Pin on Pinterest PHOTO Left to right: Altrusa International of Downton Dallas Inc. members Debby Weber, Susan Melnick, Carol Kilman, Kathleen Scott, Judy Porter, Ann Marie Alongi, Venus Jones, Angela Caronia, Christina Coultas and Stefani Schneidler join Irma Rangel’s College Advisor Ann Morano (in front in red) during a workshop of mock college interviews to help the seniors be prepared for their big day. The Altrusa Club has also begun an ASTRA Service Club at the school, to teach the students the importance of helping their community.


Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Club Members Prepare DISD's Irma Rangel Seniors for All-Important College Interviews

Christina Coultas took a few hours from her first week at her new job to join nine other Altrusans on Friday, August 5, 2015 to teach the seniors of Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School how to ace a college interview.

All of the students at Irma Rangel are headed to college, but a few haven’t decided where they want to apply yet.

Questions such as “Tell me about yourself,” sometimes trip up teenagers, so the Altrusans helped the students to relax and think about how they could answer these questions in a positive, calm and interesting way.

Altrusa has provided college scholarship to students at Irma Rangel for the past five years. A fund named after former Altrusa Club President Reagan Lorenzen has been established to continue the scholarships to the graduating seniors for years to come.

It was Christina Coultas’s first visit to the school located on the northwest corner of Fair Park. She was amazed at the joyful vibe in the school, the cleanliness of the facility and the very sharp students she met.

In the spring, the Irma Rangel ASTRA Club, which stands for Ability, Service, Training, Responsibility, Achievement, a younger version of Altrusa, was formed with 17 students from the school. The club members do service projects and will be invited to join Altrusa members in the future as the women of the club work to serve the downtown Dallas community.

The ASTRA club members are in the process of crocheting baby blankets for Parkland Hospital. Altrusans Marrie Smith and Nicole LeBoeuf taught the girls how to crochet. Kristi Francis, CPA, also supports the ASTRA club.

The students wanted the primary beneficiaries to be the people who are so often forgotten by our communities, so they made holiday cards for Easter and for the Senior Center a few blocks from the school and Valentine’s Day cards for the Veterans Hospital.

Next Month the Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas will have a special Membership Meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, September 20, 2016 from 11:45 to 1:00 p.m. at the City Club in downtown Dallas in the Bank of America Building.

The address of the City Club is 901 Main Street, Suite # 6900, Dallas, TX 75202, phone 214-748-9525. FREE Parking in the Texas Club parking garage (red brick building) across the street and take the underground over to City Place; Altrusa validates parking at the meeting for that parking garage.

For more information contact: Kimberly Abmeyer at

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Josh Vela has kept cool this summer working for Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning as a paid intern. He got to network with a number of Sirius employees as his role involved working with bookkeeping, Accounts Receivable, making deposits, invoicing and reconciliation of the books--real world experience that will help him land a good job after college.

Sirius Summer Intern Happy to Work Inside this Season

Joshua Tyler Vela likes designing and creating landscape features, and originally wanted to grow up to become a landscape designer. He changed his decision while taking a high school accounting class, realizing accounting was more his style. The 100+ degree heat this summer may have solidified his career decision to stick with accounting—indoors—and become a CPA.

As the summer heats up outside, Josh is a Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning summer intern working inside. 

Josh grew up in Wylie, Texas, and attended Canyon Creek Academy where he competed in Track and soccer and was in the band. After graduation, he headed off to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he is an accounting major.

He has spent this summer learning about the real world in a job much like one he’ll soon have, and earning money to help him complete his college degree.

He’s also involved with Beta Gamma Sigma, an elite international honor business society. Membership eligibility requirements include that a student must be in the top 10% of a bachelor’s business program or top 20% for master’s programs. The purpose of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to foster personal and professional excellence among its members. A major emphasis of the society is to foster ethical business leadership. Members reside in over 160 countries with 27 alumni chapters located in major metropolitan areas in the U.S., Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, Switzerland & Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Peru, London and Toronto. These chapters provide educational and networking opportunities for members.

Josh got to network with a number of Sirius employees this summer as his role involved working with bookkeeping, Accounts Receivable, making deposits, invoicing and reconciliation of the books.

After graduation next spring, he plans to finish a master’s degree and then take the CPA certification exam to eventually work for a large firm.

His childhood dream of being a landscape engineer will live on, though, since he admits, “As a matter of fact, most the landscaping around my house was designed by me."

While many summer intern jobs don’t pay, Sirius knows it’s right to pay their interns—as they work and learn the business--to help them to afford and finish their college educations.  Josh is grateful for his summer intern position, and Sirius Air Conditioning and plumbing was happy to have his skills in the office all summer.

For more information about Sirius Plumbing and Air and their Internships giving back to the community, see the company’s website: or call 972-235-6600.

The company is located in Carrollton at 1406 Halsey Way, Suite 100, Carrollton, TX 75007.

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Kyle Shores attended three different high schools as his parents pursued their academic careers. Now a parent himself, he is a devoted father to two boys, Cameron and Dalton. Kyle already has their future protected, should something happen to him. “The key is to plan for the unexpected," Kyle says.

Botsford Financial's Kyle Shores Carrying on the Family Trade in His Own Way

Kyle Shores attended three different high schools as he grew through his teen years, a result of his father’s career as a high school football coach and mother’s career as a high school teacher and their transition into school administration. 

“I got to see what it was like to be in a class of 1,000 students—and a class of 40.”

Kyle grew up in Mansfield, just outside of Arlington, and the town was booming when he entered his freshman year. He was one of a thousand students in the freshman class, and learned quickly that with that many students, you had to specialize in a sport or certain academic field.

But a year later his father took a job in tiny Maypearl, just outside of Waxahachie, and suddenly Kyle was one of only 40 students in his sophomore class. He liked that he could play more than one sport, “because in a small school like that, every coach is recruiting for their team!” He got to play more than one designated sport, and enjoyed the freedom to do so.

Then senior year his family moved to a small town on Cedar Creek Lake called Malakoff. Although he was only there one year, Kyle made good friends in his senior class of 60. His 20-year high school reunion is coming up, and he feels he’d like he could go back to any of the three towns and enjoy catching up. “For me, the smaller school experience was better,” he says, able to make that assessment when remembering his three former high schools.

He played football, basketball and ran track in his high school career. At 6’1”, he was a natural at wide receiver; he also played forward on the basketball team, and in track ran hurdles and competed in the triple jump. “I liked all three sports and I think the teamwork I learned is still used today,” he says.

He graduated and took off to college, ready to major in sports medicine, but realized early on that his skills were not the medical field.

UNT had a degree in Financial Services, and although he had an interest in Texas Tech and Kansas State, UNT made the most sense for this future financial advisor.

He graduated in 2001 and after a few weeks, was on board at Botsford Financial, hired on as the first full time male employee. He’s now the financial advisor to over 180 households, and his advice as their financial officer is a blessing he feels determined to do right by. “Much like my parents, my job is to educate, just in a different field.  I assist families make educated decisions on their portfolios, life insurance, estate planning and more,” he says.   ???

This means Kyle has to perform a lot like an athlete: he spends a lot of time on a computer, researching investments, like a pro athlete watches film of his future opponent. As Chief Investment Officer, Kyle’s job is to coach his households into a suitable financial position. And, like a coach, he cares about and is concerned for the families he advises.

He says his job is really very simple. “Erin Botsford is conservative with her money, and so I look at all investments I research as if I am recommending them to her. If it’s good for Erin, it’s good for our client families.” He says the tag line, “Win without losing,” describes his investing motto well, and is being used now by a number of companies in the business, years after Botsford adopted that strategy. “That’s been our strategy since 2001.”

A devoted father to two boys, Cameron, 7, and Dalton, 3, Kyle already has their future protected, should something happen to him. “The key is to plan for the unexpected. Unexpected tragedies do happen all the time—it’s why we are here, helping families with small children, or teens, or elderly parents, plan ahead—just in case.”

Kyle is a planner, but says when it comes to his boys, the joke is on him. “I played four sports growing up, and the one—baseball—that I gave up on, turns out to be the one my son loves the most.” He took Cameron to a professional baseball game and now he’s a huge Texas Ranger fan. “He wants to see all the major ball parks now, and I’m like, geez—that’s a lot of travel from Dallas, Texas!”

But Kyle is happy to help his son dream about those trips to far away baseball fields of dreams, because his job is to prepare families for their futures. A self-described “Middle of the road, boring guy,” he did travel to Barcelona to run with the bulls in Pamplona one year. “I was actually more afraid of tripping on the mass of guys running all around me than the bulls behind me,” he says now, and admits his days of running with the bulls is over. Now he enjoys an occasional live concert: Country Western, Rock, Jazz. He’s a music lover, and likes a variety of artists and bands.

His goal is to make sure growing families like his are well protected in the case of an unforeseen disaster. “It may be five years since you’ve checked your home owner’s insurance, and now it’s time to update it, or add a rider for something you’ve purchased recently.”

Kyle says a lot of things we take for granted need to be considered: “Why do I need umbrella liability coverage? Or to increase my home owner’s insurance? The truth is, as families grow, and incomes grow, your coverage needs to grow too.”

As his sons grow, Kyle finds himself always thinking about them. “My dad got tickets to Opening Day at The Ballpark this year to see the Rangers, and I almost felt guilty going without Cameron, because I knew he’d love to go.” It’s Kyle’s concern for others that makes him an excellent Financial Advisor. His loyalty is also strong: he’s been at Botsford Financial for 15 years, and sees his future right there where he began after college. He knows there are bigger financial institutions out there, but he’s happy to be where he is.

After all, he’s been one in a class of a thousand, and one in a class of 40, and prefers being in the smaller arena, where he can do more, make stronger relationships, excel in a number of areas… and occasionally take an afternoon off to bring his young sons to a baseball game.


For more information on how to invest for your future and family, contact Kyle at or call 214-423-4200. 

Content in this material is for general information only and not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. No strategy assures success or protects against loss. Investing involves risk including loss of principal.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory Services offered though Stratos Wealth Partners, A Registered Investment Advisor. Financial Planning offered through Lifestyle Planning Solutions, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Botsford Financial Group, Lifestyle Planning Solutions, LLC and Stratos Wealth Partners are separate entities from LPL Financial.

Judy Porter a writer based in Dallas and can be reached at



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Davis Champion is one of three interns hired by Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning this summer, earning both a paycheck and real-world experience before returning to his senior year of college.

Sirius Summer Intern Davison Champion Gets Real World Experience at Sirius Plumbing & A/C

Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning hires a small group of interns each summer and pays them while they gain real world work experience.

Davison “Davis” Champion feels fortunate to be one of them.

Champion’s role at Sirius is to work in the Call center, coordinating parts delivery, function as a dispatcher, and be available for other key office responsibilities.

He grew up in Crestview, Florida, with his older twin sister, currently an American Sign Language Major at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. They attended Crestview High School High School where he played two years on the varsity baseball team as a Pitcher, was a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Crestview High School Link Crew.

He’s attending Auburn University, majoring in Finance, and is a member of the Financial Management Association Honor Society (Fall 2014'- Spring 2016'), Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity.

While many summer intern jobs don’t pay, Sirius knows it’s right to pay their interns—as they work and learn the business--to help them to afford and finish their college educations.  Davis says his future plan is to return to Dallas to work, and hopes to get on with a commercial real estate firm in the Area. 

Davis Champion is much like his name--a champion at work and school, and a Sirius Intern the company is proud to employ.

For more information about Sirius Plumbing and Air and their Internships giving back to the community, see the company’s website: or call 972-235-6600.

The company is located in Carrollton at 1406 Halsey Way, Suite 100, Carrollton, TX 75007


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Kendall Bailey Garrett of Plano has been working in Marketing and Design as an intern for Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning. She’s been shadowing Vicky Gouge, Sirius’s marketing manager, this summer. Gouge is teaching her different marketing strategies including graphic design and social media marketing.

Interns Gain Real-World Experience Thanks to Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning

Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning hires a small group of interns each summer and pays them while they gain real world work experience.

While most intern jobs don’t pay, Sirius feels it’s only right to pay their interns—as they work and learn the business--to help them to pay for and finish their college educations, and possibly return as full time employees.

This summer Sirius has three interns working in three different areas of the company. Next week they are finishing up their internships before they go back to college. Each has a different area of responsibility.

Kendall Bailey Garrett has been working in Marketing and Design. She’s been shadowing Vicky Gouge, Sirius’s marketing manager, this summer. Gouge is teaching her different marketing strategies, as well as graphic design and social media marketing.

Kendall is from Plano and attended Prince of Peace Christian School where she played high school Lacrosse, ran Track & Field, was a Cheerleader and found time to be the History Club Co-Founder. In her senior year she was a Senior Class Officer and Powder Puff Football Chairman. 

She plays Lacrosse at Mercer University, a Division 1 school in Macon, Georgia, where she is a Marketing Major with a Graphic Design Minor. Mercer University is the oldest private university in Georgia, and the current Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, is a graduate, as is television host and news commentator Nancy Grace.

Kendall will graduate in the spring of 2019 and her next step is a big one: she plans to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship to earn an MBA from Oxford.  

Although her life seems pretty full right now, she admits to one little oddity: “I never eat the last corner of a sandwich,” she admits with a laugh.

Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning is proud to employ such a well-rounded intern—even if she doesn’t finish the last corner of a sandwich.


For more information about Sirius Plumbing and Air and their Internships giving back to the community, see the company’s website: or call 972-235-6600.

The company is located in Carrollton at 1406 Halsey Way, Suite 100, Carrollton, TX 75007


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L-R: Pittsburgh Symphony Violinist Chris Wu with his wife, Annette, daughter, Grace and son Wes. Chris met his wife at church. At that time, she was a widow with a five year old son. This weekend Chris will play at the wedding of Wes to his college sweetheart. He plans to travel to Dallas this fall for a benefit concert for the Dallas Police and hopes to give away his classical music to newborn babies at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Magee Women's Hospital in Pittsburg to help children grow up with an appreciation of beautiful music.

Veteran Symphony Violinist Hopes to Heal Dallas With Beautiful Music, Give Newborns A Gift that Lasts a Lifetime


Chris Wu Knows Music.

"Where words fail, music speaks." -- Hans Christian Anderson

Chris Wu knows music can calm a screaming child.

He knows because when his daughter was born, and "Wailing away in the delivery room," according to her mother, Annette, Chris began playing his violin. It's what he does.

"And she immediately stopped crying," he says with a smile. Wu is also the First Violinist of the acclaimed Pittsburgh Symphony.

Now he wants to do this for other children, what he did for his new born baby girl. He wants to calm crying babies with soothing music, and he wants to give that gift of music to every newborn child in America.

"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." Billy Joel.

His goal is to help children learn that music heals the soul; it inspires; it delights; it can change your life. "I want children--and their parents--to hear good symphonic music." he explains. "So much of what children hear is run-of-the-mill lullabys and--as they grow older--rock, rap and hip hop."

Wu feels soothing, soaring music is a better way to go than the angry--and often profanity-ridden--music heard by the public. "Wouldn't it be great if, when a teenager gets upset at school or at home, instead of downloading an angry song full of graphic lyrics, instead he or she listens to a piece of music meant to calm and soothe the soul?"

"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." Maya Angelou

Wu has been playing the violin since he was five. He was living in Chicago with his family, and it was his mother's idea. He hated the practice, and all he wanted to do was play outside with his friends. But his mom knew better. "My mom made me practice an hour a day." It took a while, but he admits he always loved playing for people, and making a deeper connection. For him, it was always about the music. Sharing his talent with others, not winning awards.

But he did win awards. At age 14, he started winning local competitions. He was scared to play for others, because he might mess up--and disappoint them. But he did well. "Not as a credit to me, but as a gift that was given to me to share," Wu says.

And that's what he wants to do now, with his gift. After 28 years with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and watching the decline of Orchestras around the country, Wu thinks he has an opportunity to change the culture in America today, by introducing quality classical music to infants on their birthday.

Research clearly shows the positive effects of classical music on a child's brain. Wu thinks that good music at birth can start a child on the right path toward a better life: good music, good moods, good learning, good life.

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music." Albert Einstein.

To do this, he is raising funds to create CDs to give away to new parents as they leave the hospital with their new born. He believes that if crying infants hear good music, it can soothe their soul and help them to relax, de-stress, and sleep. This, in turn, will help the child's parents to have an avenue to soothe their child--and their household--in later years. Ultimately, the music becomes a gift of a lifetime. It could reduce child abuse, marriage turmoil, and save lives.

He envisions families going to concerts at the Symphony, enjoying the music and family time together, building stronger bonds among family members--a win-win for all.

As Wu begins his 29th Concert season with the Pittsburgh Symphony he understands that classical music is misunderstood, because of a lack of education or lack of exposure to it.

"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything." Plato.

Wu would like to start giving the gift of classical music at his local hospital, Magee Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh, and at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where more babies are born each year than any other in the United States. He's aware of the recent turmoil in Dallas, the tragedy of five police officers being gunned down in the city, and wants to share with their families, and Parkland, where three of the fallen officers were brought, some beautiful music. As a father, he was devastated to learn all five police officers who died on July 7th were also fathers. He can’t imagine not being around for his son and daughter. This weekend, he'll be playing at his son's wedding.

He'll be back playing in the Pittsburgh Symphony this fall for his 29th year. But he hopes to come to Dallas soon, to play in a concert to benefit the fallen officers, and making his dream of a gift of music to the newborn babies--in both Pittsburgh and Dallas—a reality. “I know music can change your mood, change your attitude, change your life,” he says. “Maybe good classical music can restore some of the sanity and peace in a city in mourning.”

Chris Wu knows classical music—and wants you to know it, too.




Chris Wu lives in Pittsburgh and is planning to come to Dallas to play for the benefit of the fallen Dallas Police Department officers. To find out more information, or to donate to his “Gift of Music for the Newborn,” contact him at


Judy Porter lives in Dallas, and is a local writer and volunteer. Contact her at



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And they're OFF! Kidd Springs swimmers compete in late July and early August at local pools. Thanks to fund raising and trips to City Hall, the pool that was scheduled to be demolished is now to be replaced.

Vicky Gouge is all wet.

More accurately, she’s wet a lot during the summer, as she coaches the Kidd Springs Swim Team in Oak Cliff with her twin sister and co-coach Becky Moffett. This dynamic duo has resurrected a team that had only a handful of kids six years ago into a dominating force of strong swimmers—and friends.

“Becky re-started the dying team six years ago,” Vicky says, “She realized that Oak Cliff needed a swim team for both recreational fun and safety: strong swimmers can help teach others to swim, become lifeguards and avert potential drownings.”

Vicky arrived in Dallas a year later, and with her love of swimming and background as a high school athlete and coach, became a co-coach. “We’ve Exponentially grown from about 30 swimmers to 140 swimmers. In fact, we had to cap it our team because there’s not enough space or time for us to handle any more team members,” Vicky explained.

The team practices for about six weeks beginning at the first of June, and then begins competition in mid-July to mid-August, competing through Dallas Aquatics program.

There have been major challenges in the past few years, Vicky admits. “Because the pool is in such bad condition, there was talk about the city shutting it down, filling it in. The city said the kids could just go up the road to Bahama Breeze to have their fun. But we asked the city officials, what about the SWIM team? They had no answer for that.”

So Vicky and Becky began a grass roots campaign. “We created our own PR a did a media Push,” Vicky explains. Fortunately, Vicky’s company, Full Moon Design Group, creates websites and does graphic design. She created a quick website for the Kidd Springs pool and team,, and “That little website and our swim-a-thon help raise $40,000 through various sponsorships.”

Vicky proudly says the kids from her team were responsible for getting people to sponsor them, and even went to City Hall to sit in on some meetings about closing the pool. “We got the attention of City Hall and, working together, saved the Kidd Springs Pool from being filled in.”

It turns out, the Dallas Parks budget had money set aside for new pools to be created around the city, “And we were re-included in that list.”

Vicky acknowledges that, “When the parents and swimmers of our Kidd Springs team went to City Hall to speak to the Parks & Rec’s Board to talk about how the pool was helping our community, they listened.” The new pool will be built in the same spot with construction beginning next fall.

Both Becky and Vicky swam and competed as they grew up, then each worked in the Houston Recreational Swim League for four years, from 1990 through 1994. “We started out as assistant coaches the first year then became Head coaches the following three years.” Vicky lived in Austin for 17 years and moved to Dallas in 2010. “No joke—I made the move on April 1, so it’s easy to remember,” Vicky says with a laugh.

With an Art and Journalism degree from Southwest Texas State, now known as Texas State U., Vicky began her professional career as a high school teacher for a couple of years, teaching Art and photojournalism. She says it was fun, but she prefers the design arena and coaching.

Her dedication to the latter has paid off: the team that started small is now the largest in the Dallas Aquatics Program. Practices are Mondays through Thursdays with competitions on Saturdays, which means traveling to other pools because Kidd Springs isn’t regulation sized. The team competes at the Fretz Rec Center pool and one in Lake Highlands for meets.

And if all goes as planned, the Kidd Springs team will be hosting meets at their brand new pool after next year, as construction is set to be completed before May of 2018.

Vicky says, “It’s a dream come true for our neighborhood.”

The team is in the midst of their season with their final meet on August 13, 2016, right before school begins again. Vicky’s Saturdays are booked through until then, and she admits, “It takes a lot of time and work, and I’m wet every day, but I love it.”


To see some of Vicky’s Full Moon Design Websites, check out

Vicky’s designs include the Rosemont Dad’s Website and the Bishop Arts Theatre, among others.


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Kay Lynn Mayhue is a native Texan now living in Atlanta where she works to help others plan for their financial future. A Cum Laude graduate from UNT with a degree in Financial Planning, she recently lost a dear friend to Cancer--leaving her twin toddlers too soon--and now has a renewed focus on helping young families prepare for life's sometimes unfair surprises. Kay Lynn travels to Texas about once a month to work with families in north Texas.

Richardson Native Kay Lynn Mayhue Helps Texans and Georgians Plan For Their Future

Kay Lynn Mayhue grew up in Richardson where she was a tri-athlete: she played guard on her high school basketball team, threw the discus in track and was on the volleyball team, “Where I basically warmed the bench while successfully avoided offseason basketball!” she says with a laugh.

A very competitive and driven person, in addition to sports and studying, she also worked a lot after school to earn money for college. She babysat, worked for a veterinarian, was a restaurant hostess, held management positions at several upscale Dallas hotels and was often busy helping rescue animals.

She attended the University of North Texas.  After graduating cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Financial Planning, she received a job offer from the company where she had interned. Shortly before she took the job, she met Erin Botsford.  “I just knew it would be a good fit for me,” she says, so she joined Botsford Financial Group in 1998 and began helping people in the north Texas area plan for their future retirement.

Her job took her one week a month to Atlanta, then two weeks, then three, until finally she moved there which meant less travel and more time to enjoy life. She and her husband, Greg, live in Roswell with their four children: Madison, 14; Bowen, 6; Keaton, 4; and Campbell, 3, her baby girl who Kay Lynn refers to as one of the best surprises of her life!

Another shock that was the opposite of a good surprise was losing one of her best friends, Brenda. Right at her 44th birthday, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. “She went extremely quick. We were all in shock.” Brenda died nine months after her diagnosis, leaving behind a husband and 18-month-old twin baby girls.

Kay Lynn says, “The loss was so hard. I’ve now seen first-hand the emotional side, the financial side and the spiritual side when you lose someone suddenly. This is why I say that no one knows when their birth certificate is going to expire so the time to do planning is now.”  She admits that she felt helpless with her friend, although she’d been trained to help people plan for their future. “Life insurance is not an option after being diagnosed with a life threatening disease. By the time we realized Brenda was sick, it was too late.”

Kay Lynn says the best time to do financial planning is yesterday (or next best is today)! She works with a lot of people in their fifties who hope to retire in ten years or less. “The time to plan is not after that last paycheck hits the bank, it is the decade or more before then.” 

A new passion she has developed is working with parents, to help them plan for any unexpected turns in their lives. She learned a lot from the situation with Brenda, and she has moved into action to help other parents build a safety net for their children, should disaster happen.

Kay Lynn’s father passed away just over three years ago, and she’s been trying to help her mother go through all his lifetime of things, and says, “We haven’t even made a dent. Purging things is hard.”  It has also been hard for her to see her mother deal with the emotions of moving forward in life on her own.   Through this, she has developed a huge passion for helping widows with both the financial and emotional impact the loss of a spouse can have. 

What isn’t hard, she says, but is more of a joy, is her job with Botsford Financial Group. Kay Lynn oversees both the Dallas and Atlanta offices. She is the company’s President, Managing Partner and Chief Compliance Officer. She sees clients, does speaking engagements and is busy with community involvement.

She’s proud to say she is a part of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council; members can join by invitation only. Most are attorneys, so Kay Lynn says, “It’s a privilege to be in that group. The members are cutting edge in their legacy planning.”

She’s also a new Board Member of Ignite Hope, a non-profit which supports adoption and is active in several leadership groups through 4word, a national non-profit supporting Christian career women, and Northpoint Community Church. 

Kay Lynn admits she’s fortunate and counts her blessings often. “I have an excellent husband who is amazing, and a nanny who loves our kids as her own during the day - we couldn’t do what we do without her.” She says she has a huge appreciation for working moms and knows how hard it is to raise children while working full time outside of the home.

As she remembers her friend Brenda, she invites her twin girls—now four years old— to her home as much as possible. “I want them to know they are loved and that we will always be here for them,” she says.

But the loss of her friend reminds her to keep after her clients with younger children and make sure their families will not be torn apart by the unexpected loss of a parent. It’s her way of grieving for her friend - helping other families plan for their future and to protect their lifestyle.


Contact Kay Lynn for her “Ten Things to DO This Summer” list of important tasks to complete to protect your family’s lifestyle: Kay Lynn Mayhue, CFP®, AEP ® or call the Frisco office located at 3001 Dallas Parkway
Suite 100
Frisco, TX 75034
Phone: (214)423-4200


Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory Services offered though Stratos Wealth Partners, A Registered Investment Advisor. Financial Planning offered through Lifestyle Planning Solutions, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Botsford Financial Group, Lifestyle Planning Solutions, LLC and Stratos Wealth Partners are separate entities from LPL Financial.


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Born in DeSoto, raised in Mesquite, Nate Cavender worked hard to get a scholarship to Texas Tech where he excelled in ROTC and academics. He graduated and became a pilot in the Air Force, logged over 650 combat hours and earned the Meritorious Service Medal. Now he works hard to serve others by helping to secure their financial future.

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A Pirate from Mesquite Becomes a Hero in the Air Overseas

Nate Cavender attended Mesquite Poteet High School where he excelled in three areas: academics, basketball and baseball. In fact, his batting average in his senior year was an impressive .500, which meant he got a hit once every two times he was pitched to. A .300 batting average is considered great and .500 is impressive.

No one has ever hit .500 for an entire season. Baseball hall of Famer and Boston Red Sox Phenom Ted Williams was the last player to hit above .400 and it will probably never happen again. To be considered a top-flight MLB player, .300 is the benchmark. Nate had a great batting average at one time during his senior year as a Poteet Pirate, but he was realistic: baseball was fun, but not his future. 

On the basketball court he was the shooting guard, and he can still hit three-pointers today.

Nate’s Plan

Sports were just a part of his over-all plan: what Nate really wanted to do in high school was to earn a scholarship to college, to help out his mother, Denise, a dental assistant, and stepfather John, a police officer. Nate knew college would strain the modest family budget, and his hard work in class and at his sports could help him get noticed by college recruiters.

Nate’s involvement in sports and athletics resulted in a four-year scholarship to Texas Tech. His friendly personality got him an invitation to join Sigma Chi Fraternity and he became President of his fraternity in his junior year.

Four years of studying--and going through the ROTC program at Texas Tech--earned Nate a Finance degree with an emphasis in Real Estate, and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air force. Nate was selected for a pilot slot in the Air Force through his good grades and hard work ethic. Nate felt fortunate to get into the program, since many apply but few are chosen. 

From Pirate to Pilot

Pilots have to make a ten-year commitment after graduating pilot training, and Nate was happy to do so. He was first stationed at McGuire AFB, New Jersey, and then at Joint Base Hickam-Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Nate jokes about “the terrible weather there,” when in reality, it was a beautiful place to work and live.

Nate flew in two wars: Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He logged over 650 combat hours, even being shot at twice, but says his training kept him safe. He received a number of awards including three air medals, earning one each for flying 20 combat missions, and the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), the highest award presented to those in the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service. He survived two deployments, one to Kuwait for four months, and one Turkey for four months.

During his time in the Air Force, he met through friends a Dallas Maverick’s Dancer named Crystal. They hit it off and began dating. He proposed by flying her in a Cessna over his parent’s property in Sunnyvale, where he had written out the words, “Marry me?!?”

“It wasn’t your typical proposal,” Nate admits, “Because I couldn’t really get down on one knee and propose in the Cessna—there’s no room in the cockpit for that!” But fortunately, Crystal started crying--and said yes.

Crystal got a promotion of sorts about the same time. She tried out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and made the squad. They married in the preseason so in their first year of marriage the couple was separated for six months, while Crystal cheered in Dallas and Nate was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. After the season ended, Crystal moved north to be with Nate in Philadelphia. 2010 was her last season on the Cowboys squad.

Nate’s New Mission

In 2014 the Air Force decided that there were too many pilots and gave the option to get out for those that applied. Nate separated after 8.5 years from the Air Force to come back home to the Dallas area because he missed his family and friends. “I was gone 200-plus days a year while in the military and realized I missed my friends and family and wanted to start a family of my own.” He separated as a Captain and went back to the other area of his life he loves: the world of finance.

Though he’s no longer saving the world in the military, he feels he’s helping people protect their personal lives by saving them the anguish of losing their assets. After one year working at Merrill Lynch, Nate met Erin Botsford while flying a Botsford client in their private Jet. After being introduced to her through the client, Nate learned her strategy designed to protect her clients’ personal wealth and signed on soon after because, he says, “I really believe in what we are doing here.” In fact, he’s taken on his stepfather as a client, moving his retirement from his former company into the Botsford Financial umbrella. His step-father plans to retire from the police force soon.

Although he’s no longer on active duty, Nate is still in the Rescue business. His most recent rescue is the dog he found roaming on the street near his uptown home. Nate and Crystal were walking back from dinner at a friend’s house and spotted the mangy German shepherd mix all alone. They brought the puppy home, although it was full of ticks and had a parasite, and took him to a vet to get him healthy. They named him Kai, which is the Hawaiian word for ocean.

Now that Nate is “grounded” in ocean-less Dallas, he has his beautiful wife, new puppy Kai, and family and friends close by. His plan to work hard to get ahead in life seems to have been a good one. Now his goal is to work hard to help keep safe and secure his clients’ futures through his financial advice.

Nate can be reached at Botsford Financial through his email: or 214-423-4200. He will also be speaking at the Oak Cliff Lions Club at noon on August 24th, 2016, at Weiss Auditorium at the Methodist Medical Complex on 1441 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203 See: 


Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory Services offered though Stratos Wealth Partners, Ltd. a registered investment advisor. Financial Planning offered through Lifestyle Planning Solutions, LLC, a registered investment advisor. Botsford Financial Group, Lifestyle Planning Solutions, LLC and Stratos Wealth Partners, Ltd. are separate entities from LPL Financial.

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The Bishop Arts Theatre in Oak Cliff is happy to have Jason Schulman as the Summer Camp Theatre Teacher. He works during the school year at DISD's Greiner Middle School.

Jason Schulman is a director, producer, playwright, actor and instructor.

He’s also a killer of plants. "I’m down to one Orchid at home," he admitshe’s so busy with his life outside his home he barely has time to water his plantsmake that, plant.

He is the Theatre Director at The Greiner Arts Academy, the owner of Ann Seen Productions, and this summer is teaching Monday through Thursdays at the summer camp at the Bishop Arts Theatre on Tyler Street, where he was previously involved with productions including The Face of Emmitt Till and Down For The #Count.

Additionally, Jason has been active at The Latino Cultural Center, The Dallas Children's Theatre, The African American Museum, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, he has worked at The Goodman Theatre, The Chicago Theatre, and the Shubert Theatre. He attended the renowned School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from The University of North Texas and is also a proud UCLA Bruin.

Now he’s inspiring children from the young age of five years old through 18 to reach for their dreams on the stage, as he did.

The School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati where Jason attended had an intensive application process which included auditioning in three different disciplines. "I wanted to be an actor, but also had to come up with two other areas of performance for my audition to try to be accepted into the school," he says, remembering the rigorous application process. Fortunately, he played the saxophone and piano, but he was also interested in other avenues so, to show his well-rounded skills, he auditioned in dance, art and creative writing. Typically, students would go home and wait two or three months to hear if they’d been accepted. The day after his audition, "I came down the stairs from my bedroom to the kitchen and there on the refrigerator door was my acceptancemy mom put it there for me to see as soon as I got up." A very rare occurrence, he was one of two students accepted immediatelyand the other became his best friend when the two began school that fall.

"My parents were 100 % behind me," he remembers gratefully, so he and his mother moved from their home in Chicago to live in Cincinnati while he attended the prestigious high school, with his father staying behind to work.

Both his parents had unusual careers: "My father was an executive of Oscar de la Renta and also worked for Yves St. Laurant and Bonnie Doon, while my mom was Georgio Armani’s right hand person."

His parents, Olga and Michael Schulman, met at a dance at Lackland Air Force base. His father had been training to become a medical doctor in the Air Force and was visiting the base and saw his mother across the room. She was convinced he was over confident, so ignored him when he walked over to her tableand asked her sister, sitting beside her, to dance instead.

"It was his way of getting my mother’s attention, and it sure worked!" The two have been married for over five decades and are now retired in Florida.

Jason feels fortunate that he has the father he’s been blessed with, especially since he’s healthy now after two bouts with Cancer. The first came with Jason was off to college at the University of Miami. Jason dropped out after a year to move back to Cincinnati when his father was diagnosed with Lymphoma. When he got better Jason returned to college, but his father soon had a relapse. 

"It was more serious this time and we thought we were going to lose him," Jason recalls, so he left school to be with his parents. He survived by doing voice-over work, waiting tables, "Just trying to get back into the industry I loved." When his father got better and moved to Florida, Jason started his own business, Mosaic, which was a success. He sold the company and left to pursue his managerial career on the west coast, working in San Diego and Las Vegas. One day he realized he should go back to school and finish his degree.

He applied and was accepted at a number of universities, and was down to UT in Austin and The University of Arizona. Just as he was about to make a deposit at UT he learned that the cap for out of state students had been reached, and he would have to wait to attend college there. Not wanting to wait another year or two, he concluded Arizona would be his final destination, when and aunt and uncle in Texas suggested he look into the University of North Texas, a school he’d never heard of. "They told me the school had a great Jazz program, which sounded cool to me." He applied, was accepted, and a few years later had a political science and pre-law degree and was ready to apply to law school to become a lawyer.

"But my mentor at North Texas told me ‘You’re talented beyond what you are doing.’ He said I needed to use my theater skills, and teach others." An opening at Greiner Middle School seemed the perfect fit. He was accepted to teach but the theatre position was filled, so he taught History. He won "Teacher of the year," his first year at the school, and was thrilled when he was transferred into the Theater department the following fall.

He’s been there six years now and feels the school has made some "Really great strides in the department." He teaches several courses, up to 120 students a year, classes such as Production, Film, Theater Management, Theater History and Theater Tech. With 1,700 students on campus, he has a lot of students ready to fill his classes. Many go on to pursue theater at, Booker T. Washington, Talented and Gifted (TAG) and Townview DISD schools. "Greiner is The Pearl of DISD," he states proudly. "There’s a lot of incredible kids there. I love what I do!"

Three years ago he got a call from Teresa Wash, looking for some help on a production. The two became fast friends and now he’s teaching theater all year-round, teaching at Greiner during the school year, teaching at the Bishop Arts Summer Camp program, and working at various productions throughout the Dallas area in the evenings. He’s involved behind the scenes with "Pinkalicious" at the Dallas Children’s theater this summer. And in his rare spare time, he writes screenplays.

He’s also set to work on a Haunted House at the Bishop Art’s Theatre this fall, and feels "extremely humbled at the opportunity to work with Teresa Coleman Wash, the wonderful staff here at The Bishop Arts Theatre, and the plethora of so many great people throughout the years."

His days and nights are full. "I’m happy in my life right now," he says. His many students and co-workers are too.

Just don’t buy him a plant.


To learn about the upcoming programs at the Bishop Arts Theatre or to see Jason's summer theater students perform check the theatre’s website:

To contact Jason Schulman, Theatre Director, e-mail him at: