Meet the Team
Brenda Patton is the Program Director of Policy for Blue Zones Project Fort Worth, a well-being initiative under the umbrella of North Texas Healthy Communities, a nonprofit outreach arm of Texas Health Resources that facilitates community well-being improvement initiatives.
Dr. Bradley Borougerdi
Dr. Bradley J. Borougerdi is Professor of History at Tarrant County College (TCC), where he teaches classes in U.S. History, African American History, and World Civilizations. He also runs the school's aquaponics system and works on several campus sustainability projects.
Nikki Cloud is a residential and commercial Real Estate professional heralded as DFW’s Favorite Realtor.
Ms. Cloud has a career that spans over a decade, with her initial start in the industry in 2011.
Changa Higgins is an experienced organizer who has worked on policing reform, civil rights, and racial justice in the Texas and Oklahoma region. For the last 10 years, he has worked in Dallas on policing reform through protest, coalition building, and policy creation. Changa has led The Dallas Community Police Oversight Coalition Since December 2017, where he oversees coalition building and policy creation.
Alison is the co-founder of Southside Community Garden with Patrice Jones, connecting through the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 and by both speaking out at Fort Worth City Hall against the lack of action and accountability in the murder of Atatiana Jefferson by FWPD.
Honorable Maryellen Hicks
Maryellen Whitlock Hicks is a judge for the state of Texas. She is of counsel to the Law Office of Karmen Johnson and Associates. Judge Hicks also serves as a mediator and arbitrator. She is the recipient of many firsts in her life.
Work hard. Be honest. Be on time – the three principles that shaped Lesa Pamplin’s childhood, her commitment to public service and her passionate advocacy for justice and fairness. Lesa Pamplin was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to Alvin and Ressie Pamplin, who were married for seventy-one years.
Broderick Williams is one of the founding partners of Gold Link Beard Co. as well as the Tarrant Country nonprofit Survive and Thrive Education. A native of South Side Fort Worth, Texas. Broderick holds a BA in communications and journalism from Texas Wesleyan University and is currently working towards his MBA.
Dr. Michael Brooks
Dr. Michael Brooks is a long time resident of Fort Worth who was born and raised in the Stop Six section of the city. He graduated from Nolan High School and then attended Howard University in Washington D.C.
Amy Meade serves as the Garden Manager for Southside Community Garden in Fort Worth, where she lives with her husband Evan and three children. She began growing vegetables in her front yard in 2012 while working as an elementary music teacher.
Danika Franks, M.D.
Danika Franks, M.D., is a board certified emergency medicine physician and the founder and chief strategist for Community Flourish, LLC. Community Flourish (CF) is a consultancy that partners with design oriented professionals, thinkers and innovators within the healthcare and education industry to redefine the functional space where healthcare exchanges occur.
As a Fort Worth Native, Melondy is passionate about ensuring a happy, healthy, and prosperous future for underrepresented and under-resourced residents of the Fort Worth community. After working with a large national corporation, Melondy pursed her passion for learning into a career in postsecondary education.