Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper

Tom is a retired executive with over 30 years experience in the technology industry. Tom held senior worldwide roles at SAP, Oracle, i2 Technologies and Data General. In addition, Tom held leadership roles to help EXE Technologies, Proofpoint, JBoss and Hortonworks complete successful public offerings.

Tom has been a Big Brother for over the last 10 years and participated in various board roles with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He has also served on various non profit boards including Rebuild Together, Camp El Har, and Little Big Shot. Tom recently completed training at the Halftime Institute in Dallas, Texas where he discovered his passion to serve the Kingdom by helping “At Risk Children” and Single Mothers.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Minor in Marketing from Southwest Missouri State University.

Tom R. Slone

Tom R. Slone

Tom R. Slone is Chairman and CEO of Touchstone Communications in Hurst, Texas. Mr. Slone and three other executives founded Touchstone in 2002 to provide offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions to the financial services industry, including lead generation, real estate processing, bankruptcy processing, and collections for leading companies in the U.S. and U.K.Prior to founding Touchstone Communications, Mr. Slone was President of the consumer operations (the largest consumer operation in the world) at Associates First Capital (“The Associates”), which included Transouth, First Family, Kentucky Finance, and AHES, as well as consumer branches in the U.K., Puerto Rico, Ireland, and Canada. At the time of his retirement from The Associates he was responsible for assets of $33 billion and 14,000 employees. In 2000 he was awarded the American Financial Services Association Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Slone holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is a Director of the Alumni Board and a member of the Board of Visitors. The university awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award in February 2013. In 2005 he received the university’s Legacy Laureate Award, one of its most prestigious awards. He also served on the Executive Advisory Board of the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the University of North Texas.

Mr. Slone’s book, Grounders; A Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey of Baseball, History, and Mentoring, was published in print and e-book form in October 2011. Grounders is the story of a trip he and other mentors took with his three grandsons and four other young men to attend Major League Baseball games in 10 cities in 21 days. The trip provided many opportunities to offer mentoring lessons Mr. Slone has used in business, sports, and life. Grounders includes 33 of these lessons, which can help anyone become a more successful leader, employee, parent, or mentor.

Mr. Slone is a long-time volunteer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and was Chairman of the Tarrant County, Texas BBBS agency. He is actively involved in a need-based scholarship program at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as with H.O.P.E. Farm (in Fort Worth, Texas), for which he recently led a fund drive that generated $1 million for a new gym. Most recently, he led a drive to create a Pakistan Chair at the University of Texas, raising over half a million dollars. He and his wife Fran reside in Colleyville, Texas and have four children and seven grandchildren.

Seth Henderson

Seth Henderson

Seth is the Director of New Horizons of North Texas. He graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 2006 and George Fox Evangelical Seminary with a Masters of Ministry Leadership in 2014.

Previously, Seth filled a variety of roles on church staffs in North Texas, San Antonio, and Tulsa, OK, with a focus on youth, church operations, involvement, and organizational infrastructure and systems.

Seth’s passion is to ignite redemptive hope and purpose in others to see a city transformed by God from the inside out. He desires to see a love for education stirred up in kids sparking confidence and self-worth.

In 2005 Seth married his high school sweetheart, Lacey, and they now have two young daughters.

Charles Pierson

Charles Pierson

T. Charles Pierson joined Frog Street on March 31st of 2014 having been asked by lifetime friend and former business partner Ron Chase, owner and CEO of Frog Street, to serve as the company’s President. In this role, Charles has been charged to help the company expand its base of operations across the United States with the goal of becoming the nation’s premiere provider of quality, educational curriculum in the space of Early Childhood Learning.

Prior to joining Frog Street, Charles served as the President and CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of America from 2012-2014. Charles joined the organization during a very difficult time in its history and worked to successfully reorganize and relocate its headquarters operations from Philadelphia to Dallas. The move was made to help BBBSA lower its operating cost in an effort to weather these significant challenges and position BBBSA to for renewed growth in its second century of operations.

Prior to assuming this national role, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate in the country, for almost ten years. Under Pierson’s leadership, the agency increased its services by 180% and decreased its costs/match by 30% over a six year period. This progress resulted in Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star being names as the 2007 Agency of the Year and Board of the year in both 2006 and 2008 by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. During his tenure, the agency was consistently listed as one of the Top 10 Quality Programs in the country out of over 350 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies nationwide. In 2010, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star served over 10,000 children.Pierson first became involved with Bog Brothers Big Sisters in 1993 as a volunteer mentor. He has since served as a Big Brother to three Little Brothers and earned the title of 2001 Big Brothers of the Year for the State of Texas. He served as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star (then called Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas) from 19996 to 2003 and served as board chair for the 2001 – 2002 term.

Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Pierson had a successful; thirteen year business career in for-profit channels, including as the general manager of Chase Elastomer, a business of publicly traded PolyOne. It was at Chase Elastomer where Ron Chase first invited Charles to join him in business. Together, they enjoy many years of success in this industry.

Pierson has been recognized with numerous as academic, professional and community awards including the 1997 Tom Vandergriff Leadership Award for the City of Arlington. He is active as an Elder, Ministry Leader and Bible School Teacher in his church, the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian. He holds both a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University where he played football and started for 3 years. Mr. Pierson resides in Mansfield, Texas and has been married to his wife Pamela for 29 years; they have two children, Janae and Carl.

Ron Chase

Ron Chase

Ron Chase is the CEO and majority owner of Frog Street, an early childhood publishing company focused on curriculum for infants, toddlers, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten classrooms.

After beginning his career with Price Waterhouse in public accounting, he went to Chase Elastomer, a family business where he served as the CFO. At Chase Elastomer, Ron was instrumental in two acquisitions, one start-up, experiencing 1470% growth over eleven years and ultimately selling the business in 1996 to M.A. Hanna, a publicly traded company. Ron stayed at M.A. Hanna (which later became Excel Polymers) where he served as the general manager for the Chase Elastomer division for two years before moving into Director of Business Development and Vice President of Sales roles for this $500 million business. After nine years, Ron left Excel Polymers in pursuit of a new venture where he could use his entrepreneurial skills and find more purpose in his work.

In 2006, Ron acquired controlling interest in Frog Street. Frog Street has experienced significant growth during his tenure and has become a national leader in developmentally appropriate curriculum. Through his leadership, the Company has successfully competed against the large publishers in the pre-kindergarten space. His vision for Frog Street is to create content that will change the next generation of children.