Board of Directors

Dawn Mann
Chair - Uplift Southwest Dallas Board 
Dawn Mann, brand expert, is the founding principal and President of Break of Day Design AD & PR LLC (BDD) in Dallas, Texas. With fifteen years in the business, Dawns career path has included work in the magazine, sports trading cards and entertainment industries. Dawn attended Ball State University where she studied Journalism and Graphic Communications and earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1995. She also attended Texas Christian University's Scheiffer School of Journalism Master’s program in Advertising & Public Relations.
Jeff Helfrich
Jeff Helfrich is currently a portfolio manager and analyst for Penn Davis McFarland, Inc., an independent SEC-registered investment advisor based in Dallas. Prior to joining Penn Davis McFarland, he worked as a research analyst for several investment managers including Perot Investments, Independence Capital Asset Partners, and Janus Capital Group. Jeff holds an AB in Economics from Harvard and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is married and has two daughters.
Anthony Tillman
Anthony Tillman is the Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Director of Student Retention for SMU. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating, directing, and managing the SMU programs for retention of undergraduate and graduate students as well as projects that support the strategic goals of the Provost’s Office. Prior to his appointment with SMU, Anthony worked with The College Board in the capacity of Associate Director of the Educational Opportunity Center. The Educational Opportunity Center is a program of The College Board funded by the United States Department of Education that focuses on providing post-secondary educational services and programs to low-income and first-generation individuals. Anthony was with The College Board for six years.
Bruce Ware
Bruce Ware is Director at DaVita HealthCare Partners, a $13 billion Fortune 300 healthcare services company.  Prior to joining DaVita, Bruce served as Assistant Treasurer of Comstock Resources, a mid-cap publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Frisco, TX.  He began his professional career on Wall Street at the investment banking firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.  He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors degree in Business from Ole Miss where he served as Business School Student Body President.  Bruce has served numerous non-profit boards including the University of Mississippi’s Business School Alumni Board, the Girl Scouts Crosstimbers Council and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Dallas. He is actively involved in his church where he serves as a lay leader.