Board of Directors

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Get to know the people behind Valiant Hearts

Valiant Hearts is currently overseen by a Board of Directors and supported by an Survivor Leader Advisory Council. There are four parts to our volunteer team:

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Board of Directors

Linda Braddy

President

Linda is the President of Dallas College Brookhaven in Farmer’s Branch, Texas, where she is responsible for leading initiatives which contribute to the vibrancy, growth, and economic stability of Dallas County.

She previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Tarrant County College and served as Deputy Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America in Washington, D.C.

She received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked throughout her career to promote the use of evidence-based teaching practices that improve student learning outcomes.

Jim Phillips

Secretary

Christi Messinger

Treasurer

Christi was born, raised, and still lives in the Mid Cities area. A graduate of L.D. Bell High School and Texas Wesleyan University, Christi started her accounting career in the tax department of what was then Deloitte Haskins and Sells (Deloitte).

After leaving Deloitte, Christ worked with several small to medium-size firms in the DFW area before starting her own practice specializing in tax preparation, planning, and business consulting. After many years of having an office in Bedford, Christi relocated her firm to Main St. in Grapevine, Texas in May of 2016 and is excited to be part of the growing Grapevine community.

Christi loves to travel, watch Aggie football and try new restaurants with her husband Stan. The two of them have a son Clayton and his wife Raegan, a daughter Mackenzie and 3 furry “children”.

Carol Montgomery

Carole is the City of Southlake’s Presiding Municipal Court Judge. She received her Bachelors Degree from Stephen F. Austin University and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence at St. Mary’s School of Law.

Survivor Leader Advisory Council

Bekah Charleston

At the age of 17, Bekah Charleston became a victim of sex trafficking when she ran away from home. She remained a victim for more than 10 years with multiple traffickers, finally able to escape when the federal authorities became involved.

She hit rock bottom, almost believing that she was forever trapped in her circumstances and defined by her past. She started attending Valiant Hearts’ support group, graduating, and then serving as our Executive Director from 2017 to 2020.

Bekah has rebuilt her life and is a nationally recognized speaker, contributor, and consultant. She’s dedicated her life to helping individuals and organizations grow through adversity.