2013 Board of Directors
Ponce Duran grew up traveling the southwest, living in California, Arizona and Texas. He graduated from Baylor University with a double major in Political Science and History. Also, he is a former aide to Congressman Pete Sessions for 2 years. Currently, he is the Community Manager for Texas and the surrounding states for tech startup Taxi Magic. He is also the Vice Chairman for the Dallas Police Awards Committee (DCPAC). He enjoys college and NBA basketball, keeping fit, traveling, and being engaged in the Dallas community.
Tim Schott – Executive Vice President
Timothy Schott is an accomplished, performance driven finance professional with extensive experience working for numerous Fortune 100 companies. Tim’s expertise ranges from designing various financial models to establishing operational controls that aim to deliver greater enterprise efficiency while maintaining long-term focus on increasing operating income. Tim has earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance, as well as, his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance, both from California State University at Long Beach. Tim is also a Registered Income Tax Preparer for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and holds the Securities Brokers License (Series 7 & 63) from the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD). Originally from Orange County, California; Tim moved to Dallas in 2011 to take part in the city’s growing economy and to experience everything Texas has to offer. Tim enjoys attending the Texas Rangers baseball games, working out, restoring automobiles, and being part of the Dallas community.
Charles Jones – Chief Technology Officer
Charles joined the Chamber in 2012. As a web developer he’s spent the last couple of years working with clients like Pepsi, T-Mobile, and Jamba Juice. Since finishing college, he’s on and off considered trying to be a professor, a writer, and a political…something — but so far he’s been too wrapped up in enjoying work and the DJCC. He’s been designing and developing for about five years; before that he was a youth minister, and before that, a student. Before that he learned to walk and to feed himself. He enjoys basketball, both real and electronic, Steelers football, reading, and drawing.
Alicia Spalding joined the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and is currently serving as Senior Vice President of Finance. Alicia has been working as an Accountant in the financial services industry since 2010. She earned her Masters in Accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas and her Bachelors at Texas A&M University. Currently, she is studying for the CPA exam. She enjoys spinning, yoga and college football. Gig ‘Em Aggies!
Sabrina Wade graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a major in Supply Chain Management and a minor in Mathematics. Growing up in Highland Park, Texas, she was excited to return to Dallas after graduation. Sabrina has experience in both a procuring role with domestic and international suppliers as well as an operations role implementing RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). She joined the DJCC in May and assisted with the 60th Annual Johnny Sides Rookie of the Year Gala. She is excited to be apart of the 2013 Board. Sabrina enjoys traveling, reading, running, and spending time with friends and family.
Hadley joined the DJCC in August 2012, almost right after she moved to Dallas from Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a double major in English and Biology and currently works as a healthcare consultant at Compass Professional Health Services. In her free time she plays violin in the North Texas Symphony Orchestra, a small community orchestra that puts on a few concerts per year. She always cheers for the Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Rockets, loves to two step, and is always excited to tell people about her insect collection.
Shanna moved to the Dallas area in 2011 and joined the DJCC in the summer of 2012. She grew up in a small town in South Dakota where she graduated high school. She attended college at Minnesota State University, Mankato, for three years where she studied Business Management. After moving to Dallas, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management, with a specialty in Hospitality Management, from DeVry University. Shanna is currently pursuing a career in the event planning industry. She became more involved in the DJCC when she volunteered for Johnny Sides. Shortly after, she became chair of Taste 2013 and joined the board. In her free time, Shanna enjoys reading, watching her Vikings, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying this amazing Dallas weather!
Kristine Capino has a passion for helping people see their best. Her mission is to make an impact on her patients and the way that they are able to see the world. As a recent transplant from Massachusetts, Kristine has continued her desire to stay involved with the local community by joining the DJCC. Prior to moving, she studied at Boston University pursuing her passion within the field of ophthalmology. Currently, she works in the OR in refractive surgery. The Boston native has been in the eye care industry since she was a teenager volunteering with the blind and has cultivated a strong business mindset that she credits to her parents success at running their own business. As Kristine works towards the goal of owning her own practice, her interest in fashion aligns with visions of an upscale optical alongside a medical practice. When Kristine is not working late Friday evenings in the OR you can find her taste testing at new Dallas restaurants, having a Homeland & Suits marathon or breaking a sweat at Flywheel Spinning.
Jaylene joined the DJCC in 2010 and was immediately recruited for the Johnny Sides Committee that year. Since then, she has co-chaired the Beeping Easter Egg Hunt and participated in several of the chamber’s community service opportunities. Jaylene spent nine years as a training, location and marketing manager in the service industry. During this time, she attended Baylor University for Journalism and English and embarked on her own health journey that ignited a passion to redirect her career path. She earned her Community Health degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2011 and is currently the Health Educator for the DFW Hospital Council Foundation where she works on initiatives to improve the patient safety culture in regional hospitals. Jaylene enjoys meeting new people, being active, traveling and making memories. Above all, Sic ‘em Bears and Hail to the Redskins!
Chris Shim joined the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce in October of 2011 and is currently serving as vice president of networking. Chris grew up in Atlanta, GA, and did his university studies in Abilene, TX. He graduated from Abilene Christian University with a major in Finance in May 2011. In August 2011 Chris moved to Dallas, TX for work as a financial consultant and is currently working for BJM Trust 1, a trust company that manages an oil & gas transport company. He has thoroughly enjoyed his experiences in Dallas and everything that the city has to offer. The DJCC has been a great way for Chris to connect with other young professionals to continue his professional development and give back to the community.
Derek Lester is the Vice President from Philanthropy. His main responsibilities this year will include organizing the DJCC Easter Egg Hunt for the blind, and bi-monthly philanthropic outreaches for members. Derek is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He moved to Texas after he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned his PhD in Educational Leadership. Derek is originally from Seattle and enjoys skiing and climbing, and can be a bit of foodie.
Katherine Dollar attended her first DJCC happy hour shortly after moving to the DFW area in August of 2012. Glad to have found like-minded professionals, career opportunities, and a social outlet Katherine soon became a Chamber member and was recruited for the 2013 VP of Marketing position. Katherine graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2010 where she received a BA in English and Psychology. After graduating she stayed in the publishing industry where she designed and promoted academic, fiction, and non-fiction works. Looking to expand her skills, Katherine moved to the DFW area to take a position in digital marketing. Katherine enjoys sailing, traveling, networking, and Star Trek marathons. She rarely turns down an invite for dinner out with friends and loves rainy summer days
Chris Kobler has a long history of DJCC involvement. He joined the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2003, and was elected to the board a month later as Vice President of Marketing. He set about to design and develop the chamber’s first working website and designed the DJCC logo which is still in use today. He also served as Vice President of Operations in 2005, Chairman of the DJCC Winetasting in 2008 and 2009, Executive Vice President in 2010, and President in 2011. Chris has served on all major committees of the DJCC, including the DJCC Winetasting, FOYD, Johnny Sides and the Easter Egg Hunt Committee. Chris received his bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Arlington. Professionally, he is employed by TracyLocke as a Web Developer, maintains a personal website and offers freelance graphic design and website development services at chriskobler.com.