that I put in during my years of high school and even before, has paid off.” In the future, Alan envisions a life of creating novel technologies. “I’ll want to be working on technology that the world hasn’t even seen yet. I want to be the leading force in a new revolution that will come about in our lifetimes,” he said.

Q : If you could buy a book (or rent a movie) for your neighbor, what would it be and why?

A : I would buy The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a


Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida because it explores the mind of a child with special needs and explains what they are truly thinking. I think everyone needs to understand what it means to live with some sort of mental handicap.

Family law. It’s all we do. Congratulations to Shareholder Sally Pretorius* on being named to Park Cities People & Preston Hollow People’s Dallas “20 Under 40” list for 2020.

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Andrea King

To Be Like Me Education: West Virginia University


Andrea King’s passion for helping people started in high school when she saw how a physical therapist helped improve her grandfather’s quality of life. “The (physical therapist) obviously enjoyed his job, and my grandfather enjoyed his time in therapy (mostly!) and made improvements in his quality of life,” she said. “Seeing that win-win situation where the (physical therapist) and patient benefited and had fun inspired me to go down the road I’ve been on.” King worked as a physical therapist herself before she started her current job with the new Park Cities-based To Be Like Me. The nonprofit provides interac-


tive experiences meant to increase understanding and awareness of those with different abilities. “The support To Be Like Me has had from community members has been tremendous,” King said. “It makes me proud to be a part of a community that so often goes above and beyond to help.” King gives back to the Park Cities community, in turn, by serving as a deacon at Highland Park Presbyterian Church and on the University Park Elementary PTA. In the fall, she’ll be the PTO president-elect for Highland Park ISD’s fifth elementary school, Boone Elementary.

Q: What was your first job, and what did you learn from it? A: My first official job ever was as a hostess at Texas Roadhouse in my small hometown in West Virginia. I never

imagined I would actually end up in Texas, though. Being a hostess at a restaurant that often had an hour or more wait taught me how to be organized, how to manage people’s expectations, and to genuinely smile. It’s harder for people to get upset with you when you genuinely are smiling and enjoying your job.

Q: If you could buy a book (or rent a movie) for your neighbor, what would it be and why? A: Our neighbors have twin girls like us, though theirs are several years younger. I remember those days well, so first, I’d offer to babysit so they could actually watch a movie. I always enjoy storylines involving twins, and The Parent Trap is a classic. It shows how special that twin bond is but that we parents should be aware of the mischief that close bond could result in.

What do you love most about your community?

A : My favorite part about our community is how we rally around people in need. I’ve seen our neighborhood

pitch come together in a big way to support people within and well beyond our community. On a smaller scale, I’ve seen moms organizing meal, carpool, or childcare calendars and kids having lemonade and bake sales to help others. It takes a village. -Andrea King of local causes, specifically within the Jewish community, of which I am a member,” Karr added. “As we have expanded into the Park Cities, specifically with the opening of our latest clinic in Snider Plaza, we have sought to identify opportunities to give back to the local community which has already shown to be loyal to us, and upon whom we rely for our success.” He hopes to continue to expand his urgent care business and buy a home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in the future to spend time with family, enjoy the outdoors, snowboard, camp, and hike.

specializes in neuropsychological assessment of medically complex children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as those with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities. Holland’s work led her to become the youngest ever elected member of the Texas Psychological Association (TPA) Board of Trustees in 2013, then to be elected president of TPA in 2019. “It was an honor to have so many of my colleagues trust me to lead this statewide professional organization at such an early stage in my career,” she said. Over the next 10 years, Holland expects to continue her recent work as an expert witness in lawsuits involving possible brain injury to a child as well as her legislative advocacy on issues like mental health and education.

Dr. Alice Ann Holland

Children’s Medical Center Dallas Education: Stanford University UT Southwestern


During the summer after her sophomore year at Stanford, Alice Holland did an undergraduate research fellowship in molecular neuroscience at UT Southwestern and realized what she didn’t want to do. “The lab director, Dr. Colleen McClung, was studying the molecular mechanisms underlying bipolar disorder, using mouse models,” Holland recalled. “Among the many things I learned that summer was that I didn’t want to spend my life killing mice! “That led me to seek out a career that would allow me to apply my love of neuroscience to helping children directly,” Holland said. Now, as a pediatric neuropsychologist, she

Q: What do you love most about your community? A: I didn’t think I’d move back to Dallas after college, but now I can’t imagine leaving. You can’t beat Preston Hollow for a comfortable, livable neighborhood — we often walk to dinner — combined with such easy access to the perks of living in a big city. My husband and I are big Stars fans and love being able to quickly pop down the Tollway to games. It’s also nice living so close to family and...friends. Q: What was your first job, and what did you learn from it? A: My parents’ neighbor, Vatana Watters, was kind enough to hire me to do odd jobs one summer at the headquarters of her wedding gown design company, Watters & Watters....I’m very grateful for the customer service skills I learned there, which are really valuable for any medical professional. It also was inspiring to work at a company where the owner/ CEO and most senior leaders were all women.

Nick Karr

Sinai Urgent Care Education: University of Michigan Wayne State University


Watching his mother struggle with kidney failure inspired Nick Karr to help others and led him to co-found Sinai Urgent Care, which recently opened in Snider Plaza. “Watching the battles with her health, while she worked full-time as a single mother raising my sister and me, gave me an appreciation for the silent health struggles faced by many,” Karr said. “It was this experience, along with my desire to help, which was the impetus in my becoming a physician.” Since he came to Dallas from a suburb of Detroit, he’s sought to give back to the community. “I have taken an active role in support

Q: What do you love most about your community? A: Coming to Dallas from the suburbs of Detroit was a bit of a shock. The sheer size of the DFW (area), in terms of population (as well as its continued growth), was definitely not something I was prepared for. Yet within Preston Hollow and the Park Cities, I have been amazed at the ability to feel as though you are part of something smaller and intimate: a real community. No doubt, this is my favorite part of where I live and why I can’t ever imagine calling somewhere else “home.” Q: What, to date, has been your most impressive or rewarding accomplishment in both your professional and personal life? A: Professionally, it’s been the process of growing a successful business that employs dozens of employees, while providing for the healthcare needs of thousands of patients each month. Personally, seeing my children have developed into the strong-minded, curious, and independent people they are today has been the greatest joy of my life.

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Joshua Furrh


Tomahawk Land Resources Education: Western State Colorado University of Texas

Joshua Furrh is always looking to expand his horizons. Furrh began his career in the oil and gas industry in 2007 as a landman with Four Sevens Energy and eventually was tasked with building the land department of Birchman Land Services in 2013. Birchman merged with Tomahawk Land Resources in 2017, and he currently works in marketing and business development for Tomahawk. “That light bulb started to flicker when I realized how much I enjoyed working with other people, learning about the oil and gas industry and sharing the knowledge I gained with others,” Furrh said.

Q: What was your first job, and what did you learn from it? A: Starting in high school, I worked with Mountain Hideout and in college with Whole Earth Provisions and then Orvis. This led me to a professional career in the outdoors, working in the fields of snow skiing, hiking, hunting, and fly-fishing. Working in the outdoor industry gave me many rewarding life lessons from survival to simply just having fun. I used these lessons, which led me on an expedition in 2002 through the Outward Bound Hurricane Island School, completing 30 days of hiking from Southern Germany to Northern Italy and then sailing for 31 days from Northern Germany to Southern Portugal — at the same time, earning college credit through Western State Colorado University. Later, taking these life lessons and starting my career and the oil and gas industry. Q: What, to date, has been your most impressive or rewarding accomplishment in both your professional and personal life? A: Professionally, the relationships I have gained throughout my industry and community. Personally, the marriage to my wife, Whitney, and the birth of our son and daughter.


He’s become involved with the Touchdown Club of Dallas, benefiting the Ashford Rise School of Dallas. He hopes to continue to travel with his family and explore new opportunities in the oil and gas industry in the future.

Catherine Maurer Ursuline Academy of Dallas Education: Davidson College SMU


Catherine Maurer, as an alumna and in her career, remains true to her school. As the chief development officer at Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Maurer focuses on her alma mater’s fundraising and community engagement strategies. “I know that the enriching experience I had as an Ursuline student was made possible because a caring community of parents, alumnae, and f riends invested time, wisdom, and financial resources in the Ursuline mission. It is a privilege for me to serve in a role that perpetuates this spirit of community involvement on behalf of today’s students,” she said.

Maurer said she quickly learned she enjoyed connecting people with nonprofits. “In both (the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Meadows Museum at SMU), I worked in event management organizing lectures, concerts, and other programs that invited the community into these organizations. At some point, it dawned on me that nonprofit organizations thrive only as a result of community involvement, and I began to think about career paths that allowed me to help connect people to the organization and its mission,’ she said.

Q: What do you love most about your community? A: Given what I do professionally, I continue to be impressed by how deeply the spirit of generosity runs here in Dallas. The culture of philanthropy is strong, and it’s energizing to see nonprofit organizations that are able to do great work and fulfilling their mission because so many community members support those efforts through volunteerism and philanthropic support. Q: What was your first job, and what did you learn from it? A: I worked as a program coordinator at a museum in Washington, D.C., where I had the privilege of working for a woman who was considered an industry pioneer. She was relentless in her attention to detail, and I quickly learned that this is an essential skill set when working in customer service, which is the backbone of all nonprofit organizations.