Tracey Hardwick is the Founder and Executive Director of Together We Thrive. Since 2017, Tracey has helped bring the mission of providing a consistent influence for at risk youth across North Texas to fruition. Prior to starting Together We Thrive, Tracey worked in journalism and broadcasting for 25 years. Tracey has been married to Kirk Hardwick for 34 years and have 4 children together - Luke, Landon, Lacey and Genevieve.
Todd Bloom is a certified Private Wealth Advisor for Leading Edge Advisors, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. In this role, Todd guides his clients to reach dreams they never thought they could achieve. Prior to his career in the financial sector, Todd worked in nuclear engineering. Todd joined the leadership team for Together We Thrive in 2018, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. Todd’s other philanthropic activities include serving on the Board of the Prince of Peace Christian School, leadership of Humanility (an organization that supports homeless children in the Philippines), and leading various mission trips to Southeast Asia. Todd and wife Sherri have been married for thirty years and have two sons, David and John.
Kelly Little is a stay at home mom to 3 young children. After graduating from the University of Texas and working in property management, she chose to commit full-time to raising her family and serving her community. She has served as an Alumnae Advisor for the Chi Omega Chapter at SMU for over 15 years and has volunteered as the Recruitment Advisor since 2009. Kelly is also involved with the Dallas Chi Omega Alumnae’s annual Chi Omega Christmas Market, serving as Co-Chair in 2012 and on the Steering Committee for the last decade. She has also been actively involved at Bent Tree Bible Church as well as with her schools’ PTA’s serving in various roles throughout the years including Vice President and Programming Chair.
Kelly has been involved with Together We Thrive since 2017 and serves as the Board Secretary. She created and co-chaired an annual spring gala in her neighborhood to raise awareness and money for Together We Thrive and has helped with marketing, social media, signage and fundraising for Together We Thrive’s annual Casino Night event.
Marlene Escalante-Diaz is the Regional Retail Manager for First United Bank. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing the DFW community banks as well as all Business Development Officer for Texas. Marlene has over 24 years of banking and financial industry experience. She has held various roles that include Intern, Teller, Personal Banker, Retail Manager, Commercial Loan Officer, Branch President, and Regional Retail Manager. Expertise in leadership, project management, human resource, career development, program and product development, business banking, and consumer banking.
Marlene received her Bachelor of Business Management degree from Western Governor’s University in Utah.
On a personal note, Marlene has been married to Raul Diaz for 17 years, they have a 15-year-old daughter named Leilany.
She has served on numerous philanthropic boards. She has been a proud board member of Together We Thrive since 2021.
Staci Frost is a former United States Figure Skating and World team member. Staci toured two years with the Ice Capades and has coached national and international medalists in figure skating. In addition to her professional success in figure skating, Staci has served in various philanthropic capacities including as a Mentor Mom at Jesuit College Preparatory and as a liaison to the Young Men’s Service League. Staci also serves on Dallas Baptist University’s Woman’s Auxiliary Board. Staci has supported with Together We Thrive’s Playing for a Purpose Tennis Tournament for six years and joined the Together We Thrive Board in 2018. Staci provides leadership with Together We Thrive merchandise and volunteers.
Jason Greenfield is an experiential marketing and brand management professional with 20 years of experience in a broad range of corporate event production and brand development.
Being the son of a public school social worker and a veterans rehabilitation counselor, endeavoring to care for others was a family trait that was passed on to Jason at a very early age. Even as budding sports and event marketer, Jason learned that he could extend his career towards community impact beginning as a Community Relations intern for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans in 2000.
It was there that the seeds of event planning discipline took root, setting a new trajectory that would eventually see Jason and his wife Cassandra open their own event production agency in 2013. It was 5-years later that Jason would be introduced to Tracey Hardwick and be drawn to serve alongside her efforts to rewrite the stories of foster and at-risk youth in North Texas.
Jason accepted the offer to join as a board member in June of 2018, and he has since been known to support Together We Thrive’s community outreach initiatives, develop content for the organization’s weekly newsletter, and lend a hand in activating events including the annual Charity Casino Night and Men’s and Women’s Playing for a Purpose Tennis events.
Jami Ritter is the Chief Executive Officer of Mission Allies. Jami is an entrepreneurially minded executive with 20 years of progressive leadership, management, and development experience in the nonprofit sector. She has a proven record of helping diverse nonprofits develop and implement strategies for sustained growth, program innovation and successful collaboration. She is an award winning grant writer and provides consulting services in the areas of organizational effectiveness, impact strategy development, funding assessments, program design, and outcomes evaluation. She is a passionate volunteer with several local nonprofits. Jami joined the Together We Thrive board in 2022 with leadership focus on fundraising and special events.
Andrew Wagnitz is the Head of Product and Technology at Endorphinz, a cutting edge fitness production company. He prides 20 years of leading technology initiatives in broadcast, live production and online integration. Today, his focuses are in executing and innovating the traditional broadcast workflows to support the high demand and the ever-changing fitness industry. Andrew is an entrepreneur and innovator at heart. He has had several local businesses in his home of North Texas in the last 20 years.
Andrew began his support of Together We Thrive in early 2018 after meeting Tracey on a mission trip to Ethiopia. He joined the board later that year.
Follower of Christ, husband, and father of 4, Kirk Hardwick is a 35-year veteran in the retail and CPG industry. Kirk cut his teeth in retail at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where he enjoyed a 15-year tenure at Sam’s Club. There, he held various executive positions in merchandising and operations and ended his career in Puerto Rico, where he served as an officer and Country Director for Sam’s Club in the International Division. In 2001, Kirk ventured out on his own and began his entrepreneurial career when he started LLL Marketing; a sales, consulting, and marketing company. Kirk currently serves as VP Sales in the natural beverage space for a national innovation company strategically aligned with The Coca-Cola Company to manufacture and incubate start up brands and bring them to scale at retail.
Luane McWhorter is the proud owner of Grand Spa, Sutera Spa and Spa Vela. She is active in her community and supports many local charities. McWhorter started her career in the cosmetics' industry working for several skincare and cosmetic companies as an account executive with department stores and spa's as her clients.
In her private life McWhorter is married with three children and three grandchildren.
Her husband is in the Power Sports business as well as a Ranch owner that raises Bulls for the PBR.
McWhorter is a member of Success North Dallas, as well as being part of Rotary and Chamber groups. She has supported Crystal Charity, Cattlebarons, New Friends New Life as well as Together We Thrive over the years.
Luane has served as a Board Member for Together We Thrive since 2019, and has provided leadership for our annual Casino Night.
Chrissy Williford Metcalf is a corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Dallas, Texas. In her legal practice, Chrissy represents buyers and sellers in private M&A transactions across a wide variety of industries and also acts as outside general counsel to a number of clients. Outside of work, Chrissy and her husband, Mike, spend their time trying to keep up with their young son, Parker, and trying to keep their two dogs, Cosmo and Marvin, from causing too much trouble. Chrissy has been involved with Together We Thrive since the organization started its work in North Texas and provides counsel as a legal advisor for the board of directors. Chrissy also serves on the board of directors and the development committee for the Cancer Support Community North Texas.
Christopher Staine has been involved with Together We Thrive since its formation and currently serves as a legal advisor to the Board of Directors. In that capacity, Mr. Staine provides advice and counsel to the Board of Directors on nonprofit governance matters and legal issues that may arise from time to time.
Outside of Together We Thrive, Mr. Staine is a shareholder and director in Crowe & Dunlevy’s Dallas office. He is a trial lawyer that represents individuals and companies in a wide range of commercial disputes in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts throughout the country. He focuses his litigation practice and regularly advises clients in the areas of commercial, bankruptcy, banking, creditor’s rights, and oil and gas litigation. He prides himself on bringing a balanced and pragmatic approach to every matter to create value for his clients, both inside and outside the courtroom. A champion of diversity, equity and inclusion, Mr. Staine also serves as Chair of Crowe & Dunlevy’s Diversity Committee and is actively involved in many of the firm’s diversity initiatives at the national and local levels.
Melanie Kirton, owner of Financial Affairs LLC, has over 12 years of experience in non-profit accounting. She has worked for organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Give Kids The World and SafeHaven of Tarrant County. With each of these organizations, Melanie was in a senior leadership role within the finance department.
Financial Affairs LLC works exclusively with non-profit organizations across the United States. The organizations we support vary from startup non-profits ($500k and under operating budget) and well-established non-profits ($2m+ operating budget). Financial Affairs LLC provides services from monthly accounting support including transaction allocations and monthly financial reports to CFO-services including operating budget preparation, KPI tracking, cash flow forecasting and much more.
Amanda Muscatell has served as the Social Media Director for Together We Thrive since 2022. Prior to her time with Together We Thrive, Amanda provided marketing leadership at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association where she worked to raise awareness and garner support for the profession of athletic training. Amanda is passionate about supporting youth and wants to make an impact for at risk youth in North Texas. Amanda and her husband, Travis, have two children together. Amanda is an active member in her church and volunteers at the Alliance for Children in Tarrant County.
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TOGETHER WE THRIVE aims to connect at-risk, homeless, foster and sex trafficked youth across North Texas with their community. We commit to walk beside these youth while helping them rewrite their future. We seek to replace labels of loneliness and hopelessness that once defined them with opportunities and the ability to get to a place of sustainability.