ALLISON IS AN AMAZING WOMAN BECAUSE SHE HAS FOUND SO MANY WAYS TO TOUCH SO MANY LIVES POSITIVELY - WHETHER THAT BE EDUCATION, DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERING, SAFETY PLANNING, OR PROVIDING FOR SOMEONE’S EMOTIONAL WELFARE THROUGH THE HEALING POWER OF A DOG’S LOVE.
Allison is the newly promoted Director for Global Preparedness and Response for Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and was nominated by her husband, Daniel. In her role at SMU, she is charged with ensuring the safety of university students. She is also a lifelong Girl Scout and received the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award; A springboard for her future achievements and philanthropy.
When Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on her hometown Houston, Allison hit the ground running, organizing donations of goods worth over $20,000 for Houston-area women through her #PackaPurse project. She drove into the hurricane-ravaged city to deliver personal items to women who had lost everything.
Allison’s latest mission was born after the Sandy Hook tragedy as she witnessed the impact therapy dogs had on all involved. Then, as a Police wife, she was shattered by the tragic events on 7/7/16 when five Dallas Police Officers were ambushed and murdered at a peaceful protest. Allison and her golden retriever, Brisbane, who was not yet certified as a therapy dog, sprang into action, heading to the Dallas Police Department to comfort the officers. The impact was immediate, and the plan was solidified. Brisy completed his certification in 2018, and Allison founded the therapy group, “Brisy's Bowties” (https://www.facebook.com/bowtiebrisy/). Today the group has grown to almost two dozen therapy dogs who regularly visit police stations, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, wherever they’re needed.
Daniel shares, “Allison is an amazing woman because she has found so many ways to touch so many lives positively - whether that be education, donations, volunteering, safety planning, or providing for someone’s emotional welfare through the healing power of a dog’s love.”