About the Founder
Denise Bryson has 30 years of accounting and auditing experience, with 15 of those years conducting audits for non-profits: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and various other non-profits and churches emphasizing grants. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, has a Master's in Public Administration, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. Denise has served as a volunteer Chaplain for 15 years in the Transformation Department at the Potters House of Dallas, servicing mental and substance abuse rehabilitation hospitals, and 20 years in the ministerial affairs department, with 15 of those years as an ordained minister. She is a published author of two children's books and two poetry books. Denise is a Texas notary and financial service consultant.
Denise has volunteered as a youth leader for eight-plus years and has a purpose and passion for helping younger generations reach their potential. As a substitute teacher for Dallas ISD, Red Oak Independent School District, Lancaster ISD, and Uplift Education, she discovered a need. She answered the call to help younger generations in underserved communities. Denise is an entrepreneur, licensed Christian counselor, and has an Advanced Diploma from Light University. She was an Advisor for Envision Experience for two years teaching Forensic Science, Wilderness Medicine, and Engineering to primary and middle school scholars.
About the Board
Thomas McGhee, BA_ Rehabilitation Studies, Realtor
Board Member since 2020
Founder of the Adullam Project Program. After overcoming the challenges of homelessness as a U.S. Military Veteran, Thomas McGhee completed a dual degree in Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling while working as an intern at the Department of Veteran Affairs Readjustment and Counseling Center Dallas, TX. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation studies. For the past 16 years, Thomas McGhee has engaged as a volunteer in various homeless efforts. In 1994-1996, he served as the assistant to the director of My Place of Restoration Men’s Homeless Shelter and liaison to The Task Force for the Homeless in Atlanta, GA. And for the past 12 years, he has worked as a volunteer with the Guardian Homeless Outreach Ministry at the Potter’s House Church in Dallas, TX. Additionally, after obtaining a Real Estate Licensure and Brokerage Certification, he partnered with “Think Live Happy” to help consumers enjoy the benefits of financial freedom.
Denise Montgomery, Certified Teacher, MS
Board Member since 2020
Denise Montgomery is an educator, speaker, and entrepreneur. She is a native Texan. She worked in public health for over 20 years, before realizing her passion for teaching impoverished children. She was a teacher with Dallas ISD for over 20 years. During this time with Dallas ISD, she taught GED classes. Upon her retirement in 2019, she began teaching adult learners. In 2016 Denise formed her non-profit organization; 3 Leaf Literacy, Leadership & Learning Institute. Through this organization, she served communities in need, by supplying food, clothing, and educational services.
Denise is a published author, with four books to her credit: Farmer Brown and Lady Madelyn her first children’s book. The Blessing, The Setup, and I Want to Go.
Board Member 2020 - Treasurer
Rita matriculated at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She attended Mountain View College in Dallas, TX where she majored in accounting, was inducted into the Phi Theta Honor Society, and awarded a Presidential Award.
Rita Timberlake has more than 30 years of experience working in multiple vocations: education, insurance, accounting, and personnel security. She has worked with children of all ages. She has worked with children ages 5-11 as a substitute teacher for the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) for more than 10 years. She worked with the Dallas’ Youth summer program in the 90’s tutoring middle and high school teens and worked with pre-school children at the YWCA in Dallas.
For the past 24 years, Rita has attended the Potter’s House Church in Dallas, Texas, where she serves as an ordained minister and has worked faithfully in various ministries. She completed her biblical studies at the Potter's House School of Ministry with honors and facilitated Lay Helper Training support groups relative to emotional issues, as well as, currently doing volunteer work with the Transformation Ministry. She is an entrepreneur and works full time as a personnel security supervisor at a DoD agency in Dallas, TX.