• Advisory Board

    Burton Gilliam

    Burton “Bubba” Gilliam is a well-recognized and beloved character actor, especially known for roles in Blazing Saddles (1974), Back to the Future Part III (1990), and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). Mr. Gilliam was born on August 9, 1938 in Dallas, Texas, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (1956), and he still resides in the DFW area. He is married to Susan, and he has two children and four grandchildren. His granddaughter, Hollie Vise, is a world champion gymnast.

     

    Prior to acting, Mr. Gilliam was in the Coast Guard and was a member of the service’s boxing team. Upon completing his Coast Guard enlistment, Mr. Gilliam followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Dallas Fire Department. He remained in the boxing world for decades, working as a referee in California. While a fireman, Mr. Gilliam appeared in the role of "Floyd", the desk clerk in the film Paper Moon. This began his acting career.

     

    Burton has over 30 film credits and a long list of television roles, guest appearances, video game voice roles, and advertising/commercial credits. He is an avid golfer and active in non-profit endeavors, generously giving his time and efforts to several organizations. Care & Mercy Foundation is delighted that Mr. Gilliam serves as an advisory director and as MC of its annual Gala.

     

     

    Cole Halliburton

    Cole Halliburton is a long time resident of Dallas and Plano. Cole graduated from Texas A&M University in 1976 with a degree in accounting. Cole then attended SMU Dedman School of Law, graduating in 1980.

     

    Cole practiced public accounting in Dallas as a Certified Public Accountant and practiced tax, estate planning and oil & gas law in Dallas for a number of years after completing his education.

     

    Now retired from full time law practice, Cole spends his time organizing and developing oil and gas exploration projects in West Texas.

    In addition, Cole is President of a successful oil operating company that operates and manages numerous oil and gas wells for his venture partners.

     

    Cole is no stranger to charitable work. He served on the Board of Directors of the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas for six years. During his tenure on such Board, he served in various capacities, including the president thereof. During his tenure with the SCC, Cole assisted with fund-raising of all types including organizing three charitable golf tournaments with the referees of the National Football League.

     

    Sally L. Graff

    Growing up on the Family farm in small-town Iowa, Sally Graff has always volunteered, organized and taken part in community and social events. With a heritage steeped in agriculture, her school days were active in 4-H and other animal welfare organizations. During her years at Verizon and Pepsi Bottlers she volunteered with Special Olympics, Hospice and hospital auxiliary. Recently Sally has been involved with Miracle League and Conley Group Foundation.

     

    Sally’s nephew Justin, was born with Prader Willi Syndrome; a rare, genetic disorder in which seven genes on chromosome 15 are deleted. Sally is passionate about helping God’s Special Children. “I am a better person because of Justin”, she said.

     

    Sally loves photography, the Texas Rangers and has extensive experience in corporate event planning. In her spare time, she and Dudley (her Certified Therapy Dog) visit hospitals and assisted living communities spreading faith, love happiness, and laughter.

     

    Rachel Scott

    Rachel Scott is Assistant to the Board of Directors for ExxonMobil Corporation, headquartered in Irving, Texas. Her responsibilities comprise of administrative support to the Corporate Board as well as assistance to retired Directors and Chairmen of the Corporation. Prior to her career with ExxonMobil she was with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Good Shepherd Medical Center of Longview, Texas.

     

    Miss Scott received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship with a minor in Psychology from the University of North Texas in 2007. She is a member of Parkway Hills Baptist Church of Plano, Texas. Her passions are volunteering and community engagement, travel (Ask her about the time she lived in a tent for a year while backpacking thru New Zealand!), coral reef conservation, developing innovative solutions, and chiefly - all things technology. Her personal heroes include the Honorable Rex W. Tillerson, Elon Musk and Thomas Edison.

     

    Rachel is a long-time philanthropic advocate with a heart for children's institutions. Her past and current charitable involvement includes the March of Dimes, Vogel Alcove services for homeless children of Dallas County, Crystal Charity Ball's Pediatric Emergency Services Network, Habitat for Humanity (San Marcos), and the ExxonMobil initiative "Introduce a Girl to Engineering".

     

    Sean Conley

    A longtime resident of Plano, Sean Conley has been many things over the years, from business owner to IT Contractor and valued employee. His drive and willingness to do for others has led him to volunteer his time to service of his fellow veterans.

     

    Sean served as a combat infantry soldier with the 7th Infantry Division. 10 years ago, Sean re-invested a large portion of his time into performing music, and as providence would have it, became involved with a military charity, via the introduction of other musicians. This led to other service opportunities, and has allowed Sean to expand on his giving and care for others.

     

    Sean is the proud father of three, and grandfather of 2, and a very lucky husband to what he calls “the pretty redheaded girl”.

    John W. Eix

    John W. Eix is head of regional business development in Texas for AmLaw Global 100 law firm Hunton & Williams LLP. He has extensive experience in marketing, business development, strategic planning, communications, media relations, public relations, corporate image development and fund-raising.

     

    John has more than 30 years of professional experience and expertise, including careers in broadcast news, non-for-profit and professional services. He also serves as a founding director and in a leadership volunteer capacity with nonPareil Institute on SMU's Plano Campus. nonPareil allows adults on the autism spectrum to flex their tech muscles and train in writing code, programming software and building digital games. John has two sons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

    Gordon Blocker

    Gordon Blocker is a fifth-generation Texan, born on Galveston Island. His firm, Blocker Publishing & Media, provides on-demand publishing, website design and marketing services in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and the UK.

     

    His professional career as a filmmaker spans over 48 years for clients that include American Airlines, EDS, Moody Foundation, Merck Pharmaceutical, BOC Healthcare, United Way, The Woodlands, KHOU-TV (CBS), Hyatt Regency, MIT, PBS, The Meadows Foundation, Coca-Cola, John Denver, Dallas Convention Bureau, ZZ Top, Macromedia, The Institute of Endocrinology and Preventive Medicine, Northrup Grumman and SAIC.

     

    Blocker is known as an award-winning creator of compelling and relevant content that engages the mind, reaches the heart and touches the soul of an audience.

     

    Dylan Rafaty

    Dylan Rafaty is an author, self-advocate, and founder of DylanListed® LLC. Due to his personal experience as a hearing-impaired student in Special Education, Dylan acquired a special understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of youth in Special Education and the transition to the world after high school. During his time working at Life Time Fitness in Plano, he found his joy and special skills in helping to make departments more cohesive in order to better serve the members. This natural extrovert self-published a book/memoir and then started a company that is rooted in the core belief that the total life experience of students of Special Education-turned differently-abled adults, matters, and especially their participation in the American workplace.

     

    At DylanListed, Dylan’s has a number of roles. Dylan donates his time and passion to several non-profit partners that serve and advocate for individuals with disabilities and is a frequent public speaker before educators, students and adults with disabilities and businesses across the country. Dylan also meets with every stakeholder (businesses, nonprofits, service providers, local/state governments, etc.) beginning in his home area, the North Texas area, to address the concerning needs for people with disabilities. Dylan recently took on voluntary roles serving as Chairman for the Social Responsibility Committee at IAICDV, Plano ISD Special Education Advisory Board Committee and on the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.

     

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