Jennifer Griffin, Founder
Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Jennifer studied at Kansas State University & Wichita State (rival to the KU grads in her family) and became a paralegal with Pizza Hut, Inc. (founded in Wichita 1958) working on real estate/ re-franchising. Then, Pizza Hut decided to move it’s headquarters to Dallas, Tx. in 1998 and Jen jumped at the opportunity to experience a new city.READ MORE [+]
Despite their most valiant efforts, most did not expect her to survive. But the doctors at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Texas kept working, doing all they could to save her life. And equally important her husband of 6 months, family and friends stood by her, supporting one another. Slowly, Jennifer began to get better. Thankfully, the doctors in the hospital caring for her were able to save her life but in doing so they were forced to amputate both her hands and both lower legs below the knee.
Jennifer left the hospital as one of a rare group – a quad-amputee – but with her spirit for life as vibrant as ever. However, what was really remarkable was yet to come. Jennifer’s spirit was not lost, despite her lengthy illness and the loss of four limbs. Jennifer was soon walking on prosthetics and within months was back at work at her previous employer as a part-time paralegal. She stayed for 9 months.
Then, true to her spirit, and having always been an active sportswoman, Jennifer immediately began to focus on how she could turn this into something that would help others. It was out of this drive to do something with what had happened that the P.L.A.Y. Foundation was born. P.L.A.Y. provides the ability to live a positive, healthy, active life by helping them get back into sports, music, arts, and physical activities.
She drives, types, cooks and has gotten back into life with all the spirit, humor and love of life that she always had. In 2011, Jennifer was chosen to be a Voice Columnist for theDallas Morning News. In 2012 she was named Dallas FOX4 Hometown Hero.
In addition, she has begun working as a motivational speaker (she can be contacted to arrange speaking engagements).
Frederick J. Duffy, Jr. M.D
Dr. Duffy has had a successful plastic and reconstructive practice in north Dallas for ten years, with a special focus on breast reconstruction following mastectomies and on patients with chronic wounds.READ MORE [+]
After completing a research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and general surgical training, he received his plastic surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Following this, he did an additional six-month microsurgery fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also in Boston. Duffy is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association, the Dallas County Medical Society, and the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also active in the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
His practice includes complex microsurgical procedures that draw patients from all over the country, and he is proud to sponsor a team of his breast cancer patients annually in the North Texas Komen Race for the Cure. In addition to his busy private practice he has business interests in a local long term care facility, serves as the Chair of the governing board of North Central Surgical Center, and is general manager of a real estate venture firm. He has also had interests in numerous community services, recently accepting a position on the board of the Wilkinson Center, a non-profit providing a mult-tiered approach to combating poverty. Married to a multi-talented physician-artist-author with two young boys, his family is the primary focus in his busy life.
Susie’s career in education has been one of many achievements that have served everyone from her youngest learners and families to her colleagues. She believes that as much as a school can teach a child, the children and families teach her about life every day.
READ MORE [+]
She began her career as a Special Education teacher in Wisconsin. While working in Chicago in 1998 she was awarded the prestigious Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Excellence in Teaching Award.
After 15 years she transitioned to supporting other teachers in the areas of compliance and best practices. She held the position of Instructional Support Specialist for 1 year, Coordinator of Special Education Services for 2 years and served as a trainer for new principals for 3 years.
Upon gaining knowledge of compliance and best practices, she became an instrumental factor in opening the first Early Childhood Schools in the metroplex.
Currently, Susie is a school principal with 13 years of experience. After seeing the power of coaching through the Power of Self class and in working with her colleagues and teachers she became passionate about the field of coaching. In addition to years of self-study, she is now pursuing her coaching certificate through the International Coaching Federation. Susie has been using the coaching model with school staff and other clients for the past several years.
A proud graduate of the Power of Self class #10, Susie is certified through Marsha Clark and associates to train in the areas of Conflict Management and Enriching Relationships using the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument as well as Courageous Group Conversations. She regularly trains new principals, new assistant principals and leadership teams in these areas throughout the school district.
Susie currently serves as co-chair of the Dale Clark Memorial Scholarship Committee, member of the board for the PLAY Foundation and is the past President of a statewide organization for administrators.
Donna L. Fisher, Cooper Center
Donna has been teaching and training individuals in the health and fitness field since 1990. Donna has a BS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida and is certified in several different certifications including ACE, AFAA, Gliding & Biomechanics by the Cooper Aerobics Center, where she is the Private Pilates Director.READ MORE [+]
Donna enjoys seeing people improve their quality of life through exercise, healthy eating and stress reduction. Her mission is to inspire and encourage her students to focus on the positive, begin lifestyle changes one step at a time, and maintain overall well-being by training the body and mind to work together toward a common goal.
J. Walter Coughlin
Walt is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he played football. Walt retired in 1977 from a career in the Secret Service while going on to become President of J. Walter Coughlin & Associates, International Security Consulting Firm representing mostly oil producers in the Middle East.READ MORE [+]
Dr. Donald R. Benton
Don was a highly respected pastor at Lovers Lane Methodist in Dallas, TX. for 18 years. He has also served as a staff member at Highland Park United Methodist Church; Pastor at Spring Valley IMC; Chaplain to a company owning 28 retirement centers in 10 states doing “Spirituality and Aging” seminars;READ MORE [+]
Presently, Don is the Coordinator of Pastoral Care at C. C. Young Retirement Center. Married to Rose Marie 55 years; five adult children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Don loves sports and outdoor life, reading and traveling.
Sharon Goldammer, MBA
Ms. Goldammer has worked in the healthcare field for twenty-five years in a variety of venues encompassing practice management consulting and managing practices ranging from solo to 85-physician practices. Shortly after completing her Masters in Business Administration she founded a medical billing service handling millions in medical revenues before selling the business to a partner.READ MORE [+]
She served many years on the advisory council of the DFW Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, a local non-profit, including serving as the President for the 5 years. Through her work with the NOCC she aided in the development of educational programs, fundraising events, volunteer and cancer survivor recognition events, and the chapter’s website.