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.

Jennifer Normile, Board Chair 

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.

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.

Melanie Barton

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.

Russ Kaufmann

Russ has served in the IT services industry since the late 1990’s. During his career he has worked for many industry technology leaders and has helped them develop and manage some of their largest partnerships. He is currently working for VMWare, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workplace technologies, managing one of their largest national partners. He has served and continues to participate in many community initiatives. He previously served on the Lake Highlands YMCA board. He is currently an active member of both the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands and Lake Highlands United Methodist Church, which provides a variety of outreach ministries.

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.

Clint Williamson

Clint has worked in the medical device industry since 2008, most recently helping physicians to provide their patients with non-narcotic, post-operative pain relief. He attended Texas A&M University before transferring and completing his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Texas at Arlington. Clint has a passion for missions and is an active member of Park Cities Baptist Church, where he has been a member since 2009.