From the restaurant to case management, operations to development, the entire Café Momentum team works together to support, train and coach our interns. We surround our interns with an ecosystem of support, providing essential tools and resources, to create real change in these young lives.
Always one to add a little levity to the conversation, Chad often describes Café Momentum as “taking kids out of jail and teaching them to play with knives and fire.” But levity aside, it’s this charisma and passion to teach life, social and employment skills to Dallas’ most at-risk youth that makes Houser a hit with everyone from philanthropists and dinner-goers to the young people participating in the program. After 17 years as a chef, Chad sold his partnership of Parigi Restaurant to devote his full attention to the role of Executive Director of Café Momentum in 2012.
In the community, Chad has previously served as President of the board of directors for Dallas Farmers Market Friends and as Vice Chair of the El Centro Exes Association (Houser received his culinary training at El Centro) where is also a member of the El Centro College Food and Hospitality Institute “Hall of Fame.”
Recently, Chad and Café Momentum were featured in the Starbucks production of Upstanders Season 2, a series created to shine a light on stories of everyday Americans who are doing extraordinarily courageous things. He has also appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, The Chew, The Hero Effect and Pickler & Ben.
Chad has received multiple nominations from D Magazine for “Best Up-And-Coming Chef” (2010) and “Best Chef” (2011 and 2012). In 2011, he received the Edible Dallas/Fort Worth “Local Hero – Chef” award. In 2017 and again for 2018 Chad has been named in the Best 500 Business Leaders in Dallas.
Chad was also selected as Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” and as one of the United States Junior Chamber’s (Jaycee) 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Americans. He has been named to the “Top 50 Under 40” by the Social Enterprise Alliance, an “Urban Innovator to Watch” by the New Cities Foundation, as one of “30 Most Interesting People in the Metro Area” by the Dallas Observer, and one of Good Magazine’s “Good 100,” individuals at the cutting edge of creative impact across the globe.
MARGARET REID WINDHAM | CHIEF OPERATING AND DEVELOPMENT
Margaret Reid Windham serves as Chief Development Officer at Cafe Momentum, overseeing all fundraising operations.
Before joining Cafe Momentum in 2016, Margaret served as Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for The George W. Bush Presidential Center. Preceding her work at The Bush Center, Margaret worked with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas as Senior Director of Individual Giving and Team Development, overseeing the Tocqueville Society and Leadership Giving Society programs and previously Margaret worked at Northern Trust as the Vice President, Director of Marketing for Texas, responsible for business development, corporate philanthropy and events.
Before returning to Dallas, Margaret spent seven and a half years working in the George W. Bush White House in Washington, DC. Joining the White House staff as a scheduler to President Bush in 2001 through 2004 when she joined the G8 Summit Planning Organization to manage Mrs. Bush’s spousal program in Sea Island, Georgia. After the 2004 G8 Summit, she worked as a Policy Analyst in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Margaret received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Margaret and her family live in East Dallas.
Kathi earned a BA in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from University of Texas School of Law. After graduation from law school, she moved to Dallas and began working as a lawyer (at Jackson & Walker) – specialized in employee benefit law, which led her to the actuarial division of Coopers & Lybrand, first in Dallas and then in Minneapolis. Upon returning to Dallas, Child began her 18-year career at JCPenney, starting in the tax department, moving to Human Resources and ending as SVP of Human Resources. She has also served as SVP of Human Resources at Family Dollar Stores in Charlotte, NC and ended her career as SVP of Global Compensation for Walmart in Bentonville, AR.
In retirement, Kathi has been active with the United Way, serving on the board and finance committee of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (where she was introduced to Café Momentum) and as a steering committee member for Women of Tocqueville. She continues to serve as a panelist for community investment grant panels.
I am married to Chris Child, who works for the Society of St. Vincent DePaul Disaster Services Division. We have two sons, Pete and Kit, who are both employed in the restaurant industry.
Julie has more than 30 years’ experience as a matrimonial lawyer. Although she practices traditional litigation with her husband, Chuck and son, Chris Farish, she focuses her practice primarily on collaborative family law. The Collaborative Process enables Julie to guide her clients through their family law issues, with a focus on creating a respectful resolution that strives to meet the goals of both parties instead of engaging in destructive litigation. Julie has been recognized by D Magazine as one of the Top Woman Attorneys in Dallas and by her peers in Best Lawyers in America and as a Super Lawyer in family and collaborative law. She serves on the governing body of collaborative organizations both locally and statewide. Julie provides pro bono services to those in need and volunteers and serves on the Board of Directors of multiple community organizations dedicated to helping the children who are often forsaken or neglected in our society. She has been involved with Café Momentum since the second pop-up dinner and is in awe of the progress made by the young men she has encountered through the program. Julie is passionate about her responsibility to help those who are in need of assistance and feels that being a part of Café Momentum has enriched her life immeasurably.
Ken is Creative Director and Partner of the Digital and Creative division of LDWWgroup. As a founding Café Momentum board member, he is responsible for the launch of the Café Momentum brand, marketing and digital user experience. Previously, he designed the Youth Village Resources brand and was very excited about partnering with such creative minds to make Café Momentum a reality. Ken’s award-winning work includes branding and creative communication initiatives for clients such as Got Milk?, Motorola Mobility, Verizon Wireless, Crescent Real Estate, American Airlines, Hitachi Consulting, the Big 12 Athletic Conference, ExxonMobil, UT Southwestern Medical Foundation, The Meadows Foundation and Downtown Dallas Incorporated. Ken has won numerous design awards for the successful rebrand of the Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.
Jack Stout is Vice President of Merchandising at 7-Eleven, Inc., where he has worked since 2003 in a variety of roles, including Vice President of Strategic and Financial Planning and International Business Consultant at Seven Eleven Japan in Tokyo. Mr. Stout is a graduate of Duke University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Applied Statistics from Wright State University. Mr. Stout previously served as an officer in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain. Additionally, he held positions at Booz-Allen & Hamilton and TXU Energy. Mr. Stout was born and raised in Dallas where he currently resides with his wife Emily, their two sons and three American Brittany spaniels.
Jennifer Rudenick Ecklund is a Partner at Thompson Coburn. She focuses her practice on litigation and dispute resolution, representing clients before state and federal trial courts. Jennifer practices primarily in the healthcare, complex commercial litigation, and white collar litigation sections.
Jennifer has significant experience handling healthcare litigation matters, including representing healthcare providers in coverage and reimbursement disputes, fraud, defamation, and civil RICO claims. She has resolved affirmative claims on behalf of providers regarding violation of the Texas Prompt Pay Act, claims under ERISA for an insurer’s failure to pay a provider’s claims, and contractual disputes and employment issues between provider entities and individual healthcare providers. Jennifer has also represented healthcare providers in litigation related to qui tam and False Claims Act cases and federal and state anti-kickback provisions and Stark laws. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in these types of matters.
Jennifer also has expertise handling white collar fraud matters in both the civil and criminal contexts. She regularly handles cases in securities fraud, healthcare fraud, tax fraud, and mortgage fraud, as well as matters related to Ponzi schemes and resulting receiverships. She has also litigated numerous complex commercial matters and various contract, tort, employment, business, and tax disputes. Jennifer was previously a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, representing the United States in all phases of litigation before federal district and bankruptcy courts
Prior to her current role, she held the position of Assistant Vice President- Alternate Channels for State & Local Government and Education (SLED). In this role Pamela was responsible for the expansion of sales distribution coverage and growing market share for over 53,000 customers utilizing alternative partnerships. Pamela previously held Director-Chief of Staff positions in Public Sector & Wholesale Solutions; Digital, Distribution & Channel Marketing and Big Data & Advanced Solutions prior to being appointed to her current role. As Chief of Staff, she was responsible for managing human resources, expense budgeting, business management, special projects and operations across the organizations. Prior to this role, Pamela was Director, Enterprise Mobility Business Portfolio Management in the Mobility Product Management organization. She was responsible for managing the $100M+ capital and expense budgets supporting the delivery of innovative, enhanced enterprise mobility products, solutions, and offers. In 2016, she was named a Technology All-Star by Women of Color STEM Magazine.
Pamela has amassed 20+ years of experience in leadership roles spanning Sales, Sales Management, Operations, Human Resources, Product Management, Marketing and Strategy across three of the country’s leading telecommunication companies: AT&T, CenturyLink(Qwest), and Verizon. Throughout her career, she has been committed to serving the communities in which she resides and advocating for women, people of color and young people. Pamela and AT&T were recognized for their work with Christ the King Preparatory High School in 2012 when AT&T was awarded the Christo Rey Award as Corporate Sponsor of the Year. Her work with AT&T and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund was recognized by the White House Jobs Initiative in 2013. She is also a founder of the Tri-State (NY/NJ/CT) Diversity Council and past board of director for the organization.
Since her move to Dallas, TX in August 2013, she has quickly engaged with the community. Pamela was appointed to the Board of Directors for Dallas based Café Momentum in January 2018. She is a member of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Women of Tocqueville Steering Committee and the Board of Directors for the Black Academy of Art & Letters. She devotes a considerable amount of time to supporting, advising and mentoring many of the Employee Resource Groups within AT&T to ensure we are building future leaders. As part of that commitment, she is a founder and Co-President of AT&T’s newest Employee Network– AT&T Women of Business.
Ms. Osborne has had the great fortune to be part of an United States Air Force family that is committed to service. Through relocating often both domestically and internationally, she has been exposed to diverse cultures and thought. This drives her commitment to building and developing diverse, high performing teams. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University and currently resides in Las Colinas (Irving), TX. She is the proud mother of Eric Osborne who is a second generation AT&T employee.
Wade is a financial executive with over 25 years of experience advising operating companies and affluent families. Wade is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Imaginuity, a full service digital agency and technology consultancy. Before that, spent that time structuring and managing complex credit transactions in the commercial banking sector, managing wealth within the ultra-affluent Private Client sector and leading North Texas community banks. In addition, Wade spends a good bit of time providing service in the community in addition to his service to Café Momentum.
With Lebanese, Italian and Spanish heritage, Abraham Salum grew up in Mexico City. In 1989 Abraham left Mexico for the United States where he attended and graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. After completing his formal culinary education, he decided to continue honing his skills by working in kitchens in Provence, France and Brussels, Belgium before returning to his native land of Mexico and the resort town of Cancun. In 2000 Abraham returned to the United States and began work in San Antonio, Texas as the Executive Chef at the Havana River Walk Inn. In 2001, Dallas, Texas called and Abraham joined Parigi Restaurant as the Executive Chef and later partner. In 2005, Abraham opened his namesake restaurant, Salum, to rave reviews in the trendy area of Uptown in Dallas. A highlight for Abraham was becoming a US Citizen in 2010 as he celebrated the fifth anniversary of Salum and opened Komali Restaurant to showcase the contemporary Mexican cuisine he grew up with.
Charisse Smith is the Partner Resources Director for Starbucks. In this role, she is responsible for leading a team and setting the HR strategy for the South Central Region. Charisse joined Starbucks after being an HR Director at 7-Eleven, where she provided support to the Chief Merchandising Officer, Fuels, Operations Support, and Total Rewards. Prior to joining 7-Eleven, she spent over 10 years at Pfizer, where she held various roles that included HR support for Latin America, Europe, US Sales, R&D, Payer/Channel Access, and Corporate Finance.
Throughout her career, she has supported several acquisitions and has been able to partner with businesses and various HR support functions to deliver programs and processes that are aligned with overall company goals.
Charisse has worked with organizations, such as, Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, Crisis Nursery, YMCA Black Achievers, and was a founding member of Communiversity, where they partnered with Colleges and Universities to educate those in the community at locally owned businesses.
Charisse holds a BS in Sociology from Hamline University and a MA in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (HRIR) from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Grace Smith is a Vice President at JPMorgan Chase Bank, where she manages a portfolio of not-for profit and municipal clients in North Texas. For the past 20 plus years, Grace has worked in several areas within the financial services industry including Project Management, Business Development and Sales Administration.
Grace currently serves on the Board of Directors for S.M.I.L.E.S. and as a Board Trustee of Greenhill School, as well as, the Executive Committee of The Links, Inc. in Denton County, Texas. In addition to her current community service, over the years Grace has volunteered with the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Junior League of Dallas and Children’s Medical Center Women’s Auxiliary. Committed as an active volunteer, Grace has also held leadership roles as Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Fundraising Chair, Ethics Chair and member of Nominating Committees.
Grace holds a B.S. in Finance and Master of Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University. She resides in the Dallas area with her husband and two children.
Debra is the Southwest Region Growth Markets Leader at EY. In this role, she is responsible for setting direction and executing across the Growth Markets service platforms of Entrepreneurship, IPO, PE/VC, and Family Business. Debra also serves as Global Coordinating Partner for innovative and hyper-growth Russell 3000 and private companies. Debra also serves as the America’s Director for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® program. In this role, she oversees the 20+ regional programs in the US and 10 additional country programs in Canada, Mexico, South America and Israel. Debra also spearheads the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® program for an eight-state region in the Southwest geography.
Debra is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she received her BBA in Finance and Accounting in May 1982. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and Texas Society of CPAs. Debra has completed the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Executive Program and the Harvard Business School Strategic Leadership Program through EY. Debra is Past-Chair of the Board of Directors for United Ways of Texas, and served 12 years on the Board of Directors of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD). She is a member of the UWMD Foundation Board of Directors. Debra has also served the UWMD Campaign Cabinet, Strategic Planning Committee, Tocqueville Society Chair, past chair of Women of Tocqueville, Advocacy Committee, Resource Development Committee, and Volunteer Engagement Cabinet. Debra is the President of the Dallas Chapter of International Women’s Forum and serves on the World Affairs Council Board of Directors. She is Past-President of the Dallas Regional Chamber Executive Women’s Roundtable and serves on the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Corporate Recruitment committee.
Debra and her family enjoy adventure travel and they have fished, hiked and rafted throughout North America, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Peru and Spain. In her leisure time, Debra enjoys outdoor gardening, exercising, cooking and reading. Debra and her son, Kevin, completed cooking schools in Italy, Spain and the California wine country
Gary is a founder and Principal of Mission Properties, a multifamily real estate investment firm with properties across the eastern U.S. Prior to forming Mission Properties, he co-founded AIT, a multinational engineering and manufacturing corporation that serves clients such as Boeing, Airbus, and Bombardier. An ardent believer in grassroots assistance to those in need, Gary served on the regional advisory board of Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas helping to raise funds for children with life threatening illnesses. The innovative and entrepreneurial Café Momentum story immediately drew him to the mission and he is thrilled to take part in the day-to-day operations as well as serve on the board.
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FIRE & KNIVES
MOMENTUM SOCIETY MEMBERS
Laurie and Craig Adams Aly and Colin Alred Jennifer and Peter Altabef Barbara and Ralph Babb Robert Baillargeon Baird Foundation Carolyn and Ken Barth Della and Bob Best Nancy Best Cecilia and GarretT Boone Ellie and Scott Boxer Diane and Hal Brierly Paige Burton Jamie and Kent Capps Susan and Rob Carringer Kathi and Chris Child Mary McDermott Cook Mary Anne Cree David Danielson Peggy Dear Wendy Whittington and Fred Duffy
Elizabeth and Harry Facher Kristy and Raymond Faus Kelli and Gerald Ford Gigi Gartner Renee and Jeff George Carol and Don Glendenning Beverly Goulet Jennier and Mark Gunnin Susan Hoff Sally and Forest Hoglund Laura and Steve Holden Hannah Koski and Chad Houser Tammy and Tim Hughes Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt Mary M. Jalonick Cheryl Huff and Frank H. Johnson Jennifer Johnson Herb Kelleher* Ashlee and Chris Kleinert
Mackenzie and Tyler Kleinert Pat Villareal and Tom Leatherbury Julie and Greg Leftwich Carol and John Levy Sarah and Alan Losinger Katherine Glaze Lyle Lottye and Bobby Lyle Carol and Kevin March Shelly and Frank Markey Don McDermott Jay and Virginia McKie Foundation Megan and Casey McManemin Ellen and John McStay Carolyn and David Miller Beth and Tom Montgomery Scott Norvell John Palter Gwen and Doug Parker Leah and Jim Pasant
Gail and Bill Plummer Julie and Chuck Quaid Carolyn and Karl Rathjen Brian Ratner Betty Regard Deedie Rose Jennifer Sampson Sheri and Howard Schultz Lisa Simmons Grace and Stanley Smith Deb SoRelle and Brian Lindley Emily and Jack Stout Carolyn and Jere Thompson Jr. Debra and Ken von Storch Elizabeth L. Todd, PhD and William H. Wilcox Gary Williams Laura Fox Williamson Margaret and Chad Windham Kaitlyn Zigrang Anonymous (5) *deceased
CORPORATE &FOUNDATION DONORS
JPMorgan Chase & Co. The Jay & Virginia McKie Foundation JCPenney Les Dames d’Escoffier Marilyn Augur Family Foundation Mavs Foundation Mizuho Moody Foundation The Moozie Foundation National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation The Ninnie L. Baird Foundation North Dallas Chamber of Commerce ORIX Foundation Palter-Stokley-Sims Dallas Stars Foundation
DVAP The David B. Miller Family Foundation Esping Family Foundation The Eugene McDermott Foundation George Family Foundation GoDo Discovery Co. The Golden Rule Foundation The Good Coin Foundation Holloway Family Foundation Harry S. Moss Foundation Hoblitzelle Foundation The Hoglund Foundation JPMorgan Chase & Co. The Jay & Virginia McKie Foundation JCPenney Les Dames d’Escoffier
Marilyn Augur Family Foundation Mavs Foundation Mizuho Moody Foundation The Moozie Foundation National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation The Ninnie L. Baird Foundation North Dallas Chamber of Commerce ORIX Foundation Palter-Stokley-Sims Poo-Pourri PPB Entertainment Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Rainwater Mary Redman Foundation
The Rees-Jones Foundation Richard A. Rudine Memorial Endowment Fund Roti Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust Schultz Family Foundation Singing for Change The Starbucks Foundation Texas Bar Foundation Thompson & Knight Impact Union Coffee United Way of Greater Atlanta United Way of Metropolitan Dallas We over Me Farm Wells Fargo Whole Foods Market Yavneh Academy YPO Dallas Chapter
Admiral Linen and Uniform Service Bonton Farms Caprino Royale Chefs’ Produce The Cultured Cup Dallas Farmers Market Demases Farm
DFW Aquaponics Farms Ducky-Bob’s El Centro College Falster Farm & Cattle Ranch Fruge Seaford Houski Farms
Lemley Farm NACE Dallas/FW Chapter Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters Oak Cliff Cellars One Man’s Treasure Sir Speedy The Slow Bone