Foundation Leaders

Pam Jacobson, President
Pam Jacobson is a native Texan who returned “home” after growing up in Florida and spending her early professional career in Connecticut, California and Washington state. She received her B.S. in Accounting from Florida State University and proceeded to work in the fast-paced telecommunications industry, holding positions of increasing responsibility in finance and product management. Pam served as Vice President of Strategic and Technology Planning and President of Consumer and Small Business Markets for GTE Communications Corporation. After retiring from GTE, Pam followed her passion for supporting the youth and young adults in her community by serving as a volunteer in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, PTA officer, booster club sponsor and Phi Delta Theta Parent Association officer at the University of Oklahoma. Currently, she serves on the Think Blue Community Advisory Board for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Pam and her husband, Greg, have been married for 33 years and have four sons and five grandsons. Her personal interests include travel, gardening and gourmet cooking.

Debbie Howe, Vice President
Debbie graduated college from the University of Arizona with a degree in Business and Public Administration and a minor in marketing. She also attended the Art Institute of Chicago and studies sculpture for two years. After graduating college, Debbie worked in the fashion industry in New York and Chicago for many years. Currently, she is a full time real estate agent. Debbie has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Connecticut and now resides outside Dallas, Texas. She has three grown children and one grandaughter. Debbie’s hobbies include sculpture, cooking, gardening and travel.

Renee Sorgel, Treasurer
Renee was born and raised in Wisconsin, and has lived in six states since then. She spends four months out of the year at her Florida home. In her former "real life” Renee was an accountant, having worked for both small and Fortune 500 companies, and was the controller of a small company in Michigan. Renee has been the volunteer treasurer of approximately 15 non-profits. Renee also has two daughters, Alyssa and Niki. Husband Phil is a disabled retiree. Renee has been an Altrusa DFW member since 2002. Her hobbies are walking, reading, Sudoku, other puzzles and eating. She has completed a full and half marathon (walking). She is also a two-time cancer survivor (ovarian and thyroid).

Sherry Hilderbrand, Member-at-Large
Sherry graduated from Park University with a B.S. in Accounting and Business Management. She has over 30 years’ experience working in the federal government, working for the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps as well as the Department of Transportation and U.S. Postal Service Offices of Inspector Generals. Although born and raised in the DFW area, over the course of her career she has had the wonderful opportunity to also live in California, Tennessee, and Hawaii. She has two grown children and five gorgeous grandchildren. Sherry enjoys reading, walking, bible study and spending time with her family and friends.

Virginia Palmeri, Secretary
Virginia began her business career began at the age of 24 with the start of her first company while attending the University of Houston. She has since gained thirty two years of broad experience in the areas of financial management, human resources, customer service, and program management. Virginia was the co-founder of The Di-Mark Group, Inc. in 1988, Inc 500’s 229th Company in 1993, and served as Program Manager in 2001 for the start-up Smart Pay program with Taylor Publishing. She was formerly CFO and Co-Owner of Direct Solutions International, Inc. which she sold in 2012. Virginia is married with adult children and grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, gardening and traveling the US and abroad with her husband Trevor.

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