BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF

Alliance for a Greater, Greener Cypress

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Teri Quance

Founder/ CEO/ President

Biography

Teri is a Cypress business owner with a background in Journalism/Marketing from UNT and Fine Arts from TSU. The first half of her career was devoted to Marketing and Advertising working with such clients as American Express, Marathon Oil and the Dallas Market Center among many others. Teri has run a successful studio for the past 20 years. She has served as the Certification Chair through PPA, a national trade organization with over 25,000 members. As well, she served on the Founding Board for the IHN a National Non-Profit servicing families temporarily without a home.

Teri’s passion is people… Bringing them together for a common cause. She believes we are all responsible for raising the bar on hope, no matter our situation.

Cynthia Gill

Founder/ Chairman of the Board

Biography

Cynthia Gill is Vice President of MCMA, Holding, LLC and has owned and operated two retail stores in Honolulu, HI and Wailea, HI. She has 25 years in the Information Technology industry managing teams of Deliotte Consulting as Vice President, Consulting Services. She is also the Vice President of Business Relations for the International SAP User Group. Cynthia wanted to help improve the future of our children and created Cypress Junior Cotillion to provide etiquette instruction for the youth in the Cypress community.

Cynthia thrives on volunteering for a cause. Her enthusiasm and energy are illustrated in the many volunteer roles that she has fulfilled in the Cypress community at several CyFair Schools, Community fundraisers, and church events. She continues to look for new opportunities to enhance and create a new project that impacts community for the good of society.

Cynthia and her husband, Mike, love traveling with her two children: Matt and Audrey. Their most spoiled child is their little Beaux, a white furry fella.

Susie Pipkin

Founder/ Vice Chair of the Board

Biography

Susie’s background is in Business Management and Marketing. After college, her career afforded opportunities to grow and flourish in a national franchise company and in the healthcare industry, as well as in a Fortune 500 Company. Once her family settled in Cypress, she sought opportunities within her community to utilize her business experience in working with and developing non-profit organizations. Currently, Susie serves as the director of a Christian-based organization devoted to teaching and growing hundreds of young families… building strong, courageous, and compassionate hearts for God and for our community.

Susie is passionate about building a legacy of compassion for others. She thrives in opportunities to volunteer and work with friends and colleagues toward that common goal. Susie is loyal and dedicated to Cypress… better communities make a better world.

Susie and her husband, John, are celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary this year! They have one son, Emory, proudly serving in the U.S. Army; and one daughter, Bethany, a senior at Texas State University.

Shirley Chabala

Board Treasurer

Biography

Shirley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She taught Special Education for 8 years. She also has an Associates Degree in Accounting, along with an IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer Certification. She is Treasurer / Co Owner of Accurate Plumbing and Leak Detection, Inc. She is also Vice President of Wealthcore Management. She has been the principal of Shirley’s Accounting for the past 15 years.

She is passionate about helping others. She volunteered at Special Olympics, vacation bible school and church youth religious education. She assists elderly neighbors and others in her community.

Shirley is married to Chip. They have 2 daughters – Ashley and Andrea. The family loves to go camping and hiking. They have also rescued 4 legged children: dogs – Sally, Doug and Spot; cat – Happy; pig – Daisy Mae and 5 ducks.

Erin Trevino

Director of Development

Biography

Erin was born and raised in Chicago, but moved to Texas in 1986.  In 1997, after working in the healthcare industry for several years, she began working for The Trevino Group, Inc., as Human Resources Director.  In 1998, Erin was named Secretary/Treasurer of the corporation and oversees human resources, project administration, safety and contract compliance.  Erin attended Northern Illinois University, and received her paralegal certification from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.  She is a current member of the Construction Law Section of the Texas Bar Association.  Erin and her husband Dale have been married for 27 years and have raised three children: Caitlin, who received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Accounting from Texas Tech University, Kelly, who is currently a graduate student at Texas A&M University, and Connor, who is currently a sophomore at Concordia University in Austin, Texas.  Erin and Dale moved to Cypress in 2002 and have been active supporters of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as numerous volunteer efforts for their church, school and the Cypress community. 

Suzanne Merecka

Director of Caring Heart

Biography

Suzanne graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education in May, 1990. She began teaching second grade at Spring Shadows Elementary School in Spring Branch I.S.D. from 1990 – 1995. After five years of teaching she was very blessed to be able to become a stay at home mom and raise her children, the oldest having been diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects at birth. Being at home allowed her to volunteer often and be a leader in Community Bible Study.

She is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus Christ with others! Her leadership role in Community Bible Study has given her the opportunity to do just that as a children’s teacher – another passion!

Suzanne is married to Jeff Merecka (24 years), has a son Jordan (21), daughter Allison (19) and son, Brandon (16).

Stephanie Baker

Director of Horticulture

Biography

Terri Tripp

Director of Volunteer Management

Biography

Debbie Jordan

Director of Events & Fundraising

Biography

Blythe McCoy

Director of Scholarship

Biography

STAFF

Teri Quance

CEO/President

Biography

Teri is a Cypress business owner with a background in Journalism/Marketing from UNT and Fine Arts from TSU. The first half of her career was devoted to Marketing and Advertising working with such clients as American Express, Marathon Oil and the Dallas Market Center among many others. Teri has run a successful studio for the past 20 years. She has served as the Certification Chair through PPA, a national trade organization with over 25,000 members. As well, she served on the Founding Board for the IHN a National Non-Profit servicing families temporarily without a home.

Teri’s passion is people… Bringing them together for a common cause. She believes we are all responsible for raising the bar on hope, no matter our situation.

Mike Gill

Director of Accounting

Biography

Mike was born and raised in Port Clinton, Ohio, later moving to Texas in 1985. He began his post-college career working with Gulf States Utilities in Baton Rouge and Beaumont. Mike then began a long career with Compaq and Hewlett-Packard where he held many executive financial roles leading and supporting the channel and field sales organizations, an E-Commerce start-up division, corporate and regional financial reporting and analysis teams, and the mobile products organization. After twenty-seven years, Mike retired from Hewlett Packard and took a more entrepreneurial path by opening and managing two retail franchise stores in Hawaii as well as investing in some local real estate opportunities.

In 2016, Mike started supporting the Deep Cypress Alliance organization with accounting and forecast support. Mike attended Mississippi State University where he received a B.S. in finance. He then attended the University of St. Thomas in Houston where he received an MBA in finance and marketing.

Mike and his wife Cynthia have been married for 33 years and have two grown children: Matthew, who lives in Cypress, and Audrey, who lives in Atlanta. Mike and Cynthia have resided in Cypress since 2002 and have been active supporters of Cypress United Methodist Church, Hamilton Elementary & Middle School, and Cy-Woods High School, as well as community and area activities.

Darla Arter

Director of Visual Communication Design

Biography

Darla graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Specialization in Visual Communication Design in 2000. She has continued her education in the arts and technology throughout her career at several universities and certification programs such as Art Center College of Design, C.S.U.N, U.C.L.A, Lone Star Kingwood College, and Texas School of Photography. She has won many awards throughout her career and her designs have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers in Los Angeles and Houston.

In Los Angeles, Darla ran a successful business called Wallscapes, designing and installing environmental graphics in hospitals, LAX Airport, LA Zoo, restaurants, model homes and businesses. Upon moving to Texas, she continued to broaden her range of creative leadership as Art Director for a major real estate publishing house and as senior graphic designer and consultant to the Advancement Office creative team for St. Thomas High School in Houston. In 2008, she contributed her creative and marketing talent to the Quance Design & Photography studio as Senior Graphic Designer and all-around creative problem solver. Finding fulfillment in the non-profit sector, Darla joined Celebrating Soul as Marketing Director and now, at Deep Cypress Alliance, as Director of Visual Communications. Darla feels strongly that the best thing about working with mission-driven organizations like CS and DCA is that you can look back and say without hesitation that you devoted your time and energy to something that truly mattered.

When not working on a design project, Darla enjoys her family; her husband, Gary, and her daughter, Kira, son-in-law, Christopher and son, Keaton.

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