Ms. Sandy Anderson,
CPA/PFS, CGMA, Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor (ADPA®) and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER [TM].
Ms. Anderson recently retired as the Director of Business Unit Accounting at Texas Instruments supporting Financial Reporting for the business product lines as well as supporting financial process improvement and talent development. Prior to 2008, she served in various domestic and international roles in Operations, Finance and Accounting. Ms. Anderson’s community involvement includes service as a member of her homeowners association, and as a Deacon and Stephen Minister at her church. Ms. Anderson is the winner of D CEO Magazine’s 2012 Financial Executives Award for “Outstanding Chief Accounting Officer, Controller, or Treasurer – Public Company”. She is a US Army Veteran and continues to support Veterans through her lifetime membership with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and as a big sister in Big Brothers Big Sisters, Military Mentors Program. She is a member of and active in the AICPA, Dallas CPA Society, FPA, FPA-DFW, the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce; and, also serves as the board treasurer for Coalition For Aging LGBT.
Mr. Robert Emery
Founding Board Member
Robert is the President of SafeHaven, a corporation dedicated to bringing GLBT Senior Housing to Dallas. Robert is a founding board member of the Coalition For Aging LGBT, and serves as Vice Chair. Robert is also a founding board member of The Dallas Way: a GLBT History Project. He has served on the Board of Directors of Black Tie Dinner and was Grand Marshal of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade in 2013. Robert currently serves on the board of the Friends of WRR, Dallas’ classical music radio station (101.1 on your FM dial).
Mr. Cannon Flowers
Founder & Board Chair
Cannon enjoyed a long career with Texas Instruments Incorporated, where he served in a leadership capacity of corporate finance. His assignments were in various parts of the world, including Japan, The Philippines, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, and Singapore. With corporate citizenship a driving influence in the culture of Texas Instruments, after retiring from TI, Cannon moved to the non-profit sector where he served the next 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of a US based human rights organization. Cannon has been studying the needs of the aging LGBT Community of North Texas for almost a decade. In February 2015, Cannon was invited to The White House for a National Summit on Elder LGBT Housing. In June 2015, the Coalition for Aging LGBT held its inaugural Summit on LGBT Aging in Dallas with overwhelming interest and attendance.
Cannon is a past City of Dallas Senior Affairs Commissioner, with his term ending in September 2017, and currently serves as City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commissioner as appointee of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
Cannon also serves on the Board of the following organizations:
Ms. Kim Macpherson
Kim is an English teacher at Irving High School. Kim has been active in serving the LGBT Community in North Texas for many years, serving on various Board and appointments. She has been enjoyed more than 30 years with the love of her life, Fi Macpherson.
Ms. Carolyn Roney
Carolyn is recently retired from Legend Senior Living where she worked as the Assistant Director at Rosewood Assisted Living and Memory Care. This work was her “what do you want to do when you grow up” adventure. Prior to this she worked at several companies in Human Resources and left that field as the VP, Human Resources at Staff One. She is an Extra Mile Award winner and was recognized for her volunteer work on the Board of Oak Lawn Community Services and Chair of Lifewalk for two years. She also served on the Black Tie Dinner (BTD) Board as Chair of Board Governance and Secretary and BTD Advisory Board.
Project Lead and Organization Outreach Manager
Briana is a communications professional who is passionate about working collaboratively to make an impact and serve her community. She graduated from Southern Methodist University as a Hunt Leadership Scholar, Engaged Learning Fellow, John Goodwin Tower Award recipient, and with honors. Briana has more than three years of professional experience in non-profit, corporate, academic and international work environments providing strategic communications support, community engagement development, process improvement and organizational support.
From leading a jean drive for homeless teens in high school to advocating for equitable education across Dallas ISD as a CAMP Fellow, Briana continues to be an active member of her community and advocate for the needs of marginalized communities. Briana’s academic achievements include published research on the methods and strategies of intercultural communication in advertisements and print media in a uniquely global city, as well as completing a qualitative research study of the Jubilee Park community with the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity.
Briana believes in the importance of making meaningful and lasting connections across communities as a means to drive change, inspire others and build a more inclusive future.
DR Mann Hanson
Project Lead and Volunteer Outreach Manager
DR is a trained theatre artist and queer advocate since birth. A Navy brat, DR and family followed their mother around the world before ending up in Dallas where she retired after 20 years of service and DR grew up. Pursuing theatre took him to New York City and San Francisco where he achieved his BA in Theatre from San Francisco State University. After a brief stint back in Dallas where he met his now husband, DR returned to NYC where he produced, directed, and acted in many Off & Off-Off Broadway companies. Returning home to be closer to family, DR found himself on the administrative side of theatre and worked at the non-profits WaterTower Theatre and Dallas Theater Center before entering the world of free-lance. With newfound freedom and energy DR has joined the Board of Arttitude and now proudly joins the staff of Coalition for Aging LGBT family. He is also the proud co-owner of Common Ground Games which his husband co-owns and manages and the Founder and Artistic Producer of CinéWilde, the country’s only monthly LGBT Film Series. A Radical Fearie at heart, DR is on a path of compassion and advocacy for all members of the LGBT Spectrum and is dedicated to shattering the many myths that prevent us all from embracing our true selves and creating a safe and fulfilling society for all.