2014 Board of Directors

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Brandy Brann – President

Brandy joined the DJCC in February of 2013 after recently relocating from North Carolina. She formally served on the Board of Directors for the Roxboro Junior Chamber of Commerce in North Carolina as Treasurer for two consecutive terms. Since joining the DJCC Brandy has played an active role within the chamber as well as co-chaired the 2013 Johnny Sides Gala. She currently works for Children’s Medical Center of Dallas as a Contract Specialist within the Supply Chain Operations Department. Brandy enjoys staying involved within the local community and spending time with family and friends.

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Kristine Capino – Chief Operating Officer

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.

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Charles Jones – Executive Vice President

Charles, a Pittsburgh native, moved to the metroplex as a child and attended high school in Lewisville before moving on to Abilene Christian University. As a web developer he’s spent the last few years working on promotional and shopper marketing for clients including Pepsi, Microsoft, and 7-Eleven. He began his career in print design before moving to web, and has been designing and developing for six 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, Steelers football, rock climbing, karaoke, and generally making people feel (ill) at ease.

McClellan 2014 200x300 LeadershipDuane McClellan – Vice President of Finance

Duane McClellan moved to Dallas after receiving a B.S./B.A in Finance from the University of Arkansas in 2010. Since graduating, Duane has worked at Briggs Equipment as a national account manager and solution implementation project manager. After volunteering at TASTE in March 2013, Duane could not wait to expand his participation with the organization. He participated as a co-chair for the Johnny Sides event and could not be more excited to be apart of the DJCC 2014 board. In his free time, Duane enjoys reading, DIY projects around his home and going to the dog park.

Mayer 2014 200x300 LeadershipKristen Mayer – Vice President of Communications

Kristen Mayer has been involved with the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce since late 2011 and will be serving as the VP of Communications in 2013. Kristen is originally from Minnesota and moved to Dallas in 2009 from the Philadelphia area. She has a diverse background as a member and board participant with several non-profit organizations over the past 15 years. Kristen is a highly successful senior business development and marketing director with a unique background combining leadership, corporate communications, business planning, company brand design, sales training, project planning, and program management. In her spare time she enjoys planning events, reading, traveling, spending time with family & friends, and attending sporting events, especially Vikings football and Phillies baseball games.

Benewald 2014 200x300 LeadershipCarly Bendewald – Vice President of Member Relations

Dr. Carly Bendewald has been involved with the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce since early 2013. Born and raised in the midwest, Carly graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis. After moving to Dallas in 2008, Carly opened and currently runs a Chiropractic membership practice on Upper Greenville that is focused on health and wellness for the entire family. Her key strengths involve networking, interpersonal patient care, new member acquisition & retention, business plan modeling, and always putting her patients needs first. She also spends her free time volunteering with the Dallas Junior League, plays in the Highland Park UMC Handbell Choir, and loves cheering on the SMU Mustangs.

Batista 2014 200x300 LeadershipJonathan Batista – Vice President of Business Development

Jonathan Batista grew up in Northern Vermont where he lived until he attended college in Boston, MA at Northeastern University. Jonathan received a BS in Public Communications, and was honored as of one of Northeastern’s 100 Most Influential Seniors. Jonathan also played for the Northeastern Men’s Soccer team and was Captain. After college, Jonathan worked for the Red Sox Foundation and later joined Fidelity Investments. He quickly made an impact as a Fundraising Associate, a Relationship Manager in the Private Donor Group and most recently a Charitable Planning Associate, where he works with financial advisors in New York and New Jersey. During his free time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his friends and family and exploring Dallas restaurants.

Alaniz 2014 199x300 LeadershipYvette Alaniz – Vice President of Marketing

Yvette Alaniz joined the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce during fall 2013 and currently serves as Vice President of Marketing. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a Business Management degree, Yvette moved to New York to study hospitality at New York University. Yvette earned her Master’s Degree in Hospitality Industry Studies from NYU and stayed in Manhattan to work in revenue management for a few years before making the transition back to Texas. She currently works as a Revenue Manager for Hilton Worldwide and is happy to be back in her home state after 4 years in New York. In her free time, Yvette enjoys reading, running, live music, and becoming more involved with the Dallas community.

Sara McArthur – Vice President of Networking

Sara McArthur joined the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce in the Spring of 2014. She was raised in Southlake, TX just outside of Dallas and attended college at Texas Tech University. She has a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry, but is currently pursuing a career in Event Planning and Management. In her spare time she is involved in several charity organizations, primarily BVB Dallas which raises money for Alzheimer’s research and funding. Sara also enjoys staying active by playing sports such as kickball and flag football multiple nights a week.

Wolfson 2014 LeadershipDanna Wolfson – Vice President of Professional Development

Born in Johannesburg South Africa, wealth manager Danna Wolfson, became a naturalized US citizen in 1992. She emigrated to the United States after having lived in Tel Aviv for three years previously. Her professional travels have taken her around the globe including destinations such as Russia, Taiwan, Africa and all over North America. Danna is an experienced educator, who spent nearly a decade as an SMU professor. She is also an accomplished journalist in areas of political opinion editorials, and currently serves as a contributing writer for DMagazine here in Dallas, Texas. She speaks English, Russian and Hebrew.

DeNooyer 2014 200x300 LeadershipKathleen DeNooyer – Vice President of Special Events

Richard Meister – Vice President of Philanthropy

Richard returned to Dallas in 2013 after a lengthy absence that took him from Texas to California, Rhode Island, the UK, and even Korea. Richard attended college at Brown University in Rhode Island before starting his career in consulting and then marketing. After earning his MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, he worked in International Home Entertainment for 20th Century Fox and then as a Brand Marketer for Samsung Electronics at the corporate headquarters in South Korea. He currently provides independent brand and marketing consulting services as well as helps to manage a start-up company he co-founded. Richard enjoys movies, books, all sports (with a bias for Broncos football), and generally being social. He joined the Chamber as the Vice President of Philanthropy in the Spring of 2014 and is excited to expand the DJCC’s philanthropy footprint in the Metroplex. While life may have taken him away from Dallas, he’s glad to be home.

Duran 2014 200x300 LeadershipPonce Duran – Chair

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 Director of Programs and Communications for the Coppell Chamber of Commerce. 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.