Board of Directors

Robbie Good, Secretary is a graphic designer and urban enthusiast who has spent all but 4 years of his life in Dallas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, he moved home to Dallas and became a passionate member of his community. As founder of the community group FIDO Oak Cliff, he developed the model for what will become the first dog park in southern Dallas. Robbie also took part in the GOOD Ideas for Cities Challenge, where he led a team of individuals in the development of a brand and wayfinding system to promote the entire Dallas hike & bike trail network. His current passion project is the ArtsLink, a network of Dutch-style pedestrian and bicycle pathways that connect all the major cultural assets in the city core. Robbie is now owner and creative director of his own company, BR_DGE Studios. He lives in Oak Cliff with his wife, son, dog, cats and chickens.

Donald A. Graneto, M.D. works to keep Dallas healthy – one patient at a time – by creating individual health plans customized to each patient’s unique needs. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine before moving to Dallas. Dr. Graneto completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern, and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.  His areas of interest include preventive medicine, general primary car, HIV treatment, health information technology and optimizing management of chronic medical conditions.  Dr. Graneto is active by utilizing Dallas’ trails and neighborhood parks.

David J. Hoffman is a senior finance analyst for Hunt Oil Company. His appreciation for outdoor space is rooted in his upbringing in Montana. He graduated with Bachelors in business Administration with a marketing concentration from Texas A&M. David worked as a consultant for 4 years based in Dallas before pursuing his MBA at Southern Methodist University. He plays an active role in the community with his involvement in Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He and his wife reside in Lakewood and can be found walking the trails of White Rock Lake Park or playing tennis at a Dallas Parks Tennis Center.

Michael L. Johnson, AIA,  is the founding owner of JMA Johnson, LLC and the past owner of the eminent Johnson-McKibben Architects, Inc.  His diverse, thirty-seven years as an accomplished Architect began after graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  After moving to Dallas, he was employed with Jarvis Putty Jarvis Architects, Inc. as an Associate Architect for ten years.  Mr. Johnson holds professional affiliations with American Institute of Architects, Texas Society of Architects, Society of American Military Engineers and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.  His volunteer experience includes but not limited to: Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, City of Dallas Urban Design Advisory Committee, Dallas AIA Community Service Commission, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Brittany N. Newell is an Account Manager for the Northern Trust, Dallas office. Brittany joined Northern in 2014 upon her graduation from Texas A&M University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and a concentration in International Commerce. During her time at Texas A&M, she also participated in the international studies, business, and Spanish language program at Universidad International Menendez Pelayo in Sevilla, Spain. Brittany is the local ambassador for Northern Trust’s 2016 United Way Campaign and a volunteer business mentor for WiNGS Dallas. She is currently serving as one of the leaders of the local Next Gen initiative and in her spare time, she enjoys Dallas parks and trails and is an avid traveler.

Brent Nicholson as a regional manager of UMB Bank, Brent is responsible for the growth and support of customer relationships as well as supervision of regional sales associates. With nearly 30 years of experience in credit and private banking, Brent is a seasoned banking professional with deep Texas roots. Prior to joining UMB Private Wealth Management, Brent was employed by Northern Trust in Dallas, where he spent 13 years. Brent attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance, and is a Candidate for CFP certification. Brent lives with his wife in Oak Cliff and is an avid tennis player.

Chris S. Paddison, President is a partner with A.T. Kearney, a global strategic management consulting firm. He has a long history of volunteering with a variety of faith-based, community and educational non-profits. In addition, Chris has worked on development strategies and campaigns for New York’s Central Park Conservancy, The Jewish Federation of Philadelphia,, Park Cities YMCA Annual Fund Drive and The Harvard Business School’s Campaign. Chris and his wife Diane are active runners and cyclist with four grown children.

Samuel F. Stiles is the Director for Dallas Parks Foundation.  Past experience includes Northern Trust – Vice President of Marketing; Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS – Development Director; The Dallas Opera – Development Special Projects & Events.  Samuel is a past Board Member of Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association and current Board Member for Glen Oaks Townhomes Association.  He is the current President of Hilldale High School Alumni Association, a member of the National Recreation and Park Association – Park Foundation Networking Group and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia – Xi Zeta Chapter.  Samuel is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia – Xi Zeta Chapter, Dallas’ CommUNITY Credo Choir, and St. Andrew United Methodist Church Chancel Choir. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Northeast Louisiana University and a Certificate of Nonprofit Leadership from Southern Methodist University.

Ginger A. Tye provides legal services to businesses and individuals on a variety of different issues ranging from multimillion dollar disputes and acquisitions to the issuance of standard demand letters.  Before opening The Tye Law Firm in 2013 Ginger exclusively devoted her time to commercial litigation. She received a Bachelor of Science, Political Science from Oklahoma State University and Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.  Ginger has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1989.