BOARD MEMBERS

Ron Gourley

Ron Gourley, Board Member

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Ron is an Entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in bringing innovative products to the marketplace. His background includes work in advanced wound care, cosmetic and OTC drugs, environmental products, and most recently, nutraceuticals.

Ron has been involved with Kids Matter since its inception in 2006. Over the years, he’s observed the growth of Kids Matter through his relationship with the Board of Directors. In 2017, Ron joined the Board and, along with his gifts of launching companies into success, he looks forward to helping Kids Matter grow in its evolution to a nationally recognized foundation.
Ron has been blessed with healthy children and resources; he wants to return his gifts by giving back to the kids who need an extra lift in life.

Rebecca Portrait

Rebecca Langston, Board Member

“Through my work and personal life, I am always advocating for our youth. Children are gifts from God and it is our duty to protect and nurture them.”

Rebecca Langston is a practicing attorney at Langston & Langston, PPLC in Jackson, Mississippi. Rebecca’s focus is birth trauma, representing the mothers and infants who have been injured or killed in the birth process. Along with personal injury, Rebecca represents a wide array of legal needs for her clients.

Rebecca graduated from the University of Mississippi and Mississippi College School of Law. Following her education, she achieved a handful of prestigious honors and awards, including the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyers, and a member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Rebecca is currently serving as a member of numerous Boards and Associations.

Rebecca is an advocate for children, starting with her career and moving into her personal life. She cares deeply about the well-being our youth. Rebecca serves on the Board of Kids Matter, advising the focus and direction Kids Matter takes daily. Rebecca lives in Southlake, Texas with her family.

Jill bio

Jill Whitbeck, Board Member

Jill has always had a passion for helping others in need. After being involved with volunteering for Kids Matter since the mid-2000s, she wanted to expand her reach to help Kids Matter by stepping into a Board Member role. Currently, Jill sits on the WTA Board for LCCC. Jill sat on the Board of Directors for United Way in Colorado until moving back to Texas.

She has put her marketing skills to use with Kids Matter by helping the organization find new innovative ways to attract new donors, volunteers, and supporters.

With her background of 27 years of extensive experience in Marketing, she has robust marketing and operations management skills across consumer and business-to-business arenas. She is proficiently skilled at developing new distribution models and customer growth and retention strategies. Well-versed in social and online marketing. Depth in technical and applicable communication skills to consumers, franchisees, sales team training, and communication. Jill has worked across large enterprises, own(ed) small businesses, including her own Interior Design company, Infinity Designs. She now spends her time enjoying her first granddaughter, and two grown children.

 

Chad Matthews

Chad Matthews, Board Member

“I have always enjoyed helping others, both personally and professionally, while being involved in the local community Sometimes kids need a helping hand and Kids Matter gives me that inspiration to offer support for youth that is in need of assistance and resources.”

Chad has 22 years of experience in the consumer packages goods industry with PepsiCo. He currently serves in the capacity of Senior Vice President and GM. His functional experience is diverse and includes Commercial Planning, Sales, Finance, Marketing and General Management. Chad graduated from the University of Oregon and currently resides in Southlake, TX with his wife and 2 daughters. 

Shawn Horne

Shawn Horne, Board Member

“I am involved with Kids Matter International because I believe in the mission and have been impressed by the transparency and pull through to benefit the children and their families.”

Shawn Horne is a Hospitality Consultant with a combined 35 years in the Hotel and Restaurant Industry. He specialized in "concept to keys" programs, tech and infrastructure builds, and has opened 33 restaurants to date. Shawn has opened three of his own restaurants earning numerous awards, including "Best of DFW" with all three unique concepts. He has managed two five-star restaurants, and two more earning, "Best in the US" by Esquire Magazine. 

Shawn has a culinary background working as the Executive Chef of his own brands and was the culinary lead on the 2001 Bush-Cheney Inaugural Ball at the DC Convention. Shawn has cooked at the James Beard House, Meals on Wheels in Rockefeller Center, and two Super Bowls. He currently is leading the rebrand for the beautiful restaurant Il Calabrese in Southlake. He has been involved in North Texas Food Bank, Share Our Strength, The American Heart Association, Operation Kindness, Habitat for Humanity, Bryans House, Genesis Woman’s Shelter, and the Agnes Lucille Craft Greene Foundation. Shawn lives in West Plano with his wife and three dogs.

 

prasadreddy

Prasad Reddy, Board Member

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, TWISTED X 

Passionate Visionary. Deliberately Humble. Benevolent Roots.

Constantly leading a revolution, powerhouse Prasad Reddy brings his mastery of engineering into the way the business side of life works. With a focus on footwear for more than 49 years, he holds a wealth of knowledge for economic insight in the industry. While transitioning acquisitions into enabled businesses, the success of strategizing global material businesses advances. Respected as taking a masterful vision and making it a reality through supreme innovation, the inspirational, yet, intuitional leader, spearheads ideas into groundbreaking brands. A credible pioneer that drives for transforming the fashion industry.

Ready has served on the following Boards:

  • K-Swiss International
  • Town & Country Shoes
  • West Michigan Indian Temple

“We have a responsibility as humans to help the environment and community we live in.” – Prasad Reddy.

Tony Mcguire

Tony McGuire, Board Member

“There’s no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there’s no joy in merely doing things which any one can do. 

But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you thought you’d never make.” - Spirella

Tony McGuire is a technology consulting executive working for the Insight Corporation since 2014. He has spent the last 24 years of his career in Information Technology with a focus in Data Center consulting to large enterprise clients.

Coming from a family with a history of service in the military, Tony after graduating high school at the age of 17 went to basic training to serve in the U.S. Air Force. Following his brother, a U.S. Marine, and his father a Bronze Star recipient serving in the U.S. Army in WW2. Following the USAF, Tony studied at the University of Arizona before beginning his professional career.

After moving to Dallas in 2004 and beginning in 2007 Tony started his dedication to helping others by supporting charity focused on victims of domestic violence and child advocacy. Tony also was a founding board member of a men’s auxiliary group supporting the same charity. Tony is committed to Servant Leadership and helping others. Tony along with his wife and family reside in Southlake, TX.

Amy Torres-Lepp

Amy Torres-Lepp, Board Member

My longtime service to the Southlake community, experience, entrepreneurial spirit and passion give me a unique perspective. I believe I can be an advocate for all residents and champion for our city, schools and community.

Integrity, commitment and striving for excellence have been pillars of my success in my years serving our community, both personally and professionally. As a local small business owner and community advocate, I want to help Southlake continue to improve for our residents, businesses and future generations.  

​Serving on the Planning & Zoning Commission was instrumental to my understanding of our city’s development, decision making, and evaluation of zoning changes submitted to the City Council. My experience evaluating proposed changes, recommendations and sign variances was invaluable. As a commissioner, I gained a better understanding that our community and lifestyle did not result from simple economic growth and development. Rather, our beloved city is the outcome of the dedication, commitment and countless hours of planning by current and former community leaders. As your next City Councilwoman, I intend to continue the work of those leaders before me to keep Southlake what we know and love today.

Mike Parham

Mike Parham, Chairman Emeritus

“I have a strong passion for giving back to the community and believe in the work that Kids Matter is doing to empower children and enhance their lives.”

Mike is an original Board Member of Kids Matter. He has a strong passion for giving back to the community and believes in the work that Kids Matter is doing to empower children and enhance their lives. With nearly thirty-seven years of experience running multiple businesses, he is able to contribute his vision and strategic thinking to Kids Matter. He continues to make an impact in our local communities for kids. Mike continues to cultivate grassroots relationships with the communities in which Kids Matter serves and expand its programs.

In addition to his passion for charity work, Mike is an avid college baseball and football fan who loves to travel and ride ATVs. Mike and his wife, Kim, have four children and one grandson.