As a leader in global industry, Mr. McElroy has earned a reputation for delivering excellence in the commercial, corporate, military and industrial product sectors as President and CEO for the last 20+ years. He has led everything from large publicly-traded corporations based in Europe and the US having $Billion+ P/L with an employee base in the thousands to small privately held company conglomerates. He has grown long-term sustainable value in businesses through an intense customer and employee focus, core business growth, and targeted acquisitions. He is regarded in manufacturing and service industries as an astute executive with the ability to streamline processes and deliver exceptional operating and financial results through his visionary leadership.
He has served on numerous professional and non-profit organizations in various officer positions including Chairman. He served 6 years as Chairman of the Board at the Frontiers of Flight Museum (Smithsonian Affiliate). He presently serves on the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Board of Visitors, is former Vice-Chairman of the Dallas Chapter of the American Red Cross, Executive Advisor to the CEO of the American Red Cross North Texas Region, and is Chairman Emeritus of the Millville Army Airfield Museum.
He is a graduate of Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT with a Bachelor's Degree. Mr. McElroy continued post-graduate studies and received further education in business management, engineering and process improvement at the Bridgeport Engineering Institute, Yale University, Duke University and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Greg is an IMA certified managerial accountant (CMA) with a BS in Accounting from Wayne State University and an MBA from Regis University, Denver Colorado.
He is a former Managing Director of Capital CFO Partners, a strategic financial accounting firm. He was CFO for CExchange, in the consumer electronics sector. He was CFO for Internash Global Services, a testing and service provider for computer OEMs. Greg also has been review board member for the Texas Farmers Insurance company since 2011.
Maria is a dynamic nonprofit executive who has dedicated her career to growing and developing programs for nonprofit organizations. Over her 20-year career in development, Maria has built and refined a signature results-oriented strategy that delivers nonprofit organizations top-tier revenue with dramatically increased visibility.
Whether she’s designing and directing fundraising efforts or implementing targeted-marketing awareness campaigns, Maria’s professional pursuits always intersect with her passion to improve the world through unique approaches that serve as touchstones for the community. Her ability to increase philanthropic support and build brand awareness for nonprofit organizations continues to make a positive impact on the North Texas community. Under Maria’s direction, nonprofits have expanded their programming, they have seen an increase in the number of people they can serve, and they have transformed more lives than ever before.
Through fundraising events in Dallas, Maria has produced a children’s opera, developed a storytelling series, curated special exhibits, and honored humanitarians who have shed light on the issues our community cares most about. A gifted writer, Maria has authored hundreds of grant proposals and ghost-written for a variety of authors and audiences—all for the purpose of enriching the world we share.
Maria earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. For her Master’s thesis, Maria studied the needs of underserved women in New Jersey as well as new, innovative strategies designed to meet those needs. Her research efforts led to a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies and resulted in a Distinguished Paper designation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Maria is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Dallas Council of Charitable Gift Planners. A resident of North Texas since 2006, Maria and her family live in Frisco.
Cindy has over 18 years of experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation and service of people who are blind. She has served as Director of American Foundation for the Blind in Dallas, a former member of the AFB Board of Trustees for six years, worked at Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, as director of Contract Services, she was a fellow at the National Industries for the Blind and worked in vocational rehabilitation, counseling and employment assistance for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services-Blind Division.
After graduating from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with her Master’s in Business Administration she completed National Industries for the Blind’s Fellowship for Leadership Development and Business Management Training from 2005-2006 serving at the Blind Center of Nevada, the National Industries for the Blind and the South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind.
Blake Lindsay, blind since infancy, offers a unique perspective on Dallas Lighthouse communications. He is responsible for representing the Dallas Lighthouse at community outreach events as well as giving a voice to advocacy issues that affect the blind community.
Lindsay is an experienced voice talent in the local radio market and has authored two books: “Out of Sight Living: A Sightless Person with Perfect Vision,” and “Blind for a Purpose: Turning Life Challenges into Purpose in Life.” Prior to joining the Lighthouse, he worked with Zig Ziglar, DART, and Bank of America. Lindsay attended Brookhaven Community College and received a Certificate from National Industries for the Blind (NIB) as a National Advocate for Leadership and Employment.