Tyler Street Christian AcademyBoard of Directors
Vivian Skinner, President
All four Skinner children attended Tyler Street: Ted, Class of 1998; John, Class of 2002; Michael, Class of 2004; and Mary Kathryn, Class of 2010. Vivian’s husband, Anthony, announces TSCA football games. The Skinners are active members of Tyler Street Church and live in Winnetka Heights. Vivian enjoys gardening (especially butterfly gardening), reading, traveling, and playing with her granddaughters, Emily and Caroline.
Leigh Gettman-Allen, Vice President
Leigh has hosted hundreds of political, charitable, and social events including the All-American Football Foundation Hall of Fame inductions, Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business Diversity Conferences, and Regent University’s 2010 Inaugural Celebration. Having received training from the Multicultural Institute in Washington D.C., Leigh has spoken to over 200,000 individuals regarding her programs on cultural diversity. In 2013, she created and wrote Voice and Articulation, an original communication course for DBU’s award-winning online education department. In 2016, Leigh co-authored the book Modern Images of America: Oak Cliff. Leigh and her husband reside in Kessler Park. They are active members of Tyler Street Church, where they lead the young adult ministry, The Branch.
Todd Linder, Secretary
Tim Maiden, Treasurer
Tim Maiden also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas. Prior to June 2019, Tim also taught for six years as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University. Tim earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, he lettered four years on the football team. Tim serves on the board of several civic organizations and is co-founder (with his twin brother, Terrence) of Two-Wins Foundation. The Foundation exists to enrich lives within urban communities. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. In 2015, Tim was named by Dallas Business Journal to the Forty under Forty list and was featured in Cadillac/WFAA SHAPING DFW.
Pastor Jeff Garrett, Member-at-Large
Jeff likes movies, worship, laughs, and V8s with stick shifts. He fights with electronic gadgets, is a lifelong Batman fan, and likes hearing “you don’t look like a pastor.” He is moved by God’s word and by bringing it to life.
Judge Amber Givens, Member-at-Large
Judge Givens’ public service extends well beyond the courtroom as she serves on the Advisory Board of the Oak Cliff Boys and Girls Club, the Dallas County Juvenile Board, the Advisory Board of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Miles of Freedom, Co-Chair of the Junior League of Dallas Diversity Committee, and Ambassador to the Dallas Bar Association. Since taking the bench, she has implemented The Word of Mouth series, which gives the public access to the inner working of the criminal justice system and demystifies the system, and the Empowerment Program, which is designed to equip probationers with the necessary support and life skills to successfully complete probation. She also works in conjunction with three of her judicial colleagues on the Pipeline to Possibilities Program. Judge Givens served on the 2016 Dallas Bar Association’s Diversity Task Force and has been selected to serve as a panelist for several Dallas Bar Association programs. In 2015, she was elected as a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow. Each year the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas. In 2017, Judge Givens was awarded the Unity Award by the City of Dallas. In September 2017, she was selected to be a Fellow in the Racial Equity Action Leadership Program for Young Leaders (REAL City). She is a member of Concord Church.
Holly Crowder, Member-at-Large
Holly is the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Beck Group where she has worked for over 21 years. She started her career fresh out of college as a Project (Office) Engineer and worked her way through many roles and projects. She has led project teams, traveled for the company, built Beck’s internal training and development program, and now leads the people team for an amazing company of over 800 employees and 7 offices.
Holly and her two beautiful daughters are members of Park Cities Baptist Church. Holly’s beloved husband lost his four-year battle to ALS in July 2020. Throughout this challenging journey, Holly and her family drew great strength from their faith. Holly reminds us to “face every day with the blessings that surround us and so much love and support,” while remembering that our earthly journey “is one day at a time and one moment at a time.”
Jessica Skinner, Member-at-Large
She has taught for 13 years in Richardson ISD at the Math/Science/Technology Magnet Elementary School as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and after-school program coordinator. Jessica has also served as Nursery Coordinator and Children’s Minister at Tyler Street Church, where she is a member.
Tyler Street Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship program, and athletic and other school-administered programs. (Galatians 3:28)