The Dream Team
As the Board of the Directors, it is our privilege and responsibility to lead this Institute toward its ambitious goals and to strive to realize its great potential! We take the vision for this Institute as personal trusts, and are honored to have gathered and created significant documentation on our intent, which we use to guide our decisions and actions.
Dr. Linda Gray
Advisory Board of Director
Linda is a nonprofit business consultant with more than 20 years of experience. President of Corporate Connections, her expertise is in non-profit start-ups, nonprofit management, grant research and development. She has successfully helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations in receiving technical assistance in IRS 501C3 certification. Has secured over 5.5 million dollars in grant awards.
Founder Of Target Evolution
Crystal Victoria is the embodiment of strength having overcome several significant obstacles on her way to becoming a success. A native of Denton, Texas, Ms. Victoria spent her formative years seeking her life’s true passion and working diligently to find a way to leverage her skills to make a greater difference. Her educational background includes Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and Business Administration from El Centro College. She brings with her almost a decade of entrepreneur experience including Target Evolution Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, which serves as the inspiration for the entrepreneurial educational program Target Evolution Entrepreneurial Institute (TEEI).
Crystal Victoria is currently a published author of five books and motivational speaker attuned to the needs of the coming generations. From the Streets to the Skies No Limits, is the autobiography of her life, revealing the strong woman behind the business, how she overcame obstacles, and her journey to becoming the change she wanted to see in the world. Crystal frequently mentors in the First Friday Program by Judge Jeanine Howard in Dallas County Criminal District Court, which helps young individuals complete probation and reintegrate into society. She is an investor level member of the Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and works towards the empowerment and education of young women.
Her future goals are to pursue her Doctorate degrees in Political Science and Education. Over the past several years, Crystal has been featured in several magazines internationally, and has been interviewed on dozens of radio show programs both online and syndicated broadcasts. She also has consulted and worked with many successful startups and young aspiring entrepreneurs in Dallas and worldwide.
Her current projects include, The Behavior Transformative Entrepreneurial Training Course, which is positioned to transform behaviors and thinking of individuals whom have previously been incarcerated to pursuing a purpose and passion driven life, while contributing positively to the community as social entrepreneurs. It is currently being reviewed for implementation in Dallas County Probation, Dallas County Juvenile Services, Hutchins State Jail and Salem University’s Criminal Justice Degree Program. It has also been reviewed by SMU’s Doctorate of Criminal Justice Degree Program.
Dr. Marisela Jiménez
Marisela Jiménez specializes in business administration, organizational development, and corporate communication. She provides consulting and leadership training based on emotional intelligence with an emphasis on developing and improving teams and leaders’ performance.
Marisela’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Corporate Communication from Rock Valley College, a Master’s Degree in Management and Public Administration from Framingham State University, and she a Doctorate Degree in Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. In addition, Marisela is certified in the facilitation and development of the Emotional Intelligence Quotient 2.0 (EQ-i 2.0), 360 Degree 2.0 and EQ-i 2.0 Higher Education Assessments. Marisela has recently completed her quantitative research in context of organizational performance involving emotional intelligence and leadership theory.
Marisela resides in Irving, Texas and is actively involved in the Irving business community as an advocate for Hispanic/Latino women leadership and business development.
Steven has over 35 years of financial experience including 25 years as a Chief Financial Officer/VP of Finance. He has a proven track record of being able to act as a strategic partner and key advisor to the principals of these organizations. Throughout his career, he has been a results-oriented, hands-on person that has contributed in many operational areas to improve profitability without compromising the operations of that particular business venture. He has an extensive contact list that includes bankers, attorneys, accountants and other independent financial professionals throughout the country.