This series of virtual town hall meetings will bring together state and local leaders to identify actions that community members can take right now to fight toward:
Town Hall Panelist
Author, professor, lecturer, public speaker, entrepreneur, music executive, artist manager and founder of Music World Entertainment (MWE) would be the words used to sum up the professional career of Mathew Knowles, Ph.D.
Based out of Houston, MWE is one of the world’s leading music and entertainment conglomerates, with record sales exceeding 450 million worldwide, having worked with Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire, The O’Jays, Destiny’s Child, Solange and Beyoncé, just to name a few.
Knowles is widely recognized in the entertainment industry for his effective approach to developing and promoting award-winning artists. Through Music World Entertainment and Artist Management, he has served as executive producer for more than 100 award-winning, platinum and gold albums in multiple genres, including pop, R&B, gospel, dance, and country, as well as soundtracks and special-themed projects.
Knowles has garnered countless awards for his achievements in business, the music industry, and community partnerships. He is the winner of an MTV Video Music Award, the recipient of the Century Award of Excellence (1911-2011) from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and he also received the 2011 Living Legends Foundation Award. He was named the "2007 International Executive of the Year" by the Greater Houston Partnership, and was honored by the City of Houston with the declaration of “Mathew Knowles Day." In 2018, he served as a guest judge on Idols South Africa.
Chief Ed Kraus is a twenty-six-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department, beginning his career in 1992. He has served as an officer, detective and sergeant in several units within the Patrol Bureau. His command experience includes assignments as a Neighborhood Policing District Lieutenant, a Patrol Division Captain, and commander of the Training Division. He has served in executive roles of Deputy Chief over the Investigative and Support Command, Assistant Chief over the Support Bureau, and Executive Assistant Chief over the Patrol Bureau. Chief Kraus earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Texas Tech University and his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute, and the Caruth Police Institute’s Leadership Course.
A dynamic speaker and a person committed to social justice, Dr. Marez is co-founder and pastor of Camino de Paz Christian Church in Fort Worth Texas. He is currently Director of Public Relations for Cuidado Casero Home Health and Hospice. He developed the Camino de Paz Institute as a non-profit organization in response to the needs in the community in such areas as English as a Second Language(ESL), General Education Development(GED), Computer Training, Employment Preparation Training, Home Ownership, and Marriage and Family Counseling. Presently he is establishing a school of music and youth leadership program through My Dreams Academy. He is also founder and director of American Empowerment Inc. and has also served as a visiting instructor for Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Instituto Ministerial Hispano Bible Institute and is presently developing a culturally proficient Hospice program.
Angela Dampeer is the Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Title IX Officer at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. In her current role, she is the administrator over diversity and inclusion, training and development, employee relations, benefits, compensation, talent management, human resources information systems and employment compliance.
Prior to coming to Fort Worth, Angela served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for College of the Mainland, located in Texas City, Texas. While at College of the Mainland, Angela served on the President’s Cabinet and the institution’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SASCOC) Recertification Committee. Additionally, Angela work as a Human Resources Business Partner at the Johnson Space Center for Jacobs Technology. She has more than 15 years of strategic human resources planning and experience working as both a consultant and an administrator.
Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University, MBA from the University of Phoenix, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University, Lubbock in the College of Education Higher Education Administration program. She will earn her doctoral degree this Spring semester. Angela is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and is an alternative dispute resolution mediator. Recently, Angela served as president of the Texas Association of Community Colleges Human Resources Professionals.
Dr. Angela Mitchell is a licensed psychologist who obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Texas, and her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her APA-Accredited Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship at the Fort Worth Independent School District, where she also worked as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology for 5 years.
Dr. Mitchell has also worked as an Assistant Professor at Texas Woman's University in the School Psychology Program for 5 years. Though she no longer teaches in the classroom, her role as an educator continues in her private practice as she supervises Master's- and Doctoral-level students who are seeking to become school psychologists. Her areas of expertise include the assessment and treatment of children/adolescents and adults with symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other disruptive behavior disorders. As a School Psychologist, Dr. Mitchell also has expertise in the assessment of learning disabilities - including Dyslexia. She also has considerable expertise in the assessment and treatment of the rare childhood disorder Selective Mutism.
Dr. Mitchell is a proud native of Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from the P. L. Dunbar High School for Science and Engineering Professions. She is a practicing psychologist and is the co-owner and COO of the Center for Psychological Services, which is a mental health private practice with offices in Arlington, Fort Worth, and Plano.
When Worship Pastors, choir members, and church musicians across the country hear the name J. Daniel Smith, they can identify him as the Dove Award-winning arranger and orchestrator of some of their favorite Christian songs over the last three decades. For the people of Bethesda Community Church in Fort Worth, TX, they simply think of him as pastor.