Our People

PRESIDENT & CEO
Linda McMahon

Linda knows both commercial real estate and Dallas well. With three decades in banking, including 15 years in community development, her strategic vision is just what the commercial real estate industry needs to drive the TREC’s initiatives. Linda attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Government. When she needs a break, Linda loves to spend time with her family, travel, attempt to play golf as well as explore art, music and dining places.

Connect: Email | LinkedIn | Twitter | 214.580.1681

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Carla Brandt

Carla isn’t intimidated by numbers or spreadsheets. She is the perfect person to oversee TREC’s accounting, budgeting, auditing process and reporting. Carla attended the University of North Texas where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in Finance. On the weekends, Carla can be found cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, decked out in Cowboy apparel with her seven dogs sporting her favorite team’s jerseys right alongside her.

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CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Patricia Addington

Patti Addington comes to TREC with 22 years of professional fundraising experience in higher education from both Syracuse University and Southern Methodist University. She holds degrees from the University of Kansas, Syracuse University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Southern Methodist University. At TREC, Patti will develop and oversee fundraising operations to support TREC Foundation fundraising programs and initiatives. For relaxation, Patti enjoys outdoor activities and travel.

Connect: Email | 214.332.0298

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Angela Bynum

Angela has spent her career working in the nonprofit sector, mostly in health-related organizations. After she graduated from Stephens College, she knew she wanted to be a part of something that benefited her community and the people in it. With TREC, she will act as the Leadership Development Manager, assisting the Associate Leadership Council, Executive Leadership Program, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and Young Guns. Outside of the office, Angela loves to spend time with friends, family, and her beloved lab, Millie. She also really loves to shop. A lot.

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OFFICE MANAGER/BOARD RELATIONS
Christina Garcia

Without Christina, TREC’s office would be in disarray. Her masterful organizational skills and attention to detail help her manage day-to-day operations and support the President-CEO. Christina attended Arlington Career Institute where she earned a paralegal certification. When she’s not keeping the office running smoothly, Christina is active outdoors. You may find her running a 5k or pitching a tent at a campsite.

Connect: Email | LinkedIn | 214.580.1671

MANAGER OF PROGRAMS AND PUBLIC POLICY
Lorri Kennedy

Lorri is TREC’s manager of Programs and Public Policy. In this capacity, her responsibilities include managing policy initiatives, developing and managing educational briefings with elected officials, and managing TREC’s educational programs. She brings to the role her experience working in the Texas Legislature as chief of staff and communications director for state representatives, various roles with political campaigns, and awards from her time as a newspaper reporter. She earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Texas at Dallas and a master’s degree in public affairs from UTD’s School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. A ballet enthusiast, she has served on the boards of Texas Ballet Theater and Contemporary Ballet Dallas, and loves to cook, host dinner parties, play tennis, and do copious amounts of yoga.

Connect: Email | 214.220.1844

COMMUNITY FUND MANAGER
Kawanise Mims

A graduate of the University of North Texas. Kawanise has had the pleasure of building incredible relationships with community members, corporate representatives, and non-profits across the City of Dallas. Kawanise has a passion for evolving communities, and working alongside donors, and community representatives to make sure residents are proud of their community. She is also a 2016 graduate of Leadership Southwest, a distinguished program designed for the development of tomorrow’s leaders. She received in-debt exposure to critical issues facing the Southwest sector of Dallas. With TREC, Kawanise leads the organization’s real estate educational programs (including Real Estate 101, Real Estate Bootcamp, and Community-oriented Real Estate (CRE) Accelerator). Outside of work, Kawanise likes to spend time in Florida, watch her favorite sports teams, and spend quality time with family and friends.

Connect: Email | 214.692.3604

FUNDRAISING AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Cale Peterson

As TREC’s Event Coordinator, Cale keeps multiple plates spinning at once. She oversees FightNight, Giving Gala, and the Young Guns Casino Night, special events all benefiting the TREC Foundation. In addition to fundraisers, Cale also manages Young Guns educational programming: Young Guns Forum, Rising to the Top, and About Town. After graduating from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas (yes, Kansas), she moved to Dallas where she enjoys any excuse to be outside and moving. On the weekends, you can find her running at White Rock Lake or taking advantage of our city’s abundance of patios.

Connect: Email | 214.220.1843

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
Felicia Pierson

As Senior Director of Community Investment, Felicia brings her passion and commitment to delivering capital and technical assistance to underserved communities in North Texas. She is responsible for the TREC community investment strategy through TREC Foundation and TREC Community Fund. Following a career in corporate banking in New York, Felicia has utilized her skills and talents to support community and economic development initiatives in low and moderate-income communities in California and Texas. She holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. When not working, you can find Felicia reading or out exploring the world and documenting her experiences with a camera.

Connect: Email | 214.692.3607

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Bill San Antonio

Bill has worn many hats in the communications field in his career, and he wears many more as TREC’s marketing and communications manager. A graduate of St. John’s University in New York City, Bill began his career as a newspaper reporter and editor before moving to Texas and diving into the marketing world. With TREC, Bill oversees our email communications strategy, website maintenance, content (including blogs, event photography, and TREC’s official podcast), and social media planning. Outside the office, Bill loves all things sports and entertainment. And before you ask — no, he has not (yet) been to San Antonio.

Connect: Email | LinkedIn | 214.220.1840

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP, ENGAGEMENT & COMMUNICATIONS
Amy Stovall

Optimism, thoughtfulness and a pragmatic approach are Amy’s trademarks to building relationships with members. Amy constantly strives to develop and execute innovative strategies to recruit and maintain TREC’s membership. Amy attended Southern Methodist University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs and her master’s of Liberal Studies in Communications. Outside of the office, Amy is described as a gracious host and avid HGTV viewer. Her dream is to battle in the culinary game show, Iron Chef.

Connect: Email | LinkedIn | 214.692.3605

MEMBERSHIP & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Kristin Urías

Throughout her experience serving on the volunteer, staff, and board side of the nonprofit realm, Kristin developed a passion for cultivating and building relationship bridges. Her background in membership and volunteer engagement, community development, and event coordination informs her role as the Membership & Communications Coordinator at TREC. Kristin’s goal is to engage TREC members in meaningful experiences throughout the organization and keep them informed of all the opportunities open to them. Kristin graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology & Spanish. When not at work, you can find Kristin dancing her cares away or planning and embarking on new outdoor adventures with her husband locally and internationally.

Connect: Email | 972.332.0260

PRO NEIGHBORHOODS COORDINATOR
Celesstia Valdez

As a North Texas native, Celesstia has spent much of her professional career in the nonprofit world, working to help underserved communities across Dallas and the surrounding area. Celesstia is continuing that work as TREC’s PRO Neighborhoods Coordinator. In that role, she manages the Dallas Collaborative for Equitable Development (DCED), a multi-year community investment effort in three Dallas neighborhoods. Celesstia attended Southern Methodist University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish. In her free time, Celesstia enjoys staying active, traveling (especially to scuba diving destinations), and listening to podcasts with her miniature schnauzers, Mac and Charlie.

Connect: Email | 214.692.3630

CONTROLLER
Nebiat Wodere

Nebiat has a way with numbers and data. His attention to detail guarantees the accuracy of our daily accounting and our data’s integrity. Nebiat attended Oxford Brookes University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and the University of London, where he earned his master’s degree. When he’s not crunching numbers, Nebiat enjoys scoring a goal on the soccer field, lacing up his tennis shoes for a run or planning out his round trip across Europe.

Connect: Email | LinkedIn | 214.580.1674

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING
Mekdes Yae

Mekdes has a natural knack for numbers and organizing data. Her left-brain thinking ensures the accuracy of our daily accounting and financial database. She attended the University of Colorado where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting. When she’s not at the office, Mekdes can be found relaxing and recharging on the couch viewing newly released movies, which she can watch in any of the three languages she speaks.

Connect: Email | LinkedIn | 214.580.1678