Our Board of Directors
Isabelle Collora has a lengthy list of accomplishments, many in the human rights and religion fields. In 1980, she co-founded Homeward Bound, Inc., with Doug Denton. She was a board member of the Greater Dallas Community of Churches and is currently on the boards of Ladies of Charity of Dallas; Cathedral Dallas, Inc.; “Si Puedes,” Inc.; and the Guadalupanas Association. She has received the Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Judge Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, and the Woman of the Year Award from the Texas Catholic Conference, among many.
Isabelle Collora, Chair Emerita, Board of Directors
Mr. Oliver, who has been deputy executive director at DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) since 2012, reports directly to the president/executive director. He has a diverse background with experience in management, labor and employment matters, public finance, legislative processes, legal expertise and transit development. A former Texas legislator and judge, Mr. Oliver co-sponsored the legislation that created Dallas Area Rapid Transit. He was later appointed by the city of Dallas to the DART board and served for 10 years as a member and chairman.
Jesse Oliver, Chair, Board of Directors
Dr. Turnage is executive director of Dallas Services, an agency dedicated to helping people with disabilities or other needs achieve their potential by fostering inclusiveness and independence throughout their lives. Dallas Services operates a Low Vision Clinic and two Day Schools, among other services, to meet that mission. Before he joined Dallas Services, Dr. Turnage was clinical director of the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Thomas A. Turnage, Ph.D., Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors
When syndicated financial columnist Scott Burns retired from a job as a columnist for The Dallas Morning News, he founded AssetBuilders, an investment advisory group. He developed the Couch Potato Cookbook, which he calls “lazy” investment planning. He has written several books on investing, including The Household Economy: Its Shape, Origins, and Future; Spend ’Til the End: A Revolutionary Guide to Raising Your Living Standard – Today and When You Retire; and The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America's Economic Future. Burns’ articles and columns have appeared in Worth, Boston, Playboy, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in humanities and biology.
Scott Burns, Member, Board of Directors
Jenaie Franke is a long-time volunteer and first lady of Cedar Hill, Texas. She and her family have been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work with Hurricane Katrina evacuees. She has served on the board of Earth Day Oak Cliff, Hope Mansion, and Cedar Hill Transformation Vision, a nonprofit that assists women in crisis, among other services. Ms. Franke retired recently from the Environmental Protection Agency, where she had been environmental protection specialist, team leader.
Jenaie Franke, Member, Board of Directors
Huelon Harrison brings over 30 years of corporate, public, and private sector experience to Legacy Resource Group. The firm has established itself in a role as a relationship facilitator, with a successful record of helping large firms identify and engage with firms that can bring unique skills, ideas, and capacity to perform at a high level. These coordinating efforts have yielded award-winning teams that have performed well on high-profile capital projects.
Harrison has been active in the community as well as serving in various roles on a national level. He has served as board chair of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas Urban Rehabilitation Standards Board, and West Dallas Community Centers. He currently serves on the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) board of directors and sits on the Executive Committee. Harrison also serves on APTA's Business Members Board of Governors. Locally, he serves as chair of the Dallas Community Development Commission and the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce.
Huelon Harrison, Member, Board of Directors
Dan Pryor has a long career helping individuals and organizations become more productive, more whole and more fulfilled. His work has taken him throughout the United States as well as parts of Australia, Canada and Europe. Clients have included Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit and faith-based organizations, educational institutions and associations. In addition to his consulting, seminar work, and speaking, he is currently a faculty member in the MBA program at Howard Payne University. At Howard Payne he teaches courses in Leadership, Organizational Communication and Management. His is also a lecturer in business communication at The University of Texas at Austin. He currently writes and distributes the online newsletter, Speedbumps-a Cerebral Tap of the Brakes (readspeedbumps.com) Dan received his doctorate from the University of North Texas where he researched system approaches to learning.
Dan’s professional career includes tenures with Atlantic Richfield, EDS, and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. Throughout his career he’s had the good fortune to serve as an adjunct professor at Texas State University, Truett Seminary, the University of Texas at Dallas and St. Edwards University.
Dan Pryor, Member, Board of Directors
Dr. Wells works with the Highland Park Independent School District in two elementary schools as a psychologist, assessing autism spectrum disorder, emotional disturbance, attention difficulties and functional behavior. She has a private practice providing services to individuals and families. She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and an M.S. in applied psychology from Texas A&M, Commerce, a M.S. in social work at the University of Texas at Arlington and a B.A. in Education from the University of Dallas.
Melanie Wells, Ph.D., Member, Board of Directors
James Tarpeh, Member, Board of Directors
James Tarpeh is vice president of Business Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Mr. Tarpeh has a background in consulting and finance, and he managed the operations of 27 Waffle House restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and 11 franchise restaurants in the Greater Denver area.
Mr. Tarpeh is active in the community and plays a leadership role in several local organizations. He is vice chairman of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr., Community Outreach Center. Its mission is to “help create self-sustaining pathways out of poverty for young people and families” in Dallas. The Zan Holmes Center is the nonprofit arm of the St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in South Dallas.
He is also on the board of S.M.I.L.E.S., an outreach ministry that provides spiritual, emotional, and parenting resources to single parents of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds by interchanging love, empathy and support throughout the single-parent journey.