Dream Come True Foundation Staff

Chiquita Board, Executive Director

Chiquita Board will provide strategic leadership to the organization’s program efforts which include a robust growth plan locally and regionally, civic partnerships to identify diverse and inclusive board members, mentors, volunteers, and donors at every level, and supporting a dynamic board of directors that remain passionate around breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty.  In her role, she will lead the day-to-day operation and implement the Foundation’s 5-year strategic plan with a dynamic board of directors to include CPAs, Organizational & Development experts, Finance gurus, COOs, and current executives who are responsible for leading some of Austin’s Fortune 100 companies.  Chiquita began her career with the Foundation early 2016 and has worked collaboratively with co-founders Carol Kallendorf-Speer and Jack Speer. She remains actively engaged as a thought-leader to the following boards: Texas Jump$tart, Manor Chamber of Commerce, Financial Fitness of Greater Austin, and FDIC’s Alliance for Economic Inclusion.

 

Formally, she served as the National Education Director for Get Checking™, a national program, funded by e-Funds Corporation.  Ms. Board was selected by eFunds Corporation as one of the first recipients of the Get Checking Recognition of Excellence Award.

 

She started her career as a County Extension Agent with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in managing multiple consumer education programs, partner relations, and identifying funders to expand programs to meet demand, with a result of increased funding 51%.  She has consulted with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Disaster Housing Assistance Program, Emory Center for Partnerships Office, Marietta Housing Authority, National Center for Training, Support and Technical Assistance, NCS Pearson, Operation HOPE, Inc., SunTrust Bank, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and Wells Fargo. 

 

Ms. Board has a BS in Business Administration.  She is married to Michael and they have five adult children together.  She loves to travel, eat fine foods, learn new cultures and the best thing is spending time with all of her grands.  Granny duty is an unbelievable second chance for me to get a makeover.  Grands are a gift that melts my heart, wallet, and soul every time.  Chiquita’s favorite quote from Teddy Roosevelt: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is a chance to work hard at work worth doing” applies to all of our assignments, including granny duty.” 

Teri Ruffino, Executive Assistant

 

Teri Ruffino has been working with Dream Come True since 2012 and has proven herself to be a valuable member of the team.  She has been the person behind the scenes keeping things running.

 

Teri has a great deal of experience working with kids in an educational setting and has worked with such nonprofits as the Austin Science Education Foundation and Arts in Education.

 

Teri began her own journey as a student in 2018 as she works towards a bachelor’s degree program in education. Her story is right in line with the DCT mission and she is the first member of the DCT team to become a Dream Achiever.  Teri has the heart and the drive to succeed as an educator where she will be able to help her students develop their strengths and work towards achieving their own dreams.

Dream Achievers

Our Dream Achievers are at the heart of our mission. We work with them to break the cycle of poverty forever in their lives, and their family's lives. Read more about our current Dream Achievers.

Meet the Board

The Dream Come True Foundation's Board of Trustees are committed to poverty alleviation in our region. Through their efforts, we're able to manage current issues, with a clear vision toward the future.

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