Vivian Skinner, President

Vivian Skinner joined the TSCA family in 1986, when her eldest son was in first grade. She served on the PTSF Board for several years and then was elected to the Board of Directors in 1992. She has served as President of the Board since 1997. Vivian holds a BAS in Communication and an MA in Organizational Communication. She is the Director of Pilgrim Chapel at Dallas Baptist University. She is an enthusiastic community volunteer but has a special place in her heart for TSCA and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

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 is a TSCA alumnus and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. She is currently the board vice president. She holds a BA in Communication from Dallas Baptist University and an MA in Intercultural, Interpersonal Communication from Regent University. She is an independent communication consultant/certified diversity trainer, and an Adjunct Professor of Communication at DBU. 

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

Todd has served on the TSCA Board of Directors since 1997 and is currently the board secretary. He attended TSCA from the 3rd grade through graduation (1973-1983). His bachelor’s degree (Pastoral Ministry and Counseling) and master’s degree (Counseling) are from Dallas Baptist University. Todd is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas A&M Commerce. He serves as the Executive Director of Creek Bend Center for Counseling – the counseling center of First Baptist Church Midlothian. He is also the Director of Public Safety for that church. Todd has been an adjunct member for Dallas Baptist University since 1996, teaching in the Graduate Counseling Department. His wife, Karen, is a Nurse Diabetes Educator at Children’s Health in Dallas, and they have two grown children, Rachel and Jonathan. They attend First Baptist Church Midlothian.

Tim Maiden, Treasurer

Tim Maiden joined the TSCA Board of Directors in 2018 and serves as the board treasurer. Tim is an experienced commercial lender with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry.  He has participated in over $350M of loan transactions during his long-term career in banking.  He currently serves as the Senior Vice President at Simmons Bank in Dallas/Ft. Worth and is highly skilled in sales, commercial lending, commercial real estate, and community banking and nonprofits. 

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 Garrett joined the TSCA Board of Directors in 2018, as the newly appointed pastor of Tyler Street Church. Jeff grew up in Garland. He earned his bachelor’s degree (Liberal Arts – Psychology and English) from UT Austin in 1986 and was called to ministry that same year. He went on to graduate from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1992 with a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies and Spiritual Formation. He was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 1994. He served three years as a youth pastor at Casa Linda, and 26 years in pastoral ministry at Whitewright, Lake Highland, Kessler Park, Chapel Hill, the Table, Forney, and Cedar Hill. He has been married to the delightful Cindi for 30 years and is “crazy in love” with her. They have four grown children, Austin, Hannah, Alyssa, and Marshall. 

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 Amber Givens joined the TSCA Board of Directors in 2018. She currently presides over the 282nd Judicial District Court in Dallas County, Texas. Before taking office on January 1, 2015, Judge Givens served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York and Texas for eight years. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Tuskegee University and earned a Juris Doctor Degree from the Syracuse University College of Law. 

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 Crowder has served on the TSCA Board of Directors since 2016 and values the opportunity to serve the school and its mission. “Beck and Tyler Street have a wonderful history, and I get to be part of carrying that history forward,” Holly says. 

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

Jessica joined the TSCA Board of Directors in 2017. She was born, raised, and lived in Alabama as a Methodist preacher’s kid. She relocated to Texas in high school and graduated from Richardson High School. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Dallas where God introduced her to her incredible husband, Ted, a TSCA grad, Class of 1998. She holds a BA with a focus in psychology and early childhood development, as well as EC-4 and ELAR/SS certifications. 

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. 


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