Europe was a 3-D architectural history book for Jenifer after graduating with a degree in Environmental Design from the University of California at Berkeley. Three years of immersion into the European culture led her back stateside to study urban planning in greater depth and to obtain a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. Living in Europe and in several U.S. states has provided a rich career in the fields of architectural design and municipal planning. No matter the scale of the project, Jenifer has always enjoyed collaborating with the stakeholders – whether a large project, such as master planned community, or a zoning amendment for an individual property owner. In addition, understanding the fiscal constraints of smaller jurisdictions, she has assisted several with the establishment of standard planning procedures, which supports their provision of equitable and consistent government services.
An accomplished designer and planner with 20 years of experience, Jenifer now serves as President of the Camp Bowie District, Inc., and continues to be actively involved in the region through several professional and civic associations. Her unique perspective and skill set is derived from living and working in Europe, California, Virginia, and Texas. She considers her diverse life and career experiences as perfect preparation for the multi-faceted job of President. A resident of the Fort Worth area since 2005, she has formed meaningful professional and personal connections to the Camp Bowie corridor and local businesses, as well as the surrounding cities. Passionate about urban planning and business growth, she brings vision and devotion to the continued development of the Camp Bowie District.
Director of Membership and Events
Melanie developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as the chairperson and committee member for all annual fundraising events at the Child Study Center over six years ago. This experience has given her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for our region, one program at a time. She also has extensive experience in event planning including large-scale fundraising events and galas and specializes in developing partnerships within a community. She brings a passion for raising awareness, funds and excitement to the Camp Bowie District.
Melanie was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. After receiving a BA in Speech Pathology from Louisiana State University, she moved to Texas to attain her MS in Special Education from Texas Woman’s University. While she was at TWU, Melanie met her future husband, Seth. They were married in 2002 and have lived in Fort Worth ever since. Melanie is the author of “Look At My Eyes.” She has appeared on national radio and TV and is a writer and contributor for many publications including World Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Expert Beacon.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
• Rob Sell, Chairman, V Fine Homes
• Mark Phillips, Vice Chairman, V Fine Homes
• Aaron Loose, Treasure, Frost Bank
• Warren Prescott, Secretary, Rent A Frog Valet
• Bradley Hickman, Hickman Companies
• Dick Myers, Vasseur Commercial Real Estate
• Doug Cannon, Tarrant County Small Business Development Center
• Jonathan Gentry, Kincaid’s Hamburgers
• Joan Matteson, Case Commercial Real Estate
• Scott Wade, HJ&P Group
• Wes Benefield, The Culinary School
• Bob West, Whitaker Chalk
• Linda Motley, PS The Letter
• Mark Harris, James R. Harris Partners
• Patsy Cantrell, Ridglea Construction
• Paul Lyons, Paul Lyons Property
• Tiffany Dromgoole, Frost Bank