We’re so proud to introduce seven new members to the board of directors!
Vogel Alcove’s newly appointed board members span various industries and companies within the DFW area in order to support our mission.
Each with an impressive history within their industries and companies, they will help lead our organization as we continue to serve the needs of the growing community of families affected by homelessness.
Our board members are an important piece to our continued commitment to our mission and will bring their passion, important connections and business skillsets to support our staff with our strategic endeavors.
Jessica Baldwin is a senior-level marketer with expertise in the media industry. She is currently Director of Brand Marketing for The Dallas Morning News. Previously she has led both B2B and B2C marketing for D Magazine, CultureMap, St. Louis Magazine and Riverfront Times. Jessica is a graduate of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas class of 2021 and will serve as a class advisor for the Leadership Dallas class of 2022. She also serves on the board of Incarnation House, a nonprofit organization that provides services to homeless and housing insecure students at North Dallas High School.
Robert Jenkins, a senior sales strategy executive with over 20 years of experience, is Vice President of Sales and Strategic Initiatives at Main Event Entertainment. A maverick leader in the field of family and group entertainment, Jenkins has steered Main Event through a resurgence to become a leader in its field. Prior to joining Main Event Entertainment, Jenkins managed national business leadership responsibilities with Topgolf USA, Dave & Buster’s, Studio Movie Grill, and managing partner of Bayou. Additionally, Jenkins held roles as general manager, financial advisor, and stockbroker.
A servant-hearted leader, Jenkins also believes strongly in mentorship and the development of a strong and healthy community dedicating time and energy both to his wife and two daughters and to his family’s non-profit organization, Transitions: Men of Tomorrow, Inc. whose mission is to educate, develop and empower underrepresented minority youth.
Cletus Judge is the director of the Eastfield Police Academy, formerly serving as a Dallas Police Sergeant.
Past experiences include 30 years as a military officer – USAR Captain and President of the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas. Judge also serves on the board for the Youth Village Foundation, is a member of the National Black MBA. Judge graduated from the University of South Alabama where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government. He also holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit/Public/Organizational Management from the University of Dallas.
Austin Kremers is the Sr. Controller for EchoPark Automotive (formerly driversselect), one of the fastest growing automotive groups in the country. Austin previously served as the Controller of Locke Lord, LLP, a top 50 international law firm, as the Finance Manager for lnterphase, Inc., the telecom company that launched the Penveu, and with the audit and advisory group at KPMG, LLP, a “Big Four” accounting firm. His clients have included Equifax, Ally Bank, investment research firms, and the “Working on Purpose” podcast.
He is a member of Stagen Leadership Academy and currently serves as an instructor for the academy’s Foundational Leadership Course. He’s also the Fundraising Coordinator and co-founder of the Republic of Texas Classic Golf Tournament, which over the past 10 years has raised funds for organizations such as Warrior Benefit and Vogel Alcove.
Chris Spafford is a Managing Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group, a management and strategy consulting firm. He has spent the past 25+ years providing advisory services to leading airlines and aircraft manufacturers around the globe. Chris focuses in the area of airline technical operations and manufacturing aftermarket support. Born and raised in central Canada, he’s lived in Dallas for the past 20 years with his wife Annelise, and 17-year-old son, Erik. He is an avid outdoorsman, amateur photographer, and true to his Canadian heritage, lover of ice hockey (Go Stars!)
Keisha Ortiz started her education at Kingsborough Community College where she earned an associate degree in Computer Information Systems. She followed her Associate’s degree with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Business Computer Information Systems at Midwestern State University. Keisha is currently a Lead Accountant for Celanese Corporation with over 11 years Accounting experience. She previously served as an accountant at Kintetsu Global I.T. for 3 years prior to joining Celanese.
Keisha is very passionate about volunteerism not only at her company through her involvement in multiple Employee Resource Groups but also in her community through hands on activities at various non profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Nexus Recovery Center. She is also a fervent advocate for young girls, actively involved in mentoring at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School. She has been a Big Sister for the Big Brother/Big Sister organization for the past 5 years.
Being a client of Vogel Alcove 15 years ago, Keisha is excited to join the Board to give back more than they have given to her.
Lori Whitten is She earned her bachelor’s degree at Rice University and an MBA at the Harvard Business School.
Lori began her career at the Boston Consulting Group, rising from an Associate to Project Leader. After BCG, she moved to Brinker International, where she was the Senior Director of Strategic Planning. In that role she had a number of core Finance responsibilities, was involved in M&A analysis and activity, and helped the executive team plan and execute company-wide strategic initiatives.
After leaving the paid workforce to become a full-time parent, Lori has enjoyed her time as a community volunteer. At the Greenhill School she has done everything from volunteering in the cafeteria to currently serving on the Board of Trustees. She is an active volunteer for Rice University, where she is an admissions interviewer and serves on the School of Social Sciences Advisory Board.
In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her two sons and her husband, Chuck.