Promise of Peace is proud to showcase its 2017 Board of Directors who have come together in the spirit of social change and working toward the mission of creating a safe place for the children living in the East Dallas area. May all who join us receive peace and prosperity into their lives.
Our board is a collection of hands-on community builders that use their talents and gifts to make positive things happen in their neighborhoods, schools, and the Promise of Peace Community Gardens.
Elizabeth Dry – Founding Director & President
Elizabeth is a resident of Little Forest Hills neighborhood. She earned a BS in Education and went on to earn two Masters as she served for 40 years in the public school system as a teacher, principal and director. She strives to lift up the greatness in East Dallas and to bridge the neighborhoods together in order to unite and give all a sense of place and belonging. Elizabeth designs curricular components, including our signature “Seed to Soul” curriculum, teacher professional development and consulting for others who want to establish a sustainable growing space with optimum engagement. She oversees overall management and operations of our POP Gardens.
Tammy Elkins – Treasurer
Tamara Elkins (Tammy) is an award-winning accountant with more than four decades of experience in small business and non-profit accounting, having earned her BBAA from The University of Texas, Arlington. Tammy has been an avid volunteer since her pre-teen years and has served on many boards such as Eden Financial Group, Dallas Jr. Chamber of Commerce and Promise of Peace Gardens. She has worked directly with members of boards throughout her accounting career for organizations such as Sammons Center for the Arts, Dallas Winds, and TITAS Presents.
Kim Schlossberg – Webmaster and Designer
As owner of Kim Schlossberg Designs, Kim provides strategic planning, execution and coordination of marketing, branding, graphic design, writing, website design and social media to the firm’s clients. Kim is active in the community both personally and professionally. She serves on the board of Promise of Peace Gardens, and recently completed seven years of service on the board of the Housing Crisis Center. Other volunteer and pro bono activities have included working with Jericho Road Project, Girls, Inc., The Family Place, The First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Friends of Fair Park, and Visiting Nurse Association. She is a member of the Lakewood Area Women in Business, East Dallas Networking, and American Institute of Graphic Artists. She has served the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the American Marketing Association’s Non-profit Special Interest Group. She is also a former Vice President of Marketing/PR of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Leah Richardson – Secretary
Leah grew up on a farm in the small town of Sealy, Texas where her appreciation for fresh food began in her great grandmother’s kitchen and garden. She first got involved with POP as a gardener at the Agape Garden, where she served weekly as a volunteer for the Not Home Alone after school program. As a board member, Leah contributes her organizational skills and background in business and marketing to help POP achieve its mission.
Zahra Coburn Perez – Co-director of Marketing and Development
Zahra currently works for the Frontiers of Flight Museum as Development Officer/Major Gifts and has over 14 years of non-profit experience. Prior to joining the museum she worked for Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas for 4 years as their Chief Philanthropy Officer, where she oversaw individual and corporate giving, family foundations, online giving, and built a strong cultivation and stewardship program to increase the overall individual giving program. Zahra also started a women’s giving circle as well as a young professionals circle. In addition, she implemented their planned giving program and supervised the communications and marketing department as well as the volunteer department.From 2007 to 2011 Zahra worked for the American Red Cross-Dallas as their Individual Giving and Major Gifts Director and from 2003 to 2007 she worked in the Accounting department where she was focused on procurement, contract negotiations, and accounts payable saving the organization almost $35,000 in one year. Zahra’s background prior to her non-profit experience was restaurant and catering management with over 10 years of experience. Zahra was born and raised in Dallas and is married with three children and currently pursuing a degree in Business. Her passions are working with her children’s schools on their PTA, and working with Elizabeth through The Promise of Peace Gardens. Zahra became involved with POP 8 years ago when there was a garden on East Grand and has been involved ever since.
Donna Harris – Co-director of Marketing and Development
Donna has been active in urban Dallas schools, neighborhood associations, public libraries, and other community organizations that add to the quality of life for families of all socio-economic levels since she was 25 years old. She mentored and tutored in DISD for 15 years and has served on various boards in East Dallas. She has been supportive of the Promise of Peace Community Gardens since its founding.
In 1986, she co-founded and owned a private investigation company until 2001, when the company was sold. With a background in social science, technology and marketing, Donna began working for the Uptown Public Improvement District, shortly thereafter in 2001, where she reorganized and managed the Uptown Dallas Business Association and re-branded the Uptown neighborhood. Developed a successful marketing strategy utilizing technology and increased traffic to their web site by 51,428%. She increased membership by 3,181%. Donna created the first consistent monthly gallery walk in Dallas. She developed mutually beneficial business promotions and close working relationships between businesses, residents with arts organizations, galleries, theaters, artists and other non-profits and the hospitality industry. She grew funds for Uptown neighborhood totaling just under $400,000 from dues and corporate donations. In 2006, Donna started an online media company, Intownmix, that connected contemporary Dallas to culture, small business owners and urban lifestyle in order to motivate social responsiveness and community engagement in urban Dallas neighborhoods surrounding entertainment districts, both established and up and coming. At the end of its run, the web magazine was read by 200,000 unique readers in 50 countries.
In addition, Donna began renovating real estate properties 1985, in east Dallas. In 2014, she moved from Lakewood and is currently working on a mixed-use property in downtown Duncanville. Donna has two daughters, who are her pride and joy. Keeping them in mind, everything she involves herself in from a volunteer standpoint is to better the quality of life and education for children and their families. If she had a tag line it would be “live where you live.”