BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our leaders who drive Habitat’s mission of providing everyone with a decent place to live.
Juan Suarez is Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel at Southwest Airlines Co. Southwest Airlines, a Dallas-based airline, is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded serving more than 100 million customers annually. With more than 65,000 employees, Southwest operates over 4,000 departures a day across a network of 99 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries. In his current position, Juan is responsible for providing legal guidance and maintaining legal compliance as it relates to Southwest’s business strategy, corporate initiatives, litigation management, employee relations, and labor relations. Since joining Southwest in 2000, Juan has served in various roles. Prior to being named Deputy General Counsel, Juan served as Associate General Counsel Labor & Employment.
Juan received his Juris Doctorate in 1993 from Cornell University Law School with a concentration in Trial Advocacy and his Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration in 1990 from the University of Oklahoma.
Juan began his legal career as a Dallas County Assistant District Attorney in Dallas, Texas in 1993. He then joined the government relations team of Trinity Industries, Inc., a Dallas-based heavy steel manufacturing company, where he focused on employment-related legislative initiatives. Prior to working for Southwest Airlines, Juan was in private practice with the national law firm of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. representing employers in employment litigation.
He currently serves on the Board for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and as a Board Member on the Dallas Regional Chamber. He previously served as a Trustee for The Hockaday School, the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Tejas Council for North Texas, the Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer, and as an Education Advocate for Dallas County Foster Youth. Juan is a graduate of Leadership Dallas Class of 2014.
Joey Hall is Executive Vice President, Operations for Pioneer Natural Resources and a member of its Management Committee. He is responsible for development activities in the Permian Basin, where the company has the largest Spraberry/Wolfcamp acreage position with decades of drilling inventory.
Hall’s career began in 1989, when he joined Pioneer’s predecessor company, MESA, Inc. He held several positions in worldwide facilities, eventually managing offshore, onshore and international projects across the Company, including the Falcon deep water development in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hall was then assigned as Operations Manager in Alaska, where he was responsible for all drilling, production and construction activities. Under his leadership, Pioneer completed the Oooguruk development, establishing Pioneer as the first independent oil and gas company to produce on the North Slope of Alaska.
When Pioneer turned its focus to developing its Eagle Ford Shale assets, Hall was tasked with leading the capital-intensive development, beginning as Vice President, Eagle Ford Asset Team, then Senior Vice President, South Texas Operations. Hall’s attention shifted to the Permian Basin when he became Executive Vice President, Southern Wolfcamp Operations. In 2015, he assumed leadership over all of Pioneer’s Permian Operations.
He has been inducted into the Petroleum Engineering Academy and the Mechanical Engineering Academy and serves on the Dean’s Council for the College of Engineering at Texas Tech University.
Hall has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Chair of Talent, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (TDEI)
Operations Committee Chair
Over a 20 year career in marketing, Ashley has developed deep expertise in consumer insights and strategic planning. Ashley spent the first twelve years of her career at advertising agencies including Publicis and DDB, working on accounts including American Airlines, Verizon, Omni Hotels, T.G.I.Friday’s, The Texas Lottery, Susan G. Komen, Earthgrains Breads, and Hershey’s Milks. Ashley then made the switch to the corporate side of marketing, holding the title of CMO at GameStop, Sally Beauty and At Home. At Sally Beauty and now at At Home Ashley also plays the role of General Manager of the company’s Omnichannel initiatives with P&L responsibility. Ashley’s work has won many awards including a Cannes Lion and she has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing for the past two years by Brand Innovators.
Specialties: Business strategy, consumer insights, brand development, strategic positioning, research and analytics, omni-channel P&L ownership, new brand/product and new store concept launches, corporate acquisition integrations, eCommerce, traditional advertising, digital advertising, mobile, social media, CRM, email, loyalty programs, Hispanic and African American marketing, promotions, partnerships, event marketing, content marketing, sports marketing and acquisition and retention programs.
Ms. Sydnee Freeman is the Director of Real Estate Development for Designing Justice+Designing Spaces which is an Oakland, California, based architecture and real estate development non-profit organization working to end mass incarceration by building infrastructure (includes peacemaking centers, mobile resource centers, workforce development facilities, housing for those transitioning from incarceration, etc.) that addresses its root causes: poverty, racism, unequal access to resources and the criminal justice system itself. Prior to DJDS, Ms. Freeman held the position of Vice President of Development for BGC Advantage; a private developer whose focus was small and rural PHA’s. Her responsibilities included the execution of the multi-family growth strategy across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and the Southeastern region of the United States.
Ms. Freeman has 18 years of single-family real estate and over five years of affordable, multi-family real estate experience. Additionally, she has 14 years of commercial, entertainment, medical, non-profit, residential, and retail development experience. Ms. Freeman holds a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Public Affairs / Graduate Certificate in City Planning from the University of Texas at Dallas and Executive Leadership certification from Harvard Business School. Additionally, she was awarded the Harvard Business School MBA Class of 1973 Fund for Social Enterprise Scholarship in 2017.
In addition to her seat on the Board, she is also a 19-year Habitat Core Volunteer.
Public Policy / Advocacy Chair
David Fisk has more than 35 years of Engineering Management experience with technology corporations. He is currently an Engineering Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Company. David began his career in 1981 at Texas Instruments Inc. in Dallas, Texas, starting in the Defense Systems and Electronics Group and eventually moving into the Venture Products Group in 1994. He then joined Hewlett Packard, Inc. in 1997, which became HPE in 2015. David managed many multi-disciplined R&D engineering teams in the Enterprise Server Business and most recently in Quality Engineering supporting the Enterprise Storage Business.
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from The Ohio State University, 1981 (Eta Kappa Nu, 1980) and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, 1992 (Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 1992).
David has received many awards throughout his career including the TI Defense Systems and Electronics Group Quality Award – 1991, elected as a Member of Group Technical Staff – 1992, the Department of the Navy’s Reliability, Maintainability, and Quality Assurance Award (Willoughby Award) – 1992, Six Sigma Black Belt Certification – 1993, Defense Systems and Electronics Group Technical Award for Excellence – 1994, People and Team Developer All Star Award – 2013 and 2014, Enterprise Group Quality Award – 2015, and Hybrid IT Group, Senior Vice President Award for Excellence – 2018. He is also a co-inventor on 3 United States Patents. Beyond his work in R&D, David has experience with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, customer and sales support, process improvement, mentoring, coaching and organizational development. He organized and has led a Leadership Development Program for HPE which has served 275 employees over the past 16 years. David has been an active member of HPE’s North Texas Site Council since 2010.
As a Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity (DAHfH) construction core volunteer since 1994, David has been a crew chief, senior crew chief, a house leader, and he has developed and conducted many training sessions on construction and leadership for volunteers. He received the Crew Chief Award – 2002, the Master Builder Award – 2012, and has twice been honored with the Mary Brock Award – 2004 and 2016. David has led the Construction Committee since 2015 and has been a member of the DAHfH Board of Directors since 2016. In addition to his work with Dallas Habitat, he has participated in several of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Projects and a Global Village Project in Vietnam.
Starting as a crewperson at his local McDonald’s restaurant at age 17, Chris Packard went on to build a very successful 36-year career ending as president & CEO of Packard Restaurants, owning and operating six McDonald’s franchises. He was a recognized leader within the McDonald’s system, elected by his fellow owners/operators to major leadership positions in which he worked closely with McDonald’s corporate management. Chris’ restaurants and management were consistently ranked as the “Best of the Best” by McDonald’s Corporation in the areas of operations, community involvement, people development and sales building. During this time, Chris was very involved in community and civic service with organizations including Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth as board president, Habitat for Humanity, Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE), and the HEB Chamber of Commerce.
Following his restaurant career, Chris served as an SBA representative in disaster centers after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He then turned his attention to the not-for-profit world, as he puts it “helping nonprofits operate with the efficiency of a COSTCO with the heart of Mother Teresa,” In the nonprofit sector, Chris has served as executive director of the Dallas County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Austin Street Center. He was a consultant for the Dallas White Rock Marathon, where he developed and implemented a strategic business plan that, in its first year, helped generate a 50 percent increase in donation funds for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. He has led Komen Dallas, National Speakers Association, California Speech Language Hearing Association and Obesity Medicine Association as the interim CEO where he implemented strategic and impactful changes to the organizations. He has also been an investor and volunteer with Dallas Social Venture Partners and the Fund for Higher Education, and a board member and driver for Call-a-Ride Southlake (CARS).
After pursuing a college degree after selling his restaurants and working in the nonprofit sector, Chris received his Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in May 2013 and Masters of Public Affairs at the University of Texas Dallas in May 2014.
Currently, Chris is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Texas Dallas teaching nonprofit management courses and at the UTD Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance where he lectures about Governance. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, where he serves as treasurer. Also, he is on the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities, where he serves on the Grant Committee, and the MPA Advisory Board for Public and Nonprofit Department at UTD.
Finance & Audit
Steve has been in banking and financial services for 40+ years, primarily in roles related to operations and regulatory management, information technology governance, credit risk management and community engagement. He currently serves with Tolleson Private Bank as Executive Vice President over banking operations and regulatory compliance and is a member of the executive committee that consults and advises on strategic objectives for the bank. A total geek, Steve loves to make efficient, risk aware systems that delight bank clients, employees, and other stakeholders. He regularly leads and participates in innovation circles where professionals from various backgrounds intersect collaboratively to discuss new ideas and create opportunities.
Steve has a passion for serving and volunteers regularly in the community. He donates his time for many worthwhile causes related to early childhood education, financial literacy, and equitable development. He considers it a great honor and is very happy to be working with Dallas Area Habitat, an organization with a long track record of delivering the special significance of a home and a way to financial health for so many.
Dawn Kahle is Vice President of communications for Children’s Health, the eight-largest pediatric health care provider in the nation and the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas. Ms. Kahle manages crisis and issues communications for the health care system, as well as leads external communications, including social media, online brand reputation and public relations. She also oversees corporate and internal communications, including executive communications and publications. She also serves as Board Chair for Children’s Health as a member of SocialMedia.org Health
An award-winning communicator, Ms. Kahle has worked with a wide variety of global and national consumer and healthcare, consumer technology and enterprise software organizations throughout her career. In 2014, she was named one of the top women in business by The Dallas Business Journal.
Ms. Kahle currently serves as the Vice President for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and the Vice President of Communications for Children’s Health. She and her family also actively support Operation Kindness and Community Partners of Dallas. She is married with two children and earned a master’s degree in mass communications and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Oklahoma State University. In 2018, Ms. Kahle earned a certification in digital marketing with a focus on digital marketing strategy and analysis from Southern Methodist University.
Jay Bray is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Mr. Cooper Group. Jay has served as a longtime volunteer and donor for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, while also championing affordable housing throughout his organization for many years. His commitment to Habitat families shines through when he is on the build site with a hammer and a smile. His leadership and management expertise in the home loan industry, combined with his enthusiasm for our mission are welcome additions to our board of directors. Jay is also a member of the Dallas Stars executive board, the board of directors at Elevate Credit, Inc. and is a graduate of Auburn University.
Ron Storz is the Chief Operating Officer for Toyota Industries Commercial Finance. Ron has served as a volunteer with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and his extensive background and experience with finance companies and business partnerships make him an ideal member of our board of directors. Throughout his career and his more than four years with Toyota, Ron has championed diverse hiring practices within his team. Ron received his B.A. from St. Johns University in Jamaica, NY.
Courtney Spellicy’s mission is to strengthen communities through the built environment. She strives to sustain progress and affect change through her passions for public policy, economic development, urban planning, sustainable growth, preservation, design, and construction. She is a City of Dallas Landmark Commissioner and serves on the Boards of Directors for The Real Estate Council, the Dallas Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, and the Jubilee Park Community Center. With 16+ years of technical and professional experience in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry, her breadth of knowledge enables her to provide value in a variety of capacities and market sectors.
Roy Whitehead is President and CEO of Whitehead Worldwide. His varied interests include ownership and management of a commercial international property, an officer in TropicSport Mineral Sunscreen, and an officer in Meridien Apparel. Prior to Whitehead Worldwide he was the CEO of Wolf Manufacturing. A maker of neck pillows, blankets and other “travel comfort” items. His customers included Paradies, Walmart, Walgreens, Ross, TJ Max/Marshalls and hundreds of other retailers. In addition to senior leadership, he has a background in marketing. He earned his bona fides in several blue chip Fortune 500 companies with well-known brands. Companies include Coca Cola, Frito Lay (Pepsico), 7-Eleven, and Fortune #1, Walmart. He had P&L responsibility for his brands, lead strategic planning, marketing communications, product innovation and managed large cross-functional teams. He has applied those skills at entrepreneurial lower/middle market companies in consumer-packaged goods, apparel, and retail. Current and past board participation include Habitat for Humanity Dallas—Operations Chair, MHM Urgent Care, Wolf Manufacturing, and YPO/YPOG. Roy has been active in YPO/YPOG for more than 10 years. The organization is comprised of Presidents and CEOs of the most prestigious organizations in the world. He has held most officer positions and is currently Vice Chair of the Dallas chapter, Maverick YPOG and will be Chapter Chair in 2022- 2023. He has been married for 30-years and is the father of three. He and his wife Elizabeth have a son working in Silicon Valley following recent graduation from Santa Clara, a son working in Dallas following recent graduation from Sewanee, and a daughter at University of California, Santa Barbara.
AT LARGE MEMBERS
Jeffrey (Jeff) Darnell
* Ex-Officio members
Kathryn (Kathy) Stricker
Olga Martinez Hickman
Asheya L. Warren