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The Multicultural Alliance® and its programming represent all types of diversity including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, ability/disability, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Our goal is to promote an inclusive community, eliminate bias, bigotry, and oppression and encourage understanding and equity of all diversity through shared experiences and educational programming.

The Multicultural Alliance® provides programming and educational forums that address the opportunities and challenges of living in a pluralistic society. The organization promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education. In affirmation of the founding principles, the organization exists to promote individual and group dignity, cooperation, mutual understanding, and respect among all peoples.



Rick Baumeister, Presiding Chair

JoAnn Jensen, Chair - Elect

Jennifer de Haro, Past Presiding Chair
LaTonya Woodson, PhD, Vice Chair
Karen Telschow Johnson, JD, Secretary

Kelly Hein, Jr., CPA, Treasurer

M. Sameer Ahmed

Dr. Arlene Barnett

Marvin Blum, JD

Kristel Carter, RN

Fernando Costa
Kim Cummings

Jeanelle Davis

Kelly Decker, JD

Pat Dunne

Asra Khan, PhD
Ethan Klos

Philip Lamsens, JD

Erma E. Lee

Salima Madhani, RN
Ahmed Memon, MD
Farah Memon
Sheeza Mohsin, PhD
Kate Norris, PhD
Todd Podell, JD
Jody Sanders, JD
Ayesha Sayany Shafi
Robert Simon, JD
Gina Smith
Vern Spurlock
Jeff Whitfield, JD



Cheryl Gray Kimberling, Ph.D. | President


Thirty years as an educator in higher education in our community, Dr. Kimberling brings a unique match of talents and abilities to the Multicultural Alliance. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Memphis. In 1976 she moved to Fort Worth to attend Southwestern Seminary and upon her graduation from seminary, her professional experiences began as Professor of Sociology at Tarrant County College and then as the Executive Director of the TCC Foundation. She has held administrative positions at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and The University of Texas at Arlington.


Additionally, she holds an adjunct faculty position at Texas Christian University in the sociology department. In August 2006, she retired from the University of North Texas Health Science Center as Vice President to become the President of the Multicultural Alliance. 

Dr. Kimberling is a frequent speaker on diversity and inclusion, and interfaith understanding and collaboration.


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