United Way of Tarrant County Announces New and Returning Board Members

By July 1, 2019 No Comments

United Way of Tarrant County today announced new and returning members of the Board of Directors for 2019-2020.

“Our board members are passionate about our community and about our work to solve Tarrant County’s toughest social challenges,” said TD Smyers, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. “We are excited to have these leaders represent our organization.”

We are proud to welcome the following new board members to their first year of service:

Martin Noto is executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Inwood National Bank. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the commercial banking operation and assisting the CEO with other areas of the bank as needed. He serves on behalf of many organizations including as vice chairman of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, finance chairman for the Salvation Army Advisory Board and chairman of the Housing Channel.


June W. Davis is board president of Crowley ISD and the former director of special programs in Fort Worth ISD. She is a veteran educator with more than 30 years’ experience. She was first elected to the Crowley Board of Trustees in May 2003 and was elected vice president in 2007 and served in that role until August 2010 when she was elected president.


Stevan (Steve) B. Bobb has been the executive vice president and chief marketing officer for BNSF Railway since January 2013. In this capacity, he is responsible for the company’s sales and marketing activities, customer service, economic development, equipment management and intermodal facilities. Previously, he was group vice president, Coal Business Group, leading BNSF’s coal sales and marketing team.  He currently serves on the Medical City Alliance Board of Trustees.


Cheryl Mobley is the founder and CEO of reCalibrate, a leading solution for organizations that identifies the gaps that are keeping business from consistently getting results.  The organization serves as the catalyst to move companies in the right direction creating sustainable success. Cheryl has worked in both the U.S. and abroad. She has also been featured in publications including The News Tribune, WAC, Washington Journal, AICPA and Women on the Move.


Dr. Peter Grant Jordan is president of Tarrant County College South Campus. In this capacity, he leads a campus with more than 300 faculty and staff, 12,000 students and operations that include 39 buildings on a 159-acre campus. He currently serves as a trustee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), on the board of directors for Southeast Fort Worth Inc. and is past president of Rotary Club of Fort Worth East.


Brian D. O’Neill, PE, CFM is a principal at Pacheco Koch and oversees the Fort Worth office. He has more than 24 years of experience in civil engineering planning and design, including the preparation of plans, specifications and estimates, construction management and administration.



Jeff Whitfield is a partner at Kelly Hart, where he represents businesses and individuals facing a wide variety of legal and policy challenges, including contract disputes, election challenges, securities litigation, products and premises liability, international law issues, statutory construction and questions of constitutionality. Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Whitfield attained the rank of captain while serving as an active duty Air Force officer. He is  affiliated with the United Way Veterans Fund Committee and Rotary Club of Fort Worth.


Gloria Starling is a managing partner at The Capital Grille in Fort Worth. She has worked for Darden Restaurants, Inc. for 10 years. She has worked throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex gaining knowledge, skills, experience and proficiency along the way. Prior to being named managing partner, she was sales and marketing manager. Gloria was recently featured in the Fort Worth Business CEO magazine as one of the 20 Women to Watch in Business. She was also named the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2014 Business Woman of the year.


Danny Torres is the general superintendent-Texoma service unit for Union Pacific Railroad. His team has responsibility for safety, service and efficiency across 2,200 rail miles in Texas, Oklahoma and portions of Arkansas and Kansas. Prior to his role on the Texoma service unit, Torres was superintendent within the South Texas service unit.  His team had responsibility for just under 1,000 rail miles and just over 1,100 agreement employees.



Dedicated members joining the board of directors for a second term include:

  • James Powell, Assistant General Counsel, North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • Justin R. Chapa, Associate Attorney, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Sean Donohue, CEO, DFW International Airport
  • John Flack II, Partner, KPMG, LLP
  • Jill Lyttle, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Leadership Development, First Command Financial Services, Inc.
  • Allison Mullis, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Bell
  • Tom Stallings, Founder, Firm Strategies

Members of the current executive committee and board of directors are: 

Executive Committee and Board Members

  • Board Chair: James Powell, Assistant General Counsel, North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee and Compliance Officer and Treasurer: Scott Hickson, Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Chair, Investment Committee: Josh McNamara, CPA, CVA, Associate Controlling Manager and Principal, The Walton Group, LLC
  • Chair, Compensation and Benefits Committee: Jill Lyttle, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Leadership Development, First Command Financial Services, Inc.
  • Chair, Governance Committee: Justin Chapa, Associate Attorney, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Chair, Strategic Planning Committee: Allison Mullis, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Bell
  • Chair, Diversity Committee: Shannon Fletcher, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office-Chief of Staff Division
  • Co-Chair, Community Investment Cabinet: Kristy Odom
  • Chair, Annual Campaign: Dr. Pat Linares
  • Co-Chair Annual Campaign: Hadley Woerner, President, Tarrant Region Frost Bank
  • Non-Voting Member: TD Smyers, President, United Way of Tarrant County
  • Non-Voting Member: Beverly Boyd, Corporate Secretary, United Way of Tarrant County
  • Member-at-Large: Melinda M. Johnston, Managing Director and Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
  • Member-at-Large: Corey Fickes, Attorney at Law/Partner, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP


  • Mona Bailey, Community Volunteer, Texas Silver-Haired Legislator
  • Dan Berce, President and CEO, GM Financial, Inc.
  • Bridget Blaise-Shamai, Managing Director of Customer Loyalty and Insights for American Airlines
  • Earnest Boone, Secretary/Treasurer District Lodge 776 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • Carlo Capua, Co-Owner Z’s Café and Catering
  • Brian Coltharp, P.E., President and CEO, Freese and Nichols
  • Joseph DeLeon, President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
  • Sean Donohue, CEO, DFW International Airport
  • John Flack II, Partner, KPMG, LLP
  • Melody Johnson, Schloar in Residence, Texas Christian University
  • Glen Sirles, Community Volunteer
  • Tom Stallings, Founder, Mosaic Strategy Partners
  • Darwin Winfield, Manager of Public Affairs Atmos Energy

Ex-Officio Voting Directors

  • Chair, Women United: Olivia Templeton, Director, BNSF Railway
  • Chair, United Way Northeast Steering Committee: Kristin James, Assistant Director of Neighborhood Services, City of North Richland Hills
  • Chair, United Way Arlington: Patra Stroemer, Retired Engineer, Lockheed Martin
  • Chair, Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County: Amanda Robbins, Program Director, Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaborative
  • President of the Tarrant County Central Labor Council: Brian Golden, President, Tarrant County Central Labor Council AFL-CIO

Rolling off the Board:

  • Mark Nurdin, CEO/Fort Worth Region, Bank of Texas
  • Riz Chand, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, BNSF Railway Company
  • Tommy Lawler, CEO and Managing Partner, Weaver
  • Richard Casarez, Vice President of Fort Worth Customer Operations, Oncor Electric Delivery
  • Rachel Harris, Senior Director of Advancement Communications, Texas Christian University
  • Marcelo Cavazos, Superintendent of Schools, Arlington Independent School District
  • Michael Onuscheck, President, Global Business and Innovation, Alcon
  • Marcia Etie, Community Volunteer
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