Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Aubrey Lavery Meyers

Chair

Aubrey Lavery Meyers is the Vice President and Associate General Counsel of a Texas-based home loan company.  Prior to her in-house role, she was an associate at Holland & Knight and Patton Boggs. Aubrey has focused on giving back to the community through mentoring, pro bono legal work, and educating young lawyers on how they can do the same. She continues to give back to her alma maters, mentoring pre-law students from the John Marshall Pre-Law Society at the University of Texas at Dallas, and current students at the University of Illinois College of Law. She began volunteering as a pro bono attorney for the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas in 2011 and has developed a passion for helping those who are seeking asylum in the United States.


Sanjeeb Samanta

Vice Chair

Sanjeeb Samanta leads Global Customer Support Experience Operations at Texas Instruments (TI). Sanjeeb has been with TI for over 20 years and prior to joining TI worked with companies such as IDM, Technip, Price Waterhouse, and IBM in Asia, Europe, and the US. He is an alum of UT Dallas. Sanjeeb is the winner of TI’s 2015 Founders Community Service Awards and is actively involved in helping the refugee community in the metroplex partnering with HRI and Heart House. He is a member of the US India Chamber of Commerce, President of Dallas Squash, and is one of the Ambassadors (leaders) of InterNations Dallas, among other roles he plays in the community.


Rocio Garcia

Secretary

Rocio is an associate in the firm’s capital finance and real estate group. Her practice focuses on commercial real estate and she has experience in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, including hotels and real estate owned (REO) property. Rocio has worked with landlords and tenants on leasing matters, including office, industrial and retail lease negotiations for properties across the United States. She also has experience advising on real estate issues in corporate mergers and acquisitions. An active member in her community, Rocio dedicates time to public service and pro bono efforts in Dallas.


Almaz Woldeab, CPA

Treasurer

Almaz Woldeab is Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for the Civitas Capital Group family of companies. She is responsible for directing and overseeing the financial functions of the firm including Accounting, Financial Reporting, Financial Planning, Budgeting, Treasury, and Audit. Before joining Civitas, Ms. Woldeab was at Texas Instruments, Inc. for over 12 years where she held several positions in Financial Planning and Management, Accounting and Financial Reporting, including most recently leading the preparation of the company’s Annual Plan and quarterly updates. She has also served as a controller for the Texas Instruments Foundation, a non-profit foundation. Ms. Woldeab holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Masters of Business Administration from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.


Corey Admire

Director 

Corey Admire is a partner at Shupe Ventura, PLLC where her practice focuses on large development projects involving economic development incentives between the private sector and municipalities, counties, or other governmental and quasi-governmental such as special districts, tax increment reinvestment zones, public improvement districts, “Type A” and “Type B” development corporations. Corey began her legal career in the public finance section of Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright). Corey graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where she was a Sarah T. Hughes Scholar and a member of the Order of the Barristers. In 2017, Corey was named to the inaugural SMU Dedman School of Law Emerging Leader Board. Prior to law school, Corey was an ER/Trauma nurse who trained at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Having grown up in North Texas, she has been active in a number of community initiatives and organizations, both on the volunteer and board leadership levels. Prior to joining the board of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Corey served five years as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Café Momentum (www.cafemomentum.org), a nationally-recognized, innovative nonprofit providing young people who have spent time in the Dallas County Juvenile Justice System with a one-year paid restaurant internship where they receive full-time case management, culinary skills, and life-skills training as well as post-internship support. Corey enjoys traveling with her husband Phil and their four children.


Greg W. Curry

Director

Greg is a Partner in Thompson & Knight’s Energy Litigation Practice Group and serves as a member of the Management Committee and the Firm’s Client Services Partner.  He focuses his practice on general commercial, insurance coverage, oil and gas, and environmental matters.  He also counsels clients on litigation involving capital market transactions, including commercial real estate structured finance and workout projects.   In addition to HRI, Greg is actively involved in several organizations, including the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (where he previously served as President), International Association of Defense Counsel, State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, and DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar.  He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Texas Bar Foundation, Dallas Bar Foundation, and Litigation Counsel of America and is a member of The College of the State Bar of Texas.  Greg has been recognized by numerous publications for his outstanding legal work, including The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (2007-2013) and Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (2003-2012).


Tricia Freshwater

Director

Since 2011, Tricia has been a partner with Schwamkrug, Freshwater & Lopez, PLLC, a law firm providing a full range of legal advice and representation to immigrants.  She is passionate about protecting immigrants’ rights and committed to providing effective legal representation in a wide range of immigration matters, from helping people apply for U.S. citizenship to defending immigrants facing deportation and separation from their loved ones. Prior to opening Schwamkrug, Freshwater, & Lopez, PLLC, Tricia completed an Equal Justice Works Fellowship with a Dallas area non-profit organization. Tricia graduated summa cum laude from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2006, where she was a Notes Editor for the Virginia Law Review, and a participant in the Immigration Law Clinic.  From 2006-2007, she clerked for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.


Elizabeth A. Healy     

Director and Co-Founder

Ms. Healy was instrumental in founding Human Rights Initiative of North Texas in 1999 and served as Executive Director of the organization until November 2005.  Betsy remains firmly committed to the agency’s mission and now leads the Board of Trustees.  Prior to her years with HRI, she was an associate with Cowles & Thompson, PC.  She also completed a judicial clerkship at the Dallas Court of Appeals.  Betsy is currently a Program Officer with the Harold Simmons Foundation, Dallas, TX.


Natalie Nanasi

Director

Natalie Nanasi came to the United States as a refugee in the early 1980s. She is now the Director of the Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dedman School of Law, where she supervises students’ representation of survivors of a range of gender-based harms. Professor Nanasi was previously a Practitioner-in-Residence at American University, Washington College of Law and the Senior Immigration Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator at the Tahirih Justice Center, where she advocated for immigrant women and girls fleeing human rights abuses such as female genital mutilation, domestic and sexual violence, forced marriage and honor crimes.


Laura J. O’Rourke

Director

Laura O’Rourke is Managing Counsel of Business Litigation at Toyota North America. Prior to taking this position, Ms. O’Rourke was a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie, LLP in the Securities Litigation group.  She has been actively involved in pro bono services throughout her legal career. She has also been an avid supporter of Humans Rights Initiative of North Texas since she started practicing law in 2002.  She currently is a member of the HRI Pro Bono Attorney Liaison Committee.  Ms. O’Rourke is also an active supporter of various civic endeavors in the Dallas community such as Lawyers in the Classroom, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Girls, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen, Salvation Army, and others.


Ashlie Alaman Stamper

Director

Ashlie Alaman Stamper is a native Dallasite, earning her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University before getting her J.D from The University of Texas School of Law. Ashlie is currently counsel at Luminant (a subsidiary of Vistra Energy), Texas’ largest competitive power generator, where her primary practice is real estate and includes environmental compliance and construction contracts and disputes. Prior to Luminant, Ashlie spent three years in Bracewell’s environmental strategies section. Ashlie is committed to pro bono and community service. In addition to taking clients through Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, each month she serves as the attorney of record for DVAP’s pro se clients at the monthly prove up clinic. Ashlie also spent much of her time in 2016 working with the Clemency Project, which was tasked with helping federal inmates seek a reduction of their sentences based on changes in the sentencing guidelines which stemmed from recognized disparities in sentencing based on race and socioeconomics.  Through her efforts, Ashlie secured the early release of one of her clients, allowing him the opportunity to re-join his family and society and regain his life. Most recently, Ashlie has focused on immigration issues – working with Gateway of Grace teaching English to refugees, and with Human Rights Initiative, providing pro bono legal assistance to immigrants seeking to escape abusive spouses and attain United States’ citizenship. Ashlie has been recognized twice in the last three years as DVAP’s corporate attorney of the year, and as the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Pro Bono Attorney of the year in 2016.


 

Alan Wright

Director

Alan Wright is a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend in Dallas, TX.  Alan has practiced law for over 30 years and was previously a partner at Crouch & Ramey, a litigation law firm based in Dallas.  Mr. Wright is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has worked extensively as a consultant and advisor to trial lawyers before, during, and after trial. In addition to his traditional appellate court practice, Mr. Wright has also focused his appellate efforts on summary judgments, expert witness challenges, jury charges, disqualification and recusal, arbitration-related litigation, mandamus and other extraordinary writs, supersedes and judgment enforcement, and attorney’s fees issues. Mr. Wright was recognized as a Texas “Super Lawyer” in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2009 for Appellate Law and again in 2015 and the four years immediately preceding for Appellate Law, Business Litigation, and General Litigation by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines. Mr. Wright was also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Labor and Employment Law in 2013, 2014, 2015, and in 2016 for Commercial Litigation.


Advisory Board Members

Kenneth Z. Altshuler, M.D.

Cecilia Boone

Serena Simmons Connelly*

Patricia Cook, MD, FACP*

Don M. Glendenning*

Ambassador Swanee Hunt

Sarah Losinger

Ann Margolin

Michael Meadows

Caren Prothro

*denotes Lifetime Board Member