Where We Serve
Dr. Doretha Allen is a National Board Certified Teacher and career educator. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, she is at home in some of the city's most challenging schools. For years, Doretha's first love was education, however, now it is a close second behind her husband, Sheldon and their two children, Davonna and David.
ROBERT DRANSFIELD, Chairman
Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright. Bob Dransfield practices in the Dallas office and heads the firm's Public Finance and Administration Department. Bob is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin and received his Juris Doctorate from SMU. Bob has received the following honors:
- The Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law (2010 - 2013)
- "Texas Top Rated Lawyer," LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell (2012)
- "Texas Super Lawyer," Securities & Corporate Finance, Thomson Reuters (2012)
Bob is a member of the Salesmanship Club and has been actively involved with numerous civic organizations. Bob served as President of the Board of Trustees for Highland Park ISD.
Tom Dunning, Chairman Emeritus of Lockton Dunning Benefits, is a former Linz Award recipient and a member of the Dallas Business Hall Of Fame. He has chaired many of Dallas’ most important civic boards and served on numerous non-profit boards. Texas Governors have appointed Tom to major state Boards and Commissions and Dallas Mayors have called on Tom to address and resolve challenging issues facing Dallas.
Brian is an Executive Vice President at Hanover Property Company, where his role includes oversight of all financial and operational aspects of the company. Brian has been with Hanover since 2010. Prior to joining Hanover, Brian served as an Audit Manager at Deloitte, where he was responsible for quality reviews of audit engagements and budgets. Brian is graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting. At Holy Cross, Brian lettered four years in football and served as a captain during both his junior and senior seasons. Brian is involved in the children’s ministry at Highland Park United Methodist Church and serves on the selection committee for the Jesuit Sports Hall of Fame.
Carter is the Director of Real Estate for NEC Corporation of America. NEC is located in Irving Texas where Carter oversees and manages the real estate operations in the US. He was recently responsible for all areas of the NEC US headquarters relocation in Irving TX. During the relocation he was responsible for the site selection, lease negotiation, design, construction management and budgetary control of this project. He has managed the real estate of NEC for 17 years including commercial and warehousing properties totaling in excess of 1.5 million square feet located in 16 states. Prior to NEC he was employed at EDS, Trammell Crow and AccuBanc Mortgage Corporation.
Carter currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Business (txbiz.org). He is the Chairman of the Economic Development Committee. The Texas Association of Business is the chamber of commerce for the State of Texas. Carter serves on the Workforce Solutions Board of Directors by appointment from County of Dallas Judge Clay Jenkins. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Irving Police Family Advocacy Center. He is a member of the Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce where he has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee and Chairman -Technology Leadership Council. He has provided Economic Development consultation to the City Manager and CFO of the City of Irving. He also served on the Irving ISD Superintendent’s Business advisory council. He oversees the Community Relations for NEC foundation which supports – Irma Rangel Young Leadership School, Irving Family Advocacy Center, Dallas Heart Association, Herbert Marcus Elementary, Irving Cares and Habitat for Humanity.
Founder and CEO of Catch Up & Read. During her first two years at SMU, Catherine studied speech pathology/deaf education before switching her major to business. Following a successful 30 year career in Commercial Real Estate, Catherine returned to the field of education in order to equip at-risk children to be successful, productive citizens for the city she loves so much. Catherine's focus on accountability and measuring outcomes are at the forefront of Catch Up & Read. You will frequently hear her ask two key questions: 1 – How do we measure outcomes? And, 2 – How are we using data to inform great instruction? Catherine is committed to moving the needle on results so that each child can reach their God-given potential. Catherine is committed to utilizing the most effective, research based solutions in order to catch low performing students up to grade level reading by the time they reach 4th grade. Catherine is married to Dick LeBlanc and is the proud mother of five children, three grandchildren and two spoiled dogs.
RICHARD LEBLANC, Treasurer
Dick founded Hanover Property Company in 1984. He has grown the firm from primarily specializing in the development of large-scale master-planned residential communities in DFW to including commercial retail, multi-family, self-storage and land sales.
Dick received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from Texas Christian University. He is active with the Prison Ministry Outreach and serves as a past Board Member of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church Foundation. Dick is also an active member of the Salesmanship Club and served on its Board of Directors and is a former Chairman of the Camp Board of Momentus Institute, which is the entity that provides governance to the Salesmanship Club for its programs that respond to economical and emotionally challenged youth.
Angie is the Executive Director of Client Experience with Requisite Capital Management. Angie received dual degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas; a Bachelor of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior and Business Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and in Spanish. Devoting her professional life to the financial world, Angie has worked for several prestigious Wall Street firms and is a graduate of both the Leadership Arts Institute and of Leadership Dallas. Angie resides in Dallas.
President of The Sandstad Group, LLC. Ken is a graduate of St. Olaf College and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota. After growing up in Minnesota and learning the commercial real estate business there as the first employee in the Midwest of a firm now called CBRE, Ken moved to Dallas in 1984. Ken has been active in the commercial real estate business his entire professional career. He founded The Sandstad Group in 2001 and it provides strategic advice and counsel to commercial real estate service firms, development firms and significant property owners located throughout the United States. Ken is the former chair of an arts center in Minneapolis, former board member of a private K-12 school in Minneapolis, former chair and board member of The Real Estate Council (Dallas) and former chair and board member of the Dallas Summer Musicals. Ken is also an active volunteer for a Dallas-based prison ministry.
MEG SARTAIN, Secretary
Meg is CFO of VentureDocs and the proud mom of three kids. After graduating with a BA in Finance from SMU in 1989, Meg joined Bank of America where she held numerous leadership positions as a Vice President of Operations. Meg left the bank to start her own business consulting firm, Sartain Partners, LLC, in 2000. At Sartain Partners Meg specialized in the development, marketing, sales and implementation of new cloud-based software (aka, SaaS). Currently she is the Chief Financial Officer of VentureDocs, a cloud-based legal document drafting company. In addition to Catch Up & Read, Meg is a member of the McCulloch Intermediate School PTA and a past board member of the University Park Elementary School PTA.
Carol is a graduate of ESD and has a B.A. in Advertising from SMU. She is the past President of the ESD Alumni Association and a past member of the Board of Trustees for the Episcopal School of Dallas. She was the chair of the Advancement Committee and has served on the communications task force as well as the search committee for the head of school. Carol has served our city by tutoring children in various literacy programs. Carol and her husband, Bennett, are past chairs of The Children’s Trust of Children’s Medical Center Dallas and have two children.