Gary Hancock has 30 plus years of experience in commercial real estate encompassing senior management, CFO, consulting, and brokerage roles. He was previously a CPA working in the banking industry. Gary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University.
Gary is a 13-year member of Lake Highlands United Methodist Church (LHUMC), where he has previously served as the Finance Committee Chair. He was also an initial member of the Healthy Church Initiative team, which was charged with transforming church culture, mission, and visions to increase discipleship building. In his free time Gary enjoys Texas Rangers baseball and reading.
Chairman, Nominating Committee
Connie Baird received her degree in education from Stephen F. Austin. She worked in the oil and gas industry as Human Resources and Administration Director for 20 years. Currently she works part-time at the Dallas Apparel Market as a room manager and salesperson. She has served on several boards and as a school and community volunteer for many years, including positions with the Lake Highlands Women’s League, Junior League, PTA (president and other), Healing Hands Ministries and LHUMC. Connie and her husband, Jim, have three grown children. She enjoy playing lots of tennis, volunteering, traveling and going to the lake.
Pastor Pamela Clark
Pastor Pamela Clark is Associate Pastor and Director of Community Ministries at LHUMC. She has been a member of LHUMC for 33 years and on staff for 20 years. Pastor Pamela enjoys her pastoral responsibilities of preaching, teaching and pastoral care. She also enjoys providing leadership for women through LHUMC's Women’s Ministry. As Director of Community Ministries, a ministry that seeks to establish worshiping communities of Christians in multi-housing locations in the LH area, Pamela trains, equips and sends out volunteers for leadership in worship and Bible study. She works with apartment managers and community residents in an effort to present God’s Word to those who cannot or will not attend a traditional church setting. Pamela is passionate about living out her call to ministry “inside” and “outside” the walls of the church building. She has a passion for reaching people for Jesus Christ and believes in the Great Commission, which calls each of us to “Go and make disciples of all nations...” Matthew 28:19-20.
Jackie Counts has a background in education, having graduated from SMU with a degree in elementary education. She taught several years in the Garland school district before taking off to raise a family. She also spent nine years working at Christian Childhood Development Center at LHUMC. Jackie is a 38-year member of LHUMC and has served on several boards and committees including ACT and trustees. She has been an active volunteer over the years in her children’s schools, the church, and the community. Jackie is currently a volunteer in the homework club at the New Room, the food distribution program at Feed Lake Highlands, Pamper Lake Highlands, the Alpha course, and as co-chair of the LHUMC garage sale.
Dave came to Texas from California after graduating from Santa Clara University with a degree in civil engineering. Dave’s career with Halff Associates has spanned 30-odd years of living and raising a family in Dallas (mostly in Lake Highlands). Dave is a long-time member of LHUMC and the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands. Leisure time is spent messing around the house and doing anything outdoors.
Susan Solomon holds a Master of Arts in Education from Texas A & M Commerce and a BA in Education from The University of Texas at Austin. She has taught elementary school in the Garland and Richardson Independent School Districts. She has served on many boards and as a school and community volunteer for over 30 years. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Eric lives in Lake Highlands with his wife and four kids. His desire to serve the materially poor started with traveling to Haiti on a mission trip and reading a book called The Hole in Our Gospel. He came back from that trip with a new awareness of the poverty in the world and within his own neighborhood, and a desire to do something about it. Eric is a member of Watermark Community Church and is very grateful for the opportunity to serve his neighborhood through Feed Lake Highlands. "We need to start looking at poverty within Lake Highlands as a problem to be solved, not removed.”
James is a long-time Lake Highlands resident with his wife and 3 sons. He is an architect with many years of experience in many different types (commercial, retail, senior living, multi-family, and even a little residential…when friends will let him). He a member at Watermark Community Church and loves to lead men in the study of God’s Word and how it applies to our daily lives. He is a Fightin’ Texas Aggie and loves to watch his team on Saturday’s in the fall…the best time of the year!
Topgolf Fundraising Tournament Chairman
Jim Baird is a 41-year resident of Lake Highlands, where he and his wife Connie have raised their three children. Jim has had continuous involvement in community activities over the years. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and attended graduate school at the University of Dallas. He worked in the aviation industry for 40+ years as an airline captain and instructor (Southwest Airlines/COPA Airlines/ Braniff Airways) and, in retirement, is serving as a flight /simulator instructor at Southwest. His community activities have included LH Young Life (committee), Rebuilding Together Dallas (golf tournament chair), Lake Highlands Soccer Association (commissioner), Exchange Club of LH, and multiple committee/chairmanships at LHUMC. Additionally he has served on the board of directors of the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) and the flight instructors' union (TWU 557). Jim enjoys golf, skiing and, seemingly, never- ending handyman projects.
Jill Goad grew up in Lake Highlands, attending White Rock Elementary, LHJH, and LHHS before marrying her high school sweetheart, Kerry. Together they have had the joy of watching their three children grow up in the same neighborhood they did, dance on the same drill team, play for the same baseball coach, marry wonderful spouses and then move east and west. Over 50 years ago her family joined LHUMC, and it has been her delight to serve on the church staff since November 2002.
Jill became aware of the diverse needs of the Lake Highlands community as the assistant director of a community worship ministry created by LHUMC. This ministry serves people living in the apartment communities of Lake Highlands. After recognizing the level of food scarcity in the community, she led the team that opened the food distribution center that became Feed Lake Highlands. Her vision to fight hunger and feed hope is the guiding force behind our work.