Leadership Council

The CISDR Leadership Council is a group of energetic, focused and highly motivated young adults who are interested in giving back to their community and helping students throughout the Dallas region. The Leadership Council supports the overall mission of CISDR through a variety of activities and engagements, acting as ambassadors, sharing their experiences, and engaging other community members with the overall goal of becoming the next generation of community leaders and philanthropists.

Action Items

The Leadership Council has identified these action items as their agenda for board members:

  • Support CISDR’s critical work in the community for students and their families
  • Actively engage other young people to support CISDR fundraising and advocacy
  • Participate in important community service while gaining a sense of philanthropy
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Learn more about the vital work of CISDR
  • Gain a high quality volunteer experience

The ultimate goal is to prepare themselves for the opportunity to serve on the CISDR Board of Directors, using their experience as young professionals learn from established community leaders and share their experiences to help future generations.

For more information, please contact us at cisdev@cisdallas.org.

Leadership Council Members


Melanie Calzada, President
Cognizant Consulting

Floyd Ferjuste, Treasurer

Elgrie Hurd III, Secretary
Brookhaven College

At Large Members

Rowan Abusad

Krystal Brown
State Farm

Candi Green
City of Dallas

Michelle Haley
Dallas ISD

Eritrea Mussa
Dallas ISD

Kristin Rattler
FedEx Services

Matthew Sipes
Plano ISD

Victoria Tsalikis
Dallas ISD Police Dept.