OUR TEAM

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.

CHAD
HOUSER

FOUNDER, CEO, & EXECUTIVE CHEF

MARGARET REID
WINDHAM

CHIEF OPERATING & DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

AARON “FUZZ” COLLINS
CHEF DE CUISINE

TYKESHA CRAWFORD
CASE MANAGER

JORDAN CRISS
SOUS CHEF

ANTHONY SCHAUF
GENERAL MANAGER

SAIS DANIEL
CAREER SUCCESS COORDINATOR

MICHELE MERVIS
CATERING & RETAIL MANAGER

DR. PORSHIA HAYMON
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES

TRACEY HULL
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

KRISTIN KENDRICK
SENIOR CASE MANAGER

KAREN KAUFMAN
BUSINESS MANAGER

JILL BATES
PASTRY CHEF

JEDARRIAN JONES
RESTAURANT ASSOCIATE

MICHAEL O’CONNOR
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

THEDA BABCOCK
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

LAURA BETH LOPEZ
MARKETING MANAGER

KIM HIGH
SERVICE TRAINING MANAGER

MERRY WATSON
EDUCATION MANAGER

NYIALA HARRIS
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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.

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

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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.

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

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 MOMENTUM SOCIETY MEMBERS

Laurie and Craig Adams

Aly and Colin Allred

Jennifer and Peter Altabef

Lana and John Antos

Barbara and Ralph Babb

Bob Baillargeon

Baird Foundation

Carolyn and Ken Barth

Mary Kathryn Bass

Kristi Bernstein

Della and Bob Best

Nancy and Randy Best

Kathryne Bishop

Cecilia and Garrett Boone

Ellie and Scott Boxer

Diane and Hal Brierley

Paige Burton

Jamie and Kent Capps

Carolyn Carlson

Mary Carroll

Kathi and Chris Child

Mary McDermott Cook

Mary Anne Cree*

Peggy Dear

Wendy Whittington and Fred Duffy

Jenny Ecklund and Elizabeth Myers

Kristy and Raymond Faus

Kelly and Gerald Ford

Laura Fox

Gigi Gartner

Suzy and Lawrence Gekiere

Renee and Jeff George

Karen Giles

Carol and Don Glendenning

Beverly Goulet

Jennier and Mark Gunnin

Caroline Harrison

Amy Hegi

Donna and Paul Herchman

David Hernandez

Susan and Steve Hogg

Sally and Forrest Hoglund

Laura and Steve Holden

Hannah Koski and Chad Houser

Gordon Huddleston

Tammy and Timothy Hughes

Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt

Helen Lakelly Hunt

Mary Jalonick

Jamm

Cheryl Huff and Frank Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Melinda and James Johnson

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert

Mackenzie and Tyler Kleinert

Patricia Villareal and Tom Leatherbury

Julie and Greg Leftwich

Carol and John Levy

Sarah Losinger

Lottye and Bobby Lyle

Katherine Lyle

Alex Macfarlane

Carol and Kevin March

Shelly and Frank Markey

Cortney and Matthew Marsh

Don McDermott

Megan and Casey McManemin

Ellen and John McStay

Carolyn and David Miller

Beth and Tom Montgomery

Carrie and John Morgridge

Diane Murphy

Sammye and Mike Myers

Dirk Nowitzki Foundation

Evangeline Ordinario

Rebecca and Paul Ordinario

Pamela Osborne

Wade Owens

Gwen and Doug Parker

Leah and Jim Pasant

Gail and Bill Plummer

Julie and Chuck Quaid

Cindy and Howard Rachofsky

Carolyn and Karl Rathjen

Brian Ratner

Cheryl and Clint Rodenfels

Deedie Rose

Gail Bohdan and Richard Rudnicki

Jennifer Sampson

Leigh Sansone

Alicia Schroeder

Lisa Simmons

Charisse Smith

Grace and Stanley Smith

Deb Sorelle and Brian Lindley

Lynne Stokes

Susan Stone

Emily and Jack Stout

Kathryn and William Stuart

Sheree and Gary Sutton

Beth and Chuck Thoele

Thompson Coburn LLC

Carolyn and Jere Thompson 

Kay and Rod Tyler

Debra and Ken von Storch

Elizabeth Wahlquist

Brandon Webb

Rosemarie Marshall and Lee Wilkins

Gary Williams

Linda Williams

Margaret and Chad Windham

Abbie Barton and JD Young

Kaitlyn Zigrang

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*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

OUR PARTNERS

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
Trusted World

Lemley Farm
NACE Dallas/FW Chapter
Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters
Oak Cliff Cellars
One Man’s Treasure
Sir Speedy
The Slow Bone

TLC Catering
VWS Wine
Windham Cattle Company
Windham Ranch
Winona Orchards
3015 @ Trinity Groves