The FBI Dallas Citizens Academy Alumni Association is a community-based and supported organization, distinct and independent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI Dallas Citizens Academy Alumni Association is composed of a cross-section of community leaders and is designed to inform, foster understanding and promote a safer society through a process of educating all elements of the community about law enforcement, with a particular emphasis on the mission, resources, and limitations of the FBI. Each member of the FBI Dallas Citizens Academy Alumni Association is a graduate of an FBI appointed and conducted FBI Citizens Academy curriculum with a focus on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, relevant federal law enforcement issues and future challenges. As FBI Ambassadors we connect with our communities and fellow citizens, bringing greater awareness through transparency, dialogue and community involvement, the work that the FBI and all Law Enforcement Agencies perform – Ensuring the Safety, Security and Freedom of all.
We typically meet on a quarterly basis with hosted guest speakers where we learn about a wide range of different law enforcement challenges and issues affecting the public such as cyber crime, human trafficking, forensics and violent crime to name a few. We also volunteer throughout the community in a variety of projects and programs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
President, Community Outreach - Craig Burrus (2018)
Vice President - Terry Lynne (2017)
Secretary - Peggy Shelley (2019)
Treasurer – Lori Dodson (2015)
Membership Coordinator – Scott Kim (2017)
Bylaw and Compliance - Alan Dorantes (2018)
Chapter Engagement - Open
Emergency Response - Yolanda Scott (2019)
Education - Open
Director - Bettye Heath (2018)
Director - Sherman Burns (2015)
Past President – Gina Moore (2012)
More About the Board
Craig Burrus, President, Community Outreach, Class of 2018
Craig spent the first 35 years of his career as a Department of Defense contract engineer. He led a highly specialized team of electronic and software engineers responsible for the design, fabrication, testing and maintenance of some of the most advanced interferometry systems in the world. His duties included the management of multi-million-dollar contracts, plus daily meetings with United States Air Force pilots and their crews to provide status update briefings on the aircraft reconnaissance systems he and his team were responsible for maintaining. Craig retired from Government contract work in early 2017, transitioning full-time into running the Private Investigations firm he launched in February of 2014. After fulfilling the requirements to sit for the Texas state licensing exam and subsequently receiving his company license, Craig worked nights and weekends to get his firm up and running until he was able to move forward with a permanent career change.
Terry Lynne, Vice President, Class of 2017
Terry Lynne is currently a Farmers Branch City Councilman and the owner of Time-Out Sports, Inc.
A native of Dallas, he attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with BBA in Business Management.
Terry’s vast business experience includes, selling pressure sensitive tapes and materials for Concote Corporation, a successful 25 year career selling radio adverting in Dallas for Bonneville International, ABC/Disney, Infinity Broadcasting, CBS Radio and Service Broadcasting. While in the radio industry, Terry founded Time-Out Sports, Inc., a sports marketing agency. He also went on to start Time-Out Media and Time-Out Events, a boutique advertising agency and an event production company. Both are still servicing clients today.
Terry currently serves on a number of boards such as:
- Metrocrest Hospital Authority, Board Member
- Thomas Jefferson High School Alumni Association, Board Member
- Farmers Branch Animal Shelter Advisory Board, Member
- Farmers Branch Senior Center Advisory Board, Council Liaison
- Serves on 3 Tax Increment Finance District Boards
- FBI Dallas Citizens Academy Alumni Association
In 2016, Terry was elected to the Farmers Branch City Council. He was reelected in 2019 to serve another term and plans to run for Mayor when his current term expires.
In addition to the FBI Citizens Academy, Terry is a graduate for the following academies:
- Farmers Branch Citizens Police Academy
- Farmers Branch Citizens Fire Academy
- Dallas County District Attorney Citizens Prosecutor Academy
- Texas Department of Public Safety (accepted)
Scott Kim, Membership Coordinator, Class of 2017
Alan Dorantes, Bylaw and Compliance, Class of 2018
Alan Dorantes formerly served as Chief of Staff/General Counsel for Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. In this role, Alan served as a critical partner to the CEO and the Executive Office. He worked closely with other Executive Team members in the execution of their strategic priorities. He played a critical connective role with both internal and external stakeholders helping to build strong relationships and ensure effective communication. Alan was also responsible for overseeing Feeding America’s legal affairs as well as board development and governance.
Prior to joining Feeding America, Alan served as an Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel of Human Resources at AT&T. In this role, Alan supported AT&T’s Chief Diversity Office and the corporate diversity and inclusion team. He also served as co-chair of the AT&T Legal Department’s Diversity and Inclusion committee and has served as a board member of the committee since its founding. Alan also was a member of AT&T’s Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Business Council. In these roles, he went above and beyond his everyday duties to foster diversity within the legal profession.
Yolanda Scott, Emergency Response, Class of 2019
Yolanda has more than 30 years of security experience; first with retail loss prevention, but the last 29 years she has been with corporate physical security at Texas Instruments. Yolanda has experience in Incident Command and has led many incidents around the world. She works with teams local and abroad to ensure the safety of all employees during the initial incident through business recovery of the sites impacted by the disaster. Yolanda is currently a security manager and is responsible for security operations at four sites in the North Texas area with a mix of internal security personnel supplemented by about 1400 contract security hours.
Yolanda holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science and Master of Arts in Communication from Dallas Baptist University. Yolanda held several BOD positions with ASIS International, to include North Texas Chapter Chair in 2018 & 2019; and is on the ASIS Women in Security Council as the Global Liaison Co-Chair. In her spare time, she loves to travel and volunteers with a local church focused on humanitarian efforts. Yolanda also volunteers with the American Red Cross and Dallas CERT.
Bettye Heath - Director, Class of 2018
Bettye Sims Heath is a graduate of the University of Texas in Arlington. She received her Masters Degree in 2016 from Southern Methodist University in the Liberal Studies Department with a concentration in Human Rights and Social Justice. She completed the program with a thesis on Holocaust Education in America. In 2016, she began the Doctoral of Liberal Studies program and graduated in 2021. It was through one of her professors at SMU that she became part of the Dallas FBI Citizens Academy - Class of 2018.
She grew up in Houston, Texas during a time of great racial tension. As a child, she clearly remembers the unease she felt at the mixed-messaging she observed and did not understand the intolerance of others that she witnessed. Those feelings followed her throughout her life. The DLS program at SMU gave her an outlet to put her feelings into action. As a Board member of the Dallas FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, she hopes to continue to work towards a better understanding of the importance of basic human rights for all within our society.
She wrote her dissertation on the role of scientific racism in the Jim Crow South and its continuing influence on American society. She is a Docent Educator at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum where she has the privilege to teach the history of the Holocaust and the importance of human rights both past and present. She believes it is vitally important to not only understand the history of prejudice but also the justifications of the perpetrators for such injustices. It is her goal to spread the message that there is no such thing as a lesser person to all those willing to listen.
Sherman Burns - Director, Class of 2015
Grew up in Mesquite, TX, graduated North Mesquite High School in 1972 (Second graduating class of the new high school). He attended Texas A&M Univ. Commerce (formally East Texas State Univ.) BBA (Bachelors Business Administration) August 1976. Served on ETSU Foundation Board from 1988 to 1996, and rejoined that board in April 2016, and currently serving on Executive Committee as a Vice Chair of Members At Large, formerly served as Vice Chair of Scholarship. First Gold Blazer Award recipient in 1984, at the time it was an Outstanding Young Alumni Honor. I recently spoke to the Economics and Finance Club.
He was in the Securities Industry for 35 years and retired from Green Street Advisors, Managing Director of Trading in 2011. His professional organization affiliations are Dallas Security Trades Association (Board member) and National Security Traders Association.
He volunteers at several organizations. Dallas Marathon (formally White Rock Marathon) served on the Running Committee for 7 years and was in charge of Charity Running Clubs and Charity Village during post-race activities. As a docent at the George W. Bush Library and Museum – Past Team Leader, and I have been at the library for over 9 years. Junior Achievement – taught classes in Richardson ISD, mostly at schools in the Lake Highlands area. Exchange Club of Lake Highlands – Two term member of Board of Directors, member for 11 years. World Affairs Council – High School and College speaker on business, investments and Wall Street. Serve on a Citizens Advisory Board for Texas State Representative Jason Villalba. Sheriff’s Posse of Franklin County – member from 2019 to 2021, active on several committees.
Gina Moore, Past President, Class of 2012
Gina is the Chief Financial Officer of Blackswan Cybersecurity, LLC, with over 20 years of professional experience in accounting, financial, operational, fraud and IT audits, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, project management, and process improvement. Gina has worked at industry leading audit service providers and was head of Internal Audit at a highly regulated and complex private healthcare performance improvement company. She began her career as an accountant at a large public retail company. Gina serves as an adviser to the board of the North Texas InfraGard Members Alliance and as the coordinator for the national InfraGard South Central Region. Gina is also a participant in many other organizations, including the Financial Executives International, the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Information Systems Audit & Control Association. Gina earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Andrew Brimberry, Technology Advisor, Class of 2004