Lori has been a board member of CPPC since 2016. As a Harvard-trained, board certified anesthesiologist specializing in pediatric and obstetric anesthesia, Lori practiced at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Presbyterian Hospital System in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She retired from practice 20 years ago to raise her 3 children. Today she works full time as a tutor for students of all ages in math, science and test prep.
Lori is a member of HPUMC and was an active volunteer in La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas and HPISD for over 15 years. She served as Chair of La Fiesta in 2013-14, during which time CPPC was selected as a La Fiesta Beneficiary. She chaired the Jane Goodall Reason for Hope Dallas fundraising campaign and served as Chair of the Viridian Municipal Management District Board of Directors from 2010-2011.
As a volunteer with the Highland Park Sharks, the Special Olympics swim team founded by her son, John Bannon, Lori came to know many of CPPC families. John currently serves on the CPPC Advisory Board.
Marty is a graduate of Grinnell College with a political science degree and from the University of Texas Law School. Board Certified in Construction Law, Marty represents clients involved in the construction industry including owners, general contractors and subcontractors. Marty also serves as an arbitrator of construction disputes. Professional organizations include the State Bar of Texas – Construction Law Section, Council member (2014-2017) and Dallas Bar Association – Construction Law Section.
Marty and her husband Russ have three grown children. In addition to serving as a board member with Connecting Point, Marty’s current volunteer activities include the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, The Stewpot Alliance and working with a recently arrived refugee family.
Nancy Himes earned her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas. She has ten years of experience in corporate management and marketing in the staffing industry. Her corporate experience included recruiting, interviewing, hiring, sales presentations and responsibility for net profits of branch offices. Nancy also has three years of interior design experience as a residential and commercial kitchen designer and twenty years as professional calligrapher. Since its inception in 2002 until 2013, Nancy has served on the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC). She led as Co-Chairman for two years. Nancy served as the Recruiting Chairman on the Parent Executive Committee of Highland Park’s Crew Team. She has played competitive TCD league tennis for over 10 years. Nancy has two children and has been married for 25 years to Doug Himes. Her husband is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and has worked as a gymnasium equipment sales/project manager for thirty years.
Bursley received her BBA in Finance from SMU and began her career in the aerospace industry at Rockwell Space Operations Company in Houston. She held a leadership role at McDonnell Douglas as Manager of Strategic Planning/Contracts Management in Houston, Washington DC and Florida. Her business acumen and leadership led to significant roles with community partnerships in locations around North America. She served Junior Leagues in both Montreal and Bergen County, NJ. As VP of Community Development she initiated the founding of the Rebuilding Together chapter in NJ and was Founding Chairman and Executive Director.
Delighted to return to Dallas in 2001, she immediately became involved with a variety of not for profit organizations, mostly focused on children, especially those with physical and intellectual differences. In 2004, she partnered with her young son to help Texas Scottish Rite Hospital raise awareness and funds for the hospital. Bursley has continued her support for the Hospital as Chairman of the KidSwing Event and, for the past 12 years, as a KidSwing Executive Board Member helping to raise over $2M for the hospital. Her son’s schools were also regular beneficiaries of her volunteer service. Leading the effort to create a new philanthropy for the Dallas Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter and continuing her relationship with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, she was Founding Chairman of Cookies & Castles, an annual community family charity event held at TSRHC started in 2008. She served as Alumnae Chapter President and currently serves on the Stars & Crescent Philanthropies Inc. Board. She was recognized in 2011 as Outstanding Dallas Alumna. Bursley enjoys competitive tennis and non-competitive golf with her son, Stephen, husband Steve, family and friends.
Every teammate served by Connecting Point deserves the opportunity to be recognized as a valued member of our community and Bursley is honored to help the Board make this a reality while making new friends.
Doug has worked in the oil and gas industry his whole career. Before founding Boxer Oil & Gas Company, Doug was Vice President of Land and Business Development for Clipper Energy, LLC. (2008 – 2009) , Vice President with Remington Oil and Gas Corporation, responsible for all Land, Marketing and Regulatory aspects of the Company (1997 – 2007), Consultant to EnerVest Management, LLC. (1995-1997) acquiring oil and gas properties in the Rocky Mountains, Mid-Continent and Permian Basin areasand was employed by ARCO Oil & Gas Company in various technical and managerial positions in Land, Acquisitions and Divestitures, and Crude Oil Marketing (1979-1994.) Doug holds a J.D. degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.
“Like most people I was totally unaware of the lack of special services available for people with disabilities who were over the age of 21. I believe my role is to make others aware of the need for such special services and to find ways to strengthen and grow the CCPC program for our community.”
Robert Meachum serves as President of the Board of Directors of Connecting Point (CPPC). Robert and his wife Eloise have three children, of which their middle child, Vivian, is a CPPC teammate.
Professionally, Robert Meachum is President of Marathon Advisory Services, a financial services consulting firm. Robert has over 30 years of leadership experience serving in various executive positions with national financial services organizations. He began his career as a certified public accountant for EY and holds degrees in Accounting and Political Science from Southern Methodist University.
In addition to serving with Connecting Point, Robert serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Circle Ten Council of Boy Scouts of America and previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors for The Center for Non-Profit Management. He is a member and serves as a deacon at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
Robert strongly believes in the CPPC mission as Connecting Point provides a loving, enriching and supportive program that’s truly unique and catered to CPPC’s growing group of teammates.
Sherry is a graduate of the University of Texas and has her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of North Texas. She taught school for 12 years before focusing her time on family and community involvement. She has volunteered her talents with La Fiesta, Junior Charity League, National Charity League, Children’s Medical Center, Highland Park ISD, Chi Omega Mother’s Club and Highland Park Presbyterian Church. Additionally she co-founded the inaugural HP100 fundraiser benefitting the Highland Park Education Foundation Endowment, which has raised over $800,000 since 2013.
Christina Murzin is a board member of Connecting Point of Park Cities and has served in the positions of Treasurer Elect, Treasurer and President. Christina grew up in the Dallas area and earned her BBA from The University of Texas in Austin. After college Christina worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales representative for Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and Merck, but she decided to become a stay-at-home-mom after she and her husband Chris had their first baby in 2000.
Over the years Christina has volunteered hundreds of hours at her children’s schools, various neighborhood organizations, Junior League of Houston and her church. For five years she served on Highland Park ISD’s Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, one year as Co-Chairman, emphasizing to HPISD the importance of inclusion and accessibility in the district.
Christina and her husband, Chris, have three children and have lived in Dallas for 14 years since moving back to town. Their oldest son has special needs and will someday be a teammate at CPPC.
Janet has learned that people of various abilities can progress and thrive if their God-given gifts are nurtured. Connecting Point of Park Cities is that kind of place. It is making an incredible difference in the lives of its “teammates” and their families.
Janet holds a bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s from Texas Christian University. She has spent most of her 25-year career in sales and marketing. She married Orlando Salazar in 2004. After their son Luke was born in 2005, Janet began working part-time in a family business, 44 Farms.
As Luke grew and speech and developmental delays unfolded, the Salazars determined that public school resources were not the appropriate fit for him. In 2013, they, along with Crystal and Chad Pinson, boldly started a faith-based school for children with disabilities, Cornerstone Achievement Center.
Janet said, “My life experience has taught me the importance of serving those who need us most.”
Patti has a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Maryland and Master of Liberal Studies from SMU. Married to Greg, Patti has three grown children, and her youngest, Stan, is a CPPC teammate.
In addition to participating in the HPISD Special Education Advisory Committee and a variety of other organizations in the special needs community, she taught English to adults through North Dallas Shared Ministries and helped out at the Family Place residential campus. Golf, travel, and babysitting grandkids are Patti’s favorite hobbies.
“We are lucky to live in a time where full inclusion has been the goal for people with disabilities in the public schools, and CPPC continues this momentum for our adult teammates. Every day they are growing, learning, and becoming more engaged with each other and their Dallas community. I am proud to be part of an organization that does so much to enrich the lives of adults with disabilities. “
Valinda is a corporate finance lawyer and retired partner of Vinson & Elkins LLP, a 700+ person law firm headquartered in Texas with offices in major energy, financial and political centers worldwide. She graduated from Wake Forest University then received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. A native of Georgia, Valinda spent her professional career in Dallas representing financial institutions, private equity firms and public and private companies in complex financings. She is a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church where she is involved in the Belong Disability Ministry and is also mother to William, a Connecting Point teammate and the source of her passion for those with different abilities. Valinda loves baseball and is a huge fan of the Texas Rangers, the Atlanta Braves and Clayton Kershaw.
With more than 25 years of experience, Bruce Zaret is a partner in Weaver’s Risk Advisory Services practice. He specializes in providing internal control, risk management and due diligence services to the financial institutions and insurance industry sector. He is a frequent speaker at various professional and educational events and participates in numerous industry associations, including the Insurance Accounting Systems Association, Texas Bankers Association, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). He completed the Financial Management Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Illinois State University. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Bruce holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).