Trusted members of the community serving for the betterment of the White Rock Lake community.
Image courtesy of Le Ann Tawney
Joe has lived in Lakewood and within a short walk to White Rock Lake since 2009. Joe, his wife Ariel, and their rescue hound “Miss Maude” are frequent users of the lake trails and other White Rock Lake amenities. His proximity to the lake serves as a daily reminder of the importance of the White Rock Lake Foundation’s service to the lake and surrounding park areas. Joe is a partner at the law firm Husch Blackwell LLP and specializes in commercial real estate.
Kathleen grew up in Texas and then relocated to Nevada where she earned a degree from UNLV in business with a concentration in finance. She has over thirty years-experience in a wide range of management positions in the hospitality, gaming, and real estate industries. After returning to Texas, she settled near White Rock Lake and began spending time there. Being very passionate about protecting the fragile nature of the environment made her want to actively participate in the foundation to help preserve the lake for families and visitors to enjoy. She is a commercial appraiser and real estate broker and tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors.
Marcie moved to Dallas in 1984, with most of the time since spent living near White Rock Lake and enjoying all it has to offer. A graduate of Texas Tech University, her career has been spent in the hotel business, first designing them and then becoming an independent sales rep providing products for hospitality projects. She has served on the boards of both business and community organizations in various capacities. Her love of nature inspired her to join the WRLF board and help support its mission of preserving the lake’s natural beauty for all to enjoy.
Our newest member; information to come.
Ted was born and raised in Dallas and has been a user of White Rock Lake Park for most of his life. He has been in property management, real estate sales and remodeling since 1980 and attended the University of Texas at Austin. He is passionate about the future of the lake and the goals of the White Rock Lake Foundation which was formed in 1989. Having been an active member he has been involved in many improvement projects and fundraisers through the years and remains committed to seeing the lake and park enhanced to its full potential. He has served on the board of the foundation since 1997 and currently serves as its president.
Sharon Van Buskirk
Native to East Dallas, Sharon grew up with White Rock Lake as a prominent backdrop to her early years – first picnic, first duck feeding, and that all important first big bike ride with just your friends. Her parents remember dances and swimming at the lake during their teen years. The lake has joyfully provided Sharon with many things including a stint at the Dallas Arboretum and the scenic landscape where her husband first popped the question!
Preservation of the natural beauty and sometimes fragile ecosystem of the lake are driving forces behind her participation on the Foundation Board.
Susan J. Falvo has held Senior Management positions for over thirty years in several industries and has expertise in a wide range of professional responsibilities. She is a long time White Rock Lake Supporter. In addition to her involvement with the White Rock Lake Foundation, she has been on the White Rock Lake Task Force and the White Rock Lake Partnership.
Ethan Everett was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and grew up very close to White Rock Lake. He is a proud graduate of Lake Highlands High School, Class of 1990, and earned his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University. Ethan is currently Vice President of Commercial Banking at Independent Bank, and has been involved in the community as a past board member of the USA Film Festival, current member of The Lake Highlands Exchange Club and Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce. After living and working in both New York City and Washington D.C., Ethan is proud to once again call Lake Highlands home for himself and his family. Ethan is married with 3 boys: Ellis, Truman and Leo. His wife, Kiersten, spent 15 years as an educator in DISD.
Peggy Phife attended Woodrow Wilson and SMU, and has enjoyed White Rock Lake throughout her life. After a career in Dallas Independent School District, serving as a teacher and counselor, she now has a private practice as a therapist in Lakewood. She loves visiting her daughter and family in Vermont.
Barbara Wardlow joined the White Rock Lake Foundation in 2017 after volunteering for the Foundation for several years. Barbara received a degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, from the University of Texas at Arlington. She stayed in Dallas and developed a strong sales career in fine paper and printing. Her current employer is Big Box-Little Box which produces high-end specialty packaging and promotions, case bound books, and influencer marketing promotions for local and national accounts.
John Botefuhr is a chiropractor and a 6th generation Dallas native . A Highland Park High School graduate, Dr. Botefuhr received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma whereupon he went on to receive a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles. In his free time, he enjoys biking around White Rock Lake, staying active at the White Rock YMCA, cooking, and Dallas history.
Jenny’s love for White Rock Lake came at an early age when her family purchased a home in Lakewood on Bob-O-Link. She has many fond memories spending the summer months at the lake enjoying paddle boats and picnics.
As a top producing agent since her first full year in the business, Jenny has received many accolades from Rookie of the Year to the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award.
Michael was born and raised in the North Carolina foothills, but visited family in Dallas every year as a child, moved to Dallas after college, and returned for good after a decade in the Washington DC and Charlotte, NC areas. His wife Mindy’s only requirement when they returned to Dallas in 2013 was that they live near White Rock Lake.
They now live with their two kiddos and energetic Boykin Spaniel on Lanshire Drive in lower Lake Highlands in a pecan grove that was planted after the big dig for White Rock. Whether kid activities at Highlander School or the Arboretum, exercising at the White Rock Y, biking around the lake, or church activities in Lochwood, the Blackwell crew’s life pretty well revolves around East Dallas and WRL.
Michael works from Mockingbird Station where he is Senior Managing Director in charge of the Dallas office for Mill Creek Residential Trust, a national developer, builder, and operator of residential and mixed-use communities, which originated from the Trammell Crow family of companies in Dallas. Michael is a proud graduate of the Executive MBA program at SMU and holds Bachelor of Arts from Hampden-Sydney College, where he previously served on the Virginia college’s Board of Trustees. In addition to the WRLF, Michael has served on the board of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Foundation board for The Real Estate Council (TREC) in Dallas.
Ben and his wife, Lindsey, moved to Dallas in the mid-2000s and immediately became enthusiasts of White Rock Lake, settling just north of the lake in Lake Highlands. Ben, a native of Houston, received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baylor University and is the Managing Director of Hines’ DFW office which focuses on real estate development, investment, and management of various product types including office, multi-family residential, industrial, single-family residential, and self-storage.
His family, including two boys, Charlie and Jake, enjoy cycling around White Rock Lake, youth sports, and exploring all of Dallas’ new restaurants and parks. Ben joined the Board in 2020 and has also served on the boards of the Las Colinas Association, The Dallas Chamber, The Real Estate Council, and the City of Dallas District 10 Advisory Council.
Interested in serving on the WRLF Board?
The White Rock Lake Foundation Board Members are comprised of WRLF Members who are passionate about White Rock Lake and the surrounding community. If this sounds like you, contact us for more information.