D Academy Announces 2014-2015 Fellows

These 24 fellows will not only learn more about the city, but will also implement Big D Reads 2015.

You may not know this, but D Magazine Partners has a leadership group called D Academy. It’s a nine-month immersion program that takes its participants through a series of crash courses on a variety of topics, including healthcare, the arts, education, criminal justice, the environment, poverty, infrastructure, philanthropy, and the city’s brand. Some of Dallas’ most influential speakers generously give of their time to talk about these topics with our fellows while Robin Pou provides leadership training.
The class also spearheads the Big D Reads program, a city-wide reading experience. The goal is to get Dallas involved in the ultimate book club through lectures, book discussions, street festivals, movie screenings, and performing arts events, with a special focus on Dallas ISD ninth graders.

D Academy is a lot of work. But it’s also a lot of fun. Therefore, we had many applications. The selection committee spent many hours arguing over the applicants and finally narrowed the field down to 24. They are:

Ana Matijevic, Architectural Designer, SmithGroupJJR
Ashley Mulder, Audience Development Manager, D Magazine
Brooke Traister, Vice President, Tucker & Associates
Cristy Ecton, Outreach Manager, Children’s Medical Center
Gray Garmon, Architectural Designer, Array Architects
Hamilton Hedrick, Art Director, DCEO
Hilary Lau, Assistant Editor, DCEO
Jaime Clintsman, Marketing and Events Coordinator, Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Jason Brown, Associate, KW Net Lease Advisors
John Gay, Digital Imaging Specialist, D Magazine
Jonathan Ball, Managing Editor, D Custom
Julianna Bradley, Director of Regional Leadership Development, Leadership for Educational Equity
Kate Crouse, Brand Manager, D Magazine
Kimberly O’Neil, Founder, The Giving Blueprint
Lacey Tomanek, Senior Managing Director, Partnerships and Human Capital, Teach for America
Lauren Delozier, Research Editor, D Magazine
Lydia Varela, Owner, Renew Not Retail
Maryam Baig, Development Associate, Undermain Theatre
Matt Goodman, Senior Editor, DCEO
Renee Blostein, Interactive Designer, D Magazine
Sara Ortega, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, Uplift Education
Sean Clancy, Bowler’s Ed Brand Manager, Bowling Foundation Coordinator, US Bowling Congress
Shameel Thawerbhoy, Co-Founder, Apollo Tutors
Will Groves, Vice President, Private Client Manager, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Congratulations to the new members of D Academy, and congratulations to the companies they represent. Together, we’ll make Dallas an even better place to live.