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
Rhonda Gilliland, Director of Volunteers, has been a volunteer at The Main Place since January of 2018. It was at that time that The Main Place was relocating to its current location and she jumped at the chance to help organize and setup the new facility. Since then she has become a regular volunteer.
Rhonda has a heart for serving and has volunteered in multiple church roles and outreaches. She and her husband served as youth pastors for Glad Tidings Assembly of God and worked extensively with the Fairfield Children’s Home’s youth. For over 35 years she has served in many roles including: children’s ministry, women’s ministry, interpreter and worship leader for the hearing impaired (deaf), prayer teams, and special events coordinator.
Her husband, whom she adores, is definitely her hero and family is her highest priority. She loves to instill Biblical values in her grandchildren and great grandchildren and has even written a book for Biblically blessing them.
In 1996 she graduated from Ashworth School of Interior Decorating and developed a passion for making things beautiful. Realizing this is a gift from God, she enjoys being a blessing through decorating and especially home staging.
She and her husband owned a commercial/residential construction company and she owned a staging company. The President of Castle Keepers saw some of her staging work and hired her as the company’s staff designer. She no longer works, but dedicates herself to family and volunteering. Because she comes from a family of 10 children with a single parent, she up grew up knowing what it feels like to have little or nothing. This is why she loves serving at The Main Place.
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.
Melissa began serving in the nursery of Calvary Church in 2013. She loves teaching the 2 and 3-year old classes every weekend and Wednesday and interacting with the children. In 2016 she became part of the core group with a ministry called Loving Our City through Calvary Church. The group goes out into the community and demonstrates the gospel.
Melissa.3 loves being involved with many and varied aspects of serving her fellow man from feeding the homeless to playing bingo at senior living homes. Some of her involvement includes
- serving families at Ronald McDonald House
- giving away Thanksgiving dinners at elementary schools
- going to all of the Irving Fire Departments to give away cookies and prayers to the men and women there
- participating in park clean ups with Keep Irving Beautiful
- serving at Crisis Food Ministries every 2nd Saturday
- volunteering with Irving Animal Services at the shelter
In December 2018 she was given the lead of the children’s check-in stations where she oversees scheduling and recruiting. In January 2019, she and her husband were asked to be in the eldership program and by the end of 2019 they will be set-in elders at Calvary Church.
Melissa started volunteering at The Main Place in 2018 and is now serving on the board as secretary. She is passionate about connecting and fellowshipping with other families and communities. She loves to give her time and attention to others because she believes those are the most important blessings, values, and gifts anyone can give. The Bible says God is looking for the willing, not the able, and one of her favorite verses is Colossians 3:23 which says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”