Meet the Team

FOUNDERS

CO-FOUNDER CHARLES HALEY – As a five-time NFL Superbowl Champion, Charles Haley, a native of Virginia, uses his platform to motivate children to achieve academic excellence. In his early life, Charles did not see the value in education, so as a student, he, too, struggled with reading. However, with motivation from his high school football coaches, Charles improved his academic performance and went off to attend James Madison University. While sports are a great outlet for children, he believes the real key to success is education.

“Education is so much power, but you have to unlock it, and the only way to unlock it is through reading and math.” – Charles Haley

CO-FOUNDER BOB BOWIE – When asked why he co-founded Tackle Tomorrow, Bob gives a simple answer, “I don’t think we have a choice.” Bob is retired and has generously donated his time to various community organizations in Dallas for many years. He has been on the board of directors for the Jubilee Center, the Salvation Army’s Cedar Crest Community Center, and the Town North YMCA. He and Charles share a passion for educating children.

“If there’s no education, our future gets worse and worse,” he says. “That’s why we have to tackle tomorrow, today.” – Bob Bowie


STAFF

Tiara Thomas
Director of Development

Bobbi Bullitt
Director of School and Community Affairs

Viola Devers
Director of Reading Coaches

Alcina Guilbeaux
Reading Coach of Whitney M. Young Elementary

Ruth Page Smith
Reading Coach of Clinton P. Russell Elementary

Brenda Crayton
Reading Coach of  H.I. Holland Elementary

Ladelle Rose Smith
Reading Coach of R.L. Thornton Elementary


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Darren Blanton
Founder, Managing Partner, Colt Ventures

Ronald Cook
AVP Corporate Real Estate, AT&T

David Downer, CLU, ChFC,
Senior Director, Client Management, Willis Towers Watson

Clifford Fischer
Chairman, CEO, Fischer Company

Lee Garcia
Lead Analyst, Asset Protection, AT&T

Kevin Kennedy
Vice President of U.S. Sales, Paradise Spirits, Ltd.

George Kotrogiannis
Senior Managing Director, Jones Lang Lasalle

Michael Morrone
Executive Managing Director, Jones Lang Lasalle

Jonika Nix
Local Philanthropist

Travis Pittman
Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey

Scott Riddell
Owner, Founder, Riddell Plumbing, Inc.

Don Schneider
Vice President, Haggar Clothing Co.

Herman Spencer
CEO, Software Built By Design

Michael Thomas
Sr. Vice President, Wine-Texas, Republic National Distributing Co.

IN GOOD COMPANY

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