Dennis DeVaughn – Founder, President and Chairman of the Board

“Football taught me about teamwork and how to communicate with others.  We achieved more when we worked together and learned how to resolve our individual conflicts.”

A former NFL player with the Philadelphia Eagles and USFL player with the Houston Gamblers, Dennis is one of the founding members of Athletes for Change.  A longtime Dallas area resident, he was concerned about the lack of local residential treatment facilities for at-risk youth.  Currently these youth are forced to go to centers far outside the region and he wanted a place where they could work through their issues while keeping their families involved in the process.

Dennis grew up in South Central Los Angeles and Dallas.  He credits sports as the reason why he didn’t fall into the trap of gangs or drugs.   After a solid football career at Bishop College (Dallas) and an MVP award from the Sheraton Black College All-Star game (Jackson, MS), Dennis was selected in the fifth round of the 1982 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.  He played cornerback for the Eagles under head coach Dick Vermeil.   He continued his football career with the USFL Houston Gamblers and played with Jim Kelly and Ricky Sanders.

Dennis has always enjoyed working directly with kids as a volunteer coach and substitute teacher at several Dallas ISD schools.  He created the Athletes for Change organization specifically to improve a child’s character and self-esteem through a rigorous curriculum that encourages academics, athletics and personal discipline.  It is his goal to give these kids the hope and confidence to make their transition back into society successful and rewarding.

Hudson Henley, J.D – Vice President

Hudson Henley is the shareholder of Adobe Title, LLC, a company licensed by the Texas Department of Insurance to furnish title insurance for residential and commercial transactions in the State of Texas.  He also owns a real estate management company that oversees his personal and other clients’ properties in the East Dallas area.

Hudson grew up in the Dallas, Texas area.  He graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Political Science and continues to take an active interest and role in politics. He is an avid physical fitness enthusiast and traveler.

Hudson’s legal career began with his acceptance at the University of Texas School of Law where he graduated in the top third of his class in 1991. After graduating from law school, he gained practical experience in civil litigation with two different law firms before deciding to start his own practice at the ripe age of 29. For the past decade, he has dedicated his career to helping the victims of carelessness.

Maureen Murphy – Co-founder and Secretary

Maureen is a highly accomplished executive management professional with a proven track record of over 25 years in marketing, sales and project management.  In her previous role as Program Manager at St. Jude Medical, Maureen led a cross-functional team responsible for bringing relief to millions of people who suffer from Migraine headaches, Chronic Pain and other severe conditions.

Within Athletes for Change Maureen oversees the strategic, financial, and administrative operations of the Athletes for Change organization.

Keith Cooper – Treasurer

Keith Cooper is a highly accomplished Senior Financial Analyst that provides expert knowledge in financial reporting to a variety of enterprise level firms.

With a strong knowledge of both cash and accrual accounting systems, Keith is responsible for budgets ranging up to $15 million. He has 10+ years of experience in all aspects of financial forecasting, analysis, and planning. His expert guidance has resulted in increased profits for his clients. In addition, Keith improves current staff morale and client confidence with the program he supports.

He also has worked for Defense Contracting firms including Northrop Grumman and EFW, Inc. where he implemented development for two of the five business units in the organization, clarified financial objectives, and assisted in planning for delivery of products to various factions of government.

Keith Cooper holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Accounting with an emphasis on obtaining his CPA license.

Janice Goines – Board Member and Director of Education

Janice Goines currently serves as the Educational Director for Athletes for Change as well siting on the Board. A former mathematics and computer science teacher Janice served the community for more than 30 ending her career as a District Director for the Dallas Independent School District. Janice has dedicated her life to helping students improve themselves academically and assisting low-performing schools establish and implement action plans to resolve underlying problems.

Within Athletes for Change Janice will develop the after school educational activities for the residents which will include tutoring and accredited programs.

Janice was awarded Teacher of the year in 1989 and 1994. After teaching at South Oak Cliff High School (Dallas) for twenty years, she was asked to come to the district level to administer a fifteen million dollar Urban Systemic Program grant from the National Science Foundation. She coordinated a district-wide campus improvement process for targeted schools where she designed and wrote mathematics, science and technology curriculum and implemented teaching strategies to turn things around.

Janice has a Masters of Mathematical Education from University of Texas at Dallas and a Bachelor of Natural Sciences from Bishop College (Dallas).

Sher Briggs – Board Member

Sher Briggs is the owner of Sherbee Media and Founder of Revolution of Texas Distilled Spirit Brands, Inc.

As an experienced marketing professional Sher has been helping organizations big and small improve their marketing processes for decades. Sher has worked with a variety of industries such as; e-commerce, restaurants, galleries, non-profits, technical and financial through her marketing firm–Sherbee Media. Over the last 15 years of her marketing career, she has worked for or with companies including ACS, Bombardier, AT&T and MCI WorldCom.

Within Athletes for Change Sher helps plan and advise on fundraising and event planning.

As a tireless supporter of children and teens, Sher helped several other non-profits accomplish their goals.

William S. Noakes, Jr. – Board Member

Bill Noakes is the founder and managing partner of Noakes Group, a firm that provides consulting services and advice to “C-Suite” executives.  Before starting the Noakes Group, Bill served as Executive Vice President of Meijer, Inc., a multi-billion dollar Midwestern-based retailer. From 2006 to 2008, he led Meijer’s legal, information technology, real estate, construction, and procurement departments. From 2000 to 2006, he served as the company’s Chief Legal Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Director of Corporate Strategy.

Bill is an adjunct professor at SMU Cox (Dallas) where he teaches Leadership and Culture courses in their Executive MBA program. Bill has been a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he taught ethics. He has also taught at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business, teaching courses in leadership and organizational dynamics, ethics, and service organization management.