Our Team

Our people share our passion.

The Dream Come True Foundation is made possible by a combination of dedicated staff, committed board members, trusted mentors, and resilient Dream Achievers. United in our mission, vision, and values, we work side by side to eliminate obstacles, build bridges, and make dreams come true.

Team

Bob Riazzi, Executive Director

Bob Riazzi joined The Dream Come True Foundation to lead strategic expansion along with operations, community outreach, and fundraising.  Prior to joining The Dream Come True Foundation, Bob spent more than thirty years in business and nonprofit markets leading software technologies and services start-ups and business units within large global companies. Bob served at companies such as ReachForce, Charity Dynamics, AT&T, NCR, Dell, and 3Com/Tippingpoint as CEO, GM and VP growing and scaling organizations with a key focus on client, employee and constituent success. As The Dream Come True Foundation continues to see an increase in the need for our services, especially for low-income families, Bob’s vision and leadership will enable the organization to create even more social impact by growing our programs, building partnerships, and expanding our reach. Bob lives in Austin with his wife Carol and is thrilled to have his three kids and their families also living in Austin. Bob graduated from The University of Florida, with BSBS- Finance, and enjoys road biking, fly fishing and playing frisbee with their Goldendoodle, Isabella.

Rebecca Farrell Ewing, Ph.D. Director of Development and Communications

Rebecca Farrell Ewing, Ph.D., LPCC-S (KY) has worked extensively with individuals, across the lifespan, navigating behavioral health, legal and justice systems from lenses of intersectionality, inclusiveness, equity, social justice, and diversity. For over 20 years she has helped individuals flourish and thrive in their autonomy, purpose, and dignity. In addition to providing strength-based, trauma-informed, and culturally-responsive therapy, Dr. Farrell Ewing taught and supervised students, served as an editor for textbooks, and held administrative and leadership positions in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Her passion to mobilize communities and resources through collaborations, partnerships, and policy changes led to serving on several multidisciplinary teams, boards, task forces, and committees.

Transforming lives and facilitating a collective impact drives her commitment to be of service. Dr. Farrell Ewing serves on the Central Texas African American Family Support conference planning committee, and is a board member for Without Regrets Foundation. Her partner, Bill, along with pets, friends, families, and engagement in activities and travel provide life balance.

Board of Directors

Michael Rayos

SADA Systems
Michael Rayos is the Dream Come True Foundation's first achiever to join our board of directors. Michael has joined our program services committee, where his experience and expertise proved to be invaluable. He is now the Board Chair and President. Michael completed his degree in network engineering in May of 2017 and was offered a permanent position with Indeed after serving as an intern. His experience led him to become a Cloud Security Engineer with SADA. Being a single dad of three, Michael is no stranger to hard work and perseverance. Michael has been such a strong and positive force within the Dream Come True family, and will continue to be an asset as we work together to change lives.

Raquel Valdez Sanchez

BCL
Raquel Valdez is a corporate strategist, marketing guru, and equitable community development advocate. Raquel holds a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Management and Marketing and has 11 years of experience in the field of community and economic empowerment. Her passion is building strong communities by promoting balanced financial economic opportunities for homeowners, small business owners, and consumers. As Chief Operating Officer at BCL, Raquel has led the strategic growth through the development of Homeownership, Community Development and Entrepreneurship lines of business in Texas. In addition to managing daily operations, overseeing the budget, and advancing the mission-related impact of the organization, Raquel focuses on the creation of livable wage jobs to promote healthy economic growth. A graduate of the Opportunity Finance Network, Opportunity Fellowship and Leadership Texas’s Power Pipeline, Raquel has served as Chair of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Accessing Capital Committee and FDIC’s Alliance of Economic Inclusions Small Business committee. She currently now serves as Vice President of Young Hispanic Professionals Association of Austin and the I-10 Central Texas Alliance, which promotes economic development in rural communities along interstate 10 in Texas. Ms. Valdez is a fifth generation Austinite and volunteers her time to a variety of charities, include serving as a mentor with SouthWest Key youth mentoring program.

Heather Bailey

HBailey Group
With nearly 40 years of utility operations, finance, accounting, and auditing experience, Ms. Bailey has worked as a regulator, utility executive and consultant. She is a respected leader in the industry and has consulted on operations, financial, regulatory, and strategic issues, as well as 19 years managing various operations at one of the largest public power organizations in the country. Throughout her career she has worked with political organizations and has a proven track record of providing vision as well as collaborating with regulatory and legislative officials on policy issues. She has spent the last five years helping the city of Boulder Colorado evaluate and implement a plan for taking over the electric system serving the city and creating a model for the utility of the future. Over the years she has followed her personal passions for animals, the environment, and education through her work on the Boards of Austin Pets Alive, Save Town Lake, PTA, and Dream Come True. She is a lifelong Austinite, lover of the outdoors, and has fostered dogs for many years. She served as a mentor for Dream Come True and was Dream Come True’s first Board Treasurer. She is married with two sons in college.

Shannon Eaton

Technical writer/editor
Stay tuned to learn more about our newest board member.

Ronald Dittmar

C.P.A.
Ronald Dittmar, currently serving in the role as Treasurer for Dream Come True Foundation, is a Certified Public Accountant, providing tax, consulting and bookkeeping services for more than 100 clients. Ronald was the Treasurer of Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association, for several 3 year terms between 2003 and 2017, and remains on the Parks Committee of BCNA, doing greenbelt and park cleanup and improvement. He is also currently the Treasurer of Austin Science Education Foundation, which produces the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair for Elementary through High School students annually. A native Austinite, Ronald went to Austin High School, Austin Community College and University of Texas. He is married with two young children. He was also a professional musician for many years, before completing the CPA classes and exam, and currently plays music occasionally with the band ‘Brass Buckle’.

Shaquille Gould

Workrise
Shaquille Gould is the newest addition to our Board of Directors. He brings a breadth of experience in recruiting, sales, technology, venture capital, and operations, all of which will benefit Dream Come True Foundation as we begin to execute our strategic growth plans. He is currently the Houston General Manager at Workrise (formerly RigUp), a workforce management solution for the skilled trades. Prior to Workrise, he was an investor at Quake Capital, a venture fund and accelerator program. Prior to Quake, he held several roles at Google and PepsiCo and has started several companies. Originally from Antigua, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Texas A&M University. He recently completed his Notley Fellowship, is a member of the BLCK VC community and serves as a mentor with Founder Institute & DivInc.

Sam Myers

Proactive Finance Group, LLC
Sam earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978 (Business Honors Program-Accounting) and a MBA from University of Texas at Austin in1979. He has a vast range of experience in the financial industry includes audit work for Ernst & Young and a role as general manager/controller for Cone Biotech. He worked as an independent consultant for seven years before taking a position with Proactive Finance Group where he still works today. Since 1980, Sam has been active in various activities and committees at Tarrytown United Methodist Church and its outreach projects in the Austin area. He is an avid runner and has been involved with various other civic and professional associations over the past 30 years.

Founders

Carol Kallendorf Speer, Ph.D.

Carol is an Austin, Texas entrepreneur with a passion for people, excellence, possibilities, community-building and social justice. With her life partner, Jack Speer, she runs Delta Associates, an organizational development firm dedicated to helping organizations and the people who work in them achieve their fullest potential. Delta’s clients span many industries from coast-to-coast. With Jack she is co-founder of the World Type Alliance, an online community dedicated to the application of psychological type, and co-founder of Delta on High Performance, an e-zine focused on building and scaling high performing organizations. She earned her Master’s and PhD degrees at Duke University. She and Jack co-founded the Dream Come True Foundation to help people achieve their dreams – even against the greatest odds and through the most severe adversity. She loves gardening, cooking, learning, exercise and hanging out with the two standard poodles of the family, Winston and Roosevelt. She boxed for five years until a neck injury forced her to stop–but she still loves a good boxing match.

Jack Speer

Jack lived for many years in Santiago, Chile, speaks Spanish, and has been involved in medical missions in Honduras. Jack, along with Carol, are co-founders of The Dream Come True Foundation, whose mission is to help people “on the edge of success,” people who have shown the initiative and resilience to take significant steps to realizing their life dreams. Jack has led the Dream Come True Foundation as its first president. He attributes the success of the organization to a very powerful, competent, caring board, passionate about people and their dreams. Jack is married to Carol Kallendorf, Ph.D. They live in South Central Austin (78704) with their two Poodles, Winston and Roosevelt. They are the parents of two children and four grandchildren. Jack lived for many years in Santiago, Chile, speaks Spanish, and has been involved in medical missions in Honduras. Jack, along with Carol, are co-founders of The Dream Come True Foundation, whose mission is to help people “on the edge of success,” people who have shown the initiative and resilience to take significant steps to realizing their life dreams. Jack has led the Dream Come True Foundation as its first president. He attributes the success of the organization to a very powerful, competent, caring board, passionate about people and their dreams. Jack is married to Carol Kallendorf, Ph.D. They live in South Central Austin (78704) with their two Poodles, Winston and Roosevelt. They are the parents of two children and four grandchildren.

Executive Advisory Member 

Michael Hawton

Mick enjoys focusing on building deep and meaningful professional relationships, seeking operational excellence, and business development. Mick also continues his passion to provide leadership development consulting services for emerging and mid-level leaders.

Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to serve in leadership roles with Avison Young, OneDigital Health and Benefits, Corporate Health Systems, Inc., Trig Life Services, Inc., the Minnesota Department of Health, and several of his own small businesses.

He has earned a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs focused on Leadership/Management and a BA in Political Science & Government from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.