Jenna M. Waters has
served distinguished organizations with expert consulting and project
management for more than 25 years.Her career
began as a researcher in the economic development department of the Fort Worth
Chamber of Commerce, then extended to other notable positions across North
Texas - Assistant Vice President of Governmental Affairs for OmniAmerican
Federal Credit Union, Director of Marketing for the Arlington Chamber of
Commerce, Executive Director of the North Texas Clean Air Coalition, Public Affairs Manager for Chesapeake Energy, and President of the
Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Partners portfolio includes high profile initiatives for clients such as
Galderma, North Texas Clean Air Coalition, Texas Exile, Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County (VETCO), Crime Prevention Resources Center, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, HEB ISD Education Foundation, Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas, Republican Party of Texas, and the Arlington
Chamber/Arlington ISD collaboration - A+Arlington.
Jenna increases the
capacity of our clients’ work through her expertise in nonprofit management,
volunteer/board engagement, fundraising, membership development, community
relations/marketing/communications, event management, community program
development, and facilitating/strategic planning.She also adds value to each project through
her skill sets in technology and desk-top publishing in both Microsoft
Publisher and Adobe Creative Suite.
Jenna earned her Associates of Arts degree from
Tarrant County College and was honored to be recently recognized as a TCC
Distinguished Alumni.She continued her
education at Texas Woman’s University. Appointments to the City of Bedford Community Affairs Commission and the Birdville ISD Textbook Review Committee are among her various volunteer commitments. Her family life includes being mom to an active 14 year-old son and
being the caretaker of her elderly relatives.While she has advanced many community causes to date such as economic
development, education, workforce development, veterans services and clean air,
that responsibility to her relatives has given her a unique, in-depth perspective
on elder care and senior needs, as well as an understanding of Alzheimer’s and
other healthcare issues.
Christy Crytzer Pierce brings more than 14 years of well-rounded nonprofit industry experience, greatly expanding our capacity to serve our clients including those like Cassata High School, Plano ISD Education Foundation, TCC Foundation and Fort Worth Academy.
An accomplished professional known for her friendly, results-oriented approach, Christy has held positions in communications at the National Endowment for the Arts, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Her work on national PR campaigns include Congressional grant workshops, the grand opening of Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, the GRAMMY-award winning recording Made in America, two music director announcements, and a high-profile fundraising with Oscar de la Renta.
As a fundraiser, Christy raised more than $1 million dollars annually for the Dallas Symphony through government agencies, private and public foundations, and corporate grants. At the University of Texas at Arlington and the YWCA of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, she was responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts, including planned gifts, communications, annual fund and event management, and board/volunteer relations.
In addition to her vast work experience, Christy is an adjunct professor at the Univeristy of North Texas, where she teaches a course in nonprofit management.
Christy received her Master’s degree in Art Management from American University in Washington, DC and her BFA in Music and minor in German from Indiana Univeristy of Pennsylvania. She is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and currently lives in Fort Worth with her husband Brad, a chemistry professor at UT Arlington, and her infant son, Corbin.
Cynthia Miller, Ph.D. comes
to Project Partners following 16 years at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
from 2001 to 2017. As Vice President of Workforce Development and Education at
the Chamber, she directed workforce and education initiatives in the 16-county
North Texas region. She built coalitions with employers, community, education,
nonprofit and governmental organizations to address issues of workforce supply
and demand, advocating for education as the foundation of economic development.
Cynthia played a key role in writing grants and securing more than $2 million
of grant funding during her tenure at the Chamber to address issues such as college
and career readiness, career pathway development, workforce preparation, and
industry cluster development. Just before joining the Chamber, Cynthia served
as a consultant at the Fort Worth Independent School District in
communications, business/education partnership coordination, and event
Cynthia is known for her collaborative and inclusive leadership
style. She enjoys serving in an intermediary role to stimulate improved
alignment between education, business and the community. Cynthia has built an extensive network over
the course of her 40-year career and brings high energy, determination, enthusiasm,
compassion and commitment to serve Project Partners and its clients.
Cynthia began her business career at Bechtel Corporation in
San Francisco, California and directed the corporate-wide Equal Employment
Opportunity/Affirmative Action function prior to joining Bank of America in
California in 1984. She developed and managed a bank-wide employee
transportation strategy, encouraging employees to use ride-sharing and mass
transit commute alternatives. She developed and implemented an education programs
strategy, focusing on school-to-work transition to foster excellence in the
K-12 public education system.
Upon the Bank of America’s entry into Texas in 1993, Cynthia
moved to Texas to launch a cause-related marketing campaign focusing on business/education
partnerships and volunteer engagement. She directed the Bank of America
Foundation for Texas, placing $5.5 million annually in education, community
development, health and human services and arts and cultural charitable grants.
Cynthia received a Bachelor of Arts in French from the
University of California at Davis and a Master of Business Administration from
Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational
Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington in December 2014.She has served on nonprofit boards and
advisory groups in California, Texas, Washington, D.C. and New York and
currently serves on the Fort Worth ISD Education Foundation Board, the
Leadership ISD Tarrant County Founding Advisory Board, and the Texas
Association of School Administrators (TASA) Texas Leadership Center Board.
Cynthia is an accomplished pianist and enjoys playing for community
and charity events.
Kristin Kirkpatrick comes to us from Texas Christian University, where she served as the Assistant Director of Conference Services for more than eight years. In that role, she coordinated more than 200 events annually, including huge high school graduations, community awareness and fundraising events, corporate meetings and conferences, and many TCU-hosted events. Kristin developed strong ties with all of her clients including the Fort Worth ISD, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA), Tarrant County Literacy Coalition, Texas Diversity Council and the Child Study Center.
Kristin is a Texas girl and bleeds purple! She was born and raised in Mansfield and moved to Fort Worth to attend TCU. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in advertising before joining Conference Services. While working in Student Affairs, Kristin was able to do something she truly loves - build and engage community. It was that experience that cultivated her desire to become involved with the Fort Worth community and several nonprofit organizations.
Kristin is a 2014 Leadership Fort Worth Leading Edge graduate and has spent time working with Communities In Schools, the TCU Staff Assembly, TCU College Resource, TCU Brand Ambassadors and the Association of Event Directors-International (ACCED-I).
Also a creative writer, Kristin is currently working on a fiction novel. She and her husband, Jaycob, live in Aledo with their two daughters, Kelsey and Kimbrey.
Wendy A. Williamsonbrings more than seventeen years of experience in marketing and community relations, event management, volunteer engagement, fund development, administration, and project management. Her work performance displays a conscientious, self-disciplined, and professionally-driven attitude. Wendy’s cooperative style of work engages others and motivates them to collaborate. We especially depend on her ability to utilize creative design ideas in practical and efficient applications. Wendy is uniquely able to combine her highly organized technique of accomplishing critical tasks at hand with a “grace under pressure” style and terrific sense of humor.
Prior to joining the Project Partners team in 2001, Wendy held two different positions at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Wendy is a 1997 graduate of TCU with a Bachelor of Science degree in design and minors in art and business. She enjoys her two young children, Ethan and Nina, cooking, volunteering for her children’s schools, and entertaining in her home.
Wendy’s Project Partners portfolio includes work for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Arlington ISD Education Foundation, Safe City Commission, Sundance Square, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, Fort Worth Academy, Fort Worth Sister Cities, Tarrant Independent School Consortium, Key School, Alliance for Children, Brighter Outlook, Inc., Child Study Center Foundation, First Command Educational Foundation, and "I Have a Dream" Foundation® Fort Worth.
Michele Burnett, a senior major events and community engagement specialist and a 1987 OSU graduate with two Bachelor of Science degrees, joined forces with Project Partners in 1998. Michele brings unmatched expertise, enthusiasm, and professionalism to your project. She is perhaps best known for her determination and commitment to make a difference in our community, and her firm, yet friendly and effective management of vendors and volunteers. Her earned respect from clients is greatly responsible for much of the repeat work we enjoy from year to year, as our clients come to depend on Michele’s expert advice and guidance.
Michele’s prior work includes serving as a customer service agent for a major insurance company and extensive volunteer experience with several key nonprofit groups. In her little bit of down time from Project Partners, Michele enjoys her family, friends and horses.
Michele’s Project Partners portfolio includes work for Fort Worth Sister Cities International, Missions Resource Network, Fort Worth ISD, Arlington Chamber of Commerce - Downtown Development, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, North Texas Commission, North Texas Clean Air Coalition, Camp Fire USA First Texas Council, Safe City Commission, Republican Party of Texas, and Amtrak.