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MAY 2024 VOLUME 20 NO. 5 “THE BEST COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER IN TEXAS” PRESTONHOLLOWPEOPLE.COM I Sophia Fagelman, No. 24, is a freshman. CHRIS MCGATHEY News 2 Crime 4 C ommunity 12 Spor ts 14 Contents Home & Business 16 Real E state Quarterly 16 Schools ......................................... 28 Camps 29 Living 32 Society 33 Classifieds 34 20 Under 40 Section B NEWS Preston Center plan requires zoning change 6 REAL ESTATE Pools, lighting make outdoor spaces shine 16, 22 CAMPS UT Southwestern offers students summer of STEM 29

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16 NO. 11 “THE BEST COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER IN TEXAS” PRESTONHOLLOWPEOPLE.COM   PATRIOT PRIDE: TJ ATHLETES STAY STRONG DESPITE SETBACKS Coach Jones aims to build back tornado-hampered program better and stronger By Todd Jorgenson Wins on the scoreboard are nice, but for victory these days just to keep playing. After all, you could hardly fault anyone at TJ for making excuses amid all of the obstacles that have befallen the school the past year.ber 2019, prompting the relocation classes and athletic programs to an old middle-school building nine miles away.The COVID-19 pandemichindered efforts to regroupteams The public-health crisis also caused themer, with boys basketball coach Kenny Jones stepping in as last-minute replacement to losses entering this season. coaches and student-athletes.They have continued to open our eyes to how resilient theyordinator at TJ for eight years.“We have continued to not make any excuses and move our programs forward.” Jones points to handful of milestones, first-ever appearance the girls wrestling state achievements are just as noteworthy. For example,it’s challenging keep stutheirneighborhood. Administratorsworked out bus plan help, but regular practicetendance can be logistically challenging for maintain hope,”Jones said.“We have an uphill After the storm, assistance came pourequipment on short notice.The Dallas Cowboys opened their Frisco practice facility the have pitched in by allowing TJ to use baseballplex in West Dallas. “We’ve continued to stay calm and coach find way to try and meet those standards.” more than 30 varsity players suited up for the season-opening footballgameagainstPink“We would typically be going and knocking on doors just get kids to come to practice,” Jones said.“Now we’ve had just as many, Where coaches other schools might have to manufacture character-building experiences,TJ players live through them every day. “There are reasons why people could have them to give chance grow their kids and support their kids. Many them have stayed,”Jones said.“We just try to focus on the positives. Eventually, we will be back at the TJ EXCUSES Jones and Jefferson’s resilient let hard knocks and pandemic from showing PAGE 20 16 NO. 11 “THE BEST COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER IN TEXAS” PRESTONHOLLOWPEOPLE.COM   PATRIOT PRIDE: TJ ATHLETES STAY STRONG DESPITE SETBACKS Coach Jones aims to build back tornado-hampered program better and stronger By Todd Jorgenson coaches and athletes at Thomas Jefferson, it’s victory these days just to keep playing. After all, you could hardly fault anyone at TJ for making excuses amid all the obstacles that have befallen the school the past year. tornado leveled the campus in October 2019, prompting the relocation of classes and athletic programs to an old middle-school building nine miles away. The COVID-19 pandemic hindered efforts regroup teams school’s football coach to leave over the summer, with boys basketball coach Kenny Jones lead downtrodden squad with 27 straight losses entering this season. coaches and student-athletes. They have continued to open our eyes to how resilient theyordinator at TJ for eight years. “We have continued not make any excuses and move our Jones points to handful of milestones, such as Lizzet Salazar making the school’s first-ever appearance the girls wrestling state achievements are just as noteworthy. For example, it’s challenging to keep students coming to school 20 minutes from out bus plan to help, but regular practicetendance can be logistically challenging for “We’ve tried to be really mindful and thoughtful of what we can do for our kids to maintain hope,”Jones said.“We have an uphill battle with all of these setbacks, but that’s what After the storm, assistance pouring in. Dallas ISD arranged for facilities andboys opened their Frisco practice facility the Patriots free of charge. And the Texas Rangers and softball fields at their Mercy Street complex in West Dallas. on,”Jones said.“If we raise the bar, kids usually find way to try and meet those standards.” more than 30 varsity players suited up for the season-opening football game against Pink“We would typically be going and knock-tice,” Jones said. “Now we’ve had just as many, not more, students showing up.” Where coaches at other schools might have to manufacture character-building experiences,TJ players live through them every day. “There are reasons why people could have left, but we’ve had to talk with parents and ask and support their kids. Many them have stayed,”Jones said.“We just try to focus on the we know. It will be built better and stronger.” Thomas Jefferson High School athletic coordinator Kenny Jones stepped lead the football team after the program’s coach left this summer. (PHOTOS: CHRIS MCGATHEY) EXCUSES Jones and Jefferson’s resilient let hard knocks and pandemic from showing compete. PAGE 20


Dallas Park and Recreation Department leaders, supporters, and skating enthusiasts gathered March 28 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the city’s first inground skate park at Bachman Lake.

The $3.9 million project is funded through the 2017 bond program and expected to be finished by December 2024.

The 45,600-square-foot facility will be the city’s first large-scale, professionally designed skateboarding space. Attractions will include a Street Scape Area, Flow Bowl, Snake Run, and Pool Bowl.

Mayor Eric Johnson said the skate park will complement Bachman Lake and its amenities, including the walking trails and aquatic center, while preserving the surrounding green spaces and trees.

He predicted the new skate park will keep Dallas’ skateboarding tradition alive and reinvigorate Bachman Lake as a destination for skaters.

Clinton Haley had the vision to bring skate parks back to Dallas, District 6 City Councilmember Omar Narvaez said.

“Bachman Lake is finally getting its due and finally becoming the gem that it was always supposed to be,” Narvaez said, describing parks as cultural centers.

The skate park, to be located at 2530 Webb Chapel Extension, was designed by Team Pain Skate Parks, which has designed more than

200 skate parks over the last 30 years.

Hillcrest’s New Coach

A.D. Madise will be Hillcrest High School’s new head coach starting this football season.

He comes to the school from South Oak Cliff High School, where he was a two-time state champion. Madise has spent 10 years in Dallas ISD and played football at TCU and for the Denver Broncos.

Madise will be the second African American head coach in Hillcrest history.

Car Drives Through SWEAT Dallas

Two were injured when a silver Porsche SUV drove through the front of an Inwood Village gym March 29.

SWEAT Dallas posted on Instagram that those injured were one member and one trainer.

Dallas Police say the preliminary investigation determined the driver ran the vehicle into the building. Police responded around 3:05 p.m., and one person was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.

The gym was closed over the weekend and reopened at 5 a.m. on April 1.

Flames at Vacant Northwest Dallas Church

No injuries have been reported from a structure fire at vacant Iglesia Adventista Church near Love Field around 1:18 p.m. March 26.

“The damage was such that Command ordered the demolition of the main sanctuary due to the imminent collapse of the unsupported walls that were left standing after the fire was extinguished,” Dallas Fire-Rescue public information officer Jason Evans said.

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Crime Reports March 11 - April 7

March 11

Reported at an unprovided time: a hazardous traffic violation in the 6000 block of Royal Lane

March 12

An aggressor pulled a gun on a woman around 1:13 p.m. in the 11500 block of West Ricks Circle

A burglar broke into a man’s vehicle and stole stuff around 10:20 p.m. in the Inwood Village parking lot.

March 13

At an unprovided time, a thief stole from a man at a restaurant in the 12300 block of Inwood Road

March 14

An aggressive driver drove a car toward a man around 4:38 a.m. in the parking lot of Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Love Field

A window damager received a criminal trespass warning around 6:13 p.m. in the 6200 block of Royal Lane

March 15

Account antics: A fraudster added money to, then took money from, the bank account of a man in the 6800 block of West Northwest Highway at an unprovided time.

Reported at an unprovided time: a cyberspace assault on Cochran Oaks Lane

March 16

A thief stole from a man at an unprovided time at a NorthPark Center retail store.

March 17

A burglar stole a man’s vehicle from Preston Valley Shopping Center around 3:27 p.m.

March 18

A burglar entered a van, stole property, and fled the scene around 4 p.m. in the 6500 block of Norway Road

A man was assaulted at an unprovided time in the 6600 block of Longfellow Drive

March 19

A thief was caught driving a stolen vehicle around 2:23 a.m. in the 7800 block of the Dallas North Tollway

March 20

Reported around 3:43 p.m.: theft by deception in the 5000 block of Purdue Avenue

A thief dressed like a FedEx employee stole merchandise from a NorthPark Center retail store around 3:47 p.m.

March 21

An unwelcome guest received a criminal trespass warning around 2:20 a.m. at 7-Eleven at Preston Royal Village

Reported around 8:21 a.m.: a damaged vehicle abandoned on the Northaven Trail

March 22

An intoxicated trespasser, who grabbed a woman’s throat, resisted arrest by refusing to give police their hands around 8:16 p.m. in the 5400 block of West Lovers Lane

March 23

A thief stole a woman’s front license plate at an unprovided time in the Jesuit Dallas parking lot.

March 24

Reported around 12:22 a.m.: a hit and run in the 8300 block of Inwood Road

Around 11:40 a.m., an abandoned vehicle was reported in the 10500 block of Hillcrest Road

March 25

A fraudster was arrested for using a man’s card from a stolen wallet at a NorthPark Center retail store around 2:53 p.m. The thief was also caught with marijuana and a grinder holding an “unknown powder.”

A man in the 6300 block of Lavendale Avenue “wanted to turn his firearm into law enforcement” around 3:32 p.m.

March 26

A man was told he was no longer allowed at a restaurant in Preston Royal Village around 7:53 a.m.

A license plate looter took the tag off of a man’s car in the NorthPark Center parking lot at an unprovided time.

March 27

Stolen at an unprovided time: a man’s vehicle from the 12000 block of Inwood Road

March 28

A vandal damaged a man’s property at an unprovided time in the 6200 block of West Northwest Highway

March 29

A burglar kicked in a man’s door, entered the home, and stole property around 1:55 p.m. in the 4400 block of Walnut Hill Lane

Two burglars forced entry into a business and stole property around 9:36 p.m. in the 3700 block of West Northwest Highway

A fraudster convinced a woman in the 5300 block of West University Boulevard to transfer them money by deception at an unprovided time.

March 30

A sunglasses swiper took a pair from a NorthPark Center retail store at an unprovided time.

March 31

A burglar stole property from a man’s vehicle around 12:18 p.m. in the 6700 block of Del Norte Lane

April 1

Reported around 4:26 p.m.: unauthorized use of a man’s vehicle in the NorthPark Center parking lot.

April 2

Reported around 12:16 p.m.: lost property in the 3600 block of Inwood Road

April 3

An unwelcome guest received a criminal trespass warning around 9:53 a.m. at 7-Eleven in the 6800 block of West Northwest Highway.

April 4

Reported around 11:45 p.m.: an abandoned vehicle in the 6500 block of East

Greenway Boulevard

A thief stole from a woman at an unprovided time at Preston Tower

April 5

A burglar attempted to steal a man’s vehicle from the Elan at Bluffview parking lot at an unprovided time.

Stolen at an unprovided time: a woman’s car from the parking lot of the Market at Preston Forest

April 6

A burglar stole property from a man’s car in the parking lot of Preston Oaks Shopping Center at an unprovided time.

April 7

Reported around 3:13 a.m.: A burglar stole a woman’s property from her unlocked vehicle parked at Chase Bank in the 5200 block of West Lovers Lane

Reported around 12:59 p.m. April 5: A thief stole a U-Haul from the 4800 block of West Lovers Lane

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Meet Your Candidates for the Dallas ISD District 1 Trustee Seat

Three candidates will be on the ballot for the May 4 Dallas ISD District 1 race, which represents northwest Dallas and parts of Preston Hollow.

We asked candidates to provide an “elevator pitch” for their campaigns, which can be found below. To view the full answers to their candidate questionnaires including bios, visit

Lance Currie

I’m running because I love public schools. I come from a family of educators, and I am the proud parent of two Dallas ISD students. I’ve volunteered

a trustee living through the experiences of a Dallas ISD parent. My choice to enroll my children in public school sets me apart.

Chris Roberts

Voters should have a choice of a qualified, competent, passionate candidate whose sole focus is on the students. While the past 27 years of my career have been in technology, the first few were teaching at middle school, high school, and college levels. The people in the community I have spoken with prefer a school board member with some experience in education and think there

all my experiences (from inside and from outside the classroom) to the Dallas ISD school board to help every student.

Maureen Milligan

I’m a former public school teacher and prosecutor, which makes me uniquely qualified to serve. I’m running because Dallas ISD spends $18,000 per student, but only $7,000 of that funding directly reaches the classroom. While Dallas ISD boasts some of the top magnet schools in the country, which should be celebrated, our outcomes for all students need to improve. Only 40% of our third graders are

Preston Center Development Worries Neighbors

The proposed redevelopment for the southern side of Preston Center West would bring a walkable, mixed-use community with retail, office space, and housing.

“I think we would all like to see (Preston Center) come a little more to its potential than what it is now,” Dallas City Councilmember Gay Donnell Willis said during an April 10 community meeting.

A rezoning request to accommodate these changes is planned to go before the City Plan Commission on May 2.

Robert Dozier with the project’s developer, Ramrock Real Estate, shared that the plan calls for 280,000 square feet of residential (180 units), 350,000 square feet of office space, and 25,000 square feet of retail. Developers are planning for street-activating restaurants and retail, two floors of parking, and an 11-story office building and a 13-story residential building.

Some neighbors have raised concerns about traffic that would come with the development, which Willis and Dallas director of transportation Gus Khankarli said could be addressed with crosswalks, roadway improvements, traffic signal improvements, sidewalks, pavement markings, and signal replacement.

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Comings and Goings


Super Duper Cookie Co.

6401 Hillcrest Ave., Suite 102

The new spot serves fresh-baked cookies and cookie cakes and provides wage-earning jobs to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Preston Playhouse

13130 Preston Road


The family-friendly pop-up facility features nine indoor pickleball courts, two indoor padel courts, and a heated indoor swimming pool. There are also arcade games and dedicated lounge and bar spaces.

Jack & Harry’s

6844 Snider Plaza

The New Or leans-inspired restaurant and bar pairs Southern charm with French-infused recipes, coastal favorites, and a wine and cocktail program.

Tommy’s Girl

6111 Greenville Ave.

The first-of-itskind boutique combines hair enhancements, fashion, and couture.


NorthPark Center

Multiple Locations

• T-Mobile has a new home on level two near Macy’s.

• LensCrafters’ new location is next door to T-Mobile.


Douglas Bar and Grill

Snider Plaza

The restaurant serving barbecue staples and prime steaks with a mix of southern favorites closed March 30.

Outdoor Voices

NorthPark Center

The Austin-based athleisure brand closed its stores and now operates online only.

Yonkers Pizza Co.

The Plaza at Preston Center

The New York-style pizza restaurant has permanently closed.

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Preston Hollow’s Catherine Cox produces musical theater nonprofit

Each Lyric Stage show uses exclusively local talent, including actors, directors, musicians, and choreographers.

“We are just looking for ways to evolve and grow in the ever-changing landscape of the arts, and we’re dedicated to musical theater.”
Catherine Cox

“There is so much talent just here in our area, and we have kids from TCU and SMU that are in our shows then go on to be a Broadway star, so it’s kind of cool that we really

hone in on the people and the talent here,” Catherine Cox said.

Cox, a Preston Hollow resident, is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit’s producer.

“We are just looking for ways to evolve and grow in the ever-changing landscape of the arts, and we’re dedicated to musical theater,” she said.

Each show uses music from a live orchestra, and recent venues have included the Moody Performance Hall, Majestic Theater, and the black box theater at Lyric Stage’s new headquarters in the Design District.

What an Incredible View!

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The outdoors became the classroom on April 8 as North Dallas private schools embraced the total eclipse with science lessons and related activities such as creating pinhole viewers.

Despite concerns about cloud cover, students at Dallas Lu theran School, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, Greenhill School, Parish Episcopal School, Shelton School, Ursuline Academy, The Winston School, and other campuses witnessed the

astronomical phenomenon.

“I love black box theater because you see the audience,” Cox said. “You’re right there.”

The new rehearsal and performance space, gifted by an anonymous donor, has given Lyric Stage a permanent space to practice and office staff. The nonprofit can also now operate on its own schedule as it’s no longer dependent on availability of rented spaces.

“It’s given us the grace and the space to produce the shows that we do,” Cox said. “(It) gives the actors much more comfort and

At SMU, hundreds gathered on the lawn, and the university provided powerful telescopes to help students and others view not just the eclipse, but also stars and planets like Venus that became visible as the moon blocked the light of the sun.

– Compiled by Grace Chandler


• Forever Plaid - Plaid Tidings: Nov. 29 to Dec. 22, Lyric Stage Studio

• Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill: Jan. 31 to Feb. 23, 2025, Lyric Stage Studio

• Jekyll & Hyde: March 28 to April 19, 2025, Lyric Stage Studio

• Guys & Dolls: Aug. 15 to 17, 2025, Moody Performance Hall

area, (and) I thought it was a really wonderful company to be a part of.”

Having experienced performing on and off Broadway, Cox aims to continue producing musical theater for people to “step outside of life and be entertained.”

the directors and choreographers much more space that they can actually just live in.”

Steven Jones started Lyric Stage in 1983 in Irving with the mission of developing and preserving the art of the musical. After being a longtime actress with the company, Cox took over as producer in 2019.

“When Steven Jones approached me to move from an actress to a producing standpoint, I was just really honored,” Cox said. “I felt really proud because there’s so much talent here in the DFW

“What we aim always to do is just to entertain you and take you away from everyday stuff and just give you a glimpse of joy, happiness, comedy, maybe tragedy sometimes,” she said. “Lyric, we just want to continue to produce and have everybody sit in that seat and be transformed for two and a half hours.”

Lyric Stage recently announced its 2024-2025 schedule, when it’ll perform Forever Plaid - Plaid Tidings, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Jekyll & Hyde, and Guys & Dolls.

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SweeneyTodd was the last show of Lyric Stage’s 30th season. COURTESY LYRIC STAGE

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• The Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, which was recognized by the city of Dallas with a proclamation to declare April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The commemoration event featured District 13 councilmember Gay Donnel Willis and a donation drive for items for victims of sexual assault.

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• Artist Tom Hoitsma , who recently opened his new studio showroom, Hoitsma Art. The 1,500-squarefoot studio is located near the Dallas Design District and showcases Hoitsma’s paintings and latest sculpture collection, “Heart of the Matter,” inspired by the October 2019 tornado.

• Sandra Estess and Dr. Dale Fuller , who were honored April 12 at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Over the Moon Gala. At the event, the Estess-Fuller Heart of Gold Award was unveiled, which was named in honor of the pair (both RMHD founding members). The award will recognize individuals who exemplify extraordinary commitment and compassion toward RMHD and the children and families served.

— Compiled by Maria Lawson

Join us for our first public Dilbeck Architecture Conservancy event!

These French farmhouse residences—known as The Four Sisters—are exemplary examples of Dilbeck’s early Dallas houses. Located at the intersection of Shenandoah Street and Douglas Avenue in University Park, these charming homes are symbolic of the lasting beauty and appeal of Dilbeck’s design talents. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to tour all four homes in one afternoon. | May 2024 13
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HILLCREST PITCHER USES CEREBRAL APPROACH TO THRIVE ON MOUND Hamman has established himself as a staff ace for the Panthers

Robert Hamman’s pitching maturity is evident in more than the tightness of his slider or the velocity of his fastball.

His coach credits the Hillcrest senior’s rigorous preparation and mental approach to each start for his success, particularly in big games for the Panthers.

“He’s very cerebral, and sometimes that will get the better of a guy,” said Hillcrest baseball coach Ashley Moore. “There’s no doubt to his competitive nature and athleticism. He now possesses that leadership quality.”

Hamman, a right-hander who has signed with Kansas State, grew up in Preston Hollow before a work commitment for one of his parents prompted him to relocate to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his freshman and sophomore years of high school.

However, he moved back to Dallas in 2022 and immediately became the ace of the Hillcrest pitching staff, leading the Panthers to the second round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs.

He was stellar in the final game of the season, dueling with Frisco Wakeland’s Carson Priebe — now at Texas Tech — for seven scoreless innings before Hillcrest fell in the eighth.

Hamman also came through against district rivals Woodrow Wilson and W.T. White, in the latter case posting 12 strikeouts in an abbreviated five-inning complete game.

“Hillcrest has always been my home school. That’s what brought me back,” said

Hamman, who also has been a valuable hitter for the Panthers. “The team really embraced me. We all clicked really well.”

select team. He signed with the Wildcats in November.

“Everything felt right,” Hamman said. “They’re really involved in player development and see me making an impact.”

“He now possesses that leadership quality.”
Ashley Moore

Hamman has reached about 92 mph this season on his fastball, although he prefers throwing the slider, which is his swingand-miss pitch. He’s also recently developed a changeup.

Before his junior season, Hamman committed to Kansas State following a standout summer campaign with his Artillery

“I can get fired up at moments, but I’m pretty calm and don’t let the ‘uncontrollables’ affect me,” said Hamman, who hopes to reach 100 strikeouts this season after recording 88 a year ago.

This spring, the Panthers are in contention for a District 11-5A title thanks to a combination of solid pitching and an offensive resurgence following a slow start. Will that translate to postseason advancement?

“Hopefully we can go deeper than last year,” he said.

How Long Can Hockaday Remain at the Pinnacle of Girls Lacrosse in Texas?

As the Hockaday lacrosse dynasty has continued to build, each trophy has led to increased expectations.

This spring, the Daisies are aiming for their fourth consecutive Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League state championship and their third straight SPC title. But they know the margin for error is slimmer than ever.

“We have high expectations to continue to be on top,” said Hockaday head coach Molly Ford Hutchinson. “But everybody wants to take the top down. The girls have done a good job of making sure we’re prepared for that.”

Hockaday capped an unbeaten season last year with a victory over Austin St. Michael’s in the TGHSLL title game in Coppell. The Daisies haven’t lost a game in Texas since 2021.

This year, they elected to play a more challenging nondistrict schedule that included five out-ofstate opponents over two separate

weekends of travel — one to San Francisco and another to Atlanta.

That handed the Daisies four losses, more than they’ve had in the past three seasons combined. But it also provided valuable les-

sons that Hockaday hopes will yield success in the playoffs.

“Our goal was to get the girls some big competition and learn a lot from that competition,” Hutchinson said. “We’ve really pushed this team

to their limits. We’re not taking anything for granted.”

In her eighth season since coming to Hockaday from lacrosse hotbed Maryland, Hutchinson has built the Daisies into a perennial

powerhouse. However, she’s quick to credit her players and a youth feeder program led by local select coach Pat Gum, who’s had four daughters play at Hockaday.

“The biggest thing is to continue that mental toughness and make sure we’re pushing and working harder every day in practice,” Hutchinson said. “We’re always in a battle no matter who we are playing.”

The team’s leading goal scorer this season is junior Sunnie Wang, who missed last year with a knee injury. Mae Flanigan, a junior who is verbally committed to Stanford, also has been a top contributor.

But this season’s quest for a fourth consecutive championship is especially meaningful for three seniors — Taylor Hua, Riley Damonte, and Caroline Warlick — who have been with the varsity program since their freshman year, and thus on the field for all three championships.

“They don’t want to end their winning streak. They’re very motivated by that,” Hutchinson said. “They’ve been in it with us since the beginning.”

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Software discovery leads to pool design career

Ten years ago, Brad Holley knew very little about pools.

Today, he’s design director at Pure Design Group, a luxury outdoor living design firm with extensive experience in Preston Hollow and the Park Cities.

In 2023, he took first place in the highly competitive Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge, competing against top designers from across the county.

“You get to design a totally unique outdoor environment for a hypothetical client, with an extreme wish list and unlimited funds,” Holley said. “What could be more fun?”

Fun is at the foundation of Holley’s career.

Inc. The Texas Real Estate Research Center

Texas A&M University prepares the monthly Multiple Listing Service (MLS) reports but leaves out municipalities when they don’t hit a 10-sale threshold for single-family homes. University Park last met that threshold in November. Highland Park returned to the report in February. We would prefer more comprehensive and timely data but believe these market snapshots still provide a helpful look at where the industry is heading.

While perfecting his SketchUp skills, he found a job opening for an assistant to a successful pool designer, where 80% of the job required using SketchUp.

“I didn’t know at the time that the designer, Randy Angell, was a master of outdoor design, but I quickly learned,” Holley said. “He really taught me everything I know.”

Angell encouraged Holley to take risks with design and introduced him to the Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge in 2017.

Holley didn’t enter a design until 2022, taking fourth place overall at the finals in Las Vegas.

“When I create a new design or model, it feels like I’m just playing with Legos.”

As a teen, his love of cars led to tinkering and repairing with his best friend and, ultimately, a stint at Discount Tires. That job led to an introduction to a construction company, and while working there in renovations, Holley stumbled upon software that would change his life.

Brad Holley

“SketchUp was just this cool, free software I discovered one day while working for the construction firm, and it very quickly became my obsession,” Holley said.

A year later, he won first prize with a design he estimated would cost $4.5 million in real life.

“Every entrant is given the same hypothetical property and wish list, which is exhaustive,” Holley said. “In 2023, it was an ultra-modern home located on an intracoastal waterway in Miami; the space was small, and the wish list was crazy.”

Specs included items like a lazy river and an over-the-top outdoor entertainment feature. Holley was the only competitor to accommodate every item on the punch list, and he achieved this by maximizing space by creating a two-story structure that mimics the look of a

yacht’s hardtop.

Day-to-day design is pared down by comparison, but is no less beautiful. Today, most of Holley’s clients request clean, modern designs. Holley’s primary goal is to create an outdoor space that looks intentional and that feels like an extension of the house itself.

“A lot of it is just play,” Holley said. “When I create a new design or model, it feels like I’m just playing with Legos.”



• Clean, modern lines

• Acrylic panels to create optical illusions with waterfalls or windows

• Perimeter overflow pools or hidden gutters that make the water level flush with decking

• Strip lighting to create glow


• Flagstone

• Natural shaped pools

• Saltwater pools


To keep your pool cool in the Texas heat, consider:

• Chilling features – available with new construction and easy to add later

• Moving water stays cooler – waterfall or fountain additions

• Plaster - color can impact temperature marginally.

• Landscaping can create shade.

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Make Your Home Inviting Day or Night With the Right Exterior Lighting

I discussed interior lighting in my last article, but today, I want to address exterior lighting and its essential role in accenting your home and landscape.

Exterior lighting helps you get the most out of your outdoor living spaces.

Just like indoor lighting, outdoor lighting should be layered with different types of coverage. To light the front of your house, use bullet lights with bulbs that have a narrow (12°) spread. Aim them at the corners of your house or on architectural details. Fill in the gaps with soft wash lights. Generally, spotlights should be placed about 1.5 feet from whatever they’re shining on.

For front porches, I recommend hanging a light fixture over the doorway and lights on either side of the door. I like to make sure loggias have hanging lights. You can also put sconces on the columns and add extra lighting with upward and downward lights. Steps will need lights — such as risers or lit treads — so people don’t stumble.

Although LED lights are more expensive upfront, they are a wise investment because they are more energy efficient and can last 25 times longer than standard bulbs. When in doubt, use bulbs with a warm color temperature, such as 3000K.

As far as landscaping goes, there should be at least a little bit of lighting in the flowerbeds. If you have a large yard, you can light it by putting lights on posts at the corners.

A traditional home needs traditional wall sconces or an outdoor

lantern, while modern homes look best when light fixtures have simple silhouettes. If you have a historic house, you may want to have the original exterior light fixtures rewired and refinished instead of replacing them.

Getting that “professionally lit” look for your house can be daunting. Between fixture placement, fixture style, voltage, wattage, color, temperature, and beam spread, there are a lot of factors. These tips will help you get started, but if you’re pressed for time or feeling unsure, you can always bring in a professional.

Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer (RID) and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) member, leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Visit blog for more design advice.

Real Talk: Phillip Geheb

Preston Hollow attorney Phillip Geheb spent nearly a decade with Munsch Hardt, becoming a go-to counsel for Matthews Southwest.

He joined the company after representing the Lewisville-based real estate developer on projects such as the Broward County Convention Center Expansion and the Old Dallas High School redevelopment.

As the new senior vice president, he works in downtown Dallas, leading corporate strategy and operations, capital markets, and development projects across all divisions at Matthews Southwest.

communities. Thereafter, I focused my remaining coursework and law degree on real estate and economic development and built my law practice around it. My new position at Matthews will help build my skillset to effectuate positive change in Dallas, particularly in south and southern Dallas.

“We’re excited to have him on board as we continue to pioneer developments that shape skylines and nurture communities in North Texas and across the United States, Canada, and the Middle East,” president Jack Matthews said.

How did you get into real estate development?

I was a Teach for America corps member in Philadelphia, teaching middle school math after college. I was deeply impacted by how issues such as the lack of affordable housing, living wage jobs, and general investment in my student’s community affected their ability to achieve in the classroom. During graduate school, I visited a redevelopment project in East Berlin and was inspired about the ability of real estate investments to change

Situated on a premium lot in the heart of Old Preston Hollow, this palatial Mediterranean estate is one of a kind. On more than an acre and a half, this resort-style property features a full-sized sports court, oversized pool and cabana, and a 800-plus-square-foot detached quest quarters.

An exquisite dual staircase, highlighted with contrasting black and white marble,

Now that you’ve been a real estate professional for a while, if you could go back in time and give yourself any advice, what would it be?

Be patiently impatient – there is a lot only experience will teach you, and you need to be continually open to new challenges to grow.

What is the best thing about working in real estate?

The tangibility of the work. I love seeing projects come out of the ground and realizing you were a small part in creating change.

What is your outlook on the Dallas market?

The city is investing almost $5 billion in public infrastructure, parks, and other public spaces in the next 5-7 years. That is on top of the billions of dollars of announced private projects. This is a great time to be in Dallas.

Can you give us a fun fact about yourself?

I grew up in Detroit, and I am a big Lions and Tigers fan.

– Compiled by William Taylor

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Ursuline Academy senior Livia Lange aims to make a difference for her fashion-swapping peers with a new resale website,

The membership-based site allows girls in their teens and college to buy and sell clothes without having to pay extra costs.

“We didn’t like how these mainstream sites worked, so rather than complain about it, we decided to modify the model.”
Livia Lange

Livia credits her love for reading, traveling, and helping people with inspiring her to make a difference.

“A few years ago, I was introduced to the works of Maya Angelou, and

I have used many of her inspirational quotes,” Livia said. “The inspiration for LivToBe was derived from one of her quotes, ‘When you don’t like a thing, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.’”

That idea came into play when Livia and girls she knows noticed that resale sites would require a 30% commission to sell clothing.

“We didn’t like how these mainstream sites worked, so rather than complain about it, we decided to modify the model,” Livia said.

The girls wanted a site that made

it easy and affordable for girls to buy and sell fashion.

Other than a flat membership fee, LivToBe doesn’t require any additional costs.

Girls are able to buy and sell as many clothes as they want, only paying credit card and shipping fees to complete the transactions.

LivToBe’s fashion-loving founding members also attend Episcopal School of Dallas, Highland Park High School, and Bishop Lynch High School and include graduates who now attend the University of Texas and the University of Alabama.


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Site members have learned about girls elsewhere who have had bad experiences with resale sites. Through social media, LiveToBe leaders hope to reach more schools and grow their website.

The idea is to post photographs wearing fashionable clothing at events.

“We love to have variety in our posts, so it’s not often that you see anyone post in the same outfit, especially in a close time frame,” Livia said. “We love to swap clothing, share our fashion sense, and be part of a diverse community.”

At a launch event this spring, LivToBe members had a blast selling clothes and meeting guests. In the future, they plan on having an in-person back-to-school event and are excited to continue building more connections.

Livia plans to attend college this fall to study business and law, while continuing to grow her brand in more places. “Our goal is to grow the brand and build lasting friendships, while having some fun along the way!”

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Changing the World through Christ-centered Education
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My left hand brushed over expensive, shiny lab equipment, while my right clutched a flask of a toxic liquid with an unpronounceable name.

Turning to my friend to confirm heating the glass wouldn’t make it explode, I had a realization: I was performing experiments that few high schoolers get the chance to do before college.

As part of its STARS (Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern) program, UT Southwestern Medical Center offers summer camps to encourage youth interest in science careers and give students a head start on next year’s coursework.

Students are encouraged to apply based on the courses they will be taking next school year.

STARS also offers a middle school camp to prepare campers for high school biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy/physiology, and biotechnology programs.

After each of my three summers of STARS camps, I’ve seen a noticeable difference between

my classmates and myself during science class.

The STARS programs made concepts far easier to comprehend during the school year, and I’ve found myself able to dive into topics and develop a personal interest in the material.

Campers have the rare opportunity to work in UT Southwestern classrooms and labs, where they spend half their mornings conducting experiments related to the material covered that day.

“I think students love that they have the opportunity to do so many hands-on activities,” Kristie Connor, the program coordinator, said. “We hear from a lot of students who say that they don’t do many labs at their schools, and they enjoy doing experiments here because they learn a lot.”

Teachers from North Texas school districts teach the coursework.

“The camp is like a professional development experience for the teachers,” Connor said. “They get

to learn some new labs and teaching techniques and get to practice with the campers before the new year begins.”

After lunch, students participate in activities that encourage STEM-oriented careers.

Those include helping professors and award-winning scientists in their labs, attending lectures from UT Southwestern researchers and doctors, and touring hospital departments.

When I attended the Chemistry


The STARS Summer Science Camps began in 2008 with a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Education Pre-College Division. They provide high school science teachers with experience in laboratory exercises and give students a head-start on classes they will take in the year ahead.


Camp last summer, we prepared wells of solution for a lab researching schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease.

I clearly remember my fellow campers leaning forward on the edge of their seats, captivated by every word the scientists said. Many of my friends have now expressed interest in working in a similar lab.

“A lot of students enjoy being in the labs or going on tours,” senior education coordinator Pearlie Crawford said. “They get to see the real-world applications of some of the things they learned in the camp, which is really beneficial.”

I can’t wait to spend my fourth summer in air-conditioned labs and lecture halls filled with knowledge.

Aadhya Yanamadala, a sophomore at The Hockaday School, plans to intern with People Newspapers this summer. | May 2024 29
Guest columnist Aadhya Yanamadala gathers with other STARS campers and their teachers during Chemistry Camp in 2023. COURTESY AADHYA YANAMADALA AADHYA YANAMADALA

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Prepare your child for academic success in fulfilling summer experiences on the SMU campus. Explore our programs and ignite their curiosity at SMU College Prep:


Camp Champions has created a tradition of excellence since 1967. This beautiful camp on Lake LBJ offers the fantastic activities and best-trained counselors that you expect from a top overnight summer camp. However, it is our developmental focus on building strong kids that most differentiates Camp Champions from other top camps in Texas. Camp Champions specializes in two and three-week sessions where we create a loving community and encourage every camper to discover the best versions of themselves. Camp Champions also operates tech-free, which creates an important break from phones and screens. Learn more at

C.O.R.E. Skills Camp Promotes Summertime Learning

With more than 46,000 special education students in Dallas County, the demand for innovative and impactful life skills programs has increased as educational systems have evolved.

By providing critical instruction and opportunities for enrichment to propel students toward paths of success, these programs have improved the lives of intellectually diverse individuals by a substantial margin.

One Dallas-based nonprofit, in particular, has been instrumental in bridging the gap between ability and accomplishment.

Ability Connection is on a mission to enrich the lives of those with disabilities, one person at a time. The agency provides a range of special education services, including occupational therapy, employment services, and public education, to more than 900 children and adults.

This summer, Ability Connection will expand its offerings again by conducting summer programming through its C.O.R.E. Skills Camp (communication, organization, responsibility, and empathy). These single-day camp sessions serve as “the ultimate summer tuneup” for kids between the ages of 10 and 17 who may benefit from added assistance in communication, socialization, and general life skills.

“It is imperative that teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to sharpen their skills over the summer,” Ability Connection CEO Jim Hanophy said. “With C.O.R.E.,

students are exposed to experiences that promote independent living and an array of critical skills, including time management, meal prep, and the importance of creating a routine to encourage responsibility.”

This year, the camp is partnering with a sensory-based skill-building organization, It’s a Sensory World!, to introduce an all-new Sensory Bus experience. Individuals of all skill levels will engage with sensory-based programs to maximize the impact of C.O.R.E. Skills Camp.

“By meeting the sensory needs of our students, The Sensory Bus helps to regulate emotions and reset behavior so that the kids have more focus and longer attention spans for the life skills lessons that follow,” said Meghan Payes, Ability Connection director of learning. “It’s incredibly helpful because we’re seeing them grasp the material so much more than they would be if they just came straight to the

table to work with me.”

With more resources, Payes is optimistic about this summer, the program, and what it will mean for local students.

“Especially for kids who are used to being at school August through May, the summer can be really tough because it gets them out of their routines,” Payes said. “So, this program has been really effective by working with those kids and providing extra resources and support for daycare workers and counselors. It’s always needed a little more in this community during the summer.”

In addition to its weekly Friday class within the summer camp curricula at It’s a Sensory World!, C.O.R.E. will offer Learning Labs in two Dallas County locations on July 22 at The Potter’s House and July 29 at Ability Connection. For Dallas kids with learning differences, it sounds like a successful summer is shaping up.

A student climbs on a rock wall outside of The Sensory Bus. COURTESY ABILITY CONNECTION



Multi-gen N.C. getaway gives sophisticated summer camp vibes

As a North Carolinian born and raised, I can say that you are born into one of two tribes: It’s the beach people versus the mountain people.

I was born into the beach people posse, and it wasn’t until I moved to Dallas that I started to hear about the beautiful benefits of vacationing in western North Carolina.

A yearning to get eyes on my son’s summer camp ultimately inspired a trip to the land of laid-back luxury that is High Hampton Resort.

The recently polished property, brought back to life by the Beall family (Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain), is just

outside the quaint town of Cashiers on a plateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Checking in immediately sparked something within me that can only be described as North Carolina nostalgia. I, feeling like a 10-year-old kid again, was suddenly back in this bucolic Blue Ridge retreat with my own family, who were all deciding what activity to embark on first.

The interiors are elevated but authentic, and it truly seemed like we were checking into our own private place.

The 1,400-acre estate has 15 miles of hiking trails, tennis and pickleball courts, and a croquet lawn. The Tom Fazio 18-hole golf course is a fan favorite among fathers, and the pool and kids’ club are hot spots for youngsters. There were daily fitness classes,

book signings, and even fishing.

However, it was the dining program that set this place apart from other local lodging options.

We ate all our meals at the same table and got to know the staff as if they were an extension of our family. We bonded with Bailey, our sweet server, who handled waiting on a 2, 4, and 7-year-old with grace and grit. Clayton, the gregarious dining room manager, even took my son in the back to see how his delicious dinner was made.

I was impressed, but not necessarily surprised, to see fabulous farm-to-table options on the menu for adults — think farm-fresh egg omelets with goat cheese and a garden salad for breakfast and Simpson Farm’s flat iron steak with parsnip puree and grilled

squash for supper — but it was the thoughtful and downright delicious kids’ menu that won me over. During a short stay, my kids tried fish and chips, Springer Mountain chicken with vegetable medley, and Charleston rice, and house-made tagliatelle.

Don’t have adventurous eaters? Don’t worry; the tea-brined chicken tenders were to die for.

High Hampton Inn has inns, cottages, cabins, and houses to suit all party sizes. It is an ideal place to unwind before or after taking your kiddos to camp in the North Carolina mountains, which more and more Texans are choosing to do to escape the severe summer heat.

While it is true that you’ll need to rent a car from Asheville, Greenville, or Atlanta to visit this relaxing retreat, the drive to your destination is indeed part of the experience.

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More than 1,000 supporters attended Community Partners of Dallas’ 18th-annual Chick Lit Luncheon March 22 at the Hilton Anatole.

The event featured a conversation between NBC5’s Laura Harris and actress and singer-songwriter Rita Wilson.

Cathy James and Lisa Ogle chaired the event, and Christine McKenny was the honorary chair.

Community Partners of Dallas honored Capital for Kids with the Paige McDaniel Partners for Children Award for its commitment to the community’s philanthropic needs and years of service meeting the needs of abused and neglected children through Community Partners of Dallas.

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Spring Travels Lead To Inspired Gatherings

In the early spring, I attended The Inspired Home Show in Chicago, where houseware brands from across the world assembled to introduce their newest products to media and retail buyers. Many of these products will find their way onto store shelves this summer.

For indoor seated dinners, backyard gatherings, cocktail parties, picnics, and pizza parties, I saw everything I could want to “up” my game when hosting memorable occasions. Color was everywhere, but restful hues replaced last year’s vibrant shades.

Stainless steel cookware and utensils demonstrated that shiny surfaces are still popular, but matte finishes on everything from bakeware to herb grinders illustrated the trend toward softer finishes. White was everywhere, from glossy white

fondue sets and mini-charcuterie board handles dipped in white ceramic to matte white cookware.

Manufacturers were also focused on ease of use without sacrificing style. I fell in love with a compact Italian espresso machine by Espressione that grinds coffee beans and produces a rich cup of espresso in seconds at the touch of a button. Cocktail parties remain a strong beverage category in the U.S., while consumers who prefer wine will always gravitate toward attractive stemware that runs the gamut from informal to glamorous. I discovered a brand called Joy Jolt that stylishly answers the call no matter what consumers are sipping.

One of the highlights of this year’s show was the “Meet & Greet” Microplane hosted for me in its booth. I’m a huge fan of its graters and kitchen tools, whether cooking, baking, or garnishing, and I loved chatting with the attendees who joined us for my presentation.

My next stop was Bismarck to deliver the keynote during the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association annual conference. I’m passionate about



Large wood cutting board

Assorted farm fresh salad greens, rinsed and dried

1 bunch arugula, rinsed and dried

1 bunch kale, rinsed and dried

Assorted farm fresh vegetables, rinsed and sliced

Assorted farm fresh herbs, rinsed and chopped

Assorted berries and seasonal fruit, rinsed and sliced

Local cheeses, crumbled or cut into cubes

Local cured meats, thinly sliced or cubed


Arrange salad greens on the board in an attractive pattern, leaving leaves whole or partially torn.

Select greens featuring a variety of flavors, textures, and colors. Arrange arugula and kale in groups and cluster vegetables, berries, fruit, cheese, and meats artistically, placing some in small bowls nestled among the greens.

For side salads or salad apps, provide small plates, stemmed glassware, or small decorative cups. For main dish salads, provide large, chilled plates. Allow guests to make their own custom salads. Garnish with Honey Vinaigrette.

buying and cooking with local ingredients, so I took the opportunity to share the fun and benefits of farmers markets with North Dakota audiences during two television guest segments. For North Dakota TODAY viewers, I prepared coffee-rubbed North Dakota bison, thinly sliced and served over a bed of local greens and sauteed peppers. The following day, I showed KX TV Studio 701 viewers how to create a farm-fresh salad board with honey vinaigrette. A take on a charcuterie board, the ingredients are grouped in a mouthwatering display for guests to customize salad apps, side salads, or main dish salads. It’s an easy, clever addition to yearround gatherings, especially while our Dallas-area farmers markets are loaded with beautiful, fresh produce.

Christy Rost is a cookbook author, host of Celebrating Home cooking videos, and longtime Park Cities and Preston Hollow resident. Her ‘At Home with Christy Rost’ cooking series for Eat This TV Network airs on AmazonFire, Apple TV+, Roku, Samsung TV, and YouTube. Please visit for details and recipes


1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon local honey

¼ cup red wine vinegar

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a medium bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, honey, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper until well blended. Pour into a serving bowl or pitcher and serve immediately.

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Allie Beth Allman & Associates sell more homes priced at $5 million and higher than any other brokerage in Dallas.

Among America’s most luxurious homes, Dallas’ impressive estates brim with architectural beauty and lavish amenities, attracting affluent buyers from all over the country.

Allie Beth Allman & Associates agents, known for their discretion and vast network, are trusted by motivated sellers and buyers to get Dallas estate deals done.

If proximity to the private school corridor matters to you, look no further than 5112 Palomar Lane.

The verdant, 1.25-acre estate is minutes from St. Mark’s, Ursuline Academy, The Hockaday School, and more. As well as its prime location in the Lobello Estates, the 12,731-square-foot stunner stands out for its endless opportunities for entertaining.

Once through the property gates, guests are welcomed by villa-like archways and columns before stepping through the grand front door.

Breezing past the stately study and the foyer’s sweeping staircase, you can settle into the double-height great room, lined by soaring windows. It’s easy to picture having long chats by the grand fireplace here or bringing loved ones outside for lunch al fresco on the covered patio.

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These Park Cities homes offers something for everyone

Highland Park and University Park have some of the most sought-after homes in Texas. To help you find the perfect home in the Park Cities, visit with the experts at Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

A Tuscan-style, four-bedroom home at 4108 Bryn Mawr Drive in University Park is ideal for entertaining friends.

The home has a large family room and wellequipped kitchen for preparing dinner parties. Outside, it features a pool and spa, plus a fireplace and built-in grill.

Well-known builder J. Gregory Homes has completed a four-bedroom, single-family attached home at 4435 Emerson Ave. in the heart of University Park.

The primary suite has a bath with a double shower and lots of closet space. The laundry room is on the second level, while a guest suite and full bath are on the third floor.

The four-bedroom estate 3108 Southwestern Blvd. in University Park has a downstairs primary suite with a vaulted ceiling.

On a large lot, the transitional-style estate was designed by architect David Stocker and built by Manning Snelling. It has a floor plan where the kitchen opens to the living room and the breakfast room. A guest or in-law suite is above the garage.

4910 Crooked Lane is currently being offered for $3,495,000.

Situated on the prominent corner of Crooked and Strait Lane on a 0.78-acre lot, this 5-bedroom home with mid-century architectural elements has been extensively remodeled and expanded. 4910 Crooked features five bedrooms, four full and two-half baths in Preston Hollow.

A backyard oasis features a sports-field sized grassy backyard lined with mature landscaping that is anchored by a steel constructed grilling and entertaining pavilion overlooking the pool and spa.

After a large circle drive and stunning curved port cochere, one is greeted by a formal living area with raised barrel-vaulted ceilings and views out to the courtyard gardens. The gourmet kitchen with lighted quartzite island opens to a breakfast room with banquette seating.

The home lives mainly on one level with two living areas, two dining areas, office (putting green outside) and four bedrooms, including the primary suite, all on the first floor. Upstairs is an exceptional media room with Control4 theater and 4K projector, a huge gameroom and a guest suite with a covered terrace overlooking the grounds.

Contact Jason Bates (214.673.4268) or Ryan Streiff (469.371.3008) for more information or visit


Preston Hollow happenings: Explore new offerings

Calling all wanderlust seekers, adventure enthusiasts, and weekend escape artists, get ready to discover the charming town of Broken Bow, Okla. With its year-round attractions and proximity to North Texas, Broken Bow is the perfect destination for those quick and thrilling getaways. Broken Bow is a dreamland for nature lovers and outdoor thrill-seekers. Get your hiking boots ready and hit the trails at Beavers Bend State Park. The views? Exceptional. Fishing? You’ll have a blast catching your dinner in crystal-clear lakes. If that’s not enough, kayak down the Mountain Fork or Glover Rivers. Zip through the treetops at Hochatown State Park and channel your inner cowboy while horseback riding through lush forests.

Interested in exploring Broken Bow’s creative and cultural side? Visit local art galleries filled with masterpieces or immerse yourself in the town’s history at the Museum of the Red River. And mark your calendars for the Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest, where you’ll experience a fusion of music, food, and art.

With demand for luxury vacation rentals soaring, now is an ideal time to consider purchasing a second home and/or investment property. To get started, visit today.


Three gorgeous homes available this spring from top luxury brokerage

For the rundown on what is coming to market in Preston Hollow, connect with an Allie Beth Allman & Associates agent.

Preston Hollow’s tree-lined lanes, large lots and proximity to prestigious private schools afford residents an effortlessly luxurious Dallas lifestyle.

Allie Beth Allman & Associates agents always have new offerings to show and are committed to helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals here.

Fashion-forward 5603 Palomar Lane has come to market and it’s making a splash. The 4,835-squarefoot home is all about indoor-outdoor living.

Walls of glass lead out to the sleek, resort-like backyard featuring a pool and spa, multiple seating destinations and an outdoor kitchen. High ceilings, skylights, and huge windows bathe the interiors in natural light.

Nearby, the one-acre property at 9630 Inwood Road is a vision of lush exuberance centered by a 7,144-square-foot contemporary.

The four-bedroom home was built in 1985 but has been meticulously remodeled twice since then. As you wander the light-filled open spaces, finishes curated by designer Rick Rozas delight around every corner.

If ample square footage is most important to you, a 9,655-square-foot masterpiece at 4206 Woodfin Drive is a must-see. Set on .73 acres, new construction created by Lux Custom Homes exudes timeless grandeur with design details like checkered flooring.

Outside, summer can be a blast thanks to the 2,800-square-foot patio perfect for large-scale entertaining.

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Discover the beauty of three ravishing residences new to the market from Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

In Preston Hollow’s esteemed Lobello Estates, a 1.1-acre beauty at 5315 Ursula Lane exudes grandeur with an 8,319-square-foot home dressed in dreamy, French-inspired Mediterranean style.

Just imagine huge parties around the family room’s carved fireplace, sommelier-led tastings at the wet bar with vintages from your temperaturecontrolled wine cellar, or relaxed movie nights in the media room.

For those thinking ahead to the 2024 back-toschool season, an offering near Dallas’ renowned private school corridor could be ideal, 4923 Crooked Lane.

The five-bedroom home is a sanctuary of livable, contemporary beauty. Find huge glass doors and windows that soak the open floor plan in diffuse sunshine from dawn until dusk.

An exquisite French-style haven for sale at 4444 Arcady Ave. sits near Highland Park Village and green areas like Versailles and Turtle Creek parks, it positions you for a lively social life or tranquil time in nature.

The elegant, wood-paneled family room is perfect for cozy, evening chats with friends while the covered porch and garden awaits for delightful weekend brunches.

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6415 Prestonshire Lane (6415prestonshire., completed in 2020, is an architectural marvel from Thomas Signature Homes. This 5-bedroom, 5.2-bath residence, offered by Sharon Redd for $4,995,000, exudes everyday luxury and functionality, with gracious spaces totaling 7,427 square feet.

A stunning two-story foyer is flanked by a formal dining room and sunlit study with separate working office. The family room, featuring a fireplace and French doors, seamlessly extends to the patio and turfed backyard with pool/spa. The kitchen is a culinary haven with an adjacent breakfast room and keeping room.

Upstairs, leisure awaits, including a game room with a bar, a media room, and an exercise room, along with three spacious en-suite bedrooms. Outdoors, a covered living space with a grill, fireplace, and electric shades offers a serene retreat.

Enhanced by a gated drive and three-car garage, this elevator-ready property epitomizes sophistication and practicality.

For questions or to schedule a showing, contact Redd at 469-835-5363 or

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of the Ebby Halliday Companies, 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.

Outstanding sales define the Park Cities real estate market right now

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If you’re wondering how the Park Cities real estate market is faring this year, prepare for good news. The prestigious area is brimming with exceptional offerings and has spectacular sales to showcase. Best of all, as sellers often feel more emboldened to list in warmer months, this Dallas area is expected to keep getting hotter.

Allie Beth Allman & Associates agents are experts in the Park Cities, helping buyers and sellers reach their goals quickly and successfully.

For those who want ultra-fashionable spaces, Highland Park’s 4437 Livingston Ave. is a prime find.

Located one block from Highland Park Village and Bradfield Elementary, the four-bedroom home is decked-out in glamorous decor including Phillip Jeffries wall coverings and custom Shade Store drapery.

If you love the inviting yet grand look of a Tuscan villa, you’ll be enamored by 4436 N. Versailles Ave. Inside, vast spaces and thoughtful details mirror the gracious surroundings. Buyers can swoon over the unique flooring, which combines hardwoods and parefeuille handmade tiles salvaged from 19thcentury French chateaus.

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Meeting our 20 Under 40 is one of my favorite parts of the year.

This year’s honorees represent many disciplines, including education, law, athletics, marketing, leadership, nonprofits, and more — and it’s inspiring to see how each of them also manages to carve out time to volunteer with local nonprofits.

Each honoree has demonstrated the change they’re able to make in the community at such a young age. As a fellow young professional, it’s encouraging.

In addition to our 20 Under 40, we also honor a Youth on the Rise. This year’s is a Highland Park High School senior who was born with a congenital heart defect and has done significant work and fundraising for the American Heart Association.

The 20 honorees, plus Youth on the Rise, were selected by a committee of three People Newspapers staffers and two Rotary Club of Park Cities members. This year brought a strong group of candidates and tough decisions.

We hope you also enjoy learning about our neighbors and come away inspired.

We’ll be honoring the 20 Under 40 at an awards ceremony on April 25. See our social media channels or website to purchase your ticket.

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Remington Reece

Ebby Halliday Companies

Remington Reece works as creative director for the Ebby Halliday Companies.

He started his real estate career as a design coordinator with the Dave Perry-Miller Real


Peyton Bono

Highland Park High School

As an American Heart Association

Teen of Impact, Peyton Bono broke the program’s fundraising record by securing $55,000 for the nonprofit in nine weeks.

She hosted a YMCA community walk, art show, and other events to bring people together and raise money: “I couldn’t have done it without this amazing Park Cities community, who at every event showed up ready to support the cause and hear my journey and story with a heart condition.”

The Highland Park High School senior was born with a congenital heart defect called tricuspid atresia and had two open heart surgeries in infancy.

“Physical activity has always been extremely limited, and growing up disabled isolated me from many of my peers,” Bono said. “It was lonely, being the only disabled child I knew, so I wanted to get involved in survivor spaces and get to know people in the field of cardiology — survivors and doctors alike.”

Estate brand before eventually taking over the brand’s full marketing efforts. Now, he oversees creative execution for all Ebby Halliday Companies and their affiliated services.

“Our brokerage brands are dominant players in the real estate markets for both neighborhoods as well as being North Texas’ top real estate firm, and there are incredible opportunities for community involvement that have come as a result,” Reece said. “We’re proud to be deeply connected to schools, events, and organizations throughout the Park Cities and Preston Hollow.”

Through his role as creative director, Reece fosters community partnerships and describes the company as having its “proverbial finger on the pulse of the community.”

He’s been involved in initiatives including the Ronald McDonald House, Angel Tree/Salvation Army, Communities Partners of Dallas’ Holiday Toy Drives, Coats for Kids, Dallas Suicide & Crisis Center, North Oak Cliff Greenspace, and Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation.

“I dedicate a considerable portion of our marketing budget to these kinds of sponsorships,” Reece said. “While it’s an

Bono says the American Heart Association’s reach and influence cannot be overstated as it funds hospitals, encourages research, and promotes healthy living.

Beyond the American Heart Association, Bono is involved with her school’s library, where she managed restoration efforts after a rainstorm destroyed most books in the classics section. She also volunteered with Salman Bhojani’s Texas House campaign in Arlington during her sophomore year and recently graduated from the National Charity League.

Bono will graduate from high school in the spring and then attend the University of Texas, where she will double major in health and history. After undergrad, she plans to attend law school.

“While I predict I’ll be working in health law — making sure more people get the healthcare they need, protecting and funding hospitals, and being a patient advocate all sounds fascinating and fulfilling to me — I’m only 18, and my life could go anywhere,” Bono said.

Who’s your biggest inspiration? My parents, for paving the way for me

excellent way to get agents in front of potential clientele (from a business standpoint), I mostly do it because I genuinely believe it’s fundamentally important to put money behind the community as much as we’re able to.”

He’s especially proud of developing the creative, messaging, and execution for a campaign supporting the North Texas Food Bank, which Ebby Halliday Companies kicked into gear during the pandemic.

“Since then, we’ve raised several hundred thousand dollars for NTFB, and I’m extremely proud to be the center of that,” he said.

and being my greatest supporters, and my little brother, who is just like me in all the ways that count, and whose determination and work ethic inspire me every day.

What advice do you have for other youth wanting to make a difference?

The worst you can hear is “no.” If you want to do something, call people who do it and ask them for advice and opportunities. Taking that first step will always be the hardest part, and when you do it, you’ll find it’s not that hard at all.

What’s a fun fact that someone wouldn’t know about you?

One summer, I ordered from our local Thai restaurant so much that when the employees saw my car pull in, they’d input the order without me even stepping inside (pad kee mow with extra beef).

Is there anything else we should know about you?

Beyond any accolade, the more important parts about me (are) that I love chai lattes (and) reality TV, and I’m currently addicted to Candy Crush.

What is your favorite local restaurant or shop?

Bandito’s in Snider Plaza. It’s a Park Cities institution.

Where do you see yourself and/or your career in 10 years?

I have the entrepreneurial spirit at heart, which is probably why real estate has been such a strong fit. But, longterm, I would love to have my own creative agency that services clients beyond their real estate experience.

“We’re proud to be deeply connected to schools, events, and organizations throughout the Park Cities and Preston Hollow.”
Remington Reece

What’s a fun fact that someone wouldn’t know about you?

I have dual citizenship — United States and United Kingdom.

What (or who) motivated you to get involved in the community?

Altruism is a philosophy that was instilled in me at a very young age from both my parents as well as my education at St. John’s School in Houston. Service first — and service above all. There was never a proverbial “Aha!” moment for me; it’s intrinsic.

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Aubrey P. Boswell

Aubrey Boswell credits his mentors for equipping him with skills to work with high-net-worth clients and their estate plans.

“Before opening my own practice, I spent more than a decade learning about this specialty from some of the best attorneys in Dallas and working with clients with estates at all levels of wealth and complexity,” he said.

Now, he leads Boswell PLLC and is one of few Texas attorneys with law and CPA licenses.

“I was drawn to the practice of estate planning and probate when (I) realized the importance these areas hold in everyone’s lives,” Boswell said. “I value helping clients leave a meaningful legacy and helping to protect that legacy after a loved one passes away.”

Boswell PLLC, located at Greenville Avenue and Lovers Lane, is focused on estate planning, probate, and trust matters.

“At heart, I am a problem solver devoted to finding solutions for my clients,” Boswell said. “My practice, however, is not limited to preparing legal documents; I also spend my time zealously advocating for clients inside and outside of the courtroom.”

Boswell became interested in this work during an accounting internship his senior year at SMU. He was interning for an accounting firm’s audit group, where he investigated and audited financial statements: “The process of investigating and digging deeper is very much what lawyers do, and this is what inspired me to pursue a legal career.”

In addition to his legal work, Boswell serves on the board of ChandlerSpeaks, a nonprofit devoted to serving children with speech disabilities. His past volunteer experience includes work on the boards of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Dallas Estate Planning Council.

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?

My biggest inspiration is my parents. They have (an) incredible work ethic and have taught me character traits that affect everything I do. While I don’t come from a family of lawyers, my parents instilled in me the positive attributes of learning and developing skills that help me in all aspects of being a lawyer.

What would you tell an 18-year-old you?

I would tell them to live out their dreams and to not take “no” for an answer. In life, I’ve been told “no” a lot, but it hasn’t deterred me from pursuing my passions. In fact, it made me more determined.

Maura Sheffler started at The Arts Community Alliance 10 years ago as its community relations manager.

Now, she serves as the organization’s executive director, a role she was promoted to in 2023.

“I have studied music since age 6, but when I was living in NYC in 2007, I realized arts management might be a more suitable calling for me,” Sheffler said.

Sheffler says the pandemic impacted her approach to community involvement as TACA raised and distributed more than $500,000 in six months and curated workshops for the arts community.

“We also now know that the pandemic had a profound impact on how people consume and participate in the arts,” Sheffler said. “Attendance patterns and preferences have since changed, and our traditional

revenue models are strained.”

The arts community needs a future that accounts for these changes, she said.

“This set of challenges has made me more committed and motivated than ever to making our arts community a thriving, sustainable one,” Sheffler said.

Sheffler also volunteers as a grant reviewer for the Houston Arts Alliance, is an inaugural member of the Meadows 2050 Council, and is a board member of the Dallas Arts District.

Her advice for other young professionals: “The world is changing rapidly, so it’s important to try new things, learn new skills, and meet people who are different from you.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Whether I’m still leading TACA or in another role, I want to make a real difference for the arts in Dallas — that means ensuring artists and arts organizations have access to the support they need to thrive. I truly believe the arts are an important contributor to making our region stronger for the economy, for tourism, and, of course, for those who call this area home.

What would you tell an 18-year-old you?

•Don’t limit yourself to one path. What you’re meant to do may be different than what you envision right now.

• Believe in your instincts and do what you think is right.

•Explore and be curious — always!

If someone made a movie about your life, what would it be called, and who would play you?

It would be called Controlled Chaos, and I would love for Tina Fey to play me because she is a level of funny that I aspire to.

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Michael Coleman II


of Texas at Arlington and Louisiana State University

Michael Coleman II debuted his nonprofit, Crowned Scholars, at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in 2019.

The organization works to holistically develop Black middle school boys by teaching STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) academic readiness, building healthy habits, and fostering mentorship.

development programs.

“I have been in the talent acquisition/ campus recruiting space for the past five years and consider it a blessing to be in a corporate position that allows me to provide career opportunities to emerging talent,” he said.

He previously worked in the education sector as a full-time substitute teacher, graduate coordinator, and scholarship program manager: “Developing students has always been a passion of mine, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to be involved in the growth of our youth.”

Coleman also volunteers with the Richardson-Plano Alumni Chapter for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity on the social media team and with the All Stars Project’s Afterschool Development Group.

What (or who) motivated you to get involved in the community?

The mentors that I had growing up inspired me to be the community leader and mentor that I have become today. From having basketball coaches who pushed me to become a vocal leader to community members who saw something in me that I could not see myself, I was blessed to have amazing people remind me how much good I can do in my community.

“Developing students has always been a passion of mine, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to be involved in the growth of our youth.”
Michael Coleman II

“We will always be grateful to Benjamin Franklin Middle School for trusting and allowing us to not only develop their students but to grow and enhance our organization’s programming through experience,” Coleman said.

Since its start, Crowned Scholars has expanded to have representation at 10 Dallas-area schools.

Coleman works for McKesson as the senior talent programs strategist, managing the enterprise’s early talent initiatives, such as summer internships and

Connie Babikian

The Pillow Bar


In 2021, Connie Babikian purchased The Pillow Bar, a custom bedding and linen company based in the Design District.

working with SMU and on the Texas Women’s Foundation board.

“The Texas Women’s Foundation is dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of women and girls in our state,” Babikian said. “Their work has never been more important, and I’m inspired by them every day.”

She urges other young professionals to treat everyone they meet respectfully and not compromise on values, describing Dallas as “a small town masked as a big city.”

“I’m a big believer in knowing your ‘why,’” Babikian said. “We all want to be part of something meaningful, and a shared purpose is the strongest motivator.”

In 10 years, she hopes to be leading The Pillow Bar into another decade of growth and “bringing great sleep to a new generation of buyers.”

What’s a fun fact that someone wouldn’t know about you?

We have a French bulldog named Tater that runs our household.

What’s on your bucket list?

Traveling to at least three different countries that have beautiful scenery, clear waters, and rich culture that I can immerse myself in. My most immediate desired trip is to Bali.

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?

God, my family, and my mentees are my daily reminders that I am still here for a purpose. They remind me of my power, my influence, and my why. Living the life of a corporate employee and a nonprofit leader simultaneously is not always easy, but the people around me constantly pour love and light into my space.

Elizabeth Carlock Phillips is the executive director of the Phillips Foundation, a private family foundation that leverages its assets to maximize social, environmental, and financial value.

She says the most important part of her role is building relationships across fields and issue areas to support increased collaboration and understanding.

“Phillips Foundation does not take a programmatic approach to our work because we believe that innovation, and the solutions to many of society’s most pressing problems, require multidisciplinary strategies among various sectors and types of organizations,” she said.

Growing up in Highland Park, Phillips says she’s benefited from working with many local nonprofits over several decades.

For example, New Friends New Life, a North Texas anti-trafficking organization, started at the church she and her family used to attend.

“That was very formative in my life and educated me on an issue I may not have

“Becoming a mother during the height of COVID forced me to reevaluate every aspect of my life and accelerated my career shift from the corporate world to entrepreneurship,” she said. “I’d always dreamed of running my own business and, after several months at home with a new baby, realized there’s truly no time like the present to make a change.”

She says she’s never looked back. Some of her brand’s offerings include pillows, bedding, bath towels and mats, and loungewear, including the “Dream Team Favorite” Daydreamer Down Robe.

What is your favorite local restaurant or shop?

My husband and I have a standing Thursday night reservation at Neighborhood Services on Lovers Lane. It’s hard to beat their cheeseburger and dirty martini!

“I’m a big believer in knowing your ‘why.’ We all want to be part of something meaningful, and a shared purpose is the strongest motivator.”
Connie Babikian

Her career began as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs’ private lending underwriting team. After getting her MBA from UCLA, she moved back to Dallas and worked for Hunt Consolidated in various roles in the company’s oil and real estate divisions.

Her volunteer experience includes

otherwise encountered,” Phillips said, describing the Park Cities as a philanthropic community that has provided her with role models. “My interest in nonprofit governance, social innovation, and impact investing only continued to grow into adulthood and has become my career.”

Her volunteer work includes serving on the board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Mission Investors Exchange, SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics, Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, and The Dallas Foundation, where she chairs the investment committee.

Some of her past involvement has included founding Echelon, the young professionals auxiliary for The Salvation Army, and serving as a previous board member and governance chair of the Texas Women’s Foundation. She was also a governor-appointed trustee of UNC Greensboro for eight years.

What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?

My first job was working at Swoozie’s

What would you tell an 18-year-old you?

Don’t be afraid of a challenge. You are stronger than you think, and every failure brings a lesson to learn. It will all be OK. Also, please drink more water and take your vitamins!

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?

My parents. In every facet of their professional and personal lives, they are dedicated to bettering our community and lifting others up.

What’s on your bucket list?

Teaching my three kids to sail in my husband’s hometown in Maine.

when it first opened in Preston Center. I think I was about 15. I would organize and stock shelves, gift wrap, and work the register. It taught me how to treat people. You remember how the rude customers made you feel and appreciate the kind ones.

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?

My late brother, Trey Carlock, is my biggest inspiration in the work I lead currently. He was a Kanakuk abuse survivor who was silenced to his grave in a retraumatizing legal process that involved a restrictive NDA. ... I’m working at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure survivor voices have a seat at the table in important reform efforts.

Where do you see yourself and/or your career in 10 years?

I received my certification in crime victim advocacy last year and am considering law school as a next step. I also plan to follow in my 11-year-old son’s footsteps and publish a book or two (Check out The Magic Island Chronicles by William G. Phillips!).

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Greg Oertel

Greg Oertel’s drive for community involvement started in college when he played the French horn at a local school for blind students.

“The faces of audience members would light up, and some attendees even cried,” he said. “These recitals were some of my earliest moments getting to witness the direct impact I could make on the lives of others.”

Now, he works at Communities Foundation of Texas as senior community philanthropy officer, leading philanthropic advising services to help fundholders with grantmaking strategy, identifying fundraising opportunities in North Texas, and evaluating grantmaking efforts’ effectiveness.

young professionals program in 2020.

Before joining the CFT team, Oertel worked at The Arts Community Alliance, managing the organization’s $1.3 million+ portfolio of six grantmaking programs and developing programs for the North Texas arts and cultural sector.

He worked as a freelance French horn musician in Los Angeles before pursuing his master’s at SMU in Dallas.

“I’m a planner by nature, but I struggle with this one (the future),” he said. “I do see myself continuing to work in the ‘social good’ sector, hopefully challenging the status quo in big ways. Guess we’ll just have to wait and find out!”

What’s on your bucket list?

1. Open my own cocktail bar (probably a pipe dream)

2. Learn Italian by traveling to Italy often (no Duolingo)

3. Get a makeover on RuPaul’s Drag Race (and yes, I can walk in heels)

What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?

My first job was being a library assistant at the Music Library at University of Southern California while I was a student there for undergrad. I was a music major, so this was a dream job. I learned all the tips and tricks to search books, USC’s collection of thousands of CDs, sheet music, and more. I also never had to pay late fees!

“I do see myself continuing to work in the ‘social good’ sector, hopefully challenging the status quo in big ways.”
Greg Oertel

Oertel also volunteers with Equity Texas as the Dallas steering committee co-chair and with Social Venture Partners Dallas. He’s been a partner since completing its Dana Juett Residency

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?

RuPaul Charles is a big inspiration of mine. He’s had a trailblazing career in the face of adversity and has been a beacon of LGBTQ+ representation and visibility in mainstream media. One of RuPaul’s quotes lives on my bio at work: “The most important thing you can do on this planet is become the realization of your own imagination.”

Service. Above. Self.

Hannah Harpole

Varsity Brands SMU

Hannah Harpole volunteers as a children’s advocate through Dallas CASA.

In this role, she helps children in Child Protective Services care access services and makes recommendations to help judges decide what is best for each child.

“I wanted to get involved in the community in a way where I could truly have a meaningful, positive influence on others,” Harpole said. “There’s no more impactful way I can contribute my time than to make a positive impact on a child’s life so that they don’t slip through the cracks of the CPS system.”

to help CASA in providing an advocate to every child in CPS care,” she said.

Harpole started her career at Bain & Company in management consulting, where she spent most of her time leading transformations for retail clients. After six years there, she stepped out of the consulting world and joined Varsity Brands, where she serves as the director of strategy and transformation and is “heavily involved in developing our growth strategy and leading strategic partnerships.”

Her “lightbulb moment” came during a summer internship in college when she watched her supervisors repeat the same things daily.

“It helped me realize that I didn’t want a career that delivered monotony; I craved variety and the opportunity to constantly learn new skills and be challenged,” Harpole said. “I ended up starting my career in consulting, and it delivered just that.”

What would you tell an 18-year-old you?

Be where your feet are. Enjoy the present moment because you’ll never get to be there again, and life can change in an instant.

“I craved variety and the opportunity to constantly learn new skills and be challenged. I ended up starting my career in consulting, and it delivered just that.” Hannah Harpole

Harpole also serves on the Dallas CASA Young Professionals Council, and she cochaired the 2024 rendition of its signature black-tie fundraiser, CASAblanca.

“We are primarily focused on raising awareness about opportunities to get involved with Dallas CASA and fundraising

What’s a fun fact someone wouldn’t know about you?

I recently hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim. It’s (about) 23 miles and almost 5,000 feet of elevation gain. While it was a doozy, it was amazing to meet so many fellow hikers along the way and enjoy a stunning sunrise and sunset over the cliffs.

What advice do you have for other young professionals?

You are going to spend a significant amount of your time at work. Spend your time on something that “lights a fire in your belly” and spend it working with good people. If you can solve for those two things, odds are you’ll be doing something that makes you happy.

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Courtney Moeslein

Courtney Moeslein’s interest in digital marketing started when she discovered her knack for it and learned she could make it her full-time career.

She now works as senior marketing manager at AEG Vision, a company that empowers eye care professionals by leveraging medical practices, innovation, and collaboration.

Her first job out of college was as an assistant project manager for an experiential marketing company. She traveled the country and worked with clients such as Target, KABOOM!, and Tractor Supply.

to find the right places to volunteer,” she said. “In addition to giving back, community involvement is a great way to meet like-minded individuals in a new city.”

She’s an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Dallas Alumnae Chapter and Baylor University Women’s Council of Dallas. She’s also in her second year on the Dallas CASA Young Professionals Council board and her provisional membership year with the Junior League of Dallas.

How do you motivate yourself and others?

I am a big goal-setter. I like looking at the bigger picture and breaking goals into achievable milestones. I do this for my team’s goals, in addition to personal goals. It helps to acknowledge progress and have a clear sense of achievement throughout the process.

What is your favorite local restaurant or shop?

My favorite local restaurant is Honor Bar. I love the Shrimp Louie salad (and the french fries, of course). My favorite local coffee shop is LDU Coffee. When I first moved to Dallas and lived walking distance to one of their locations, I took my dog to get an iced coffee every Friday.

“In addition to giving back, community involvement is a great way to meet likeminded individuals in a new city.”
Courtney Moeslein

“It was a great experience, and I learned a lot about managing large-scale events, budgets, and teams, but I realized it was not something I wanted to do forever,” Moeslein said. “I helped with some of the digital marketing efforts at this agency and realized I truly enjoyed digital marketing. I continued to learn as much as possible and eventually made the leap.”

When Moeslein moved to Dallas in early 2022 to join AEG, she prioritized participating in philanthropy.

“It is essential to give back, and I wanted

Is there anything else you think we should know about you?

As a creative outlet, I run The Southern Spoonful, a food blog that uses simplistic all-natural ingredients to help the everyday home cook elevate their every day with my mom, Stacey. We enjoy testing and capturing new recipes for our blog and social media and love to entertain. The Southern Spoonful has been my passion project and is a fun way to test out new digital marketing tools.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

My first job was at Nike when I was in high school. ... I learned a lot about excellent customer service and time management as I balanced my part-time role with school, sports, and extracurricular activities.

Alan H. Rose

Communities Foundation of Texas SMU and University of Texas at Dallas

Alan Rose has worked for the Texas Rangers, WFAA, and now Communities Foundation of Texas.

At CFT, he’s the senior manager of marketing and communications.

“My favorite part about my role at CFT is North Texas Giving Day and the impact donors make in our community supporting over 3,200 nonprofits,” Rose said.

He’s always had a knack for creating content and helping others. Growing up, he would make videos starring his friends, family, and sometimes himself.

was 3 years old and recently graduated from Leadership University Park.

His passion for volunteering stems from a desire to be part of positive change. He serves as the Highland Park Alumni Association’s board of directors vice president and as former chair of the Distinguished Alumni Awards Committee. He’s also involved with Broadway Dallas, where he has served as chair of the advisory board for the last four years and in other capacities.

What (or who) motivated you to get involved in the community?

My grandparents motivated me to become involved in the community through their actions. They always put others before themselves and enjoyed learning, growing, and helping throughout the community. I treasure the time I spent with them, creating memories.

Where do you see yourself and/or your career 10 years from now?

My vision for the future, both personally and professionally, is deeply rooted in the impact I can make on others’ lives. Over the next decade, I aspire to enrich and improve as many lives as possible.

“I believe in the power of mentoring, offering insights from my own experiences while emphasizing the importance of individuality.”
Alan H. Rose

However, his “lightbulb moment” was a devastating one during his freshman year at SMU when his roommate died unexpectedly.

“Living with him for a year really taught me to come out of my shell, be myself, create my own opportunities, and seize happiness,” Rose said. “After that, I really turned my passions into action through school involvement, leadership opportunities, and my volunteering efforts.”

Rose, a third-generation Highland Park Scot, has lived in the Park Cities since he

Are you a young leader looking to make an impact in your community?

Through CFT’s Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program, young professionals with a heart and mind for community learn to set their personal giving strategies and gain a deeper understanding of how to support what matters most to them.

Applications for the 2024 cohort open on June 1.

Learn more about applying to join our growing network of changemakers at:

What is your favorite local restaurant or shop?

While I have many local favorites, my absolute top spot is JD’s Chippery. They’ve more or less known me by name since sixth grade. I absolutely love taking my 3.5-year-old son, Paxton, with me. He asks to go many days after school and enjoys ordering for our entire family.

How do you motivate yourself and others?

I find motivation in authenticity — being genuinely myself. My approach to inspiring others centers around sharing who I truly am, both in my personal and professional life. I believe in the power of mentoring, offering insights from my own experiences while emphasizing the importance of individuality.

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Gracie Letter

Gracie Letter’s career in counseling has come full circle.

She started directly out of undergrad at Dallas CBT, a group psychotherapy practice, where she worked as an exposure coach and research assistant.

She then went on to train at Children’s Medical Center in several clinical settings, where she worked with adolescent patients suffering from acute symptoms, including those struggling with suicidality and self-harm, behavior and emotional dysregulation, and trauma.

grow alongside this practice.”

An SMU lacrosse alumna, Letter spends her free time coaching Highland Park fifth- and sixth-grade girls lacrosse. She recently joined the Moody Family YMCA and hopes to continue finding ways to contribute there.

Her volunteer experience includes working with Back on My Feet, an organization that partners with the Salvation Army to help homeless people commit to weekly runs or walks and provides them with opportunities to further their education or find careers.

She has a favorite quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

“You are on your own journey,” Letter said. “Make decisions with your head and heart because you want to, not because you feel like you should. The beauty of growth is learning what you value in your own life and how to embrace those values in all aspects.”

How do you motivate yourself and others?

Fill your life with the right people, and you will feel motivated each and every day. My family and friends are my strongest motivators. They push me out of my comfort zone, are honest with me, and see me for my fullest potential. I hope I provide the same motivation to those around me.

“The beauty of growth is learning what you value in your own life and how to embrace those values in all aspects.”

Gracie Letter

Now, she’s back at Dallas CBT, where she returned after graduating with her master’s. As a licensed professional counselor-associate and full-time clinician, she works with adolescents, teens, and young adults by using evidence-based treatments to provide care to patients facing OCD, depression, and anxiety.

“I work alongside a team of specialized clinicians who strive every day to provide quality, collaborative, and interactive care to members of our community,” Letter said. “I am very grateful to continue to

Jack Betts

The Make Your Own Legacy Academy Amherst College

Jack Betts advises, “If there isn’t a path, make one.”

The Amherst College football

alumnus founded The Make Your Own Legacy Academy in 2022, a first-of-itskind name, image, and likeness education program to help smaller-market athletes utilize their NIL potential.

these heights without help from his school or professional representation.

Since then, he’s been a consultant to more than 60 athletes nationwide, assisting them in developing professional relationships and skills that will benefit them once their time as student-athletes concludes.

Volunteer-wise, Betts co-founded “Kicks Land” while a student at the Episcopal School of Dallas. This initiative is a section of S.M. Wright’s Christmas in the Park Celebration, where he organized fundraisers to purchase and distribute approximately 2,000 pairs of Nike shoes annually.

He also has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas as a tutor and mentor to primarily Spanish-speaking students.

“I tutored these students in English, reading, and mathematics, and (that) is where my passion for education stems from,” he said.

Betts will start working toward his master’s degree in sports management at SMU this fall.

What is your favorite local restaurant or shop?

What’s on your bucket list?

I have always wanted to experience the Northern Lights.

In fact, I have a tracker I keep on my phone every year that indicates the best time and place to see them.

What advice do you have for other young professionals?

You are doing enough. Take time to adjust, be present, and be OK with not knowing all (or any) of the answers at times. Do not expect yourself to be as knowledgeable as those around you who are more seasoned. Instead, take every opportunity to learn, observe, and humbly make mistakes.


He was inspired after discovering that few Division III athletes were making a name for themselves in the NIL space. He took the initiative to become the person he wanted to see when he Googled “Division III NIL success stories.”

“I tutored these students in English, reading, and mathematics, and (that) is where my passion for education stems from.”

My favorite local restaurant is undoubtedly Bubba’s. Every time I would come home from Amherst, my first meal always had to be Bubba’s. Their fried chicken, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and famous rolls are a staple of my diet.

Jack Betts

“Being that I was one of the first D3 athletes to make a name for themselves in this space by inking partnerships with brands like Whoop, Body Armor, Allbirds, Invesco QQQ, and Insomnia Cookies, I realized that I was operating within a unique niche of individuals,” Betts said. “I earned the moniker of ‘The King of D3 NIL’ as I began developing skills in marketing, social media, content creation, and more.”

As his brand grew, similar small-market athletes asked him how he could reach

What’s a fun fact that someone wouldn’t know about you?

I am actually adopted. I was originally born in Seattle and moved to Dallas right after I was born. I am of Cherokee descent, and my Indigenous heritage is something that I hold in extremely high regard.

What would you tell an 18-year-old you?

I’d tell myself that the journey is not going to be linear. You’re going to experience adversity with injuries in your football career and roadblocks to your education, such as COVID, but the best thing about it all is that the sun rises tomorrow.

Emerging Leaders program has been amazing to be part of. It’s not your typical young professional group. You get to learn alongside and connect with a uniquely diverse group that you wouldn’t otherwise interact with on a regular basis. Participants are passionate about making intentional impact in our community. The experience of funding nonprofits through the program is extremely rewarding, and you also gain the skills and tools to create change on your own.”

–Kerryn Sarwansingh, consultant, Accenture Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy alumni member

For more information, visit

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Sharon Lee Clark

Designer Sharon Lee Clark has a joke about her move to Dallas three years ago: She had to put her real estate agent as her emergency contact on school forms.

“I had to dive right in to make friends and create a community for our family,” she said, describing University Park as a place that quickly made her family feel at home.

She first got involved in the Hyer Preschool Association, where she met fellow moms, and Highland Park United Methodist Church.

Her volunteer experience also extends to co-chairing Partners Card for The Family Place, chairing the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Fashion Notes Luncheon, collaborating with Ese Azenabor to host a fashion show for the Children’s Cancer Fund, and serving as a Cattle Baron’s Ball new member.

Lee Clark has also participated in the

Family Forum at the Dallas Museum of Art each year and served on the advisory board for Kappa Kappa Gamma at SMU.

The artist started her home decor company, Krane Home, 12 years ago. It has been named the number one Asian-American-owned home decor brand by Architectural Digest

“My art has been exhibited widely with multiple collaborations with worldwide fashion brands, and Krane Home wallpaper and home decor have been featured in every major design magazine,” Lee Clark said.

She previously worked as a designer at Michael S. Smith while the office was doing the interiors of the Obama White House.

“During my time there, I realized there was zero art of textiles inspired by the Korean art of my heritage,” Lee Clark said. “As the third in a lineage of Korean artists after my mother and grandfather, it was my mission to share Korean art with the world.”

That’s when it dawned on her that she could bring Korean art and wallpaper to American homes by starting Krane Home.

If someone made a movie about your life, what would it be called, and who would play you?

This Korean American Life: The Life and Legacy of Artist Sharon Lee Clark. And that’s easy, my actor sister Greta Lee would definitely play me because we’re Irish twins, and she knows me better than anyone else on Earth.

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?

My mother Jane Lee hands down. She is the best artist I know. She is an accredited Korean folk art painter with exhibits in Korea as well as the Korean Cultural Center, and she is a talented pianist trained at Ewha Womans University in Seoul.


Michael Thompson

Workforce Dallas Langston University

Michael Thompson’s first job was as a camp counselor in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, through the mayor’s summer program for teens.

“I had the best of both worlds,” Thompson said. “I was able to impact youth but also work with the mayor and learn directly from him. He is still a mentor to this day for me.”

Now, Thompson is the executive director of Workforce Dallas, a hands-on approach to workforce development.

“Reduced crime, improved health, greater educational achievement, and stronger communities — all byproducts of reducing poverty — can be achieved with a laser focus on upskilling and upgrading low-wage workers to higher-paying job opportunities and providing hands-on support to help them succeed at those new jobs,” Thompson said.

He has served in various workforce

development leadership roles for 15 years.

As executive director, Thompson focuses on relationships, representing the organization, and developing partnership opportunities.

He realized he could change lives at a high level in college when he started a nonprofit with his university called Inspire All to All Inspire. The nonprofit granted 300 students scholarships that led to employment in the city.

“I saw many of my classmates that were not going home for holidays, and they said they didn’t because they didn’t have the money, and they had no one to go home to because their parents were incarcerated,” Thompson said. “I went to my college president to see what we can do. She told me to go speak to the mayor about this issue.”

From a young age, he says God’s purpose for him was influencing lives.

“Whether it was sports, church, school, or anything, I was always trying to help people around me,” he said.

What’s a fun fact that someone wouldn’t know about you?

My sons’ names are Michael and Jordan. I really love basketball.

Tell us about your volunteer experience.

It’s the most important thing in life. Being able to volunteer with impactful organizations like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and many more gave me the foundation to see firsthand the impact we can have on so many.

What would you tell an 18-year-old you?

Consistency is key. If every single day you give your all to impact at least one person in some way, you will accomplish all of your goals.


Brian Oates

Brian Oates is a Jackson Walker “lifer,” meaning he joined the firm upon law school graduation and has been there since.

He focuses his practice on three areas of litigation: trademark, oil and gas, and real estate disputes.

“Unlike a lot of big firm litigators, I have had the opportunity to be in the courtroom frequently,” Oates said. “I have tried numerous jury trials to a verdict as the ‘first-chair’ lawyer.”

His trademark work typically takes him to federal courts in big cities, while oil and gas cases often take place in small towns throughout Texas.

“That diversity in subject matter, settings, and people keeps me on my toes and ensures that no two cases are alike,” Oates said.

As a dad of three children under 8, most of his volunteer work includes coaching his kids’ sports teams through the Moody Family YMCA, Upward Athletics, and Dallas Hardball. He’s also active in the Bradfield Dad’s Club, which includes a softball league against dads from the other HPISD elementary schools.

He also has taken up pro bono work and says these experiences “help remind me how fortunate all of us in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow are and how easy it is to take for granted things in our life.”

“Just recently, I was able to represent an individual who had been sued and could not afford representation, successfully obtaining the lawsuit’s dismissal,” Oates said. “I also tried a several-days-long arbitration for an elderly couple who found themselves in a consumer dispute with a large business.”

What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?

My first real job was as a professional baseball player in the Seattle Mariners organization. I was a pitcher. I credit baseball with teaching me so much, including teamwork, work ethic, how to compete, and the importance of setting goals. But truly, the thing professional baseball taught me was humility.

What was your “lightbulb moment” that led you to your career?

I took a political science class as a sophomore in college, where the professor made us all stand up and argue various positions in front of the class on a variety of topics. He was essentially making us prepare for and deliver an opening/closing argument. I loved it. I thought, “I could do this for a living.”

Frances Cannon Mitchell

The Compass School of Texas SMU and eCornell University

Frances Cannon Mitchell started her career as a financial analyst at ExxonMobil before joining her husband in Istanbul, Turkey, where she worked in accounting and back-office support for a start-up oil field service company.

After moving to London and then back to Dallas, she transitioned into human resources, supporting 13 operating companies domestically and internationally.

Now, she serves as a founding board member of The Compass School of Texas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, independent school located on West Northwest Highway.

“As a mom, we will do anything for our kids, and as it turns out, that means even being a part of starting a school that

we believe will inspire future leaders, resilient and kind people, and analytical thinkers,” Mitchell said.

She’s part of the school alongside Francis Harrison (also a 20 Under 40 honoree) and Caroline Harrison Loehr.

“I joined (my) longtime friends … to help build a scholastic program in the heart of Dallas focused on an engaging and wholesome academic education,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell also volunteers with Park Cities Presbyterian Church on the production team of the podcast Deep Light, the Cox Alumni Board at SMU, and the Highland Park Alumni Association Board.

Her involvement also includes Kappa Kappa Gamma. She is co-chairing its Oct. 15 Kappa Tablescapes event with her two best friends: “This is an event that annually raises over $200,000 for amazing local nonprofit organizations doing incredible work across the community.”

What’s a fun fact that someone wouldn’t know about you?

In my next life, I want to be a neuroscientist. The brain is so fascinating!

What was your “lightbulb moment” that led you to your career?

I resigned from my corporate role and went through an executive management course called Stagen, where I learned a lot of powerful tools, including defining my personal values and writing my life’s purpose statement through a lot of work and coaching. My purpose statement is, “I exist to shine a light on the road to love, empowerment, and resilience.”

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Joseph Kim

Joseph Kim was one of the first North Korean minor refugees to come to the U.S. under the 2004 North Korean Human Rights Act, which became law during President George W. Bush’s tenure.

Kim calls Bush, whom he’s known for a decade, his biggest inspiration.

“Given that I work at the George W. Bush Institute, you may think this is a political answer, but it is not,” Kim said. “President Bush helped me realize that humility and confidence are not separate entities but two sides of the same coin.”

“He is my personal hero and role model because I want to become a genuine and compassionate person like he is, and he has an excellent sense of humor,” Kim added.

Kim became a homeless orphan at the age of 12. His father died of starvation, and Kim was separated from his mother and sister.

Now, he works as program manager of global policy at the Bush Institute, which he describes as “an excellent platform to pursue my passion for helping the North Korean people.”

“At the Bush Institute, we work to advance policies that integrate human rights with national security, provide scholarships to North Korean refugees to study in America, and develop a new generation of human rights advocates,” he said.

Through his job, he speaks at various forums and events to raise human rights and security concerns.

Studying history was a big part of why he chose his career.

“Judging history or bad actors or characters in history is easy, but the purpose of learning history should not be about judging those bad actors,” Kim said. “Instead, ask yourself how you would choose your course of action differently and prepare yourself to form a better version of yourself.”

What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?

My first job in the United States was cleaning tables at a local restaurant. That night, I made $20 and some change. I wanted to keep the $20 bill for life, so I saved it in a safe space. Unfortunately, it’s so safe that I can’t remember where I hid it. I learned that if you want to hide something, remember where you put it.

Where do you see yourself and/or your career 10 years from now?

I hope by then, North Korea will be freed from dictatorship, and (I’ll) be able to return to my hometown. I want to become a high school teacher and care for orphans in free North Korea.

Allison Atwood

Moody Family YMCA

Truman State University

Allison Atwood has spent the last nine years working for the Moody Family YMCA.

She teaches exercise classes at the Y and in the community and is championing the Y’s new Special Olympics program.

“This is our first year, and we have had too much fun getting to know the athletes and families,” Atwood said. “Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for (the) adult special needs population.”

The program so far has offered bowling, pickleball, and basketball.

Another job highlight is teaching classes for memory care groups.

“These memory care day programs allow for caregivers to have a day of rest knowing their loved one is being taken care of,” she said. “The participants are offered a day of fun in a safe environment.”

Atwood says she comes away from working with special needs and memory care populations “knowing I have the best job and have made someone’s day a little better.”

She expects to keep working at the Y for many years and see the Special Olympics program become well-established.

Atwood has also used her sports background to coach at Lone Star, a local volleyball club, for the last 10 years.

“This has allowed me to stay involved in a sport that means so much to me,” she said. “I have played since I was 11 and was able to play in college, and now (I) get to help young girls find that same passion.”

The mom of three also leads her oldest daughter’s Girl Scout Daisy troop.

“Seeing those young ladies get excited about helping people and each other is a rewarding experience,” Atwood said.

What’s a fun fact that someone wouldn’t know about you?

I have a twin brother!

What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?

I worked as a landscaper for a family friend. I learned the value of hard work and punctuality. Also, I worked with my brother, so I learned that it is OK to have fun at work. I still cherish those memories I have with him.

What advice do you have for other young professionals?

If you can, do what makes you happy and find fun in what you do. Find an employer that allows you to be who you are and brings out the best versions of you.

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Congratulations on your recognition as one of the 20 Under Forty honorees for 2024.

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AJ Aguirre

Aguirre Medical

St. Mary’s University

Coming from a family of doctors, AJ Aguirre had a front-row seat to identify the industry-wide need for more efficient ways to approach payroll and billing.

That led him to start Aguirre Medical in 2019, with the hope of helping medical offices reduce expenses by outsourcing reception, referral, and accounting services.

“Five years later, my staff has quintupled, and it’s running like a well-oiled machine,” he said. “This was the culmination of everything I had learned, the people I’ve met, and a passion that grew.”

Aguirre started his career in finance at a local real estate services firm but had the idea for Aguirre Medical while talking over dinner with his mom about her growing pediatric practice.

“She asked if I would consider helping her,” Aguirre said. “I knew next to nothing about healthcare and didn’t know how to help.”

Francis Harrison

The Compass School of Texas College of Charleston

When Francis Harrison saw a need for more schools in Dallas, she cofounded The Compass School of Texas.

“I have followed a long line of family members who choose to give back and have made a difference,” she said.

The school is in its first academic year and aims to create well-rounded students through math, reading, farm-to-table, yoga, music, chess, and other subjects.

She says her grandmothers and mother motivated her to get involved in the community.

Her maternal grandmother, Caroline Rose Hunt, took pride in supporting important initiatives in Dallas; her paternal grandmother, Ann Harrison, always volunteered at her church and local government. Growing up, Harrison watched her mother help grow the Dallas Children’s Theater and advocate for accessible art.

He asked her, “What’s one aspect of the office that is giving you the most grief?”

“The front office,” she replied.

Soon, he started his management services organization with two receptionists in a downtown office.

He works with SMU’s Life After Ball program and the Texas A&M Mays Business School, which allow him to mentor and employ college students.

Outside of work, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a cause dear to Aguirre, as he was diagnosed with stage-four lymphoma in September 2021. He completed six rounds of chemotherapy and 20 rounds of radiation and celebrated two years of being in remission in February.

“In fact, the research (the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) funded developed the R-CHOP drug that saved my life,” Aguirre said.

He also volunteers with the Friends of Katy Trail, The Real Estate Council, Vogel Alcove, and Knox Park Community, which he founded.

“I really enjoy being around people and helping wherever I can,” Aguirre said. “I was motivated to get involved in the community to get to know and help my neighbors.”

What’s a fun fact that someone wouldn’t know about you?

I’ve been practicing water treading for about six months so that I can eventually join the Pegasus Water Polo Club.

What advice do you have for other young professionals?

Read the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling. It will tell you everything you need to know. It explains that you can be passionate but not too attached — that things won’t be fair, but don’t let it change your attitude.

“As I have watched Dallas experience tremendous growth over these last few years, I realized that there was a lot that we needed to focus on to be able to accommodate for such growth,” Harrison said. “We have seen numerous industries relocate to North Texas, which has been incredible, but it also made me look at our current infrastructure and, most importantly, education.”

Her first job was working for nonprofit Operation Smile, translating for medical teams and archiving medical histories.

Following her nonprofit work, she founded Conscious Cultures LLC, which allowed her to secure Office of Foreign Assets Control licensing to take U.S. citizens on licensed educational and cultural trips to Cuba. She’s also a director at the Rosewood Corporation.

Harrison’s philosophy: “If it doesn’t exist, then build it.”

How do you motivate yourself and others?

I try to lead and motivate by example, show humility, and be a problem solver. If the trash needs to be taken out or the fridge needs to be stocked, then I don’t hesitate to do it myself. I think that there is a strong balance between being a leader and a team player to motivating others.

What advice do you have for other young professionals?

In a world that is now dictated by instant gratification and constant transitions, I think loyalty, honesty, and long-term commitment go a long way.

What’s a fun fact that someone wouldn’t know about you?

After having spent so many years in Cuba, I am passionate about good coffee and playing dominoes.

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