Petrine Abrahams is a landscape designer who has been practicing for ten years in the Dallas area. Her projects include both residential and commercial projects. She works closely with her clients to re-envision their landscape using native and adaptive plants and materials. Petrine has been an active neighbor and participant in the north Oak Cliff community for many years and has served on various neighborhood boards including Winnetka Heights and Oak Cliff Greenspace. Currently, she serves on the City of Dallas’ Public Art Committee through the Office of Arts and Culture. The Committee commissions local and international artists to design site specific art for the public realm. This provides various opportunities for place-making through community engagement and outreach.
As a North Texas Master Naturalist, Petrine has volunteered at the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center. She has conducted Eco-Investigations with elementary school children on the importance of the conservation of birds and native habitats in addition to the connection between soils and the existing native flora and fauna.
David Dunnigan, an Oak Cliff native, is a former Dallas Morning News reporter and public relations executive who has worked in government, corporate, agencies and non-profit organizations. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Dallas, North Texas Chapter of the Public Relations Society, Press Club of Dallas, Society of Professional Journalists, Dallas iMedia (public access TV), and Kessler Neighbors United. He has served on the boards of the Dallas Historical Society, Clean Dallas, Historic Preservation League, Dallas Zoological Society, and others. He currently services on the board of the Greater Dallas Planning Council (where he was executive director for 25 years), The Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT, and Perkins School of Theology.
As the principal and founder of Miller Consulting, Donna Miller offers extensive experience in fundraising, marketing, public relations, strategic planning, and community relations. Donna is a hands-on consultant, working on everything from managing large teams to personally hanging lights prior to a special event. As a consultant, she helps clients reframe thinking, provides thought leadership, and guides projects successfully into new territory. She stays up to date on trends in public relations, business, nonprofits, politics, and the arts through reading, research, and interaction with a broad range of people.
Graciela has worked as a psychotherapist with the Therapy Institute of Dallas for more than 35 years helping families, children, and adults.
Lisa has worked in the home mortgage business for more than 25 years and currently serves as senior loan consultant and branch manager for Caliber Home Loans.
Chair, Programming Committee
Avis Strong first landed in Oak Cliff right after college, doing outreach and mentoring in DISD’s. Pinkston and Carter high schools. She returned in 2003 with her husband, Jeff, and their three Children. Trained as an educator and theater practitioner, Avis taught at both the middle and high school level. She considered it a deep honor to help young people discover their voice and gain empowerment by teaching theater. In 2015, she joined her husband at his development company, Reserve Realty.
Though no longer teaching, Avis still engages in projects and programs that impact lives such as Jesuit Women’s Auxiliary, Democracy Now, and chairs the Advisory Board for Fashion Design and Marketing at El Centro Community College. Her latest creative project has been working as one of the writers for the documentary, Normie, which examines the beauty of love through the lens of Down Syndrome.
Tammy Weiss and her husband, Greg, moved into their Winnetka Heights home on Clinton in November 2018 after wanting to move to this historic neighborhood for 10 years. Tammy grew up in Plano and went to college at the University of Texas - Austin. She worked in the General Counsel department at Southwest Airlines from 2006 until her retirement in 2019. One of her passions has been supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas for more than 20 years as a wish granter and Wish Night committee member.