Staff

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Rev. Dr. George Mason, Founder and President

Dr. Mason is a Christian Theologian and Baptist Pastor in Dallas.  He is a nationally recognized leader among Baptists, serving the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, New Baptist Covenant, Duke Divinity School, along with other local and global ecumenical and interfaith endeavors. He is a frequent op-ed contributor to The Dallas Morning News on subjects of public interest that intersect religion, such as public education, race relations and predatory lending. He writes a monthly column on public theology for the Lakewood/East Dallas and Lake Highlands editions of the community news magazine The Advocate. His sermons have been the highest rated program on the Sunday morning worship line up on WRR radio in Dallas for many years.

George earned a bachelor of business administration degree in 1978 from the University of Miami (Florida), where he was a quarterback on the football team.  He also holds both the master of divinity (1982) and doctor of philosophy (1987) degrees.

 
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Rabbi Nancy Kasten, Chief Relationship Officer

Rabbi Nancy Kasten is a community educator, volunteer, and activist. Ordained by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1990, she served as Hillel Director, Associate Chaplain, and Adjunct Professor of Biblical Hebrew at SMU from 1990-2002. From 2002-2005 Kasten worked as Campus Rabbi and Head of Jewish Studies at the Wise Academy, a Reform Jewish Day School. In recent years her focus has been on the intersection between mindfulness and social justice. 

Rabbi Kasten is currently a co-chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square and also volunteers with a number of organizations that advocate for peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. She is married to Rabbi David Stern and they have three children.

 
 

Board

Faith Commons is grateful for a dedicated Board of Directors that helps with strategic visioning, support, and community engagement.

 
 
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James Perry

James Perry has been married to Lydia for over 24 years and is the proud father of two sons, ages 14 and 12. He has been a member of Wilshire Baptist Church for over ten years, where he is an ordained Deacon, Director of his Sunday School class, and a sponsor of the Youth Choir.  He has also served as Chairman of the Finance and Personnel Committees, as well as the Chairman of the Inclusion and Diversity Study Group, which led to the church's decision for full inclusion of the LGBTQ community in all aspects of the church's life. Jame is involved in Scouts BSA as an Adult Leader and serves on the Board at his sons' school.  Professionally, James recently transitioned from his nine-year role as CFO of Trinity Industries, Inc. to spend time with his family.  James' primary concerns are in the areas of educational and leadership development opportunities for youth as well as fairness in financial opportunities for the underprivileged.

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Steve Brookshire

Steve Brookshire is a principal and the chief operating officer of PegasusAblon, a Dallas-based commercial real estate development, investment, and management company.   Steve has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate.  Prior to joining PegasusAblon, he was the managing principal of Atlantic Financial Group (and its related companies), and closed over $7 billion of commercial real estate acquisitions and leases of office, industrial and retail properties across the country. Steve graduated magna cum laude with a BBA from Baylor University, and among other things, he has also previously served as a bank officer with Citibank, and as a CPA on the audit staff of Arthur Young.  Steve has a passion for social justice, and has served in leadership roles on the boards of several local and international non-profit organizations.  Steve is also actively engaged in various leadership roles within his church.  Steve is happily married, and has one adult son, who also lives in Dallas.

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Kenton Keller

Kenton is the President of Accelerence Executive Coaching, LLP. As a Professional Certified Coach, he facilitates leadership development and succession planning for top executives and star performers. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the MBA Program at Dallas Baptist University where he received a Ph.D. from the Gary Cook School of Leadership in 2017. From 2008 through 2011, Kenton served as the Chief Performance Officer for Buckner Children and Family Services. From 1979 through 2007 Kenton was a senior partner with Accenture, a global management consulting company. Born in Oklahoma, Kenton received his BA and MBA from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Mary, reside in Dallas, Texas, along with their three daughters and five grandchildren. They are active members of Wilshire Baptist Church and continue to be very active with mission endeavors, especially on behalf of vulnerable children and refugees.

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Amelia White

Amelia White is a Senior Officer of Donor Engagement at Communities Foundation of Texas, where she works closely with donors to facilitate their charitable giving.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and psychology from Sweet Briar College, and she studied abroad at the University of Westminster in the UK and the University of Seville in Spain.  Prior to joining CFT in 2015, she worked in government affairs in Washington, D.C.  Amelia volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with Dallas CASA, a board member of Faith Commons, and a host committee member for the State Fair of Texas.  She supports efforts that promote opportunity and justice for children, and that cultivate understanding and inclusion among individuals of diverse backgrounds of religion, ethnicity, gender and orientation.  She lives in East Dallas, enjoys the beauty of the natural world, and is a member of Wilshire Baptist Church.

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Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of HighGround Advisors, a nonprofit investment and charitable giving firm located in Dallas, Texas. Jeff joined the organization in 1990 and, over the course of his tenure, has served on the Trust Division staff as Trust Attorney, Vice President and Trust Counsel and Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining HighGround, Jeff served as Assistant District Attorney for the Collin County District Attorney’s Office and oversaw special programs for Baylor University. Jeff has more than 30 years of experience in cultivating donors for gift recognition, comprehensive tax consultation, legal expertise and in leading nonprofit organizations to success. Jeff is a graduate of Baylor University with BA and JD degrees. He is also a Board Member for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the Dallas Scottish Rite Library & Museum, Faith Commons and HighGround Trust Company. Jeff is an art enthusiast and is a member of Park Cities Baptist Church.