Jan has served on various nonprofit boards throughout the Dallas area and chaired fundraising events for Preston Hollow Elementary, Dallas Christian School, CARE Dallas, The Elisa Project, Connecting Point of Park Cities, Pink Day, Dallas Women’s Foundation, and Nexus.
Internationally, Jan serves the team at Touch A Life and their supports their work with survivors of human trafficking in Ghana. Their newest program, Life Academy, is helping create a path toward independence for young adult survivors of human trafficking and forced labor.
A native of Bentonville, Arkansas, Jan has called Dallas home for over 30 years. She loves power tools, tennis, and spending time with her husband, Scott, and two adult sons.
Mary is the founder of Lift Communications, a communications consulting firm serving small nonprofits. She is also the Communications Lead for Nameless Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that connects and empowers women who are leading across business, nonprofit, and ministry sectors.
Mary loves reading, listening to podcasts, and baking bread. She graduated from Southeastern University with a degree in Journalism & Public Relations, giving her a permanent excuse to ask people to share their life stories. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Mary lives in North Dallas with her husband, Damien, and their two young boys, Lucas and Elijah.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Hunter Lacey is a freelance photographer and writer. After an internship with Touch A Life and a nonprofit management course through Pepperdine, she realized her desire to work in the nonprofit sector. After graduating, she spent four months in Lima, Peru working for Krochet Kids, then moved back to Dallas and worked for a marketing firm that works solely with nonprofits and ministries. Her current job - running her photography and writing business - still touches the nonprofit world. The majority of her work is done servicing non-profits, and 10% of all of her photoshoots go toward Touch A Life.
Hunter is originally from Dallas, but studied at Pepperdine University in California before moving back to her hometown. In her spare time, she loves traveling, reading, writing, drinking coffee, and spending time with her husband Grant and dog Wilbur.
Rachel Brown is the Development Director for Touch A Life. She and her husband, James, live in McKinney with their darling baby girl, Ruby, and their hilariously large English mastiff, Coach. Rachel loves to travel, run, try new restaurants (especially the ones specializing in tacos!), read, and bake lemon bars.
Originally from Chicago, Rachel moved to Dallas in 2009 after graduating from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles and she loves life in Texas. She is especially inspired by all of the movers, shakers, and do-gooders in her community.
Misty Jackson-Miller is a freelance writer based in Plano, Texas. Her recent articles can be found in DFWChild and Thrive. Because public libraries have tremendously enriched her life, she considers herself a life-long library advocate and is currently serving on Plano's Library Advisory Board.
Originally from Oklahoma City, Misty completed her B.A. at Oklahoma Christian University and M.A. at Washington University in St. Louis. She and her family have called the Dallas-area home since 2008. She lives with her husband, young daughter, and a delightfully nosy dog named Graycee.
Liz Navarro is a writer, educator, and founder of Liz Navarro + Co, where she empowers visionaries to turn their ideas into compelling, clear, and sharable content. She is a TEDx speaker and teaches public speaking at Southern Methodist University.
Originally from Blackfoot, Idaho, the Potato Capital of the World, Liz attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where she met her husband, Alex. They moved to Dallas after years of beach-side living, and are grateful to be raising their rambunctious girls Lucy and Phoebe here. As a family, they enjoy traveling, ice cream, reading stories, and spending slow afternoons in the backyard with good food and friends.
Katie Kelton is the Communications Coordinator at Mercy Street, where she employs the art of storytelling to spark awareness in the Dallas area and beyond. When she’s not asking people probing questions about their personal lives, you will probably find her spending time with high school students, reading, cooking, traveling, or moseying around outdoors.
Katie is originally from Austin (or Georgetown, to the locals) and spent periods of time in College Station, Charleston, and Honduras, before making her way to the West Dallas community.