Meet Our Leadership

Board Of Directors

FOUNDER

J.J. Smith

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Foundation President & Executive Director. Former Owner/Publisher of The Rockwall News (2008-2016); political campaign consultant; advertising account executive for KVIL 103.7 FM, the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network, Time Warner Cable TV and advertising director of Houston’s METRO mass transit authority. Family violence survivor. He is married to Roxana Smith and has eight children. 

VICE PRESIDENT

Roxana Smith

VICE PRESIDENT

Self-employed household manager. Former Assistant Activities Director at Senior Care at Lake Pointe, former server at Stonebriar Country Club and former motel manager in Montana. She is married to J.J. Smith and has one daughter.

ATTORNEY

John Browning

ATTORNEY

Trial lawyer at Passman & Jones, Adjunct Professor of Law at SMU Dedman School of Law and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and award-winning author/journalist nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism in 2007. He has also served or currently serves on the boards of various charitable organizations, including the Press Club of Dallas. He is married.

 

 

Leigh Ann Bryant R.N.

Leigh Ann Bryant R.N.

Full-time acute dialysis Registered Nurse, author of In My Defense and Platform Guest/Speaker with “I Am Second XTreme” and Bill Glass’ “Behind the Walls” prison ministry. A former emergency room nurse, she is involved with several women’s shelters and serves in many areas at her home church in Fort Worth TX with her main focus being youth and missions. Family violence survivor. She is married and has three sons.

JIm Buffington

JIm Buffington

Texas State Rep. Cindy Burkett

Texas State Rep. Cindy Burkett

Four-term Texas State Representative (R-Sunnyvale), representing District 113, in eastern Dallas County. First elected in 2010 to represent District 110. She is a also commercial real estate agent with Biel Partners. She is married and has three children.

Bob Deuell M.D.

Bob Deuell M.D.

Board-certified family physician with Baylor, Scott & White Primary Care Associates in Greenville TX. Former Republican Texas State Senator, first elected in 2003, who represented Senate District 2 until 2014. He is married and has three children. 

Gary Freedman

Gary Freedman

Vice President at National Family Care Life Insurance/NFC Marketing Associates. Board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center For Rockwall County. Family violence survivor. He is married and has two children. 

Aundrea Whalen

Aundrea Whalen

Real estate agent and investor at RE/MAX DFW Associates. Former 911 telephone operator. Former keynote speaker at Genesis Women’s Shelter. Family violence survivor. Her son is deceased. 

Advisory Council

Paul Britt

Paul Britt

Owner of Britt’s Training Systems, Amazing Athletes of North Texas & Personal Trainer. Fifth-Degree Black Belt & Self-Defense Instructor. Former Municipal Court Bailiff & City of Rockwall Police Officer. He is married with three children.

Cari Foote M.A. LPC

Cari Foote M.A. LPC

Certified EMDR Family Therapist in private practice. Former Family Crisis Center Program Director in Marble Falls TX, Social Worker & CPS Worker in San Luis Obispo CA. She has two sons.

Debra Harper

Debra Harper

Client Solutions Executive at AT&T & Texas Federation of Republican Women Board Member. Former Rockwall County Republican Women’s Club President & Probation Officer. She is married to Dr. John Harper PhD.

Dr. John Harper PhD

Dr. John Harper PhD

Public Policy Consultant to Harmony Public Schools. Former Rowlett TX Mayor (2007-11), CFO of The Cooper Institute & Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Retired Major in U.S. Air Force. He is married to Debra Harper and has one daughter.

Liz Jones

Liz Jones

Owner of Liz Jones Wellness. Former Wellness Coordinator for City of Mesquite TX, Wellness Director for Rockwall TX YMCA & Executive Director of New Richmond WI women’s shelter.

Phyllis Perez

Phyllis Perez

Remington College – Ft. Worth Criminal Justice Department Director, Instructor & former Dallas County Juvenile Department Probation Officer. Family violence survivor. She has one son.

Judge Mark Russo

Judge Mark Russo

Rockwall County Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 (2012-present) & former City of Rockwall City Council Member (2008-2012). Former Production Director at KSKY-AM 660AM The Answer in Dallas TX. He is married with one son.

Tom Shelton

Tom Shelton

Retired Royse City TX Police Chief & former Dallas Police Department SWAT Team Supervisor, Training Supervisor & Patrol Officer for 20+ years. He is married with one daughter.