In 2017, a group of community advocates gathered to discuss the state of West Fort Worth, specifically, the Las Vegas Trail community. Paige Charbonnet
was a part of the original group who identified the opportunity to transform the community. Shortly after those conversations, the LVTRise 501c3 was formed.
In the years since, Ms. Charbonnet has served at almost every level in the organization as a tireless advocate and organizer. Prepared to begin her term as Board Chair in 2023, an opportunity arose to formalize her role at the organization in the Spring of 2022. In June 2022, the LVTRise Board proudly announced that Ms. Charbonnet would be serving as its new Executive Director.
“I have been committed to this community since the beginning. We’ve made incredible progress and I’ll continue to look at new and different partners and opportunities to expand the service options in this community. The years ahead will be productive, and we will continue to make a difference for those who call LVT home,” said Paige.
Ms. Charbonnet is a graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Psychology. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband Jason and their two children.
Ashley Mortimer has become the friendly face many Las Vegas Trail residents look for in their community. With a BA in Criminal Justice & Criminology from the
University of Texas at Arlington, she fell into the non-profit sector prior to graduating and has not left since. Previously having worked at the non-profit UnBound, an organization that fights human trafficking, Ashley brings her well-rounded knowledge and dedication to positively impact lives. Whether it's meeting with community partners to potentially bring programs to the Las Vegas Trail area, visiting with kids after school, or distributing food at the food pantry, she does it all. Ashley is proud to have been with LVTRise through its many stages and growth, and as Program Director, is excited to see what the next phases will bring.
Veritex Community Bank
Vice President and Associate Market Manager
Tori White is an emerging leader at Veritex Community Bank and currently serves as its Vice President and Associate Market Manager. She leads her team with a generous heart and remains involved in the Fort Worth community. She initially became involved with LVTRise as a community volunteer and advocated for others to support and offer their services. As the current board chair, she looks forward to ways to continue to support the Las Vegas Trail Community.
First Financial Bank
President & CEO
Marcus Morris is currently President/ CEO of First Financial Bank, having worked for the bank since 2010. He graduated from Abilene Christian University, and later earned a master’s degree in finance and economics at West Texas A&M University. In his personal time, his family is the backbone of his life. He and his wife became a licensed foster family and has fostered three children and adopted one. Today, Marcus spends his time active in the local community and spending quality time with his family.
Roger Turnham is recently retired from a 40-year career in technology sales, primarily working with Fortune 500 companies selling enterprise-wide solutions for companies like Oracle, EDS and others. After growing up in Central Texas, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Finance and Economics and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management in Bedfordshire England. Roger attends Watermark Fort Worth church and part of his goal with LVT Rise is to find ways for local churches to engage the community more meaningfully.
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
Assistant Criminal District Attorney
Ty Stimpson is a highly regarded North Texas trial attorney and seasoned negotiator who is committed to seeking justice and compensation for victims who are suffering due to the negligent or wrongful acts of others. After graduating from Baylor University, where he played football, Stimpson received his Juris Doctor degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and his Master of Laws Degree at St. John’s University School of Law while working with the National Football League. Stimpson began his legal career as a prosecutor – first at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and later at the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. The wealth of knowledge and experience he gained as a chief criminal prosecutor positioned him perfectly to pursue civil justice for those who have been wrongfully injured or killed.
COUNCILMAN MICHAEL CRAIN
City of Fort Worth
District 3 Councilman
As a broker, public servant, and philanthropist, Michael Crain hosts a variety of qualities that help make him successful. Holding a B.A from Texas A&M’s Mays Business School, J.D from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, and an MBA from The State University of New Jersey’s Rutgers Business School, his education is well rounded. Michael began his career in administration and public policy and gained valuable skills he uses in his real estate work today. Today Michael is a partner in Northern Crain, a local real estate agency, and current District 3 Councilman.
Vice President of Sales
Anna Boulware works as Vice President of Sales for M-Pak, starting at the original M-Pak home office after graduating from TCU with a degree in communications. She brings a different perspective to LVTRise, and engages new audiences. Anna is also on the board for the Fort Worth Police Bike Support group and is president of the National Institute of Packaging, Handling and Logistics Engineers. With Texas roots, she currently resides in Fort Worth, TX, and continues to support her local community through leadership and engagement.
Norris Legal Group
Graham Norris is a trial lawyer with experience you can trust and fight you can count on. As a former prosecutor with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office, Graham has a well-earned reputation for passionate advocacy. He was honored as the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 attorneys for criminal law, recognized by Texas Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, and named one of Fort Worth Magazine’s Top Attorneys and a “Lawyer to Know.’ A strong advocate for LVTRise and empowerment, Graham brings that extra something that LVTRise needs.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Stephanie Jackson has built an extensive career working with FWISD for over 30 years. Starting out as a teacher with Lena Pope Home and Leonard Middle School as the Special Project Coordinator for Community Partnership, Stephanie coordinated the Vital Link program that served 3,000 students annually. She then served as the Director of Parent and Public Engagement. After leaving FWISD, she stepped into the role of Schools Manager for the Blue Zones Project. Stephanie is extremely active in the community, serving on multiple Boards.
Catholic Charities- Dallas
Chief Operating Officer
A sixteen-year veteran of social services, Jari has worked as a Case Worker, Supervisor, Program Director and for the last eight years- as VP of Programs and COO at a major non-profit. Prior experiences include roles as a Vice Principal, a Translator, Program Manager and Job Developer both here domestically in the US, and abroad. Jari comes as a great addition the LVTRise Board of Directors, for his wide variety of experience and understanding of the non-profit sector, and how it should operate to be successful.
U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development
Public Affairs Officer (Non-Voting Member)
Ty is as an Employee Benefits Consultant at HUB International, where he is recognized for his expertise in public sector benefits and human capital programs. With a 12-year career in the public sector spanning significant roles at the White House Opportunity Council, the US Congress, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ty brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in policy and regulatory challenges. As a U.S. Army combat veteran of the Iraq War and a current member of the Texas National Guard, his military service complements his civilian accomplishments, providing a unique and valuable perspective. Ty lives in West Fort Worth with his wife, Alexa, and their three dogs, he is an active community member at Christ Chapel Bible Church.
Marcus & Millichap
Senior Managing Director Investments and Executive Director of the Multi Housing Division
Al Silva founded and directs the Silva Multifamily Team in the execution of multifamily investment sales in the Dallas/Fort Worth. He has personally completed the successful marketing and sale of over $1.8 billion in multifamily communities totaling 31,000 units. Al earned a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University and graduated in 2003. He is a member of the Apartment Association of Tarrant County, University Christian Church and is a devoted husband and proud father of 3 children.
Fort Worth Police Department
Assistant Chief Julie Ann Swearingin, has been employed with the Fort Worth Police Department for more than 26 years. She is a graduate of Tarleton State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Swearingin holds a Master Peace Officer License and a Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Instructor Certification.
One Safe Place
Vice President of Development & Engagement
Felipe Gutierrez, EMBA, is vice president of development & engagement for
One Safe Place. Previously, Gutierrez was with AT&T for almost 17 years where he served as a labor relations leader with the Communication Workers of America. Gutierrez serves on the city of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission and volunteers as a member of the FWPD Advisory Board.
Camino Real Estate
Realtor and Founder
Maria Mason is a Top Producing Realtor (top 1%) in Dallas/Fort Worth and has over 15 years of marketing and relationship management experience ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the national non-profit sector. She is a successful Latina entrepreneur and started Camino Real Estate with her husband, Sam, when she saw a need in the marketplace for a luxury service offered to diverse clientele.