For the past 25 years, Jill has worked closely with executives in a variety of industries, helping them define strategic direction, develop business plans, build organizations and re-tool their workforce. Some of her clients include Northrop Grumman Corporation, Best Buy, Stanley Tools, Sprint, CIBC, Bank of Montreal and most recently Habitat for Humanity Dallas. Jill has presented Executive Development and Management Skills workshops throughout the United States, England, Asia and Australia. In that Capacity, she has coached clients on the cultural nuances of leadership and management.
She received her BA and MA from the University of Kentucky. Upon completing her master’s degree in organizational communication, she joined Andersen Consulting and spent 13 years in their Change Management practice. As an Associate Partner, she managed teams dedicated to large-scale technology and process change. In 2003 she joined Executive Solutions, specializing in executive coaching, strategic planning, Team development, organization design and human capital strategy.
In early 2000, she resigned from Andersen Consulting to work with Habitat for Humanity Toronto, first as a pro-bono consultant and eventually as Chairman of the Board. In 2003, she joined Executive Solutions, specializing in executive coaching and team building. Today Jill dedicates all of her time to non-profit organizations serving women, children and the working poor. She has served the Fort Worth HOPE Center training our executive staff pro-bono and in 2016 she accepted the position of the Chairwoman of the Board. Jill lives in Southlake and has two boy ages 16 and 20.
Pastor Orlando Reyes, Co/Founder
Orlando serves as Pastor of Without Walls Church in Fort Worth, Texas, for 29 years. He has been a minister of the Gospel for over 52 years. He was the founder of Cornerstone Coffee Ministry, Cornerstone Christian Ministry and Without Walls Church of Fort Worth. His ministry is not only locally, but travels internationally teaching and preaching in churches in Ukraine and Nigeria training pastors and leaders.
Orlando is the East Fort Worth leader of the Clergy and Police Association (CAPA), an organization that brings pastors and police together to work with families who are victims of crime. Orlando and JoAnn, his wife of 47 years, are the Founders of the Fort Worth HOPE Center as a result of a tornado that sweep through Fort Worth in 2002. Their mission is to “Fight Hunger and Feed HOPE” in the community. In 2007 the School of HOPE was established to give low-income and homeless individuals an opportunity to earn a Certifications in skills for job preparation and placement. And a HOPE Dental clinic was opened in 2013 to help individuals restore their smiles so they could apply for jobs with confidence because of their new smile. Orlando has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Robert Ballance, LUTCF, Vice President
In November of 2004, Robert became the first acting board member of The Fort Worth HOPE Center. He is responsible for creating the vision of a partnership between The Fort Worth HOPE Center and The Fort Worth Community Service Worker Program of Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth Community Service Worker Program gave The Fort Worth HOPE Center the necessary manpower, which has now developed into a strong volunteer program with the citizens of the community of Fort Worth, Texas.
Robert’s thirty-seven years of experience working as a sales manager and sales representative for The American National Insurance Company of Galveston Texas (ANICO) also enabled him to partner with the owner’s of ANICO, The Moody Foundation of Galveston Texas, for the funding of The Fort Worth HOPE Center.
Robert has provided valuable leadership in achieving the vision of The Fort Worth HOPE Center. He has provided Hope for the Future for many residents of Tarrant County especially the citizens of Southeast Fort Worth who have struggled to break the cycle of poverty.
Otis Lemley, Secretary/Treasurer
Otis is a family man, married to Joanne Johnson Lemley 60 Years. Three wonderful children and 8 equally wonderful grandchildren. Elder, Associate Pastor at Without Walls Church. Active in Church, The Fort Worth HOPE Center, Union Gospel Mission, Air Transport Arm of Christ, SW Republican Club. Board member in all of the above. He still finds time to help those on medicare and play a little golf. He is retired from his insurance business (Otis Lemley Insurance) where he worked for over 30 years. Otis has 3 children and 8 grandchildren.
Attorney Bill Sheetz
Bill is an attorney and counselor at law. The Board of Directors for The Fort Worth HOPE Center invited Bill to become a board member in 2008. Bill accepted the invitation and has become a very active board member. Bill applies his legal skills and knowledge of the law in his service to The Fort Worth HOPE Center.
Attorneys and judges have observed Mr. Sheetz’ trial skills and have endorsed Mr. Sheetz to be included in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. This exclusive registry is reserved for those few select lawyers that have distinguished themselves among their peers and judges as expert criminal trial lawyers.
Cleotha “Cle” Montgomery
Cle Montgomery is best known as an outstanding NFL football player in the 70’s and 80’s. He played for 8 seasons and in 1984, he played for the Oakland/LA Raiders who won the XVIII Super Bowl Championship. Prior to that he played for the Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns. He has been honored to be in his alumni’s, Abilene Christian University’s, Hall of Fame. He has served on the Abilene Christian Board of Trustee for nine years. He also has served on the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Parks and Recreations, Greenville’s Chambers of Commerce, Mississippi 100 Men, Washington County Rotary Club and Adult Day Health Care Association of Texas. Currently, he lives in Irving Texas where he is an entrepreneur and has businesses in Texas, Mississippi, and California. His parents had ten boys and nine of them went to college on football scholarships and five of them played professional football. Cle lives in Irving, TX.
David is the CEO/Owner of Capital Insurance Brokers, Inc. Located in Arlington, TX. Before his career in insurance, he was employed by Central Freights for over 14 years. He started his new insurance career in May 1992 as a career agent and began his brokering business in Jan. 1993 and in 2007 he created Capital Insurance Brokers which was incorporated in 2014 and he created an agency in 2015. He handles Senior Healthcare plans, Marketplace Obamacare, health plans, life insurance, disability, LTC, dental, vision, critical illness, annuities, and much more. He married Wanda (Molinary) Honeycutt in 2015. He is a member of Without Walls Church of Fort Worth and serves as a Deacon in that congregation.
David and Wanda live in Arlington, TX and they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Amy is a Business Owner/Managing partner of J Ladd and Associates, a private investigation firm that provides risk and security consulting, private investigation services, live/technical surveillance, private client services and corporate services. She is responsible for overseeing the training of 1500 officers in helping them improve their strategies of training and development of officers leading to higher degree of professionalism for both the officer and the organization. She managed a $5 million dollar budget leading and training teams for over 19 years, resulting in building lasting relationships that sustain long-term community improvement. She is a servant leader who focuses on building partnerships with the city’s residents, the business community, civic leaders and the Police Department’s officers and civilian personnel.
She recently earned her MBA from Texas Christian University. She also has her Bachelor of Arts and Science and Psychology/Criminal Justice and a Master Peace Officer License. She is also a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Instructor. She does advanced training as a Sergeant for the Fort Worth Police Department as an Advanced Training Unit Supervisor for Taser program, Axon Camera program, Use of Force and all in-service training. She is a patrol Sergeant, a major case unit detective, a sex crimes detective, and crimes against children detective and works with the fraud unit as a detective and is a Patrol Corporal in the Fort Worth Police Department.
Dr. Stevie Dawn Blakely
Dr. Stevie Dawn is the founder and CEO for Stevie Dawn Inspires, LLC. She is an Emotional Intelligence Expert | Leadership & Communication Trainer
Orange Compass, LLC. After 12 years teaching in higher education and obtaining her doctorate degree, from Colorado State University, she accepted the challenge of training and coaching in the workplace. She decided to take her love of training and culture, along with her education in leadership and Emotional Intelligence to create a corporate training company that would help corporations and businesses to be trained to improve workplace interactions. She wants to challenge people to change their workplace behaviors; to become impactful leaders; to empower their employees.