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.

Mimi Tran

Mimi Tran, Board Member

“When I was pregnant with my own children, I vowed if God gave me healthy children, then I would honor Him by giving back to those who need help.” Mimi was blessed with two wonderful children. She now lives out her promise daily and through her work with Kids Matter. Mimi says, “It’s a good feeling when you know you are using your time and money to help those that need it most.”

Mimi has always loved helping kids. When her husband started his own practice in pediatrics, their life revolved around children. As a previous volunteer for Children’s Medical Center and fundraiser for Our Children’s Center in Irving, she devoted her time to giving children a better life. Mimi is a former Board Member of Southlake Women’s Club, President of Carroll Education Foundation, Finance Chair of Irving Healthcare Foundation, Community Enrichment Center Big Brother/Big Sister mentor, and served on several other boards while her children were attending Carroll ISD.

In addition to her passion of donating her time to the community, Mimi is an avid tennis player. She and her husband, Trung, have lived in Southlake for over 15 years. Their two children currently attend UT Austin.

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.

Shane Pryor

Shane Pryor, Board Member

Shane Pryor is an Insurance Broker who strives to help small businesses in the DFW area, by helping avoid risks and working with carriers on programs to keep costs down. He started his company, The Pryor Group in 2008 specializing in restaurant programs. 

He is a third generation Insurance Agent and before creating his Agency, Shane spent 10 years as a partner at two of the top brokers in the nation. 

Shane enjoys showing the ropes to his two young daughters in sports such as ice skating, hunting and water sports. He is excited for his eldest as she is starting the Dragon Tradition this year in Kinder.

Shane is available for consultation on any of your insurance needs. You can reach him at shane@pryorg.com

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.

 

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.