The Dallas Foundation Appoints 6 New Board Members

The 2024 Board of Governors includes continuing members from Phillips Foundation, Heidrick & Struggles, McKinsey & Co., Sycamore Tree Capital Partners, Rees-Jones Holdings, and Rainwater Charitable Foundation.

The Dallas Foundation announced six new members have been appointed to its board of governors.

The new members are Tim Hafer, Rev. Dr. Lael Melville, Bridget Moreno Lopez, Susan Salka, Joe Schloesser, and Courtney Underwood.

The board is led by Chair Lydia B. Addy (co-founder & vice president, The Addy Foundation and Community Volunteer), and Chris Luna (president & CEO, SPCA of Texas) as vice chair.

“The board of governors of The Dallas Foundation plays a vital role in shaping the direction of the organization and ensuring we fulfill our mission to bring together people, ideas, and investments in Greater Dallas so that individuals and families can reach their full potential,” said Julie Diaz, interim president & CEO of The Dallas Foundation, in a statement. 

Diaz said the six “dynamic” new board members and their diverse expertise will drive the foundation’s vision to foster a more equitable and vibrant Dallas through our grantmaking and community leadership.

The Dallas Foundation was founded in 1929 as the first community foundation in Texas.

Meet the new board members

Tim Hafer

Hafer currently serves as EVP & CFO at Kronos Worldwide Inc. and has held various senior roles within the company since 1999. Previously, he served in finance and accounting leadership positions at corporations like Fujitsu-ICL Systems Inc., Halter Capital Corp., and Millennia Inc. He also spent eight years as an audit manager at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). Alongside his corporate career, he has contributed to nonprofit boards including Shared Housing Inc., Collin County Women’s Shelter (now Hope’s Door), and has served on The Dallas Foundation’s Audit and Risk Management Committee since September 2020.

Rev. Dr. Lael Melville

Melville is the CEO and co-founder of The Randolph W. and Dr. Lael C. Melville Family Foundation. She holds doctorate degrees in psychology and divinity (theology) and is an alumna of Southern Methodist University and Princeton University. She is involved throughout the Dallas community in a variety of ways and serves as a board director for the North Texas Food Bank, sits on the Advisory Committee of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at The Dallas Foundation, is part of the advisory board for UT Southwestern, and is co-chair at Uplift Education. She is also the Founder of the Women of God prayer group and N.E.T. Cohort.

Bridget Moreno Lopez

Lopez started as a prosecutor in Dallas, advocating for child abuse and family violence survivors and connecting with vulnerable populations. Transitioning to Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, she managed the litigation division, eventually becoming Managing Partner of the Dallas office and serving on the firm’s Management Committee. She has led various community projects, contributed to redistricting in Dallas, served on the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board, and chaired fundraising committees for Latino advancement and child advocacy. She consistently demonstrates a commitment to community welfare and engagement.

Susan Salka

Salka is a healthcare industry pioneer, who drove AMN Healthcare’s growth from $10 million to over $5 billion in revenue during her 33-year tenure, including 17 years as CEO. Known for strategic leadership through expansions, crises, M&A, and an IPO, she championed over 25 transformative acquisitions. Her leadership positioned AMN as a technology-driven healthcare staffing giant, emphasizing corporate social responsibility and diversity. Recognized for philanthropy, she serves as honorary consul to Guatemala and sits on McKesson Corp.’s board, chairing the finance committee and contributing to its governance. Previously, she served on other public company boards and held positions at Columbia University School of Nursing and Directors & Boards Magazine’s editorial advisory board.

Joe Schloesser

Schloesser is a vice president at ISN, overseeing ISN’s Corporate and Business Development functions. He and his family moved to Dallas in 2016 to work for ISN. Since joining ISN, Schlosser has held leadership positions across several operational and business development teams, including ISN’s global operations, M&A function, Monarch Consulting, Research and Development team, and Business Development teams across various industries in Oil & Gas and Manufacturing. Prior to joining ISN, Schlosser held executive roles with both Iron Mountain and Bank of America. He also serves as a board member for the Folds of Honor, North Texas Chapter.

Courtney Underwood

Underwood has led initiatives to provide support and resources for survivors of sexual assault across North Texas. From establishing multiple Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs to establishing Courtney’s SAFE Place—the region’s sole forensic clinic outside ER settings—her efforts have ensured advanced care and trauma-informed services for survivors. Her advocacy efforts led to the passing of Senate Bill 1191, mandating rape kits in Texas ERs. Underwood serves as chairman for multiple nonprofit organizations, including Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and has been recognized for her philanthropy and leadership across the state, most recently by the Dallas Police Department. Alongside her philanthropic endeavors, she manages multimillion-dollar portfolios in real estate.

Continuing members of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors include:

  • Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, executive director, Phillips Foundation
  • Jaimee Eddington, Americas, regional leader, Heidrick & Struggles
  • Steffen Fuchs, senior partner, Dallas McKinsey & Co.
  • Mark Okada, co-founder & CEO, Sycamore Tree Capital Partners
  • Trevor R. Rees-Jones, Rees-Jones Holdings
  • Jeremy Smith, president, Rainwater Charitable Foundation

The Dallas Foundation brings together people, ideas, and investments in Greater Dallas so individuals and families can reach their full potential. Across the foundation’s history, it has granted over $1 billion to the full spectrum of community-centered causes.

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