Founder & Executive DirectorDan founded ScholarShot in 2009. Dan has been a successful business growth executive in Dallas since 1979. He left a successful business consulting firm, ISI, he helped manage and grow since 2003 to serve as Executive Director of ScholarShot. ISI has experienced record growth the last 6 years. It’s Dan’s vision and passion which helped create the ScholarShot model and DegreeDallas campaign.
Director of Scholar SuccessCarlos is a first-generation Texan, first college graduate, having graduated in 2010 from Texas A&M with his Bachelor of Science in Bioenvironmental Science. Carlos joined ScholarShot as its first Academic Manager in 2014 after 3 years of experienced as a High School College Advisor and University Admissions Counselor. Carlos’ knowledge of financial aid and admissions practices has provided ScholarShot with a number of processes and controls to help monitor and measure scholar success. In 2018, he became Director of Scholar Success and is responsible for overseeing the Academic Managers.
April Tillett, LMSW
Program DirectorApril is a first-generation college graduate and graduated from UT Austin in 2011 with a BA in Psychology and Minor in Education. April joined ScholarShot as Academic Manager in July 2016. She brings with her six years of experience in college admissions and financial aid processes after serving as a High School College Advisor & College Admissions Counselor. She completed her Masters in Social Work from UT Arlington in December 2016, where her concentration on administrative and community practice has helped her in additional responsibilities such as marketing and overseeing ScholarShot’s social media channels and website. In 2018, she became Program Director and is responsible for cultivating relationships with community partners to aid in scholar recruitment and managing the mentor program.
Andrew Forest, MS
Academic ManagerAndrew is a first-generation college graduate and graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2011 with a BS in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. In 2014, he earned his Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Andrew joined the ScholarShot team as the 3rd Academic Manager in April 2018, bringing with him 6 years of experience from working both as a High School College Advisor and an Admissions Counselor. He is eager to do his very best in working with students to ensure that he lives up to ScholarShot’s motto: Changing Lives with College Degrees.
Kenya is a first-generation college student and a ScholarShot Scholar, who joined the ScholarShot team in October 2018. She will graduate with a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of North Texas at Dallas in December. Her experience as a ScholarShot Scholar and her year of working in higher education provides Kenya with the ideal platform to assist other at-risk students through navigating the college system. She is thrilled for this opportunity and eager to assist in alleviating the personal, academic and financial obstacles our younger scholars encounter.
Carrie Nelson, CFRE
Carrie is a first-generation college graduate and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance in 1999 as well as a Master’s Degree in Music History and Literature in 2002, both from Baylor University. Carrie studied Nonprofit Management at Florida State University and has worked in the nonprofit sector her whole career. In 2012, Carrie earned her Certified Fundraising Executive certification, and has raised money for the arts, abused and neglected children, higher education, and social services. Carrie’s work at ScholarShot allows her to share her passion for helping people with funding partners all over North Texas.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cliff Braly, Finance
Cole Evans, Operations
Trey Hill, Community Chair
Dan Hooper, Executive Director
Guy Kerr, Compliance and Governance
Sheilon King, Corporate Outreach
Melinda Lafitte, Mentors / Volunteers
Bob McCamey, Vice Chair
George Morgan, Treasurer
Winifred Mundinger, Strategy
Lou Schaufele, Operations Chair
Rob Spencer, Funding
Van Sheets, Strategy
Jim Wills, Board Chair
ADVISORS TO THE BOARD
Dr. Judith Allen, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer, Communities in Schools, Dallas Region
Dr. Cathy Bryce, Educator and former HPISD Superintendent
Mrs. Becky McCamey