Team

Dan Hooper

Dan Hooper

Founder & Executive Director

Dan 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.

Carlos Valadez

Carlos Valadez

Director of Scholar Success

Carlos 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

April Tillett, LMSW

Program Director

April is also 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

Andrew Forest, MS

Academic Manager

Andrew 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. 

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
Deanna Naugles
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