Board of Directors
Jesse Oliver, Chair, Board of Directors
Mr. Oliver, retired deputy executive director of DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit), 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.
Thomas A. Turnage, Ph.D., Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Turnage is executive director of Dallas Services, an agency dedicated to helping people with sight-related disabilities and 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. Before he joined Dallas Services, Dr. Turnage was the clinical director of the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Scott Burns, Member
Mr. Burns is the Dallas Morning News financial columnist. After his first retirement as a syndicated financial columnist, he co-founded AssetBuilders, an investment advisory group.
His Couch Potato Cookbook, which he calls “lazy” investment planning, is a no-cost alternative to paying fees for investment counseling. 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; The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America's Economic Future. Mr. 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.
Dan Pryor, Member
Dr. 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 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.
Dr. Pryor’s professional career includes tenure with Atlantic Richfield, EDS and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Texas State University, Truett Seminary, the University of Texas at Dallas and St. Edward's University.
John Proctor, Member
Mr. Proctor retired as President and CEO of Coverall Management & Associates, an Environmental and Demolition General Contractor, founded in 2001. He is the founder of Coverall 2nd Chance Foundation, hiring ex-offenders throughout the DFW Metroplex.
A member of the Parkland Health & Hospital System Board of Managers, Mr. Proctor has also served on the First Fair Park Board of Directors, Regional Black Contractors Association and the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce.
Melanie Wells, Ph.D., Member
Dr. Wells is a psychologist in private practice who formerly worked with the Highland Park Independent School District in two elementary schools assessing autism spectrum disorder, emotional disturbance, attention difficulties and functional behavior.
She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and an M.S. in applied psychology from Texas A&M-Commerce, an M.S. in social work at the University of Texas at Arlington and a B.A. in Education from the University of Dallas.
Jeff Agee, Member
Mr. Agee is a Certified Public Accountant and is the recently retired Chief Accounting Officer of a Dallas-based private investment firm. His business experience includes accounting, financial reporting, internal control design and financial planning in energy-focused private equity investments, and electric utility construction and operations. Mr. Agee currently serves as Executive Director of a non-profit corporation that supports new ministers working in Christian ministry. He is actively involved in pastoring and teaching young people in his local church. Mr. Agee is a 1987 graduate of Abilene Christian University.
Ivan Martinez, Member
Mr. Martinez’s extensive background in higher education included serving at Brookhaven College, Richland College and Cedar Valley Colleges as division dean, vice president of Academic and Student Development and interim president. He was also vice president of Instruction at Olive Harvey College of the City Colleges of Chicago. As a small business owner, he operated a coffee vending machine business and a power washing company.
Mr. Martinez taught at Eastfield College 12 years, moved to the Texas Attorney General Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and returned to teaching at the Anderson County campus of Trinity Valley Community College. He moved into administration as the Testing Center director at Brookhaven College. Born in Guines, Havana, Cuba, Mr. Martinez came to live in the United States with his older sister and brother-in-law at the age of 10. He earned BS and MS degrees in political science at Florida State University.
Jeffrey Lindley is the director of operations for AmerisourceBergen Corporation. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from Montana State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Montana State University. He has been a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, an ABC Wellness Committee member and a Little League soccer coach. He has served as a deacon at West Plano Presbyterian Church. He also holds a Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt certification.