SPCA of Texas Board of Directors

Pat Villareal

Patricia Villareal, Chair

Attorney, PatVillarealLaw

Pat Villareal is an internationally recognized authority in securities litigation, corporate governance, and director and officer fiduciary duty matters. She has three decades of experience representing Fortune 500 public and private companies, boards of directors and individual directors and officers in high-stakes litigation, SEC and internal investigations, and Delaware shareholder litigation.

Pat has been lead lawyer for Oncor Electric Delivery and its Board on the bankruptcy of its parent, EFH and the Sempra Energy acquisition of EFH’s interests in Oncor; for Dell Inc. and its Board on securities, derivative and ERISA litigation and regulatory investigations; Potash Corporation on its successful defense to a hostile BHP takeover bid; and Electric Data Systems and its Board on parallel securities, derivative and ERISA litigation and regulatory litigation. She has done extensive counseling on corporate governance, fiduciary duty and D&O indemnification and insurance matters for public companies, boards of directors, and financially challenged companies.

Pat has been ranked by Chambers USA as a “Leader in the Field” and Band 1 in securities litigation in 2017 and every year since 2006. In 2014, Chambers ranked her as a nationally recognized practitioner in securities litigation and praised her as “an absolute go to” securities litigator, who clients say instills “tremendous confidence when she speaks and makes recommendations.” And in past years, Chambers has “hailed [her]as a leading securities litigator,” and noted that “[p]eers are especially impressed with her abilities in both the boardroom and the courtroom.” Pat was selected as a 2018 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America 2015 for her work in SEC, Telecom and Energy enforcement in Dallas, Texas and as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys in 2014 and 2015 for outstanding work in securities litigation.

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Steve Atkinson

Steve Atkinson, Vice Chair

Realtor, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate 

Steve is a residential realtor with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and has worked in the field of real estate since college. He grew up in Keller, Texas and graduated from Baylor University. Since 1989, he has resided in Dallas. Throughout his adult life, Steve has been heavily involved in volunteer work, most of which has been in political and activism roles that have focused on protecting and advancing equality for LGBT people.  

His volunteer leadership has included working for LGBT rights on the local, state, and federal levels—as the President of Dallas Gay & Lesbian Alliance, the Co-Chair of the Board of Equality Texas and the Co-Chair of the National Board of Governors for Human Rights Campaign. He has also served on numerous other boards and committees, including the board of Black Tie Dinner (the largest LGBT fundraising event in the country). Steve has worked on many political campaigns and led several local activism battles that resulted in non-discrimination ordinances being passed by the Dallas City Council, the Dallas School Board and the DART Board. He currently serves on the boards of Equality Texas and The Dallas Way.

Steve’s husband is Ted Kincaid, an artist and art educator at Plano West High School. They have been a couple for 27 years, and live in North Dallas with their two small rescue dogs, Simone and JoJo. Steve and Ted are vegans and passionate supporters and advocates of causes that benefit animals. After serving on the committee for a fundraising event for the SPCA of Texas in 2016, Steve was asked to join the SPCA of Texas' Board, and is thrilled to be serving in that role.

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Bill Driscoll

William B. Driscoll, CPA, Treasurer

Owner, William B. Driscoll, CPA

Bill is a native of Dallas, where he graduated from the University of North Texas with a BBA in accounting in 1982 and works as a CPA specializing in taxation. Since childhood, animals have brought great joy and love to his life.

He believes that volunteering with the SPCA of Texas is the best way to say thank you for these gifts. His dog, Hadoy, rules the house. The cats, Grace and Woody, do not agree.

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John Ackerman

John Ackerman, Secretary

Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Development, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

John Ackerman serves as Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Development at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. He leads DFW’s Airline Relations, Cargo, Research and Analytics, Strategy, and Government Relations functions. Mr. Ackerman joined the DFW staff in January 2015.

Mr. Ackerman has more than 25 years of experience in aviation, including military aviation, commercial airlines, and airports. Prior to DFW Airport he worked as Denver International Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer, was a pilot and executive at United Airlines, and was a Senior Director of Product Management at Standard & Poor’s. 

Mr. Ackerman served as an active duty officer and pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University.  John is also a board member of Visit Dallas and the City Lab High School Foundation, and is a member of the Dallas Council on Foreign Relations. In his free time he enjoys travel, contemporary art, and has climbed more than 15 of Colorado’s highest mountains.  He lives with his wife Sunny and their rescue cat Kinko, who enjoys sleeping, eating, and belly rubs.

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Wally Brewster

Ambassador James W. (Wally) Brewster

Principal, Insignias Global

Ambassador Brewster is an internationally recognized businessman, political leader and human rights activist. He most recently served as the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic from November 26, 2013 to January 20, 2017, during the administration of President Barack Obama. His appointment made history as he became the first openly gay Ambassador to serve the United States in the Western Hemisphere alongside his husband Bob J. Satawake. Ambassador Brewster is credited with advancing the human rights of the Dominican people and migrants of Haitian descent through dedicated work with multiple governments.  

His political and strategic expertise is credited for exposing corruption and advancing the rights of the marginalized and changing the landscape of equality in Latin America. His policy expertise led to advancements in environmental laws, indictment of corrupt foreign officials, trade policy, international immigration laws and enforcement of drug policies against international drug cartels during his tenure. He is a top negotiator for multiple agreements and treaties between the U.S. and foreign governments. 

In addition, Ambassador Brewster is a senior level strategist in organizational design, internal/external communication, e-commerce, and innovation combined with high-level international and domestic business and political experience. He served President Obama and the DNC as LGBT National Co-Chair, National Co-Chair of Obama Leadership Circles, member of the NFC and a Presidential Partner.  He is also a top Democratic fundraiser for multiple Democratic Senate and House candidates nationally. 

Prior to his position as a U.S. Ambassador he was the managing partner of SB&K Global, an executive strategy firm specializing in consumer dynamics, political and human rights advocacy and reputation management, and Officer/Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications for General Growth Properties, the country’s second largest Shopping Mall REIT with over 250 shopping malls worldwide. 

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Karen FroehlichKaren Froehlich, CAWA
President and CEO (Ex-Officio to the Board of Directors)

Karen Froehlich, President and CEO for the SPCA of Texas, joined the organization in January of 2016. Karen is an accomplished animal welfare professional with proven experience directing all aspects of daily business operations within the animal welfare sector. She is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

Prior to joining SPCA of Texas, Karen was the Director of Grants and Programs at PetSmart Charities where she was responsible for annual funding of $25 million to animal welfare groups to save more lives and make their communities a better place for animals. She was also Executive Director of the Humane Society of Central Texas in Waco and had extensive experience in the corporate environment before entering animal welfare in 2007. She lives in Dallas with her dogs and cats.

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Gustavo Hinojosa

Gustavo N. Hinojosa, AIA, IIDA, NCARB, LEED AP

Owner - HINOJOSA, Architecture & Interiors

A 13th generation Tejano, Gus grew up in San Antonio and is descended from the founding families of South Texas and Northern Mexico. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of  Notre Dame in 1982 and returned to San Antonio to work with the newly established firm of - Fisher Heck Lake & Flato.

Throughout his career, Gustavo worked for the prestigious firms of Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Ginsers. While at these firms, he has works on a varioety of highly recognizable domestic and international projects.

In the summer of 2009 he founded Hinojosa Architecture & Interiors, PLLC. This boutique firm provided big firm expertise with small firm design focus. Gus led the design of the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Campus for the SPCA of Texas, helping the organization realize a 40% increase in adoption rates, proving that design does matter and is good business.

Gus closed his firm in 2013 to join HKS as the Director of Commercial Interiors. He is a reistered architect in Texas as well as New York stats. He is on the board of TACA, the Notre Dame alumni group-GALA-ND/SMC; while serving on the advisory committee for the 12th edition of the AIA Graphic Standards as well as an architectural committee for Dallas Independent School District. He is founder and president of the Leal-Hinojosa Scholarship Fund which celebrates its 25th year in 2014. Along with his partner and rescue dog “Bear” he lives in the Farmers Market district of Dallas.

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Brian Loughmiller

Partner, Loughmiller Higgins P.C., and former mayor of McKinney

Brian grew up in Illinois and attended Illinois State University receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science followed by attending Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio obtaining a Juris Doctorate Degree.

Brian has been a practicing attorney for 32 years practicing predominantly family law. In addition to his law practice, Brian is a strong believer in public service in his community. Brian served on McKinney City Council as a council member from 2002 to 2008 and as Mayor of McKinney from 2009 to 2017 during which time McKinney was named by Money Magazine as the best city in America to live in. In addition Brian served as President of the Collin County Bar Association, worked with non profits such as Relay for Life and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Brian joined the SPCA of Texas Board of Directors in June of 2018.

Brian resides in McKinney with his wife Donna and has three grown children. Brian and Donna have a passion for animals. Moxie, the Black Lab in the picture as well as Nico, their Lab Great Pyrenees Mix were both adopted pets. Moxie passed away after 13 wonderful years with the family and Nico is now six years old. Brian believes the SPCA of Texas is the perfect organization to continue his volunteer activities as the organization continues to extend its services in both Dallas and Collin County.

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Sonja McGillSonja McGill

Partner, Spencer Fane LLC

Sonja McGill is a labor and employment partner for Spencer Fane LLC, a full-service firm in Dallas, Texas, where she represents companies in the areas of employment law, labor law, business-based immigration and commercial litigation. McGill has spent her entire career helping companies throughout the employment cycle: from hiring to firing and everything in between. She also recently began her practice as a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. 

Sonja received her law degree and master’s in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. She has served as board chair for the Oak Cliff YMCA when it became the first AmeriCorps site in Dallas, and for Theatre Three, Dallas’ second oldest theater, guiding the organization through its first strategic planning process. 

Currently she serves on the advisory board for the Coalition for a New Dallas, an advocacy group focused on revitalizing Dallas’ urban core, and is a board member for Fair Park First and the SPCA of Texas. Sonja is also active with the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity Fellows program and the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas, which is devoted to the success of women in law from first-year students to experienced attorneys. 

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Rocky McKelvey, DVM

Regional Medical Director, VCA Animal Hospitals

Dr. McKelvey grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma before attending veterinary school at Oklahoma State University. During his childhood, his entire family was involved in everything from cattle ranching to race horse breeding and training. That, along with the constant pack of dogs around his home, instilled the passion for becoming a veterinarian at a very early age.

He has been a veterinarian in the DFW area for the past 35 years. From 1982 until 1996, Dr. McKelvey owned Beltline East Animal Hospital in Sunnyvale on the eastern side of the Metroplex.In 1996, he decided to join the VCA family of veterinary practices as the first VCA hospital in Texas. That led to his current position as President of the Veterinary PC and Regional Medical Director for VCA–currently overseeing the medicine practiced in over 60 VCA hospitals in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Dr. McKelvey met his wife Janet in 1996 and the couple was married in 2002. Currently, they live on five acres in Heath, Texas with two spoiled rotten Beagles, one of which they inherited after he had been abandoned at one of the VCA hospitals. In their off-time, they love to travel pretty much anywhere. Italy and the tropics seem to be ever present on their destination list. Even though Dr. McKelvey has not treated any horses in years, he still has a love for the horse races. Dr. McKelvey and Janet try to make a pilgrimage to Saratoga Springs, New York every August for a week of cool weather and racing.

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Christie K MooreChristie K. Moore

CEO & Funeral Director, Mansfield Funeral Home

Christie K. Moore is the former Chemistry, Arts and Embalming teacher at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. She has worked in the funeral service industry for over 21 years.  
Christie earned her B.S. in Molecular Biology at Hampton University. In the Fall of her senior year, Christie K. Moore accepted a full scholarship to Tennessee State University as a member of their Masters/Ph.D. Bridge program, receiving her Master of Science (Endocrinology) in August 2002. Her research was conducted in the hypertension laboratory at Meharry Medical College. 

Christie moved back to Dallas in August 2002 to attend the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. During this time, Christie received the honor of The 100 Black Women of Funeral Service’s 2010 Educator of the Year. Christie has traveled all over the country speaking to funeral service professionals, written several articles for Nomis Publications and was featured in the KW Report regarding the importance of mentorship and developing business strategies in the funeral service. 

Christie K. Moore serves as CEO of Mansfield Funeral Home in Mansfield, Texas where she and her staff serve families throughout the D/FW Metroplex. Mansfield Funeral Home was rated the #1 funeral home in Texas for 2018 and 2019 and is 100% solar-powered. Christie is married, has a teenage daughter and is a member of Epsilon Nu Delta Embalming Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. 

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Kim Morris

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Katy Murray

Katy Murray (non-voting)

Chief Financial Officer, A. H. BELO Corporation

Katy has more than 20 years of financial and accounting experience and is currently the Chief Financial Officer for A.H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC). Prior to this role, Katy served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for several multi-national public and private software and service companies.

Katy grew up in Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University where she received both her Bachelor and Masters of Accounting. Katy joined the SPCA of Texas' Board of Directors in March, 2014. Katy also sits on the boards of directors for Downtown Dallas, Inc. and Dallas Morning News Charities, Inc.

While Katy enjoys traveling, being outdoors and sports, her passion is to help with the protection of all animals and working to create sustainable environments that we share with them. Katy shares her Dallas home with Mack and Stella, her French Bulldogs, and her fours cats Frank, Wynken, Blyken and Nod. Photo credit: Haynsworth Photography,

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Hiren Patel

Hiren Patel

Executive Director – Investments, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Hiren joined Oppenheimer in 2021, as an Executive Director, with over ten years’ experience. He serves a broad range of clients, including business executives, entrepreneurs and other professionals and their families, and enjoys connecting with them on a personal and professional level.

Drawing from a vast array of services to help them simplify and better organize their financial lives, he helps clients look at the big picture, so all of the pieces of the puzzle work together in harmony. To accomplish this, clear and transparent communications with clients is critical. A strong proponent of financial education, he takes the time to translate complex principles of investing and finance into digestible concepts.

Hiren’s wife, Dhruva Patel, is the Accounting Manager over Marketing and Creative at Neiman Marcus Group. They have been married since 2012 and live in North Dallas. Along with their yorkie, Auggie, Hiren and Dhruva have two kids, Sahai and Naira, who keep their days filled with organized chaos. They enjoy traveling all over the world, trying out new recipes at home and volunteering as a family on the weekends.
Since moving to Dallas, Hiren has become an active volunteer in the Dallas community. His volunteer work started in 2014 by serving on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas, of which he is now the current President. Since, he has volunteered with Lambda Legal, Point Foundation, Legal Hospice and SPCA of Texas, to name a few. Hiren was asked to join the SPCA of Texas’ Board in 2018 and is thrilled to be in that role. He believes animals are one of the greatest gifts to people and volunteering with the SPCA of Texas is one of the best ways to show our appreciation.

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Jan Rees-Jones (non-voting)

Co-founder, The Rees-Jones Foundation

Since co-founding The Rees-Jones Foundation in 2006 with her husband Trevor, Jan Rees-Jones has poured time, energy and resources into improving the lives of animals in North Texas.

In fact, SPCA of Texas was one of the first organizations to benefit from The Rees-Jones Foundation. After Jan and Trevor saw a heart-tugging story about the SPCA of Texas’ struggles to meet the demand for animal welfare services, they picked up the phone and asked how they could help. They participated in the capital campaign, helping the SPCA of Texas expand its ability to provide high-quality care and assistance for thousands of animals in North Texas.

In addition to promoting the humane treatment of animals, The Rees-Jones Foundation focuses on helping children who suffer from abuse or neglect, face mental health challenges and other disabilities, or who could benefit from opportunities for enrichment and character development.

Through her work with The Rees-Jones Foundation, Jan feels blessed to be able to pursue with Trevor their personal mission of “serving God by serving others.”

Faith and family are at the top of Jan’s list of priorities. Jan and Trevor are privileged to spend a lot of time with their sons Trevor and David and their wives Jenny and Margaret, respectively – all of whom graduated from TCU. They all are actively involved in the family’s ongoing work through The Rees-Jones Foundation, where Jenny and Margaret serve on the staff. Jan is a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, where she has served in several board positions and actively participates in women’s Bible studies. 

Jan grew up in Richardson and graduated from Texas Tech University, where she currently serves as co-chair of the National Advisory Board for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

In her free time, Jan enjoys spending time with family and friends, flying (she recently achieved her dream of earning a pilot’s license), and loving on her three dogs, two of whom were rescued through the SPCA of Texas.

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Christina Collins

Christina Sanders

Assistant General Counsel, NGP Energy Capital Management

Christina is the assistant general counsel at NGP Energy Capital Management, a private equity firm making direct equity investments in the energy sector. She applies her broad experience in the energy and private equity industries to the structuring and execution of transactions on behalf of both NGP and its portfolio companies. Prior to joining NGP, Christina was an Associate with the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP for over five years. As a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group, she focused her practice on energy private equity work, including investments in portfolio companies, oil and gas transactional work and private equity fund formations.

Christina has previously served on the Board of Directors for Equest and The Hockaday School Alumnae Association. A native of Dallas, she and her husband live in Richardson along with two cats (Ranger and Paisley). Christina is an avid horseback rider and enjoys spending her free time riding horses. She is passionate about rescue animals and is looking forward to contributing to SPCA of Texas’s mission.

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Christina Collins

Mandy Strauss

Partner, RSM US LLP

Mandy grew up in the Midwest and went to school at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she received a Bachelor in Business Administration with an accounting concentration.

Mandy has spent her career with RSM and currently serves as the assurance leader for the Dallas market. She has extensive experience advising global companies in the industrial products, consumer products, and business and professional services industries. As a leader in the Dallas office, Mandy is also highly involved in RSM’s retention and recruiting efforts. She is passionate about how to continue to bring quality talent to RSM in today’s competitive marketplace.

Mandy lives in Uptown. She enjoys traveling and photography. Mandy also has a passion for animals – both in spending time with her friends’ animals (special places in her heart are reserved for Herbie the Lab/Coonhound mix and Annie the Calico cat) and donating time and expertise to the SPCA of Texas.

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John Vandermeer, DVM

Veterinarian, Highland Park Animal Hospital 

Dr. John Vandermeer is a native of Highland Park and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1983. He received his undergraduate education in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University and his Veterinary degree from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation in 1990, Dr. Vandermeer returned to Dallas and joined Highland Park Animal Hospital. Dr. Vandermeer's professional interests include orthopedic surgery and endoscopy.

In 2001, he founded the Hard Luck Hound and Kitty Society, which works to provide medical services to seriously ill or injured homeless animals. He has served on the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors, as president of Dallas County Veterinary Medical Association Board in 2008 and as president of the Dallas Emergency Animal Clinic. He currently serves on the board of directors for the SPCA of Texas and the board of directors for Southwestern Diabetic Foundation (which runs Camp Sweeney, a summer camp for diabetic children).

He and his wife, Dr. Wendy Dearixon, live in University Park with their three children Emily, Marshall and Hannah. In his spare time, Dr. Vandermeer enjoys playing basketball, fishing and spending time at his country retreat with his family. They have two dogs and two cats – Rosie, Pedro, Ed and Harley.

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"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

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