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 – H.Suzanne Kelley (Class of 2017)
Vice President - Terry Lynne (2017)
Secretary - Peggy Shelley (2019)
Treasurer – Terri Hornberger (2015)
Membership Coordinator – Michael Gallops (2013)
Community Outreach - Craig Burrus (2018)
Bylaw and Compliance - Alan Dorantes (2018)
Chapter Engagement - Annette French (2019)
Emergency Response - Yolanda Scott (2019)
Education - Sammy Yang (2019)
Past President – Gina Moore (2012)
More About the Board
H.Suzanne Kelley, President, Class of 2017
H.Suzanne has been a special education teacher for over 19 years from academics to social emotional learning. She enjoyed a business career in marketing, public relations, and commercial real estate prior to teaching. Suzanne earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is an ardent supporter of law enforcement and first responders. Suzanne has been involved with Texas DPS Region 1 as Ms. Claus for Jonathan’s Place, Dallas County DA’s Community Advisory Board, North Texas Crime Prevention, Texas CPAAA, National CPAAA and Arlington CERT. Her volunteering ranges from Boy Scouts as a Merit Badge Counselor to Rotary International to Women of Rotary. Her passion to serve is evident as she represents the Dallas Chapter on the FBI National Chapter Engagement Team and as the 2019 recipient of the FBI National Humanitarian Award.
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)
Peggy Shelley, Secretary, Class of 2019
Peggy’s career spans more than 35 years working in law enforcement, public safety, emergency communications and 9-1-1. During that time, she successfully petitioned the State of Texas for an Administrative Rule change concerning 9-1-1 service funding that benefitted agencies across the state. She was there from the beginning for the roll out of landline and wireless 9-1-1 service across much of Texas and uses that experience now in her current position. For the last 5 plus years Peggy has worked as a Subpoena Compliance Specialist in the legal department of T-Mobile assisting local, state, and federal agencies across the country on matters pertaining to wireless communication records. Her law enforcement experience proves especially beneficial in understanding agency needs and providing support and guidance in wireless communications for their investigations. Peggy earned her education through Brookhaven College and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. She holds both peace officer and advanced telecommunicator licenses, as well as FEMA’s Incident Command System certification. Her children have followed with careers in law enforcement, fire fighting and emergency medicine. When not working Peggy enjoys time with her grandchildren and attending their sporting events. She is a fan of all things related to Siberian Huskies and shares her home with two.
Terri Hornberger, Treasurer, Class of 2015
Michael Gallops, Membership Coordinator, Class of 2013
Craig Burrus, 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.
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.
Annette French, Chapter Engagement, Class of 2019
A 2019 FBI Dallas Citizen Academy is employed with the Department of Justice. She has served in the United States Navy for 4 years as an Intelligence Specialist. Originally from Kansas City, she earned a graduate degree in Public Affairs- Government Relations/Affairs from Park University. She is a certified Project Manager from the Project Management Institute. She has served on the Planning & Zoning Commission for the City of Irving for 6 years, and the Housing and Human Service Board, as well as currently a commissioner on the Irving Archives Museum. She is a graduate of the Dallas County Prosecutor Academy, 2012.
She enjoys volunteering, networking, and socializing, in the community! She is happily married and very proud of the 2020 Super Bowl Champions the Kansas City Chiefs!
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.
Sammy Yang, Education, Class of 2019
Sammy has been with AT&T since 1998, where he has worked for several departments, including revenue management, information technology, and human resources.
In 2010, Sammy was elected as one of the Asian ERG national officers of the company. Sammy is also one of the AT&T Aspire Mentoring Program Event Leaders; investing in the younger generation is one of his highest priorities.
Sammy started volunteering with Junior Achievement of Dallas in 2003. He is also a coach/judge of DECA at the State level. He became a scholarship committee member of Great Dallas Boys and Girls Club in 2014. He also served on the Richardson YMCA Board in 2014-2016.
Sammy’s hobby is to serve the community; he has received the President’s Volunteer Award since 2011, earning one gold medal, eight silver medals, and one bronze medal. Sammy served as president of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (USA/DFW Chapter) in 2012, and he currently serves as the president of DFW Asian-American Citizens Council. In January 2021，Sammy has started the 3-year term of Collin County Planning Board appointed by Commissioner Duncan Webb.
Sammy holds an MBA from the University of Dallas. He has been married to his wife, Mary, for 39 years. Their daughter and son both work for the corporations in Dallas.
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.
Hyattye 0. Simmons, Board Advisor, Legal Counsel, Class of 2014
Mr. Hyattye 0. Simmons has over three decades of legal experience: he is former General Counsel for the Texas Secretary of State and Dallas Area Rapid Transit. In January 2019, Mr. Simmons began serving as the Presiding Judge of Municipal Court for the City of Combine, Texas and as Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Seagoville, Texas (both are Texas cities located approximately 20 miles southeast of Dallas, Texas.). Mr. Simmons’ Pro Bono work includes serving as our General Counsel and two other non-profit corporations He also serves as a Adjunct Professor of Law for UNT Dallas College of Law. Mr. Simmons has received numerous professional honors. He was the 2009 recipient of the Magna Stella Award for excellence in leadership and management for a non-profit or government agency from the Texas General Counsel Forum, a legal association of over 600 general counsels and senior managing counsel. Mr. Simmons is a 1984 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Science in Government from Lamar University, where he completed a 4-year program in 2 1/2 years with High Honors. In 2017 he received the Lamar University Distinguished Alumnus Award.