Friday, November 24, 2017

63rd Annual Multicultural Alliance Annual Awards Dinner


Tuesday May 6, 2014 - The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel

Paul Dorman - Honoree

In a life lived through many historical events, Paul Dorman has shown a commitment to promoting diversity, access and opportunity by upholding the mission of the Multicultural Alliance. He inspires and encourages others to do the same.

Currently, he is Chairman and CEO of DFB Pharmaceuticals, a Fort Worth based holding company that over the last 20 years has successfully invested and operated multiple pharmaceutical businesses. In 1990, he and two associates purchased DPT Laboratories. As Chairman of the Board and CEO, he expanded DPT, a contract manufacturer and developer of pharmaceutical products, into a portfolio of healthcare companies that provide both services and proprietary branded pharmaceutical products to the global market. 

Before acquiring DPT, Paul had three decades of executive experience in the pharmaceutical industry with Johnson & Johnson and Baxter. He is also the past owner of three industrial distribution companies that he acquired and led to profitability. These companies were sold to a large, public corporation.

Knowing that an inclusive corporate culture with multiple viewpoints and voices is critical to the success of any company, Paul embraces diverse perspectives and honors employees with dignity and respect. Together with his Board of Directors, he established a collective corporate culture that encourages all individuals to use their talents. He models expectations of a safe and inclusive workplace for all.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University and a Juris Doctor of Law from Loyola University.


Arnie Gachman- Dinner Chair

The contribution of active and civic-minded people is priceless and there is no better example of a life lived in community engagement than Arnie Gachman. His sense of involvement and service in our community is apparent by a desire to positively impact and benefit others more remote than his family and friends. 

In the early 1960s Arnie's grandfather, Jacob Gachman, a Russian immigrant, suggested he become involved with the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the predecessor of the Multicultural Alliance. Having witnessed the growth, the deepening mission and rebranding, Arnie has been involved with the Multicultural Alliance in multiple capacities for almost 50 years. 

Past President and recent retiree of Gamtez Industries, a 100 year old family owned Fort Worth company, Arnie commits an enormous amount of time and energy to organizations that he holds dear.

Currently, he serves as Chair of Trustees of Baylor All Saints and Baylor Hospitals, Board Member of Sammons Transplant Institute at Baylor University Medical Center, Board of Governors of the Fort Worth Club, Vice President of Beth El Congregation and AddRan College of the TCU Board of Visitors. He is Immediate Past Chair of the University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation and a member of the UNTHSC advisory board. He received the Person of Vision Award from UNTHSC in 2012. He also serves on the Health Benefits Advisory. 

Harriette and Arnie and their entire family live and support the mission and respect the principles that are promoted by the Multicultural Alliance. 

Diane Davis Gerber - Lifetime Achievement Award

At an early age, Diane Davis Gerber dedicated herself to helping people value differences and each other. After personally experiencing racism, she understood how racism and other forms of discrimination can cause emotional pain.

Diane began her volunteer tenure with  the Multicultural Alliance almost 30 years ago. Her early introduction to the organization was working with Green Circle, a program designed to reduce the incidence of hate actions and discrimination by teaching tolerance in elementary schools.

Diane’s compassion and dedication to the mission of MCA, made her an obvious choice to join the Camp CommUNITY (and the predecessor, Anytown Texas) leadership team. Diane devoted over 20 years to Camp CommUNITY,  supporting  students and leadership in creating a safe, inclusive environment to be themselves, be heard, and belong. For many of these years she co-directed with Chuck Hoffman.

The Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains benefited from her talents and skills for a career span of 23 years and honored her as one of ten individuals in the nation as a Hall of Fame Honoree in 2008. Today, Diane coordinates programs and writes grants for Texas Neighborhood Services Head Start programs. Additionally, as a speaker and consultant, Diane helps organizations and companies understand and implement diversity in a way that leads to the acceptance of others.

Diane is active in the community and has served on numerous boards and volunteered with organizations that focus on inclusion and women and children. Diane serves on the board of directors for Kids Who Care and volunteers with Let’s Start Talking Ministry, traveling to China to help people improve their conversational English.

She is married to Christian Gerber.


Charles "Chuck" Hoffman - Lifetime Achievement Award

Always one who provides inspiration and positive responses in any and every  environment,  Chuck Hoffman devoted over 25 years of leadership to Camp CommUNITY (and the predecessor, Anytown Texas).  Many of these years he co-directed with Diane Davis Gerber.

Never just a week at camp, Chuck was involved throughout the year in curriculum redesign, student recruiting, and the mentoring of camp leadership to ensure that Camp CommUNITY continued to be a place of words and actions that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal. In addition to his volunteer leadership with camp, Chuck co-facilitated annual interfaith dialogues and  moderated a clergy dialogue on race, both MCA programs

His career path included serving as Assistant Superintendent, Governance and Student Support Services, FWISD; Vice-President, The Phillips Agency: Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations; and Assistant Director of Development, Harris Methodist Health System.

Following his retirement from the FWISD, he assumed responsibility as project director for a federal grant that seeks to change the mental health system of care for young children. In that capacity, he is employed by MHMR Tarrant County.  His community involvement includes service on the boards of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, First Texas Council of Camp Fire, Inc., Mental Health America, and the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County. He is also an elder at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church.  

Chuck is a fourth generation Fort Worthian. He and Marie Cooper Hoffman have two children, Anne Smith -- a Camp CommUNITY alumna and special education teacher and Julia, a May graduate at Berklee College of Music.


Ann Louden - Program Facilitator 

As a longtime TCU executive, Ann Louden is the Chancellor's Associate for Strategic Partnerships. In that role, she leads programs linking TCU to the community and directs the newly founded Center for Connection Culture. Ann's passionate work in the fight against breast cancer is evident in the impact of TCU's Frogs for the Cure.                           

With an extensive professional background in fund raising and philanthropy, Ann is also well know for her volunteer leadership in areas of children's and women's health, the arts, and adoption. She has served on many boards including her current work as Chair Emeritus of the Community Foundation of North Texas and as the development chair for the Gladney Center for Adoption. Her favorite hobby is connecting people and organizations with the goal to build community.


Dina Malki - Benediction

Dina Malki is a graduate student at Hartford Seminary, pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Islamic Studies and Christian Muslim Relations. Her academic preparation and personal commitment is to live faithfully in today’s multifaith and pluralistic world.

Blending her academic preparation and scholarship, Dina reaches into faith communities to share her insights regarding the importance of interfaith understanding and relationships. 

Dina participated in the Fall 2013 MCA Interfaith Dialogue session and the 2014 MCA Interfaith Seminary Retreat. She is a freelance writer and among the entities that publish her work is the Examiner.


2014 Dinner pictures 
Thank you to all program participants, attendees and 2014 Dinner Sponsors for supporting the Multicultural Alliance.



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