Board of Directors

Rosemarie Allen served as Associate Superintendent for the division of Student Support and Special Services in the Dallas Independent School District for 15 years. She has been recognized for exceptional service by The Dallas Child and Family Guidance Center, the Texas Psychological Association, and the Mental Health Association, as well as the MHMR Showcase Award. After retiring in 2007, she serves as a consultant and board member for numerous youth-serving agencies and organizations.
Sharon Balch Sharon Balch (Founder) began as a volunteer at Faith & Grief Luncheons.  She worked at Texas Instruments for 27 years in marketing, communications, and finance.  She has an MBA and a Graduate Specialist’s Certificate in Aging from the University of North Texas.  She is a Stephen Minister and a Presbyterian elder.
Ray Chaves Ray Chavez(Chair) has extensive experience in operations, information technology and customer service and support where he has lead high performance teams in exceeding profitability goals. Ray is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Education.Most recently, Ray served on behalf of ELM during the merger with Vickery Meadow Leaning Center. He is an elder at Northridge Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX
male Michael Cox(Board of Directors) joined the Faith and Grief board in July 2013. His wife passed away in February 2013, and he found this ministry to be extremely instrumental in the healing process. He wanted to use his experience and passion as an accomplished entrepreneur to further the reach of Faith and Grief to those who need the comfort and encouragement this ministry provides. As a current political advocate for the National Brain Tumor Society, he has learned the importance of giving back to the ones who extended their hearts to him.
Michael attended the University of Central Oklahoma for musical performance but quickly learned his passion for business equaled his passion for music. His past business successes and experience have led him to utilize his acumen for efforts with greater significance.
Wendy Fenn Wendy Fenn,(Founder) serves as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX.  Previously, she was Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Care at a non-profit hospice in Dallas.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas and received a Master of Divinity from Perkins Theological Seminary.
Amy Fulford Amy K. Fulford (Board of Directors) has 24 years experience in marketing and advertising.  As Director of Marketing for Home Run Automotive, Amy enthusiastically leads her team in new, emerging and integrated media planning.  She is a member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX
Marcia Howard is enjoying teaching English to speakers of other languages after many rewarding years of managing IT projects and organizations in large corporations. She has degrees from Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas at Dallas. Having served as a Presbyterian elder and deacon, Marcia appreciates the ongoing comfort that Faith & Grief Ministries brings to congregations.
Rebecca Lones is a graduate of Baylor University. She is an active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church and has served in leadership roles in the United Methodist Women and her Sunday School Class at the church. Rebecca has a desire to help others and has been inspired by Faith & Grief’s work to allow sorrow and healing in the midst of loss and to encourage connection with others through faith.
Lynn Meggers is controller of PayVision Online, Inc. a Payroll and Human Capital Management company and currently servies on the PHPC Foundation board. She is an energetic marketer with skills in team building, strategic marketing, event creation and execution,and marketing to ultra-high network private and institutional clients, having worked at JP Morgan in international forums. Lynn has served on local boards: Child Care Answers, Dallas Business Committee for the Arts, and the Downtown Dallas Marketing Committee.
male Wayne Rigler (Board of Directors) joined the board of directors for Faith & Grief in 2013.  He has spent the last 18 years of his career in senior leadership building and developing companies in the healthcare industry, and currently serves as Vice President for a specialized cancer diagnostics company in Irving, TX.  He is a graduate of the Auburn University College of Business. Wayne is an active member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.
Fran Shelton Fran Shelton(Founder) received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  Her doctoral project was “Blessed are Those Who Mourn:  Offering Comfort Through Worship and Theological Reflection.”  Recognizing a tremendous benefit of spiritual disciplines for those on the journey of grief, she obtained certificates in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction
Randy Woodring is currently working on his PhD at Texas A&M Commerce. He was an elementary school teacher for the Irving ISD and has served as an intern for The Family Place and Nexus Recovery while working on his Master's Degree from The University of North Texas of Dallas.

Staff

Susan-Ingle Susan Ingle, Resource Administrator is a social worker by training having both an Bachelor's degree (University of Oklahoma) and Master’s degree (University of Kansas). Much of her work has been in medical oncology settings where she encountered many patients and families going through the process of death and grief.  Through her work with families experiencing end of life issues, she was drawn to those who were coping with their grief and loss.   Susan is the resource administrator for Faith and Grief. She monitors the registrations for the gatherings and workshops, handles communications for the ministry, keeps the statistics for all the gatherings as well as serves as co-leader at one of the Dallas area sites.
BonnieBrophy Bonnie Castellaw Brophy, Workshop Facilitator In 2012, Bonni's husband, Jack, died. While going through the grieving process, she attended a Faith & Grief Ministries workshop and found the tools to help rebuild her life while also giving her new friends who were also working through this difficult transition.
It was the best gift I could have given to my family and to myself…to go each week and process the realities of this new phase of life with other people who were also learning about this new land we had entered. The process of examining the difficult events that surrounded Jack’s death from a spiritual, emotional, and practical perspective in the Faith & Grief Ministries workshop helped me to accept it as a part of life.
Bonni spent 20 years in youth ministry with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, founding The Pines Catholic Camp in 1988. She has served in philanthropic leadership for 15 years in the Dallas area, helping clients create a legacy for their favorite charities.
Regina - 2 Regina Strader HuntWorkshop Facilitator is a ruling elder at First Presbyterian Church in Dallas where she works in the area of congregational, pastoral care, and spiritual formation.   She is a long time Stephen Minister and Leader in that congregation and also works with other Dallas area congregations in grief ministry and ministries of spiritual formation and growth. Regina holds certificates in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction from HeartPaths Spirituality Centre, sits on the board of Spiritual Ministries Institute, and works in private practice as a spiritual director. She has completed the two-year lay pastor (CRE) certification program (PCUSA) at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  As a change management consultant, she works with large organizations to develop strategies that minimize disruption and negative impact of large scale changes within those organizations as well as their business partners.

Diane Pennington Diane Pennington, Workshop Facilitator is an ordained deacon at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church in Richardson.  She serves on the development team at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary as their North Texas liaison. Diane studied at Oklahoma Baptist University where she studied vocal performance.  She enjoyed a 25 year career in musical theatre in New York and continues to direct children in faith based drama and creative arts programs..  She completed a degree in Psychology for Special Populations at City University in New York.  Most recently, obtained certificates in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction from HeartPaths Spirituality Centre.  “I feel blessed and humbled to walk with those who are going through loss and the difficult journey of grieving.  I pray that God will be present through me as a listening and supportive ear in the 6-week Faith & Grief Ministries workshops.”

Previous Board Members

Dru Francis
Dr. Becky Pigott
IMG_0478 Teal Thawley has been involved in facilitating grief groups since 2003, following her husband’s death in 2002.  She also serves as a director for Young Widow – Chapter Two, a non-profit organization that sponsors an online bulletin board for young widows and widowers (www.ywbb.org).  She has degrees from Duke University and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and currently practices law in Dallas.  She is a member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.  She joined the board of directors of Faith & Grief in 2013.