Caren Bright, Executive Director
Caren was called by the Lord into ministry in February 2014 as part of an incredible life journey. She has overcome homelessness, domestic abuse, and extreme poverty. She experienced God’s transforming power through His provisions and the love of our Lake Highlands community. Her neighbors lifted her up by teaching and helping her develop the tools needed to better provide for herself and her children. During time alone with the Lord, Caren felt God calling her to start Pamper Lake Highlands as a way to help lead other women to freedom and purpose.
Melanie Barton, Secretary
Melanie is an assistant district attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, where she has worked since 1990. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Central State University in Edmond, OK, and she received her law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She is a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Dallas, teaches Children’s Church, and serves in the Austin Street Centre ministry. She also serves as secretary to the Spring Valley Athletic Association (SVAA) board.
Laurie Bubel, Treasurer
Laurie has worked as vice president for Brown & Brown Financial Services, Inc. since 1987. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. She currently serves as treasurer for Lake Highlands United Methodist Church (LHUMC), where she has been a member since 1991. She serves on the Dallas Emmaus Community Board and teaches 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school at LHUMC.
Tammy Knapp
Tammy Knapp, CPA, is the chief financial officer of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving STEM education in the United States. Prior to joining NMSI, Tammy was a partner for thirteen years in a local CPA firm specializing in governmental and non-profit audits. Tammy’s first career was in banking, where she was the CFO of a small bank and a trust officer and private banker at Bank of America. Tammy is an active member of Lake Highlands United Methodist Church and a children’s leader in Bible Study Fellowship.
Jennifer Normile
Jennifer has served in the financial services industry since 2000 and is currently a private banker with BNY Mellon Wealth Management. She is responsible for the Texas, Oklahoma & Colorado markets. Jennifer has an MBA & BS from Oklahoma State University. She is also a Certified Financial PlannerTM and is licensed by FINRA. Current and past board experience includes Girl Scouts of NE Texas Endowment Board, Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League, Christian Childhood Development Center, OSU Women’s Council, Kappa Delta Dallas Alumnae Association and Heart House Dallas.
Cristal Retana
Cristal has been involved in government affairs and politics professionally for over 8 years; however, her passion for service began long before. Since earning her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Government from Texas Women’s University, Cristal has held several roles in the political and legal professions. She excelled to become Chief of Staff for a Dallas-area State Representative, and at that time was one of the youngest Chiefs of Staff of over 100 holding the same position for other representatives. She currently assists Dallas City Councilmember Adam McGough. Cristal’s number one passion is service and empowerment, and with that she has also become more involved in helping community leaders take on elected/leadership roles so that they may enhance the quality of life of our communities.