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Leadership Team

EXECUTIVE TEAM

MARTI CONNER
President
“We all have the gift of time, talent, and resources. What better way to utilize these gifts than to help a child and open their eyes to a brighter future? Seeing the smiles on the faces of every child when they receive new clothes, shoes, books, and more is the biggest blessing of all.”

Marti brings over thirty years of experience in marketing and strategic planning at an executive level, working with some of the largest for-profit and non-profit health care systems in the United States, including Cook Children’s Health Care System and Baylor Health Care System. Her expertise encompasses media and public relations, sales management, community and guest relations, telemarking, and research.

Marti has volunteered with Kids Matter for over seven years, in addition to Chairing the Marketing Committee and various fundraising activities for Kids Matter. She has always been a strong advocate for charitable work, previously working with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, First Friday Women’s Group, Project Hand-Up, Fort Worth Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Arthritis Foundation.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MIKE PARHAM
Chairman
“I have a strong passion for giving back to the community and believe in the work that Kids Matter is doing to empower children and enhance their lives.”

Mike is an original Board Member of Kids Matter. He has a strong passion for giving back to the community and believes in the work that Kids Matter is doing to empower children and enhance their lives. With nearly thirty-seven years of experience running multiple businesses, he is able to contribute his vision and strategic thinking to Kids Matter. He continues to make an impact in our local communities for kids. Mike continues to cultivate grassroots relationships with the communities in which Kids Matter serves and expand its programs.

In addition to his passion for charity work, Mike is an avid college baseball and football fan who loves to travel and ride ATVs. Mike and his wife, Kim, have four children and one grandson.

BILL SANDLIN
Vice Chairman
“I quickly fell in love with the children and families we serve through Kids Matter. I have been privileged to devote my time and energy to impact the lives of children in need.”

Bill graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. He began his professional career with Johnson & Johnson, served as General Manager for the ClayDesta Corporation and then Bill went on to found Southwest Commercial Investments, Inc. (SCI). SCI exclusively represented First American Bank, First Gibraltar, FSB, Bank One, and Chase Bank in their disposition of assets in the West Texas markets. Bill relocated to Southlake, Texas and became Senior Vice President for Synergy Properties in Fort Worth.

Bill dedicates his time and resources to Kids Matter because they make a large impact in the lives of children in our local communities. Bill and his wife, Rexanna, have two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth and Taylor.

SKIP MARSH
Treasurer
“I learned about Kids Matter after being invited to the annual Charity Ball. I particularly like the hands-on involvement of the Around The Block program as well. Seeing the children’s happiness is what keeps me coming back. Kids Matter’s dedication to children in need is truly inspirational.”

In addition to a background in charitable work with Kids Matter, Skip lead a successful career in aviation as an Air Traffic Control Specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration. Skip lives in Colleyville, Texas with his wife, Deanna. They are blessed with two beautiful children, one son and one daughter.

JULIE SULLINS
Secretary
“The simple ability to show a child compassion and foster their desire to succeed has been a lifelong passion for me. Kids Matter allows ample opportunity for me to assist children financially, emotionally, by example, nutritionally, and academically. With success comes not just an obligation but a passion to help others in moments when success may seem impossible.”

In addition to her active position on the Board of Directors at Kids Matter, Julie is owner of Julie Sullins Real Estate.

Julie has always had a passion for giving back. Previous to her involvement with Kids Matter, she has served the following organizations: Endowment Sponsor for Grapevine Colleyville Education Foundation, Council of PTA, LEAD 2021, YEA Mentor & Sponsor, Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, Burke Center, Head Start, North Place Nursing Home, Chi Omega Chair Career Development, Nacogdoches Human Resources, Miracle League of Southlake Supporter, Texas A&M Endowment, and a volunteer at Compass Church.

Julie enjoys getting up at 4:00 am to sweat it out at Camp Gladiator and while Julie is an SFA graduate, her husband’s dedication to A&M is obvious in their household.

JAIME BLANCO
Board Member
“Empowerment, service and promoting others to serve is a way for me to show gratitude for God’s blessing in my life since bringing me out of a homeless life 30 years ago.”

In addition to his active position on the Kids Matter Board of Directors, Jaime is also Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Healthia Medical Solutions.

Jaime has been a business owner for the past twenty-five years and is no stranger to serving the community with a heart and passion for helping others. His efforts have provided assistance to many NPO’s such as: Food for the Soul in Keller, Emergency Food banks, HIKIDZ in Fort Worth, Inner city program leadership programs for high risk children, Rocky Top in Keller, a horse therapy program for children involved in trauma, and Grace Community Outreach in Grapevine serving battered women and disadvantaged children programs. Additionally, Jaime has served as ambassador for several chambers in the DFW area and volunteered for many other ministries and programs.

Jaime currently resides in Keller and has been blessed with 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

SANDY BOYD
Board Member
“Children are the heart and soul of Kids Matter and I am so humbled to be a part of it!”

Sandy worked in financial services for over ten years before starting her own business in commercial and small business lending. God has bestowed many blessings on the Boyd family, which has sparked her passion to give back and help others. Sandy had the honor of being on the Board of The Community Storehouse in Keller from 2010 – 2013. Their mission was to help children and families, during times of terrible hardship and need. Sandy is honored to have the opportunity to work with another amazing children’s charity, Kids Matter.

ERIN CONDON
Board Member
“Without intervention, children in poor conditions will remain and suffer detrimental long-term consequences. Their future affects the community at large. Working with these children through Kids Matter is a true privilege.”

Prior to Kids Matter, Erin served as Chairperson for the Coalition to End Crimes Against Children, Secretary on the Child Abuse Prevention Committee, Young Alumni Coordinator for the ND Club of Dallas, and Religious Catechist at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She has served as Board Member for Kids Matter since 2014. Erin graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and is currently Chief of Sales and Marketing at AgriLogic Insurance Services, LLC.

Erin currently works in the Centerfield Office suites at Texas Rangers’ Stadium and loves to host Kids Matter and its affiliates as they cheer on the Rangers. She cherishes the close-knit relationships with her family in Florida and Kentucky, as well as the family-like relationships with her close friends and colleagues in Texas and beyond.

TROY GEORGE
Board Member
“I feel a deep connection to the children we serve through our work at Kids Matter. I am committed to their mission of helping children in need.”

With over twenty-three years of experience, Troy has had a lifelong passion for helping people find their next home. As a lifelong resident of Dallas/Fort Worth, Troy has established personal relationships with many builders and craftsmen in the DFW area and his long-term career relationships with other top producing agents in the area, have given him a unique advantage in the real estate marketplace. As an award winning agent in Dallas/Fort Worth, he continues to build his skills and lead an office of 20 licensed agents.

Troy’s passion for serving the community is expanded with the work he does as a Board Member for Kids Matter. He is an advocate for the kids and committed to the mission of Kids Matter, Helping children in need by providing programs that empower them and enhance their lives. helping children in need.

RON GOURLEY
Board Member
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Ron is an Entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in bringing innovative products to the marketplace. His background includes work in advanced wound care, cosmetic and OTC drugs, environmental products, and most recently, nutraceuticals.

Ron has been involved with Kids Matter since its inception in 2006. Over the years, he’s observed the growth of Kids Matter through his relationship with the Board of Directors. In 2017, Ron joined the Board and, along with this gifts of launching companies into success, he looks forward to helping Kids Matter grow in its evolution to a nationally recognized foundation.
Ron has been blessed with healthy children and resources; he wants to return this gift by giving back to the kids who need an extra lift in life.

TIM KEY
Board Member
“What peaked my interest was the fact that Kids Matter focused on the kids in our area. I could actually see the direct impact the charity was making!”

Tim joined Sewell Automotive Companies in 1997 as a sales associate. He was quickly promoted to Business Manager, Assistant Pre-Owned Manager, Pre-Owned Sales Director of Sewell Buick/GMC, General Sales Manager of Sewell Infiniti of Dallas, and then received his current assignment as General Manager of Sewell Cadillac of Grapevine. Sewell Cadillac of Grapevine finished #12 of 930 dealers in new cars sales volume and #2 of 930 in certified pre-owned sales in 2016. Before joining Sewell, he served 4 years as an Air Defense Officer in the US Army. Tim has a degree in Accounting from Abilene Christian University.

Tim is married with 3 children. He and his wife own a dessert bakery called “Haute Mama Dessert Company” in Plano. Tim is passionate about his involvement with Kids Matter, mentoring in Allies in Service and enjoys playing golf when he can find the time!

MICHAEL KISELAK
Board Member
“It was a cold fall morning. A young girl with disheveled hair exited the store with her new clothes. She looked at her dad as she pulled her new princess dress over her sweatshirt then began to swirl around as the small snowflakes fell on her. This was my very first experience volunteering and clothing kids. I have been hooked ever since and each year gives me a new experience. What a blessing!!”

Michael is a former football player in the Canadian Football League and the National Football League. While playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Michael realized the importance of giving back. In 1998, he and his wife, Kim, began volunteering and sponsoring a clothing program that focused on clothing children in need. This clothing program has now evolved into Kids Matter’s Around-The-Block program. He has served Kids Matter since its inception in 2006 as a Vice Chairman and Director on the Board up through 2014, and continues to serve as a Director and Co-chair for Around-The-Block.

Michael and Kim have a daughter, Micayla, and they reside in Southlake, Texas. Around-The-Block is his family’s favorite time to give back and witness the good that results from this single day, as it really brings the community together.

TIM MCLARTY
Board Member
“I find joy in the program by assisting the children shop for needed clothing for the school year. This joy drives my passion to give my time and resources to Kids Matter.”

Tim graduated from the University of the South with Bachelors in Art and Psychology. Beginning his professional career first with Macy’s, Tim joined Kohl’s in 2004 as a District Manager. Today, Tim is the Senior Vice President/Territory 1 Manager at Kohl’s and is responsible for all stores in the South Central and Southeast. He leads teams through company initiatives, as well as participates in cross-functional projects with partners throughout the company.

In 2013, Tim was honored with the “Synergy” Award for his involvement with Kids Matter, specifically for the Around-The-Block program and event. Tim and Jana have two boys, Jack and Max, and reside in Southlake. They are active in several charities throughout the area, including Kids Matter.

MIMI TRAN
Board Member
“When I was pregnant with my own children, I vowed if God gave me healthy children, then I would honor Him by giving back to those who need help.” Mimi was blessed with two wonderful children. She now lives out her promise daily and through her work with Kids Matter. Mimi says, “It’s a good feeling when you know you are using your time and money to help those that need it most.”

Mimi has always loved helping kids. When her husband started his own practice in pediatrics, their life revolved around children. As a previous volunteer for Children’s Medical Center and fundraiser for Our Children’s Center in Irving, she devoted her time to giving children a better life. Mimi is a former Board Member of Southlake Women’s Club, President of Carroll Education Foundation, Finance Chair of Irving Healthcare Foundation, Community Enrichment Center Big Brother/Big Sister mentor, and served on several other boards while her children were attending Carroll ISD.

In addition to her passion of donating her time to the community, Mimi is an avid tennis player. She and her husband, Trung, have lived in Southlake for over 15 years. Their two children currently attend UT Austin.