Advisory Board North Texas

Chris Applequist is the Vice-President of Generation Housing Development (GHD), a leading, Texas-based affordable housing development group.

Tillie Galan Borchers is a Director of Investments at Civitas Capital Group and is responsible for originating and underwriting investments for the Grow South Fund and other Civitas managed funds. Ms. Borchers brings over 13 years of experience in underwriting and asset management of commercial real estate loans secured by projects throughout the U.S.

Lucy Burns began her career at Lehman Brothers in New York City where she worked in Private Client Services. From there she transitioned into real estate as the head of investments for Groupe Arnault in the United States.

Bill Chaney has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous complex commercial disputes with millions of dollars at stake, multiple parties and parallel litigation across several courts. He has resolved cases involving an incredibly diverse range of challenging issues, including fraudulent investments, genetically-modified crops, ATM and electronic payment processing, oil and gas mineral rights, a variety of aviation issues plus much more. 

Trammell S. Crow is the founder of EARTHx (formerly known as Earth Day Texas), the largest annual environmental exhibition and programming initiative in the world. What started as an event covering a few blocks in Dallas in 2011 has expanded to a year-round series of events, forums and more. In 2017, EARTHx welcomed more than 100,000 attendees as it continues to grow as the hub for education, innovation and relationship-building not just within the environmental community, but beyond, as we all have a stake in the future of our planet.

Lois is an accomplished independent consultant, writer, research assistant and teacher, as well as an active community servant. She graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and went on to earn a double master’s degree at the University of Texas at Dallas in environmental science and science education. After moving to Dallas, she became involved in a local environmental group where her success prompted the Dallas City Council to appoint her to the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Board. She served for eight years, eventually becoming chair for three terms.

Jerry is a second generation Dallas developer and property manager. He is the president of Jerome Frank Investments. As investors who build, the 75-year-old firm has been involved in a broad variety of projects from military officer housing on Air Force bases, to high rise luxury apartments on Turtle Creek. They have developed commercial and industrial warehouses and award-winning residential land planning projects. He has served on the Board of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas, and is proud for the opportunity to develop supportive housing and quality neighborhoods.

Ron Gafford spent forty-two years in the construction industry, including seven years in commercial and residential real estate development. The last three years he has been engaged in private investments and board membership in public, private, and non-profit boards.

Dr. Michael A. Horne is the Regional Superintendent of KIPP (“Knowledge is Power Program”) Texas Public Schools—Dallas-Fort Worth, a network of seven college-preparatory, tuition-free, public charter schools educating 3,000 students in southern Dallas. Over ninety-eight percent of KIPP Texas Public Schools—Dallas-Fort Worth students are Black or Latinx; and over ninety-percent are free and reduced-price lunch eligible. To date, KIPP Texas Public Schools-DFW alumni have graduated from college at a rate of 4 times the national average for low-income students. For more than 15 years, KIPP Austin, KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth, KIPP Houston, and KIPP San Antonio have put thousands of students on the path to and through college. In 2018, Michael was named a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Dallas Business Journal.

In the course of her work, Sharon's favorite thing is to step back in the middle of a frenetic event and watch all of the guests (who are hopefully having fun, learning something, making new connections, and creating memories).

Heidi is the vice president of strategic planning at Medical City Healthcare (HCA North Texas). Heidi was previously a director of health industries advisory, strategic transformation practice at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP.

Jim is a project manager at Beck Group, a commercial structure and architecture company based in Dallas, TX. He is currently leading the construction of four new parks in downtown Dallas, including the recently completed Pacific Plaza. Previously Jim was a project engineer intern at F.H. Paschen. Jim has a B.S. in architectural engineering and construction management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Jim is married to Jessica Shipley, marketing manager at the Beck Group. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Oklahoma.

Tamela is a founding partner and principal of ESmith Legacy, LLC and the head of client services for E Smith Advisors, the real estate development company founded by former NFL player, Emmitt Smith. Tamela’s focus at the company is on social infrastructure development (civil infrastructure development). Tamela is a former Yum! Brands and Starbucks executive.

Joan Walne, a Colorado native, arrived in Dallas to attend Southern Methodist University and graduated in 1976. Upon her marriage to Alan Walne, Dallas and more specifically, Lake Highlands, became home. Along with their son and daughter, the Walne family became integrally involved in all things Lake Highlands. Joan chaired/served on task forces, building committees, Young Life leadership, was PTA president at multiple schools as well as President of the Lake Highlands Women’s League. Their love for their neighborhood spread to the city at large and Joan enjoyed civic involvement with the Dallas Zoo, Children’s Medical Center, the Junior League of Dallas, the Dallas Arboretum, Parkland Hospital, Fair Park, Preservation Dallas and the Dallas Historical Society. She was honored to serve on the Dallas Park and Recreation Board for nine years and concluded her service there as board Vice President and President. Mrs. Walne most recently served at the Board Chair for the Dallas Zoo and continues on their executive committee. She currently serves as Board Chair of Kershaw’s Challenge, a foundation that meets the needs of underserved youth and families. When not fulfilling her passion for public service, Joan enjoys spending time with her family which includes her beloved seven grandchildren.

Karl Zavitkovsky served as Director for the City of Dallas Office of Economic Development for 12 years until his retirement in June, 2017. Prior to joining the City, Karl worked for Bank of America's Real Estate Group for 16 years as the Managing Director and Commercial Real Estate Division Executive for the Central United States, He also supervised the Commercial Real Estate Advisory Group. Karl spent the early years of his banking career in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Caracas, Venezuela where he ultimately led Citicorp's real estate lending activities in Northern South America and the Caribbean. He relocated to Dallas in 1984 to head Citicorp Real Estate's Southwest Region.