BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our leaders who drive Habitat’s mission of providing everyone with a decent place to live.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finance Chair & DAHFH Secretary
Public Policy / Advocacy Chair
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.
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.
Mission Advancement Chair
Steven (“Steve”) Reed Jr. has over 20 years of experience largely in family office, investment banking and private equity settings. Most recently, Mr. Reed is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Stonehollow Capital Partners, which concentrates on private equity investments in lower-middle market companies.
Prior to founding Stonehollow, Mr. Reed served as a Managing Partner of EF Capital Management, the investment arm of a substantial single-family office, which largely focused on direct equity and direct debt investments, in both public and private companies. Previous to EF Capital, Mr. Reed was a Founding Member and Partner of BankCap Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in the financial services industry.
Mr. Reed began his career as an investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co. in the Financial Institutions Group. After Bear Stearns, Mr. Reed joined Houlihan Lokey, a middle-market investment bank, where he worked in the Corporate Finance and Restructuring groups.
Mr. Reed graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Reed serves on the Board of the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and as a youth soccer coach. Mr. Reed resides in Dallas with his wife and two sons.
Dena DeNooyer Stroh has almost 20 years of legal experience. Ms. Stroh joined North Texas Tollway Authority in March 2015 as General Counsel and Ethics Officer. She previously served as General Counsel and Board Secretary for Murchison Oil and Gas for three years. Prior to her in-house counsel positions, she practiced complex commercial litigation at Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank, LLP and Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP and was elected to the partnerships of both firms. In 1999, she graduated from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, cum laude, and Order of the Coif, and in 1996, graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Psychology.
Ms. Stroh was 2017 President of Dallas Women Lawyers Association (DWLA). She has co-chaired the Women’s Advocacy Awards committee of Legal Aid of Northwest Texas from 2014 to 2016, serves as a director on the boards of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Dallas Children’s Theater, and chaired Attorneys Serving the Community from 2012 to 2014. Ms. Stroh is a past President of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (2009), during which time she created a public service announcement campaign to educate the Spanish-speaking community about fraud, created a Teen Leadership Academy, and documented the history of the organization from 1978 to 2009 in written and video form. She was a member of the 2011 Class of Leadership Dallas.
Under Ms. Stroh’s leadership, NTTA was selected a finalist for 2018 Litigation of the Year and 2018 M&A Deal of the Year for the ACC Corporate Counsel Awards. She was selected as one of the “Dallas 500” in 2015 by D CEO Magazine, received the 2014 D CEO Magazine & ACC Corporate Counsel Award for Outstanding Community Service, and was selected as one of the “40 Under 40” in 2013 by the Dallas Business Journal.
Ms. Stroh has been married for over 13 years and has three children – 10, 8, and 4. She “ran” her first half marathon in December 2015.
AT LARGE MEMBERS
Jeffrey (Jeff) Darnell
* Ex-Officio members
Kathryn (Kathy) Stricker