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, JD
Arlene Barnett, DDS
Marvin Blum, JD
Kristel Carter, RN
Kelly Decker, JD
Asra Khan, PhD
Philip Lamsens, JD
Erma E. Lee
Salima Madhani, RN
Ahmed Memon, MD
Sheeza Mohsin, PhD
Kate Norris, PhD
Todd Podell, JD
Jody Sanders, JD
Ayesha Sayany Shafi
Robert Simon, JD
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.
Paul Jung | Programming & Operations
Paul served as a board member of the Multicultural Alliance for more than 12 years, including two terms as a presiding chair. After a career of more than 30 years in the high tech industry, he has joined the Multicultural Alliance to focus on all programming, including the annual Camp CommUNITY. Born in Toronto, Canada, he was brought up in New York, where he completed his undergraduate degree at New York University. Starting his career as a software engineer, Paul has served in many roles, primarily in the Human Capital Management sector, including consulting services leader, solutions architect, sales executive, and more recently, senior program leader for large scale implementation projects. Of note, he served as one of the lead architects for the OneTen initiative, a project that has a goal to place one million Black Americans into family sustaining careers in ten years.
Relocating his family from New York to Fort Worth in 2003, Paul has two college-age children - both of whom attended Camp CommUNITY as Delegates. In 2023, his son served as a Camp CommUNITY Counselor.
A frequent speaker on topics relating to building inclusive communities, Paul has also participated in every program offered by the Multicultural Alliance. One of his favorite activities is to serve as facilitator for Table Talks.
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