Making Connections, Inc.
(aka Making Cultural Connections)

Our Board of Directors are a multi-cultural professional team of world travelers, educators, cultural presenters, artists, military veterans, and family community advocates who believe in the importance of education, family support, and the undersanding that cultural diversity is a community's strength.


Board Members:

Dulce Isalguez Parker
Founder, President, &
Cultural Educator
USAF Veteran
Virginia -
Click Bio


Giraud Polite
Artist/Professor
Dean of Arts & Humanities
Dallas College, Dallas TX


Rosanne Bell
Retired Elementary School Bilingual Educator
Dallas, TX


Louella Pointer
Retired City of Dallas Housing & Community Services Case Worker,
Dallas, TX


Lesley Lanig
Epidemiology Specialist at Tarrant County Public Health, Ft. Worth, TX


Ashley Burn-Jacobs
Bilingual Teacher
US Army Veteran
Royce City, TX


Maria Elena Gaona
Director - Communications at Catholic Climate Covenant, Washington D.C.
Bilingual Journalist, Writer, News and Public Affairs


LaVonda Smith-Lessane
US Marine Corps HQ, Section Head, Organizational and Workforce Development
US Air Force
Veteran
Virginia



Community Advisory Members & Cultural Artist Presenters

Leo Hassan
African Drummer, Artist,
Dallas, TX

Musician & Cultural Presenter


Jacco Velarde Artist,
Andinas Music - Bolivia
Dallas, TX

Musician & Cultural Presenter


Tamara Antonetti
Community Volunteer, Dallas, TX

Cultural Presenter,


Divina Garcia
Bilingual Teacher Arlington, TX

Cultural Presenter


Luis S Rondon
JPMorgan Chase, Asst. VP Business Banking - Relationship Manager
Dallas, Texas


Marcia Vanderpool
Retired CPA
Richardson, Texas

Cultural Presenter



Nelsa Caseras – Reynoso

Retired US Army Veteran
Orlando, FL


Secretary- Treasurer

William D (Bill) Parker
Retired Human Resources Dir.
USAF Veteran -
Virginia



Board Meeting Photos 2018



Annual Board Meeting - Dallas, Texas -
­June 9, 2018
Elliott Smith, Bill Parker, Ashley Burn-Jacobs, Louella Pointer, Dr. Luisa Rondon, Dulce Parker, & Rosanne Bell

Thank You” to all our board and community members for their great support




Thank you to our past Board and Advisory Members for their support and devotion to Cultural Education

Alicia Alvarez, Gilberto Barrera, Dr. Luisa Rondon, Elliot Smith, Hugo Peart


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Members Presenting Cultural Programs in Dallas, TX


Divina Garcia – Caribbean Art Culture Program, Polk Wisdom Library


Lesley Lanig – Barbados Culture,
Oak Cliff Cultural Center,


Hugo Peart – La Cultura Cura, Youth Leadership. LG Pinkston HS


Ashley Burn-Jacobs – Belezian Culture


Tamara Antonetti -Caribbean Mask Making,
Latino Cultural Center


Leo Hassan- Afro-Caribbean Drumming

Updated 17sep2021