J. Denise Huginnie
Founder/President | Impact Focus
Brings significant expertise in strategic planning, program development, measurement and evaluation plans, community collaboration models, strategic partnership development, infrastructure development and resource development. Conducted community outreach, bond feasibility studies and utility cost of service analyses for municipal clients. Other clients have included financial services, human services, youth development, workforce development, arts, scientific and cultural organizations.
Highly experienced in developing nonprofit, for profit and social enterprise business plans. Currently providing technical assistance for community impact initiatives at the African-American Credit Union Coalition. Serves as a strategic advisor for a number of community development corporations in Texas and across the country. Also serves as a contract resource for the Center for Nonprofit Management in Wichita Falls.
· Stanford University – BS, Industrial Engineering
· Stanford Graduate School of Business – MBA, Finance & Accounting
LINDA GRAY, DCL
Community Advocate | Federal Grant Specialist
Nonprofit and small business consultant with more than 25 years of experience with expertise in small business mentoring, nonprofit start-ups, nonprofit management, grant research and development for community-based nonprofits and faith-based organizations. She brings a legacy of community outreach and engagement experience in multiple jurisdictions. Has extensive background in training and hands-on experiences from a legacy of volunteerism and community service in both the faith-based and nonprofit community. Collin Community College Instructor for 7 years which she developed th syllabus and curriculum for the Nonprofit Management Certification Series. Helped to establish more than 150 start-up nonprofit organizations, guiding them through their initial set-up and launch. She brings extensive community mobilization skills, grant writing and administration experience. Professional affiliations consist of Certified Business Mentor for SCORE. Received the SBA Atlanta District Perseverance Award for volunteer service during Hurricane Katrina. Social Enterprise Alliance-Dallas. Founding Board Member International Women Think Tank. Professional affiliations include the National Nonprofit Minority Association, Social Enterprise Alliance (Dallas Chapter) and Certified Business Mentor for the Dallas SCORE Chapter for 20 years, and awarded Dallas Chapter Mento of the Year in 2016. In 2015 received an Honorary Doctorate in Christian Leadership. Member of IOTA Phi Lambda Sorority Zeta XI Chapter. Married to Robert L. Gray 47 years, 3 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Vice President of Program Services | Dallas Afterschool
She has over 27 years of experience in the Youth Development / Out-of-School Time space and grew up attending afterschool programs herself. Olga holds a BA in Organizational Communications from St. Edward’s University, a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from Southern Methodist University (SMU), and she is a Licensed Child Care Director through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She is driven by the belief that education is a living breathing ecosystem which extends past the classroom into the community to ensure all youth are able to thrive in a holistic learning environment.
Serves on the Leadership Team | Central Lutheran Church in Dallas, TX
She has volunteered as reading buddy and mentor with New Horizons of North Texas for more than 5 years. She was instrumental in bringing the NHNTX after school program to Central Lutheran Church for in person after school programming.
Director | Fort Worth After School
Miguel has been the Director of FW AS since 2001 where he created nationally recognized structured afterschool enrichment program with a budget of $8M and team of 2100+ team members! He served as Coordinator for FWISD from 1996-2001 where he recruited medium to large businesses to work with school district through financial and/ or human volunteer donations.
Texas Christian University
· Master of Business Administration (MBA) 2006 – 2008
· Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1989 – 1992
Pastor Shawn Torres
Youth Pastor | Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church
Shawn is a revivalist and conference speaker passionate about multi-cultural ministry, human dignity, family ministry, and reconciliation. He was raised in the Black Baptist Tradition but has preached across international, denominational, cultural, and ethnic lines. While he loves preaching and teaching, his most significant strength is relationship building. Serving as the Youth Pastor at Pilgrim Rest, he plays an essential role in working collaboratively with public, private, non-profit, and faith-based organizations. Shawn is passionately pursuing reconciliation through contextualization in Dallas 75204 zip code. The center of his activity is in Freedman’s Town; The Roseland Community is one of the historic African-American communities in Dallas. Shawn’s ability to develop partnerships and lead partners in collaborative effort has led to the creation of the Roseland Partnership. The Roseland Partnership is an association of more than 20 churches, schools, for profit and non-profit entities dedicated to revitalizing the Roseland Community.