In 1993, the Vickery Midtown Public Improvement District (VMPID) was formed to enhance the quality of life for Vickery Midtown residents, and thereby stabilize the values of real property and real property improvements within the District. The community of Vickery Midtown is supported by the Vickery Midtown Management Corporation (VMMC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that oversees the VMPID. In collaboration with residents and area stakeholders, VMPID remains committed to making Vickery a healthy and thriving community.
Board of Trustees
- President Ted Palles
Ted Palles is one of the United States’ leading entrepreneurs and real estate developers in multi-family housing. His company, Pallas, is among the few companies that has principals who have participated in the management, ownership, planning and the continued administration in the Midtown Dallas marketplace for more than 35 years. As one of the largest property owners in Vickery Midtown, Ted’s understanding of the District is deep, with a vast comprehension of the properties, the people who live in the District, the past trends, the current trends and the needs of the community. Outside of the on-going management of properties, he also participates in all facets of identifying, communicating, championing and implementing opportunities for the neighborhood through the City of Dallas, Dallas Independent School District and other governing/related entities.
Ted has invested corporately and substantially on improvements to the workforce housing he owns and manages in Vickery Midtown.
Currently serving as Vickery Midtown’s president, Ted is also leading the Public Safety and Community Standards Committee, and is active and passionate about specific initiatives including the Ridgecrest road improvement construction program as a part of the Midtown Complete Streets re-design to facilitate both vehicle and pedestrian vibrancy, safety and efficiency; District branding for Vickery Midtown; the Trail-to-Trail recreational greenspace initiative, the Midtown Blues security program; and building awareness of the Midtown 311 Code Red system for reporting issues and concerns in the District to City of Dallas.
- Vice President Sabrina Bunks
Sabrina Bunks started her career in the radio industry, first selling ads in Houston in 1982, then in Dallas and rising to executive sales positions as her expert business-building skills brought success to stations such as KLIF and to ABC Radio Networks.
While working in radio, Sabrina and her husband, Al Taylor, began purchasing and renting investment condos in the Vickery Midtown area and established their company Great New Place, which now owns and manages more than 65 homes in the District.
A champion for community service and teamwork for improvement, Sabrina also serves on the boards of six different homeowner associations in the District. Sabrina was appointed to the Vickery Midtown Public Improvement District Board in 2010 and has served on the Vickery Midtown Executive Committee since 2014. She leads the Vickery Midtown Open Space and Public Realm Committee that has planted more than 600 trees in the community since 2018. She is a graduate of Tulane University and an MLA graduate of Southern Methodist University.
- Vice President John Hickman
John Hickman is Development Director for Provident. John joined the company in early 2013. He has developed five multifamily communities with 1,656 units in Texas and has financed another 627 units nationwide. Prior to PRA, John worked at KeyBank, Criterion Development, and The Beck Group. Overall, he has been involved in $488 million of construction/development volume and $279 million in finance/leasing/land disposition transactions spanning the multifamily, retail, office, industrial and data center sectors.
- Vice President John Hubach
John Hubach has more than 14 years of experience in Economic Development, Urban Planning, and Marketing Communications, and is currently the Director of Pre-Development Services for BKV Group team in Dallas. He brings a robust set of development experience and deep knowledge in government relations, urban planning, coordination with clients, and navigating government apparatus.
As Director of Pre-Development Services, Jon provides the ability to build consensus with stakeholder parties, find solutions between multiple practices, and seek outside-of-the-box ideas to steer development. Jon launched his career as a Downtown Planner for the City of Plano in Texas. He served as the liaison between the city and economic development partners. After revitalizing downtown Plano, he held the positions of Neighborhood Planner for Plano neighborhoods and the Development Review Planner. He coordinated development and zoning submittals, conducted market research, and managed downtown revitalization projects. He worked at the City of Dallas as an Economic Development Analyst, overseeing all real estate project development and site-selection opportunities for various areas of Dallas and performed financial analysis on projects featuring mixed-use, retail, housing, and hotel uses.
- Vice President, Treasurer Cara Talafuse
Cara Talafuse is Vice President of Texas Operations for Fath Properties. She has been a leader in the real estate and property management industries for 30 years.
Fath Properties is the second largest property owner of multifamily residential in Vickery Midtown, specializing in owning, rehabilitating and managing quality apartment communities. The current portfolio consists of more than 8,400 apartment homes located throughout Ohio, northern Kentucky, Indiana, and Dallas. Cara began her career with Fath in 2004.
She has served on the Vickery Midtown Public Improvement District Board of Trustees for seven years, and has served as its president for two one-year terms. Cara currently serves as the District’s treasurer. She is a mother of two children.
- Secretary Ron Greene
A long-time resident of Vickery Midtown, Ron Greene moved to Dallas from New York in the 1990s. From the start of his living in Dallas, Ron has been a leader in various public safety and district improvement initiatives.
Ron’s engaged approach for decades provides a unique and invaluable understanding of the dynamics of Vickery Midtown’s growth and expansion with its pivotal location in Dallas.
Ron serves on various committees for Vickery Midtown’s active initiatives. He currently also serves as Vickery Midtown Public Improvement District’s secretary.
- Orlando Alameda
Orlando Alameda is the Director of Real Property Management for the Dallas Independent School District, the second-largest school district in the State of Texas, with more than 155,000 students.
A licensed Real Estate Broker, Orlando is responsible for managing the school district’s real estate portfolio, which includes more than 230 schools, 12 athletic complexes, 25 administrative facilities, and various miscellaneous properties.
Prior to joining Dallas ISD in 2004, Orlando worked in the Real Estate Department for the City of Dallas.
- Roger Albright
Roger Albright began work as an attorney in 1978. His first case was a federal constitutional challenge to protect his client’s First Amendment rights: a case which ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Continuing that path, Roger gained extensive state and federal litigation experience, taking more than 30 major cases to judgment including class actions and million-dollar recoveries. He worked at Mullinax, Wells, Babb & Cloutman for a decade, first as an Associate and then as a Partner. Thereafter, Roger opened the Law Offices of Roger Albright, where he practiced for over two decades. He became Of Counsel to Sheils Winnubst, PC in 2018.
Throughout the years, Roger has served on various boards and committees including the Dallas Rapid Area Transit (DART) Board and the Dallas Plan Commission. Roger’s current practice focuses primarily on municipal land use, real estate and business representation. Roger uses his vast network and decades of experience to provide thorough, efficient and effective legal advice.
- Don Bouvier
Don Bouvier is a founding partner and president of UCR Development. He is responsible for leading the overall day-to-day management and direction of the firm. He has spent more than 25 years in the commercial real estate development industry, completing projects across various product types including anchored retail shopping centers, single-tenant build-to-suits, corporate office and healthcare campuses. His experience spans across several states with an emphasis in the southwest.
Prior to UCR Development, Don served in a Principle/Partner capacity at Hunt Properties, Direct Development and Mays & Company – all Dallas-based firms. His primary responsibilities included firm-wide business management, sourcing new business opportunities, maintaining anchor tenant relationships, and directing internal project teams through the development process involving planning, leasing, legal, construction and project finance. He has completed projects anchored by Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Belk, Kroger, Safeway, Harley Davidson Financial, Southwestern Bell Internet HQ, Bridgestone/Firestone U.S. roll-out, Baylor Health System and Adeptus Health.
Don began his development career consulting both municipalities and private land-development clients as a licensed Engineer for Kimley-Horn & Associates. Don is a past board member of The Real Estate Council and an alumnus of its Associate Leadership Council.
- Deborah Christensen
With more than 30 years of experience in Property Management, Deborah Christensen began her career with Case and Associates in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After 10 years, she relocated to Dallas, where she worked in Affordable Housing for Multi-Family and Single-Family Homes. Deborah has worked for Mady Development, Greystar, Spanos, Sherman Residential and Gaines Investment Trust before her tenure at Fath Properties as a Regional Manager for the last three and one-half years.
Deborah currently supervises four properties in the Vickery Midtown District. During her career in property management, she has worked on properties ranging from Affordable Housing to High-Rise Developments. Deborah is an Accredited Resident Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management and currently is in the process of obtaining her Certified Apartment Supervisor credentials through the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas.
Her volunteer work has included serving on the committee for the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas annual Toy Drive, Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels in Collin County.
- Liz Curfman
Liz Curfman, LMSW joined the Heart House team in 2019 as Senior Director of Program and Operations. Liz was previously Refugee Ministry Director at Northwest Community Center, a ministry of Northwest Bible Church which houses three of Heart House’s eight sites, for three years.
Liz’s new role at Heart House entails strategy, management and administration of Heart House’s Head, Heart and Hands program. Other duties include evaluation, recruitment of staff and students, and management of programmatic partners.
- Dustin Davidson
Dustin Davidson is Director of Land Development for Hines, responsible for land and residential development, acquisitions and dispositions of projects within the Southwestern Region of the United States, focusing also on the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Since joining Hines’ Dallas office in 2012, Dustin has worked on more than 20 single-family development projects in cities across the Southwestern United States, totaling more than 9,000 lots.
Dustin has specialized in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and is responsible for sourcing financing, both equity and debt, and has been directly involved in more than $800 million in project revenue. He is a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
- Audrey Hinton
Audrey Hinton has lived in Vickery Midtown for 20 years. Her knowledge and understanding of the district and Dallas are a key benefit to her service as a trustee of the Vickery Midtown Public Improvement District board.
A native Texan, she was born in Temple and has lived in Dallas since she was five years old, and received her primary education in Dallas ISD and then received her BAAS in Social Work/Psychology from Dallas Baptist University.
Audrey is currently retired from a career in corporate sales and marketing and technical higher education recruitment and management, and as an entrepreneur.
Audrey is also a certified educator with Dallas ISD.
- Mason Ice
Mason Ice is managing partner for BARetc, an agency that focuses on adult beverage brands and consumer goods in a promotional marketing capacity. Mason has been in Vickery at his house for nearly two decades. He was on the joint task force committee for years leading up to the construction of the SoPac Trail having co-founded the Friends of SoPac Trail group with others in Phase 3, years before construction started.
He stays busy managing a chunk of the country for Reed’s Ginger Beer and Virgil’s Soda and travels most week out of state. He helped Vickery Midtown move to Google Apps in the office for email and file share to keep things clean for the District’s back of house. Mason also co-owns a boutique in downtown historic McKinney with his fiancée.
- Lynn McBee
As a volunteer leader in Dallas for more than 25 years, Lynn McBee has worked more than 45,000 hours of service for more than 30 different non-profit groups. Lynn’s work has made a difference on tough issues like improving education, serving homeless, protecting children, fighting domestic violence and helping underserved students succeed in college.
As a deeply engaged civic leader, Lynn has learned how to bring different stakeholders to the table, find common ground and solutions, and get everyone moving in a productive manner that gets results.
Lynn has served more than five years as CEO of Young Women’s Preparatory Network, a public-private partnership that creates STEM-focused schools of choice in an all-girls setting. To date, YWPN grads have a 100% college acceptance rate – many of them first-generation college goers. Over five years as CEO, Lynn has grown revenues 300% and gained a deep understanding of how to partner with ISDs to improve student achievement.
- Charlie Nye
Charlie Nye is an experienced real estate and hospitality attorney, with more than 34 years in handling complex commercial real estate matters, including providing legal advice and support for hundreds of transactions. He has 19 years of experience as in-house counsel for a hospitality REIT, with substantial involvement in acquisitions, dispositions, financings, development, construction, litigation management, asset management, operations and management/franchise company issues and relationships.
Charlie is a skilled communicator and negotiator in complex transactions involving business and legal due diligence, risk analysis and project management. He has managed multiple projects and resources in changing business environments, with focus on teamwork and communications, and is an experienced multifamily real estate investor–investments in 20+ “B” and “C” class properties.
- Anson Reilly
Anson Reilly is manager of AMR Advisors, LLC, a real estate company, and PKI Partners, LLC, a private investment company. Previously, Anson was an Associate at SunTx Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in Dallas, Texas. While at SunTx, Anson served as Chief Financial Officer of SunTx Urbana, a real estate development and management affiliate focusing on investments in residential communities. Prior to joining SunTx, Anson worked in the Transaction Services Advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York performing financial due diligence and M&A advisory work.
Anson received a Master of Accountancy from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a BA in Economics and History from Duke University.
- W. Sandy Spurgin
W. Sandy Spurgin is Senior Vice President of Operations and Development for Northwood Retail. He oversees operations for Northwood’s managed mixed-use and retail properties, as well as future Northwood Investors’ retail opportunities. In addition, he leads the company’s real estate development across the retail portfolio, which is currently comprised of 11 properties totaling over 4.5 million square feet located in cities across the United States.
Prior to joining Northwood Retail, Sandy was Vice President of Development for Cooper & Stebbins, LP, where he spent 10 years developing Southlake Town Square, a 3.5 million square foot master-planned downtown and regional central business district. During his tenure, he directed more than 800,000 square feet of development from conceptual design and pro forma feasibility to construction completion and lease up. He was also involved in all aspects of asset management, leasing and financing.
Sandy received a BBA in Real Estate Finance and a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University.
- Mark Wolf
Mark Wolf is Principal of JHP Architecture / Urban Design, a firm with a national practice based in Vickery Midtown for 40 years. As a Principal he offers clients expertise in (re)development related to urban infill, mixed-use and housing programs, with an emphasis on the underlying urban design.
For nearly 20 years, Mark and his colleagues at JHP have taken a pro bono role in improving outcomes in architecture, particularly the core area of Vickery Midtown. He’s a long-time Public Improvement District board member, and has served as its president. He is also professionally active in AIA/Dallas, Urban Land Institute (TOD Council), Congress for New Urbanism and as an adjunct professor has led a Graduate studio at UTA School of Architecture focused on urban redevelopment.
- Ken Wright
Ken Wright has been at Half Price Books for 33 years. Starting as bookseller, he rose the ranks and helped build the legendary brand with his leadership in district management, retail store design, risk management/safety, and property management.
Ken is now Vice President of Development for Bookmark, a subsidiary of Half Price Books that is developing commercial property in Vickery Midtown. Half Price Books has made a large investment in Vickery Midtown, redeveloping 12 acres at the southern entrance to the neighborhood as a long-term asset.
- Executive Director David Whitley
David Whitley is the owner of a Dallas-based urban planning firm, DRW Planning Studio. His practice focuses on aiding municipalities and non-profit clients with long-range planning initiatives and small area plans, as well as evaluating municipal policies and business practices through the lens of fostering more vibrant cities. He also assists development clients to capitalize on strategic opportunities to create unique and enduring places, and conducts development review to ensure compliance with local land use regulations.
Prior to starting his own firm, David was the Associate Director of the Dallas CityDesign Studio at the City of Dallas. Key initiatives while at the Studio included: completing an award-winning urban design plan and guidelines for West Dallas, advancing changes to city policy regarding mobile food vending, and developing an urban design review process for key areas of the city.
David has nearly 20 years experience in city planning and design. During his 11-year tenure with the City of Dallas, David worked on a number of planning initiatives including development code amendments for neighborhood stabilization, planning and economic development efforts for the Trinity River Corridor, and review and recommendations concerning zoning requests.
David previously worked with the City of Arlington, handling long-range planning initiatives, development review, and TIF District administration. He holds an architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University.
- Public Safety Coordinator Stacey Roth
- Executive Assistant Theresa Collins
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