John Neill, President
Mr. Neill is co-founder and owner of the Telesis Company which provides the Dallas metroplex with senior housing care (including retirement apartments, assisted living facilities, nursing care, and Alzheimer care units). John received his undergraduate degree from Yale, his MBA from Harvard, and is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Mr. Neill was instrumental in starting the Vickery Meadow Improvement District in 1993 and many of the safety and service components of the community.
Harry Smith, President Elect
Mr. Smith is an executive officer of Dallas-based Pegasus Bank. He received a BBA in Finance from The University of Oklahoma. Mr. Smith is a long time volunteer in the Vickery Meadow community and a member of the Vickery Meadow Improvement District Board of Trustees.
Ellen Wood, Treasurer
Ellen Wood spent eleven years investing for hedge funds in Dallas, most recently as portfolio manager and partner at Carlson Capital. She currently balances her time between investing and philanthropic interests which are primarily focused on women, at risk youth, and education. She serves on various foundation boards and grant committees in these areas. Ellen received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
Paige Brauer, Secretary
Paige Brauer is a community volunteer. Ms Brauer has been involved with the Vickery Meadow community since the basketball and soccer programs began in the summer of 2007. Working with Mr. Neill, Ms Brauer has been instrumental in the creation of the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation and the Great Investors' Best Ideas Foundation's investment symposium.
Susan Hicks is managing director of the Private Bank at J.P. Morgan. She serves the Dallas and Northern Louisiana markets. She focuses on creating and delivering tailored solutions for complex issues faced by her clients, including wealth transfer, investing, tax planning, charitable giving, leverage, and insurance. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Susan received her BBA in accounting and is certified by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. She has served on the host committee of the Great Investor's Best Ideas Financial Symposium.
Jonathan K. Hustis has served as a business executive and legal counsel to technology businesses throughout most of his career. He currently practices corporate, business and technology-related law with Phillips & Reiter PLLC in Dallas. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and a B.A. in liberal arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.
Sally Spurgin is an adjunct lecturer at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and a community volunteer who has served on several nonprofit boards. She presents writing seminars to appellate courts nationwide. She received her B.A. from SMU summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in English and Spanish; and her M.A. in English literature, also from SMU. She is the author/editor of two college textbooks published by Prentice Hall.
Is a community volunteer who has been integrally involved in educational endeavors in Vickery. Barbara teaches at VMLC, McShan Elementary School, Reading Partners, and in the Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy. Barbara works tirelessly to promote reading and the love of books to children and adults in Vickery.
Is Senior Vice President of Healthcare Banking at Bank of Texas. Having been raised in Mexico and the United States, Bianca brings insights into the various cultural and social needs of many of the residents of Vickery Meadow. Bianca is alum of SMU and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Bianca was chosen for the Leadership Dallas class of 2011.
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