Leadership Council Mixer at Vetted Well

Thank you to everyone who came out August 9 to our Leadership Council Mixer at Vetted Well. Thanks to word of mouth from our Leadership Council members, we had a great turnout on the rooftop patio just south of Downtown Dallas. It was a beautiful night for a mixer, with a slight drizzle keeping us cool, as well as a faint rainbow on the horizon. Special thanks to our sponsor, Lorri Terkelsen, who helped make this event possible. We appreciate all of our friends, new and old, who made it out to Vetted Well, and we look forward to seeing you at another event soon!

Capital One School Supplies 2018

From the left: David Seals of Capital One; Edward Turner, CISDR Director of Community Engagement; Matt Fuhriman, Jennifer Quealy, and Antonio Hernandez, all of Capital One; and James Fisher, CISDR Director of Development.

Thank you once again to Capital One for donating school supplies to help CISDR students start the 2018-19 school year off on the right foot. This donation will bring smiles of joy to children who need a little help to prepare for school. We greatly appreciate our partnership with Capital One and thank them for making a difference in these kids’ lives.

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Come join us at the Beyond Bullying Conference on August 11. This is a half-day back-to-school conference for educators, parents and professionals that features an informative keynote speaker and breakout sessions discussing the latest trends in bullying prevention and related mental health issues.

  • Saturday, August 11: 8 am–12:30 pm
  • Woodcreek Church, 3400 E Renner Rd, Richardson, TX 75082
What’s Included:
  • Registration: $15
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • LPC and Social Work CEUs offered

Click here to register online.

On behalf of the students to be served by Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) this year, we extend a heartfelt thank you to our amazing Dallas area community. In our second year of partnership with DFW/NBC 5/Telemundo 39, Tom Thumb and Albertsons, you exceeded last year’s donations to over $500 thousand dollars towards school supplies!

A portion of the total will support CIS Dallas Region campuses, and over 6,000 children in Dallas, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Garland, Richardson, Plano, McKinney, Terrell, Midlothian and Greenville will be prepared for the first day of school. As many of our families struggle to make ends meet, this initiative not only invited our community to participate in their success, but also freed this organization to work on other resources such as ensuring teachers don’t spend more out of pocket for their classrooms, and that families have some place to turn when in crisis.


This summer we continued in our training of teachers, staff and our community in Mental Health First Aid. With the support of funding from the Rees Jones Foundation, the Hoglund Foundation, and other organizations, we provided the 8 hour certification to teachers from local school districts such as Dallas, Garland, Plano, Richardson, Royse City, Mansfield, and Waxahachie at a significantly reduced rate. Not only did they use their time off to learn how recognize a student in crisis, but they joined a larger community of caring and devoted individuals who don’t want to see any more news stories about kids in pain. CISDR will remain available to those 250+ teachers and counselors, post-training and keep them connected to each other.

A few updates to share with you for this upcoming school year:

  1. All CISDR campus staff are certified in Mental Health First Aid to recognize a child experiencing mental and behavioral distress. Our clinical team will expand to include prevention support, early warning assessment and crisis response to our schools and community. FYI: CISDR site staff’s professional experience include social workers, former teachers, and social service backgrounds. All staff are supervised and trained by a team of licensed clinicians. Learn more at cisdallas.org/ymhfa.
  2. CISDR will expand out Mental Health First Aid trainings to include adult signs and symptoms, reminding us to be aware of parents/guardians (of the children we serve) who may need help.
  3. By November 2018 all CISDR campus staff will be trained in First Aid/CPR/AED to be an additional resource in our community. We will offer trainings to school faculty and staff as well.
  4. We are expanding our Young Men of Honor groups which focus on character development, personal responsibility and crisis self-management to young men ages 10-17. YMOH helps our boys from every community and every walk of life talk, vent and learn better ways to cope with stress.


With your continued support and participation, we move forward into the 2018-19 school year with a simple purpose: to be servant leaders to the children who need us most. CISDR appreciates this community and invites you to join us in fostering healthy, resilient, and brilliant children.

Have a great rest of your summer!

KXAS NBC 5 and KXTX Telemundo 39, in partnership with Tom Thumb and Albertson’s supermarkets, are kicking off the “Supporting Our Schools” initiative today! With just a $10 donation, you can make a difference and donate a bag of school supplies to a CIS student at any Tom Thumb or Albertson’s store in the Dallas / Fort Worth metro area from July 1-28. #SupportingOurSchools.

G. Brint RyanCommunities In Schools of the Dallas Region, Inc. (CISDR) is pleased to announce that G. Brint Ryan has joined our Board of Directors. Mr. Ryan is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Ryan LLC, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, and the largest firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multi-jurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is a five-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multi-disciplinary team of more than 2,300 professionals and associates serves over 14,000 clients in more than 45 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies.

Mr. Ryan won the Employees’ Choice Award recognizing the Highest Rated CEOs for 2017 by Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing job sites. He ranked number 44 out of the 100 chief executives, making him the highest ranked CEO in Dallas-Fort Worth and the second highest rated CEO in the entire state of Texas. As a sought-after leader on tax issues, Mr. Ryan is designated among the Top 25 Most Powerful People in the State of Texas by Texas Monthly magazine, and was named to Irish America magazine’s 2013 Business 100, honoring the best and brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders in the world. In addition, Mr. Ryan has held numerous high-level government appointments that rely on his business and tax acumen to make critical recommendations on matters pertaining to tax policy in the state of Texas. In 2015 he was reappointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve a second six-year term as Regent of the University of North Texas (UNT) System Board of Regents, which he has chaired since 2013.

He also founded and chairs The Ryan Foundation, a non-profit that has donated millions of dollars and countless hours of community development to charities in 58 cities where Ryan has offices.

Brint Ryan is also the owner of Hotel Settles in Big Spring, Texas, one of the most historically significant structures in West Texas. A native of West Texas, he also has oil, gas and agribusiness interests in Howard County, Texas. He resides in Dallas with his wife Amanda and their five daughters.

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Sandy with StudentsSandy’s ScholarTrips was founded in 2015 in honor of retired CISDR President & CEO, Sandy Chavarria, with the program starting in 2016. This project provides a summer trip experience for CISDR students — expanding their horizons above and beyond the classroom. This year, for the third summer in a row, CISDR staff planned three respective trips for elementary, middle and high school students who might not otherwise see the world beyond their own neighborhoods.

“This experience made me get rid of my fear of heights by getting on an airplane for the first time. I learned that there are so many differences between Texas and Washington D.C., like most of the people use the Metro or walk to get around, and the environment is a lot cleaner.”
— Arlyn A., 10th grade
“The trip was fun. I got to meet new people from other schools at the National 4H Conference Center and see various places.”
— Leslie C., 11th grade
“I had a lot of fun and I made new friends who I talk to a lot now after the trip. It was fun to see all the museums and all the walking trips we had. It was just amazing, and I’ll never forget it.”
— Viviana T., 11th grade

2018 ScholarTrips

Elementary School Dallas Day Trips
Middle School NASA Trip
High School Washington, DC Trip

Get Involved

If you would like to donate to help send a student on a this year’s trip, please contact us at connectcis@cisdallas.org or feel free to mail to CISDR SSTrips, 1341 W Mockingbird Ln, Ste 1000E, Dallas, TX 75247.

Our community has witnessed a 20% increase in self harm and violent behaviors in our children between the ages of 10 and 19. To combat this, CISDR will provide training to help our community identify risk indicators, connect to resources, and save a young person’s life.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is the evidence-based intervention training designed to help adults identify, react to and support a child (age 10-18) experiencing a mental health or addiction issues or is in active crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan on how to intervene. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, disorders inclusive of psychosis indicators, disruptive behavior disorders, and eating disorders.

This is an 8 hour certificate course, covered in two 4 hour sessions.

  • Dr. Judith Allen
  • $40 – training material, manual
  • 1341 W Mockingbird Ln, Ste 125E, Dallas, TX 75247
  • July 17 (1 pm – 5 pm) & 18 (8 am – 12 noon)
  • July 25 (1 pm – 5 pm) & 26 (8 am – 12 noon)

Registration (page 1 of 2)

Please use the form below to register. CISDR Staff, please contact us at connectcis@cisdallas.org.


“Thanks so much for sharing your expertise and time with us. It was a rewarding two days of training. I’ve already been sharing information about what we learned with others. Thanks again.”
–P.W., McKinney

“It’s great and uncomfortable at the same time.”

“Surprised by scope and content, with real world applications that make sense.”
–Anonymous, Plano

“This course was very helpful in being able to deal with my child, who has a behavioral diagnosis, wish I’d had this sooner.”
–S.B., Dallas

“Excellent pace, many opportunities to personalize to us and our school district.”

“The information is presented in such a way that anyone can understand and act. Very engaging, not just sitting around taking notes!”
–L.V., Garland

“Thanks so much for offering this training, I think I am now better equipped to serve the students at my campus. I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to not only hear about the strategies but process through skills learned.”
–Megan H.

“I found the training very helpful and useful for the line of work that we do on daily basis. Definitely looking forward to more trainings. Thank you again for this opportunity.”
–Rebecca W.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the CISDR Benefit at Snooze, an AM Eatery in Addison on Sunday, June 3, 2018. We were absolutely amazed by the outpouring of support from our board members, staff and all our supporters old and new. Special thanks to all the hardworking staff at Snooze! We greatly appreciate everything you’ve done for the students we serve.

We’re so excited to invite you to join us for breakfast Sunday, June 3rd at our new community partner location, Snooze (an AM Eatery)!

The new Snooze location in Addison is helping us get the word out about the Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) mission, while thanking supporters like you! How, you ask?

Snooze will be offering free breakfast to CISDR supporters on Sunday, June 3rd from 8am-1pm at their new restaurant at 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 824, Addison, Texas 75254.

This celebration of YOU is a chance for Snooze to meet their new community and at the same time support CISDR, before their official grand opening Wednesday, June 6th. They’re happy to take care of your breakfast and any non-alcoholic beverages. CISDR staff will be on hand to tell you more about our work this year, share stories and meet you in person!

Contributions are welcome and go directly to CISDR, supporting the kids of our area who need it most!

This is a special invitation and RSVP only, so see below to make your reservation and we can’t wait to see you!

Go to snoozeeatery.com/Addison-Opening to make a reservation. The site is password protected; enter SNOOZEADDISON2018 to access. This is an RSVP only soft opening, so please be sure to make reservations for June 3rd as soon as possible to ensure your place at the table! (Reservations for parties of 6 or less.) If you have any questions, please email us at connectcis@cisdallas.org. Can’t wait to see you there!