Our Staff

 
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Christina Judge
Executive Director

Christina Judge grew up in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area, and relocated to North Texas 25 years ago.  She has lived in Fort Worth for 11 years.  Christina has more than 25 years of experience in social services, program management, and fundraising in various capacities ranging from the United States Army, higher education, child welfare, and healthcare. Her passion for the mission for the The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation stems from a personal connection to a family friend who died by suicide, and a family member’s struggle with depression and substance abuse.  

Christina has served on the board at CASA of Tarrant County, and is actively involved in the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Chapter, as well as the National Committee on Planned Giving Lonestar Chapter.  For the past 10 years, she has been a volunteer committee member for the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, an annual event celebrating philanthropy in the Fort Worth community.

Christina received a BA from the University of Maryland, College Park in Government and Politics, and an MA from Texas Woman’s University in Sociology.  Christina also holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation.  

To contact Christina directly please email: christina.judge@jehfoundationfw.org

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Kristi Wiley
Program Coordinator

Kristi Wiley, a native of Fort Worth, is delighted to be a part of The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation team. She has a multitude of experience working with both businesses and nonprofits alike. She is best known for the positivity she brings to the work environment, contagious enthusiasm for the project at hand and her ability to develop meaningful relationships across organizations.

Kristi graduated from the University of Alabama with an M.F.A. in Theatre Management. After graduating from UA, she co-founded and was the Managing Director of Duke City Repertory Theatre in Albuquerque, NM. Before receiving her graduate degree, she was a teacher at the Texan’s Can Academy, a school for at-risk youth, lived and worked in NYC, and even enjoyed a stint studying with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Straford-Upon-Avon, UK.

When she isn’t working, Kristi enjoys going to the theater, reading and Taco Tuesday. She also serves on the board of QCinema, Fort Worth's LGBTQ international film festival. Her coolest title, however, is Mommy to her beautiful and spirited daughter, Layla Jan.

To contact Kristi directly please email: k.wiley@jehfoundationfw.org

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Kara S. Rariden
Administrative Assistant

Kara, a native of Graham, Texas, has made Fort Worth her home for the past 15 years. 

During that time she has been an active volunteer for a number of local agencies and even served on the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth and Junior League of Fort Worth. 

Kara graduated from Texas A&M University and holds a B.B.A. in Marketing.  She is a licensed attorney, having completed her J.D. at Texas Tech University.  Kara’s career has been spent with law firms in both Dallas and Fort Worth specializing in probate and bankruptcy.  Kara is also a graduate of the 2013 class of Leadership Fort Worth.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Ciera Bank.

Kara serves as the primary point of contact for all of our community partners. If you have any questions, she is your gal!

To contact Kara directly please email: k.rariden@jehfoundationfw.org

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Dyar Bentz
Media Consultant

From nearby small town Grandview, TX, Dyar’s winding, wandering path has led him around the world and back, just in time and perfectly prepared to head the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation’s ambitious Light the Trail cycling journey.

While studying English literature and child psychology at the University of Texas Dyar partook in the Texas 4000 for Cancer charity bike ride from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK, the first of a series of long adventures across the globe. Upon graduating he set off to Mexico and China with a non-profit media production team which produced a series of documentary videos and articles highlighting the unique stigmas surrounding cancer survivors in other nations. And after a year living abroad & teaching English in Japan, joined by three filmmaker/photographer friends, he embarked on his biggest journey yet, a 21 month, 14,000 mile self-supported cycling venture from the top of Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina.

Now back safely from South America, Dyar is thrilled to apply his experience with long distance bike travel and media production toward honoring Jordan, one of his closest friends and a fellow giddy globetrotter. Among his myriad compulsions: film photography, Premier League football, jazz & hip hop, absurdist literature, and urban hammocking.