Board of Directors
John Griffin, Chair
John Griffin is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Publisher of Texas Seniors' Guides, publishing free annual resource guides in Austin. Dallas Fort Worth and San Antonio. Through his work with Texas Seniors' Guides, John has been an advocate for seniors along with his wife, Antoinette, educating local businesses on how to improve their business practices to meet the increasing needs of seniors and their families. John has Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA in Leadership and Organizational Management from Concordia University. John is also a professional coach, speaker, and leadership consultant with The John Maxwell Team.
Linda Ford, Vice Chair
Dr. Linda Ford is the owner of Ford Business Consulting, Inc. In her organizational consulting, she specializes in locating hard-to-spot patterns that slow teams down. Linda has a masters’ degree in Organization Development and a PhD in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University. She also brings over 35 years of experience with both for profit and not for profit organizations to her work. Dr. Ford has taught management science and is a frequent speaker and educator on topics including organization dynamics and business excellence. She was the founding program director of the Concordia MBA program. Linda currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Gary, and their two cats.
Nancy Crowther, Secretary
Nancy Crowther is a Community ADA Compliance Examiner having retired from 26 years in the workforce. She put in over 20 years of service to Capital Metro as the Community Liaison for citizens with disablities who rely on public transit to live independently in the community. She has helped to develop plans and programs for community access to all facets of the Austin Community. She is a member of Oak Hill Bible Church and Joni and Friends, dedicated to the ministry of persons with disabilities. Nancy attended the University of Texas and graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work.
Stacy Flores, Previous Chair, Current Treasurer
Stacy Flores is a Senior Vice President leading the Medical Practice Division and specializes in designing loss sensitive insurance programs including captive insurance. Her twenty years of industry and community experience has included management, sales leadership, sales service, and marketing. Stacy is a graduate of the Leadership Fort Lauderdale program which provided much expereince organizing events, projects and fundraising. She has utilized some of that experience with the Wish Makers Foundation for which she was actively involved. In Texas she is involved in the children's ministry at her church as well as Freedom at the Ridge, which helps people with hurts, hang-ups and habits that they wish to recover from in a Christ centered environment.
As the Regional Manager of Nurses Unlimited, Samantha has many years experience working in the seniors market. She received a Degree in Health Professions in 1990 from Southwest Texas State University and began working as a Nursing Facility Administrator. After five years of working in a facility, she then opened an adult day care and later for a private non-profit agency that had many programs geared toward helping older adults remain independent. After five years of running their very successful home care program, she decided to start my own program that enabled her to care for her son at work. She sold Practical Care to Nurses Unlimited in April of 2011 in order to add nursing services. They have successfully developed a true case management service which includes their Social Workers and RN’s.
Amy Ybarra is a labor and employment attorney with Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP and has 13 years of experience working with management and advising them on employee issues. She has worked with management from several home health and health care entities in assisting with staffing issues, policies and procedures, as well as contract negotiations. She previously served on the Volunteer Services Council of the El Paso State Center.
Mark Hanna serves as a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT), the largest state insurance trade association in the country. Early in his career Hanna worked for several Texas radio stations before serving as anchorman for KTBC-TV for eight years. After TV, Hanna headed up public relations for the University of Texas System producing the University of Texas Report radio program, the University World TV series and the Dr. Red Duke Health Report. In 1994, Hanna joined the Texas Department of Insurance where he served under four insurance commissioners. Since 2002, Hanna has served as manager of public relations and membership at ICT where he created the Texas Committee on Insurance Fraud, produced an award winning documentary on Hurricane Ike, helps maintain the state Arson Hotline and has managed the distribution of $500,000 for more than 250 students studying insurance and risk management at ten Texas universities.
Joe Fisher is Director of Quality at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in Austin, TX. Prior to joining AMD, Joe was at General Electric, where he ultimately held executive leadership positions as VP Quality and GM Technology (New Product Introduction). Joe has considerable experience driving company strategy and leading large global engineering teams. In addition to serving on the board at H.A.N.D, Joe serves on the Board of Directors for the Port Royal Ocean Resort in Port Aransas, Texas.
Dave has over twenty years of experience leading transformational change as a line manager and management consultant. He is an expert in organizational alignment, innovation and operations management, and strategic selling. Because of his broad experience and deep functional expertise, he was appointed to be examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Award. Dave teaches Operations Management at Texas State University and prior to Dave’s current role his experience includes: Sr. Manager in Dell Product Group, Vice President Operations for Fiskars Brands, Sr. Director Presales Consulting for i2 Technologies, Sr. Manager for Ernst & Young Consulting, Manager Deloitte Consulting. Dave earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin and is recognized as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.
Juan has a twenty-five year management and senior management career leading turnaround situations and high-growth organizations at IBM, Tivoli Systems, General Electric and three start-ups through unprecedented profitability and explosive market growth worldwide. Two of the startups resulted in acquisitions; one by Microsoft, the other by ASG. As Managing Director of Denary Corporate Development, Juan is responsible for providing Advisory, Growth Transaction and Liquidity Transaction services to technology, industrial and professional services companies. Juan holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, masters’ degrees in both Industrial Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Miami. He is multi-cultural; fluent in English and in Spanish.