We're proud to introduce the Givingmas Board of Directors, a team of appointed leadership volunteers who help guide, plan and direct our strategic plan to serve our mission.
Founder & President
Mike has dedicated efforts throughout his professional and personal life to "positions with a purpose." Givingmas is a result of his long history of philanthropy and servant leadership. In 1997, while working for South Dakota's Governor, William Janklow, Mike was the director of The Governor's House, a prison vocational training program. This state-run facility trained inmates in HVAC, carpentry roofing, electrical, and framing. The program's inmates built affordable housing and daycare centers for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, low-income families, and communities needing child care at no profit. After his time with The Governor's House, Mike became a partner in Availability Employment Services, which assisted those struggling to find careers and provide for their families.
Mike has also had leadership roles in many civic organizations, including United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Governors Appeal Board, The Board of Adjustments, and the Jaycees. Mike's rewards come from his lifelong passion for mentoring youth through Big Brothers/Sisters, Good Guys, and personal contacts. He has maintained 20+ year relationships with several of his mentees.
Mark is a Managing Director and Head of Municipal Trading and Syndication Division at BOK Financial Securities. Before joining BOKFS, Mr. McGruder was a Senior Vice President for the Investment Banking division at UMB Bank. He previously served as Managing Director and Head of Municipal Syndication for Hilltop Securities; he served as the senior municipal underwriter for 14 years. McGruder heads BOKF's municipal bond underwriting and trading activities from its Texas municipal finance headquarters in Richardson, Texas.
One of BOK's fundamental company values is "Actively advance the communities we serve." Mark is extending this key value with his involvement with Givingmas. As Treasurer of Givingmas, he serves as a financial manager for the organization, maintaining banking relationships, managing donations, and developing our budget.
John is Vice President, Business Development at AT&T. John leads the design, development, and delivery of managed services supporting the $10+ billion System Integrator and Global Outsourcing market segments. John has chaired or been a member of several community/business services organizations throughout his career. He has served as President of the Oregon Creative Services Alliance, board member of the Portland Advertising Federation, and the Board of Advisors with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
John has worked with the local community organizations and schools to deliver quality tutoring and academic support to motivated economically at-risk students who face daily challenges.
As Secretary of Givingmas, John maintains our status as a non-profit 501 (c ) (3) organization and manages communications and public relations.
As representatives of Givingmas, our volunteer ambassadors assist in the organization's outreach and fundraising efforts. Excited to give their time, they work together, utilizing their individual talents to help reach our goals.
"I'm a Sales Executive with Ty, Inc., one of the largest toy companies in the world; so naturally, spreading joy is nothing new to me. I firmly believe my love for spreading joy is why I fell in love with the missions Givingmas takes on. Giving (More) than one day of joy and taking on the task of changing lives. It's also why I'm the Ambassador of Media Relations and gifts, to help continue changing lives and spreading joy to all of the lives we touch."
"I value the mission and the organization's ability to help families succeed in school and life. I feel blessed to be a small part of the Givingmas community."
"Givingmas is a wonderful grassroots organization that allows volunteers to really be entrenched in making a difference! I love working with the Senior Leadership and the other volunteers to positively impact other families lives. It is very humbling to experience the reactions of those families chosen and what they do to improve their circumstances with our help."
"I like being part of a team that strives to make an immediate impact on local families in a personable and loving way."
"I am a singer/songwriter and have lived in the Dallas area for 14 years. I started working with Givingmas in 2019 as the live entertainment for the December Givingmas fundraiser and currently volunteer as the social media manager. Givingmas is the first charity I have ever donated to. Working with this organization gives me a purpose I didn't know I needed!"
"I am a Senior Account executive with Smartling, a Global translation, and software company. I enjoy volunteering at Givingmas because I believe in the mission of helping one family at a time. The dedicated, special attention families receive from Givngmas makes the families feel part of something big! I am happy to be part of a local organization that strives to help people with their everyday lives."
“I have worked in production since 1999, lived in the Dallas area for a few decades now, and I am the events manager for Givingmas. The Givingmas organization is near and dear to my heart, and I have an unnatural obsession with juice boxes and squirrels!"
"I've been a Dallas resident for 6 years and teach 1st grade for Mesquite ISD. I have been an Ambassador for Givingmas since 2019. I embrace the vision of Givingmas; while taking care of immediate family issues, our vision and commitment is an everlasting transformation of our families' lives. I love reading and teaching!"
Come back soon to learn more about Melanie.
“I work in the IT field, and I can usually be found running video and handling other IT needs at Givngmas events. I believe in UFOs, and you should see my perfect moonwalk!"
"I am the lead Ambassador for the nominations committee."
"My work with Sample House has shown me how important doing something nice can make someone's day. I carry that philosophy into my work with Givingmas. This organization has truly impacted my heart and has taught me how amazing it is to help the people we work with. My involvement with Givingmas includes editing documents and creating materials to showcase giveaways. It is an honor to be a Givingmas Ambassador."
Through partnership with these exceptional public, private and humanitarian organizations and the support of forward-thinking foundations, Givingmas is empowering families by providing the support, resources and inspiration they need to be successful. We are grateful for the support from our loyal partners and supporters.