Just in time for the Communities in Schools Dallas Region’s Dream Achievers luncheon Thursday honoring Caroline Rose Hunt, it has been announced that Blake D. Lewis III has been named Chairman of the Board. This is big news since this changing-of-the-guard is historic for CSDR. Former ExxonMobil assistant general tax counsel Karl Schmalz has held that position since 2001 and was named Board Member of the Year by the Communities in School Texas in 2007. But don’t go worrying about retiree Karl taking to the couch. He’ll still be an active CISDR board member.
Blake brings “more than 35 years of experience in strategic planning, creative development and media relations in corporate, agency and nonprofit settings.” His Lewis Public Relations has provided “high-level strategy and counsel to a range of organizations, including Alon USA Energy, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Texas Farm Bureau and Winzer.”
According to CISDR President/CEO Dr. Judith Allen-Bazemore, “Blake has been an integral member of our board. He has strong ties to the local educational community and truly understands the necessity of consistent, evidence-based student services.”
If you haven’t gotten your ticket for the luncheon at the Dallas Arboretum, now is the time to buy. Understand that State Sen. Don Huffines already has his spot at the festivities.
* Photo provided by Communities in Schools Dallas Region