Blake is the President of Purple Foundation. For more than 10 years, he has been an integral part of Purple’s continued growth and success. As President, he oversees the organization and is charged with scouting and securing venues, scheduling and planning Purple events throughout the year. He is also primarily responsible for Purple’s musical direction, taking on hiring and managing the amazing DJ talent that spin and perform at all of our parties and events.
Blake first volunteered for the Purple Party Weekend in 2005, mainly running errands and transporting DJs. His initial reasons for joining Purple Foundation were initially to make friends and have fun. After touring AIDS Services of Dallas, it soon became clear that these were small benefits compared to the satisfaction and fulfillment from improving the lives of people in his community.
Louisiana born, but Dallas raised, Blake graduated from the Art Institute of Dallas with a BFA in Interior Design. Currently, Blake is a Managing Partner and Director of Design and Construction for RBS Brown Development. When he’s not remodeling homes or managing Purple Foundation duties, Blake enjoys traveling and spending time with his Partner Mark and their two dogs.
As Vice President, Chris fills many roles with Purple Foundation, including IT manager, graphic designer and e-mail marketer. Chris lends his time and technical savvy by operating and managing the organization’s IT infrastructure, including our website, POS terminals, ticketing systems and A/V needs at events. He is also responsible for our graphics and has ushered the evolution of the organization’s branding over time. You’ll also see Chris with camera assisting with event photography.
Chris’s involvement with Purple Foundation goes back to its earliest years when he gave his time as a volunteer. After taking a few years away, he returned in 2010 to offer his technology and design related skills to the growing organization. In 2011, Chris joined the Purple Foundation Board of Directors. Being involved with Purple gives him joy by sharing his expertise to fulfilling a growing desire to give back to the community.
Chris was born and raised in small-town Missouri, He graduated with a BS in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University. Upon graduating, he moved to Dallas to take his position at AT&T as Senior Data Analyst where he specializes in data warehousing, mining, and analysis. Chris prefers to spend his free time engaging in activities that challenge his brain, a trait that led him to working with computers at the ripe age of seven. He is a classically trained pianist and has recently developed a real love of photography.
Sara is Vice President and primarily handles the task of coordination and organization of Purple’s volunteer force for all Purple events throughout the year. As an all-volunteer organization, the success of our events is largely due to the work of individuals contributing their time. Sara is responsible to ensuring that events are properly staffed through recruiting, scheduling and communicating with our amazing group of volunteers. Additionally, she acts as a liaison to our local beneficiaries, acting as a vital conduit between them and the board and committee members.
Giving back has been a long-standing value for Sara; she is also involved with the American Cancer Society and St. Baldrick’s, a childhood cancer non-profit. Sara began volunteering for Purple in 2010 because many of her friends were involved. She became an associate board member in 2012 because of her strong belief in the mission of AIDS Services of Dallas and the importance of the organizations and programs Purple Foundation helps support. She is proud of the impact individuals are able to make, no matter the size of the contribution.
A Nebraska native, Sara graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in English and moved to Texas in 1994. She is currently the office manager for a commercial construction firm. Sara is known for being fiercely dedicated to her friends, but also has a passion for reading, television and the trappings of pop culture.
Travis is Purple Foundation’s Treasurer and takes the lead on organizing and planning for Purple’s financial matters, insuring we’re able to maximize our impact on our beneficiaries and operational efficiency. Travis manages financial planning, record keeping and reporting.
Travis first attended the Purple Party in 2004 and quickly realized that the party itself is only one facet of Purple Foundation. For the next several years, he supported purple as a financial donor. He started volunteering for Purple in 2009 and joined the Associate Board in 2010. His first tour of AIDS Services of Dallas that year was the eye-opening and emotional experience that solidified his commitment to Purple Foundation’s mission by introducing him to the people who are impacted by Purple’s work and financial support.
Travis grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. Travis has a self-described love affair with Broadway. He takes a trip to New York every year to see as many shows as possible, and he is an avid supporter of local theatre, purchasing season tickets to Dallas Summer Musicals and Winspear Opera House every year.
As Creative Director, Kris responsibilities lie in the production and design aspects of the Purple Party weekend and Purple Foundation’s events throughout the year. From the creative vision to execution, Kris leads the charge in everything from décor design and A/V to hair, makeup and costuming for our dancers during PPW and Purple’s Dallas Pride events. Along with the board and volunteers, he creates original and engaging events that inspire guests to return year after year, bringing new friends with them each time.
Attending first as a guest and then as a volunteer, Kris joined the Board in 2009 after coming to understand the importance of fundraising for Purple’s beneficiaries and getting to know the people that depend on that organization. Kris says that working for Purple Foundation is one of the most challenging and most rewarding commitments he has ever made. He dedicates all of his hard work, his trials and his triumphs to all of the close friends he has lost to AIDS.
Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Kris graduated with his BS from Appalachian State University. He has been a Dallas resident since 2003. Kris is the Director of Marketing, North America for BRIC’S USA, an Italian company that manufactures and sells luxury bags and accessories. He was the first employee for BRIC’S in North America 12 years ago and has been responsible for the development of the brand throughout the continent. Kris has an affinity for Great Danes (he currently has two), skiing, photography, movies and all other things pop culture.
As Development Director, Dylan oversees and manages all relationships and contracts with Purple Foundation’s sponsors and party partners. The support of these individual and corporate partners assists in operational and advertising costs, as well as supplies and other costs, ensuring Purple Foundation is able to give as much as possible to its local beneficiaries. Additionally, Dylan acts as community manager, handling our social media presence.
Dylan has been involved with nonprofits in one form or another since an early age. In Austin, he was active with Austin Men’s Project, a community-building project funded by the AIDS Services of Austin. After attending several Purple events, he began volunteering in 2012 after being encouraged by a friend to become more involved. Dylan became a committee member in 2013 and in 2014 joined the board as the Director of Development.
Dylan was born and raised in Corpus Christi. He earned his BS in Communication Studies from the University of Texas, Austin. Dylan relocated to Dallas in 2004 and is currently the Marketing Manager for a national sports medicine nonprofit association. In his spare time, Dylan loves spending time with his friends-many of whom he met through Purple, catching up on all his television shows and furthering his yoga practice, which he has been studying since 2012.