Our Team

Angela Fields

Director

Angela Fields grew up in Dayton, Ohio where she was a high school state champion in track and field. After graduating from Indiana University, she taught at South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas for 13 years where she coached volleyball and won “Coach of the Year” honors five times.   Early in her career, Angela began pursuing her passion for empowering young people through sports.  In 1999, Angela founded the South Dallas Starlings Volleyball Club, providing opportunities for girls from diverse economic backgrounds to learn to play volleyball.

In 2001, Angela became Program Coordinator for South Dallas Weed and Seed, a local and nationally coordinated program overseen by the US Attorney General’s office aimed at preventing violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity.

Angela started blending sports and leadership programs as well as summer camps for more than 2500 youths as part of Weed and Seed.  Rae’s Hope, which Angela founded in 2008, is Angela’s vision for the future of our youth and young adults – building balanced skills in various aspects of life to develop self-esteem.  Challenging girls to face, fall short of, persevere toward, and ultimately perform to real-world standards creates abilities to be self-reliant … and lead fulfilling lives.

Angela has been recognized by the Mayor and the City of Dallas, as well as by local newspapers and television stations for her work in the Dallas community.  In addition to running Rae’s Hope, Angela currently teaches at Albert S. Johnson Elementary School.

Donnie Fields

Co-Founder

Donnie Fields is the co-founder of Rae’s Hope, Inc. He has twelve years experience in working with boys and girls in the South Dallas community. His focus has been on helping to build children`s self esteem and to help them understand that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. Donnie helps children learn how to grow up to live self-reliant lives and teaches them that breaks come as a result of hard work. He also identifies, builds, and maintains constructive working relationships with other agencies and program partners.  Donnie has a professional background in construction, logistics, and the mortgage industry.

Lawrence Slatter

Board Chairman

Lawrence Slatter honed various business and personal skills over his 32-year career with Xerox Corporation, during  which he led branch, regional, national, and worldwide operations with significant personnel, expense, and revenue responsibilities, including his position as Sr. Vice President of the US and Canadian Systems Services Group.  where he led over 2000 people.  In addition to his many operations positions, he led the US Marketing Organization Quality Team that assisted Xerox in winning the US National Quality Award.  After retiring from Xerox, Lawrence spent 2 years as Chief Operating Officer for CONEXIS, a healthcare service company.

Wayne Gray

Board Member

Wayne Gray is a certified public accountant (CPA) and has recently retired from Hein & Associates LLP (Hein), a regional accounting and consulting firm, where Wayne was the Dallas office managing partner the past 25 years. Wayne’s responsibilities at Hein included overseeing all aspects of the management of the Dallas office including client service, quality control, business and staff development. Wayne was also a member of the Hein executive committee the past 15 years in which he assisted in development and implementation of the Firm’s strategic planning. In addition to his management responsibilities
Wayne was an audit engagement partner specializing in financial statement audits of public and private companies and in assisting his clients in capital formation activities.

Samantha Huls

Board Member

Samantha Huls is a mortgage professional originally from Killeen, Texas. She is a recent alumni of Texas State University, where she pursed her passion for American government by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While attending Texas State, Mrs. Huls participated in multiple service projects, completed an undergraduate thesis in the Honor’s program, and concurrently worked and attended university full-time. Mrs. Huls was recruited by a Fortune 500 company near the completion of her degree, which moved her to Dallas, Texas, after graduation. Her passion for service has been lifelong, and she hopes to empower women and girls to continue their education and invest in themselves.

Andrea Durham

Board Member

Andrea Durham, MPH, CPH, CCRP is a native of Memphis, TN. She is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX. Andrea began her career in clinical research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital working with long term pediatric cancer survivors. She moved to Dallas, TX in 2011 in order to explore a more robust clinical research opportunities. Since living in Dallas, she has had opportunities to work for large medical centers and device manufacturers, including UT Southwestern Medical Center, Baylor Medical Center, and St. Jude Medical. During her tenure at these institutions she has successfully recruited more than 10,000 minority research participants for a genetic biobank, successfully coordinated NIH and industry sponsored studies, conducted on-site and remote monitoring visits, and mentored other CRCs and CRAs.

Robin Ogbonna

Board Member

My name is Robin Ogbonna.  I am a Dallas native with an interest in giving back to the very city that poured so much into me.  I am a graduate of Southern Methodist University and The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.  I originally met Angela Fields when I was on the Community Outreach Committee for the Dallas/Fort Worth Urban League Young Professionals.  She would attend some of our meetings and always expressed an interesting in connecting our group with Rae’s Hope in an effort to bring programming to the young women of South Dallas.  I later had an opportunity to sit down with Angela and during that meeting, I got a chance to really see how passionate and earnest Angela was about Rae’s Hope and about the young women she serves.  From that day, I knew I had to be a member of this organization and I joined Rae’s Hope as an official board member shortly after.

Whitney Harris

Board Member

Whitney Harris has worked in education in a variety of roles, including K-12 classroom instruction, instructional coaching, curriculum development, media development and design, and school leadership. Whitney has developed her craft while working in schools in Houston, Shreveport, La., Chicago, St. Louis, and now Dallas. As a dean of students in her charter network, Whitney helps to create a network framework for best supporting teachers and students with development of their social-emotional skills, while also supporting students in areas relating to self-esteem and advocacy, public speaking, peer leadership, time management, academic achievement, and organizing, among others. Whitney earned her Bachelor’s of English degree from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, TX and her Master’s in Education for Secondary School Leadership from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She holds educational certifications for teaching and school leadership in both Texas and Missouri.

Kanesia Williams

Board Member

Kanesia Williams is an Assistant City Attorney/Lead Prosecutor with the City of Dallas focusing on family violence assault cases.  Prior to her work with the City, Kanesia managed her own private practice providing legal representation to clients in juvenile and family law matters.  Kanesia worked in hospital laboratories for ten years before attending law school even serving as interim laboratory director.  Kanesia earned her juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University, M.S. in health care management from the University of New Orleans, and B.S. from Louisiana Tech University.

Brad Wohlander

Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee

Brad Wohlander, CEO of Sentry Global Technologies, has extensive senior management experience in business-to-business technology solutions, and is an acknowledged leader in the industry.  Mr. Wohlander has served as CFO of two high-tech firms and as CEO of three technology services companies, two of which were acquired by much larger entities.  Mr. Wohlander founded Sentry in 2009, and has served as CEO since its inception.  Mr. Wohlander is a member of the Microsoft Partner Research Council, the Microsoft SMB Champions Circle, the CRN Channel Intelligence Council and the NexGen Technology Roundtable, among others.  He is a past member of the Board of Trustees and past President of the Brotherhood of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas.

Past Board Members

Paul Butzurger

Over the past 20 years, Paul Butzberger has led several multinational, Energy-related enterprises to improve performance significantly, using process-based management (including Lean and 6 Sigma concepts), with the largest reaching more than $800MM annually (2,200 people).  Paul has served on various boards, including international joint ventures, nonprofits, and a public school board in New York.  He earned a BA in Management from the University of Texas at Austin at age 20, as well as an MBA from the McCombs Graduate School of Business, UT Austin.  With his family, Paul has been active in various schools and churches, and has played and “coached” various sports.

Harry Jones

Born in New York and raised in South Africa as the son of missionaries, Harry Jones is a senior shareholder at the world’s largest employment law firm, Littler Mendelson, P.C.  He is a perennial Thomson Reuter Super Lawyer® in Texas, and has been featured in the Dallas Business Journal, ABC News, NBC News, and FOX News, in his work on behalf of some of the nation’s largest institutions.  For over two decades, Harry has advised and defended employers as lead trial and arbitration counsel in national class actions, complex cases of unfair competition, and disputes involving the EEOC, DOL, and NLRB.  Harry has appeared before the United States Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as in Texas state courts and federal courts in California, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Guam.  Additionally, Harry has led more than 30 high-profile investigations on behalf of school districts, cities, colleges, and private institutions. He also provides day-to-day advice to human resources professionals on hiring, training, pay, discipline, and termination.

Ray Sheeler

Ray Sheeler has had an extensive care as a public accountant, CFO and President. For the last 30 years he has focused on the valuation of corporations and corporate assets for purposes of transaction, litigation, taxation and financial reporting. His clients range from private entrepreneur to Fortune 100, early stage to mature low tech to hi-tech as well as financial, legal and accounting organizations. He frequently writes and speaks on valuation topics. His designations include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Diplomate with the American Board of Forensic Accounting (DABFA) and Certified Professional Consultant to Management (CPCM). His current volunteer efforts in addition to Rae’s Hope include founding member of Team Dallas Votes and mentor with the Capacity Building Institute.

Devesh Sharma

Devesh Sharma has an extensive background in international corporate strategy, operations and M&A. For the last three years he has held high level executive positions with Commercial Metals Co., a $7 billion, NYSE metals producer and trading company. As a VP and then Senior VP at CMC he was responsible for M&A, IT and performance improvement initiatives, managing head count of almost 400. Devesh’s role included determining the company’s target growth areas worldwide. Prior to Commercial Metals, Devesh spent a number of years at the US unit of Robert Bosch LLC, the multinational that is the world’s largest supplier of automotive components. At Bosch his roles included Senior VP for M&A in the Americas. He was responsible for acquiring 5 companies a year including due diligence and post-merger integration. His earlier background includes management positions in charge of IT, e-commerce and international operations.

Ken Farrell

Over the past 20 years, Paul Butzberger has led several multinational, Energy-related enterprises to improve performance significantly, using process-based management (including Lean and 6 Sigma concepts), with the largest reaching more than $800MM annually (2,200 people).  Paul has served on various boards, including international joint ventures, nonprofits, and a public school board in New York.  He earned a BA in Management from the University of Texas at Austin at age 20, as well as an MBA from the McCombs Graduate School of Business, UT Austin.  With his family, Paul has been active in various schools and churches, and has played and “coached” various sports.

Paul Golden

Paul Golden is a senior level marketing professional, and worked on premier brands such as Kraft, Samsung, and Sprint on brand strategy and positioning, market segmentation, traditional and digital media, product marketing, CRM, and consumer insights. Previously, as CMO for Samsung’s mobile phone business, Paul created the brand strategy and launched the Galaxy brand and transformed how Samsung approached marketing.  Paul is currently Managing Partner for Brand Slam, a marketing consultancy.  Paul received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Lori Hoff

Lori Hoff is the Senior Manager – Community Engagement for AT&T and is responsible for supporting all AT&T headquarters and national programs for Employee Volunteerism. She was appointed to her current positions in January, 2012. Prior to this appointment, Hoff served as a Client Business Manager for AT&T’s Healthcare Systems in New York and the Tri-State Area. Hoff also served on the board for Telecom Pioneers as the youngest president for the headquarters in New Jersey.  Hoff is also the CEO and founder of a 501c3, OMI, Inc. , which she established as food pantry for the working poor in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  Lori also worked with the State of New Jersey as a therapist for At-Risk Youth, helping them to stay in school and become productive members of society. Hoff graduated from Calvary Theological School with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ministry and earned a Masters in Child and Adolescent Therapy from Cornerstone University.

Jens Mielke

Jens Mielke has over 24 years’ experience in accounting and finance leadership positions.  He is the Chief Financial Officer of HASCO Medical, Inc., an Addison, Texas-based public company that sells and services handicap vans and trucks.  Prior to joining HASCO, Jens was a Partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and a Senior Financial Analyst with PepsiCo, Inc.    His experience includes public and private company financial reporting, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, process improvement and ERP implementations.  Jens received his Master and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Southern Methodist University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Ira Tiffenberg

Ira Tiffenberg is a Human Resources executive focused on aligning business and people strategies to improve business performance. His HR background includes demonstrated success in multiple industries with several Fortune 500 companies including Thomson-Reuters, Johnson & Johnson Medical, Bausch & Lomb and Nabisco Brands. He received a Master’s Degree from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.

Lin O’Neill

Lin O’Neill, President of Futures Consulting.  Previously, Vice President and Corporate Officer for a publicly-held transportation company where she was responsible for more than 3,000 employees and had P&L responsibility exceeding $300MM.  Lin has a B.S. in Sociology, an M.B.A, and is licensed as an Assisted Living Administrator.  Currently an Instructor for both the SBA’s e200 program and T.W.U.’s EMBA Program, Lin also taught in colleges in California and Oklahoma.