Board of Directors
Dr. James Petrovich
TCU Department of Social Work
Immediate Past Chair
Kelly, Hart & Hallman
Devan Allen Public Affairs Consultant
Rabbi Andrew Bloom Congregation Ahavath Sholom
David Chicotsky Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s
Steve Christian Tarrant Regional Water District
Cara Kennemer Underwood Law
Selarstean Mitchell Fort Worth Housing Authority
Kristy Odom Business Consultant
Rev. Megan Peglar Brite Divinity School
Beth Rivers Community Volunteer
Charme Robarts First United Methodist Church
Shannon Thompson Finley Resources
Erin Verrett Vaquero Ventures
Bruce Frankel is a behavioral health professional who has merged systems psychology, biology and social science to explain and influence the complex forces that shape behavior.
He began his career in the 1970s, working in some of the nation’s first programs to focus on chronically homeless individuals with severe mental illness. Graduate studies and an appointment as lecturer in psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington brought Frankel to Texas in 1987. He joined the Fort Worth State School leadership team the same year and served in a variety of roles there until the state school closed in 1993.
Frankel transitioned management of the state school’s community-based programs to MHMR and went on to serve as an MHMR senior administrator for the next 13 years. He became Executive Director of the Day Resource Center for the Homeless, now the DRC, in 2004. In 2008, Frankel left the shelter for an assignment in California, returning to Texas and the city’s first day shelter and central resource facility in 2009.
In 2015, he led the agency through rebranding and repositioning. The Day Resource Center emerged as simply the DRC, a champion of Housing First strategies that are designed to achieve the ultimate solution to homelessness—housing—and meet people experiencing homelessness where they are, whether in or outside of the East Lancaster Avenue social services corridor, through outreach and colocation.
Director of Communications and Development
Liesl Manone is a 20-year veteran of nonprofit communications and fundraising in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, serving with such notable organizations as North Texas Public Broadcasting/KERA, Girl Scouts of Texas-Oklahoma Plains, and the Arlington Life Shelter. For three years, she served as director of the local nonprofit Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank. Manone is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and holds a bachelor of science in radio/television/film from the University of Texas.