Melissa Briggs, Ph.D.
Linda Garcia, Ph.D.
Lue Nora DeWitt
He has more than 30 years of experience in the human service field. He is a former Child Welfare League of America Freddy Mac Scholarship Award winner. Michael Patrick has a bachelor’s degree in Corrections and Criminal Justice from Washburn University and a Master’s degree in Social Work with an administrative concentration from the University of Kansas. Mr. Patrick has served on multiple State and National advisory boards and committees. His management by outcomes expertise is nationally recognized, as well as his extensive knowledge in child welfare privatization efforts and practices.
Currently I am a volunteer for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, working with a program called Cowboys and Kids. This program is designed to teach children to make good decisions and take responsibility for their actions. I also work with Girls, Inc. on the College Shower Committee. This committee recruits donors to sponsor underprivileged graduating young women by assisting with their college and dorm needs. As a volunteer for Hope Center 4 Autism, I work with fundraising events.
I graduated from Texas Tech University in 1981 with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations. Upon graduation I worked with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a fundraiser and program coordinator. I was on the board and was president of the Fort Worth Junior Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Junior Women’s Club I was treasurer and president of my section. In the Junior League of Fort Worth I delivered meals for Meals on Wheels and was a wish granter for Make a Wish. Through Cook Children’s Hospital I was part of a puppet show which traveled to area elementary schools to teach poison prevention. As a volunteer for SafeHaven of Tarrant County I assisted with a weekend camp at Camp Carter. This camp was for children who had come from an abusive family situation. I then became a board member for SafeHaven and was chairman of the Fund Development Committee and on the Executive Board.
I served 10 years on the executive board of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees). I served as Vice President as well as Director positions. I served on many committees during my tenure, including erection of the Downtown Christmas Tree, Outstanding Young Leader Programs for high school seniors.
I served as Director and VP on the Haunted House fund raising committee, putting on the most successful haunted houses in Jaycee chapter history. We were able to raise enough to help fund other projects throughout the year.
I also served as Director of the Miss Fort Worth Scholarship Pageant, planning everything from the pageant itself to the appearances and fund raising needed to send Miss Fort Worth to the Miss Texas Pageant.
During my time in the Jaycees, I won several awards including Director of the Year at both State and Local level and the biggest honor of JCI Senator award by the Jaycee International Organization.
I raised one Daughter and have 2 grandchildren.
Willie Houston III is a partner and chief operating officer / chief financial officer at Satori Capital, where he is responsible for all operational, financial, legal, investor experience, technology, and compliance aspects of the firm and its affiliates.
Prior to joining Satori, Willie was senior director of financial operations at TPG, a leading global private investment firm with more than $70 billion of capital under management. Willie led a global team of finance professionals that supported the firm through its rapid growth and evolution from a pure private equity investor to a diverse asset manager with businesses specifically focused in areas such as credit, real estate, equity securities, and energy. Willie was also chief financial officer of TPG’s registered broker-dealer, which focuses on private placements and underwritings.
Prior to joining TPG in 2008, Willie was a member of the business advisory practice at Ernst & Young, where he led clients in various industries through major initiatives in the areas of risk management and business process improvement. From 2000-2006, Willie was a manager in the corporate audit function at BNSF Railway, a financial analyst at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and a financial analyst at AT&T.
Willie received an MBA in operations management from the University of Texas at Arlington and a B.B.A. in accounting from Jackson State University. Willie is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, and holds a series 27 financial and operations principal designation. He serves on the board and facilities committee of Cook Children’s Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing health care to the community with generous philanthropic support. He also serves on the board and finance committee of Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth. Together with his family, Willie has also been actively involved in other nonprofit organizations, including Mount Olive Baptist Church, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Jackson State University.