Our Team

Meet some of the people who work to improve access to education, income and health from inside United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. The passion and dedication of our team enables us to lead a community-wide movement for lasting change.

Senior Leadership

Jennifer Sampson

McDermott-Templeton President & CEO

Susan Hoff

Chief Strategy & Impact Officer

Janice Harissis

Chief Financial Officer

John Mitchener

Chief Development Officer

Rob Shearer

Chief Communications Officer

Community Impact

Alejandra Aguilar

Healthcare Navigator

Daniel Bouton

Senior Director, Family & Community Health

Keyana Brown

Rental Assistance Navigator

Ashley Brundage

Executive Director of Housing Stability & SVP, Community Impact

Alicia Crews

Senior Administrative Assistant

Velma Del Bosque

Healthcare Navigator

Ashley Douglas

Vice President, Southern Dallas Thrives

Michele Epps

Part Time Rental Assistance Navigator

Caty Field

Data Entry and Evaluation Specialist

Rosemary Grougnet

Senior Administrative Assistant

Catlin Hale

Director, Pathways to Work

Jasmine Hillman

Senior Manager, Innovation

Lavonda Howell

Director, Provider Support and Training

Felecia Hunter-Burnett

Rental Assistance Navigator

Allison Iyescas

Director, Grants & Public Funding

Nailah Johnson

Director, Texas Home Visting Programs

Cathy Kang

Director, Education and Career Services

Angel Leland

TI Fellow

Stephanie Mace

Vice President, Strong Communities

Greg Mangum

Vice President, Economic Mobility

Paola Martinez

Senior Manager, Housing Stability

Chara Mcgill

Manager, Navigation Services

Lashaila Mitchum

Coordinator, Southern Dallas Thrives

Ann Montgomery

Vice President, Innovation & Design

Kathryn Pate

Senior Manager, Innovation, Operations & Design

Mark Pollack

Senior Director, Community Impact Operations

Abigail Sharp

Vice President, Early Childhood Initatives

Latasha Splane

Director, HOPES

Maria Torres

Manager, Healthcare Access Services

Executive Office

Jen Reeves

Senior Director, Executive Office

Shama Sattar

Executive Assistant

Finance & Operations

Candace Barnes

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Kwaku Boakye

Data Analyst

Annette Bradford

A/R Staff Accountant

Dinari Caceres

Gift Processing Specialist

Corey Carter

Senior Manager, Gift Processing

Brenda Cooper

eBusiness Operations Specialist

Angela Floyd

Vice President, IT & Gift Processing

Raul Gonzalez

Financial Planning Manager

Brett Haber

eBusiness Specialist

Janice Harissis

Chief Financial Officer

Erin Hillman

Accountant, Healthcare Navigator Grant

Drika Jacobs

Accountant

Kendra Johnson

Director, Human Resources

Rodney Jordan

Facilities Manager

Jayshree Mehta

Early Childhood Accounting Manager

Barbara Miller

Accountant

Ellen Parr

Vice President & Controller

Linda Ramoz

Director, Accounting

Reva Reeves

Accounts Payable Administrator

Christina Trevino

Gift Processing Specialist

Sylvia Weaver

CFO Senior Office Manager

Yvette Williams

Senior Director, Salesforce Product Management

Marketing

Alex Northington

Vice President, Marketing

Andres Tascon

Head of Creative Studio

Damon Mitchell

Narrative Change Senior Manager

Gilbert Venegas Jr

Senior Multimedia Graphic Designer

Hanna Sirak

Multimedia Graphic Designer

Hari Chan

Senior Director, Digital Content

Meg Costa

Director, Content

Melissa Koehler

Marketing Project Director

Sheri Sullivan

Director, Digital Experience

Resource Development

Beth Fenton

Corporate Account Executive

Brandi Gross

Senior Director, Development & Governance

Brenda Krieger

Stewardship Specialist

Cara Dudley

Director, Corporate Engagement

Carol Mock

Corporate Account Executive

Carshundra Watts

Special Projects & Events Coordinator

Connie Short

Director, Donor Relations

Danielle Ingold

Senior Director, Foundation Relations

Deborah Arango

Director, Leadership Giving

Erica Brue

Special Projects & Events Coordinator

Haley Chambers

Corporate Account Executive

Jamie Winholtz

Senior Director, Leadership Giving

John Mitchener

Chief Development Officer

Lauren Parker

Director, Leadership Societies

Makalah Brown

Director, Events

Maria Macias-Short

Corporate Account Executive

Shannon Nail

Vice President, Development Strategy

Susan Hutcheson

Vice President, Leadership Giving

Wendy Krizmanic

Corporate Account Executive

Yuliana Soto

Leadership Giving Officer

Jennifer Sampson

Jennifer Hilton Sampson is the McDermott-Templeton President & CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the largest social change organization focused on improving access to education, income and health in North Texas. Jennifer’s vision for United Way includes integrating emerging fundraising markets, strategically incorporating innovative uses of technology, and strengthening collaborative partnerships throughout the region.

Since her appointment as CEO and president in 2011, Jennifer has built community confidence in United Way’s mission and impact priorities and achieved unprecedented results in resource development. This catalytic approach to philanthropy is yielding organizational capacity, strategic value and efficiency for the donor community, while creating lasting social change.

A committed community advocate, Jennifer has served in leadership roles for numerous organizations in North Texas throughout her career. She serves on the local boards of the Commit! Partnership, City Year Dallas, The Hockaday School and the Business and Community Advisory Council of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. She is a member of the Young President’s Organization, the International Women’s Forum Dallas, the Dallas Assembly and the Dallas Charter 100. Jennifer is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas. Jennifer was named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Council of Dallas County and a Distinguished Alumnis by Dallas Regional Chamber Leadership Dallas and was recognized as one of the youngest recipients of the Baylor Distinguished Alumni Award. Jennifer and her husband, Edward, have one son, Hilton.

Susan Hoff

Susan Hoff serves as Chief Strategy & Impact Officer for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Before joining the United Way team in 2009, Susan was the CEO and president of ChildCareGroup and, prior to that, was the executive director of Educational First Steps.

In addition to senior leadership roles, Susan’s professional experience includes the positions of teacher, child care center director and parent educator. She is a highly sought-after trainer and public speaker, is an accomplished fund developer and has developed curricula and educational publications for children and adults. Susan is a well-known children’s advocate at the local, state and national levels. She is the co-founder, with Margery Miller, of the Great Girls Network, a platform for women from all walks of life to lift up and inspire one another. Susan serves on the boards of Early Matters Dallas, the Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (TXPOST) and the Essilor Vision Foundation – Americas. She was appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings to the board of Workforce Solutions Dallas County in 2012, 2015 and 2018. She is also a past president of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children and past board chair of Social Venture Partners Dallas, First3Years and the Junior League of Richardson.

Janice Harissis

Janice Harissis serves as the Chief Financial Officer for United Way Metropolitan Dallas and United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas. Prior to joining United Way, she held various leadership roles in finance, accounting and operations at Texas Instruments. She is a CPA and served as business unit controller, Asia Region Audit Manager in Shanghai, China, and as vice president and corporate audit director for the company. She served as executive sponsor for TI’s global Finance and Operations Training Program and was a member of the TI corporate compliance, ethics and cybersecurity committees. Prior to joining TI, Janice was the operations site manager for KES Systems in Midland, Texas, with responsibility for manufacturing operations, IT, purchasing and human resources.

Janice served on the board of the Texas Women’s Foundation as audit committee chair and has served on the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas audit committee and as chair of the strategic controls sub-committee. She previously served on the board of High Tech High Heels.

John Mitchener

John Mitchener serves as the chief development officer for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the largest nongovernmental funder of programs to improve education, income and health in North Texas. John joined United Way in 2021 from Methodist Health System Foundation, where he served as vice president of development. Previously, he spent seven years as the planned giving development officer with Children’s Medical Center Foundation in Dallas, where he successfully grew the planned giving program.

Earlier in his career, John served in development roles at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Allied Health Sciences in Galveston. He also held fundraising and development positions with Community Counseling Services in Chicago.

He is the immediate past president of the Dallas Council of Charitable Gift Planners. John is a graduate from the University of Mississippi, and he resides in Dallas with his wife and two children.

Rob Shearer

Rob Shearer serves as the Chief Communications Officer for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Prior to joining United Way Rob led the communications team at The Commit Partnership. Rob has more than 25 years of experience in communications and marketing including positions in large and small advertising agencies, for-profit companies, and nonprofit impact work. The Dallas Observer recognized him as one of the Top 100 Creatives in North Texas. He is the proud father of 4 daughters and active in his Oak Cliff neighborhood.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

All the ways you can Live United, delivered to your inbox.

Copyright © 2022 United Way Metropolitan Dallas. All Rights Reserved.