The City Board manages the daily operations of Brighter Dallas.
Bethany Dillinger joined the Brighter Dallas City Board as Executive Director in 2015. An avid believer in and pursuer of professional and political networking, Bethany made Uptown her home in 2014 and began making connections. By day, she is a media strategist for Ackerman McQueen – a full service media and marketing agency with a 75 year legacy operating out of the heart of Dallas. Her professional background includes finance, legal, and event coordination. She has her BA in English Literature & Writing from the University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, Bethany endeavors the foodie lifestyle, exploring Dallas’s fine food and wine purveyors; she is also an artist and writer. Bethany and her husband are the proud parents of two children.
Court Alley In 2008, Court founded and worked as the Executive Director of Brighter Dallas. In 2013, Court resigned from the Executive Director position and transitioned to the City Board to run for a seat in the Texas State House. During his candidacy, he garnered the support of multiple former mayors and many business and civic leaders around the community. Court Alley began his career working for The Barrington Group and later started his own marketing company, Caruth Marketing, a highly successful creative enterprise which he sold in 2014. Court is a graduate of the University of Texas with a major in government and a minor in business. He serves on the Advisory Board for America’s Future Foundation and the Serve West Dallas Resource Team. In addition, he is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) as well as the Dallas Petroleum Club.
Chriss Schwiderski is the Executive Director of Brighter Dallas. He has varied experiences on Political, Social and Civic Boards in both his native Minnesota and his adopted home of Dallas. Professionally, Chriss is in information technology where he currently works for Forsythe, a consultancy. He has his BS and MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Thomas Gleason is the Co-Founder and Vice Executive Director of Brighter Dallas, and Founder and President of Gleason Oil & Gas, LLC, a very successful oil and gas exploration and production company based in Dallas, TX, with offices in Houston, TX, and Oklahoma City, OK. Thomas is also jointly responsible for the creation of the Maguire Energy Institute’s Dallas Council within the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. The Dallas Council is a Board of 35 young professionals in the energy industry tasked with raising awareness of the Institute regionally and nationally, as well as, mentoring current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Maguire Energy Instutute program.
Rick Loeffler joined Brighter Dallas as treasurer in 2016. He is a licensed CPA in Texas and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He moved to Dallas in 2010 and is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He holds a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Oklahoma. His free time is spent watching baseball, enjoying the outdoors, and finding new hiking trails with his wife.
Lindsey Collins A high net worth risk management advisor with an interest in decision psychology and anthropology, Lindsey has studied and lived/worked abroad in more countries than she can remember, and developed quite the network in that time. She is proudly a part of the oldest insurance brokerage in Texas, Dexter & Company. She brings an ear for communications and an eye for marketing and branding to the team. Her favorite things include her daughter Jade, racing sailboats, and wine nights.
Summer John graduated in 2009 with a BBA emphasis on business management from Baylor University. After living all of her formative years split between London and Houston, Texas, Summe has had the opportunity to travel extensively, but is now proud to call Dallas home. She currently is the Communications Specialist at Santander Consumer USA. In addition to Brighter Dallas, she is also on The Partners Auxiliary Board for The Family Place and a member of The Junior League of Dallas. When she’s not working or volunteering Summer enjoys spending time with her Boxer, Bella, cooking, and experiencing Dallas.