Serve Denton Welcomes Ten New Board Members

Serve Denton is excited to welcome ten new board members in 2019 as well as appoint a new second vice chair and treasurer. The new board members include Karin Archer, Sherrie Baker, Kelly Dunham, Kristen Howell, Mike Paulson, Lisa Polster, Loretta Powers, Doreen Rue, Lorena Salas and Eric Schmitz.

DATCU Chief Financial Officer Melanie Vest is the new second vice chair and Denton Bible Church Director of Local Outreach and Director of Safety & Security Pat Smith is the new treasurer.

Introducing the New Board Members

eric schmitz

Eric Schmitz is a fifth generation Dentonite and owner of Schmitz Reality. He is a major supporter of the Denton Community Food Center, a nonprofit moving to the Serve Denton Center. Eric has a rich family history in Denton, which will be a huge asset to the organization.


Doreen Rue, CEO of Health Services of North Texas (HSNT), has been involved with Serve Denton since its inception. HSNT is currently opening its largest health clinic with 12 exam rooms and a pharmacy at the Serve Denton Center. Their organization provides healthcare on a sliding scale basis to make services more affordable for people in need.

kristen howell

Kristen Howell, CEO of Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County (CACDC), will bring a wealth of nonprofit leadership expertise to the Serve Denton board. The CACDC is moving to the Serve Denton Center where it will provide justice and healing for abused children.


Mike Paulson, Denton Community Food Center Board Vice President, is a retired business owner. The DCFC is also moving to the Serve Denton Center where it will triple in size, projecting to serve 9,000 clients annually.


Loretta Powers is an attorney at the Law Offices of Tim Powers and a legal analyst for FOX News Radio who has devoted her time to serving her community. She is also a professor at the University of North Texas where she teaches hospitality law. Her extensive journalism experience will help Serve Denton reach a wider audience to increase its impact.


Kelly Dunham, founder of the local chapter of Young Men’s Service League Argyle, is a long- time supporter of Serve Denton and well connected in the North Texas area. She will help Serve Denton make key connections and grow its community reach.


Lisa Polster has served on Serve Denton’s Celebration Committee for the last six years. A University of North Texas graduate, Lisa and her husband own a local business, Innovative Transportation Solutions, Inc. Her connections will help Serve Denton in its fundraising efforts, especially in the Celebration planning process.


Karin Archer is a recently retired CPA who has served on the Serve Denton Finance Committee. She will bring her wide-ranging experience as a CPA to the organization’s financial decisions.


Sherrie Baker works part-time at her family business, Baker Tankerhead Inc. With her expansive community knowledge, she will provide immense help serving on the Serve Denton Development & Communication Committee.


Lorena Salas, Union Park Elementary School Principal, serves a diverse population at her school. She will will bring much insight as she serves on the Partner Relations Committee to help Serve Denton grow its relationship with its nonprofit partners.