Author Archives: Jennifer Knoeber

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Amy Lott, Treasurer

Category : Leadership

Amy LottAmy maintains national and cross-border practices, working closely with clients to navigate business transactions, the formation and structure of entities, and general corporate legal matters as a corporate attorney for Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P..

Her corporate and securities practice focuses on private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate finance, corporate governance, and complex contracting matters. In addition, Amy represents commercial airlines and aircraft owners in the acquisition and leasing of aircraft, contracting and operational matters, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulatory compliance.

Her clients include startups and established businesses in a variety of sectors, including real estate, banking, oil and gas, food and beverage, manufacturing, software, and gaming.


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Curtis Holmes, Vice President

Category : Leadership

CurtisHolmesCurtis joined the Jericho Road Board as Vice President in 2015. He has served on several boards including non-profit organizations and technology companies. Most recently he served as a Trustee for Greenhill School including serving as Finance Chair for several years. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board at Centina Systems.

During his professional career, Curtis has served as CEO, President, and Director of Texert, an early stage enterprise risk management software start-up company. Prior to Texert, Curtis served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of MetaSolv Software prior to MetaSolv being acquired by Oracle Corporation. Previously, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director. Curtis served in several executive and managerial capacities at Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories where he started his career.

Curtis earned an M.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University where he was recognized as a Distinguished College of Science Alumni and a B.S. in Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Southern University.


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‘Tis the Season

Category : Blog

Dec. 3, 2015

By Jennifer Knoeber, Executive Director

In this time of thanks and giving, author and educator William Arthur Ward said it well: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

We have continual days of thanksgiving at Jericho Road Dallas! Were it not for great volunteers who routinely give of their time and talents, sometimes working well into the night on a project, dozens of nonprofits would not be positioned to reach more people who need their help.

Recently, volunteer Michael Miller completed a project for Dream Angels, a nonprofit that works with girls from third grade through high school. For Michael, setting up QuickBooks for the organization was as easy for him as it is for me to tie my shoes. For many projects, what may be a quick or minor task for the volunteer really transforms a nonprofit. With QuickBooks set up properly and functioning well, Dream Angels now is on its way to engaging in its first financial audit, a requirement for many foundation grants that can help the organization increase the number of girls in its programs.

Though 2015 isn’t quite over, ’tis the season to count our blessings. Nearly four dozen volunteers have completed over 40 projects, everything from strategic planning to graphic design and from grant writing to marketing assessments. While we can immediately measure the number of hours the volunteer devoted to the project to translate it into a dollar value, the more important measure comes down the road, when those nonprofits have grown as a result of the Jericho Road partnership. We’ll take the immediate information, but we’re in this for the long-haul, knowing that the problems addressed by so many nonprofits didn’t happen overnight and can’t be fixed overnight. Knowing this community has so many people willing to engage in making it better for everyone, though, brings great joy to my life. I wake up with hope, knowing strangers will help other strangers today just because it’s the right thing to do.

So in this season of thanks and giving, what makes you grateful?


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How can we best address poverty?

Category : Blog

Nov. 19, 2015

RJ Metzger, Jericho Road Dallas volunteer

I think that there are two main phases of addressing poverty as a society. I will address both of these issues conceptually because I think that the blog posts before mine are so well worded and provide good statistics that I don’t want to regurgitate their information.

The Path to Lessening Future Poverty

While I think that dealing with the symptoms of poverty is a wonderful and necessary part of addressing this issue, as it will be my second topic below, I think that we need to address the root source. Much like a doctor attempting to fix an illness, I think that treating the symptoms is important and truly necessary, however, it’s not the cure. Cures are very rare and precious, and in the case of poverty I don’t see a true cure, however, we can fight one of the main causes. Our education system is in a sad state of affairs. When one’s education is limited, doors are slammed in their faces at an alarming rate.

As it stands now, there are many efforts to increasing the quality of education in impoverished communities, but these are simply not funded, supported, or pursued enough. Simply put, our nation’s education system is not on par as a whole, and this will sustain poverty for a long while. So, I feel that more of an effort towards reform and improvement in this regard is paramount, and those that are able, should volunteer efforts and resources to this as it’s as pertinent as food and shelter in the long run.

How We Can Address Poverty in the Now

I know that there are many great people, organizations, and initiatives addressing these things as best as they can. Some non-profits that work with Jericho Road and benefit from our volunteers are doing their part as well. So, the idea behind what needs to be done is not lost. If someone needs food, feed them. If they require shelter or clothing, we as a society should provide for them as well. There are many great ways to accomplish these things, and we should devote far more resources to doing them and not trusting the tax dollar to accomplish it.

Beyond this, it’s finding that extra dollar, that extra hour, or that extra piece of clothing, and going out of one’s way to make the difference. Small actions add up over time, and we each need to help in our own ways.


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