Spotlight: David Roca, Irving ISD Alumn and 2022 ISF Scholarship Recipient

Spotlight: David Roca, Irving ISD Alumn and 2022 ISF Scholarship Recipient

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From Los Angeles, California, Nimitz High School alum, David Roca-Orellana, has begun his journey to success and has inspired his community along the way. Keep reading to learn more about the challenges and accomplishments experienced by one of our 2022 scholarship recipients, David.
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David Roca and Mary A. Richarte, ISF Board Member and founder of the Mary A. Richarte & J. Adrian Richarte-Alvarez Scholarship, at the 35th Annual Breakfast with the Stars.
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From Los Angeles, California, David Roca-Orellana moved to Irving when he was a fourth grader. Surrounded by new classmates and teachers, David worked his way through John Haley Elementary for the fourth grade, Otis Brown Elementary for fifth grade, Lamar Middle School, and finally Nimitz High School. 

He describes his life outside of school to be very active, saying “I really just play volleyball and recently learned to detail cars with my dad.” Spending time with his family has made him the young man so many look up to today. He emphasizes that his greatest inspirations are his parents, who worked incredibly hard to support his well being. 

David narrates the beginning of his infancy: “When I was a little baby, we didn’t even have a house or apartment to ourselves. We lived in my grandma’s laundry room and my parents worked long shifts everyday to get us to where we are now to owning our own house.” 

His initial reaction to earning the Mary A. Richarte and J. Adrian Richarte-Alvarez Scholarship was of complete disbelief and shock because he had had no previous luck on prior scholarship applications. His Irving Schools Foundation scholarship was his first “yes”! This was when David realized that all of his hard work had paid off. 

You may recognize David after his genuinely striking and memorable speech at Breakfast with the Stars, where he revealed that: “Since I was little, I didn’t know what I wanted to be… Everyone up here says president, lawyer, third in their class, but I am nowhere near that.”

“My experience at Breakfast with the Stars was truly remarkable. From the beginning, I was super nervous. I had signed up to give a speech, but I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to say, so I decided I was just going to speak from the heart.”

And that is exactly what he did.

“The food and conversations were amazing; I enjoyed the opportunity to meet my scholarship donor and I am truly grateful to her for blessing me with this opportunity. As names started to be called, with each one that went by, I knew my turn was getting closer and closer.”

When his name was called, David touched the hearts of many with these words: “Mrs. Hill has been there with me since the beginning… I didn’t even know if I wanted to go to college, but now I know I’m taking Mrs. Hill’s job one day.”

He wanted to thank his parents and Mrs. Iris Hill, his AVID teacher at Nimitz High School, who have played a key role in motivating David to be the best he can be. 

She says, “I think one of the greatest assets that David has always had is his parents and the support from his parents. David has always been hardworking, and extremely friendly which is what makes him, David.”

After David was done with his speech on stage, an emotional audience of tears and smiles clapped for his success in joy! “After I gave my speech, everyone started congratulating me and shaking my hand. I didn’t even notice that almost everyone in the room was crying until my friend, Xavier, came up to me and goes ‘bro, you made everyone cry.’” 

Sharing their support and kindness, people greeted David throughout the event and made it a memorable experience for him.

During his speech, David revealed his aspirations to become an AVID teacher one day and follow in the footsteps of Mrs. Hill. AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination and is a college readiness program that equips students with the rigor and challenges of college classes. The mission of the program is to “close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.” With dreams to climb the ladder of AVID as far as he can, we know David will continue to inspire lives. When asked what he’d say to his middle school self, David said he’d motivate himself to work harder in school no matter the difficulties, because it gets better with time. 

In his scholarship application, David said, “AVID gave me an opportunity to express myself not only academically but also emotionally. I want to be able to provide emotional support to future AVID students like the one I had during my high school years.” 

David was accepted to his dream university, the University of North Texas, but has chosen to pursue his Associates degree first at Dallas College. He has plans to major in Education. Mrs. Hill says, “At the beginning of his senior year, college was something that was impossible. We had a few meetings with his parents and went through a few options of what I recommended. A few weeks later I received a call from David and his mom letting me know that he had been accepted to UNT. This was David’s dream school. I realized David had matured when he chose to go to Northlake over UNT due to his financial situation. I have seen him grow and mature over the years and I couldn’t be more proud of what he had accomplished. Earning an Irving School Foundation Scholarship really validated his hard work and made him realize that he did not always have to be perfect, but he did always have to try his best.” 

The Irving Schools Foundation team is beyond proud of David and looks forward to his future endeavors wherever he goes. Congratulations, David!

His closing remarks on this interview were of his gratefulness. “I just want to say thank you to every person who’s helped me get where I am today but most importantly, my mom, dad, and Mrs. Hill. Thank you for everything.” 

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David Roca and his family at the 35th Annual Breakfast with the Stars event.

TaKeisha Campbell

Board Member

TaKeisha Campbell

Board Member

TaKeisha Campbell joined CoreLogic in 2003, where she has held multiple positions within the company such as Professional Accountant, Operations Supervisor and now as a Professional, Human Resources.  She is a part of the CoreLogic Connect team which consists of 4 Pillars, Live More, Play More, Learn More & Give More.  TaKeisha is the Chair of CoreLogic’s Give More Pillar, which helps to promote, organize, and facilitate volunteer and charitable giving opportunities that help people while fostering teamwork and connection in the workplace for over 1,800 employees at the Dallas Campus.  Through the Give More Pillar she has established multiple philanthropic relationships within the community and is driven to help others and drive engagement for all involved.   

TaKeisha currently holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Texas A& M University – Commerce and is pursuing her SHRM CP certification.

Elizabeth Kern

Board Member

Elizabeth Kern

Board Member

Elizabeth Kern serves as the Director, Supply Chain of Micropac Industries, Inc, an aerospace electronics manufacturer providing mission critical products to the space, aerospace, military, medical, and industrial markets.  In her role as Director, Elizabeth is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain including contract negotiations, disruption mitigation, production planning, source selection, and legal compliance.  Elizabeth supports employee development through mentoring, training, education and career coaching.

Elizabeth developed a passion for business as a young girl watching her parents build a thriving business.  Her core business values were established through watching her mother and father build and run a business, nurture their employees, help the community, all while balancing the challenges of raising a family.  She truly embraces a “win – win” philosophy, believing that in all aspects of life, success is measured in balancing one’s passion with the ambitions of others.

Elizabeth has progressed through increasing levels of responsibility supporting and managing purchasing, production planning, Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) implementations, and Government audits.

Elizabeth earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dallas, successfully presenting her team capstone project.

Elizabeth lives in Irving with her husband, Joel, and their two daughters.

Brian Summers

Board Member

Brian Summers

Board Member

Brian Summers has lived in Irving almost his entire life. He attended Brandenburg Elementary, Travis Middle School, and graduated from MacArthur High School.

Brian has worked for Consolidated Electrical Distributors since 2011. He’s been the owner of a  bartending service for more than 40 years and enjoys playing Santa Claus during Christmas holidays.

Vianey Mansoori

Board Member

Vianey Mansoori

Board Member

Vianey Mansoori is a former elementary and middle school educator who has lived in Irving for over 30 years.

Whether it be through her time spent tutoring students in the classroom or organizing student concerts as a board member of the Irving Symphony League, Vianey has spent time understanding the educational priorities and challenges of the Irving community.

As a volunteer and board member with the Irving School Foundation, Vianey is passionate about advancing educational and leadership opportunities for all students.

She has three daughters and enjoys traveling, reading, Yoga, and spending time with her family in her free time. 

Christine Kellogg

Board Member

Christine Kellogg

Board Member

Christine Kellogg is a vice president with Frost’s private banking group. She joined Frost in 2023 and has been in the financial industry for more than 15 years. 

Her responsibilities include helping clients navigate their sophisticated and diverse financial needs by developing a tailored plan and unique combination of services designed to protect and grow wealth to reach future goals.

Christine is a General Securities representative and an Investment Adviser Representative. She also holds her Texas General Lines for Life, Accident, Health and HMO and Property and Casualty insurance licenses.

Christine previously served as an ambassador for Junior Achievement and was an advocate for Project Cure in Houston, Texas. In addition to her work at Frost, she is an avid reader of all genres and enjoys writing. In fact, Christine published a young adult novel in 2013 and plans to have a second career in writing during retirement. She also enjoys trying new restaurants and loves suggestions on new places to try.

 

Teresa Villasenor

Office Manager

Teresa Villasenor

Office Manager

Teresa is a proud born and raised Texan. She attended schools in Arlington, TX and graduated from Lamar High School in 2001 (go Vikings!). She received a Professional Computer Secretary Diploma from Iverson Business School in 2002 and attended Tarrant County College where she earned her Associates Degree in Office Administration in 2007.

Before joining ISF in 2024, she worked for 20 years with the best firefighters in Texas (maybe the whole United States but we may be biased) here in Irving. She loves to meet new people and go to new places. Her favorite trips are her annual summer and winter road trips with her niece and nephew. Her free time is well spent with her wonderful family.

In her role with ISF, Teresa will serve many roles, including serving as your main point of contact for any questions or assistance you might have/need as a Board Member, so I know you will get to know her fast!

Ashley Mozek

Director of Operations

Ashley Mozek

Director of Operations

Ashley’s bio coming VERY soon!

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn is a native to the Wise County area and holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Elementary Education from Tarleton State University.

Bethlyn comes to Irving Schools Foundation with a background in teaching. Prior to her time with ISF, she taught in Irving ISD at Elliott Elementary for 6 years. She also has experience in Irving ISD as a swim instructor for the district’s Swim Safe program. Bethlyn’s main passions include helping the community and teaching others.

Bethlyn lives in Bedford with her husband, Dillon, and 2 cats, Gadget and Gizmo. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, baking, crafting, exercising, and caring for her plant collection.

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn is a native to the Wise County area and holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Elementary Education from Tarleton State University.

Bethlyn comes to Irving Schools Foundation with a background in teaching. Prior to her time with ISF, she taught in Irving ISD at Elliott Elementary for 6 years. She also has experience in Irving ISD as a swim instructor for the district’s Swim Safe program. Bethlyn’s main passions include helping the community and teaching others.

Bethlyn lives in Bedford with her husband, Dillon, and 2 cats, Gadget and Gizmo. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, baking, crafting, exercising, and caring for her plant collection.

Adriana Colunga

Development Manager

Adriana Colunga

Development Manager

Margie Stipes

Director Emerita

Margie Stipes

Director Emerita

Margie Stipes has been an Irving resident since 1955. She and her late husband, John, raised three children together, Randy, now deceased, Larry, and Stacie. Margie worked 30 years as a secretary at American Airlines, receiving the company’s Customer First Award.

She has been active in schools and the community, serving on several bond program committees and with the city’s Charter Review Committee. Margie was president of the Nimitz High School Booster Club for several years and has been a longtime member of both the Keep Irving Beautiful Board and the Irving Schools Foundation Board of Directors.

Margie’s accolades include the High Spirited Citizen Award, Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, Irving Schools Foundation Gala Award, and multiple local and national PTA awards for extended service. In 2014, she was inducted into the Irving Sports Hall of Fame. Margie is honored to be a namesake for IISD’s John and Margie Stipes Elementary School in south Irving.

Randy Randle

Board Member

Randy Randle

Board Member

Randy Randle is a lifelong resident of Irving. He attended Otis Brown Elementary School, Bowie Junior High School and graduated from Nimitz High School.  Randy attended The University of Texas at Arlington and received a Business Administration degree in accounting.

Mr. Randle has been married to Lynda for 28 years and has two sons who attended Irving Schools.  Randy has long been serving in leadership roles in both our schools and our community.  He has served as PTA fundraising chairman, Band Booster president and chairman of baseball concessions for the Booster Club.  Randy has served on two campus improvement committees and the District Improvement Committee.

Randy served on the Irving City Council for six years and was chairman of the finance committee. He also served as chairman of the City of Irving Bond Task Force.

Randy has attended the same church for 66 years and serves as a trustee, as well as chairman of the building committee.  Randy works in the family business, which has been in Irving for 60 years.

Andy Jones

Board Member

Andy Jones

Board Member

Andy is Vice President and Learning Experience Development Team Manager for Texas Capital Bank.

He has received the Volunteer of the Year Award at Texas Capital for the last two years. Andy continues to volunteer at the Resource Center Community Health Clinic (9 Years), the AT&T Performing Arts Center (6 years), Make a Wish Foundation (5 years), Oak Lawn United Methodist Church Administrative Board (1 year) and the Dallas Titans (9 years), a local softball team where he has coordinated raising over $120,000 to give back to the community in the form of back-to-school supplies, food for a local food pantry and sending children with cancer to summer camp.

Andy has a Masters Degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor Degree from Winthrop University.

Kitty Boyle

Board Member

Kitty Boyle

Board Member

Kitty has held many leadership positions throughout her 55 years in Irving, TX including founding and serving as past chair for the Community College Association for Texas Trustees. Kitty is presently Chair of the board for the Ranch Academy, a charter school, where she have served on the board since 1998.

All six of her children graduated from IISD as have five of Kitty’s grandchildren as well. In 2011, Kitty and her husband John were named the Irving High Spirited Citizens. Kitty has a genuine heart for the citizens of Irving and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Tracy McNeil

Secretary

Tracy McNeil

Secretary

Tracy McNeil is a Senior Sales Agent at Liberty Mutual Insurance/Comparison Insurance Agency. Prior, she retired from Enterprise Rent a Car after 27 years, with her achievements ranking her repeatedly in the top 10% nationwide.

In 2015, Tracy was voted Liberty Insurance Rookie of the Year for both Auto and Home. That same year, she joined ISF, serving on the Board of Directors before taking on the role of  Secretary of the Executive Committee. She has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House Charities for Children and has great passion for the youth in Irving ISD.

Roger Carbajal

Personnel Chair

Roger Carbajal

Personnel Chair

Shannon Brown

Chair Elect

Shannon Brown

Chair Elect

Shannon has been a member of the ISF Board since 2019, having previously held the position of Development Chair. He currently serves as the Chief Compliance Officer at CoreLogic, which has its largest office in Irving and is an established corporate partner of ISF.

Shannon has lived in the DFW area since 1995 and in his spare time enjoys traveling, boating, and tennis; he participates on a softball team that has raised over $150K for DFW charities over the past 11 years. While having no children of his own, Shannon is passionate about helping the Irving ISD students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

David Pfaff

David Pfaff

Chair Emeritus

David Pfaff

Chair Emeritus