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 -
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Rosanne Bell
Retired Elementary School Bilingual Educator
Dallas, TX

Giraud Polite
Dean of Arts & Humanities
Dallas College, 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

Community Advisory Members & Cultural Artist Presenters

Leo Hassan
African Drummer, Artist,
Dallas, TX

Musician & Cultural Presenter

Tamara Antonetti
Community Volunteer, Dallas, TX
Cultural Presenter,

Jacco Velarde Artist,
Andinas Music - Bolivia
Dallas, TX

Musician & 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 Caceras – Reynoso

Retired US Army Veteran
Orlando, FL

Secretary- Treasurer

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

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


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