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Animal Protection Program

Melanie K. Anderson – Program Director   |  303-697-6796   |   Email

Melanie Anderson has been with the foundation since its formation in early 1989 and assisted the donor, Annie Lee Roberts, with the creation of the animal program and its funding priorities. She serves as a program officer and is a board member for the foundation. Anderson graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and worked for the Dallas Times Herald. Prior to joining the foundation, she also worked as a volunteer for a variety of animal protection organizations throughout the United States as well as conducting feral cat rescue in Dallas, Texas. Melanie resides in the “urban-wildlands foothills” west of Denver, Colorado and besides living with domestic cats, she also manages to peacefully co-exist with resident foxes, mountain lions, and black bears.

Texas History Program

Gary N. Smith – President   | 214-363-9000  |   Email

Gary N. Smith is the foundation’s President and Texas History Program Director. He joined the foundation in 2015 as its program officer for the Texas History Program and assumed additional duties as president in 2018.

Smith grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and his professional experience includes positions with the Iowa Division of Historic Preservation, the Historical Society of Delaware, the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis, and the McFaddin-Ward House Museum in Beaumont, Texas. From 1996 – 2014 he was the president and executive director of Dallas Heritage Village in Dallas, Texas. He has also served as adjunct professor in the museum studies program at Baylor University, where he taught courses on museum administration and historic house museums from 2007-2017. He is active in a number of professional associations, including Philanthropy Southwest as well as the Texas Association of Museums, of which he is a past president.

Principal Office 

5556 Caruth Haven Lane
Dallas, Texas 75225 (USA)
Phone: 214-363-9000

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