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Lawrence W. Hood, Jr.
2217 Cantura Drive
Mesquite, TX 75181




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Career Track

Heart House Dallas
Executive Director...............2011 to current

Lead the day-to-day operations of an afterschool program serving up to 200 children per day. Directly manage an office staff of four and total staff of up to 21.

Variety Club of Texas – Tent 17
(a.k.a. Variety the Children’s Charity of Texas)
Executive Director...............2006 to 2011

Solely responsible for the day-to-day operations of a statewide children’s charity inclusive of fundraising, program implementation, accounting and more.  Spearheaded the organizations change from a pass through foundation style organization to a direct service charity. Created and implemented several new program offerings. Increased Variety’s awareness through television, radio, print and online impressions. 

  • Grew organizations audited total revenue by 98% in four years, increased program services dollars by 166% in four years during an 18 month recession.
  • Took the lead role in an extensive review of organizations program offerings and led the development of a revamp line up of existing program while creating several new programs.
  • Led the organization, and made presentations on its behalf, to its first Heart of Variety Award nomination in 10 years in 2008, to be followed up again in 2009, and was awarded the Silver Award in 2010. Texas was the only group to be nominated each of those three years.

The Mended Hearts Inc.
Field Services Director...............2005 to 2006

Managed the operations of approximately 285 local chapters. Served as a staff liaison to five national committees. Facilitated monthly updates and training calls for elected regional leaders and members of the Board of Directors. Initiated and maintained cooperative relationships with other non-profits as well as various for-profits to advance the Mended Hearts mission. Assisted in the development of new chapters and programs.

  • Redeveloped and rolled out the Mended Little Hearts program, which provided support to caregivers of children
    with congenital heart defects/diseases and was one of only six US organizations endorsed by national non-profit Optimist International.
  • Created train-the-trainer and end-user educational programs to ensure field entities possessed the skills necessary to achieve organizational goals.
  • Put together a speaker’s kit, which included a speaking how-to manual, ready-made and customizable PowerPoint presentations, and pre-written speeches, for field personnel.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Senior Field Operations Manager (originally National Field Training Coordinator)...............2003 to 2005
Field Consultant & National Volunteer Development Coordinator...............2001 to 2003
National Volunteer Development Coordinator...............1999 to 2001

Provided leadership to 4-7 state executive directors. Maintained administrative oversight for a region spanning 5-12 states. Functioned as the main point of contact for MADD’s field personnel regarding training, event planning, volunteer management, and leadership development. Participated on MADD’s annual national conference planning committee; served as co-coordinator in 2004. Coordinated MADD’s Annual Difference Maker Program and edited a quarterly newsletter on volunteer management and leadership development from 1999 to 2003.

  • Spearheaded the start-up of Leadership MADD (originally Leadership 2000), a yearlong fellows program.
  • Served as a subject matter expert for 75 national, state, and local training programs conducted via face-to-face, teleconference, and web conference sessions.  Coordinated a series of multi-state trainings.
  • Played an instrumental role in the development of a complex organizational restructuring as well as the creation of new national and state strategic plans.
  • Collaborated with national not-for-profits to establish joint ventures dedicated to expanding public awareness of both organizations, with two such programs receiving national awards and MADD being named the 2000 Partner of the Year by Connect America, a division of the Points of Light Foundation.

Seaborn Conservation Corps
(now known as Texas ChalleNGe Academy)
Academic Instructor...............1998 to 1999

Instructed classes in social studies and mathematics for at-risk youth pursuing their GED. Supervised corps members in completing community service projects. Attended public relations and recruiting events throughout Texas as a corps representative.

  • Designed the social studies curriculum used for over three years and assisted in developing the mathematics curriculum used for over two years.

The Grand 1894 Opera House
House Manager/Volunteer Coordinator...............1998

Maintained an active database of over 320 volunteers. Served as a public relations representative for the theater during all live performances and special events. Participated on a management team that created and placed advertising.

  • Managed the operations of the gift shop, concession stands, and show stands, which, collectively, generated 10% of total revenue.

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership
International Liaison (Intern)...............1997

Worked with 64 foreign high school students attending HOBY’s World Leadership Congress to ensure their paperwork, finances, and housing were in order. Drove efforts to obtain sponsorship funding. Collaborated with foreign embassies and the US State Department. Functioned as a point of contact for students during their week in the US. 

  • Updated and expanded a scholarship program designed especially for HOBY alumni, at no cost to the organization; increased scholarship program funding by 10% over the previous year.  Recruited 22 host families to house international students beyond the weeklong event.


M.B.A. in Business Leadership - Specialization in Not-For-Profit Management, University of Dallas
B.A. in Maritime Administration, Texas A&M University

Published Works

- Mesquite Neighbors (A Dallas Morning News Publication), September 18, 2009 - "The Star's Align for Alrie"
- Garland Neighbors (A Dallas Morning News Publication), September 22, 2007 - "The Pitch of a Lifetime"
- Heartbeat, Spring 2006 – “Mommy, Why Am I Different?”
- Heartbeat, Winter 2005 – “Little Hearts Hold Big Hopes” (* Two different articles with the same title.)
- Heartbeat, Fall 2005 – “Don’t Forget About You”
- The Volunteer Management Report, Vol. 9, No. 3 – “…Service Agreements?” – March 2004
- The Volunteer Management Report, Vol. 7, No. 4 – “Interview Questions…” – April 2002
- The Volunteer Management Report, Vol. 6, No. 7 – “Communicate Often…” – July 2001
- www.CyberVPM.com – If You Want the Grass to Grow… (Quarterly Newsletter) – 2000 to 2001
- DRIVEN Magazine, Vol. 3, Issue 2 – “Making A Difference” – April 2000


Points of Light Foundation · University of North Texas · Mothers Against Drunk Driving · The Mended Hearts Inc. · Volunteer Center of North Texas · Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission · Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership · Volunteers of America, Texas Division · Texas A&M University at Galveston · Variety International · Texas Volunteer Management · Directors of Volunteers (multiple)


- Appeared on the following in Dallas/Fort Worth: CBS 11, Fox 4, KLUV Radio on two occasions (Jody Dean and the Morning Team and Community Corner), KRLD Radio on two occasions (both CEO Spotlight) and KVIL Radio (Community Corner).
- Quoted in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Houston Chronicle, Houston Community Newspapers, Mesquite Neighbors, Plano Profile and others.



Led an organization to a nomination for an international award for the first time in 10 years. Then, again a second year. And, finally winning the award the third year. The only such group to be nominated each of the three years, and the first group under $1 million to win in over five years.


Secured televsion, radio, print and electronic awareness for an organization that historically did not reach out to the media. Coverage included live interviews, taped pieces (many run multiple times), taped interviews and more.



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