Board of Directors
Hiren Patel, President
Hiren has been employed at Bank of America Merrill Lynch since his move to Dallas. In addition to his professional duties, he spends time volunteering with several organizations in the Dallas community offering his help where needed. Growing up Ohio, he received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology from The Ohio State University. He and his wife relocated to Dallas in 2012 to be closer to family. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, traveling abroad, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
Barry Robertson, Vice President
Barry spends his workdays at Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County. He has been there four years and was recently promoted to Quality Analyst. His previous careers include teaching junior high school for four years and being a Senior Customer Relations Representative at American Airlines for 14 years.
Barry is a native of Cicero, Illinois. He earned his BA in Secondary Spanish Education with a minor in Journalism Education from Brigham Young University. He lived in Argentina for two years as a missionary.
Barry’s involvement in the DFW community includes serving as President of the Board of Directors for the Greg Dollenger Memorial AIDS Fund. He recently completed his term on the HRC National Board of Governors and locally as the Steering Committee Co-Chair. He continues to serve as the Community Engagement Co-Chair for HRC. He previously served in other leadership roles with HRC, as an events coordinator with GLAAD and on the Razzle Dazzle Dallas committee.
Barry lives in Fort Worth with his partner, Jim Newton, though they can often be found traveling – and not just to Dallas.
Dean Rose, Treasurer
Dean's a multi-certified Salesforce.com consultant helping customers migrate from older CRM systems, guiding through the implementation of their new system and assists with changes to their organizational business processes utilizing the Salesforce.com platform. He’s been in high tech and telecommunications for the last 25 years. Previously holding roles in engagement, account, and program management with Bank of America, NICE Systems, Autonomy, Lucent Technologies, Avaya, and Octel Communications.
He’s a native Texan growing up in the Lewisville / Flower Mound area and currently resides in the West Kessler area of North Oak Cliff. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas with a specialty in Human Resource management. Dean’s been extremely active in his neighborhood association in a variety of roles and chaired the 2001 Oak Cliff Conservation League’s annual Fall Home Tour.
Barb Esquivel, Secretary
Barbara Esquivel is new to the GLFD board and comes with 4 years of board experience with Paws in the City, a Dallas area animal rescue group where she currently serves as the Business Admin.
Her passion for animals extends to pet sitting in the Dallas area as her own boss for Wild Kingdom pet sitting. Barbara works for Maharam, an interior design fabrics company in Uptown. She is a native of San Antonio and earned her BA from the University of Incarnate Word.
Paula Selzer has spent the past twenty-five years in public service working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Before joining the EPA, Paula was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic and prior to that, worked in the non-profit sector. She has spent the bulk of her career working to protect children from environmental health risks. Paula received her Bachelor’s Degree in Video and Film from Southern Methodist University and her Master’s in Public Policy from Rutgers.
Paula is a native Dallasite. She is active in the Casa Linda Neighborhood Association, the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of North Texas, and the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas. She loves to travel and lives with her partner near White Rock Lake.
Holly Hoffer is a New Orleans native who attended Louisiana State University. Having relocated to Dallas in ‘86, she has enjoyed being a longtime resident of Oak Cliff and has served on her neighborhood board as Board Member as well as the position of President. In addition, Holly has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity in a long term capacity, and as an acting Volunteer Coordinator near her hometown in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
For 30 years, Holly has worked as a hairstylist who enjoys giving individual attention to detail to her clients, currently serving the Oak Lawn/Park Cities area. And further, animal-lover Holly works as a dog sitter and enjoys many four legged Dallas clients.
Holly is a self-proclaimed southern foodie, wine lover and a newly intrigued traveler.
Lauren is an Ohio native that has lived in Dallas for three years, having moved here after living in Los Angeles and Chicago. She earned her BA in Economics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and has worked in the financial services industry since 2008. She is currently a Managing Director for Pacer Financial.