Marsha has served as President of the United Methodist Women, Started a Craft fair, served as a Wedding Coordinator, and as Church board member in Irving. She was also the “Sweetheart” for the Irving Elks lodge and received North District Sweetheart for most money raised for 2011-2012.
Marsha retired with 30 years in the public schools. Her last 11 years of the 30 were at a public charter School for At-Risk High School students as the PEIMS Director (The Public Education Information Management System, which is the compliance department that secures state funding). Most of these students were “couch surfers” who needed clothing, a pillow, and a blanket. The Main Place fit the bill. As Charter President of the Irving Optimist club, she recruited the membership to volunteer at The Main Place. Three of these Optimists now serve on The Main Place board.
Although retired in 2013, Marsha works part time as an office manager, serves on her HOA Board of Directors and serves on the Evangelism team at her church.
Sandy joined the board in the Fall of 2011. With a degree in Computer Programming, organization seems to be her real skill. She co-owned Party Pros, an event planning and catering company for 9 years. She enjoys working with Non-Profits that help shape the future of our community and our nation. In the past, she was Secretary for the Optimist club of Irving, and as a member of the Northgate United Methodist Church, helped organize their “Back-To-School Uniform” project along with the NUMC Clothes Closet. She partners with other non-profit organizations such as North Texas Make a Wish Foundation and Children at Risk with marketing & consulting through printed communications.
Jodi has been volunteering her services to The Main Place from its inception, joining the Board in 2016. She called upon her creativity and skill as a graphic designer to create branding for The Main Place. She crafts all of their marketing pieces, produces their e-newsletter and recently redesigned and is maintaining the website.
Jodi’s experience as a publicist for a local art school helped hone her innate talent of writing anything from press releases to brochures and flyers and other content necessary for the promotion of an organization. Her years working in the advertising industry—as an ad and printing sales rep, marketing consultant, copywriter, and creative—has allowed her to apply that knowledge and experience at The Main Place as their Director of Communications.
Jodi is a co-founder, a past president, and current board member of Irving Women’s Network and a former long time member and board member (including president) of the Women’s Division of the Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. She previously worked with non-profits such as the Mammogram Foundation, Captain Hope’s Kids (now Hope Supply Co.), Brighter Tomorrows, and Advocates for Homeless Teens.
Shelly has been volunteering at The Main Place since 2010. For the past 20 years, she has helped non-profits like St. Jude, Hope Supply, and Promise House by using her position in the sign industry to secure discounts or free signage when the opportunity presents itself.
Shelly served as treasurer for the Optimist Club and board member for Orphans Link before joining The Main Place board in 2015. When possible, she also volunteers at her son's elementary school.She seizes every opportunity to cultivate a servant’s heart in her 11-year-old son, often volunteering together with whomever she meets. She is a constant voice for the causes she champions, bringing up the subject in conversation. She also enjoys fishing, traveling, and movie nights. But most of all, she cherishes time spent with her family and friends.
Board of Directors
The Main Place is proud to have a hands-on hard working board!
A self-described community activist, Sharon, who is the Founder and Executive Director, has been a tireless volunteer for more than a dozen organizations dating back more than thirty years. She founded The Main Place in 2009 after starting a grass roots effort in 2006 and remains an integral part as executive director and active volunteer. She considers it her ministry to the women and children without advocates, family or financial support and also to the poor and those in need.
She graduated from Dallas Fashion Merchandizing College (presently The Art Institute of Dallas) and taught modeling and finishing at Patricia Stevens in Dallas. Sharon worked as an International Sales Coordinator for an international freight forwarding company traveling extensively throughout the United States and the Orient. She became an entrepreneur in 1981, founding Ads & Images, Inc., a company that provides graphic design, print media, promotional items, and sales incentives.
Sharon is one of five women who comprise the Advocates for Homeless Teens acting as the mayor’s liaison for homelessness in 2009-2011. The Advocates are dedicated to educating the community about the invisible tragedy of homelessness and helping unaccompanied youth attend school and graduate. In 2003, she also helped co-found Irving Women's Network, a relational networking group and continues to serve on its board. She is President of ICAN—a clearing house of information about the less fortunate of Irving and the resources available. Sharon recently co-founded Level Pathways, protecting, preparing and positioning homeless teens for their future and serves on the board of directors.
In 2013, Sharon was honored as one of the Exemplary Women of Irving and also named a Texas State Board of Education Hero for Children