Speaker Date Topic
Jonathan H Smith, LCSW Oct 29, 2020
Stability During Unstable Times
Stability During Unstable Times

JONATHAN H SMITH, LCSW 

Jonathan is a licensed clinical social work in the state of Texas and currently serves as the director of clinical services for Texas Health Resources’ Springwood behavioral health program.  He directs the programming and clinical quality for their acute inpatient units as well as 6 different outpatient satellite sites within the Springwood Behavioral Health Program.  Jonathan graduated with his masters degree in clinical social from Widner University in Chester, PA.  He has spent 21 years in the field of mental health and substance abuse and frequently provides specialized training for therapists as well the community in the areas of crisis management, depression/anxiety disorders.  His special areas of focus are working with individuals and their families to increase resiliency against daily adversities that often impact aspects of life at work and at home.  He has volunteered his time as a trainer for suicide prevention and intervention as well.  

Don Crowson, Fire Chief Nov 05, 2020
Arlington Texas Fire Department
Arlington Texas Fire Department

Chief Don Crowson has been with the Arlington Texas Fire Department since 1983. After promoting through the ranks, he was appointed to Fire Chief/Director of Emergency Management in 2010. As Chief he has led the city through numerous large-scale emergencies including a tornado that hit west Arlington in 2014. He’s directed Fire Department public safety operations for two World Series and a Super Bowl. Chief Crowson is a longtime proponent of public/private partnerships and applying common sense business principles to achieve cost effective government service solutions. During his tenure as Chief, the fire department has entered into multiple partnership agreements with various outside groups including a private ambulance provider, two major league sports franchises, a local hospital system, the Arlington independent school district, and a community college. Throughout his 37 - year career he has worked diligently to diversify the services the Arlington Fire Department provides to meet the changing needs and expectations of the community.


Besides leading the Fire Department, Chief Crowson is responsible for directing the City’s Emergency Management team, the 911 Dispatch center, and serves as Chair for the Tarrant County 911 District Board of Managers which provides 911 services to 2.5 million citizens. He is Arlington’s Point of Contact for the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Urban Area by overseeing Homeland Security grants for Arlington and North Texas region. Chief Crowson serves as the contract administrator of the City’s private ambulance provider and is responsible for the management of Arlington’s EMS System. In 2005 Chief Crowson helped establish the Fire Department’s Bomb Squad which has become the region’s largest and most sophisticated EOD unit in north Texas with 12 EOD canine teams actively working to protect our community in joint partnership with federal and state agencies. In 2009 Chief Crowson negotiated the City’s public/private public safety special event model with the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. It is the largest and most comprehensive public safety special event model in North Texas which includes the homeland security elements of (FIRE, EMS, Biological, Hazardous Materials, and EOD detection and response). Lastly, under Chief Crowson’s tenure the Arlington Fire Department has maintained CALEA accreditation for the 911 Dispatch Center, achieved EMAP accreditation for the Office of Emergency Management which made Arlington the sixth city in the country to achieve this level of professional excellence, and in 2017, the AFD became an ISO 1 rated Fire Department. In 2017, Chief Don Crowson was also honored in Washington, DC by the American Medical Association (AMA) as the recipient of the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Career Public Servant on the Local Level. Named for the creator of the AMA, the award recognizes federal, state, and local officials whose career service has contributed to the art and science of medicine and the improvement of public health. He is the first Fire Chief in the country to receive this honor.

Stephen Raeside, EVP of Development Nov 12, 2020
Tarrant Area Food Bank
Tarrant Area Food Bank

A ten-year veteran of TAFB, he leads the agency’s fundraising team. Philanthropic support of TAFB comes from a wide variety of foundations, corporations, events and generous individuals.

Dr. Jason E. Shelton, UTA, Assoc Prof of Sociology Nov 19, 2020
Center for African American Studies
Center for African American Studies

Dr. Jason E. Shelton is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for African American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests concern the sociology of religion, as well as the intersections of race, class, and attitudes about various political and social issues in contemporary America. Dr. Shelton’s articles have appeared in Social Science Quarterly, Du Bois Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of African American Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, and other respected publications. New York University Press published his first book, Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions, which won a major award sponsored by the Southern Conference on African American Studies and an “honorable mention” from the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Religion. He is currently working on his second book, which examines religious diversity among African Americans.

Dr. Shelton currently serves as Chair of the Arlington Unity Council, a major initiative sponsored by the Office of the Mayor that aims to “study equity strategies that the City could implement to promote and encourage greater equality, and report to the City Council on its findings and recommendations.” He has been interviewed by major media outlets for news stories relevant to his research such as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, National Public Radio (NPR), the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Christianity Today, Houston Chronicle, and network television affiliates in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He earned his PhD and MA degrees in Sociology at the University of Miami (FL), and BA in Sociology at Kent State University. From 2006-2008, Dr. Shelton served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at Rice University, where he worked on the first wave of the Portraits of American Life Study (PALS).

Happy Thanksgiving! Nov 26, 2020
NO Meeting
NO Meeting
Cindy Salter, Salter Bros. Coffee Roasters Dec 03, 2020
Specialty Coffee Roaster - Author - Attorney
Specialty Coffee Roaster - Author - Attorney

Cindy started her career as an attorney, later becoming a mother and event planner for arts and education. Her love of coffee began in childhood, with memories of her dad savoring coffee in Greek diners. He described it as, “The best coffee in the world!”

After getting married in 1994, Texas couple John and Cindy Salter started each day together over a cup of coffee. The husband & wife team founded Salter Bros. Coffee Roasters in 2018 to share their passion with others.