ABOUT NETWORK

Network of Community Ministries is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization with a service area that encompasses the entirety of the 14 zip codes within RISD.

Founded in 1985, Network began during an economic downturn when several churches and community organizations came together to form an alliance to assist families in need.

Network is a non-denominational, community-based organization serving over 67,000 individuals through over 236,000 units of service. Current programming includes:

  • Basic Needs Assistance
  • Mobile Food Pantry
  • Seniors’ Net
  • Stabilization Programs

Our Stakeholder Partners

  • All Saints Catholic Church 
  • Altrusa International, Inc. of Richardson
  • Arapaho United Methodist Church
  • Baha’i Faith of Richardson
  • Big Springs Baptist Church
  • Calvary Chapel Church
  • Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church
  • CARE Church
  • Central Christian Church
  • Chase Oaks Church – Richardson Campus
  • Christian World Family Church
  • City of Richardson
  • Community Christian Church
  • Concordia Lutheran Church
  • Congregation Beth Torah
  • The Dialog Institute
  • Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
  • First Baptist Church Richardson
  • First Baptist of Hamilton Park
  • First Church of Christ, Scientist
  • First Presbyterian Church Richardson
  • First United Methodist Church Richardson
  • Forest Meadow Baptist Church
  • Hamilton Park United Methodist Church
  • IANT – Islamic Association of North Texas
  • King of Glory Lutheran Church
  • Kiwanis Club of Richardson
  • Lake Highlands United Methodist Church
  • Lake Pointe Church – Richland
  • Messiah Lutheran Church
  • North Garland Baptist Fellowship
  • North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church
  • Northrich Baptist Church
  • Park Cities Baptist Church
  • Preston Highlands Baptist Church
  • Restoration Anglican Church
  • Richardson 7th Day Adventist
  • Richardson Church of the Nazarene
  • Richardson East Baptist Church
  • Richardson East Rotary Club
  • Richardson Independent School District
  • Richardson Rotary Club
  • Richardson Woman’s Club
  • Saint Barnabas Presbyterian Church
  • Scofield Memorial Church
  • Spring Valley United Methodist Church
  • Springcreek Church
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church
  • St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
  • St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
  • Temple Shalom
  • The Heights Baptist Church
  • Trinity Fellowship Church
  • United Disciples Christian Church
  • Woodcreek Church

All Saints Catholic Church
Altrusa International, Inc. of Richardson
Arapaho United Methodist Church
Baha’i Faith of Richardson
Big Springs Baptist Church
Calvary Chapel Church
Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church
CARE Church
Central Christian Church
Chase Oaks Church – Richardson Campus
Christian World Family Church
City of Richardson
Community Christian Church
Concordia Lutheran Church
Congregation Beth Torah
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
First Baptist Church Richardson
First Baptist of Hamilton Park
First Church of Christ, Scientist
First Presbyterian Church Richardson
First United Methodist Church Richardson
Forest Meadow Baptist Church
Hamilton Park United Methodist Church
IANT – Islamic Association of North Texas
King of Glory Lutheran Church
Kiwanis Club of Richardson
Lake Highlands United Methodist Church
Lake Pointe Church – Richland
Messiah Lutheran Church
North Garland Baptist Fellowship
North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship
NorthPark Presbyterian Church
Northrich Baptist Church
Park Cities Baptist Church
Preston Highlands Baptist Church
Restoration Anglican Church
Richardson 7th Day Adventist
Richardson Church of the Nazarene
Richardson East Baptist Church
Richardson East Rotary Club
Richardson Rotary Club
Richardson Woman’s Club
Saint Barnabas Presbyterian Church
Scofield Memorial Church
Spring Valley United Methodist Church
Springcreek Church
St. Joseph Catholic Church
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
Temple Shalom
The Heights Baptist Church
Trinity Fellowship Church
United Disciples Christian Church
Woodcreek Church

Meet Our Board

2021-2022 Board Officers

Monica Scott has recently moved back to Richardson proper, but has lived in or near Richardson for over 50 years. She is a product of RISD schools and a graduate of University of Texas at Dallas with both an undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics and again with an MBA. She graduated from Leadership Richardson and has been heavily involved in that organization as a curriculum advisor and Alumni Association board member. She is a member of the Richardson East Rotary and serves on the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation, Richardson Symphony and Canyon Creek Homeowners Association Boards. Professionally, she and her family own and operate an embroidery and promotional product business. Personally, she is married to Glenn with a blended family including Taylor, Shelby, Cole and Garrett.

For more than 25 years, Marta Gómez Frey has helped grow businesses and communities. From her beginnings in a family business, to her current work with entrepreneurs through the Collin Small Business Development Center, she has advised 100’s of local companies and organizations in the areas of marketing, financing, growth strategies, process improvement and proposal writing. As a community advocate, Marta served on the City of Richardson City Council – Place 5, Richardson City Plan Commission and the Richardson Charter Review Committee. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Network Board of Directors, as the past Board Chair for the Leadership Richardson Alumni Association (LR Class XXVI) and is on the Advisory Board of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. Marta moved to Richardson in 1976 and attended Dartmouth Elementary, Hamilton Park Elementary, Apollo Junior High and Berkner High School. Marta is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is the proud mother of two sons, Alex and Noah.

Messina received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa – spending her last year abroad in Germany. She went on to earn a juris doctor from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. After completing her 14 years of service at the Dallas District Attorney’s in 2015, Messina made the strategic move to criminal defense. A capable leader in a tumultuous time, Messina was voted by her peers in 2014 as Prosecutor of the Year. She was the youngest attorney ever appointed to the role of First Assistant to the DA in Dallas County, overseeing approximately 220 attorneys and nearly 500 total employees. During that time, Messina helped create the Reformative Justice Unit, which is the nation’s largest DA-driven diversion unit, as well as the DA in Schools program, which helps build relationships between law enforcement and at-risk youth. She currently serves as the Criminal Law Chair for the Dallas Bar Association. Awards and Service Positions:• D Best, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021• Super Lawyers, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021• Top 100 National Trial Lawyers• Criminal Law Chair, Dallas Bar Association• Board Member Trial Skills Section, Dallas Bar Association.

Messina is married to Anthony Pampillonia. They live in Richardson with their three children and two dogs.

Charlie has lived in Richardson for 34 years; the president and owner of United Benefits, Inc., a group of life insurance companies also in Richardson. He is a graduate of Rice University with a BA in mathematical science and economics. A certified actuary (Fellow of the Society of Actuaries – FSA) and investment analyst (Chartered Financial Analyst – CFA). Member of First United Methodist Church of Richardson. Charlie and wife Helen, celebrating 39 years of marriage, have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Hobbies include golf and writing.

After leaving her position as a Vice President in the mortgage industry, Linda began her second career as a volunteer. She has served on the church council, coordinated for Meals on Wheels and delivered for them. Linda is also a Stephens Minister. She has served as president of the Network Board and has volunteered in almost every capacity at Network since 1990.
 
Board of Directors

Michael Bussiere is Assistant Chief for the Richardson Police Department, leading the Patrol Operations Division. He relocated to Texas following retirement as Chief of Police in Lewiston, Maine. Mike has served in multiple capacities, including as Crisis/Hostage Negotiator and on both the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at Central Maine Community College and the Board of Directors of United Way. He holds a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Maine, is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and the Senior Executives of State and Local government from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Warren Caldwell is a born and raised Richardson kid who threw a Richardson Daily News paper route, sometimes on a unicycle. It was a magic time spent climbing on the rocket at Heights Park, eating at Pizza Villa and buying Beatles albums at Sound Town in Promenade Shopping Center. When we skinned our knee, we rubbed dirt into it and carried on. A product of Richardson schools, for the last 20 years Warren has served as an independent Real Estate Broker and Realtor who operates his own firm, Homes North Texas. He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Warren is the President of the Canyon Creek Homeowner’s Association and is a Graduate of Inside RISD, the Richardson Citizen’s Police Academy, the Richardson Citizen’s Fire Academy, Richardson CARES and Leadership Richardson Class XXXII. Warren currently serves as an Advisor and Curriculum Coordinator for Leadership Richardson. He previously served as a Director on the Board of the Richardson Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association. He participated as a member of a Strategic Action Team tasked to create a Plan to guide the Richardson Independent School District into the next decade. Warren also serves on the Business Program Advisory Committee at Richland College. He is deeply involved in the Boy Scouts of America serving in many different capacities including Quartermaster. Warren was privileged to be tapped out for Order of the Arrow and sits regularly on Eagle Scout Review Boards. Warren and his wife Laura recently celebrated their 34th Anniversary and have a son (Wyatt) who is an Eagle Scout and Fighting Texas Aggie Engineering Graduate. The Caldwells share their home with 2 rescue dogs and a one-eyed dratted cat.

David Dugger is a Financial Planner and Partner at WDW Financial. After growing up in Richardson, David graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting. David spent four years with the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to joining his current firm in 2000. He has been a CPA since 1996 and a CFP since 2002. David was a member of the Board of Directors of iGoGlobal, a Christian missions organization from 2004-2018 and he and his family are involved in their church. David and his wife have a daughter in college, a son in high school and two crazy rescue dogs. He spends his free time enjoying travel, the outdoors and live music.

Manasseh Durkin is a second-generation contractor with more than 15 years of experience in every aspect of commercial and residential construction management. As President of Durkin Enterprises, Manasseh has cultivated lasting relationships with both private clients and developers, leading to the company’s involvement in more than a quarter million square feet of commercial and residential tenant finish-outs, commercial amenities, and single-family residential build-outs in 2018 alone. Manasseh also helms Durkin Properties, a Richardson, Texas-based firm that focuses on adding value to assets and communities by purchasing and improving promising properties. In addition, Manasseh is the founder of Cityline Property Management. This gives him unique perspectives on the real estate life cycle, from new construction to managing tenant relationships. Manasseh is quick to credit mentors for his expertise and to offer advice to colleagues with the mindset that conducting business with generosity and integrity leads to shared success. Manasseh moved his family to Richardson in 2013, and quickly became personally and professionally involved in the surrounding community, devoting time and support to a number of organizations that promote its economic and cultural growth. He is a committee member of Richardson Real Heroes, an organization honoring the silent generosity of community members who serve others and is an Executive Committee member of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. A Vice Chairman of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, Manasseh was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.
 

Suzanne has proudly called Richardson her home since her large family of nine relocated here in the late 50’s. She graduated from Richardson High School, Dallas Baptist University and UT Dallas. She and her husband, Johnny raised two daughters here and now, their three granddaughters are all students in RISD schools.

Suzanne’s first career was teaching ESL in RISD for 10 years followed by three years as an elementary classroom teacher at a private school in Plano. She began a career with the City of Richardson’s Community Events Department in 1999. As an Events Manager, she developed and managed music, art and/or outreach programs within City events such as Cottonwood Art Festival, Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, Santa’s Village and Huffhines Art Trails. Many of these programs she developed received local, state and international awards and almost all continue to be programs unique to those events.

Suzanne has served on the Richardson Adult Literacy Board, the Leadership Richardson Alumni Board and the Network Board of Directors. Among her distinctions, Suzanne was named Leadership Richardson Alumnus of the Year in 2013, Altrusa Woman of the Year in Local Government in 2008 and received an Ambassador of the Arts Award from the Richardson Arts Alliance.

Suzanne is the Illustrator and Co-Publisher of the Garden of Virtues Calendar. After retiring from the City in 2018, she graduated from the Dallas County Master Gardeners program and this past spring, her butterfly and herb gardens were a stop on the Richardson Woman’s Club Garden Festival.

Suzanne loves her volunteer time and the people she works with on Wednesdays in Network’s Food Pantry, assisting with Network’s Annual Golf Outing and the Fork-Off event, cooking, gardening, entertaining, and attending her granddaughter’s sports events.

Dr. Melissa Heller currently serves as the Chief of Strategy and Engagement for the Richardson Independent School District. In her role she supports the district strategic plan, as well as all internal and external communications, and Community and Family Engagement efforts for the district. She previously served as the Executive Director for Professional Learning and has had the opportunity to lead and serve in RISD since 2016. Previously, she worked in Wylie ISD supporting staff development and instructional technology staff training since 2004. Melissa graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Consumer and Family Sciences. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University and recently completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership, also from DBU. Melissa has been active in civic work as part of her professional career, including having previously served as the Chair of the Wylie Chamber of Commerce and active in the local Rotary club. She is a proud mom to a son who attends RISD schools and is also a local Richardson ISD resident. She is excited to serve as part of the Board to support the important work and services that Network provides to the greater Richardson community.

Heather Hurd is a Business Banker and Vice President at Frost Bank in Richardson. She has been with Frost for 20 years, beginning her career in Fort Worth before moving to the Richardson area. Her focus at Frost is small business lending. Heather was recognized for providing exceptional service during PPP by going above and beyond for the customers.

Heather earned her BA in Finance from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT, and her MBA from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, TX.

Heather has been tremendously involved in the non-profit community, including time spent in her hometown of Bethel, Connecticut and she jumped into the community when she arrived in the Dallas/Richardson/Garland area. She was nominated for Altrusa’s Outstanding Women of Today in 2017 and part of Leadership Richardson Class 32 also in 2017.

Heather has a passion for education, kids and empowering others. She is currently at Board member and past President of the Boys and Girls Club of Richardson, 2018 to today, and a Board member of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, 2020 to today.

Heather brings her connecting skills, financial literacy, and sense of adventure to her various roles in the community. She is a very active partner in the Richardson community and always finds ways to become involved and help others.

Heather and her husband, Ronnie, enjoy their country life together raising cattle on their east Texas farm. She is also a dog mom to Pebble’s, a mini Aussie.

Jane graduated with a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M and earned a Graduate Marketing Certificate from SMU.  Her career in marketing and communications has spanned Fortune 500 companies, founder/owner of a marketing consulting firm and non-profit agencies serving the North Texas Community. She is currently working at Anritsu Corporation, a multinational corporation in the telecommunications electronics equipment market. She is a graduate of Leadership Richardson class of XXXII.  Jane and her husband Paul have 2 children and are long-time residents of Richardson.

Jason has lived in Richardson for 34 years and is a graduate of Dallas Jesuit. Jason currently serves as the Dallas Market President for Embark which is a financial consulting firm based in Dallas. A certified public accountant who spent a total of 13 years at EY and Deloitte before joining Embark. Member of First United Methodist Church of Richardson. Jason and wife Sara have been married for 14 years and have 3 children who attend Canyon Creek Elementary in RISD.

Saïd Majdi is a management consultant and an executive coach. He received his MS in electrical engineering from the Paris Institute of Technology in Paris, France, with dual specialization in telecommunications and control engineering. He is an inventor and has spoken at national and international conferences on intelligent transportation systems. He was a US Delegate on several ISO standards committees. Saïd is a graduate of the Richardson Citizen’s Fire Academy. He currently serves on the Steering Committees of the Richardson Interfaith Alliance, Faith Forward Dallas, and the Interfaith Council of the Thanksgiving Square Foundation. He is a member of the Islamic Association of North Texas.

Kathy Rogers is the Owner/Operator of Nothing Bundt Cakes – Richardson since 2016, and has been involved with that company since 2011. She is also Business Manager of Design Concepts and Graphics from 2001 to the present. Kathy is an alumna of Louisiana Tech University with both a BA and MPA in Accounting and a graduate of Leadership Richardson class of XXXIII. She was awarded the Richardson Chamber of Commerce Newcomer Award and has received the WOW Award for top customer service from Nothing Bundt Cakes, both in 2018. Kathy is currently active in her church and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador. She and her husband Bryan have three grown children and 2 grandchildren.

Almost home grown, Wendy moved with her family to Richardson in 1976 from Alexandria LA. She graduated from Berkner HS and UTD with a BS in Business Administration. She is a graduate of Leadership Richardson, class of XXXI and is member of Richardson East Rotary were she is the Chair of the Fundraising Committee. She currently lives in Frisco were she is a member of Providence Church and serves in Care Ministry. She is the proud mom of one grown son who is a graduate of UNT, another who is a student at UTD and custodial grandparent to a sweet mischievous cat. Wendy spent 15 years working as a HUD housing counselor and financial educator for a non-profit. She became a Financial Advisor 12 years ago, is now a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and has an Edward Jones office in Addison. When not stowed away at the office or out and about in meetings, Wendy can be found kayaking on Lake Lewisville or walking with friends on our many hiking trails.

Lindsay Turman has led the Community Services Division for the City of Richardson for the past 7 years; she began her career with the City 14 years ago. Lindsay grew up in small-town west Texas and obtained her BFA in Acting from Texas Tech University prior to receiving her MA in Theatre from Texas Woman’s University. She also graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with her Masters in Public Administration.

 

During her career, Lindsay has enjoyed working with citizens and leaders of the Richardson community to ensure it remains a vibrant place to live. She is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XXXV, the former Secretary for the Richardson YMCA, and now serves as the President of the Neighborhood Engagement and Revitalization Alliance for North Texas.

Lindsay is the proud mom to an amazing 6th grader named Jonah and four sweet puppy girls.

Originally from the Greater Pittsburgh area Cindy has spent nearly 25 years working in local and national non-profits primarily with a focus on serving the poor and vulnerable.
Cindy is currently serving as the President of Helping Agencies Serving Richardson (HASR) along with being the Community Service Co-Chair for Richardson Rotary. In her spare time, she leads a small group for Milestone Church in Keller where she also serves as an usher. Cindy is a proud graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XXXIII and is a member of LRAA.

 

Mrs. Shafer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grove City College and a Master of Science degree in Professional Leadership & Nonprofit Management from Carlow University. Cindy and her husband, Dave live in Denton and have been proud Texans for the last five years.

Meet Our Staff

Leadership Team

Abbie Kauffman

President & CEO

Tina Floyd

Director of Development and Marketing

Lee Ann Mills

Director of Finance

Laurel Stanley Abihabib

Director of Programs

Our Staff

Debbie Cox

Development & Events Specialist

Ashley Edling

Assistant Director, Resource Development

Rachel Herrera

Database Coordinator

Angie Gibson-Pittman

Staff Accountant

Kensey Methvin

Programs Assistant

Charlie Ray

Food Programs Assistant

Ben Jones

Marketing Coordinator

Eve Diaz

Building Engineer

Caroline Wold

Manager of Volunteers & Community Engagement

Taylor Matern

Stabilization Coach

Alberto Lomeli

Food Programs Manager

Muhammad Mujeeb Barialay

Food Programs Assistant

Jane Kovacs

Seniors’ Net Coordinator

Raymi Vasquez

Client Intake Specialist

Victoria Brizuela

Clothing Closet Coordinator

Stephen Cottingham

Stabilization Coach

Roberto Perez Ortega

Food Programs Assistant

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